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Our Top Picks for Elevated Thanksgiving Dining

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Not in the mood for cooking this Thanksgiving? These luxe locales will serve you a feast in style.

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ELEMENTS AT SANCTUARY ON CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN
When Chef Beau MacMillan is in the kitchen, we know something decadent is on its way to our plates. And with the stellar views at Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, you can hardly go wrong with a Thanksgiving table here. Enjoy a four-course prix-fixe meal with options like a traditional turkey dinner or something different like ricotta ravioli with duck confit and spice-crusted seabass with charred eggplant puree, ratatouille and harissa butter. In the mood for some variety? Reserve a table at The Views ballroom and enjoy a bountiful buffet dinner.

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OMNI SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT MONTELUCIA
We love the Mediterranean vibe at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. And perhaps even more so, the Latin-inspired cuisine at the signature restaurant, Prado. Enjoy live music and a prix-fixe four-course menu on Thanksgiving with items like a seafood cazuela featuring shrimp, langostino, mussels and clams to start, and a slow-roasted turkey with cornbread and chorizo stuffing for dinner.

While you’re at it, stop by for Thanksgiving Eve for one of the liveliest parties in the Valley featuring live entertainment, food and specialty cocktails out in the Cortijo Plaza.

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HEARTH ’61 AT MOUNTAIN SHADOWS
Mountain Shadows resort at Paradise Valley is quickly making a name for itself as a modern and luxe destination. And with Chef Charles Wiley’s creations on the menu at Hearth ’61, it’s easy to see why. This Thanksgiving, savor fall flavors like butternut squash soup with sage brioche croutons and coriander crème fraîche. For the main event, the slow-roasted “Two Wash Ranch” turkey is sure to hit the spot and includes traditional trimmings like mashed potatoes, chorizo cornbread, stuffing, veggies, gravy, and a choice between bourbon pecan pie or pumpkin pie.

Not up for going out? You can also order Thanksgiving dinner to-go and enjoy a chef-prepared feast in the comfort of your home.

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ROYAL PALMS RESORT AND SPA
Savoring something decadent yet not exactly traditional? Opt for the Holiday Buffet at The Royal Palms, which features delectable, unexpected menu items like the Royal Palms Spanish paella and the Ballerine pasta rustica. Seafood delights like chilled poached shrimp, oysters and crab claws will satiate the pescatarian in the family. If you prefer restaurant dining at T. Cooks, the prix-fixe menu is sure to impress. Try the grilled Maine lobster with short rib cannelloni, or the roasted free-range Diestel turkey finished off with spiced pumpkin pie.

Order the Kistler Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, the perfect pairing for your turkey dinner.

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L’AUBERGE DE SEDONA, A DESTINATION HOTEL
A long weekend away may be in order this holiday season, and for that we look no further than L’Auberge de Sedona, A Destination Hotel. Feast on a creek-side brunch at Etch Kitchen & Bar with bottomless Marys and mimosas, live music and decadent offerings like a rosemary-and-molasses-roasted prime rib, breakfast selections, iced seafood and much more. If you prefer to celebrate in the evening, try the four-course dinner at Cress on Oak Creek where butternut velvet bisque, foraged fall mushroom ravioli, and honey-brined turkey breast round out the menu.

If you’re dining at Cress on Oak Creek, your server can guide you with the best wine pairing recommendations for each course.

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ARTIZEN, CRAFTED AMERICAN KITCHEN & BAR AT THE CAMBY
Thanksgiving is traditionally a day for an early meal, so we’re loving the jumpstart we can get at the Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby. Get your fixing of traditional Thanksgiving items with a twist, like the turkey carnitas, cranberry maple-glazed chicken wings and tamale casserole. Or enjoy breakfast items like the brioche French toast with a pecan crumble, macerated berries, chantilly cream and Vermont maple syrup. The buffet-style brunch menu includes a mimosa or Bloody Mary, and mouthwatering items sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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FOUR SEASONS RESORT SCOTTSDALE AT TROON NORTH
Choices abound at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, from an elegant dinner to a more casual Thanksgiving affair. The buffet at Talavera promises a luxe afternoon with satisfying fare like cinnamon-apple-and-sage-roasted turkey, a cooked-to-order mushroom risotto, and a cheese and charcuterie station. For a more traditional meal head to Proof, An American Canteen, where the three-course menu includes favorites like roasted-apple-and-sausage-bread-pudding stuffing, maple-cider-brined roasted turkey, or grab dinner to go to feed the whole family.

Go for the grilled pumpkin cake the pastry team serves up at the live action station at Talavera.

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