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.
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!