Many of us would rather not cook on Thanksgiving Day, especially if it clears our plate for other fun activities, like a walk in the park, a game of touch football or a blockbuster movie.
If you go out to eat, you don’t have to polish the silver or wash up the dishes afterward, but you might get leftovers to take home in a doggie bag.
Here is a round-up of some of the restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, both traditional and untraditional, on Nov. 22, and a few ideas for getting guests out of the house on the long weekend:
John Ash & Co. in Santa Rosa will serve a special menu of traditional Thanksgiving favorites from 1 to 8 p.m., along with non-traditional autumn dishes and desserts worthy of grandma. 527-7687. 4330 Barnes Road, just off Highway 101 at River Road. vintnersinn.com.
Safari West in Santa Rosa will serve a Thanksgiving feast — with a touch of Africa — at noon and 4 p.m. $60 adults, $20 kids 4-12, including tip and tax. 3115 Porter Creek Road. www.safariwest.com.
The Big 3 in Sonoma will serve a Thanksgiving brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a special Thanksgiving menu from 2 to 9 p.m. Sante restaurant at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn will serve a Thanksgiving buffet in the dining room from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Packages for lodging are available. 938-9000. 96 and 100 Boyes Blvd. www.fairmont.com/Sonoma.
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar in Sonoma will serve a special three-course Thanksgiving menu with choices for each course. $55, $30 for children. 1325 Broadway St. 935-6600. www.thelodgeatsonoma.com.
Madrona Manor in Healdsburg will serve a traditional, four-course turkey dinner with all the fixings with seatings from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. $84 adults, $42 kids 12 and under. Vegetarian options availble. 433-4231. 1001 Westside Road. www.madronamanor.com.
Brix restaurant in Napa will serve a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 2 to 8 p.m. $65. Wine flight is an additional $35. 944-2749. 7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa. www.brix.com.
Fish Story in Napa is serving a “Lobster for the Price of Turkey” three-course, prix fixe menu from 2 to 7 p.m. featuring a Maine Lobster Boil with fingerling potatoes, green beans and butter. $45. (There is a turkey option as well.) 251-5600. 790 Main St. www.fishstorynapa.com.
Nick’s Cove in Marshall will host a Thanksgiving dinner with three seatings featuring the bounty of West Marin farms and fishermen. Seatings are at 12:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. $49. 415-663-1033. 23240 Highway One. www.nickscove.com.
Looking for things to do with out-of-town guests on Thanksgiving weekend? Here are a couple of ideas:
DaVero Olive Oil will throw its annual “Day after Thanksgiving” party at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the tasting room, 766 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Rosso Pizzeria will bring their portable pizza oven, and you can eat, play frisbee and relax by the fire pit with a slice of pie and a glass of wine. No reservations. Wine tasting is complimentary, with pizza and other bites for purchase. All ages welcome. www.davero.com.
Dry Creek Kitchen launches a new holiday tradition this Saturday with a Saturday Afternoon Holiday Tea in the Fireplace Lobby Lounge of the Hotel Healdsburg. The Afternoon Tea runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 23. Guests can enjoy chef Charlie Palmer’s new custom tea blends, sparkling wine cocktails and dessert wines, plus an array of savory tea sandwiches, sweet scones, coddled cream, house-made jams and classic desserts from the Dry Creek Kitchen. $28 for adult tea service and tea bites; $37 for tea service, tea bites and holiday wine; $14 children for beverage and tea bites. Reservations: 431-0330.
Cornerstone Sonoma will host the annual “Lighting of the Snowmen” at 4 p.m. Saturday as a fundraiser for Pets Lifeline, a non-profit animal shelter in Sonoma. The evening includes live music, a performance of the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory, holiday children’s films and photos with Santa Claus in the big blue chair. The event is free, but carnival tickets will be sold for face-painting, holiday crafts and steins of beer in the Holiday Beer Garden. Park 121 Cafe will offer pizza from the new, wood-burning oven, and there will be wine tasting and shopping. Extra parking and a free shuttle is available at Jacuzzi Winery. Onsite parking is $5. 23570 Arnold Drive. cornerstonesonoma.com. 933-3010.