Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday to spend on the
Emerald Coast. The food options are endless and incredible! You can order a
family style meal to take back to your rental from many grocery stores and
restaurants. Due to COVID concerns, this option is now offered by many more establishments
than in previous years. Many restaurants offer a full dining service with a
special Thanksgiving menu, but it is hard to ignore the tremendous buffets
available. In true coastal style, many of the buffets offer a seafood options
in addition to Turkey, Ham and Beef stations. In addition to the traditional
Thanksgiving side dishes, many accompanying dishes showcase ingredients freshly
harvested from the Gulf. Build your own take out box is another option being
offered by some of the buffets.
The lighter crowds and milder temperatures create
the perfect conditions for shopping over Thanksgiving holiday. The stores and
shops are already beautifully decorated and ready to serve the holiday out of
town guests. Many offer locally crafted and/or sourced products that create
truly unique gifts that friends and family will cherish forever.
The Gulf is always amazingly beautiful, and the
climate is mild during the holiday season. You might need a light jacket or
hoodie in the evenings, but it is far from unpleasantly cold. Some areas along
the Emerald Coast allow beach fireplace services at night. For a fee, the
service will provide everything needed (including the necessary permit) to have
a private campfire on the beach.
If you are lucky enough to spend the holidays on
the Emerald Coast, you are lucky enough!