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Family Fun Thanksgiving in San Diego

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When you take the time to really think about it, there are probably many things you have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, including the fact that you decided a holiday getaway to San Diego and a stay in one of our Vacation Rentals by Kimberly is in your future. The sun is nearly always shining in our San Diego home and the beautiful weather may be a bit of a culture shock to those who are used to frosty nights and cooler days in Thanksgiving, but we are pretty sure that a holiday swim may just become your new holiday tradition. This guide to the most beautiful Thanksgiving in San Diego will show you how much you have to look forward to and how much more you will have to be thankful for.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Racing, Thanksgiving Eve and Day, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar

Thanksgiving Thoroughbred racing has been a holiday tradition for over 80 years, and whether you are a longtime fan of the sport or are simply looking for something new to do during your thanksgiving vacation in San Diego, this event promises to become the start of your newest obsession. The beauty of the horses lined up at the starting gate, the sound of the gates crashing open and the thud of hooves as the sleek equines race their way to success or failure are just some of the reasons you will find yourself hooked. The best reason, shared only by the best bettors, is the thrill of counting your winnings as you walk away after turning in your winning ticket.

Annual 5K Coronado Turkey Trot, Tidelands Park, on Coronado Island

The best part of Thanksgiving, aside from spending time with family members, is the meal devoured, offering all our favorite dishes to the tune of 3000 calories on average. Yes, we consume approximately 3000 calories in a standard Thanksgiving meal, making the Annual 5k Coronado Turkey Trot a very popular activity during the holiday. Benefitting Rady Children’s Hospital and offering adult and children’s categories, all participants will receive Turkey Trot tees and hats and the opportunity to preemptively counteract all the calories that will be consumed.

Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 10045 Carroll Canyon Road, Thursdays, 3:30 – 7:30 PM

In a world where processed foods are the norm, it can be undeniably refreshing to explore the farm fresh goods available at farmers markets, and the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market just happens to be open on Thursdays every day of the year. Offering local produce, home baked goods, and artisans selling their creations that will make wonderful souvenirs, exploring the aisles of the market will make a great after feast activity.

A Feast You Will Never Forget

Vacations are not meant to be spent doing chores, and although you do have the option for preparing your own meal at home in your holiday hideaway, the restaurants listed below generally offer Thanksgiving feasts that are prepared, served, and cleared away by someone other than yourself!

Addison, 5200 Grand Del Mar Way in San Diego

Offering the opportunity to dine in San Diego’s only crowned three-star Michelin restaurant, as you may expect, the feast you can enjoy at Addison is next level incredible, with a price tag to match. Every year is different, but last year’s feast came with a $450 price tag and included caviar and dry aged duck.

George’s at the Cove, 1250 Prospect Street in La Jolla

George’s at the Cove has been a local favorite for its 40 years in existence and on Thanksgiving, its family style Thanksgiving dinner never fails to impress. As does the much lower price tag of just $85 per person, a cost that can fit into most traveler’s vacation budgets.

Paradisaea, 5680 La Jolla Boulevard in La Jolla

Providing a prix-fixe California style Thanksgiving feast, Paradisaea’s cocktail menu is especially exciting as well.

Skating by the Sea, 1500 Orange Avenue on Coronado Island

Thanksgiving has always been considered the start to the Christmas season, and the Hotel Del Coronado sets up an outdoor ice rink, located just steps away from the sea, providing a magical holiday experience. Starting in mid-November and lasting through the first week of January, this activity is sure to bring you joy.

The Celebration Starts at Home

Your best holiday moments, however, may be the ones spent in our Vacation Rentals by Kimberly seasonal sanctuaries. Offering gourmet kitchens that can be used to create the turkey day feast and living rooms furnished with comfortable sofas and state of the art televisions offering pictures so clear you will feel as if you are actually sitting on the street watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York—only you will be that much more comfortable and warm! Contact us and reserve your favorite holiday escape today.