The re-created 17th century Plymouth Colony, leading to the ocean
Plimoth Plantation was founded in 1947 as a living history museum and includes not only the English settlement, but also a re-created Wampanoag homesite. Tickets can also be purchased at the plantation to visit the replica of the Mayflower, which is offsite at Plymouth Harbor.
A pilgrim couple in their garden
Unlike my Thanksgiving visits, there were no crowds, and I enjoyed seeing the settlement bathed in the lush green of late spring. There weren't as many re-enactors, but that was more than made up for by the pleasant weather and having the place nearly to ourselves.
I followed this chicken all over this little pilgrim house
After a few hours spent wandering around Plimoth Plantation, a stop at Plymouth Harbor is a must for any first time visitor. This was the first time I had been there when it wasn't cold.
Structure over Plymouth Rock and Mayflower II
The harbor was buzzing with activity on the beautiful Sunday afternoon I was there, so when hunger began to become a distraction, we went to a place where we wouldn't have to wait long to be seated. Cabby Shack is not fancy, but is good, casual dining, especially if you are in the mood for yummy, highly caloric comfort food.
I ordered a hamburger, topped with an onion ring and macaroni and cheese, and yes, it was as good and naughty as it sounds. The lemonade cocktail was also a nice addition. Though it was yummy, had I more time to plot out the day trip, I would have planned our meal at Rye Tavern. Located in an old tavern and concentrating on fresh ingredients, I've heard only good things about that establishment. Next time.
For an impromptu day trip to the south shore, the day could not have been better, and I am now inspired to make the effort to visit Plymouth more than just once a year.