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Dockwa's 2017 Harborside Thanksgiving Guide

Post by Becky at Dockwa - Published on 11/17/17 1:37 PM

Whether you're cruising the ICW or the Baja-Haha, finding a host for the holiday is fun when you're part of the boating community. For those looking to break bread with new boating friends, here are some marinas, yacht clubs, and harbor town locales ready to welcome you to their tables. 

Know of a gathering that belongs on the list? You know the drill: Email becky@dockwa.com or chime in on our Facebook page 


Newport, Rhode Island is always ready to celebrate! Gurney's Resort Marina in Newport is hosting a special Thanksgiving dinner at Scarpetta, their on-site restaurant, on November 23. 


Stick around to watch Newport's Illuminated Boat Parade at the  Bowen's Wharf Block Party on November 24! Shops and restaurants will be open and boats will sail by competing for best decorated at 6:15pm. 

Click here to see all Newport marinas.

Northeast, cont'd.



Saturday, November 25, the Great South Bay Cruising Club of Long Island hosts its annual Open Invitational Turkey Trot Regatta! Pursuit race starts at 12:30PM is at the Dickerson Channel red buoy 6. Join the fleet for beers afterwards at Whalers in Bay Shore New York! Email race organizers with your vessel name to register or with questions. Reserve at Long Island Marinas

Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, hosts a Thanksgiving potluck on Sunday, November 19 starting at 4:30pm. Bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert (enough for a lot of hungry boaters) and partake in the club-provided turkey, stuffing, gravy, yams, hot mulled cider, and more. For the cooking-impaired readers (I'm with you), you can and should still join for $20 per person. They'll be collecting donations to The United Methodist Church Food Pantry, their local food bank. 


Congress Hall, America's oldest seaside resort, hosts a special Thanksgiving buffet as well as a sit-down meal at Blue Pig Tavern in Cape May, New Jersey. The weekend following Thanksgiving, guests can have breakfast with Santa, enjoy a live-theatrical performance of It's a Wonderful Life during dinner, and take in carolers over a cup of hot cocoa during the Winter Wonderland concert series. Stay nearby at Cape May Marina!


If you're within a reach of Port Jefferson on Long Island, New York head to Danford's Hotel Marina for a Thanksgiving dinner of seafood, roasted carved turkey, fixings, and desserts. View more information on the Danford Hotel Marina Facebook page.

Chesapeake Bay


Celebrating in the Chesapeake is easy at the York River Oyster Company in Gloucester Point, Virginia. Steps away from York River Yacht Haven, one of our favorite Chesapeake marinas!


Pirate’s Cove Marina in Galesville, Maryland is hosting a Thanksgiving Day feast for the hole family! From noon to 7pm, partake in the buffet of turkey, ham, stuffing, mash potatoes, pies, veggies, and more. For more details click here. Call 410-867-2300 to make your dinner reservations.


The annual Mayflower event at the Four Seasons Hotel in D.C., is just steps away from several new Dockwa locations. View all Washington DC Marinas. 

The Carolinas

Christoph's By The Water in New Bern, North Carolina, is a delightful restaurant just steps from the New Bern Grand Marina


In South Carolina, spend the night at Windmill Harbour Marina in Hilton Head, and head to the South Carolina Yacht Club next door for Thanksgiving dinner. For more information, visit the South Carolina Yacht Club web page.

Carolinas, Cont'd.

Thanksgiving is big day on Kiawah Island – more than 40,000 visitors descend over the weekend. Highlights include the Thanksgiving Feast buffet in the Sanctuary ballroom, Pumpkin Hockey, an early-morning 5K Turkey Trot fun run, and family sand sculpting. The weekend concludes with the annual Party in the Park, featuring low-country food and drinks, face painting, games, and live music. The morning after Thanksgiving, Santa arrives for a tree lighting ceremony, with extras like cookie and ornament decorating on offer. Stay at nearby Bohicket Marina!


Keep the festivities going near Kiawah! Save your slip at Bohicket and check out the Bohicket Merchants Association Fall Festival, including the 2nd Annual Bohicket Christmas Parade of Boats on December 9, 6-9pm.

The Southeast & Key West


The 17th Annual Cruisers Thanksgiving Potluck, hosted by a group of St. Marys' residents and the Riverview Hotel, takes place in St. Marys, Georgia, just off AICW Statue Mile 712. The Riverview marina suffered damage in Irma, so boaters have been advised to seek dockage or anchorage elsewhere. See more event information on CruisersNet.

See St. Marys harbor information on Marinas.com.

The Southeast & Key West, cont'd. 

Brunswick.jpgMake way to Brunswick Landing Marina in Brunswick, Georgia for their biggest event of the year: the annual Brunswick Landing Marina Thanksgiving Feast and Party! The marina will supply the main dishes, and guests are invited to bring a side dish or a dessert. Call 912-262-9264 to RSVP. 


In St. Auggie, another great Cruisers'Net event! The Annual Thanksgiving Potluck at Rivers Edge Marina (AICW Statute Mile 778) is hosted by the St. Augustine chapter and is sure to get a great crowd together. Click here for more information


A bit further south, Key West Harbour Club will be hosting a lovely Thanksgiving buffet with a tropical twist – click here for the menu & to RSVP

Islands & Inland Waterways

Boaters on Lake Mendota in Wisconsin can enjoy a Thanksgiving brunch at The Edgewater including local specialties like Amish turkey glazed with bourbon cider and leek mac and cheese made with three types of Wisconsin cheddar. that evening, watch the tree-lighting ceremony and celebrate the seasonal opening of the ice rink. Santa pays a visit, as does University of Wisconsin mascot Bucky Badger. 

Explore Lake Mendota on Marinas.com.

Islands & Inland Waterways, cont'd.

Each year Treasure Cay Marina in Abaco, Bahamas hosts Thanksgiving turkey dinner and holiday activities. See the Treasure Cay Facebook page for more details.  


Valentines Resort and Marina will be hosting another festive event this year. Click here for details on their Facebook page.


What'd we miss? Let us know. Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Dockwa



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