Not sure how it crept up already but, ladies, it's time to talk turkey-- or at least Turkey Day. (In case you're still in a post-Halloween coma, Thanksgiving is coming up quickly on November 25th.) There are lots of ways to celebrate the day in and around Charlotte!
- Need a little boost in the kitchen so your guests wonder if you've been nabbed as the next Food Network star? Check out cooking classes at The Gallery Restaurant at the The Ballantyne Hotel. On Saturday, November 20th from 10:30-1:30, Chef Morrow and Chef Moore will give you a crash course in preparing a three-course meal, including expert presentation tips. Who doesn't want a Martha Stewart-worthy table? (When everyone's praising you, remember to be cool about it. "Oh, it was nothing.") Cost for the class: $65.
- If you don't want to cook, The Ballantyne is also hosting Thanksgiving brunch. In fact, a lot of Charlotte's favorite restaurants are ready to serve you. Here is a list of open restaurants in the area, according to About.com
- What would Thanksgiving be without a parade? If the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade isn't quite local enough, don't forget the annual Belk Carolinas' Carrousel Parade. It steps off at 10 am at North Tryon and 10th and will end at the Levine Center for the Arts on South Tryon at Stonewall Street.
- Giving back is alive and well! If you want to show thanks by spending some time with those in need, check out the Thanksgiving food drive at Loaves & Fishes.
- If you want to get away, but don't want to head out too far, check out the Thanksgiving weekend family packages at the Pinehurst Resort or try the Candlelit night at the Biltmore in Asheville.
What activities are at the top of your list to make it a Carolina holiday? Help us add to the list and have a happy Thanksgiving!