The Washington Times - November 15, 2008, 11:17PM

By Jacquie Kubin, Donne Tempo Magazine

Washington, D.C.  Make this Thanksgiving a holiday for mom by visiting one of Virginia’s leading resorts — Wintergreen or Lansdowne — for your holiday feast. At these quality destination properties, whether you visit for the weekend or just plan on visiting for the day, the meal preparations are easy as their chefs create sumptuous buffets and dinner menus sure to please everyone in the family.

And, while the chefs are busy cooking, you can spend your time in the properties spas, relaxing by the pool or just enjoying coffee and family in these ultra-relaxing environs.

And you don’t have to clean up afterward.


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At Wintergreen Resort it’s beginning to smell a lot like … turkey!

A premier ski resort for the mid-Atlantic region, Wintergreen, Wintergreen, Virginia  starts the winter season – snow or no snow – with a great Thanksgiving holiday!

If you chose to drive up for the day, or the weekend, Wintergreen Resort is an 11,000-acre, four-season resort located in the Blue Ridge Mountains southwest of Charlottesville.  It is a beautiful environment filled with marvelous hiking trails and the children’s Out of Bounds Adventure Dome.  

Mom will enjoy a bit of holiday cheer with a visit to the Wintergarden Spa.

For guests at the luxury condominiums at Wintergreen Resort the choices including a complete traditional dinner delivered to your unit or the expansive Thanksgiving dinner buffet at Devils Grill.

With plate glass windows, experienced wait staff and extensive wine and beverage list, Devil’s Creek Grill offers incredible views of the famous Blue Ridge Mountains, making this a more than memorable dinning option.

Featuring over 75 menu items from the traditional roasted Tom turkey and carved pit ham with Champagne mustard to the restaurants signature stone-ground white grit soufflé and white truffle creamed spinach, diners will find the traditional to the unique on Chef Peter Tucker’s holiday table.

411: The Devil Grill Buffet is served from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.  Adults - $35.00.  Children $8.00.  Reservations: 434-325-8100. Call 434-325-8087 to order a family Turkey Feast delivered to your condominium. Call early to reserve your “delivered” Turkey dinner as the number available are limited.

Down the mountain at the Stoney Creek Bar & Grill Chef William Hill is offering a four course, sit down holiday dinner with traditional and not-so-traditional offers.

Meal starters are a choice of Baked Brie with Cranberries and Pistachios or Fried Oysters with Holiday Tarter Sauce. From there the choices is a seasonal salad bar or Succotash Soup.

Entrees include the traditional Roaster Turkey Platter, or for something different, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Maple Glazed Filet of Salmon or Vegetable Lasagna, prepared in a “holiday fashion.” 

Your Thanksgiving feast at Stoney Creek Bar and Grill is completed with a pie filled dessert buffet including standards Pumpkin, Apple and Pecan Pies.

411:  Stoney Creek Bar and Grill will be serving from 1:00pm – 6:00pm Adults - $35.00.  Children $8.00.  Reservations call 434-325-8110.

Lansdowne Resort is one of the Washington D.C. areas hidden gems.  Located just 40 minutes from D.C. Lansdowne sits amongst numerous living history sites including Historic Leesburg and the National Trust Historic Site, Oatlands Plantation, a circa 1804 antebellum plantation.

On property are two award winning golf course, putting greens, indoor pool, tennis and the Lansdowne Resort Rascals which provides activities for younger guests (programs run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday night and 9:00 am to 12:00pm Saturday and Sunday mornings. Friday evenings the program costs $20 per child, however the program is complimentary to hotel guests at other times.)

Other activities include an indoor swimming pool, playground, racquet and tennis ball courts, hiking-jogging trails and lots of open lawn space for running, tumbling and playing.

Gift mom with a pre-holiday surprise and send her to the exquisite Spa Minerale. A truly beautiful and relaxing environment, this 12,000 square foot spa is an oasis of pampering and includes meticulously appointed relaxation lounges, couples and private space suites, steam, sauna and whirlpool amenities for before, or after, your treatment.

At On The Potomac at Lansdowne Resort Chef Jason Lage has prepared a sumptuous four course seated Thanksgiving menu where the only challenge will be in making just one choice from all that is offered.

Your meal will begin with a Puree of Pumpkin or Warm Chestnut soup or, if you choose, a salad of Autumn Greens with dried summer fruits, Maytag blue cheese and citrus vinaigrette or Baby Argula with caramelized apples, golden raisins, candied almonds and ginger-vanilla vinaigrette.

Your second course selections include a Terrine of Roasted Beets, Grilled Georges Bank Scallops or Fall Mushroom Risotto.

Entrees include the option of a Dou of Free Range Turkey with traditional sides of green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and cranberry-orange relish; Carved Blank Angus Prime Rib with a cabernet reduction, horseradish mashed, roasted shallots, glazed carrots; Pecan Crusted Rainbow Trout with fall mushrooms, crispy sweet potatoes and butternut squash sauce or House Smoked Berkshire Ham with Gruyere Cheese and Potato gratin, mustard greens and bourbon sauce.

The desert tray will brim with traditional Pumpkin Cheese Cake Dome with warm caramel sauce, a light Apple Strudel with walnuts, raisins and cinnamon ice cream, the warm Pecan-Chocolate Tart with bourbon ice cream or Bakes Pears with brown sugar and Brandy cream.

When dining at Lansdowne be sure to ask for Sommelier Mary Watson.  Not only will she help you to make a comfortable wine choice, she is also a delightful and knowledgeable individual to know.

411: On the Potomac at Lansdowne Resort.  Adults $75.00. Children 6-12 $15.00. Children under 5 are complementary.  Serving from 2:00pm – 8:00pm. Reservations call 703-729-4073.

If choosing just one entrée is too difficult the Lansdowne Riverside Hearth restaurant is offering an incredible buffet that includes a large selection of hot and cold dishes including salads such as the Riesling Poached Pears on Baby Arugula and Autumn Lettuces, imported and domestic cheeses and robust Antipasto display from which to choose your favorite items from cured meats, salami, marinated olives, house smoked salmon and more. 

From the Carving Board choose Rosemary and Garlic Rubbed Prime Rib Roast, Citrus Glazed Nueske Farms Spiral Cut Ham or Carved Turkey.

Entrée items include Chicken and Herbed Dumpling Soup, Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Pan Seared Duck Breast with Smoked Legs, Sautéed Shellfish with Pappardelle Pasta in Wine and Herb Butter Sauce, traditional Green Bean Casserole, Slow Roasted Cauliflower, Honey and Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes. 

And, of course, a dessert buffet filled with traditional and seasonal sweets from the Lansdowne Pastry shop.
 
411: Riverside Hearth at Lansdowne Resort.  Adults $65.00. Children 6-12 $15.00. Children under 5 are complementary.  Serving from 2:00pm – 8:00pm. Reservations call 703-729-4073.

If you have not already made your at-home dinner plans, or just decide this year you want someone else to baste the turkey, choose anyone of these find destinations and make a day, or weekend, of fun and relaxation, your families holiday tradition.

Jacquie Kubin is editor of Donne Tempo Magazine and believes in leaving the cooking, and the dishes, to others.