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The holiday season is a busy time for everyone. From family parties to gift shopping, there’s a lot to be done, but before it all really gets underway, there’s that brief period of time where everyone gets to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner. There’s plenty of ways to enjoy Thanksgiving, too, and sometimes taking that trip out of town is a good way to get away from it all and escape the cold weather back home.

Cape Coral and the surrounding area are all great places to visit if you’re looking to beat the winter cold. No matter the time of year, the beaches are open, and the weather is comfortable, making it an ideal vacation destination. So, whether you’re planning that Thanksgiving vacation to throw a big feast for your friends and family, or you’re looking for a peaceful beach getaway and a Thanksgiving dinner prepped for you, you’ve found the right place. Here are some ways to spend the holiday when you stay with us.

Fort Myers Turkey Trot 5K

Freshly off a new partnership with Edison and Ford Winter Estates, the Fort Myers Track Club is putting on its annual Turkey Trot. This will be its 42nd consecutive year of celebrating the event, and what better way to prepare yourself for the impending Thanksgiving dinner than by getting in some good exercise while you enjoy the cool ocean breeze?

By participating in this event, you’ll be supporting a charitable cause that directly benefits the preservation of historically significant sites. You’ll be able to register alone or as a team if you’re looking to run, and you’ll also be able to participate on the sidelines if you aren’t up for the 5K. Observers can also purchase a virtual ticket if they’d like to show their support from their home, so if this interests you, you and the family can watch it from your vacation home while you put together that perfect dinner.

Annual Fall Garden Festival

If you’re going to make it into town a few days before Thanksgiving and you’re available on November 20th or 21st, the annual Fall Garden Festival is a great, relaxing way to spend a few hours of your day. Due to its diverse ecosystem, the local area has plenty of exotic tropical plants with beautiful colors, and also unique plant life from the nearby swamps just off the coast.

The whole festival takes place outdoors, with plenty of shade provided by the trees all over the area. While you’re taking a look at all of the gorgeous plant life in one convenient place, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to visit the food trucks that will be on site. After you’ve sample some of the local food, you can also relax and listen to the live music that will be playing during the festival, and if you find a plant that you want to bring home with you as a new decoration, there’s plenty of advice available for how to treat and transport them.

Surfside Sunshine Market

Taking place just a couple days before Thanksgiving, the Surfside Sunshine Market might just be the perfect spot for you to go and find some local seafood to make the perfect side dish for your upcoming feast. It isn’t just limited to seafood, either, as the market will be offering all kinds of fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses, jams, and quite a bit more that you can bring home with you. If you’re going to stay local, why not make your Thanksgiving meal reflect that? Find the perfect cranberry sauce or pick up a pie baked just for the occasion.

Stay in and Enjoy Thanksgiving in Peace

Of course, with all of the things to go out and see, there’s always the tried-and-true Thanksgiving tradition of staying in for a quiet meal with friends and family. Our rentals are equipped with fully equipped kitchen suites that will provide you with all the tools you need to put together a Thanksgiving feast and then some. If you choose to go out and bring something back for the meal, you’ll have everything you need to heat it up and make the meal taste nice and fresh, and if you choose to put it all together from scratch, all the utensils and tools you need are ready to go.

While you’re at it, there’s no need to hide from the cold. When you’re staying with us, the weather is always going to be nice enough to take in the fresh air. Throw open the windows while you cook if you like, and you can even dine waterside if you want to take the meal outside and lounge by the pool or the nearby river depending on which vacation home you choose!

Your Thanksgiving Vacation Is Waiting

No matter how you choose to enjoy your Thanksgiving vacation, we’re confident that you’ll find the perfect rental if you stay with Vacanza. Our comprehensive portfolio will make sure that we’re able to pair you with perfect rental property for a party of any size to dine in style. Enjoy that quiet, waterside Thanksgiving of your dreams, or head out into town and enjoy any of the amazing Thanksgiving events that are happening in town. Get in touch with us now to get started on your Cape Coral vacation.