Why You Need to Spend Thanksgiving in Charleston

Thanksgiving is the start of a wonderful holiday season on the Charleston Coast. The weather is idyllic, the food is world-class, and the coastal views are top-notch as always. Read on for our recommendations on what to do, where to eat, and, most importantly, where to relax for Thanksgiving in Charleston!

Of course, you’ll need to check out our free Vacation Guide to truly make the most of your holiday celebration in the Lowcountry. It’s full of additional information about our area as well as more ideas for activities and attractions to enjoy with your loved ones.

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Here’s Why You Should Celebrate Thanksgiving in Charleston

The Weather

The No. 1 benefit of visiting Charleston for Thanksgiving is the weather. Average daily temperatures are typically around 67 degrees with plenty of sunshine. It’s splendid weather for a long walk on one of our pristine, scenic, family-friendly beaches without any distractions or crowds that summer attracts.

Fun fact: Thanksgiving Day in 2016 produced a high of 76 degrees with sunny skies. That sounds ideal for a holiday in November if you ask us or any of the travel-savvy snowbirds who visit Charleston to escape colder weather!

The Activities

The list of reasons to visit Charleston for Thanksgiving simply isn’t complete without mentioning the activities you can enjoy. One of our favorites is to head to the shore and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere! Grab a beach chair or a blanket and set up shop on your own slice of paradise. You can go for a stroll, hunt for seashells, build sandcastles with the kids, or read your favorite book during an afternoon on Folly BeachIsle of Palms, or Sullivan’s Island!

The Food

The Charleston Coast is your oyster for Thanksgiving week! Part of what makes the Lowcountry lifestyle so special is how easy it is to enjoy good food with those you love. And, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to embrace this tradition! If you don’t feel like cooking, Charleston has many fabulous restaurants that are typically open for Thanksgiving dinner. Check out Eater Charleston for their list of open restaurants. We recommend making a reservation to ensure you get a table!

Charleston Coast Vacations’ Beautiful Properties

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Did you know that many of our Charleston vacation rentals feature fully equipped kitchens for cooking delicious Thanksgiving feasts? It’s true! All you need to do is pick up some tasty ingredients at one of the local grocery stores and whip up a mouthwatering meal in your home away from home. Then, you can gather around the dining room table with your family and enjoy quality time together as you all indulge.

Browse our list of properties today and book your favorite for Thanksgiving!

You Need to Ruffle Your Feathers at the Charleston Turkey Trot This Year

We all look forward to the holidays, and like everywhere else, the Charleston area has traditions rooted in the season. When Thanksgiving comes along, we all look forward to the Charleston Turkey Trot, also known as the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K. Make this your own tradition when you stay with Charleston Coast Vacations! 

Everything You Need to Know About the Charleston Turkey Trot 

The Charleston Turkey Trot has been a Lowcountry tradition for more than 100 years! Although it has changed a lot over the last century, the concept stays the same– a race on Thanksgiving day. Thousands of people have made this their own holiday tradition, and you can too! Plus, it’s a great way to burn off that turkey dinner. 

History of the Event

This holiday event was started all the way back in 1914, but it has changed and evolved over the years. What started as a footrace has evolved into a 3.1-mile run and walk– the Gobble Wobble. In 1978, the Charleston Turkey Trot was reinvented to the event we know and love today. Now, it’s one of the largest 5Ks in the nation!

The Course

The original Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble started in Charleston and ended in Summerville, but now, you’ll go in a loop downtown. The racecourse conveniently starts at Marion Square before heading south on Meeting Street past some of our favorite Charleston landmarks. Then, you’ll get to turn left onto South Battery to run past gorgeous historic homes. After, you’ll loop back onto our beloved King Street. 

After the Event

For some, the afterparty is the best part of the Charleston Turkey Trot. Congratulate yourself and mingle with friends, family, and other racers as you sip on free beer and visit the vendors. 

Time to Register! 

Registration is easy! If you’re a planner, you can register in advance online. Otherwise, you’re welcome to register in person at the registration tent on the day prior to the race or on the morning of the race. The tent is located on Marion Square– you can’t miss it! 

Book Your Thanksgiving Getaway Today

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There’s nothing like being home for the holidays, and you’ll feel right at home during your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations. Each of our vacation rentals has everything you need for the getaway of a lifetime, and what’s better than a walk on the beach after your Thanksgiving meal? Participate in our Lowcountry traditions like the Charleston Turkey Trot, cook your dinner in your vacation rental, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Browse our properties to start planning your stay today!

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