December 26, 2013 Lydia Gable

A Ventura County Thanksgiving

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. But it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. History.com

Turkey, Stuffing and Giving Thanks…

It’s that time again, Thanksgiving. This is the one time of year where we give ourselves permission to eat way too much turkey, go for seconds of stuffing and feast in our glory on delicious pumpkin pie. Hopefully, while we are over-indulging, we also give thanks for a comfortable home and loving family. In honor of giving thanks, I thought it fitting to point out how lucky we are as community to live in Ventura County.

Take a look at all the fun and unique activities offered during this holiday season.

The Whale’s Tail Thanksgiving Buffet

If you have thrown down the gauntlet this year and you just refuse to cook and wash dishes, take the family to a fabulous gourmet buffet on Thanksgiving Day at The Whale’s Tail in Oxnard. The Whale’s Tail is located at 3950 Bluefin Circle. The fixed price is: Adults – $29.95, Kids (12 & under) – $18.95. The buffet starts at 11AM and goes until 6PM so you can sleep in. According the website the menu includes:

… Free Range Turkey, Tavern Ham, Prime Roast of Beef, Baked Salmon with Hollandaise, Mashed Potatoes, Country Bread Stuffing, Freshly made Cranberry Relish, Sweet Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots, Stove Top Gravy, Brussels Sprouts, Freshly Baked Bread … pumpkin or apple pie a la mode with whip cream or Banana Foster.

Holiday Ice Skating at The Lakes

Take the whole family for holiday skating at The Holiday Ice Rink at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks. The outdoor rink, decorated for the holiday season, is open through the holidays. You can bring your own skates or rent. What a wonderful way to work off a big holiday meal. Check the website for more information.

General Admission $10
Skate Rental $4

Group rates are available Monday through Thursday

Horsing Around …

I bet you’ve never thought of this unusual but fun-for-the-whole family activity. How about Thanksgiving Horseback Riding Camp? Take the whole family to Peck Farm in Moorpark, CA.

Camp begins on Monday, Nov 25 at 8:00AM. Learn everything you need to know say camp website:

…how to get the horse, halter, lead, tie, brush, clean feet, tack up English or Western, mount and ride. Then dismount, untack, feed carrots and return to corral. We will also cover different feeds, breeds, colors and care. We will break for a half hourlunch then ride again, bareback! Will have a horse show on the last day to show off new skills…

Peck Farm: 8295 Happy Camp Rd.

Moorpark, CA 93021 p.: 805-529-1939;

Price Resident: $183.00

Non-resident: $228.75

Senior, 60 and over, resident: $164.70

Senior, 60 and over, non-resident: $210.45

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Local Realtor….

If you are staying close to home, take advantage of this wonderful temperate climate that we all get to enjoy living in Southern California. Take the time to take a walk around Lake Sherwood or take a hike on the many trails in the Santa Monica Mountains.

At this time, I would like to take the time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. And remember, if you are thinking of buying a new home before the holidays, it’s not too late.

Contact Lydia Gable for a consultation now and you could be in your dream home by New Year’s!

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