Despite the pilgrims’ best attempts to land 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. Why not celebrate the holiday at the place where it all started? Here are some of the best ways to spend Thanksgiving on Cape Cod that are sure to inspire you for your next fall getaway!
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3 Fun Things to Do for Thanksgiving on Cape Cod
1. Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument
On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, there is a celebration at the Pilgrim Monument to honor the 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. Visitors from far and near gather to witness the monument illuminate with more than 3,100 landing lights that shine nightly until January 6th.
2. Chatham Turkey Trot
The Chatham Turkey Trot is an untimed fun run/walk that takes place annually on Thanksgiving morning. The 5K is attended by hundreds of visitors each year and is a great way to work up your appetite for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. People of all ages are welcome to participate and it only costs $5 plus two grocery items to donate. Proceeds benefit the Lower Cape Outreach Council, an organization that provides emergency assistance of food, clothing and financial support to residents of the 8 towns that constitute Lower Cape Cod.
3. Cape Cod Thanksgiving Dinner Train
If you’re spending Thanksgiving on Cape Cod, then the Thanksgiving Dinner Train is an absolute must! The Cape Cod Central Railroad will take you and your loved ones on an unforgettable journey through the cape’s classic towns and incredible fall landscape. All the while, you’ll be able to indulge in a mouthwatering five-course Thanksgiving meal including traditional turkey and pistachio-encrusted salmon. The ride is approximately three hours and the rail cars are climate-controlled. This event tends to sell out fast, so be sure to get your tickets today!
Enjoy a Wonderful Thanksgiving on Cape Cod With Us
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. 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. Plus, you’ll enjoy a hot gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay.
Make this Thanksgiving one that you will never forget with an authentic Cape Cod Thanksgiving at Chatham Gables Inn. Book your stay with us today!