Plimoth Plantation

Trip Start Oct 11, 2008
Trip End Oct 12, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Massachusetts
Sunday, October 12, 2008

We got up early in the morning, luckily our hotel has coffee & tea 24/7 and continental breakfast starting at 07:00; the breakfast was good (we promised the kids we'll take them swimming later) and the view was fantastic.  I asked directions from the front-desk and they made it a point to let me know that we are welcomed back after we finish touring if we needed a place to relax, have a cup of coffee or just walk on the private beach we are welcomed to come back.
That was before they found out we were staying another night - but the gesture was greatly appreciated.
At first we wanted to go see the Mayflower II and afterwards the visit the Plimoth Plantation, but since it was such a beautiful day we decided to go see the Plantation first.  Since we now knew how to get to the plantation from last night's adventure we got there quickly and early.  The visitor's center is nice and we bought a combo-ticket ($28) for the plantation as well as the Mayflower.
The visitor's center is very nice, a nice cow statue with the Mayflower on it greets you as you enter (Cowflower) and another great Mayflower model.  We missed the movie due to little kids and went straight into the plantation.
At first we entered the1627 English village, and saw an excellent demonstration of their carpentry skills, as we entered the village (beware - it's a hill).  There are costumed interpreters all over the area who talk to you as if they were living in the plantation around 1627.  You can ask them any question and they will answer in an accent and tell you (for example) why "they" left England and about their lives - really good.
Afterwards we headed to the Indian Wampanoag Homesite, very interesting as well.  The costumed interpreters all supposedly have Indian ancestors.  We saw them burning logs for canoes, making jewelry & cooking.  At this point we were all good & tired so we went back to the hotel to take a nap.
After the nap we went to the Mayflower II and also look at what must have been the stupidest attraction we've ever been to: Plymouth Rock.
Not because it's a rock, but because the grand building they put it in -anyway we spent about two minutes looking, taking a picture and shrugging our shoulders.
Afterwards we went to the MayflowerII an actual reproduction of the Mayflower, built in England and sailed to Plymouth.  The Mayflower II is great, we had a wonderful time exploring the ship, looking at the craftsmanship and learning about the voyage.
We strolled in the area for about an hour afterwards, looking at the monuments and buying ice-cream.  We ate dinner from Stoneforge (we had take out but it's a really nice tablecloth restaurant) which was absolutely fantastic.
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