Do you love a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast, but despise the hours of cooking and cleaning that goes along with it? Or do you simply lack the culinary skill or square footage to host a Thanksgiving gathering of your own? Fret not, pilgrims of Atlanta! A number of destinations around our fair city offer the ideal solution: a Thanksgiving buffet of epic proportions where you can get your fill, then head home to a sparkly clean kitchen. Here are just a few of the feast-worthy options for you and your Thanksgiving companions to explore:
Lanier Islands – 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA – 770-945-8787
This lakeside resort – beautifully bedecked for the holidays and accustomed to hosting big crowds – is a great location for a bona fide Thanksgiving buffet. In addition to a spread that includes traditional favorites such as Herb Roasted Turkey, Slow Roasted Angus Prime Rib, Stuffed Pork Roast, Maple Sweet Potatoes Souffle, kid-friendly food, an enviable Dessert Table and more, the event also boasts appearances by Santa and his Elves, face painting for the kiddos, and a full bar with Bloody Marys and Mimosas for the grown-ups. Best of all, with each paid dinner – guests will receive one free pass to the legendary Magical Nights of Lights and the all new Winter Adventure – both of which kick off on “Winter White Friday” November 27. There will also be a special raffle drawing for the Ultimate Santa Package for a family of four – where 14 lucky guests will be treated to deluxe accommodations at the resort, a ride aboard the Lanier Islands Polar Express to experience the full display of the Magical Nights of Lights, a special holiday story with cookies and milk from one of Santa’s elves, and Breakfast with Santa Claus and all his helpers the following morning. Each guest will also receive one raffle ticket with their meal, but extra tickets can be purchased – the proceeds from which will benefit the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children in Gainesville. Seating times for the Thanksgiving buffet at Lanier Islands are every half-hour from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Pricing is $49.95/adult, $44.95/senior (62+) and $29.99/children 6-12. Children 5 & under are free. *Pricing does not include taxes or service charges.
Ray’s in the City – 240 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA – 404-524-9224
This iconic name in Atlanta dining invites families to head downtown for a delectable Thanksgiving buffet. Running from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m., the buffet includes carving station with turkey (of course), ham and prime ribs along with other mouth-watering entrees, comfort food sides and perfectly prepared desserts. CLICK HERE for the full menu. Pricing is $37.95/adult and $18.95/child 5-10. After you’ve gotten your fill, walk off a few of those calories with a stroll up and down Atlanta’s celebrated Peachtree Street.
St. Regis Atlanta – 88 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA – 404-563-7797
This AAA Five Diamond hotel is well-known for its provision of one-of-a-kind dining experiences. The same holds true for Thanksgiving with a lavish buffet served in the elegant Astor Court from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to live jazz music by the Trio Band as they dine on seasonal delicacies and traditional favorites. There are two seatings available: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m. Pricing is $125/adult, $75/child 8-12 and $59/child 4-7. Children three years and younger are free. Pricing does not include a 22% service charge. The famed Astor Holiday Skating Rink will be open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. for those who wish to strap on some skates and glide under the glow of twinkling lights. Pricing for the Skating Rink is $30/hour for adults and $18/hour for kids under 16 (plus tax and service charge). Reservations for the rink are highly recommended and can be made by calling 404.563.7797. Needless to say, St. Regis Atlanta is perfectly poised in the heart of Buckhead – making it the ideal destination for those who wish to incorporate an overnight stay and hit the luxury shops nearby in the wee hours of Black Friday the following day.
Callaway Gardens – 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, GA – 800-852-3810
In addition to traditional Southern and elegant plated Thanksgiving dinners served at the resort’s Country Kitchen, Vineyard Green and Gardens Restaurants, Callaway Gardens offers two great destinations for a bountiful Thanksgiving buffet. The Plant Room Restaurant offers seatings from noon to 4 p.m. and the Ballrooms at the Mountain Creek Inn will be seating from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The menu comprises Apple Rosemary Roasted Whole Tom Turkey, Root Beer Glazed Ham with Maple Mustard, Horseradish Crusted Pork Loin with Cinnamon Apples and Butter Whipped Potatoes, Honey Roasted Atlantic Salmon with Garlic Spinach, Sausage and Cornbread Dressing, Children’s Buffet and so much more. Both buffets are priced $47 per adult and $23 per child (6-10 years). The buffet is free for children 5 and younger. *Pricing does not include 8% tax and 20% gratuity. Callaway Gardens’ famed Fantasy in Lights will be in full swing after dark, showcasing 8 million lights and 15 dazzling scenes for one magical night. Accommodation packages are also available for families who wish to extend their stay overnight.
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort – 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, GA – 678-425-0900
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., this renowned winery and resort in North Georgia puts on a spread that is sure to make any Turkey Day devotee shed a tear or two of joy. Served in the graceful Versailles Room, imaginative menu items such as Seared Scallops over Fennel Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Pomegranate Gastrique or Eggplant Ravioli with Apple Butter and Amoretti Cookie are served alongside traditional classics like Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Roasted Turkey, Salt Crusted Prime Rib, Maple Glazed Ham and more. The buffet is priced $79/Adult and $29/Child 6-11 years. Children 5 years & under are free. Winery tours and tastings will be conducted throughout the day for $20/adult (21+) at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Special overnight accommodation packages are also available.
Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving. May you and your family have much for which to be thankful!