Thanksgiving along The Emerald Coast with My Vacation Haven!

  1. About Thanksgiving.
    Thanksgiving is the unique 147 year old American holiday, set aside to give thanks for God’s blessings. It was established by Abraham Lincoln during one of America’s darkest times in 1863, shortly after the devastating Gettysburg battle during the Civil War. In both good times and in bad, Thanksgiving has always been a gathering to celebrate our biggest blessing, that of beloved friends and family.
  2. What to expect.
    Here along the Emerald Coast, My Vacation Haven welcomes many who venture here for this annual, traditional celebration. Due to our climate and location, this holiday usually coincides with a sunny, warm beach ambiance and the peak of “fall foliage” for this part of the Tropics! The routine along the Emerald Coast usually goes like this: Eat and drink. Go to the beach. Eat. Go golfing, boating, fishing, shopping and play tennis. Eat and drink some more!  Since dining is obviously the biggest part of the Thanksgiving celebration, My Vacation Haven is pleased that our many private rental accommodations often come with big dining rooms and large, fully equipped kitchens. The choices range from beach side mansions to charming cottages to luxury Gulf front condominiums. Whether you dine in or dine out it’s great to have a “home away from home” to enjoy visiting with family and friends.
  3. Dine in option.
    If you do want to cook you can pick up prepared gourmet entrees from Sarah Ks Gourmet caterers. They do all the work and have a wide variety of delicious food, having won the Best of the Emerald Coast Awards here in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. These dishes “are each twenty minutes till ready in a 450 degree oven.” (You can take all the credit!) They also plan to do a local Southern favorite this year…fried turkey! Another tasty “warm up” option includes any local Publix grocery store which prepares a readymade traditional turkey meal and/or the Honey Baked Ham Store along the Emerald Coast providing their delectable, spiral rolled specialty.
  4. Dine out option.
    A free Thanksgiving dinner will be provided by Harbor Docks Restaurant overlooking the Destin Harbor. Volunteers provide this free meal to anyone who comes in, with donations requested which go to Habitat for Humanity. This charitable event has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years, so you can dine here, all in the name of a good cause! Meals begin at 11 am on Thanksgiving morning and are served throughout the afternoon. Click here for more info.
  5. Dine out option #2.
    Although there are many Thanksgiving Meals available up and down the Emerald Coast, one of the most opulent, deliciously decadent settings will be at the Marlin Grill. Share this wonderful holiday with your loved ones by dining there in The Village of Baytowne® Wharf in Miramar Beach. Beginning at 4 p.m., Marlin Grill invites guests to enjoy a four-course meal including choice of salad, dessert and traditional Thanksgiving entree with Roasted Turkey, Smoked Ham, Cornbread Stuffing, Ricotta Mashed Potatoes, Cream Spinach and Cranberry Relish.. Wow! This is located near many of our My Vacation Haven properties so you have the option of walking it off if need be!
  6. Dine out option #3. Don’t forget that besides the numerous amount of buffets available for you on Thanksgiving, there are a lot of great restaurants available congregated along with shopping venues. Check out the Chico’s at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach, the shopper award winning Destin Commons near the Mid Bay Bridge in “new” Destin or picturesque Harborwalk Village in “old” Destin and the almost brand new million square feet of Pier Park in Panama City Beach. Then there are always the restaurants on Scenic Gulf Drive or Scenic 30A in the Beaches of South Walton! Decisions, decisions.
  7. Go on Cruise option.
    For a nautical, memorable meal, you may wish to take a Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruise on the Solaris which is anchored at the Baytowne® Marina in Miramar Beach. This 5,300 square foot, three tiered yacht, complete with an open sky deck, boards at 12:15 pm on Thanksgiving Day for a 1:00 launch. The two hour Bay Buffet Cruise includes herb roasted turkey with cornbread dressing, pineapple-brown sugar glazed ham, and pan seared grouper with a champagne butter sauce along with delicious side dishes as well as desserts. A full bar is available for drinks upon boarding with the buffet starting thirty minutes later. (Remember that on regular dinner cruises, as My Vacation Haven Guest, you will Save 20% off two or more adult tickets. So if you like this go back again!)
  8. Power shopping option.
    Besides dining, another Thanksgiving tradition starts the very next day. It’s called power shopping! Click here for more info. This significant Friday (Black Friday) is usually the biggest shopping day of the year due to the start of gift buying for the next big holiday…Christmas!  Besides the shopping villages mentioned above, another star of attraction for this day is the Silver Sands Designer Outlet with over 100 stores. Discounts can go up to 75% off for designer names in both adult and kid’s clothing, shoes, leather goods, linens, sheets and towels, crystal, china, jewelry, colognes, candles, soaps and even kitchen ware. It is the largest Designer Outlet in the nation and attracts huge amounts of shoppers from the southeast and increasingly beyond. A free Christmas concert is held every night, beneath a forty foot tall tree near the Off Saks Fifth Avenue courtyard. Christmas carols play choreographed music to an ever changing display of over 70,000 red, green and white holiday lights which shimmer, sparkling on the tree!
  9. What else.
    Besides shopping and dining, there are other events and activities to choose from during your Thanksgiving get away.  Kick off the morning with the 30A Thanksgiving 10K and Fun Run at Rosemary Beach. On Saturday, Water Color Resort will transform into a Winter Wonderland for their Old Florida Holiday and Winter Market. Experience falling snow and horse-drawn carriages, see the Christmas tree lighting, hear live music, get pictures with Santa and stroll through the community by the light of hundreds of luminaries that will line the streets.
  10. My Vacation Haven got your covered.
    Remember as a My Vacation Haven guest you will get a Numerous Added Fun Discounts from our Local Merchants, Complimentary Beach Closet – Chairs, Boogie Board & Sand Toys, 24/7 Help Line, Our FREE App. with all necessary information about your rental & area in general, Keyless Entry System for 99% of our properties.

Whatever Thanksgiving celebrations you choose during your stay with us, My Vacation Haven wishes you an annual beach tradition filled with fun family memories, friendship and many blessings!

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