Thanksgiving Tips for a Great Sea Ranch Holiday
Thanksgiving at Abalone Bay will be available once again in 2020. Currently, we are closed for renovations. We invite you to join our Inner Circle to learn when we’ll reopen and be ready for your next vacation at The Sea Ranch.Join the Inner Circle now
Thanksgiving at Abalone Bay is a wonderful way to spend the long weekend with friends and family.
Yet, Thanksgiving can also be a time of stress. And that’s just when you’re planning a simple holiday dinner at your own home!
Nonetheless here you are – getting ready to travel to Sea Ranch for Thanksgiving at Abalone Bay!
Our tips below are sure to make your Sea Ranch Thanksgiving at Abalone Bay the welcomed holiday you’ll want to repeat as often as you can.
Wild Coast ~ Warm Hearts
Where better to spend Thanksgiving than on Sonoma County’s rugged Sea Ranch Coast with your family gathered around!
While the ocean and weather may be wild outside, inside your temporary holiday home at Abalone Bay is sure to be filled with warmth and love.
Book Early for Your Sea Ranch Thanksgiving Holiday!
Most importantly, book your Sea Ranch Thanksgiving as early as you can.
Thanksgiving is one of the most popular times for guests and residents alike. To assure you are able to enjoy this holiday weekend requires early planning, and, most importantly, early booking.
That is unless you are lucky enough to find a cancellation, and even then it can be a challenge to book just the right home in The Sea Ranch, like Abalone Bay!
Become an Inner Circle Member
Finding a holiday cancellation can be tricky. However, our Inner Circle members are always first to know when we have availability.
When you sign up for free to the Inner Circle you not only receive tips and announcements about a Thanksgiving vacation at Sea Ranch, you’ll also be first before the public of released dates or cancellations.
Inner Circle Members Learn First about Released Thanksgiving and Other Dates
To prepare for our renovation and garage build in 2019 we have blocked our calendar from Spring 2019 forward to the end of the year. This is to assure no one is inconvenienced during construction time.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to book now for any of this year’s holiday vacations:
|Monday, May 27||Memorial Day|
|Thursday, July 4||Independence Day|
|Monday, September 2||Labor Day|
|Monday, October 14||Columbus Day|
|Monday, November 11||Veterans Day|
|Thursday, November 28||Thanksgiving Day|
|Wednesday, December 25||Christmas Day|
Once we have a clearer picture of our construction schedule we’ll be informing our Inner Circle Members first, allowing them to book those coveted holiday periods, including Thanksgiving. For this reason, you’ll definitely want to become a member now!Inner Circle Membership
Relax Knowing There are Many Cooking Tools for Your Thanksgiving Prep
Unless your Thanksgiving holiday recipe calls for very unique cooking equipment, it’s a fairly sure bet you’ll not need to bring any added cooking or baking equipment for your special meal.
Jenn-air Dual Fuel Range
Abalone Bay’s kitchen is well stocked with just about everything you’ll need. The Jenn-Air dual fuel range offers gas burners with downdraft ventilation. Its high-heat baking and roasting element allow you to beautifully roast meats and vegetables. It’s broiling element is great for searing meats. And for the baker in your party, perfectly baked bread and pastries evenly in the oven. And if your dinner hour is fast approaching consider using the convection element to help speed up the cooking time.
Microwave and Refrigerator/Freezer
Whether used for quick warming or flash cooking, the microwave is now an essential appliance and we have you covered. You can take food from the refrigerator or freezer compartment to the microwave. The available microwave cooking pans and bowls make your cooking safe and easy. Our favorite is the tortilla warmer. Also included is a plastic cover to keep your food from splattering when cooked.
Crockpots, Electric Pressure Cooker, and Rice Cooker
Whether you want to slow cook or pressure cook, Abalone Bay has you covered. Rice cooking is easy when you use our rice cooker.
Toasters and Fry Pan
Got bagels? We got a wide slotted toaster. Abalone Bay also provides an electric frying pan for that moment you need just one more burner. Also available is a toaster oven. Also available is a frying splatter screen.
Many other small appliances
You’ll delight at the many other small appliances available that will make your cooking adventures less adventurous.
- Heavy duty food processor
- Hand mixer
Leave Your Pots and Pans Behind
We strive to maintain well-kept cookware and pans including adding new pans upon inspection and discovery they are just too scratched.
Located under the counter near the range are the two pull out shelves filled with pots and pans with protectors to keep the non-stick finish lasting until your arrival.
We have a variety of pans for the discerning cook including nonstick, stainless steel and aluminum.
