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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!

Regardless of what time of year it is, you cannot go wrong with a visit to Santa Barbara, but this is especially true for the Thanksgiving holiday coming up. Not only can you enjoy all the things that visitors love about Santa Barbara, but many special events and a potent holiday spirit in the community as well. Regardless of your holiday traditions, you are sure to make Santa Barbara a part of future celebrations after just one visit. Below are some of the things that you will love about the Santa Barbara Thanksgiving holiday.

Fun Events

There are many exciting things going on over the Thanksgiving break in Santa Barbara, but one of the local favorites is the Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash. This annual event takes place at the Santa Barbara Zoo and has become a must-see tradition. The premise of this great tradition is quite simple: give the animals pumpkins and see what happens. You can enjoy watching elephants toss them around playfully, while meercats make new homes out of them. This tradition offers fun for the whole family.

Santa Barbara Thanksgiving Dinner

Santa Barbara is a community that takes their cuisine very seriously. This dedication to amazing food is on full display during Thanksgiving, as there are countless unique restaurants that offer special holiday menus. For a take on Thanksgiving dinner that you can only find in California, visit Bouchon in downtown Santa Barbara. Fresh, local ingredients make these dishes amazing. For Thanksgiving dinner in a beautiful setting, visit the Harbor Restaurant on Stearns Wharf.

Everything You Love About Santa Barbara

It is also a great place to visit during Thanksgiving because it is a great place to visit all the time. You can expect no exception to the amazing weather that graces the city throughout the entire year. The beaches are as beautiful as ever, and this is actually the best time of year for waves in these cool Pacific waters. Beyond this, you can enjoy one of the best wine countries in the United States, exciting night life, and so much more.

Odds are, between family gatherings and epic feasts, you already have some great Thanksgiving traditions. But just imagine the new life that these festivities will take on in a place as beautiful as Santa Barbara. You can enjoy these traditions and a few new ones when you make this upcoming Santa Barbara Thanksgiving. After one experience here, you are sure to make it a point to spend every holiday here!