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Talking Turkey:
Top 5 Thanksgiving Destinations

Talking Turkey:
Top 5 Thanksgiving Destinations


If you don't want to talk turkey with the folks this year, spread your wings. Get a taste for a less traditional Thanksgiving at this flock of top destinations -- Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Santa Fe/Taos, New York City, London and Curacao.

Martha's Vineyard, Mass.Avoid the crowds at Plymouth by visiting Martha's Vineyard, where remaining members of the Wampanoag tribe live. Wampanoag Chief Massasoit signed 1621's accord with the Pilgrims.

Check in Gay-owned Lambert's Cove Inn (90 Manaquayak Road, West Tisbury; 508-693-2298;; from $165) is a luxurious boutique hideaway with 15 rooms, Thyme's amenities, 500-thread count Egyptian cotton linens, and feather beds. Visits are further enhanced by the 70-seat restaurant's outstanding contemporary American menu.

Check, please! An elegant enclosed courtyard awaits at L'Etoile (22 N. Water St., Edgartown; 508-627-5187;; $35-46), where a well-heeled crowd dines on exceptional fixed-price dinners.

Check out The peaceful Mytoi Garden (Dike Road, Chappaquiddick; 508-627-7689;, a 14-acre, Japanese garden on Chappaquiddick, a tiny island accessed by ferry from Edgartown.

Santa Fe/Taos, N.M. Celebrate Thanksgiving by exploring the rich Native American heritage around Santa Fe/Taos, Taos and Acoma.

Check in A mere 10-minute stroll from downtown Santa Fe/Taos, the Inn of the Turquoise Bear (342 East Buena Vista St.; 505-983-0798;; from $99) is a delightful oasis within a historic gay-owned adobe house.

Check please! Gay-owned and enthusiastically gay-frequented Geronimo (730 Canyon Road; 505-982-1500;; $22-48) offers inventive takes on Southwestern dishes are delivered to your table by deliciously handsome, attentive and charming waitstaff.

Check out Acoma Pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. In the high desert, an hour's drive west of Albuquerque, Sky City is built atop a sheer 350-foot sandstone bluff. Guided tours (800-747-0181; take visitors from the new cultural center at the foot of the mesa to the old pueblo up top.

New York City There's always a reason to give thanks in New York City, whether for the hot restaurants, thrilling hotels, bars and clubs full of eye candy or, at this time of year, the country's biggest Thanksgiving event -- the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Check in Trump International Hotel and Towers (One Central Park West; 212-299-1000;; from $550) offers perfect parade views from rooms between the fifth and 15th floors. Despite The Donald's penchant for glitz, the lobby is small and unassuming and the room decor is elegant nearly to the point of understatement.

Check please! For the best Thanksgiving weekend brunch, head for lesbian-owned and run Prune (54 E. 1st St.; 212-677-6221;; brunch $11-$19), an upscale slice of East Village bohemia.

Check out The annual Thanksgiving parade sees more than 2.5 million spectators turn out to watch 10,000 Macy's employees and friends march down Broadway with floats, bands and balloons.

London Give thanks for fabulous fall flight prices to Europe and retrace the pilgrims' route to England.

Check in To save money all round, contact lesbian and gay accommodation agency Outlet (+44-207-287-4244;; from US$116) and stay in a gay or lesbian-owned apartment in the city.

Check please! Feast on produce from the British Isles and surrounding waters at Amba (The May Fair, Stratton St.; +44-20-7629-7777; US$24-34), a slick Fendi-designed room (and the site of a Pink video) round the corner from the Ritz. Redwood-hued striped leather banquettes and elegant faux crocodile textures create the backdrop for a fashionable set to savor perfectly cooked British lamb cutlets, fresh pea shoots and pumpkin pearl barley risotto. An attentive but down to earth staff provides impeccable service.

Check out Thanksgiving coincides with the turning on of London's legendary Christmas lights on Bond Street (Nov. 22, 2007) and Regent Street (Nov. 20, 2007). See the lights, then scamper down a side street to the bars and clubs of Soho.

Curacao If you fancy decorating this year's Thanksgiving dinner with paper cocktail umbrellas, head to the gay-friendly, gay-marketed and all-round gay-favorite Curacao.

Check in A short drive from town, Avila Beach Hotel (Penstraat 130; +599-9-461-4377 or 800-747-8162;; from $210, suites from $320) offers the perfect combination of quiet escape and urban convenience. With two notable restaurants, three bars, and a gay-friendly, laid-back elegance, it's a prime choice.

Check please! Bistro Le Clochard (Riffort, Otrabanda; +599-9-462-5666;; $28-$40) offers French dishes in rooms built into the fort's stone walls. The outdoor terrace tables are right by the sea; the waiters have to hop onto the old fort wall to reach the settings, which they do without hesitation.

Check out More than 60 snorkeling and scuba diving sites lie just off the western coast, with shipwrecks, coral forests, caves, and tropical fish galore. Alice in Wonderland and the Mushroom Forest are among the most picturesque.

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