November 19, 2014 – Boston, MA – No other state values Thanksgiving quite like Massachusetts, the birthplace of this all-American holiday. Long-standing Thanksgiving traditions are celebrated at tables across the state. Select from one of the traditional feasts like the supper at the site of the first Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation or a 19th century meal at Old Sturbridge Village. For a modern interpretation, feast on ingredients that were not necessarily available on the very first holiday at steakhouse Boston Chops or with contemporary French-American flare at Clio.


Time Traveling for Traditional Feasts


Plimoth Plantation ~ Plymouth, MA

If you have the stomach for a traditional Thanksgiving style meal the day after the big holiday, dine with the pilgrims on November 28 at Plimoth Plantation. Discover the table manners and recipes that traveled across the Atlantic with the Pilgrims and learn about what happened at the famous harvest celebration of 1621. During dinner, your hosts will entertain you with centuries-old psalms and songs, encouraging you to join in.


Old Sturbridge Village ~ Sturbridge, MA

At Old Sturbridge Village, Thanksgiving extends beyond the fourth Thursday of the month. On Friday, November 28, pull up a chair at The Oliver Wight Tavern, an 1830s rural New England tavern, for a Thanksgiving buffet. Fill your plate high with all of your Thanksgiving favorites like carved roast turkey with giblet gravy, cranberry stuffing and butternut squash, just in case your family ate all of the leftovers.


The Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge ~ Sturbridge, MA

Give thanks inside one of Massachusetts’s historic hotels built in 1771. The inn was constructed as a gathering place for citizens of Sturbridge and wary travelers along the Boston Post Road. Thanksgiving at The Publick House means New England-style dining and Yankee hospitality. Savor native turkey, cornbread-sausage stuffing and baked Indian pudding, a truly new England dessert.


Out of the Ordinary


Thanksgiving Day Dinner Train ~ Hyannis, MA

The turkey dinner may be traditional, but the setting is not. Hop on the Cape Train for your turkey dinner complete with whipped potatoes, cranberry sauce and more as you stare out the window upon views of the Cape Cod Canal.


Chandler’s at Yankee Candle ~ South Deerfield, MA

Thanksgiving is already a sensory experience, but dining inside Yankee Candle Village, self-named “the scenter of the universe” really takes the holiday to a whole new level. The Village offers 400,000 candles in over 200 different famous Yankee scents. As of November 19, Yankee Candle decked the halls by bringing the holiday season to life inside and outside the Village store. While you cannot buy candles on Thanksgiving Day, you can still experience the scents of holiday candles nearby the restaurant.


Turkey Day is Not Always About Turkey


Boston Chops ~ Boston, MA

Leave it to an urban steak bistro to turn Thanksgiving on its head by offering ceviche, frisee salad with hubbard squash, duck confit and Fourme D’ambert, and prime ribeye. You will find roasted Misty Knolls turkey on the menu, but experiment with a sauce other than gravy by topping your bird with béarnaise, bordelaise or a Boston Chops house sauce. The pilgrims may not have had much choice of libation, but Boston Chops does. Select a bottle from the 2,000-bottle glass wine room.


Clio Restaurant ~ Boston, MA

The essence of Clio is all about novelty, exotic ingredients and complexity, meaning their Thanksgiving dinner is anything but ordinary. Begin with sugar bowl pumpkin soup with curry spices, croutons and pumpkin tempura and move onto the duck fat poached halibut with black truffle, forest mushrooms and

green onion fondue.


The Bancroft ~ Burlington, MA

Charcoaled salmon, panko crusted haddock, Colorado lamb chops and Kurobuta pig chop make up the untraditional Thanksgiving menu at The Bancroft, which opened this year. The restaurant marries farm-to-table sensibilities with cutting-edge, contemporary cuisine. The Bancroft is best known for cocktails, so order a fizz, flip or smash to accompany your steak tartare to commence the Thanksgiving feast.


About MOTT:

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s economy, tourism generates close to $1 billion in state and local taxes and $16.9 billion in travel related expenditures, supporting 124,700 in-state jobs.


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