10 Ways To Safely Support Connecticut Businesses this Thanksgiving Last Updated 11/20

Now more than ever, it's important to #SupportCTBusinesses — especially at the holidays! This Thanksgiving and holiday season, there are so many ways to help keep local businesses going. You may even discover a new favorite spot or family tradition. Here are 10 ways to enjoy a safe, festive Thanksgiving and support Connecticut businesses.

 

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1 | Utilize Local Ingredients

Countless Connecticut farms and orchards offer hand-picked produce, farm-raised turkeys, homemade desserts and more. A family outing to the farm can be part of the experience, too!

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2 | Choose Connecticut Wine, Beer or Spirits

Ditch the big label brands and introduce the family to something new. Many Connecticut wineries, breweries and distilleries are open for in-person purchases, pick-up or even delivery.

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3 | Let Someone Else Handle the Cooking

If you need a break from cooking, order your Thanksgiving meal for pick-up or delivery from a Connecticut restaurant. Many are offering the traditional fixings, while others are putting their own spin on the menu.

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4 | Change The Scenery

Many Connecticut restaurants are open and safely welcoming families on Thanksgiving. Reserve your spot for a memorable brunch, lunch or dinner—and avoid the kitchen clean-up.

Photo credit: Winter Caplanson, CT Food and Farm

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5 | Give Back To The Great Outdoors

Many of us rediscovered the great outdoors over the past few months, so take this opportunity to substitute your pre- or post-meal walk for a hike or bike ride at your local park, preserve or land trust—and consider donating to ensure the trails are available for years to come.

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6 | Sign Up for a Virtual Turkey Trot

Support local causes and businesses alike by signing up for a virtual road race. Many of the events have flexible start times, so you can run on your own schedule over the holiday.

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7 | Turn Phone Time Into Family Time

You don’t have to leave your house to try something new in Connecticut. While most museums and tourism attractions are closed on Thanksgiving day, many offer virtual exhibits, gallery talks and educational lectures at discounted rates.

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8 | Get In The Holiday Spirit—Early

Many of Connecticut’s beloved holiday events kick off the day after Thanksgiving. Reserve your spot now to ensure your family can participate and if you need a Christmas tree, head to the nearest tree farm to pick or cut your own.




 

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9 | Show Your State Pride

This holiday season, opt for Connecticut-made or inspired gifts for family and friends, or consider giving a Connecticut experience, like a gift certificate to a local restaurant or a membership to a favorite local museum or attraction.

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10 | Recharge Your Battery

Prepare to wave goodbye to 2020 by reserving a staycation at a Connecticut hotel, inn or B&B now. Many are offering special winter packages.