Everyone wants to have a memorable and festive Thanksgiving experience, however, not everyone wants to spend the entire day laboring away in the kitchen. If that last part doesn’t quite fit in to your idea of what a holiday should entail, here is a list of some of San Diego’s premier hotels and restaurants teeming with professionals who would love to take care of that part for you!
Hotel Del, Coronado
The iconic Hotel Del located in beautiful Coronado features a magnificent annual Thanksgiving dinner. This year it will be held in the both their oceanfront Ballroom and lavish Crown Room. This spectacular venue is a perfect place for those who wish to spend their holiday partaking in an opulent feast, without dealing with any of the stressful logistics. It will even be featuring live music! For reservations and pricing, click here.
The Grand Del Mar, Carmel Valley
The Grand Del Mar, a luxurious Mediterranean estate nestled in Carmel Valley, is hosting two separate Thanksgiving dinners. The first is at their Amaya restaurant, which features a three-course menu as well as complementary children’s activities for those that may want a moment or two to relax. More info here.
For those looking for an even more grandiose experience, look no further than the Grand Del Mar’s signature restaurant, the Addison. This three-hour extravaganza features seven courses as well as excellent wine pairings if you so choose. For menu and reservations click here.
The US Grant, Gaslamp Quarter
Located in the heart of Downtown in the historic Gaslamp district, the US grant is a great destination for both residents and visitors alike, with close proximity to San Diego’s top attractions, shopping, and nightlife. Featuring three options for dinner this Thanksgiving; a buffet, catering package, and formal dinner, the US grant can accommodate all of your holiday needs here.
The Shores, La Jolla
Located right on the water in the Spanish-style La Jolla Shores Hotel, The Shores is a great venue to spend your Thanksgiving dinner this year. With a bountiful buffet and even a special children’s station, this is a great place to bring the whole family. Menu and pricing here.
Estancia, La Jolla
Located right next to the beautiful UCSD campus, Estancia is the perfect location to spend Thanksgiving with your busy student while not distracting them too much from their studies. This Buffet will be served in their Adobe El Restaurante, featuring turkey, chilled seafood, and festive cocktails and deserts. More info and reservations here.
A.R. Valentien, La Jolla
The A.R. Valentien is the signature restaurant of the breathtaking Craftsman-style resort, The Lodge, located right next to the renowned Torrey Pines Reserve. A great option for anyone who wants the cozy feel of Thanksgiving dinner at home, but without any of the hassle. If your holiday plans include a three-course meal and a round or two of golf, this is the spot for you. More info and menu here.
Mills Fleurs, Rancho Santa Fe
Located in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe, this critically acclaimed restaurant provides both an elegant and casual atmosphere, perfect for a romantic Thanksgiving dinner this holiday. Menu and reservations here.
Jake’s, Del Mar
Located right on the water in beautiful Del Mar, Jake’s is a great spot for anyone looking for a casual yet delicious meal without having to stray too far from the beach. It also has a wide variety of entrées to choose from, perfect for those seeking both traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving menu items. More info here.
Pacifica, Del Mar
Located in the Del Mar Plaza, Pacifica has a great ocean view and will be providing three-course meals and a large assortment of wine choices this Thanksgiving. With an excellent children’s menu as well, this is a perfect spot for the whole family. Menu and reservations here.
Ruth’s Chris, Del Mar
World-renowned Ruth’s Chris steakhouse is even changing up its menu for Thanksgiving. While its claim to fame is its tantalizingly tasty steaks, they will be serving a three-course turkey dinner this holiday. They are even featuring sides for pick-up. Menu and pricing here.
Veladora, Rancho Santa Fe
This beautiful Hacienda-style resort is putting on an extraordinary Thanksgiving dinner this year. Executive chef Jarrod Moiles and his team are looking to provide attendees with an excellent holiday buffet, including live music and also a desert bar. Kids 4 and under are complimentary. For the menu and more information, click here.
