Hotels and resorts around the world invite travelers to take their Friendsgiving festivities to the next level and offer scenic luxury picnic experiences. These picnic packages offer everything from garden-to-table dishes to complimentary bike rentals to dreamy décor that will make Friendsgiving photo dumps the talk of the town (and IG feed).
Take a look at some of the best luxury picnic experiences around the globe.
The Foundry Hotel – Asheville, NC
The Foundry Hotel is a 87-room luxury boutique hotel complex that combines three historic buildings with two new builds in the heart of The Block neighborhood, Asheville’s oldest African American business district. Together with Dreamscape Luxury Picnics, the hotel offers its guests an hour-and-a-half luxury picnic on the hotel’s great lawn. Participants will enjoy a grazing board for two with house-made dips, cheeses, meats and more from award-winning onsite restaurant Benne on Eagle, a bottle of wine of their choice and dreamy décor complete with lighting, a flower arrangement and a Bluetooth speaker.
Wailea Beach Resort – Wailea, Maui, HI
Wailea Beach Resort spans 22 acres with three spectacular pool experiences, including private floating cabanas and the longest water slide in all of Maui. Guests can enjoy bespoke picnics under the stars at the ocean’s edge or in-suite via the hotel’s partnership with Maui Luxe Picnics. Picnics are complete with aesthetically pleasing soft lighting, rugs, blankets, pillow cushions, fresh flowers and gourmet grazing platters.
Zemi Beach House – Anguilla
Nestled on the white beaches of Anguilla, Zemi Beach House is a 76-room luxury resort with a fully equipped event planning team. Travelers can enjoy an intimate picnic for two, or a group picnic for family reunions, birthdays, milestones and more. The event planners take care of every last detail. Guests can also experience a toes-in-the-sand picnic, complete with fresh Caribbean cuisine, bubbly Champagne and boozy cocktails, and even complete s’mores set up for a night under the Anguillan stars.
The Kentucky Castle – Lexington, KY
Located less than 20 minutes from Lexington, The Kentucky Castle is a 110-acre estate and castle that has become an upscale boutique hotel accommodation. Visitors can go horseback riding through the sprawling estate that ends with a garden-to-table picnic (along the ride guests will discover a no-till garden and greenhouse that supplies fruits and vegetables to the onsite restaurant). Take a goat yoga class or refresh at The Kentucky Castle Spa with lavender treatments (grown onsite) or enjoy the sauna, massages, body treatments, facials and more.
Inns of Aurora – Aurora, NY
At the Inns of Aurora, a luxury lakeside resort in the heart of the Finger Lakes, guests can book the Lavish Lunchbox experience ($75/person) at Aurora Cooks!, the resort’s demonstration kitchen. Under the guidance of expert chefs, guests put together an array of seasonal accouterments like roast chicken, seared duck breast, house-made jams, and local cheese, and can also add-on bottles of local wine or to-go cocktails to complete the spread. Afterward, they can grab a complimentary picnic blanket and pick a spot on one of the lakefront lawns to enjoy a picnic surrounded by the waters of Cayuga Lake and rolling hills just beyond.
Deer Path Inn – Lake Forest, IL
An English-inspired boutique hotel, Deer Path Inn is a staple of Chicago’s North Shore. The inn’s Picnic in the Park package includes complimentary bike rentals for a scenic trip to the shores of Lake Michigan. Guests receive a customized picnic basket filled with a selection of curated snacks and beverages to enjoy while admiring the picturesque views.
The Spectator Hotel – Charleston, SC
The Spectator Hotel is a 1920s-inspired luxury boutique hotel and the only one in the city with personal butler service. Assigned to each guest and available 24/7, butlers can coordinate anything, including arranging a luxury picnic. After sourcing snacks, drinks, and even take-out from local purveyors, butlers can set up a private picnic on the guest’s terrace or pack a to-go basket for them to take to historic waterfront, accessible via the hotel’s complimentary vintage bicycles. Additionally, upon request, master in-house mixologists at The Bar, the hotel’s speakeasy-inspired cocktail lounge, can also prepare hand-crafted cocktails to-go – providing guests the ultimate luxury picnic experience in one of the most romantic cities in the U.S.
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