It may be hard to get past the roasted turkey or the wonderfully carb-loaded stuffing and mashed potatoes, but that’s not what Thanksgiving’s about. It’s all about getting the whole family together, for better or worse, to break bread and actually give thanks for each other. In honor of the most food-centric holiday, here are some extraordinary dining tables worth gathering around (with couches close enough for collapsing after dinner).
Our best dining rooms for breaking bread
Specs: 6 bedrooms; 9 bathrooms; sleeps 12
Price: From $6,500 a night
Thanks to this sprawling villa’s 11,000 square feet, the two tables you see here are not the home’s only dining tables. Just out of view is a gorgeous, glass-topped dining table that seats 12 and completes this massive dining-room-with-a-view. And should any political tiffs spring up as you break bread (as they do), there are more than enough corners of this house to retreat to in order to cool off.
Plata Cielo vacation rental home in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Specs: 5 bedrooms; 4.5 bathrooms; sleeps 12
Price: From $517 a night
Just steps from the prestigious Santa Fe Opera is this beautiful southwestern home, which offers a sizable patio and views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Inside, you’ll find this rustic dining table and its 10 stately, leather-bound chairs. The kitchen is outfitted with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and an island ideal for setting up the bar.
Avery’s Hideaway vacation rental home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Specs: 5 bedrooms; 5.5 bathrooms; sleeps 16
Price: From $451 a night
If rustic, traditional Thanksgivings are your thing, this one’s for you: That gleaming table was designed for heavy lifting (and yes, we mean the turkey). And the kitchen’s spacious enough for multiple people to cook at the same time, on high-end countertops and appliances. After dinner, head out to the hot tub to relax after that big meal. Just try not to fall asleep, please.
Le Bleu Villa in Little Harbour, Anguilla
Specs: 10 bedrooms; 10 bathrooms; sleeps 20
Price: From $7,882 a night
If you’re worrying about having enough space for everyone, this uniquely tropical yet modern dining room seats 16. And it offers views of the stunning gardens, onsite pool, and beach. Sure, it may be a long walk to pass the salt to the other end of the table, but whatever gets you closer to that water…
Refined Modern Luxury #79 vacation rental home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Specs: 5 bedrooms; 5.5 bathrooms; sleeps 16
Price: From $406 a night
Break bread below this airy statement chandelier in this classic-yet-modern dining room. If 8 seats aren’t enough for the whole fam, there are five more seats at the breakfast bar in the kitchen, which is outfitted with a Wolf dual oven, griddle, two dishwashers, and plenty of marble-topped counter space. And back in the dining room, there are french doors, which open up to the patio, where there’s a flat-screen TV and fireplace.
Specs: 3 bedrooms; 3.5 bathrooms; sleeps 10
Price: From $343 a night
Tucked in the upscale Schaffer’s Mill, this home was designed to work in harmony with—and to show off—the surrounding wilderness. It was designed by award-winning architect Ward-Young, and yes, it was featured on HGTV’s Dream Home Lake Tahoe. Plus, after you tuck into turkey in this stunning kitchen and dining room, you can stretch out on the couch in front of the 72″ TV to watch the game.
Opal Seas at Baby Beach vacation rental home in Lahaina, Hawaii
Specs: 3 bedrooms; 3.5 bathrooms; sleeps 6
Price: From $2,150 a night
Not even Thanksgiving dinner is a good enough reason to spend time indoors in Hawaii. Enter this stunning home, where the patio faces west, offering up a showstopping sunset as you and your family chow down just steps from the beach. And if you stay for a few extra days, you may see catch the beginning of whale-watching season, which starts in December.
Luxury Oceanfront vacation rental home in Ventura, California
Specs: 3 bedrooms; 3 bathrooms; sleeps 8
Price: From $497 a night
If this picture’s any indicator, this vacation home is something of a contemporary enclave—but what you can’t see is that it nudges up against the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The architectural stunner offers views of the Channel Islands and Ventura, and you’ll have direct patio access even while stuffing yourself silly with mashed potatoes. There’s also a hot tub onsite, but we recommend waiting 30 minutes before going for a dip.
Specs: 6 bedrooms; 8 bathrooms; sleeps 12
Price: From $7,143 a night
Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like a private beach, gym, and three pools on your very own tropical estate. Okay, not really, but would you pass up the opportunity? Break bread with your family here, at this sculptural table, after a few unforgettable hours of building sandcastles, strolling among the private tropical gardens, and just living the good life.
Bonus: The outdoor dining space at Hualalai 72-121 Pakui in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Specs: 5 bedrooms; 5.5 bathrooms; sleeps 10
Price: From $2,950 a night
So this is not really a dining room, but it’s notable none the less. Because who would not want to eat out here? Also nearby are the home’s private pool and hot tub, for your post-meal enjoyment. Inside, you’ll find an open, fully-equipped kitchen with high-end appliances, making actually cooking your meal a little more enjoyable. And when you’re done, retire to your bedroom, which opens up to the property’s landscaped gardens.