Last-Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

Since becoming a Realtor, I have relied on “the market” to be a seasonal prompt (e.g., I know it is spring when I am really busy; I know it is time to get ready for the holidays when things slow down). Well, we have had an unseasonably active market in Arlington lately. So, you can imagine my surprise when I looked up at a calendar and realized that Thanksgiving just about a week away! Here is a list to get us ready and help us enjoy the day.


Get Ready . . .


Thanksgiving Made to Order – Earls in Arlington, 2605 Wilson Blvd

Don’t have time to plan, shop and cook this year? Not to worry, Earls in Arlington has you covered. They’ve got a full Thanksgiving menu for pre-order. With three different sizes of roasted turkeys to choose from, you can host an intimate gathering or a large group. Pick and choose individual dishes or have them cover your entire meal. Make sure to place your order by noon next Monday (Nov. 25).  Pick-up will be 10:30am – 4:00pm the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  See the menu here.




Thanksgiving Wine Festival – Verre Wine Bar, 2415 Wilson Blvd

Want to find the perfect wine(s) to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner? Join Verre Wine Bar for its Wine Tasting Festival on Saturday, November 23 from 2pm – 5pm. Verre will allow you to sample 30 wines from around the world. You will have the opportunity to learn all you ever wanted to know about the wines as you sip. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and deep discounts on wine will also be provided. The event is $30/person and you can sign up here.



Thanksgiving Ice Cream Making Demo – Nicecream Clarendon, 2831 Clarendon Blvd

It’s not Thanksgiving without pie, but what makes pie even better? Ice cream! On Monday, November 25 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Nicecream is hosting a Thanksgiving Ice Cream Making Demonstration. They will teach you how to make their favorite Thanksgiving flavors of ice cream and you get to take home a pint of your favorite! The event is $20/person and you can sign up here.



Enjoy . . .


14th Annual Arlington Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk – Christ’s Church of Arlington, 3020 N Pershing Dr

Join your neighbors on Thanksgiving morning for this beloved Arlington tradition. This year will mark the 14th year of the Arlington Turkey Trot, a 5k fun run/walk benefitting local charitable organizations. This year’s beneficiaries will be Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, Arlington Thrive, Bridges to Independence, Offender Aid and Restoration, and Young Life South Arlington. The race starts at 8am at Christ Church of Arlington. Registration is $45/adult, $25/child (ages 6-17) and children under 6 are free. Register here.



Thanksgiving Table – Liberty Tavern, 3195 Wilson Blvd

If you don’t want to lift a finger on Thanksgiving, even to reheat, Liberty Tavern has a solution for you. Their Thanksgiving Table all-you-can-eat buffet provides all the traditional favorites and more. This feast is so good, it has been rated the #1 restaurant for Thanksgiving by Yelp. Liberty Tavern’s Thanksgiving Table will be offered from 2pm – 8pm on Thanksgiving Day at a cost of $31.95/adult and $11.95/child under 12. If you would prefer a Thanksgiving Brunch, Liberty Tavern is offering a Breakfast Table, all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 10am – 2pm at the same price. Check out the menu and make your reservations here.



Smithsonian Museums, Various Locations

Did you know that the Smithsonian museums are open on Thanksgiving Day? I always forget, but the majority of Smithsonian museums – including the National Zoo – are open year-round, including all holidays except December 25. If you are hosting family from out of town, a quick trip over the bridge could be the perfect Thanksgiving Day activity. Thanksgiving hours for most of the museums are 10:00am – 5:30pm, but they do vary. Check here for a list of museum hours.



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Jennifer Jo is a well-regarded and respected Northern Virginia Realtor based in the Arlington Office of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. She works closely with her business partner (and sister) Maggie Toole to guide buyers and sellers through the real estate process. Before devoting herself to a career in Real Estate, Jennifer spent fifteen years as an Attorney at the U.S. Department of State. She was also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law. As a Realtor, she draws on the skills developed as an attorney and professor to advocate for and advise her clients. With access to the vast resources of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and her own network of contacts, Jennifer focuses on bringing a luxury experience to her clients, regardless of price point. “I like to spoil my clients – I am so grateful to them because they allow me to do what I love!”

TTR Sotheby’s International Realty is regarded as one of the highest-performing real estate firms in the United States. With nine offices and over 450 sales associates across Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, our commitment to professional service, integrity, and community leadership allowed us to capture more than $3.17 Billion in closed sales in 2018, while also serving as one of Washington D.C.’s foremost leaders in corporate philanthropy.


Jennifer Jo
TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 200 
Arlington, Virginia 22201



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