Villas of Grand Cypress Serves up Tasty Travel and Too Much Fun This Thanksgiving #HappyVGC

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In addition to a “splurge-worthy” Thanksgiving dinner, this Forbes Four-Star resort in Orlando, Florida, offers luxury accommodations and a bounty of activities created to celebrate the season.

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Black Friday Drop and Shop at Villas of Grand Cypress

The meal will be highlighted with exceptional surprises like a sweet potato gnocchi made with butter poached oysters, Andouille sausage lardons with a charred corn emulsion, and crispy salsify...

Whether traveling this Thanksgiving from near or far, for fun, family, or just need to outsource a "guest" bedroom for visitors, the Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort, a Personal Luxury Resort®, has you covered. In addition to a “splurge-worthy” Thanksgiving dinner, the Forbes Four-Star resort offers luxury accommodations and a bounty of activities created to celebrate the season.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 2-Mile Run – Thursday November 27 | 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Before enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, guests are invited to participate in the 2nd annual Grand Cypress Turkey Trot. This run, jog, walk, or, yes, “trot” follows a 2-mile course through the expansive grounds of Grand Cypress.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Chef Lonny Huot and the culinary team will present a gourmet Thanksgiving feast with traditional favorites like roasted turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. The meal will be highlighted with exceptional surprises like a sweet potato gnocchi made with butter poached oysters, Andouille sausage lardons with a charred corn emulsion, and crispy salsify (a skinnier relative of the parsnip). Thanksgiving dinner is priced at $55 per adult and $25 per child and will be served in The Club from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm and in Nine18 from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Reservations are required and “leftover” boxes will be ready and available.

Black Friday "Drop and Shop" Junior Golf Clinic – Friday November 28 | 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Academy of Golf offers half day and full day sessions this holiday for juniors ages 7 to 17. Take advantage of an outstanding student to teacher ratio, offering personalized attention that will help your kids improve their game. Black Friday Drop & Shop School: Includes instruction on full swing, short game, and 3 holes of golf, lunch, and a Premium Outlet coupon book for holiday shopping. Half Day $99 - 8:00 am to 12:00 noon; Half Day $99 - 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm;    Full Day $179 - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

How to Make a Pumpkin Pie – Friday November 28 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without some homemade pumpkin pie! The culinary professionals at Villas of Grand Cypress offer hands-on instruction for guests, on how to make the perfect pumpkin pie. Attendees will make a pie and bring it back for the family as a special holiday treat.

Thanksgiving Leftovers 101 – Friday November 28 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Guests will receive recipes, ideas and tips for preparing Thanksgiving leftovers from the chef and restaurant team in this oh-so-necessary cooking class for guests 13 years and beyond. Learn about herbs in the chef's herb garden and take some fresh herb clippings home for use in your next holiday meal.

Tree Lighting – Friday November 28 | 6:00 pm
Villas of Grand Cypress will host the annual Christmas tree lighting in The Club Restaurant. Bring the family and count down to the start of the Christmas season.

Rather than staying home over Thanksgiving, round up your friends and family to celebrate all week long. After all, no prep work or clean-up duty means more time to explore. Rates for Thanksgiving week start at $295. For more information, please visit http://www.grandcypress.com.

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About Villas of Grand Cypress Resort
Awarded the 2014 TripAdvisor Readers Choice Award “Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the U.S.A”, Villas of Grand Cypress is just miles from the Orlando International airport, but seems worlds away from the ordinary. In addition to its 45-holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf, the resort offers theaward winning Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, Grand Cypress Racquet Club; in-suite spa services; Lake Windsong and marina; easy access to Orlando's famed attractions; on-site transportation services; two pools, and more.

Villas of Grand Cypress has been a continued recipient of the Gold Key Award from subscribers of Meetings and Conventions Magazine, receiving the award 18 times, most recently in 2014. In addition, Grand Cypress Academy of Golf rated as one of the "Top 25 Golf Schools in America."

About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®
Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® includes unique hand-picked properties in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in keeping with the collection’s shared mission. They represent a select portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for over 30 years. Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability. With Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, luxury is always personal.

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