Happy Thanksgiving from the place where it all started--right here in New England!
From the Pilgrims' first feast in 1621 to our modern football-saturated cozy family gatherings, Americans have made the Thanksgiving holiday uniquely their own.
As you prepare to reflect upon the things that you are grateful for (the Internet is high on my list... I'll bet the Pilgrims never foresaw this type of progress!), I've assembled this guide to holiday travel and traditions in New England to help make your holiday a memorable one, filled with the spirit, warmth and nostalgic charm of that first assemblage in thanks of a bountiful harvest here on New England's Atlantic shores.
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01 of 07
First things first: Before you can plan a memorable Thanksgiving holiday, you need to circle the date on your calendar. Here's your guide to this year's date--and Thanksgiving dates for upcoming years--so you can make travel plans early.
Procrastinated? Check Kim's New England Deal Sheet for last-minute Thanksgiving season travel specials.
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04 of 07
Holiday Cooking Inspiration from New England
The Pilgrims' first feast of Thanksgiving still influences our modern holiday. Wherever you celebrate the holiday, these Thanksgiving recipes will help you to add a taste of New England to your meal and inspire you to create new traditions that your family will cherish for years to come.
Recipes and Ideas for Thanksgiving Entertaining:
Cranberry Recipes from New England
Massachusetts--historic home of the Pilgrims--is one of the top cranberry-producing states in America. These cranberry recipes from New England restaurants and inns will inspire you to add this healthy berry to your Thanksgiving day menu in creative ways.
Have you ever made mincemeat, the traditional New England Thanksgiving dish? Do you even know what it is? Here's the answer, plus two recipes--one old and a more modern interpretation--provided by Old Sturbridge Village.
New England Pumpkin Recipes
Looking for an alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving? Try these recipes from New England inns and restaurants.
Cooking with Cider
From roast turkey with cider gravy to sweet potatoes with cider and brown sugar to hot cider beverages, here are some wonderful recipes to spice up your Thanksgiving feast.
How to Make Hot Mulled Cider
There's nothing more New England than the cinnamony scent of hot mulled cider simmering on the stove.
More Thanksgiving Recipes
Turkey, pies, stuffing, salads, side dishes, cocktails--About.com Experts have Thanksgiving cooking advice and recipes to suit every taste and appetite.
Thanksgiving means leftover turkey! Bored with sandwiches? Try this Wild Turkey Hash recipe: a tradition at Topper's at The Wauwinet on Nantucket for decades.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
There's no historic site more firmly steeped in Pilgrim mystique than Plymouth Rock. If you haven't made your own pilgrimage to Plymouth, Massachusetts, make plans this Thanksgiving season to cross a visit to America's most iconic rock off your travel bucket list.
More Must-Visit Pilgrim Attractions:
06 of 07
Thanksgiving Trivia Quiz
Do you have the gizzards to be a Top Turkey? Test your knowledge of Thanksgiving history, trivia and traditions with this fun-for-all-ages interactive quiz.
07 of 07
For 50 some-odd years, travelers have been flocking to one New England farm where the turkeys turn bright Easter egg colors in the weeks before Thanksgiving. It's not exactly the camouflage they need to stay off a dinner platter! I'll tell you where to see these colorful turkeys: New England's best Thanksgiving photo op.