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Celebrate Thanksgiving in Beautiful Dutchess County

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to plan your holiday dinner. Most people associate it with home cooking, but dining out on the holiday is big business in the US. According to the National Restaurant Association, 10% of Americans eat out on the long weekend associated with gratitude, with young millennials especially prone to leaving the dishes to someone else. Are you ready to join the movement of eating out on Turkey Day? 

 Did you know it became a national holiday in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln, in the midst of the Civil War, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day was to be held each November?

The first Thanksgiving was in November 1621, when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast to celebrate the success of the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest. Their celebration is said to have lasted for three days.

You can give thanks for three or four days by spending a long weekend enjoying the Dutchess County’s impressive scenic beauty. Make time for friends and family. Start your holiday shopping at our museum stores, specialty shops and galleries. Be amazed and impressed by the fabulous Christmas decorations at our Great Estates and historic homesteads. The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, connected to the Dutchess Rail Trail, is open daily for you to walk off that turkey dinner. You might even cut down your Christmas tree at one of our tree farms.

As for your 2017 Thanksgiving feast, check out these area restaurants ready to serve you a delicious holiday dinner, making it easy for people coming together from near and far. Or, pick up a feast already prepared and meet at a local relative’s home. If you’re going to dine in a restaurant, all of these recommend you make a reservation. Whatever you do, celebrate with us Dutchess style!

Charlotte’s Restaurant
Housed in a 19th century church, set among the rolling hills of eastern Dutchess, Charlotte’s offers several settings including the banquet room with its oversized, inviting fireplace. Born in Sweden, Chef Möller came to the USA 30 years ago. He serves a traditional American family-friendly buffet from 12 to3 pm; from butternut squash soup to Golden Roasted Turkey and Poached Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce, you won’t leave hungry! $52; children under 10 dine for $26. 4258 Route 44, Millbrook. 845-677-5888.

Le Chambord
Less than one minute off the Taconic Parkway, Le Chambord combines the charm of a European Inn with the elegance of an 1863 Georgian Colonial Estate. Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Grand Buffet, $39, children ½ price. Entrees include turkey, chicken Francaise, salmon, tortellino with pesto sauce and a carving station serving strip steak, pork loin and smoked salmon. There are plenty of sides, plus an ice cream bar and chocolate fountain. Or, dine on turkey, steak or fish from the a la carte menu in their elegant dining room. 11am - 5pm. 2737 Route 52, Hopewell Junction. 845-221-1941.

PC Paddock Restaurant
A charming, cozy restaurant near the Dutchess Rail Trail, trailhead (by Gold’s Gym), its nestled in a renovated 1840 barn. Sourcing as much as possible from area farms and businesses, PC Paddock serves Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 to 9pm. Choose from traditional roast turkey, harvest pork roulade, stuffed pork loin entrees or sweet potato gnocchi. Start with Butternut Squash Soup or French Onion au Gratin, then enjoy stuffed clams, steamers or Asian Cowboy chicken wings. It’s family friendly, with a children’s menu, too. 273 Titusville Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4930.

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The Rhinecliff
The Rhinecliff's family-style Thanksgiving on the River has seatings at 12 noon and 5:30pm. Special 4-course Family-style Thanksgiving Lunch and Dinner $42.95 + tax + service. Reservations Required! 4 Grinnell Street, Rhinecliff. Make your reservations at 845-876-0590. $42.95 per person, kids ages 6 to 12 eat for $19.95. Available to-go $35.95pp. View Event Details (.pdf).

Shadows on the Hudson
Shadows on the Hudson is large riverfront restaurant, with breathtaking Mid-Hudson Bridge views. Celebrate Thanksgiving with a bountiful gourmet meal prepared by CIA trained chefs. Allow them to take care of your family’s feast while you enjoy spending time with the people who matter the most. Their Thanksgiving menu has choices of NY strip steak, citrus glazed salmon, turkey, country ham, filet mignon and more. Hudson Valley Apple and pumpkin pies are served for a holiday treat. Prices vary. Dinner is served from 11:30am to 7pm. 176 Rinaldi Blvd, Poughkeepsie. 845-486-9500.  MENU

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Table Talk Diner
For a more casual feel, or if your family’s schedule creates a need to dine early or late, try one of the Vanikiotis family diners. Thanksgiving dinner specials are available, along with entrees off their extensive menus. Table Talk Diner is located at 2521 South Rd./Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie and open from 5am – 12am. 845-849-2839.

The family owns The Daily Planet in Lagrangeville, 1202 Route 55, open daily 6am - 12am. 845-452-0110.

Also The Red Line Diner in Fishkill at 588 Route 9, which is open 24/7. 845-765-8401 The Vanikiotis family has owned and operated restaurants in the Hudson Valley since 1981, beginning with the Palace Diner in Poughkeepsie.


Thanksgiving Feasts To Go:

Make it tasty, simple, economical & still local. Spend your Thanksgiving Day surrounded by family & friends, and not in the kitchen!  What could be better?

Calico Restaurant and Patisserie
Their award-winning chefs serve American cuisine with a European flare. For guests who’ve been invited to bring a dish but don’t want to cook, Calico is your personal chef. They’ll have your Thanksgiving savory selections ready to pick up on Wednesday, Nov.22 from 8am to 5pm (order by Sunday, Nov.19). Menu ranges from roasted pear & parsnip soup and creamed spinach, to pumpkin, and apple-cranberry and pecan tarts, and cakes such as Marquise, chocolate, white, and truffle. Watch your cooking troubles disappear. 6384 Mill Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-2749.

Enjoy a happier, simpler holiday in the comfort of your home. Let Terrapin's Chef help with side dishes. Pick up your items cooked and ready to reheat on Wed., Nov. 22. No main dishes or pick up on Thanksgiving. 6426 Montgomery St./Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3330. 

The Villa Borghese
This Thanksgiving Feast feeds 15 to 20 people in your home. A 15-lb rubbed turkey comes with mashed sweet potato casserole, wild sage and pork stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, string beans, mac & cheese, bread and dessert. Pick up on Nov. 23 by 2pm. Deadline to order, Wed., Nov. 15. It’s prepared just for you for $210 +tax + service charge.845-297-8207. 70 Widmer Rd., Wappingers Falls. MENU




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