- Large Covered Roaster with insert
- Saucepans varying sizes
- Frying pans
- Saute Pans
- Deep pot perfect for soups and stews
- Cast Iron stew pot
Located in the free-standing cabinet you’ll find:
- Springform pans of varying sizes
- Cake Pans
- Pie plates
- Cupcake Pan
- Cookie sheets with a silicone mat
- Cookie cutters
Mixing and cooking utensils and knives:
These essential tools make your baking and cooking easier. You’ll find these in the corner near the range and in the two drawers under the counter.
- Wooden and plastic mixing spoons
- Potato Masher
- Variety of spatulas
- Henckels Cutlery
Here are photos of our cooking tools and gadgets drawers. Some of our cooking tools include:
- Garlic press
- Ice cream scoop
- Vegetable peeler
- Frying and Baking thermometer
- Crab/lobster/nutcrackers with picks
- Egg rings
- Egg Slicer
And then there’s the…
- Meat/Abalone tenderizer hammer
- Corn on the cob picks
- Knife sharpeners
- Cheese slicer
- Stainless measuring cups
- Oven thermometer
- Tea strainers
…And even more knives!
Pack Menu Items, Unique Spices, and Herbs
Our food packing tip for your Sea Ranch Thanksgiving meal prep is to pack any unique spices and herbs along with other special menu making items that you’ll need for the first day. Then upon arrival make your shopping list based on what we have available in our cupboards.
You’ll discover many basic spices, herbs, oils and even various bottles of vinegar available in our cupboards. Also included are various flours, sugar, and other baking ingredients. Many items we keep stocked while others are left for your use by previous guests.
And of course, you’ll discover our welcome bag of Little Green Bean Roastery coffee.
Local Markets Are Opened Thanksgiving Day
Be aware both stores close early at 2 PM for any last-minute items you’ll need.
Forgot Mom’s Secret Recipe?
While we can’t guarantee the candied yam recipe you forgot will be the same, we do have you covered. You’ll find a collection of cookbooks for every cook in the party. There’s the tried and true Joy of Cooking and even some recipes for fish and abalone. We also have great books for desserts. But our favorite cookbook is that filled with recipes perfect for the little chefs among you.
Order Ahead for Your Arrival
Our newest bakery addition to The Sea Ranch, The Ranch Cafe is a great option for your Thanksgiving bread, pies, and cookies. Just be sure to order ahead and pick them up early on Wednesday. They are located in our little strip mall area near the airstrip and fire station at 35590 Verdant View.
Two Fish Baking Company
Two Fish Baking Company now located at The Stewarts Point Store has Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan Pies and Challah Rolls that can be ordered ahead of time. They will be available for pickup the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Be aware they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but the rest of the week will be open as usual. Call in your order at Call (707) 785-2011.
Another tip that we have found helpful is just before arrival at Abalone Bay shopping via online services like Amazon Prime. Once you have your items selected, mail them directly to the house. The beauty of this is the delivery truck will bring it directly to the door leaving you space in your car for that oversized Turkey waiting to be cooked. This works especially well when you book longer stays.
Just address the packages to yourself for delivery at:
36905 Green Cove Drive
The Sea Ranch, CA 95497
The Sea Ranch Recycle Bins
Once you’ve emptied your boxes please flatten them and put them in the recycle bin located in our garbage shack next to the house. If there are many boxes please take them to The Sea Ranch Recycle Bins, located at the end of Verdant View, just east of The Sea Ranch Water Company office (and behind the Cal Fire station). A private firm, Redwood Empire, maintains these Recycle Bins for recycling material ONLY.
A Word to the Wise
Using Amazon Prime or other fast delivery services can be tricky. You’ll want to make sure you double-check on the availability of the item and that it will actually be mailed out in a timely fashion.
Also, keep in mind deliveries are not always made all the way to Sea Ranch on holidays and Sundays. Be sure to monitor announcements of arrivals.
Delivery by our FedEx and UPS drivers is usually made inside the gate. The drivers will open the gate and place packages usually next to the door out of the elements. Most often they are found on the bench next to the door.
They do not always knock, and they never enter the house.
For guests expecting a package, we recommend bringing your dog inside.
Set a Table That’s Picture Worthy!
The ultimate Thanksgiving photo is that of the table well set. How can you not have a beautiful photo with the amenities available for your Sea Ranch Thanksgiving holiday?
A floral arrangement always makes the table stand out. Whether you use cut flowers arranged in the bud vases we provide or purchase a floral arrangement specially designed for you, flowers offer that special touch.
Plate Service with Sea Ranch in Mind
Set out a beautiful table with seagrass woven chargers for our sea-themed plates.
