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Your Hotspots for Friendsgiving

By Selena Wolcott

In recent years, Friendsgiving has become more than just a trend; it is now a heartfelt tradition that celebrates the bonds of friendship and gratitude. As Thanksgiving approaches, many individuals choose to gather with their chosen family.

A popular way to kick off Friendsgiving is by going out the night before Thanksgiving. Many people choose to do this as a way to catch up with friends who may have traveled from different locations to be together. It’s a chance to relax, unwind, and set a festive tone for the Thanksgiving feast ahead. You can also choose a relaxing beach getaway or even some black Friday shopping to reconnect with your friends! Enjoy good food, drinks, conversations, and set the stage for a memorable Friendsgiving celebration.

Nosh on BBQ in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas offers a perfect blend of mouthwatering barbeque, rich culture, and a vibrant atmosphere. Texas’s love affair with barbecue is legendary. The Lone Star State takes pride in its smoky, slow-cooked meats, often seasoned with secret rubs and served with a variety of decadent sauces. The richness of flavors and the communal spirit of BBQ make it an excellent choice for a Friendsgiving feast.

Here we highlight some of the most famous and delicious BBQ spots in Austin, Texas. Franklin Barbecue, Terry Black’s Barbecue, and Leroy and Lewis are three iconic BBQ joints in Austin, Texas, each with its own unique charm that adds a flavorful twist to a Friendsgiving celebration with your besties.

Franklin Barbecue has legendary status in the world of BBQ. What makes it famous is their attention to detail in slow-smoking meats to perfection. The stars of this establishment are the melt-in-your-mouth brisket and tender ribs. Friendsgiving at Franklin Barbecue means indulging in an unforgettable BBQ feast, all while bonding with your best pals.

Photo by Franklin BBQ.

LeRoy and Lewis bring a modern twist to the Austin BBQ scene. With a focus on creativity and culinary innovation, this food truck offers fun fusion BBQ dishes that are perfect for a unique Friendsgiving celebration. They even host a week-long New School BBQ University to teach BBQ fans their innovative ways. This is a place where culinary experimentation meets the classic smokiness of BBQ, adding an exciting twist to your Friendsgiving feast.

Whether you opt for the traditional, world-renowned flavors of Franklin or Terry Black’s or decide to embark on a culinary adventure with Leroy and Lewis, the combination of BBQ and cherished friendships is sure to create a memorable and delicious Friendsgiving celebration.

Book your stay at Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel.

Sip on suds with your best buds in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina, is a charming city nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Known for its beer, vibrant arts scene, and welcoming atmosphere, Asheville offers the perfect place for a memorable Friendsgiving celebration. Starting the festivities the night before Thanksgiving can set a positive and festive tone for the holiday. It’s an opportunity to bond with friends, reminisce, and express gratitude for your chosen family.

Asheville is often referred to as “Beer City, USA,” and its thriving craft beer scene makes it a fantastic destination for friends who appreciate both good brews and good times. This city is home to more breweries per capita than any other U.S. city. Each brewery has its own unique atmosphere and beer offerings. Many breweries have guided tours and tastings so you can bar hop with your friends.

Green Man Brewery is one of Asheville’s original craft breweries and has earned a special place in the hearts of beer enthusiasts all over. Their English-style ales and distinctive artwork featuring the Green Man character give the brewery its own unique identity. The Green Mansion, (their tasting room), offers a cozy setting to enjoy their brews.

Photo by Green Man Brewery.

Top of the Monk is a unique speakeasy-style bar is known for its craft cocktails, delectable eats, and intimate rooftop garden. They also have their own unique line of in-house brews. It’s an ideal spot for a quieter, more sophisticated night out with friends. One of the standout features of this speakeasy-style bar is its “bartender’s choice” option. You can tell the bartender your preferred flavors, spirits, or mood, and they’ll craft a custom cocktail tailored just for you. It’s a personalized and memorable experience.

Consider trying beer yoga as a unique and unconventional activity to bring you and your friends closer. Several breweries and yoga studios in Asheville offer sessions where you can combine yoga with sipping on craft beer. It’s a lighthearted and enjoyable way to unwind together.

Book your stay at GLō Best Western Asheville Tunnel Road.