Georges At The Cove, La Jolla
This restaurant sits seductively atop the water with expansive coastal views. Executive Chef Trey Foshee welcomes all willing to join him this holiday as he serves dishes from his special menu featuring both traditional Thanksgiving items as well as modern additions of his own creation. More info and reservations here.
Hornblower Cruise, San Diego Bay
If eating dinner while cruising around the San Diego Bay sounds like your idea of a fantastic Thanksgiving, this one is for you. This two and a half hour cruise features all the food you can eat, a live DJ, dancing, and an excellent view, all for a very affordable price. There are even discounts for seniors, children, and those in the military. Get all the info here.
Omni La Costa Resort, Carlsbad
The culinary team at the La Costa Resort is crafting a Thanksgiving dinner for all in their spacious Veranda Ballroom this Holiday. With children’s menus and kids 4 and under eating for free, this is an excellent venue for the entire family. All info here.
What You Need:
9 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 Golden Delicious or Gala apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 ½ c. all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 c. granulated sugar
Grated zest of ½ lemon
2 large eggs
¼ c. milk
Confectioners sugar, for dusting
Cinnamon, for dusting
- Melt 1 tbsp. of the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add apples and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- Butter and flour a 6-cup bundt pan.
- Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat remaining 8 tbsp. butter with the sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well-mixed.
- Using a wooden spoon, beat in flour mixture in three batches, alternating with milk in two batches. Stir in apples.
- Scrape batter into the pan and bake in the center under the oven until a knife comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes.
- Turn out on a wire rack to cool.
- Before serving, dust with confectioners sugar and cinnamon.
Thank you for all your support, here some of the properties Coastal Premier Properties has helped clients buy or sell throughout the county this month. If we can help you or someone you know, please contact us!
“This gorgeous 7 bedroom 5/12 bath executive home features beautiful architectural details and designer touches. 3 full en-suite bedrooms. One wing can easily be transformed to a separate apartment. Large gourmet kitchen. 3 gas fireplaces. Lushly landscaped backyard with outdoor kitchen and charming raised eating area. Within walking distance to acclaimed Westview High school Close to shopping, restaurants. Easy freeway access to 56, 15 and 5. SOLD for $997,000.”
“Want a home that shows like a model? Welcome to the highly desired Pacific Highlands Ranch! This house presents all of the upgrades you could imagine and shows better than a model home. Enter into the grand entrance, welcoming guests into a formal living room which features a beautiful fireplace and tiled floors beautifully accented with granite tiles. Next, lavish your guests with their own full downstairs bedroom and bathroom upgraded with granite, and a tumbled tile shower. SOLD for $926,000.”
“Charming coastal neighborhood in Carlsbad. Largest floor plan in Vista Pacifica! All 4 bedrooms located upstairs Laundry in the garage. Tile flooring, white cabinets, white appliances, ample space to play & entertain in the backyard. Close to the Pacific Ocean, Batiquitos lagoon, shopping, restaurants, Coaster & Legoland. Low HOA fees which includes: community pool & spa, tennis courts, recreation area. RV/boat parking option, front lawn & tree maintenance, basic cable. No Mello Roos! SOLD for $675,000.”
*Represented seller and buyer
“Great value home in Del Mar! 4 beds, 2.5 baths, in a tranquil environment. SOLD for $808,000.”
“Gorgeous La Merida Plan 2 on a double cul-de-sac. This 4br 2.5ba house is Move-In ready! Brand new paint and carpet just completed 8/22. The kitchen is well-appointed w/stainless steel appliances, a large island and breakfast nook w/direct access to the back yard. The adjacent Family room boasts tons of windows and a cozy fireplace. Upstairs, you will find a large master bedroom w/en-suite bath and a large Trex Deck balcony to take in the Southern Views w/a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Enjoy! SOLD for $725,000.”
