Our tour director Martie took our guests on a fabulous tour of Cape Cod, complete with the Cranberry Harvest Festival!
Day 1 – What a fun travel day to Springfield Ma. The day started with a hearty breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Erie. We then went over our itinerary for the trip, watched a comedy DVD and a movie before arriving at our hotel around 6:30 PM. The hotel provided a delicious buffet dinner for us on the 12th floor, which included a fabulous chocolate dessert.
Day 2 – We arose early and after breakfast headed to Hyannis, MA where we boarded the Cape Cod Central Railroad. We enjoyed a gourmet luncheon as we traveled to the Cape Cod Canal and through beautiful cranberry bogs, natural woodlands, marshes, and ocean views.
Upon our return, we drove over to the Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham, MA. Passengers enjoyed seeing how cranberries are harvested and some, including their fearless tour director, even had a chance to don waders and go into the bog themselves. It was quite an experience. It was a fun and educational experience learning anything and everything about cranberries.
After our fun but tiring day, we went to Hyannis, MA for dinner on our own and to settle in at our hotel for the night.
Day 3 – After breakfast, our step-on guide, Marsha, escorted us to the harbor for a one hour narrated cruise aboard a replica of a Main Coastal Steamer. Had it not been such a foggy morning, we would have been able to see the Kennedy compound and pristine shorelines, but our young narrator did such a great job of describing everything, she made us feel like we were not missing a thing.
After the cruise we departed for a tour of Cape Cod and learned many things about the Cape and its interesting highlights. We stopped for lunch at a cute little restaurant that had wonderful fish and lobster rolls. Delish. From there we headed to Chatham to view the 17th century Chatham lighthouse, which is still working.
For dinner we went to the Hearth and Kettle for an authentic 17th century dinner. A food historian came in during dinner and fascinated us with what it was like at the first thanksgiving in Plymouth, including what food was actually served. He explained that they didn’t have forks back in the early 1600’s and said we should eat with our fingers or spoons to understand what it was like to dine then. Rest assured that no one was giving up their fork without a fight. After a hearty dinner, we went back to our hotel for the night.
Day 4 – Once again our guide, Marsha, met us after breakfast and took us to the JFK Memorial Park in Hyannis for pictures. One of the highlights was the Korean War Memorial, and we just happened to have a Korean War vet on our trip who was happy to pose for pictures by the memorial. It was quite moving.
From there we went to Sandwich, MA to visit the glass museum and walk around the quaint little town. We had a glass blowing demonstration and enjoyed the beautiful art in the museum.
The weather was warm and sunny and lent itself perfectly to dining outside on the patio overlooking the ocean at Sam’s Restaurant.
After lunch we headed down the road to Palmer, MA for dinner at the Steaming Tender Restaurant. The Steaming Tender is an old Railroad Station that has been restored to its original beauty by the owners and turned into a restaurant. The food was amazing and the photo opportunities were endless inside and outside this treasure of a restaurant.
We then headed back to Springfield for the night to settle in and get a good night’s sleep before driving home the next day with our bellies very full and with wonderful memories of this fun trip.
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Anderson Coach & Travel has been providing Superior Travel Experiences since 1937. In celebration of our 80th Anniversary, college student McKenzie Caldwell will be traveling with Anderson. McKenzie, our tour directors and guests will share their stories from on the road here!