Did you know that Cape Cod is as authentic a place as any to celebrate Thanksgiving? Despite the pilgrims’ best attempts at landing in Virginia in November 1620, Provincetown, Cape Cod, was the first landing site of the Mayflower and there is a 255-foot monument to prove it. Approximately a year later, those same pilgrims gathered with the Wampanoag Indians to celebrate the first Thanksgiving. So, a Cape Cod Thanksgiving truly does have historic roots. The first feast is said to have consisted of corn, barley, wild turkeys, waterfowl, and venison. Today, the more adventurous can consume the same, but simply eating plenty of turkey during your Cape Cod Thanksgiving is fully acceptable as well.
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Thanksgiving on Cape Cod
At one time, Cape Cod basically closed up shop after Labor Day, but that is far from the case today. The number of visitors we have for the fall and winter seasons, particularly for major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve have been growing every year. The atmosphere for a Cape Cod Thanksgiving is still more tranquil than that in the height of summer though, and you may find the locals even more hospitable (if that’s possible!) for this special time of gathering and gratefulness.
Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument
Remember that 225-foot Pilgrim Monument? It’s the real deal, and every year, the night before Thanksgiving, there is a celebration at monument site to honor the pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown. The time-honored Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument is one of Cape Cod’s most beautiful Thanksgiving traditions.
Cape Cod Thanksgiving Dinner Train
There is a truly unique Thanksgiving experience available to those who travel for a Cape Cod Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving Dinner Train is a 3-hour Thanksgiving Day train ride that offers a five-course, gourmet meal, beautiful scenery and climate-controlled dining cars. Treat yourself to a leisurely trip down the Cape Cod Canal while being served hors-d’oeuvres, cranberry nut bread, salad, potatoes, vegetables and cranberry sauce along with your choice of entrée. The Thanksgiving Dinner Train is a popular family tradition and tickets sell out quickly, so make your reservations soon!
Plan Your Thanksgiving at Chatham Gables Inn
No matter what you choose to do for your Cape Cod Thanksgiving, you will need a warm and inviting place to stay during your holiday. Our Cape Cod bed and breakfast offers the best in hospitality, luxury and comfort, but keep in mind our rooms are filling up fast, so we suggest you book yours today! We have the perfect oceanfront location for you to walk off your Thanksgiving meal and enjoy the crisp ocean air after your feast. You can also enjoy one of our select rooms with a fireplace, aromatherapy bath products and designer fabrics and furnishings. Make this Thanksgiving one that you will never forget with an authentic Cape Cod Thanksgiving at Chatham Gables Inn.