A THANKSGIVING PILGRIMAGE TO BOSTON

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Ah, Thanksgiving — a time for joy, love, family, friends and a great feast... that’s if you’re a Martha Stewart-type hostess. For many, Turkey day is synonymous with burned meals, dress stress and heated political debates at the dinner table. No one wants that. Especially not when you can hop on a plane and spend America’s holiday in its birthplace, New England. Ditch the cranberries and make a quick getaway to new England’s largest city Boston.Here’s the lowdown on where to stay, eat and play as you escape your hometown to decompress post-holidays.

Traveling in a group with conflicting interests? Don’t fret. Boston, also known as America’s biggest small town, has something for everyone. Its narrow cobblestone streets and brick buildings give it an intimate European air to satiate the history buffs’ hunger for knowledge. There’s no escaping historical artifacts and walks because the City on a Hill is one of U.S. oldest. While the knowledge sponge in your group enjoys the Freedom Trail, places like the fashionable Newbury Street, the sporty Fenway neighborhood and foodie haven Boston Public Market will amuse the rest of your clique.

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Everything You Need For Your Excursion

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EAT

OMNI PARKER HOUSE on 60 School St.
Price: From $369 a night

The longest continuously operating hotel in the U.S. has been a respite for the well-to-do since the 19th century. It housed Charles Dickens for five months, where he first recited “A Christmas Carol,” and it was where John F. Kennedy held his bachelor party. Best of all, it’s the birthplace of the state dessert, Boston Cream Pie. If this old-charm hotel, located a stone’s throw away from Quincy Market, was good for the upper echelons of society, then it’s perfect for you.

EAT

The Beehive on 541 Tremont St.
When: Thanksgiving Day
Price: $85 per adult, $25 per child

This popular bohemian restaurant and bar is a must-see venue according to Travel & Leisure and The New York Times. Surrounded by eclectic art and heavy red curtains indoors, it’s hard not to enjoy your three-course meal especially when you have the sweet sound of live jazz drowning the hot-button issues that usually come up at the dinner table.

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Wander in Layers

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PLAY

Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks
Price: From $147

Let’s be honest, that super smart TV — the one you’ve been planning on getting this Black Friday — won’t give you the same satisfaction as seeing the Boston Celtics on their court. After all, you’re in Boston to make memories not shop. So, let the Celts’ current hot player Kyrie Irving help you create some Kodak moments.

THE JOURNAL TIPS

Prolong your Thanksgiving celebration by visiting “America’s only historically accurate, chronological Thanksgiving parade” in Plymouth. Fly to Boston on November 17 and make the hour-long drive to “America’s hometown” the following day. The coastal town south of Boston is the site of the first Pilgrim settlement, founded in 1620. From tourist attractions like the Plymouth Rock (supposedly the spot on which the Pilgrims first step foot) to the living museum Plimoth Plantation, this quintessential New England town and its parade will make your Thanksgiving a memorable one.