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Hotels offer Thanksgiving to-go meals

Does Thanksgiving at home have to include a home-cooked meal?

Several hotels across the country say no. Thanksgiving is usually a quiet time for hotels, so many have come up with another way to make money during the holiday season: They’re selling take-out Thanksgiving meals.

The Fairmont Washington, D.C., is offering Turkeys To-Go for $275 for 10 people with turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables and a choice of pies. People can simply drive up to the front of the hotel and staff will be on hand with the boxes of goodies. (Orders must be placed by Monday.) Other Fairmonts in cities such as Francisco and Chicago have similar deals. Even Fairmont hotels in Canada have gotten in the action: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver sells more than 1,000 holiday to go meals a year.

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The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, meanwhile, is offering a meal for six for $279. (Orders must be placed by Monday.) Aside from turkey, the feast includes roasted beet salad with goat cheese and candied pecans, butternut squash soup, and a seasonal vegetable casserole. Kimpton’s Lorien Hotel and Spa in Alexandria is offering specials at The Butcher’s Block, a Market by RW. The gourmet shop by acclaimed chef Robert Wiedmaier is selling turkeys, or a porchetta roast for a less traditional Thanksgiving. Other dishes available a la carte are chestnut stuffing and sweet potato puree (both $20 for six people. Orders must be in by today).

The Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington, is offering a $125 meal for four to six people with, among other dishes, a Waldorf salad and green bean casserole. Orders must be placed a week in advance.

Visitors staying in vacation rentals or extended stay hotels with kitchens can take advantage of the meals. But hotel officials say they are also hoping locals will see them as an alternative to takeout from a grocery store such as Whole Foods.

“It’s a nice way for the people who live in the community to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving in their homes without the stress of preparing everything themselves,” said Diana Bulger, director of public relations at the Fairmont Washington, D.C.

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