Thanksgiving Along The Emerald Coast

Thanksgiving Along The Emerald Coast

Thanksgiving Along the Emerald CoastThanksgiving Along The Emerald Coast

When you think of the Emerald Coast beaches of Destin and South Walton County, mostly you think of sand and surf, not Thanksgiving.  However, I have come to find that this is actually the place to be for the holiday of remembering who founded this Country and the wonderful freedoms we have.  You see, the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, especially along the beaches of Destin and South Walton, are famous for families getting together to celebrate Thanksgiving.  All you have to do is drive down Highway 98 on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving to see all the out of state vehicles entering the area for the Holiday.

Many people are vacationing along the Emerald Coast Thanksgiving week and just do not want to be bothered with the huge preparation of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  SOOOO, it is either bringing in the prepared meal or dine out.  I checked around to see which market, along with Destin restaurants and restaurants on 30A, who could help out the non-cooker (me!) and here is what I found:

Cruise Destin Florida on the Solaris

Length: 2 hour cruise

Prices – including tax
Adult Telephone Rate : $63.80
Our Adult Internet Rate “Internet Rate” is the Alcatraz Media Inc. rate for orders placed online:  $58.80

Your Internet Order Savings: $5.00

Child Rate (ages 10 & under): $26.70

Time: 1:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day
Boarding is at 12:15 pm

Summary: 48 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCED BOOKING REQUIRED. Tour does not include hotel pick up. Rates do not include gratuity. Child rate applies to all children agesEmerald Coast Thanksgiving Cruise Destin 10 and younger. Please order online, or call us toll-free at 800-208-4421.

There is a $4.95 processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown includes any and all taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Thanksgiving Buffet Menu
subject to change

  • Oven Roasted Turkey with giblet gravy
  • Honey Glazed Ham
  • Cornbread Dressing and Cranberry Sauce
  • Smashed New Potatoes
  • Roasted Yams
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Southern Shrimp and Grits
  • Salad and Bread
  • Iced Tea and Coffee included with your ticket (other drinks available for purchase on board)

Dress Code:  Resort Casual to Sunday Best (dress like you are going to a nice dinner; beach attire is not appropriate). Heels are allowed onboard the boat; however, it is suggested you wear alternative footwear for ease and safety walking down the dock. It is very long and made of boards, so heels get stuck easily. Also, please be advised there are two flights of stairs onboard to get to the top deck.


Join Habitat Okaloosa at the annual tradition of Thanksgiving dinner at Harbor Docks. For nearly two decades Charles Morgan, owner of Harbor Docks, has opened the doors to the restaurant to allow our volunteers to serve the community a traditional Thanksgiving feast. We will serve locals and tourists until 7 p.m. Thanks to Charles Morgan’s generosity, 100% of the donations given during the dinner are given to charity, he covers the entire cost to serve families that join us each year.  For more information visit the website or call 850.837.2506538. Harbor Docks is located at 538 Har bor Blvd., Destin, FL  32541.


Cuvee Bistro Destin – Chef Tim Creehan’s Famous Thanksgiving Day Buffet November 24, 2011

Cuvee Bistro’s Thanksgiving Day operating hours: 11am – 3pm
Adults – $34.99
Under 12 – $16.99
Reservations can be made by calling us at 850.650.8900 or online at
Book early, this always fills up quick!

Here is the Thanksgiving Day Buffet Menu:

Family Style Salads, Tuscan Bread with Whipped Butter

  • Mixed Greens, Feta Cheese, Kalamata Olives, Tomatoes, Roasted Bell Pepper, Balsamic Vinaigrette
    Cold Shrimp & Calamari Seafood Salad in a White Wine Tomato Sauce

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet

  • Quail and Tasso Ham Gumbo with Rice
  • Corn and Crab Bisque
  • Fried Louisiana Turkey carved with Chef Tim Creehan’s Traditional Gravy
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • New Orleans BBQ Shrimp and Grits
  • Cranberry Dressing
  • Ms. Pam’s Famous Cornbread Dressing
  • Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans, Butter and Brown SugarEmerald Coast Thanksgiving Dessert
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Baby Green Beans with Mushrooms
  • Fresh Corn off the Cob

Family Style Traditional Thanksgiving Dessert Plate

  • Mini Pumpkin Banana Cream Pie, Pecan Pie
  • Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Butter Rum Sauce

Prefer to take your Thanksgiving meal to-go:

Cuvee Bistro’s Turkey-To-Go is the perfect solution for anyone who wants a traditional Thanksgiving meal without the hassle of all the cooking and cleaning. Features a fantastic selection of Chef Tim Creehan’s famous Thanksgiving Day Buffet items. Cuvee Bistro Turkey-To-Go orders must be placed by noon Friday November 18, 2011. Pickup time is between 9:30-10:30am Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 24, 2011. Pickup times desired before Thanksgiving Day can be specially arranged by calling us at 850.650.8900. A valid credit card is required to purchase Cuvee Bistro Turkey-To-Go orders and will be processed when order form is received.


Fire Restaurant at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach FL is serving a Buffet with seatings at 12:00 and 2:00.  For reservations call 850.231.9020.


Café 30A, located at 3899 County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach FL will be serving between 12:00-4:00.  There will be a Traditional Thanksgiving meal served plus they are offering a filet entrée, Salmon entrée and Braised Short Ribs. The meals are 3 courses and are $40 for all over age 10 and $20 for a traditional Thanksgiving meal for children 10 and under. Please call for reservations at  850.231.2166.


Emerald Coast Map
Scenic Hwy 30A Map


Restaurant Paradis, 82 So. Barrett Square in  Rosemary Beach, FL will have one special Thanksgiving dinner which is a personal take of Chef Mark Eichen, along with their regular menu.  For reservations, simply dial 850.543.0400.


Vue on 30A, located at 4801 W Co. Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL (the Santa Rosa Beach Club)  will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet between the hours of 11:00 am  – 3: 00 pm for $29 per person and $12 for children under 10. For reservations call 850.267.2305.


Great Southern Café, located at 83 Central Square, Seaside, FL, is serving a buffet with seating beginning at 11:00 and ending 2:30.  Priced at $24 per adult and children 12 and under $12. For more information call 850. 231.7327.


If you feel like staying home but don’t want the muss and fuss of preparing the holiday dinner, call:

Cowgirl Kitchen, Town Center in Rosemary Beach, FL, 850.231.7877. They will be taking orders for dinners to go up until November 19th.

Honey Baked Ham located at 34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Ste. 116, Destin, FL  32541,  will also prepare a meal for this Thanksgiving.  Phone: 850.650.2636

Or call your local Publix, ahead of time.

  • Destin:   4425 Commons Dr. E, Destin, FL 32541  850.837.9094
  • Santa Rosa Beach, FL:  2038  US Highway 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, 850.267.0582
  • Watercolor: 110 Watercolor Way, Santa Rosa Beach, FL  32459, 850.534.4565

Last year, Modica Market, 109 Seaside Central Square, Seaside, FL, was taking orders to go for Thanksgiving.  Suggest giving them a call, though, as they have not posted anything for this year. Phone: 877.809.0994 or 850.231.1213

May your Thanksgiving feast along the Emerald Coast, whether dining out or staying home, be a day of appreciation and good cheer.

Debbie James

850 Properties
32 Hub Lane, Watersound, FL 32461

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