We all have them, whether it be a personal tradition or something you share as a family or community; traditions are what brings us all together during the holiday season. For some, it’s the countless miles travelled to taste Grandma’s stuffing that only comes around once a year or to play a game of football with cousins who live three states away but will always be your best friend. While, for others, it’s the mysterious green jiggly “stuff” that Aunt Sally brings every year, but only the dog will eat as you secretly feed him under the table. But, for most, it’s that nostalgic feeling you get as you gather again with the ones you love and create memories that are shared year after year.
With Thanksgiving (the busiest travel day of the year) just around the corner and Christmas not far behind, it becomes so easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the season and forget why our traditions are so important and why they even started in the first place – to give us strength, identity, and focus. It’s those moments together where family bonds are strengthened and morals, cultural heritage, and religious beliefs are passed down from generation to generation that further shapes one’s identity while giving us time to focus on those who are most important to us. But, just like any tradition, Thanksgiving has evolved and changed since its beginning.
Here along the Emerald Coast, we welcome hundreds of families every year that are making it a tradition to spend Thanksgiving at the beach. For many, the thought of preparing a Thanksgiving spread while on vacation can be rather daunting, so several area restaurants are opening their doors on Thanksgiving and preparing the feast for you.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Miramar Beach, FL.
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Adults: $50 | Children: $15
Brotula’s Thanksgiving Buffet – Destin, FL.
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Adults: $34.95 | 11 & Under: $17.95 | 3 & Under: Free
Cuvee Kitchen & Wine Bar – Destin, FL.
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Adults: $38.95 | 11 & Under: $19.95 | 3 & Under: Free
Marlin Grill at The Village of Baytowne Wharf Sandestin – Miramar Beach, FL
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Adults: $34 | Children: $17
Baytowne Provisions at The Village of Baytowne Wharf Sandestin – Miramar Beach, FL.
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Adults: $29.95 | Children: $12.95
Mezcal Mexican Grill – Miramar Beach, FL.
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Adults: $19.99 | Children: $10.95
The Bay – Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Adults: $32.95 | 12 & Under: $14.95
Cafe Thirty-A – Seagrove Beach, FL.
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Adults: $60 | Children: $20
Vue on 30A Thanksgiving Brunch – Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Adults: $49.95 | Children: $15.95
Stinky’s Fish Camp – Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Traditional: $27.95 | 3-Course: $34.95
If dining out on Thanksgiving isn’t quite for you, but you haven’t found that perfect recipe to whip up for your Thanksgiving festivities, try this Aged White Cheddar & Truffle Mac and Cheese from our Residence Inn General Manager, John Sallman.
Not sure what to do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers? Try this Filipino Turkey & Ham Sopas recipe from the Howard Hospitality Guest Experience Coordinator, Rosalie Wong.
Whether you travel or stay at home, cook or dine out, we hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and always remember to cherish the traditions – both new and old – that make us who we are.