How to Have a Topsail Island Thanksgiving

How to Have a Topsail Island Thanksgiving

It's November! Fall in Topsail is a lovely time of year to visit our barrier island beaches and our quaint coastal towns. The weather is gorgeous, the beaches are wide open and uncrowded, and the fishing is awesome.

Do you know what else there is to love this time of year? A Topsail Island Thanksgiving! So, what are your options if you're vacationing here over the Thanksgiving holiday? We're glad you asked. Here's everything you need to know on how to spend Thanksgiving on Topsail Island. There's more than one way to celebrate on our island!

Stay In

Stay in and make Thanksgiving dinner in your Topsail Island vacation rental.

Thanksgiving is the absolute perfect time to put your Topsail vacation rental kitchen to good use! Combine your beach vacation with your Thanksgiving holiday and celebrate the season in true coastal style. Talk about being thankful! How could you not be as you sit around the Thanksgiving dinner table, your family surrounding you, a fabulous meal in front of you, and a breathtaking ocean view right outside your window? 

The entertaining options are endless. Whether it's an intimate Thanksgiving dinner for two, a family gathering, or an all-out Thanksgiving event, you'll be able to host it in the comfort of your Topsail vacation rental with ease.

Your vacation rental kitchen comes with the basics of what you need to create your entire Thanksgiving feast. You may want to consider ahead of time any special equipment you might require for your specific dinner (think large roasting pan, electric slicer and dinner-specific kitchen tools), but most likely your vacation rental kitchen will have just about everything you need. If not, you always have local equipment rental companies nearby which rent household items you may need if you're entertaining on a larger scale. Of course, our local shops and our Topsail area stores have anything and everything you need to buy while you're here.  

All you really need to do is shop for your meal ingredients and familiarize yourself with your vacation rental kitchen, so you know what you have and what you don't. Everything else is included: Stunning views, check! Amazing accommodations, check! Island vibe, check!

 Go Out

*Photo Credit: The Belle Topsail website


Go out for Thanksgiving dinner on the island or on the water.

There are even more options to consider for your Topsail Island Thanksgiving. Do you want to dine on land, by the sea or on the sea? Yes, these really are choices here.

Topsail Thanksgiving Cruise

Make it an extra memorable holiday by taking a Topsail Thanksgiving Cruise. The Belle of Topsail is your host on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016 at 1:00p.m. Enjoy the scenic waterway while you feast on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner while cruising along the local waters. They love seeing familiar faces and welcoming new ones, so why not say "ahoy" this Thanksgiving on a two-hour Thanksgiving cruise with all of the fixings? The cost is $40 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under, $10 for children age 2 and under (beverages are not included in the cost). This cruise has become a Topsail tradition and is always a sell-out, so don't wait too long. You can book your Topsail Thanksgiving Cruise right here.

Topsail Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 

If you're heading out to dine out this Thanksgiving, you may be wondering which Topsail Island restaurants are open for business this holiday. Let us help! We've done a little bit of research to help give you some options. It's not a full list of all the Topsail restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day, but hopefully it gives you some options to explore for your planning.  

Gallagher's Bar & Grill, Surf City

Stop by Gallagher's Bar and Grill in Surf City for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. They're open on Thanksgiving Day starting at 11:30a.m. Gallagher's is serving up appetizers and a hearty turkey or ham meal for $14.99 per person. 

Batson's Galley Family Restaurant, Surf City

Batson's Galley Family Restaurant in Surf City has historically served up an all-out Thanksgiving feast which includes turkey, ham, dressing, butter beans, corn, potato salad, collards and dessert. They hope to again this year; but with the Swing Bridge construction, it may cause some interference. Check their Facebook page for all of the updates and the current status of their Thanksgiving Day plans. 

What do your Thanksgiving plans look like this year? Do they include some time on Topsail Island? If so, we'd love to hear how you celebrate the day!

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