PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -
It's just a matter of days until Thanksgiving. News Channel 3’s Caitlin Thropay went around downtown Palm Springs to see how local hotels and restaurants are preparing for the holiday week.
“We are so looking forward to Thanksgiving because everybody comes and enjoys the weekend with friends and family," Owner of Grand Central Palm Springs, Rita Capponi told News Channel 3.
Capponi has one of the many restaurants in Palm Springs staying open on Thanksgiving day.
“We are opening at 8 a.m. and will be serving breakfast and lunch and then a 1 o’clock we move to a Thanksgiving menu with of course four or five items that if you don’t want to have Thanksgiving, if you want to have a hamburger or sandwich, you’re welcome to," Capponi said.
For those craving traditional Thanksgiving favorites, Zin American Bistro will have it all on their menu.
“As with every year, Thanksgiving is a big holiday here in Palm Springs. Here at Zin American Bistro, we will be having a pre-fixed menu," Dominic Lopez, a waiter at Zin American Bistro said.
And if you’re looking for a meal before the big meal, perhaps consider swinging into Peabody's Cafe.
“On Thanksgiving, we’re going to be open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There’s also a big event called the Turkey Trot where everyone wears turkey hats and jogs a 5k race. A lot of families come,” Debby Alexander, owner of Peabody's Cafe said.
“We’re only going to do two specials. We’re going to do a white chocolate martini and we’re going to do pancakes with chunks of white chocolate in them," Alexander added.
No matter where you go, you may want to see if your favorite place takes reservations.
“As you can see we are right here on Palm Canyon drive, a very busy spot here in Palm Springs. We will be busy, yes of course," Lopez said.
Not only are restaurants planning for a busy holiday but the surrounding hotels are also gearing up for the surge in guests.
“We’re at the Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs. I’m expecting a pretty busy week. We are close to sold out. We are at 80 percent right now. That’s just the beginning of it so we will for sure be getting busy. A lot of families coming in," Brandon Alfonso, front office supervisor at the Saguaro said.
“We do have a Thanksgiving dinner that we’ll serve here as well so anyone that’s not doing anything, most definitely feel free to stop by," Alfonso added.
Another hotel expecting to be busy is the Hotel Zoso.
“We’re expecting it to be extremely busy and Christmas and of course with the film festival come January,” James Stallworth, who works at the Hotel Zoso said.