For the 2nd year in a row, I didn't head home to Dallas to spend Thanksgiving with family. Instead, Michael and I joined some great friends and fellow ex-pats for a very British Turkey Day in the Cotswolds! I had been eager to visit this picturesque English countryside ever since we moved to London. While the weather was less than ideal, we couldn't have asked for a better destination to celebrate Thanksgiving. We stayed at beautiful cottage in the sprawling Bruern Estate and spent the weekend going on country walks, visiting quaint villages, popping into local pubs and, of course, stuffing our faces!
Our cottage was perfectly situated within a 15 minute drive from a handful of the area's most charming villages, including Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford and Chipping Norton. Our time was fairly limited, so we didn't really get a chance to thoroughly explore each of them.
To help work off a heavy Thanksgiving meal and a few too many old fashioneds, we decided to go on a 3.5 miles country walk around Stow-on-the-Wold. These short, scenic paths offer an intimate view of the English countryside. Each self-guided walk takes visitors through attractive farmlands, pastures and villages. There's really no better way to explore the Cotswolds than by foot!