Let’s talk turkey – turkey dinners, that is. If you are not of fan of staying home, basting a turkey all day and then doing battle with a pile of dishes post-feast, we’d say: why drive yourself crazy? Instead, get a turkey dinner to go or attend a Thanksgiving buffet or sit-down dinner in the White Mountains.

From our historic inns and our most-loved restaurants to the scenic walks you can take to work off those extra scoops of stuffing, our region is full of great ways to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this year. Shake a tail feather and start planning your holiday adventure up this way!

Here’s the skinny on the best Thanksgiving dinners in the White Mountains.

Northern White Mountains

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Adventurers planning a hike in the White Mountains over the holiday weekend, take note: the AMC Highland Center is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner, and it’s right near some very popular trailheads! Might we suggest an early morning excursion before the big meal? Their menu has it all: harvest salads, soul-warming soups, vegetarian and traditional entrees, and mountains of sides to pile high on your plate.

11/23. Seatings by reservation only at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, & 5:30pm. Member rate: $34 (adults); $18 (children). Non-member rate: $39 (adult); $20 (children). Please call (603) 466-2727 to make your reservation. 



Another Appalachian Mountain Club property, another fantastic Thanksgiving meal. Along with traditional Thanksgiving staples, the Joe Dodge Lodge is offering  vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian options. Check out the full menu to kickstart your feast daydreaming, and also check out the AMC's roster of events over the holiday weekend while you're at it; similar to dinner, there's something for everyone!

11/23. Seatings by reservation only, every half hour, from 1 - 6pm. Members: $27. Groups of 5 or more: $25 per person. Please call (603) 466-2727 to make your reservation. 



Looking for a buffet style Thanksgiving Dinner in Franconia, NH? Reserve your table at the Franconia Inn today! This dinner includes turkey, ham, traditional sides, desserts, coffee, tea, etc., plus the cozy vibes you’d expect from a historic inn with late fall views of the Kinsman Mountain range.

Buffet Style Thanksgiving Dinner: 11/23, 1 – 5pm. Adults: $60. Kids (10 and under): $25. Reservations required and taken on the half hour.



The Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods is known for its grandeur, and the same can be said for its lavish Thanksgiving Feast Buffet. Classic holiday staples are all on the table in the Grand Ballroom, and there is a also a full roster of Thanksgiving Day events (including a Turkey Trot 5k, Thanksgiving parade, and more) to add on to your agenda. 

11/23, 12 - 6pm. Adults (13 and up): $110 ++. Children (5 - 12): $55++. Children (4 and under): Complimentary. Reservations required; please call 603-278-8864.



The Town & Country Inn and Resort in Gorham, NH is offering a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet on the big day, and while the carving station of roast prime rib of beef with au jus (alongside classic roast tom turkey) is certainly making us hungry, we cannot wait to see the whole table dedicated to homemade desserts. Won’t you join in on the feast?

11/23, 12 – 6pm. $31.95 (adults), $21.95 (12 and under). Reservations appreciated.

Eastern White Mountains

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For the finest sit-down Thanksgiving feast in Jackson, NH, look no further than the Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa’s onsite restaurant, Forty at Thorn Hill.

Enjoy a selection of soup (pumpkin bisque or lobster stew?), a gorgeously appointed salad with pear and candied walnuts, and your choice of salmon, turkey, prime rib, or a vegan-friendly roasted sweet potato. Top it off with raspberry white chocolate crème brûlée cheesecake, pumpkin spice bread pudding, or a traditional slice of pie, and you have one very lovely feast.

Thanksgiving Feast: 11/23, 3pm – 7pm. Adults: $75 plus tax. Children (under 16): $49 plus tax. Reservations Required.



Ready for a winning combo?  Book the Thanksgiving package at The Wentworth in Jackson, NH. With a two-night stay (Wednesday – Friday of Thanksgiving week), guests can fill their roster with adventures in Mount Washington Valley during the day and a festive Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.

Visit The Wentworth’s website for additional information on the Thanksgiving package.



White Mountain Hotel & Resort’s Ledges Restaurant is offering a Thanksgiving Dinner replete in starters, entrees, and desserts.  If you have been looking for Thanksgiving take-home dinners in North Conway, NH, take note: the White Mountain Hotel is offering a brand new “Thanksgiving Dinner to Go” that serves 4 to 6 people.

