November can be a fabulous time to visit Homer, Alaska as fewer travelers provide the opportunity to enjoy it practically all to yourself. Prices for accommodations and even airfare are often lower, and with temperatures into the 30s, snow is possible. It’s even more enchanting with white powder blanketing the mountains, brightening the landscapes.
The festiveness of Thanksgiving adds to the magic of Homer, with colorful light displays starting to come out while the shorter days bring more darkness. That means you’ll have a better chance to see the aurora borealis dance through the skies.
But there are many other reasons to celebrate Thanksgiving in Homer, Alaska.
Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and enjoying a mouthwatering feast. Here in Homer, you’re sure to feel grateful, with the stunning scenery that surrounds you, the friendly people, and the delicious foods. You can enjoy holiday favorites while experiencing one of the must-try places in town.
Located at Land’s End Resort, the only hotel on the Homer Spit, The Chart Room offers one of Alaska’s most memorable dining experiences while enjoying a breathtaking view of Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains.
At The Chart Room, there will be a special Thanksgiving dinner hosted that includes your choice of traditional turkey breast, juicy prime rib, or honey-roasted ham. Indulge in three delicious side dishes, like sweet potato or green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, and traditional stuffing. A house salad and a slice of pumpkin pie to finish are included too.
Kids’ dinners are available with a macaroni and cheese option for the finicky so parents won’t have to stress, and children 5 and under are free.
As an added bonus, the adults can warm up with a tasty hot beverage such as the Hot Apple Pie made with Tuaca, apple cider mix, nutmeg, and whipped cream.
A classic watering hole, the historic Salty Dawg is a unique saloon ideal for those Thanksgiving Eve drinks. The only bar on the Homer Spit, it sits within one of the oldest buildings in Homer. Built in 1897, it was the first grocery store to open in town, followed by multiple incarnations until opening its doors as the Salty Dawg 65 years ago, popular for wetting whistles ever since.
The Salty Dawg appeared in the popular “Deadliest Catch” TV series but what makes it most famous is its bizarre interior. Nearly every available space on the ceilings and walls is adorned with dollar bills that were signed and stuck by visitors. It all began a few decades ago when someone decided to tack a dollar on the wall, explaining that his friend would come by later and it should be used to buy him a drink.
The idea took off, and today, it looks like a money explosion inside, providing great photos for your Instagram feed.
Of course, it’s not all about dining and drinking here. You’ll find plenty of things to do in Homer around Thanksgiving.
There are water taxis available year-round to get you to Kachemak Bay State Park where you can enjoy an easy, self-guided glacier hike that will bring you to the wide, open beaches at Grewingk while providing an unbeatable view of Grewingk Glacier, a 13-mile-long glacier, and the surrounding peaks. It’s a great way to burn off those Thanksgiving meal calories while taking in the scenery.
Join a Fishing Charter
Fishing charter expeditions are available year-round, providing the opportunity to catch an Alaska king salmon and halibut in the world’s halibut capital. Bundle up and enjoy a day out on the water followed by another unforgettable feast.
While Alaska is full of friendly towns, Homer is often ranked as the friendliest in the state. Wherever you go here, you’ll enjoy plenty of warmth, hospitality, and smiles. Of course, the locals have plenty of reasons to be happy living here. In fact, Coastal Living magazine named it among the happiest seaside towns in America.
That friendliness can be found throughout town as you shop, dine, browse art galleries, and at your accommodation. But perhaps no more so than with a stay at Land’s End.
When you stay at Land’s End Resort, you’ll feel as if you’re at a home away from home, with the staff treating guests like members of the family. They have local knowledge, and are happy to provide recommendations, which means you’ll have an insider at your side to ensure you make the most out of your trip.
Land’s End is also the only hotel right on the Homer Spit, putting guests steps away from it all. Nearly all rooms come with private balconies facing the bay for magnificent views of the water, mountains, and wildlife. And, making it even more appealing for families, there are fully furnished beachfront homes, with two- to four-bedroom options available with plenty of luxuries and space for all.