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Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and for being with family and friends. So, whether you’ll be spending the holiday with your immediate family or your whole extended family, come on down to Gulf Shores and enjoy a relaxing, coastal Gulf Shores Thanksgiving from Harris Vacation Rentals.

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Location, Location, Location

At Harris Vacation Rentals, we have rentals right on the beach, close to the beach, high rise condos with gorgeous views of the coastline, and rentals on the bay. With so many choices, it will be easy to select a rental that your entire family will love. And everyone will love to be close to the water. While the water is a little cool for swimming, you’ll still be able to do most of the activities you love. Beachcombing for that perfect sand dollar or shell in the soft early morning light is a great way to start the day. Take a dolphin cruise, fish in the surf in front of your rental or book a fishing charter, boat, kayak, and more.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal in your beachfront cottage, then just step out the door and do some beachcombing while you walk off all that pie and give thanks. Or, rent a house with a private dock or private beach access and have a fun, al fresco holiday meal right on the water.

And when everyone’s ready to get out and get a little exercise, skip the beach and head to Gulf State Park. You can rent boats, kayaks or paddleboards for the entire family for a day of fun on the water or split the family into teams and for a little friendly geocaching contest. There are miles of accessible trails you can hike or bike that meander through different ecosystems, including freshwater marshes, wetlands, woodlands, and hardwood swamps. Not to mention the butterfly garden! And the kids will love looking out for all the wildlife as you ride or hike the trails – gopher tortoises, armadillos, alligators and more are all around!

Family and Friends This Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores

Our Gulf Shores rentals can accommodate up to 21 guests, so there’ll be plenty of room for the whole gang. Bring your entire family, your friends, even your pets. And, if you need more space this Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores, we have several properties located close to each other, for those really large family celebrations.Sometimes a little separation is a good thing and renting a few beach cottages close to each other may be the perfect solution for your family holiday here. Everyone can be as close as they want to be.

Our larger beach rentals feature bright, open floor plans that make it easy to gather everyone together to celebrate. Airy living spaces easily open on to expansive decks and porches and expand your gathering space. It’s easy to be thankful with your whole family around. This could be the start of a new family tradition – Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores! And your rental’s free Wi-Fi makes it easy to FaceTime or have a Zoom family meal, even if everyone can’t make it down to the beautiful beach.

Take It Easy

Since beach living is all about taking things easy, why not just order a full meal ahead of time from an area restaurant (or grocery), pick it up, and have a delicious meal in your rental; it’s great eating, with none of the prep work. Several restaurants will have complete Thanksgiving dinners ready for pickup, and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you reserve your perfect holiday meal. Remember – it’s a holiday and we’re here to help you enjoy it. Why not just enjoy the eating and skip all that prep work?

Of course, some of us really enjoy the prep and cooking for the holiday. If you do, or have someone in your group who does, then you’ll appreciate the fully equipped kitchens that come with all our rentals. Or book one of our rentals with a gourmet kitchen to really show off your culinary skills. You can go traditional, with the usual turkey and dressing, or surprise everyone with roasted duck or fresh whole roasted snapper. Serve mini pumpkin tacos, fresh shrimp cocktails or maybe some fried calamari to get things started. And of course, you’ll need at least one pecan pie to finish things up.

And, if your gang wants to eat out, many local restaurants will be open for Thanksgiving brunch. For a fancy meal with all the trimmings, The Voyagers and Grand Ballroom at the Perdido Beach Resort will be serving their annual Thanksgiving buffets. Be sure to make your reservations early!

For a more casual meal, head to one of the local beachfront restaurants. The Hangout will be serving its traditional holiday meal, while the nearby Flora-Bama goes a slightly less traditional route with their annual potluck. Guests bring a side dish or desert while the Flora-Bama does the turkey and ham. Either way, it’s a great way to meet new friends, and be thankful for the ones you already have.

We’ve Got It Covered

At Harris Vacation Rentals, we’re here to help you have the best Gulf Shores Thanksgiving possible. Whether it’s making sure your fully equipped kitchen really does have everything you’ll need to cook up a delicious holiday meal, or offer suggestions for that take-out meal, we’re here to help. Just give us a call. We’re grateful to be living and working in this beautiful place and want to share it all with you.