Relax and unwind by the ocean in St. Augustine, Florida

Located along Florida’s northeastern coast, St. Augustine boasts breathtaking ocean views and pristine beaches. As the oldest city in the United States, it offers a blend of historical landmarks, stunning coastal beauty, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. The city’s sandy shores and gentle waves provide the most relaxing and rejuvenating Friendsgiving.

A great way to celebrate Friendsgiving is with a charcuterie board picnic on one of St. Augustine’s beautiful beaches. Gather an assortment of cheeses, meats, fresh fruits, nuts, crackers, and your favorite wine. Spread out a blanket, relax by the water, and enjoy the stunning ocean views while sharing delicious drinks and snacks with your friends.

Though St. Augustine isn’t first known for their wine scene, there are still some delightful wineries and vineyards in the area where you can enjoy wine tastings and celebrate Friendsgiving.

Located in the heart of historic St. Augustine, the San Sebastian Winery is a popular destination for wine enthusiasts. They offer complimentary tours and wine tastings daily. You can sample a variety of wines, while enjoying views of the city from their rooftop deck. you and your friends also have the opportunity to pair your favorite San Sebastian Wines with delicious appetizers, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

The Cellar Upstairs wine and jazz bar is located on the third floor of the winery. As you all unwind together in this inviting space, the open-air deck provides a spectacular view. The winery also offers live music performances every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Book your stay at St. Augustine Hotel Beach Inn – Best Western St. Augustine.

Celebrate with a foodie fiasco in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee, is indeed an excellent destination for a foodie Friendsgiving celebration. With its diverse culinary scene, lively downtown, and numerous shopping opportunities, Nashville offers a comprehensive experience for those looking to indulge in a memorable celebration.

There are quite a few iconic dishes that stem from the music city. Starting with the renowned hot chicken – a spicy and crispy fried chicken delicacy. It’s an absolute must-try during your visit, with beloved spots like Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and Prince’s Hot Chicken offering their own take on this fiery classic. Additionally, Nashville takes biscuits seriously, and you can indulge in delightful biscuits at iconic establishments such as the Loveless Cafe, Biscuit Love, and The Southern V.

Photo by Hattie B’s.

After enjoying a mouthwatering meal of hot chicken and biscuits, make your way to The Bluebird Cafe for a night filled with acoustic tunes and the chance to discover emerging talents. Nashville’s music scene is as diverse as its cuisine, and at The Bluebird, you’ll experience the raw, authentic side of the city’s musical heritage. Music fills the air in downtown Nashville, and you can discover famous country artists bars and live performances on nearly every street corner. Whether you prefer honky-tonks, dance floors, or intimate settings, the city offers a diverse range of experiences. Don’t miss Santa’s Pub, a dive bar adorned with Christmas decorations year-round, offering a laid-back atmosphere and karaoke nights. If you’re in the mood for breathtaking views and dancing, Nashville’s rooftop bars provide the perfect setting to dance the night away with your friends.

Book your stay at Best Western Plus Music Row.

Indulge in a Filipino feast in Long Island City, New York

Located just east of Manhattan,  visiting Long Island, New York, for a Friendsgiving celebration offers a unique blend of urban charm and diverse culinary experiences. Long Island’s cultural diversity and heritage make it an excellent destination for celebrating friendship, and a unique way to bond with friends is by enjoying a traditional Filipino Kamayan.

Photo by Ihawan.

Kamayan is a traditional Filipino dining experience that’s all about sharing a communal meal using your hands, but it’s not just a meal; it’s an immersive cultural experience. Sharing this unique culinary tradition allows you and your friends to explore Filipino culture and flavors together. It’s a delightful way to expand your cultural horizons and gain a deeper appreciation for diversity.

Ihawan restaurant in Woodside, Queens, is indeed a haven for Filipino cuisine enthusiasts and features a truly authentic taste. This renowned restaurant has been passed down through generations, as it has been around for a little over 27 years. The staff at Ihawan are known for their warm hospitality and eagerness to share their Filipino culture and cuisine with diners.  In addition to Kamayan feasts, Ihawan’s menu includes a wide array of Filipino favorites, including vegetarian and seafood options, ensuring that everyone in your group can find something they love.

Book your stay at Vista LIC Hotel, BW Premier Collection.

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