As kids get older and schedules get busier, heading out of town for Thanksgiving is more compelling, as it is a time when activities and commitments come to a screeching halt. Last year we opted for foie gras instead of turkey and spent our holiday in lovely Provence, France, with another family.
If you are willing to forgo swimming, the off-season in Provence is fantastic, as villages are quiet and filled with locals instead of tourists. Some restaurants and shops may be closed, but we didn’t have to travel far for a good meal or entertainment. See my list of favorite things to do in Provence with kids for activity ideas.
The key to having our holiday feel homey was that we rented a kid-friendly villa through our friends Haven in Paris instead of staying at a hotel. We had a kitchen, room to spread out, and most importantly in this case, we were able to bring in a chef to cook our Thanksgiving meal.
The owners of the villa, Brown and Hudson, organized the dinner through the villa caretaker, Marie. She is a doll and prepared our feast using all kinds of seasonal, fresh ingredients … except turkey, of course, as this is not readily available in this part of France. Nonetheless, we appreciated having a home-cooked meal in an idyllic village across the Atlantic.
This year, we’re off to the Galapagos Islands with Lindblad Expeditions … It may be another year without turkey, but doing something different is a fantastic change of pace.
Editor’s Note: We were offered a media rate at the Menerbes Designer Villa. As always, our opinions are our own.
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