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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.

There is something special about escaping the confines of home for the holiday season and exploring a new travel destination. Make Santa Barbara your new holiday destination for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Our Central California home is the perfect location to make new family traditions. The city features a variety of exciting events along with mainstay activities that can be enjoyed any time of year including the fall and winter seasons. Take a look at how you can spend your Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara with us:

Thanksgiving 4 Miler

Most cities around the country host a race each Thanksgiving called a “turkey trot” that has participants earn their eventual Thanksgiving feast while raising money for local charities. Santa Barbara has its own turkey trot with our Thanksgiving 4 Miler. This 4-mile run will be entering its 23rd consecutive year. This year’s event will have a flat and fast course that will take you down long stretches of bike lanes. It will also feature a winding path that takes you down neighborhood streets. Participating in the race costs $25-40 per person but will net you some delicious pumpkin pie at the end. Earn your eventual comfort food for later that day on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Paddle

Another great way to spend your Thanksgiving morning is by participating in the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Paddle. As the name suggests you will be paddling around before your Thanksgiving feast instead of running. The event is put on by Paddle Sports Center and participants can participate by the hour allowing them to pick out how long they wish to stay. Prices start at $30 per hour per person and will take place out on the Santa Barbara Bay.

Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet

After earning your food for the day start your Thanksgiving holiday with brunch located at Chandelier Ballroom. Found at Rosewood Miramar Beach, this Thanksgiving brunch buffet let you enjoy a meal complete with holiday classics that have been given a regional twist. Children will find plenty to enjoy as well with festive activities. The Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet has two seatings available one from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM and the other from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Don’t miss out on this fine dining experience.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Convivo

For an authentic Thanksgiving dinner look no further than local restaurant Convivo. This Italian staple of the community will be open Thanksgiving Day offering up a 3-course and 4-course meal. Convivo is typically known for its tapas plates, wood fired pizza, and house made pasta. The Thanksgiving Day Dinner will include Thanksgiving favorites such as turkey but also more extravagant entrees such as Southern California swordfish. You will be dealt with incredible and friendly service from start to finish at this popular Thanksgiving Day Dinner with Convivo.

Prepare Your Own Thanksgiving Meal

Many families take pride and joy in the incredible feasts they end up making from the comfort of their homes. Just because you are visiting Santa Barbara for Thanksgiving does not mean you have to go to a restaurant for your meal. Our luxury vacation rentals offer gourmet kitchens that have more than what you need. You may find spacious granite countertops, custom cabinetry, beautiful backsplash, and commercial size appliances. The rooms come stocked with all of the needed tools such as pots and pans to make your meal. You will be able to prepare giant dishes of classic Thanksgiving entrees such as mashed potatoes and turkey and have plenty of room to store your leftovers. Don’t forget about a bottle of two of local wine to pair with your dinner that can be chilled in the wine fridge. Extravagant dining rooms allow the family to sit down and enjoy their feast together. Our vacation rentals provide a home away from home just in time for Thanksgiving.

Fall and Winter Activities

November is the perfect time to visit Santa Barbara as the weather has dried out and the temperatures are still warm. Use this time around Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara to experience many of the activities in the area without the summer crowds. Explore the Santa Barbara County Courthouse with its beautiful Spanish architecture and incredible gardens. The Santa Barbara Zoo has plenty of unique creatures and will be displaying holiday decorations. It might be too cold to jump in the water, but Streans Wharf has plenty of unique shops and restaurants to check out. November is the perfect time to experience Santa Barbara for the first or 100th time.

Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara Is More Fun

As you can see, there is some much to see and do this Thanksgiving right here in Santa Barbara. Book one of our incredible vacation rentals here in town to have the best experience just in time for Thanksgiving. Contact us today!

As crazy as it seems, 2020 is finally coming to an end. COVID-19 has thrown travel plans throughout the year into disarray. However, everything is getting better and travel restrictions have finally been lifted. The holidays are almost here, so there is no better time to plan ahead for your Thanksgiving weekend. This November holiday is about spending time with the family and a mouthwatering feast to go with it. If you are looking for the perfect Thanksgiving destination this year, look no further than Santa Barbara. This California destination is the perfect location to escape reality and enjoy some time away. The city is known for its beautiful Spanish architecture and close proximity to the beach. What makes staying in Santa Barbara even better for the holidays is our exclusive selection of vacation rentals. We offer the best properties in and around the area for you to choose from when celebrating Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara.

More Properties to Choose From

No competitor can even come close when it comes to our selection of vacation rentals. Each property is privately owned and offers luxury amenities to keep you comfortable all stay long. You can choose from cute cottages that are the perfect escape for young couples. Or reserve a larger Victorian-style home that can comfortably keep the entire family together under a single roof. You will find all the necessary amenities such as fresh linens, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and so much more. No more kids complaining that there is nothing to do! Of course, since this is California, you can enjoy the crisp yet still comfortable weather in November on the patio deck. Now that is plenty to choose from!

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Preparing Your Feast for Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara

Now let’s get to the real reason you are here, the Thanksgiving feast! Ask anyone in your family what they are looking forward to the most and we guarantee they will say it is all about the food. Our vacation rentals are the perfect home away from home. As mentioned, they are full of all the amenities but also the rooms too. Each room is incredibly spacious with open floor plans in most properties. This includes the necessary kitchen where you can whip up the desired feast. The kitchens are stocked with all the utensils and dishware you need for the meal. They also include full-size appliances that have plenty of room for the turkey and a side or two. You will be able to comfortably cook up the entire meal in this single room. Once the feast is prepared make sure the dining area is properly set before you dig in. We can smell the turkey already!

