Tips for a Great Sea Ranch Thanksgiving
Sea Ranch 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!
Yet here you are – getting ready to travel to Sea Ranch for Thanksgiving at Abalone Bay!
Our tips below will are sure to make your Sea Ranch Thanksgiving at Abalone Bay a welcome 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 a home in The Sea Ranch, including 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 our free to the Inner Circle you not only receive tips and announcements about vacationing at Sea Ranch, you’ll also receive notice first before the public of released dates or cancellations.
Relax Knowing There’s Many Cooking Tools at Your Service
Unless your 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 allows you to beautifully roast meats and vegetables. It’s broiling element is great for searing meats. And for the baker in your party, perfectly bake breads and pastries evenly in the oven. You also have the option of baking breads and pastries and cooking foods evenly with its convection element.
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. Microwave cooking pans and bowls available 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 the rice cooker.
Toasters and Fry Pan
Got bagels? We got 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
- Sauce pans 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 silicon 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/nut crackers 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 vinegars available in our cupboards. Also 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
Surf Market and Gualala Supermarket located north of Sea Ranch in Gualala will open at 7AM.
But close early at 2PM 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 for 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
If you hope to have fresh Dungeness Crab for dinner we recommend you call Surf or Gualala Supermarket and order ahead of your arrival.
Two Fish Baking Company now located at The Stewarts Point Store has Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan Pies and Challah Rolls that can be ordered now. They will be available for pickup the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. 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 shop Amazon Prime just before arrival to Abalone Bay and have items mailed 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
A Word to the Wise
Using Amazon Prime or other fast delivery services can be tricky. You’ll want 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 and 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! 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.
Enjoy the Parades, Root for Your Teams or Binge on Netflex
And for your Netflex 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.
Take a Break to Enjoy and be Thankful of Mother Nature
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 is the Harbor Seal Rookery. The seals are the very picture of a Sea Ranch Thanksgiving! As they lay sprawled out along the the rocky shelf, they have that look of someone who just over- indulged 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 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” or flocks of of wild turkeys.
We just suggest leave 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 to One-Eyed Jack’s Playground and Picnic area will certainly help them burn off some energy.
This hide away 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 Jack’s 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.
Get Ready for Nature’s Surprises
If that does happen rejoice and be thankful because mushrooms are sure to follow. You’ll find them sprouting up in the forests above Abalone Bay. 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 knowledgable 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 preparation of your delicacies.
Don’t Forget to Share Your Feast, Share Your 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