Making your way out to the Coachella Valley around Thanksgiving this year? You certainly won’t lack for anything to do out here in the desert. The temperate weather out here makes for a great way to escape the winter cold, and when you bring the family along, you’ll still be able to have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, whether you head out for dinner at one of the local restaurants or cook a full meal for everyone in one of our fully equipped kitchens. Thanksgiving dinner is important, but that’s not all, there’s also local events going on that keep the spirit of the season going. When you’re planning your Thanksgiving trip, here are some things for you and the family to do.

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The 15th Annual Fortem Financial Thanksgiving Day 5K

As a massive event that routinely draws over 4,000 people including spectators, volunteers, and participants annually, the Martha’s Village & Kitchen 5K is among the most highly anticipated Thanksgiving events in the Coachella Valley. This community driven event is centered around efforts to help mitigate and end homelessness, and every donation stays in the local community to help end the cycle of poverty.

This year, you have the option to participate virtually or in person, and the event is also dog friendly if you’ve brought the family pet along with you. So, whether you’re planning on heading out to participate in the run, just watching, or volunteering, your efforts go to a good cause during a generous time of the year. If you stay in with the family, you can even put it on screen and support the cause from afar.

Cook a Luxurious Thanksgiving Meal at Your Home Away from Home

Sometimes you just need to get away from home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the holiday in style. All of our properties come with fully equipped kitchens, meaning you’ll have everything you need in order to cook that full course Thanksgiving meal you would have had back at home.

Our equipment is held to the highest standard, and our rentals are immaculately and thoroughly cleaned by our professional cleaning staff. Our properties also range from 3-bedroom to 7-bedroom or more offerings, meaning that you can come along with a small group or bring the entire group along for your impending Thanksgiving feast in the Coachella Valley.

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Enjoy the High-Quality Cuisine at a Local Restaurant

We understand that many restaurants are closed for Thanksgiving, but there are plenty of exceptions that are worth your attention. Some of them even offer meals to go, meaning that if you want to spend the day at your home away from home without having to worry about cooking a full Thanksgiving feast all by yourself, you’ll still be able to dine in style.

Bellatrix Restaurant and Wine Bar

Bellatrix is often open on Thanksgiving, offering dishes that are themed for the holiday. Historically they’re only open for early hours, listed at 11 AM to 2 PM, so if you’re planning on eating there you should make your reservation as soon as possible.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Running a Thanksgiving special from 11 AM to 8 PM on Thanksgiving Day, Ruth’s Chris will have a Thanksgiving worthy meal ready for your whole party to dine in style with. Make sure to book your reservation in advance, as walk-ins are unlikely to find a table if they’re being offered at all.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Sullivan’s Steakhouse offers hand carved roasted turkey for the holiday and offers plenty of other Thanksgiving mainstays to round out the meal. Their Thanksgiving hours are 11 AM to 8 PM and booking your Thanksgiving feast in advance is highly recommended.

French Rotisserie Cafe

French Rotisseries Cafe is here for you whether you plan on getting table service or if you want to bring some French inspired Thanksgiving food home for private dining with your friends and family. They’ll be open from 1 PM to 8 PM and will be accepting reservations in addition to pick up orders by phone.


Pacifica typically offers both traditional Thanksgiving meals and some of their classics for the holiday. Their menu will be limited to a specific selection, and they will be accepting dine in and to go customers from 2 PM to 8 PM.

This is just a small portion of the restaurants that are usually open for Thanksgiving in the Coachella Desert. There are sure to plenty more planning to be open, ranging from casual to refined, all waiting to serve you your Thanksgiving feast this holiday season.

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Your Thanksgiving Home Awaits

No matter how you decide to spend you Thanksgiving with us out in Palm Desert, the perfect vacation home is waiting for you. Whether you’re coming into town for a small, private event, or planning on bringing the whole party with you, you’ll find the right home away from home. Contact one of our agents now and get your Thanksgiving vacation started.