Here is a round-up of the weekend’s festivities:
Kick off the morning with the 30A Thanksgiving 10K and Fun Run at Rosemary Beach.
Stinky’s Fish Camp will celebrate Thanksgiving the way they always do — with a huge and delicious special menu prepared just for the holiday. This year’s entrees include rabbit and shrimp fricassee, spice-boiled snow crab legs, potato-wrapped grouper and a three-course turkey dinner of house-brined turkey, andouille cornbread stuffing and praline sweet potatoes. Oysters are served all day, 13 different ways. 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call 850-267-3053 for reservations.
Grayton Bar and Grill will serve a special Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including the traditional turkey and ham along with their signature shrimp and andouille gumbo, roasted butternut squash soup and Creole bread pudding. Reservations are required. $27 for adults and $16 for kids under 12. 850-213-0891.
If you don’t already have a reservation for Chef Jim Shirly’s Thanksgiving Buffet at Great Southern Café, it’s too late (all seats were reserved weeks in advance). But, you can still snatch up a reservation at his sister restaurant, The Bay, located on the beachy shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay. The Bay’s Thanksgiving Buffet will feature fried turkeys, ham, and all the southern traditions along with a few Asian-inspired treats, including a Vietnamese-marinated turkey. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults are $30 each, kids 10 and under eat for $13. Call for reservations. 850-622-2291.
Want to stay in for dinner, but without the hassle? Roux 30A, a private chef and catering company in Grayton Beach, has a delicious menu for eight that can be ordered and delivered to your door. Their menu includes the whole kit and caboodle — a 14-pound turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, cranberries, vegetables, desserts and house-baked breads. $20 a person. Place orders online or by calling 850-225-1615. Deliveries can be made November 25-27.
Café Thirty-A is serving a four-course Thanksgiving meal, including soup, salad and southern deep-fried brined turkey with all the fixings, slow-roasted beef short ribs, pan-seared snapper or grilled Filet Mignon. Dinner service is from noon to 4 p.m. $50 for adults, $20 for kids. They also are offering their menu To Go as a delicious dinner for six for $180. Orders must be placed by November 23. Make reservations, place orders and see the full menu here.
Enjoy a delicious Creole Thanksgiving at The Marigny, an off-the-beaten-path restaurant located near Hogtown Bayou. The four-course meal includes specialties such as Fowl de Cochon Roulade (pork loin, turkey breast, duck confit and chicken thighs layered with dirty rice and cornbread stuffing, a.k.a pig turducken), Chicken Clemenceau, redfish on the half shelf and Lamb Osso Bucco. $50 per guest. Noon to 4 p.m. Reservations are recommended. The Marigny is also offering Thanksgiving take-out meals for six featuring sweet tea-brined deep-fried turkey and plenty of sides. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. on November 23. Meals can be picked up Thanksgiving Day. Call for reservations or to place orders. 850-622-9101
The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach and their upscale farm-to-table restaurant, Havana Beach Bar and Grill, will offer three special dining options on Thanksgiving, featuring the classic roasted turkey and cornbread stuffing alongside some fun locally-inspired dishes like tobacco-smoked shrimp, paella, roasted camote and yuca frita. For people looking for a weekend getaway, the Pearl hotel is also offering two nights for the price of one through the holiday season.
-Thanksgiving Brunch at the Pearl’s ballroom from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required and include a full buffet. (Wine will also be available for purchase.) $65 per adult and $15 for children 12 and under.
-Lunch service at Havana Beach Bar and Grill will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes some special holiday items alongside their regular menu. Reservations are recommended, but not required. $35 per adult and $15 for kids 12 and under.
-Dinner at Havana Beach features a full, specially crafted Thanksgiving menu and will be served from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Reservations are required. $75 per adult and $35 for children 12 and under.
-Make reservations online or by calling 850-588-2881.
