Making Thanksgiving Dinner in an RV

Even if you’re a seasoned veteran of the RV lifestyle, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to the American tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving — or some say, Turkey Day. So we’re providing the ultimate guide to how to make Thanksgiving dinner in your RV.

  1. Camping World — How to host an RV Thanksgiving when space and kitchen commodities are at a minimum
  2. KOA Blog — How to enjoy Thanksgiving in your RV
  3. Do It Yourself RV — Tips to cook Thanksgiving dinner in an RV
  4. RV Share — How to cook a turkey when you don’t have a grill available
  5. Fulltime Families — 5 ways to make Thanksgiving dinner work in an RV
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Photo courtesy of Full-time Families (it makes our mouth water)

Have a wonderful holiday, and before you begin planning how you’ll celebrate, we recommend reading an article by Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of the book Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience. It’s a good reminder of not how we celebrate, but why.

What To Do in November 2018

November offers a whirlwind of events in Martin County, Fla., home of Floridays RV Park. Let’s take a look at what our guests can look forward to in Hobe Sound and the Treasure Coast.

Hobe Sound Christmas Parade

Music Lovers

Now and through December 11th, enjoy live Blues, Rock, and R&B at the Notes Music Room & Wine Bar offers special deals on beer and wine on Tuesday with hot sandwiches, cheese plates and snacks from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.; 872 S. Colorado in Stuart. More information »

Happy Shoppers

On November 18, visit the Stuart Green Market where you’ll find fresh ideas for Christmas giving, and some tasty treats along the way. After the market, head over to the Rock’n Riverwalk free concert from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., then later in the evening, take a stroll through historic downtown Stuart and visit the great shops and restaurants that make up this quaint downtown. Spoiler Alert: Visit Kilwins for ice cream! Visit Stuart Main Street to learn more »


Another 3rd Saturday Gourmet is November 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Hobe Sound. This fun, family, pet-friendly event features about 15 different vendors including unique food trucks from all over south Florida and local crafters. 3rd Saturdays continue in Hobe Sound monthly through May. Event is sponsored by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas Elves

If you like getting into the holiday mood early, Christmas on Main Street has music by the Celebration Singers, a performance by the Martin County Tigerettes, and tree lighting festivities in downtown Stuart on November 23 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall Annex and Riverwalk Stage, 300 SW St. Lucie Ave. Event information »

Parade Watchers

Mark your calendar (Saturday, December 1, 1:00 p.m.) for this must-see annual event—the Hobe Sound Christmas Parade! For 33 years, our hometown has paraded out floats, vintage cars, bands, marchers, trucks, and especially Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. The music and magic of our small town is on display as hundred of townies and visitors line the streets and local shops and restaurants will be open. Parade information »

If you’re a current guest of Floridays’ we wish you a safe, joyful and happy Thanksgiving and Christmas season. If you are thinking of a place to spend the winter in our little piece of Paradise, there’s no better place to spend a good old-fashioned holiday season than south Florida.

Christmas Dinner for RVers

By now, you probably know where you will be for Christmas dinner, what you’ll be having, and who will join you around the table. Cooking the classic Christmas dinner in an RV may be a piece of cake (pardon the pun) for the veteran RVer, but for the seasonal traveler or RV newbie, figuring out how to fit a huge turkey into a small finicky oven can be a challenge.

The solution is to keep it simple or better yet, get together with your neighbors for a potluck dinner where every RV is responsible for just one dish.

How To GrillPlan the menu so that you can prepare some dishes ahead. Casseroles, mashed potatoes, squash dishes actually taste better when made in advance. So do many pies! Save the ham or turkey for Christmas day roasting, preferably on an outside grill. And because counter space is lacking, remember the mantra: less is more and simple is better.

You may not even need an oven for much more than warming if you cook most of it on the grill or in an outdoor dutch oven. Think “roasted veggies and grilled stuffing.” Yum! Crock-pots take up relatively little space and do a great job of making cranberry sauce and keeping those made-in-advance mashed potatoes warm until dinner time.

If having Christmas dinner in your RV or RV park is too much to handle, there are some nationally owned restaurants that are open Christmas Day. The owners of our locally-owned and famous Hobe Sound restaurants like Taste, Scooters, Catfish House, Harry and the Natives, Courtyard Grille or Prime will be shuttered, so head out for a no-mess no-fuss meal at Denny’s, Waffle House, McDonalds, and possibly Golden Corral. Here’s the list.

