How to Experience a Charming Thanksgiving on Cape Cod

Thanksgiving on Cape Cod
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There are many ways to fully experience Thanksgiving on Cape Cod. After all, Thanksgiving was born right here in Cape Cod. Despite the pilgrims trying to land in Virginia in November of 1620, Provincetown, Cape Cod was the landing spot for the Mayflower. In fact, there is a 255-foot monument to mark the occasion.

A year later, those pilgrims gathered with the Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe to celebrate Thanksgiving. Cape Cod truly has the historic roots of the holiday and there is no better place to spend one of the most beloved holidays in the United States. 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.

Even though cold weather can come into New England during late fall and winter, Thanksgiving is a great time in Cape Cod and many of the locals stay for this wonderful time.

On Thanksgiving, head to the Pilgrim Monument which was founded in 1892 and is the oldest non-profit on Cape Cod. The Pilgrim Monument was built between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown on November 21, 1620. Each year, citizens come together to mark Thanksgiving with the lighting of the Pilgrim Monument.

This year the official Lighting Ceremony will take place on November 25, 2015 from 5-7pm at the Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum. Hundreds of visitors come each year to this event and watch the monument light up with over 3,100 lights which are lit every night through January 5. Admission is free for all and refreshments are provided by the Provincetown Business Guild along with entertainment from John Thomas. This is a great way to experience Thanksgiving on Cape Cod.

Or if you’re looking for something unique and lots of fun, how about enjoying a five-course gourmet meal, beautiful scenery, climate-controlled dining cars and a leisurely trip along the Cape Cod Canal? Dine with a traditional turkey dinner to pistachio-encrusted salmon on the Thanksgiving Dinner Train! 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.

This is a family-friendly event but tickets sell out quickly! Make your reservations today!

Want to experience an amazing Thanksgiving on Cape Cod? How about booking a stay at Chatham Gables Inn? Our historic B&B is perfect for travelers who are looking to relax and enjoy the luxuries of home while away from home here in Cape Cod. Each of our rooms is decorated in a crisp Cape Cod style and our comfortable beds are topped with comfy sheets. Each morning enjoy a delicious breakfast and then be on your way to enjoy the sights of Cape Cod. Contact us today and book a room for your next stay in Cape Cod. You will not find a better place to relax than the Chatham Gables Inn.

Want to find out more about the area like the wonderful Thanksgiving events? Request your free Vacation Guide today!