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Watch the berries being harvested; learn about the history of cranberry farming on Plymouth, then just kick back and enjoy the music and the spectacular autumn scenery of one of the most unique and beautiful places on the Island. Don't forget to bring home Plymouth Cranberries for the holidays! Come experience everything a unique Thanksgiving Day!
You will be spending two nights at the Comfort Inn Plymouth.
Welcome to America’s hometown of Plymouth. As one of the country’s first settlements it is well known in the United States for its historical value. Arrive at the Comfort Inn and meet your local guide. There will be free time for lunch on your own downtown. A picture stop will be made at the Forefather’s Monument, the largest, solid granite monument
in the United States. She stands facing the harbor, welcoming those who come by water. A picture stop will also be made at the Plymouth Rock, the traditional site of disembarkation of the Pilgrims in 1620. Admission is included to the Plimoth Grist Mill. The Mill is a reconstruction of the original grist mill that once stood on the same site. The history of the grist mill dates back to 1636. The Mill burned down in 1837, and was rebuilt on its original site in 1970. The fully functional mill replica uses water power from Town Brook to engage two grooved mill stones which grind corn. Visitors to the Mill will see the water wheel turning, then step inside and watch the miller grinding grain. Organic stone-ground cornmeal will be sold in a museum shop, in the lower part of the Mill. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner is included this evening at Plimoth Plantation.
Continental breakfast is included this morning at your hotel. Your local guide will escort you to Wareham for the Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration. The celebration features cranberry bog tours, cooking demonstrations, juried
crafters and artisans, musical performances, the Tihonet Village Market, food vendors, and much more. Learn from the expert cranberry growers about farming and harvesting this fruit named “craneberry” by the pilgrims. Lunch is on your own at the festival.
Later, board the Viking from the charming Victorian village of Onset, a 2-hour cruise on the
Cape Cod Canal. The Cape Cod Canal is a manmade waterway traversing the narrow neck of land that anchors Cape Cod to the mainland and connects Cape Cod Bay to Buzzards Bay. You will then travel to Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. Sandwich became the site of one of America’s largest glass factories, an industry that flourished during the 19th century.This quaint and quiet seaside community is the hometown of Thornton Burgess, naturalist and
author of 170 children’s books. Tour includes The Sandwich Glass Museum, one of the world’s most respected manufacturers of 19th century. Watch molten glass, blown and pressed into exquisite shapes. Visit the distinctive museum shop featuring Cranberry Glass. Dinner is included this evening at the Historic Dan’l Webster Inn.
Continental breakfast is included this morning at your hotel. Check out and meet your guide for your last morning of touring to include The Pilgrim Hall Museum. Built in 1824, this gallery museum is the nation’s oldest continuously operating public museum. Pilgrim Hall houses an unmatched collection of Pilgrim possessions. Next, you board a Lobster Tales Cruise to learn about the many creatures that live in Plymouth Harbor. Experience a “hands on” approach to see how lobsters are harvested from their natural environment. Roll up your sleeves to help haul in lobster traps.
This retreat will take place in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.