“Fabulous single story home in College Park. Sunny family style home has an open floor plan with 3 bedrooms & a large great room. Open kitchen features a cute breakfast area, new maple cabinets, slab granite counter tops, newer range/oven and new microwave. Lots and lots of upgrades including, tile floors, freshly painted interior, upgraded bathrooms. Spacious private back yard. NO HOA fees, close to the Bike/Walking trail to the beach, shopping, & major roadways. If you hurry you could be in this home! SOLD for $420,000.”
“Located in Guajome Park Estates, this beautiful property is on a premium view lot. Enter into the dramatically high-ceilinged living room, to be flooded with natural light and featuring a brick fireplace. Off the living room is the perfect bonus room or family room w/ recessed lighting. Continue through the dining area to the kitchen, featuring stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher, built-in microwave and eat-in nook. Upstairs you will find the master and 2 bedrooms! Huge quiet yard w/ patio & lawn. SOLD for $400,000.”
“Updated Townhome in premium location in the heart of San Elijo Hills !Beautiful kitchen w/newly added stainless steel appliances, granite counters & bar top. Neutral colored tile, carpet and custom paint throughout. Private balcony off the main living area with views of Town Center. Entry level bedroom (no closet) could also serve as office/den, indoor laundry and attached 2-car tandem garage! Don’t miss this opportunity to live in this quaint village close to restaurants & shopping!! Must see!! SOLD for $349,000.”
“Lovely 3 bedroom plus den in the beautiful community of Magnolia at Old Creek Ranch! Upgrades & features include; wood laminate flooring in LR, upgraded baseboards, espresso cabinetry, slab granite, SS appliances, open living space with balcony, A/C & 2 car garage. Great interior location in this wonderful community with lush landscape, pool, spa, kiddie pool, 2 BBQ areas with eating area, & tot lot. ALL THIS PLUS no Mello-Roos! SOLD for $379,000.”
“Highly desirable Shadowridge community! Move in ready home! Open & flowing floorplan with custom paint, tile flooring, upgraded cabinets, granite counters, built ins, cozy fireplace surrounded with designer tile & much more! The backyard is perfect for entertaining or relaxing at the end of the day! Enjoy the spa, views and private setting from this wonderful home you don’t want to miss! Close freeways, shopping & sought after schools!! VERY low HOA with private community pool!! Priced to sell!!! SOLD for $490,000.”
“Prime Del Mar Heights location, single story with large usable lot! Charming custom home with open floor plan flooded with natural light and spacious rooms. Features include: Newly installed flooring, neutral décor, newer double pane windows, roof & air conditioning, security system & enclosed patio perfect for so many uses. Outside enjoy large lot with lovely park-like setting, fruit trees and wonderful privacy. All this plus top-rated Del Mar schools & easy access to all the best of coastal living. Offered at $979,000-1,079,000.”
“Ocean views from most rooms! First floor master suite! Finest quality materials and finishes throughout. Spacious walk out ocean view deck. Dream kitchen features Viking gas cooktop, Kitchen Aid dishwasher, compactor, G.E. refrigerator and wine cooler. Downstairs family room adjacent to second master suite with separate entrance. Quiet prestigious Del Mar neighborhood. Offered at $1,899,000.”
“Come see this beautifully remodeled home in Escondido, the property features large living/entertaining areas, very open floor plan, Large master suite w/walk in closet. Very high quality finishes throughout, upgraded to high standards. Covered patio in back, with minor views of Escondido city. Your choice between Escondido/San Marcos school districts! Walking distance to Montiel Park! Close to shops, freeways, schools and more. come see this beautiful Escondido home today! Offered at $459,000.”
“Big and beautiful, this 4 bedroom single story home has room for everything! The rooms are of grand proportions & the 10 foot ceilings give an even more impressive feeling of space. Many elegant features like a circular foyer, French doors, bay windows & butler’s pantry make this a home you’ll be proud to own. Estate-sized .7 acre lot is a gardener’s dream come true with fragrant flowers and fruit trees in abundance. The private setting at the end of the cul-de-sac completes the wish list. A perfect 10! Offered at $535,900.”
