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Find Out Why Cape Cod is a Classic Thanksgiving Destination

Thanksgiving is a time when people get together to enjoy each other’s company and to just relax. If you are looking for an exceptional Thanksgiving getaway, consider Cape Cod. Cape Cod has an abundant history that makes it the perfect place to enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities. When seeking out Cape Cod vacation rentals, make sure you choose a company that you can trust.

Leighton Realty has been providing exceptional vacation rental services throughout Cape Cod and the surrounding areas since 2004. They’ve helped hundreds of people locate the perfect vacation home rental, and they can assist you with the perfect Thanksgiving rental as well.

Cape cod sunset beside the ocean

The Perfect Family Destination

There are numerous reasons why you should consider Cape Cod as the perfect Thanksgiving family destination. One of the main reasons is that Cape Cod is actually home to the very first Thanksgiving. Provincetown, located at the northern tip of the Cape, is where the Mayflower landed and Plymouth was actually where Thanksgiving originated.

Quite often, visitors seek out Cape Cod as a Thanksgiving travel destination to learn more about the history of the Thanksgiving holiday, such as details about the original Thanksgiving on Cape Cod with the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims where they enjoyed a feast of wild turkeys, corn, barley, venison, and other foods. Just the opportunity to recreate the experience of the first Thanksgiving is well worth the trip to Cape Cod.

Cape Cod wants to make the Thanksgiving experience fun for everyone. Before enjoying a delectable Thanksgiving meal, consider getting some physical activity in with the Chatham Turkey Trot. This is an annual, untimed fun run/walk that occurs on Thanksgiving morning. This 5K is frequented by hundreds of people each year, and it is a great way to get out, socialize and work up an appetite before your Thanksgiving feast. The Turkey Trot is open to people of all ages with a minimal fee of $5 and two grocery items. The proceeds benefit the Lower Cape Outreach Council, which provides emergency assistance to the residents of Lower Cape Cod.

Pilgrim ship on the ocean Cape Cod

Visit the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown

One of the must-do events on Cape Cod during the Thanksgiving season is visiting the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. The Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association built the Pilgrim Monument to commemorate the landing of the Mayflower at the northern part of Cape Cod, now known as Provincetown. At 252 feet, the Pilgrim Monument is highly visited by tourists from all over simply for the experience of climbing the tower. At Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim Tower is decorated and aglow with lights.

For the best viewing of the Pilgrim Tower, come to High Pole Hill where both locals and visitors gather to enjoy the beauty of Pilgrim Tower covered in lights through the first week in January.

Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

When it comes to cooking for the holidays, sometimes you just aren’t in the mood. This is especially true for those that just want to enjoy a relaxing time away from home in their Ocean Edge rentals. Fortunately, there are several restaurants in Cape Cod that are open on Thanksgiving Day to serve both locals and visitors wanting a delicious prepared Thanksgiving dinner. The following is a listing of some restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving. Please note that Thanksgiving reservations are booked fast on Cape Cod, and you may want to plan and call ahead to ensure that you secure seating.

Mezza Luna
253 Main Street
Buzzards Bay
(508) 759-4667

Craigville Pizza & Mexican
618 Craigville Beach Rd
Centerville, MA 02632

Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Rd
Chatham, MA 02633
(508) 945-0096

Chillingsworth
2449 Main Street
Brewster, MA 02631
(508) 896-3640

The Whitman House
5 Great Hollow Rd
North Truro
(508) 487-1740

The Red Inn
15 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-7334

Thanksgiving is a truly magical time on Cape Cod. For more information about lodging in the Thanksgiving season, contact us today!