The Thanksgiving solution
This is our first Thanksgiving since my mother-in-law died, so we decided to do something a little different this year. The question was what.
Then my daughter announced she was off meat and poultry, which made cooking a turkey dinner for the three of us even more unappealing.
On an impulse, I made a reservation at a local restaurant. (I'll tell you more about it after our meal.)
We also decided it would be a good thing to take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater Friday morning. That would mean driving to Pennsylvania after dinner and staying in a motel; the tour starts at 8:30 a.m. and it's a four-hour drive. ...
I was quite pleased with myself for having come up with a plan that all three of us could agree on until last night, when I realized I didn't want to leave work and drive home because it was dark at 5 p.m.
Let's say we eat Thanksgiving dinner at 1 p.m. We would have three courses, a glass of wine or two, get out of the restaurant at 3 or so, full and happy...and drive for four hours, half of it in the dark on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with all the other holiday travelers?
I don't think so.
I suggested to my husband we bag the restaurant, have a good breakfast and start off to the motel late morning, then have Thanksgiving dinner when we got there.
He loved it.
Anybody know what restaurants are open for Thanksgiving in Somerset, Pa.?
Gailor does. When I broached the plan to her, she was skeptical. Five minutes after I got off the phone with her, I'm not exaggerating, she called back. She had spoken to Gretchen at the Somerset Holiday Inn, who had told her that "the Eat 'n Park at the bottom of the hill" would be serving Thanksgiving dinner.
Apart from other considerations, I'm not eating at a place where you park after you eat.
There are some better restaurants around, Gretchen had added, like the Ruby Tuesday, but she didn't think they would be open.
Maybe we'll just stay home and do Fallingwater another day.
(AP Photo/Larry Crowe)