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Thanksgiving in the City


There’s nothing like spending the holidays in New York city: the lights, the people, the giant Spongebob Squarepants float…

Where: The Strand. 33 West 37th St., New York, New York. 212-448-1024; www.thestrandnyc.com

What’s special: The Strand offers contemporary luxury in midtown Manhattan’s trendy Fashion District. The hotel’s new covered rooftop lounge, Top of the Strand, was recently named Best New Rooftop Lounge in NYC by New York Magazine. (It was designed by Lydia Marks, who created the set designs for the Sex and the City movie.) It’s just a five-minute walk from Macy’s, the Thanksgiving Day parade route, and other holiday activities. It’s also walking distance to the Empire State Building, the theater district, restaurants, and stores — so you can get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

The deal: “The Thanksgiving Package” includes two night’s accommodations and a guaranteed upgrade to a deluxe room; a surprise goody bag and Macy’s shopping coupons; a complimentary thermos of gourmet hot chocolate to enjoy as you watch the parade; a three-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Greg Gilbert at the new Strand American Bistro; two tickets to the International Center of Photography; daily continental breakfast; and a convenient 2 p.m. checkout for those looking to sleep in a little longer. Hudson Valley Magazine readers receive a fresh fruit plate. Rates for the two-night package start at $599 — a 25 percent savings!

When: November 24-26 with special pre-and post-night options.

For up-to-the-minute deals, follow Alice Shapin on Twitter @greatraveldeals

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