Whether or not you’re near The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel this Thanksgiving, we have a few ideas to bring the sights and flavors of the beach to your table. And if you’re lucky enough to spend the holiday down here, we have some advice for spending Thanksgiving among the locals. From recipe tips and decoration tricks to a valid excuse for eating yourself silly, here are some of our favorite beach-inspired ideas for Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims only wished they’d landed in Southwest Florida.
Even if you can’t make it to the beach this Thanksgiving, bring flavors of the coast to your feast. Be bold and serve foods associated with the beach – like tacos stuffed with turkey meat. Or use the backyard grill to cook up butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and other traditional fall veggies. You can even incorporate citrus fruits like cranberry and orange relish into more of your recipes, or just season your turkey with orange and lemon zests.
Alongside the turkey tacos and grilled butternut squash and sweet potatoes, we love to give the rest of the table a Floridian flair. Place white pumpkins in the center of the table with a few orange ones to represent the sunset. Light some cream-colored candles and serve the meal on aquamarine plates to symbolize the seashore. Add green and blue hydrangeas, acorns, clamshells and starfish for a finishing touch.
The Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande is known for its magnificent Thanksgiving dinner. The inn is located on Gasparilla Island and surrounded by water on all sides, ensuring a relaxing stay both inside and out for you and your family. Dinner is served from 3pm until 9pm in the main dining room on Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving getaway, Old Florida style, this is your place.
Before loading up on carbs on top of carbs, sign up for (and actually participate in) an early-morning 5K Turkey Trot. This year, Cape Coral celebrates their Annual Turkey Trot that includes a 5-kilometer run/walk, “fun run,” and Tot Trot for the kiddos. Proceeds benefit programs that promote healthy living in the community. Even better: nobody will bat an eye when you finish off that entire pumpkin pie by yourself.
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