We are approaching the home stretch of another incredible year here in Santa Barbara. If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit our beautiful vacation destination, you still have plenty of reasons to visit this year. One popular reason to visit the sandy shores of Santa Barbara is for a lovely Thanksgiving holiday away from home. Start a new family tradition by spending your time with us here. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable every day of your stay while keeping you close to incredible activities and attractions. Take a look at why you should book your Santa Barbara Thanksgiving stay with us:

Thanksgiving 4 Miler

Each year most cities host some kind of running event typically in the form of a “turkey trot.” These types of races allow locals and visitors to support a local charity while getting in a little bit of cardio before an incredible Thanksgiving feast. Here in Santa Barbara, we host the Thanksgiving 4 Miler, our form of a turkey trot that will take you on a lovely run through the community. The race is on a flat course, so you will not go up any significant elevation changes. The race starts along Hollister Avenue before finishing up at Thunderbird Park. Post-race activities will take place at the park afterwards including having homemade pies for sale. Don’t miss out on the Santa Barbara classic taking place Thanksgiving 24th at 9:00 AM. Registration costs start at $25 per person.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Paddle

While turkey trots are a standard affair for the holiday, Santa Barbara also offers our Thanksgiving Day Turkey Paddle. This unique event is exclusive to Santa Barbara and is hosted year after year by Paddle Sports Center here in town. This event offers a morning paddle that takes place on the coast so you can prepare for your eventual feast. Take in the wonderful ocean air and see some of the best coastline sights we have available. Paddle Sports Center offers all of the rental gear you need. The event is just $20 per person not including the cost of rental gear. Experience this unique event in Santa Barbara this year!

Thanksgiving at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Most attractions all over the country will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. However, here in Santa Barbara, visitors can enjoy the Santa Barbara Zoo on a restricted availability. The Santa Barbara Zoo is one of the best zoos in the state and offers beautiful habitats for exotic animals. Explore the zoo at your leisure during Thanksgiving hours of 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. This is a great way to show your kids some wonderful educational experiences before the big feast.

Dine Out at Local Restaurants

Some families who travel to new places on Thanksgiving wish to avoid the hustle of preparing a big meal in a foreign kitchen. If that is what your family is preparing for fear not as Santa Barbara has many restaurants in town that will be open for a Thanksgiving meal. Coast & Olive is a local favorite and will offer classic Thanksgiving entrees along with fine wine and cocktails. Convivo is another popular fine dining establishment that offers three- or four-course meals right off the coast. Stonehouse Restaurant offers a wonderful four-course meal that uses herbs picked straight from their organic garden. For a more rustic ambience you can dine at hidden gem Cold Spring Tavern. This local restaurant is very popular with the locals and will offer a prix fixe meal with unique twists on classic entrees. Last but not least is a delicious buffet at Harbor Restaurant that offers all you can eat of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Yum!

Prepare Your Own Feast

Of course, Thanksgiving made at home will always have a special place in our hearts. You can continue your family tradition of a home-cooked meal in the comfort of our vacation rentals. Each property offers a luxury gourmet kitchen that you need to see to believe. These kitchens come with state-of-the-art appliances, granite countertops with separate kitchen islands, and all of the cooking ware you need to prepare your feast. Local grocers will have all of the ingredients you need to prepare your meal. Dining room tables offer a fine space to sit down and enjoy your meal together. Some of our properties even offer outdoor patio space so you can take your meal outdoors. Santa Barbara Thanksgiving has never looked as good as it does from our incredible vacation properties.

Book Today for Santa Barbara Thanksgiving

As you can see, a Thanksgiving holiday spent in Santa Barbara will be a memorable experience. Make sure to reserve your favorite vacation rental today before it is already claimed. Santa Barbara has everything you could need for the perfect family getaway.