Top 10 warm-weather Thanksgiving getaways

Take away all the food, family, and football, and what is Thanksgiving, really? Four full days. We suggest you use them wisely––and warmly

Avalon

6. Avalon

Apologize to Aunt Betsy: You love her dining room seating chart and paper Pilgrim hats, but this year you're taking the family to the beach. With a rental home in postcard-perfect Avalon, on SoCal's Catalina Island, trade a premeal toss of the football for kayaking or beach volleyball while still hosting three generations around a groaning table. In November, temps are mild and the summertime hordes just a memory. It doesn't matter if you choose a cozy cottage, rambling wood-shingled beach house, or red-tile roofed villa on a hill facing the sea, the place will fill–as Aunt Betsy's does each year–with the smell of roasting turkey. Condos and houses from $125; most have 2-night minimum; catalinachamber.com

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