Hudson Valley Thanksgiving Guide 2013

Let’s face it — a holiday as bound by tradition as Thanksgiving can get… well, boring. This year, why not change things up?

Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s the traditional all-American holiday where we gather around a large table and stuff ourselves silly with a huge turkey feast before staggering over to the couch to watch the game on TV. And while lots of us still love to spend the day this way, more and more people are opting to add a twist to their Thanksgiving celebrations. So whether it’s hiring a personal chef, going to a vegetarian gathering, or having the big meal with some monks, we give you lots of different ways to make some new traditions this year. 

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Hudson Valley Catering and Personal Chefs for Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’re looking for more time with family and less time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving, try one of these local catering and chef services. PLUS: A turkey brine recipe, courtesy of Chef Josh Kroner of Terrapin Restaurant


Volunteer at Local Soup Kitchens and Homeless Shelters for Thanksgiving

Friends in need: Consider showing your gratitude this holiday by giving to others, like the Queens Galley in Kingston and Soup Angels in Nyack

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Heart of the Hudson Valley Farmers Market: Buy Local Extravaganza in Marlboro

Avoid the insanity of Black Friday by shopping local in Ulster County

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Local Turkey Trots in November 2013

Born to run: Burn off that pumpkin pie in one of the Valley’s Thanksgiving Day races


Ulster BOCES Cooking Class 2013: Thanksgiving Breads and Bundts

The career and technical center in Port Ewen teaches you how to cook that Thanksgiving meal

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Local Restaurants Offer Thanksgiving Dinner in 2013

Bon appétit: This Thanksgiving, dine out at a local restaurant instead. Here’s what’s open

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Thanksgiving Retreats and Meditations at Hudson Valley Monasteries

These yams are truly divine: For those who want to break away from the feasting, the frenzy, and the football, two local monasteries offer mindful meditation sessions 


Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society’s Annual All-Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner

Not a carnivore? No worries

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BONUS: Turkey Brine (Recipe)

A simple turkey brine recipe, courtesy of Chef Josh Kroner of Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck



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