Marie’s Bistro is offering Thanksgiving feasters an option to dine in or out this year. The casual, family-owned restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a special holiday menu including staples such as oven-roasted turkey and ham along with some out-of-the-box options like jumbo shrimp pasta with pesto cream and Mahi Florentine. The buffet will also include traditional breakfast fare and a dessert bar. $27 for adults, $10 for kids ages 4 through 12, and free for kids under 4. Marie’s will also cater your Thanksgiving meal. Orders must be placed by November 23. Pick-up is on November 26. Place your order and view the menu.
Want to eat on the water? You can, literally, with a Thanksgiving Buffet aboard the Solaris Yacht at Sandestin. SunQuest Cruises is offering a lunch and dinner cruise from 12 to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., respectively. Guests can explore three indoor and outdoor decks on the 125-foot yacht and eat in the elegant dining room while enjoying panoramic views of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Buffet offerings include traditional and coastal flavors such as garlic-and-herb-roasted turkey, ham, succotash and shrimp and grits with andouille sausage. $20 to $58 per person, includes two-hour cruise and dinner. Get more details or make reservations here.
V Seagrove will serve a four-course Thanksgiving feast, including options such as creole gumbo, autumn apple greens, roast turkey, filet Mignon and pan-sauteed black grouper. And, as always, Crazy Andy will have some huge holiday wine specials. Dinner service runs from noon to 6 p.m. Call 850-468-0973 for reservations. Full meal is $60. A children’s plate will be available for $23.
Enjoy Thanksgiving with a view at Vue on 30A, which has one of the best indoor Gulf views around. Located at the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club, Vue will serve up a special holiday buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including turkey, rack of lamb, grilled Mahi-Mahi, raw oysters and even some breakfast items for early guests. Reservations are required. For non-members, cost is $48 for adults and $13 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 eat for free. Call for reservations. 850-267-2305
Enjoy Thanksgiving on the Lake at the Old Florida Fish House, on the shores of Eastern Lake. Their special menu includes butter-and-herb roasted turkey with giblet gravy and all the traditional southern sides, pumpkin pie for dessert plus a special drink, the cool-whip martini. Their regular menu will also be available. From noon until 5 p.m. Call 850-534-3045 for reservations.
The Hilton at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is offering a special dinner buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Emerald Ballroom. Dinner includes fried turkey, roasted Long Island duck, prime rib and grouper casino. Pastry Chef Yascha Becker will prepare about a dozen desserts, including a milk-chocolate fountain. Reservations recommended. 850-267-9500, ext. 44. — UPDATE: SOLD OUT
At 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day Silver Sands Premium Outlets will kick off Black Friday early, with stores staying open all night and offering specials.
While all reservations for Thanksgiving Day at Fish out of Water are already filled, on Friday morning, the restaurant hosts Breakfast with Santa, and it’s their busiest morning of the year. From 8 to 11 a.m. Santa arrives at 9. Reservations highly recommended. 850-534-5050.
At Rosemary Beach on Friday, the town will come alive with Christmas lights at their tree-lighting ceremony. Then on Saturday morning, Santa will have breakfast at Rosemary Beach, followed by an Old Town Holiday Market with unique gifts and holiday treats.
On Saturday, WaterColor Resort will transform into a Winter Wonderland for their Old Florida Holiday and Winter Market. Experience falling snow and horse-drawn carriages, see the Christmas tree lighting, hear live music, get pictures with Santa and stroll through the community by the light of hundreds of luminaries that will line the streets.
At 4 p.m. on Saturday, Seaside will host a holiday parade down 30A followed by their annual Turn on the Town celebration when Santa will simultaneously light up the Christmas tree and the town’s thousands of holiday lights.
Also on Saturday, Grayt Grounds coffee house will host their traditional Thanksgiving 50/50. Attendees throw in $50 for an intimate evening of story and song by Nashville’s own Phil Madeira and a special dinner by Chef Blake.
Santa will arrive at The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Saturday with a tree lighting, carriage rides, live music and fireworks. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. to much fanfare. Get your photo taken with the man himself until 9 p.m. More info here.