No Hassle Thanksgiving
By Anietra Hamper

No Hassle Thanksgiving

Take time for family this holiday

Hueston Woods Lodge in College Corner
One of the best Thanksgivings I’ve ever had was spent laughing and bonding with my family at a delicious buffet at the Hocking Hills State Park dining lodge.

It was memorable because it was not only a great meal, but we got to enjoy each other’s company without the interruption of mom cooking in the kitchen or dad doing dishes.

After a great meal together and our bellies full, we hiked off those calories on trails in the rolling southern Ohio hills. Ok, so I napped a little too on a fallen tree!

I loved that Thanksgiving because we left the hassle of the day to someone else while we enjoyed family time together which is such a rare commodity these days.

If this sounds appealing to you this year, there are plenty of options around Ohio to provide you a no hassle Thanksgiving Day.

Hueston Woods State Park

The lodges at Ohio State Parks offer full Thanksgiving Day buffets. Take in a hearty meal, then enjoy outdoors at one of the many beautiful state parks like Hueston Woods Lodge, Deer Creek Lodge or Mohican State Park Lodge.

If you prefer a more traditional restaurant setting, other Thanksgiving Day options around Ohio include:

The Lafayette Hotel – Marietta

Enjoy a buffet in the historic Lafayette Grand Riverboat Era hotel. The buffet in the Sternwheel Ballroom includes carved roasted turkey, smoked ham, sliced roast beef with rosemary demi glaze, sides and assorted house-made desserts. Reservations: (714) 373-5522

Raven’s Glenn Winery – Coshocton

The Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet at this small Ohio winery includes turkey, ham, prime rib, shrimp pesto pasta, chicken primavera, salad, mashed potatoes, corn bread stuffing, seasonal vegetables and a dessert bar. Reservations: (740) 545-1000

Malabar Farm Restaurant – Lucas

Features a fixed price menu for 3-course meal, including bread and beverage. Open 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Reservations: (419) 938-5205

Berwick Manor – Columbus

Known for its family-owned Italian flare, the Berwick Manor is serving up a buffet to remember including roasted turkey, beef au jus, chicken marsala, cod, butternut squash risotto, Italian buttered noodles, honey glazed carrots, fresh fruit and a sundae bar with all the toppings. Reservations: (614) 235-7100

Kalahari Resort – Sandusky

Here’s a Thanksgiving that both kids and adults will love. Enjoy a hearty meal of roasted turkey breast, herb crusted prime rib, stuffing, vegetables, salad bar and desserts like the Kalahari chocolate fountain. There’s even a children’s buffet that includes chicken tenders and mac and cheese. When you’re done eating, enjoy lots of family fun activities or the indoor waterpark. Reservations: (419) 433-5543

Der Dutchman Dutch Valley Restaurant – Sugarcreek

For larger groups, the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Sugarcreek is ready to accommodate with a Thanksgiving buffet that includes turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, baked chicken, noodles, salad and dessert. Reservations are required for parties of 15 or more. Carry-out meals are also available by pre-order for 5, 10 and 20 people. Reservations: (330) 852-4627

For specific hours and pricing contact restaurants and lodges directly.

Let this be the year that you get to spend Thanksgiving focused on your family while someone else cooks the meal!

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About the Author

For Anietra Hamper, writing is a passion. Anietra spent nearly 20 years as a top-rated television news Anchor telling thousands of stories that impact people's lives. Now, away from the spotlight, Anietra is a published travel writer. In fall 2013, Anietra was honored to be selected as a member of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers. Anietra's zest for exploration and photography has taken her to untouched regions of Vietnam and tribal territories of the Philippines, sharing those journeys along the way through articles and blogs. Anietra is also a correspondent for Child Fund International; one of the largest non-Government Organizations in the world. Anietra graduated Cum Laude from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and studied journalism at American University in Washington D.C. She enjoys fishing, photography, fitness and playing with her rescued dog Sunny. You can follow Anietra online at