For instructions on how to prepare your Christmas turkey on the grill, check out Butterball.

Martin County Fun

Hobe Sound Xmas ParadeIt’s that time of year when our hearts and minds turn to the high holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and what we call around these parts, “High Season”! If your RV lifestyle is happening now at Floridays or anywhere in Martin County, or if your’e “on the road” planning to pass through Martin County, we thought you’d like to make a note of a few upcoming events in Hobe Sound and nearby.

November 22—Thanksgiving Eve Toga Party

Dance off a couple of pounds so you can put it all back on the next day with the Toga Party at Notes Music Room and Wine Bar, 872 Colorado Ave, Stuart, at 6:30 p.m. Toss on a colorful tablecloth or sheet and toga up to discounted wine and beer specials, Sake-tinis, and $2 iced coffees. Live music with all the popular songs. Learn more »

November 24—Downtown Stuart Tree Lighting Festival

Music, performances, and a host of family-friendly activ­i­ties like a “liv­ing manger” pet­ting zoo, and cook­ies and milk on the patio at Duffy’s Sports Grill. Begins at 4:00 PM. Then just after sun­set the lights go on on the offi­cial Down­town Stu­art Hol­i­day Tree. About Stuart »

Ongoing through December 31—Rock’n Riverwalk

A free open-air concert on the Riverwalk State every Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 PM with music, vendors, and just walking around taking in the sights and sounds of the waterfront. Schedule »

November 30 to Sunday, December 3—Singing Christmas Tree

Free event at Hobe Sound Bible College at 11925 Gomez Ave, Hobe Sound, features 75 singers in a beautiful Christmas tree of 50,000 colored lights, a 25-piece orchestra, children’s choir and a drama cast of 50. See flying angels, kind and shepherds, holy family, and a spectacular message of the season. Learn more »

December 2—Santa Paws Holiday Pooch Plunge

The Humane Society’s annual dog-friendly celebration at Sailfish Splash Waterpark at 931 SE Ruhnke Street, Stuart. A fun day whether you own a pooch or not. Admission information »

December 2—Annual Hobe Sound Christmas Parade

Grab your lawn chair and line the street on Old Dixie Highway or Bridge Road to watch over 80+ entries and thousand of adults and kids strut their stuff with cars, floats, trucks, marchers, bands and surprises. This genuine old-fashioned Christmas parade and Art and Crafts Stroll along Dixie is a great opportunity to get in the holiday mood and do a little early Christmas shopping.

Easter RV-Style

Easter 2017Spending the holidays on the road in the RV, even as a full-timer, can be a challenge but can also be rewarding. We searched for a few stories that we thought our guests here at Floridays might find inspirational or comforting—at the least, entertaining. Here are a few of our favorites:

Easter Holiday On The Road

by Karen @ RVing Guide
My most memorable holiday so far was when Jim and I were working in south Texas at a large resort. We had several Hispanic guys working for us in maintenance. One of them invited us to spend Easter with his family at a local park. We enjoyed grilling “fajitas” on the barbecue grill, dancing to lively Mexican music, cracking cascarones filled with confetti or flour over each other’s heads, and watching the children break open the Easter bunny piñata.

Read the rest of Karen’s article

Holidays and RVers

by Nick Russell @ Just a Gypsy
We know some snowbirds who wait until after the holidays to head south, and full-timers who brave the weather to travel to be with family. While some take their RVs, others fly or travel by automobile, leaving their RVs in a park down south or out west.

Some of our RVing friends actually do it in reverse, making arrangements for their family members to fly down south to be with them over the holidays.

Read the rest of Nick’s article

Spending Easter In Your RV

by Pleasureland RV Center
One of the fun parts of the RV lifestyle is being able to spend your holidays on the road, but still enjoying the comforts of home. You can always just pick up a corned beef sandwich and some beer for a smaller holiday, like St. Patrick’s day, but conducting an Easter Egg Hunt or roasting a whole ham in your RV can be tricky. Here are some ideas to make Easter work even when you’re on the road:

Here’s the list…

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Happy Easter! Happy Spring! And remember, home in an RV is always just where you are.