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Thanksgiving in AnacortesGive yourself a holiday this Thanksgiving with a getaway and taste-tantalizing dining in Anacortes.

This year, liberate yourself from days in the kitchen. Grab the family or a few new friends, your shopping bag, hiking shoes, and camera, and create an adventurous new Thanksgiving tradition on the town. Get away for the day… or make it a weekend—Anacortes is filled with unique shops with imaginative ideas for knitters and quilters, fishermen, gourmet wannabe’s, and bibliophiles, plus outdoor adventures and photo ops around every corner.

Bring the whole family and reserve a suite or villa at Anaco Bay Inn. Try the Lowman House and experience their cozy 1920 Smuggler’s Cottage. Everyone will find something to like at the Swinomish Casino’s family dining Thanksgiving Buffet. You’ll find all the fixin’s, of course, plus salmon. On Friday, grab your Sou’wester and cast off on an Island Adventures whale watch. Fall is the best time to view the Big Guys—North Pacific Humpbacks, plus Minke, Orca, and Gray whales, as well as Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, porpoises, and seabirds in winter plumage. Top off your day with an appropriately marine-worthy meal at Anthony’s, on the Anacortes waterfront at Cap Sante Marina. Don’t miss lobster specials Nov. 5-29 (closed Thanksgiving day).

Planning to eat in but want to save yourself the work? Pick up a “Whole Turkey package” from the Farmhouse Restaurant. You can also make a reservation (recommended) and order from the Farmhouse’s special Thanksgiving menu or join their buffet line.

Thanksgiving in Anacortes

The Majestic Inn and Spa

Spend a long weekend at the Majestic Inn & Spa and enjoy a savory Thanksgiving feast with a buffet of beautifully crafted appetizers, an extensive main course and delectable desserts but be sure to reserve your space for dinner as this is becoming quite the affair. The Historic Majestic Hotel has much to offer with its expansive foyer lined with cozy seating and fire side dining you’ll be sure to linger. The sumptuous Thanksgiving family-style buffet at the stylish Majestic Hotel and Spa will taste like home… without mountains of post-dinner dishes! The menu changes every year, but we’ve enjoyed spreads that include (but are not limited to): herb-roasted turkey breast, sugar-spiced ham with apples, corn pudding, cornbread oyster stuffing, and bourbon pecan pie with vanilla bean ice cream are just a few of the mouth-watering choices.

Settle in at the unique Ship House B&B with views of the San Juan Islands, and then hit the high seas aboard a seasonal fishing charter from Jolly Mon Charters. Explore the city’s busy waterfront, check off your Christmas shopping list at Buer’s Flowers & Gifts, hike in the forest lands, and then review your exploits over a frothy brew and burger supreme at The Brown Lantern.

Thanksgiving in Anacortes

Alternately, wake up your senses with a brisk two-mile walk around Washington Park, then restore lost calories at Le Crema Cakes, savoring a slice of pumpkin cheesecake with maple pecan topping and a warm harvest eggnog latte with eggnog from Edaleen Dairy. Browse tempting new titles at Watermark Book Company, then curl up with your new read in front of a romantic fire at Autumn Leaves Bed & Breakfast.

Make the holidays ones to remember—and a Northwest celebration for all. Anacortes offers a laid-back spirit, friendly people, imaginative activities, and access to the some of world’s grandest water views and adventures. And, oh yes, it’s very accessible in every way.

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