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A Cape Cod Thanksgiving

by Heather Reynolds

Cape Cod is known as a wonderful vacation for good reason: It’s a beautiful oceanside area with miles of unspoiled beaches, hiking trails, ocean vistas and sand dunes. October to April is the Cape’s off-season, which means that the exorbitant prices for accommodations fall during this time. And while the prices are low, there are plenty of things to do in Cape Code during November – without the crowds of the summer tourist season. Daily temperatures are fairly mild, sometimes reaching up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cape Cod is known as one of the top cultural centers of Massachusetts. There is an abundance of museums of all types, catering to enthusiasts, children, history buffs and nature lovers. You’ll want to be sure and visit the Museum of Natural History, the Children’s Museum, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Sandwich Glass Museum and the Nantucket Whaling Museum. And due to its rich history, New England is indisputably the best region to go antiquing.

November is a fitting time to visit, as it was at the Cape’s norther tip that the Mayflower first landed on November 11, 1620, bringing the Pilgrims to the “New World”. It was in 1621 that the Pilgrims and Native Americans held their three day Feast – The First Thanksgiving. And what better way to celebrate this historic milestone than a trip to the Cape to celebrate! Each year, during the weekend before Thanksgiving, the America’s Hometown Thanksgiving celebration is held in Plymouth. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots and Pioneers climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth. And this year’s event kicks off the 2020 Celebration Series which celebrates the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ First Landing in 1620!

Another fun tradition that you won’t want to miss is on November 27th, when more than 3,000 lights will shine during the Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. You will also want to visit the Provincetown Museum to see the Pilgrim exhibit, complete with a diorama of the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of the new Plymouth settlement.

Even though some Cape Cod hotels close during the off-season, many stay open with reduced rates. Also, because vacancies are common during November, don’t be afraid to negotiate a lower rate or ask for a room with an ocean view. One of the best places that we found was the luxurious Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Nestled in the elbow of Cape Cod, this meticulously landscaped luxury resort hideaway features lavish guest rooms and suites, five acclaimed restaurants, two extraordinary beaches and eighteen holes of golf. Stay in the 435 square foot Premiere Water View Cottage room, with a king size bed and queen sofa bed, sitting area, luxurious bath and a waterfront deck, complete with an outdoor fireplace.

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