There’s no flimsy cafeteria flatware in Abalone Bay! You’ll scoop up your marvelous meals with flatware of heavy stainless 18/10 quality.
Added service pieces include gravy boats, one for each end of the table and wooden salad bowls.
Serving bowls are plentiful and large enough to hold all your side dishes. This photo shows not only our serving bowls and platters but also mixing bowls.
And if you prefer a more basic white plate to provide more elegance to your table we have you covered there too!
Children Served Here
Will the little ones be at the adult table too? Our melamine dishes and sea-themed baby plates and spoons will keep them wanting more, please.
We also have two sets of high chairs and booster chairs for your little ones wanting their own turkey leg, please.
Enjoy the Parades, Root for Your Teams or Binge on Netflix
And for your Netflix and Hulu binging pleasure you can get connected using our Roku adapter and HDMI cord.
Even the cook and sous chefs can choose to follow what’s going on the TV set or gaze outside for passing whales or deer.
Holiday Tips to Enjoy and be Thankful for Mother Nature
Below are holiday tips for enjoying the unique natural environment of Sea Ranch.
While the amenities at Abalone Bay are worthy of keeping you entertained, we recommend you plan some time to get out and enjoy a walk along the trails. With easy, direct access to the bluff trail, there’s no telling what natural marvels you’ll discover.
Gray whales can be seen in November as they move south to breed in the warm, shallow lagoons along the Mexican coast. Whale watchers must look for whale spouts or blows, clear signals that whales are passing!
This is a short video of whales we saw swimming past Smugglers Cove just a few yards south of the house.
Visit the Harbor Seals
Just steps from the back door are the Harbor Seal Rookery. The seals are the very picture of a Sea Ranch Thanksgiving! As they lay sprawled out along the rocky shelf, they have that look of someone who just overindulged in one piece of pumpkin pie too much.
Blue Herons on the Hunt
While walking along the trail just outside of Abalone Bay, you might even find a blue heron walking the path with you!
Paroled Wild Turkeys on the Prowl
When walking or driving along Highway 1 as it cuts through The Sea Ranch, you’re sure to spot many “rafters” of wild turkeys. Learn more about our Sea Ranch wild Turkeys in our blog post here.
We just suggest leaving that extra turkey leg back at the house as they may see it as a bit rude on your part.
Children and Adults Alike Enjoy One-Eyed Jacks
Have the little ones been cooped up in the house too long for this Sea Ranch Thanksgiving?
Are the kids in need of a little romp?
Well then, visit One-eyed Jacks Playground and Picnic area will certainly help them burn off some energy.
This hideaway park has an enclosed children’s playground fun enough for dads and granddads, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, Petanque court, picnic tables, barbecues, and lots of room for active sports.
It is a favorite with Sea Ranchers and guests alike.
Equipped for large gatherings, One-eyed Jacks is the site of the annual Volunteer Fire Department barbecue. Ranch history has been preserved in the old sheep-shearing sheds marking the site. Groups proposing to use the facility (e.g. for birthday parties or family reunions) are requested to phone the Association office for calendar information.
Be Thankful for Bad Weather
Everyone wants to have great weather when on vacation, especially on Thanksgiving. However, it could very well rain on your Thanksgiving vacation.
We certainly hope that your travel to Sea Ranch in the rain will be safe.
We truly are thankful for any rain that may come, given our frequent droughts and serious fire danger as a result. Further, our hearts and prayers are definitely sent out to the victims and first responders who have suffered the state’s recent fires that have brought great tragedy and poor air quality.
Below is the weather forecast for Thanksgiving 2018:
Nature’s Surprises at Thanksgiving
If you are blessed with rainy days this Thanksgiving, rejoice and be thankful because mushrooms are sure to follow. You’ll find them sprouting up in the forests above Abalone Bay and along the tree-lined ocean trails. Many mushroom hunters also look for the delicacies at Salt Point just a few miles south of Sea Ranch.
Hunt with a ‘Shroom Expert
We strongly recommend you have friend knowledgeable in edible and safe mushrooms go picking with you if this is your first time hunting ‘shrooms. To help with your mushroom identification you’ll find books on our shelf. We also have cookbooks that will help you with the preparation of your delicacies.
Don’t Forget to Share Your Thanksgiving Feast and Fun!
Food is for sharing most especially on Thanksgiving. With free wifi, we make it easy.
Though we won’t be at your table you can send photos of your table and scrumptious meal to us!
Don’t forget to hashtag: #SeaRanchAbaloneBay & #SeaRanchThanksgiving
WISHING YOU ALL WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!
And don’t forget to book ahead for your Sea Ranch Thanksgiving holiday at Abalone BayBook now