Thanksgiving Dining Ideas For The Travel Nurse

Working as a travel nurse during the holidays can bring on extreme feelings of Homesickness and Loneliness.   Try some of these Thanksgiving dining ideas for the Travel Nurse.

Thanksgiving Dining Ideas For The Travel NurseIn 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.



Top 10 Restaurants for Thanksgiving Day Dining via Bon Appetite

Montagna, the Little Nell’s Restaurant 
Chef Ryan Hardy grows his own produce and raises livestock on his 15-acre farm, so the meal (which, in past years, has ranged from butternut squash soup to pumpkin crème brûlée) is sure to please. And the base of white-capped mountains is a picturesque setting. 675 East Durant Avenue; 970-920-6313;

Prairie Grass Cafe 
Northbrook, Illinois
Just a few miles outside the wilds of Chicago exists this serene suburban refuge where Thanksgiving is still a traditional affair. Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris (both formerly of The Ritz-Carlton) hit all the marks with a conventional but exceptional Thanksgiving menu with turkey, stuffing, green beans, and pecan pie with locally grown pecans. 601 Skokie Boulevard; 847-205-4433;

New Orleans
Call it southern-inspired French cooking served just outside the French Quarter. To wit: roasted organic turkey with cornbread dressing and cranberry satsuma jam, followed by red velvet cake with cream cheese ice cream. 817 Common Street; 504-412-2580;

Higgins Restaurant and Bar 
Portland, Oregon
In a historic downtown building with pressed tin ceilings, chef Greg Higgins keeps it local and sustainable 365 days a year. Thanksgiving is no exception, with hazelnut-smoked salmon and leek chowder, forest mushroom risotto, and sage-roasted pasture-raised turkey. 1239 Southwest Broadway; 503-222-9070;

Driskill Grill 
Austin, Texas
At this beloved farm-to-table treasure, free-range hot smoked turkey wows with quince puree and sourdough sage stuffing. There is lobster on the menu for those who don’t need the usual turkey. 604 Brazos Street; 512-391-7162;

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Don’t want to dine alone for Thanksgiving?  Try one of these ideas!

Join a Community Dinner like this one in  Durango, CO Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Host or Attend a Community Dinner:

Arrange a carry-in at Work.  If you’re not working, offer to bring the Turkey.  Your co-workers will be ‘thankful’

Search for a Meet-up Thanksgiving Dinner near you and join other Thanksgiving ‘orphans’

Check out for group events in your city.

Join a group dining experience with Grub with Us

There are Thanksgiving celebrations and events in cities across America both large and small.  Don’t spend Thanksgiving alone.  Get out, be social and meet new friends!

I would love to hear your ideas, suggestions or details on events you are attending.  Do you know about a group that is fun for single travelers?  Did you find a quirky Thanksgiving event?  Share in the comments below.


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As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN. For the past nine years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 15 states throughout the U.S. She regularly shares advice for those interested in travel nurse jobs on her website at:

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