Celebrate Thanksgiving with Virginia’s Best Dining and Attractions!
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and Virginia, given its historical significance, is one of the best places to celebrate the holiday. With historical celebrations happening throughout the state, and an assortment of the best Charlottesville restaurants to choose from, Virginia is the ideal place to give thanks in 2013.
Although not as well-known a tale as the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Virginia is also the location of a historical Thanksgiving celebration. When 38 settlers arrived on the north bank of the James River in 1619, along with their leader, Captain John Woodlief, the group’s charter required that their arrival should be honored by an annual observation of a “day of thanksgiving.” Captain Woodlief led the Thanksgiving celebration at Berkeley that day, and while it is not immediately connected to our modern-day celebration of Thanksgiving, its significance for Virginia is important and commemorated annually.
This November, pay homage to the first settlers of Virginia by attending the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. Held on November 3rd from noonuntil 4 at the Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, VA, the festival is dedicated to Virginia history and Thanksgiving tradition.
With food, tours of the 1726 manor, traditional Colonial games, art, music, and dancing, there is sure to be fun for all ages. Aside from the various activities and vendors, a formal program includes a historical re-enactment of the Berkeley settlers and Captain Woodlief observing this first Thanksgiving.
The Festival takes place on November 3rd, leaving plenty of time for additional celebrations of Thanksgiving. If you are planning on having Thanksgiving dinner in Charlottesville, consider some of the best dining options in the area. The Silver Thatch Inn offers a five course holiday dinner on their special Thanksgiving Menu. The Inn is one of the oldest historic Virginia homes and dates back to 1780.
The Boars Head Inn is the best in Charlottesville lodging and its only four diamond resort. This year, the Inn offers a Thanksgiving Brunch as well as a special menu for Thanksgiving Dinner. Located in Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer a gorgeous backdrop for your Thanksgiving afternoon.
Wherever you end up this Thanksgiving, Frank Hardy wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the best that Virginia has to offer!