*Represented Buyer and Seller
“Single story w/almost 1600 SF in a wonderful neighborhood. Formal living & dining rooms, EIK, French doors in kitchen n master leading to the Bk Yd. RV parking next to garage. Handyman’s delight, needs a little TLC yet a wonderful home for that special family. Offered at $377,900-402,900.”
“Single story California rancher in the terrific neighborhood of Monte Vista. Open, spacious layout with kitchen that flows directly into family & dining room. Lots of natural light, generous sized master with upgraded en suite & walk in closet, low maintenance private backyard, custom brick fireplace, dual paned windows & wide hallway adds to the open feel. Sitting up on a knoll this .26 acre lot captures Vista’s perfect weather breezes & views of surrounding mountains. A wonderful place to call home. Offered at $458,000.”
“Loads of upgrades in this charming 3 bed, 2 bath home! Spacious floor plan with soaring ceilings, abundance of natural light. Remodeled kitchen, new carpets, beautiful neutral paint. Gas fireplace. Hardwood floors in main areas. Secluded atrium is peaceful getaway. Romantic master with vaulted ceiling; new bath tile/vanities. No back neighbors! Peaceful mountain views from relaxing back yard. On no-thru traffic street in quite neighborhood. Minutes to shopping, restaurants. Easy freeway access. Offered at $349,000-379,000.”
“Gorgeous, single story, on approx 1/2 acre that is a dream come true! As you step inside you will love the soaring ceilings, distressed pecan wood floors, custom paint, attached casita w/own entrance & the warm, inviting feeling you will want to call HOME! The gourmet kitchen features beautifully upgraded cabinetry, granite slab counters w/travertine backsplash, stainless steel appliances,& huge island for entertaining! The exterior is highlighted by the sparkling pool, spa & RV parking. Offered at $649,000.”
“Welcome home to the highly sought after Cambridge Terrace Townhome Community with a Cape Cod Flair! Largest floorplan, corner unit w/ lots of windows welcoming in sunshine, A/C, roomy master bedroom suite w/ fireplace. loaded with windows, dual sinks w/ new fixtures, ceiling fan, 2 closets incl a walk-in, separate tub & shower w/ block glass. 2nd bdrm with en-suite bath, large 1/2 ba down. 2 car direct access garage w/workbench. LR offers volume ceilings & french doors that open to a tiled patio area. Offered at $595,000.”
“Designer upgrades abound from stem to stern in this 4 br+loft, 3 bath Del Sur home. Completely gorgeous and move-in ready! Loft and extra “craft” room add more living space to an already comfortable home. Stunning walnut floors, plantation shutters, perfectly landscaped yard and a relaxing “Del Sur” room, complete with a gas fireplace, make for idyllic California living. Del Sur offers 5 solar heated pools and 18 miles of hiking trails. Top rated schools. Easy freeway access to 56 and 15. Offered at $899,000.”
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Feeling crafty? Whip up a few diy items for Thanksgiving! Click on each picture for instructions.
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Apricot Glazed Chicken With Dried Plums and Sage
What You Need:
2. Trim any extra fat from the chicken pieces and transfer them to a large roasting pan or broiler pan. If you don’t have a roasting pan that’s large enough, use 2 identical 13 by 9-inch baking pans.
3. Toss all of the ingredients together with the chicken until the chicken is evenly coated with the sauce. Arrange the chicken pieces skin-side up in the pan, spaced evenly apart.
4. If you’re looking to prepare in advance, you can do everything up to this point and cover the roasting dishes and refrigerate until you’re ready to roast the chicken.
5. Roast, uncovered, until the tops of the chicken pieces are browned and the chicken is cooked through, and the juices run clear, about 35 to 40 minutes.