Alongside Independence Day on 4th July, Thanksgiving is the most celebrated date in the United States’ calendar. A secular festival with historic roots in the annual harvest, it marks the start of the holiday season, with Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve following close behind. Bringing families and friends together for a sumptuous feast, the culinary highlight of the holiday is a roast turkey dinner, followed by ubiquitous American stalwart, pumpkin pie.
This year, Thanksgiving falls on 22nd November, and there’s nowhere more festive than Palm Beach to celebrate. From an indulgent traditional feast at The Chesterfield Palm Beach to a 5K ‘Turkey Trot’ run, here are some of the most enjoyable ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in Palm Beach this year.
Slow-roast turkey with a savoury sage stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes, freshly prepared cranberry sauce: The Leopard Lounge & Restaurant is serving up a Thanksgiving Feast to end all feasts. The restaurant’s sophisticated interiors, exacting service and immaculately presented dishes ensure a very memorable date in one of Palm Beach’s most cherished institutions.
For health kicks
The Turkey Trot is a fun annual tradition in Palm Beach. A 5K run, it brings around 1,500 sprinters, joggers, power walkers and onlookers to Palm Beach’s scenic Lake Trail. It’s not all about the health kicks, though. Costume contests, raffles, food stalls and obstacle courses make this an entertaining way to spend Thanksgiving morning. It starts at 7.30am sharp from the leafy environs of Bradley Park. Those who register receive a medal at the finish line, with proceeds providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need.
Thanksgiving comes with spectacular views across Biscayne Bay on the state-of-the-art Biscayne Lady. A beautifully appointed luxury yacht, its Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise glides out into the ocean, offering panoramas of the sun setting behind Miami. Sip on something sparkling on the top deck before heading down to the dining area for a buffet-style spread of Thanksgiving favourites.
For culture lovers
During the weekend following Thanksgiving, the Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival is a trove of original artworks by up-and-coming talent as well as established artists. Browse or buy pieces from an eclectic collection of works by Florida’s creatives. Alongside the paintings, blown-glass sculptures, prints and photography, discover stalls selling charming hand-thrown pottery, unique artisan jewellery and beautifully crafted leather accessories.
Plant-based fare is much more inspiring than tofurky at Thanksgiving in Palm Beach. A wholesome Miami favourite, Green Bar & Kitchen is a vegan restaurant whose dedication to health-conscious cuisine verges on the Hippocratic. It’s Thanks-Living Eve is a popular option among locals, with organic Champagne cocktails adding special sparkle to an inspired vegan menu, and live music providing a rollicking evening of entertainment.
Stay at The Chesterfield Palm Beach to be at the centre of the action and enjoy an unforgettable Thanksgiving in Palm Beach.
Image credits: lead image © iStock/LauriPatterson. Festive cocktail © iStock/5PH. Family run © iStock/Geber86. Art gallery © iStock/KatarzynaBialasiewicz.