With the to-go option, you can take your pick of traditional turkey, herb crusted prime rib, maple glazed ham, or Dijon crusted pork loin. The sides? They’re just as decadent and varied, while the desserts range from traditional pumpkin pie to flourless chocolate cake.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Ledges Restaurant and the Echo Ballroom: 11/23, 12pm – 6pm. Reservation only. | Thanksgiving Dinner to Go: Must order by 11/16. Pickup is 11/23, 11am – 1pm.

Western White Mountains

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THE COMMON MAN (Lincoln & Ashland, NH and Other Locations)

In honor of the holiday, The Common Man family of restaurants will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. They are, however, offering an amazing Thanksgiving to Go in Lincoln, Ashland, and other locations throughout the state.

What’s on the menu? Obviously, an epic amount of turkey, plus cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, green beans, dinner rolls, and more, as well as special add-ons like glazed ham, casseroles, mac n’ cheese, and whole house-baked pies. New this year? Turkey pot pies!

Meal for four: $119.95 plus tax. Meal for one: $30.95 plus tax. Orders must be placed by 11/17. Orders can be picked up on 11/22. Place your order by calling the restaurant where you plan to pick up your meals. For more info, visit the The Common Man’s website.



Travelers struggling to fill up their Thanksgiving weekend plans, look to The Mountain Club on Loon. In addition to yummy dinners offered the night before the holiday and the day of, this Lincoln, NH Thanksgiving has one heck of a Grand Thanksgiving Buffet and two to-go options.

The buffet menu is vast, so we recommend studying up on The Mountain Club on Loon’s website. Instead, let’s get into the to-go, which include a classic Thanksgiving Dinner Kit (turkey, stuffing, potatoes, mac and cheese, pasta salad squash, peas, apple pie, chocolate cream pie, etc.) and a truly awesome Thanksgiving Football Kit (including chicken wings and dipping sauces, a nacho kit, meatballs, chips and dips, and giant chocolate chip cookies).  

11/22 Dinner: 5 – 8pm. | Grand Thanksgiving Buffet: 11/23, 12 – 5pm. Adults: $70 (includes a glass of wine with meal. Children (12 & under): $18. NH tax and Gratuity not included in price. 11/23 Dinner (after buffet): 5 – 8pm. | Thanksgiving Meal Kit: $250 plus tax and gratuity. Feeds 4 – 6 people. Must be pre-ordered by 11/14 at 12pm. Pickup is 5 – 9pm, 11/22. | Thanksgiving Football Kit: $175.



Does an all you can eat Thanksgiving buffet sound like holiday nirvana? Snag your reservations right away for the Covered Bridge Farm Table in Campton, NH – a feast of epic proportions awaits! Turkey, ham, and a roast beef carving station are all on the table, as are the traditional sides plus soup, salads, dessert, and more.

11/23: Serving at 11:30, last reservation at 3pm. $28 (adults); $16 (kids 12 years and under). Email farmtablenh@gmail.com with desired time and number of people.



If “no stress, no mess” is your holiday mantra, a Thanksgiving buffet meal at the Woodstock Inn Brewery in North Woodstock, NH is a must-do. Appetizers, salads, starches, and veggies will be available in abundance, as well as carving stations, maple glazed salmon, and a plethora of tasty fixings and desserts.

11/23, 12 – 6pm. $39.95 (adults), $21.95 (children under 12). Reservations are required. This event regularly sells out, so book today!


South of the White Mountains

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The best kind of Thanksgiving dinner is one that is all about tradition. You might have guessed since it’s spelled out in the name, but Hart’s Turkey Farm is the spot for a traditional turkey Thanksgiving to-go dinner in the Lakes Region.

Choose from an individual meal if you’re flying solo this year or buy a family-sized extravaganza for the whole flock. Feeling ambitious? You can always tackle part of the Thanksgiving meal prep on your own and pick up any add-ons from Hart’s Grab & Go store in the days preceding Thanksgiving.

Curbside pickup for Whole Roasted Turkey Family Meals and Individual Turkey Dinners: 11/23, 10 – 4pm. Hart’s will not be open for in-house dining on Thanksgiving Day. For more information on pick up logistics (including hot Family Meals), head over to the Hart’s Turkey Farm website.

Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but our mouths are already watering! If you can’t wait for the full-on feast, we’d say satisfy your cravings for now with a great meal at one of our local restaurants in the White Mountains.