Local Restaurants Too

Santa Barbara is also known for having some incredible restaurants in the area. While COVID has made dining out more difficult most of these restaurants have started offering curbside service when it previously was not available. Fine dining favorites including Bouchon Santa Barbara and Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood will be offering their holiday meals to go. That’s right, you can pick up your favorite holiday entrees and have a giant feast back at your vacation rental. There are plenty of different cuisines available throughout the city letting you break the mold of tradition and try something new. Don’t forget the bottle of wine or two!

Plenty of Seasonal Activities

Indulging yourself in a huge feast is not all there is to celebrating Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara. The area has been known to showcase incredible holiday events year after year. Unfortunately, COVID has made most large events unavailable this year but that does not mean the fun stops there. Instead, try out some smaller activities during your stay. Santa Barbara is home to an abundance of pumpkin patches where you can pick and choose your favorite. These local farms also usually have other activities for the kids too. Head just outside the city limits and check out the incredible vintages at the local wineries. The fall season is prime time for winemaking and the tourist traffic is at a low. Grab a light sweater and head to the beach for beautiful ocean views. While it might be a bit too chilly to jump in the water it is the perfect time to have a comfortable walk during the day. No matter how you celebrate your downtime during your holiday weekend it will be spent with loved ones.

Thanksgiving Is Just Around the Corner

There is no time like the present to get ready for your Thanksgiving journey to Santa Barbara. Take a look at our vacation rentals and see which one calls out to you. A Thanksgiving getaway to Santa Barbara is just the thing you need to finish off 2020.

There’s nothing cozier when November is drawing to a close than a trip to one of the loveliest areas along the entire Pacific coastline. California in the late fall is a gorgeous landscape, and there’s so much to do this time of year! Spending your Santa Barbara Thanksgiving with us is a brilliant idea. Let us share with you some of the things we’re most excited for this year.


Visit the Santa Barbara Night Market on your first night in town. This is a treat and a half for anyone in town between November 23rd and January 6th. It’s a European-style Christmas night market where you’ll be able to see arts and crafts from talented creators, holiday-themed decor, live music for everyone to enjoy, food and drinks, and sometimes even carolers. This market is only open Monday through Wednesday, 4pm – 10pm, so make sure to go while you can!

Thursday – Thanksgiving Day!

Participate in the Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash at the Santa Barbara Zoo, happening at 10am! The zookeepers are going to be giving the animals pumpkins and letting chaos ensue! It’s going to be wild, and we all want to be there. A great place to eat out on Thanksgiving Day is The Lark Santa Barbara. They’ll treat you like family here, and the food is unbeatable. Or, get your food to go and take it to a pretty park to enjoy together, such as Shoreline Park.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

After your exciting Thanksgiving Day, you might want some relaxing activities to kick back and enjoy. Head to the beach! Check out the scenery at Arroyo Burro Beach, colloquially known as Hendry’s Beach. This is a great choice for the family who brought the family dog along. Or, you can head to East Beach, where the volleyball nets provide a great activity for the family to engage in. If you choose to explore Summerland Beach, you might see some horses walking along the shoreline too. Explore Old Mission Santa Barbara for a taste of history and a way to wind down at the end of the vacation. Sunday afternoon is also a great time to visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Experience a Santa Barbara Thanksgiving with Paradise Retreats

No matter what you plan to do while you’re here visiting us, the most important part of your Thanksgiving 2019 vacation will be finding the perfect place to stay for you and your loved ones. Contact us today and we’ll help you take the first step.

Not everyone feels the need to stay home and clean, shop, cook, then clean again at Thanksgiving. Some of our favorite people choose to get away to Santa Barbara for a holiday they can really be thankful for. Over the years, many of our Paradise Retreats guests have discovered the joys of a peaceful and quiet Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara. Is the year you learn you learn new reasons to be grateful, too?

All the Trimmings, None of the Work

Isn’t it funny how much more tasteful a meal can be when someone else prepares it AND cleans up after? Many restaurants in Santa Barbara stay open on Thanksgiving, allowing you to have the traditional turkey feast without any of the work that accompanies it. Places like the Harbor House or Holdren’s Steaks and Seafood, famous for (you guessed it) their steak and seafood meals, will create a special Thanksgiving menu if you feel the need for a change. For those who still feel the need to prepare their own meal, many local grocery stores will offer entire premade dinners that only need to be heated up and enjoyed!

Black Friday Shopping, Beach Photos, and Pumpkin Smashing

For the hours leading up to your feast, and for the next couple of days after, your family will be thrilled and entertained as they partake in the following activities. The Santa Barbara Zoo gives live pumpkins to many of their animals, and the smashing that ensues is always a thrill to watch. Take a walk on the beach, stopping to pose against the rocky cliffs for your annual Christmas card photo, or just walking until you win the battle against the tryptophan overdose from your Thanksgiving meal. Black Friday shopping is a popular tradition, and just because you are out of town for the holidays, it doesn’t mean you have to forego the experience; many of our shops and shopping malls are open and offering Black Friday deals! Paseo Nuevo Mall is one of our favorite places to shop till we drop on this most prolific shopping day of the year.

Paradise Found

Stylish and luxurious, our Paradise Retreats vacation escapes offer that extra something that will make the most magical memories. Light, bright, and filled with luxury amenities, you may find it difficult to leave at the end of your stay! Reserve yours today and celebrate this Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara with style, grace, and much to be thankful about.