Skip the Whole Megillah

I threatened my family with a restaurant meal for Thanksgiving this year, but they weren’t having it. My daughter is just so, um, traditional. But if it’s only a few of you, going out may be the answer. For an authentic New England experience, head to The Griswold Inn for its mammoth buffet ($34 for adults, $18.95 for kids under 12, if they fit in a high chair, they’re free!). Reserve now, this one sells out.
The restored Old Lyme Inn (pictured) is looking forward to their first Thanksgiving and are offering an elegant menu of roasted pumpkin soup, pear salad and a choice of entrees if you’d rather skip the turkey.
Having just visited the new and re-imagined Weekapaug Inn, I can’t think of a sweeter spot to spend the holiday. With the feeling of a turn-of-the-century lake house, it’s the sister property of The Ocean House. You’ll find the same attention to detail but not so fancy schmancy. Enjoy your turkey with sweeping views of Quonochontaug Pond and the Atlantic just beyond. Seatings from 11:30 to 5:30pm, $54 per person, $24 kids under 12, four and under free. Call 888.813.7862 to reserve