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Each year we prepare for another busy holiday season. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family and be thankful for everything you have. After so many years of celebrating the same way, you might be ready for something a little different. If that is what you are feeling a trip to Austin for the Thanksgiving holiday is just what you need. Visiting Austin for Thanksgiving will provide you with plenty of ways to celebrate through unique holiday events and activities. You can also enjoy the city’s regular activities during a time when there are fewer visitors in the area. Here is your guide to celebrating Thanksgiving in Austin.

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

No matter where you go for the Thanksgiving holiday you are sure to find a turkey trot event waiting for you in that city. Austin is no different where we feature the annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot here in Downtown Austin. ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot started as a smaller event back in 1991 where a handful of volunteers put it on for the city.

The event has now grown to be the biggest race in all of Texas where 20,000 participants join the fun each year. This year the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot will benefit the Caritas of Austin, a non-profit that battles against homelessness right here in the city. Ever since COVID happened the event now offers both in person and virtual races to participate in. The in-person races include the timed 5-mile run perfect for those looking to be a top runner during the award ceremony.

The untimed 5-mile run is perfect for going at your own pace even walking. There are shorter races too including the 1-mile run or walk and the Stepping Stone School Kids K perfect for younger children. If you cannot make it to the event itself, you can always join the virtual run. Participating in the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is a great way to build up your appetite along with supporting a great cause. All participants must register for the event in advance.

Prepare a Thanksgiving Meal

If you prefer to stick to the tradition of making a Thanksgiving feast you will be pleasantly surprised that the kitchens offered in our vacation rentals will more than do the job. Your stay will include access to a full-size kitchen where most properties feature full-size appliances and plenty of countertop space. Many of our properties often come with modern renovations so you will be using state-of-the-art appliances making it a breeze to prepare multiple dishes at once. Separate kitchen islands offer plenty of room to lay out your sides and entrees so everyone can make a plate buffet-style for the meal. All you will need is to purchase your ingredients at a local market! The properties typically feature dining room tables with room for a maximum occupancy of the home. That is one way to continue your regular family tradition of a Thanksgiving meal made from scratch.

Thanksgiving Day Restaurants

If you want to spend your time in Austin away from the kitchen you will also be thankful to know that there are plenty of restaurants open during holiday hours. This is a great way to spend time together as a family instead of working hard in the kitchen. Several different steak houses in the city will be open for Thanksgiving and regular menus include Fleming’s, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, and Truckluck’s Seafood, Steak, and Crab House. You can also grab a table at Trace for a tapas-style menu that uses locally foraged ingredients. Many local breweries are also open on the holiday so you can grab a holiday beer as you enjoy your time together.

Fishead Tim’s Frozen Turkey Tourney

If you are in the mood for a little friendly competition this Thanksgiving, make sure you sign up for the annual Fishead Tim’s Frozen Turkey Tourney. This is the city’s disc golf tourney taking place at Zilker Park. The event has grown every year and will be holding its 7th consecutive event in 2023. A variety of prizes will be made available to those with the best game. The event benefits local charities and encourages participants to bring frozen turkeys for those in need. Don’t miss out on this popular event only taking place in Austin!

Memorable Thanksgiving in Austin

You will find a Thanksgiving holiday like no other when you book a holiday stay in Austin. The city is always known for unique events and activities and Thanksgiving is no different. Book one of our vacation rentals today and come see what Austin has to offer your family for yourself. You will not be disappointed with the holidays in Austin!

Have you ever wanted to take a break from the ordinary and find something special where you travel to? If so, book a vacation to Austin as soon as you can. Austin is a gem among the southwest and offers everything you could want from a travel destination: wonderful attractions, great food, delightful people, and incredible vacation rentals to book. That’s right, our vacation rental properties are some of the finest homes in all of Austin and will make your trip the best it can be. This includes booking a stay at El Rio Lento, one of our larger homes here in the city. By larger we mean a gigantic property that can easily accommodate an extended family and more. Take a look at what this property has to offer.

Luxury Fitted Home

You have never seen a property as luxurious as El Rio Lento. This giant home features six bedrooms and will easily accommodate up to 12 guests each night. When you arrive at the property you will feel like you are staying at your own private resort. The property features a wonderful southwest charm with the building design. Guests will step inside the home and be greeted by a spacious entry space. The living room space will be found first featuring natural wood flooring, a gas fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows, a grand piano, and a comfortable sofa. This is the perfect space to enjoy conversation and relax as someone plays the piano. The room also features vaulted ceilings and natural wood ceiling beams along the first floor of the property.

A second living room space can be found further back near the kitchen. Here a huge sectional sofa is positioned perfectly in front of a giant wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Of course, having a gourmet kitchen on hand will make preparing a meal a breeze. Head just a few steps over from the sofa to find it. You will find a spacious granite countertop and a separate kitchen island; this provides plenty of prep room for your meal or to host a weekend brunch. The commercial-size appliances make it easy to prepare all your food at once. The cabinetry comes supplied with all the essential cooking ware making your trip to the market as easy as ever. The formal dining room is found around the corner with a spacious table to sit at. An additional four-person table and countertop seating are also available.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

El Rio Lento features a total of 6 bedrooms each offering a resort-like experience. Five of these bedrooms are in the main house while the sixth is in the guest house found on the property. Each bedroom offers a plush bed with fine linens for the perfect night of sleep. Each bedroom also comes with an en suite bathroom for privacy. Here guests can find spa-like soaking tubs, walk-in showers, dual vanities, essential toiletries, and everything you need to start or end your day with. Two additional full-size bathrooms and two half-size bathrooms are also located on the property and are easily accessible from the common areas of the home. The guest house is the perfect spot to set up any grandparents or those who need some additional privacy.

Additional Amenities

The common areas and bedrooms are not the only highlights of staying at El Rio Lento. Guests will also find a bar room where you can enjoy a game of pool. It is called a bar room for a reason as the cocktail bar makes it easy to prepare a drink as you enjoy the game. A theatre room is also available where you can watch a movie on a projector screen from the comfort of leather recliners. A foosball table can be found on the second-floor loft to enjoy too. Head outside and enjoy the luxury pool that is connected to a lazy river. Enjoy a game of ping pong right next to the pool. Lounge around on the chaise chairs as you soak up the sun. Prepare some steaks or burgers on the gas BBQ grill. The backyard is a personal oasis here at El Rio Lento.

Nearby Attractions

You will find that El Rio Lento is close to many popular attractions in Austin. Enjoy a stop by Barton Springs Pool, a city-wide favorite. Catch live music at one of the venues in Downtown Austin. Visit South Town Square for some shopping therapy. Local restaurants near El Rio Lento include CARVE American Grille and Shore Raw Bar & Grill. There is plenty of fun around you!

Austin is Ready for You

A stay at El Rio Lento is exactly what you need for a long-term stay in Austin. This 30-day rental will be your own personal resort during your stay. Need more information about this property? Contact us today!