Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #39, 6 April 2009

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Plymouth, Massachusetts

The town of Plymouth is the largest municipality in Massachusetts by area, and is well known for being the landing site of the Pilgrims aboard the ship Mayflower. Plymouth was founded in 1620, and is the oldest municipality in New England. The town is located in eastern Massachusetts, 40 miles south of Boston. Here is a map of Plymouth.

When visiting Plymouth, your first stop should be the Visitor Information Center on Water Street across from Plymouth Harbor. The Center's friendly staff can assist you with information on attractions, dining, shopping, and places to stay. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Dining and Activities Guide as well. Tell them that a kind mermaid sent you!

Plymouth offers four beaches for your swimming and splashing pleasure. Plymouth Long Beach is located 2.5 miles south of Plymouth Center on Route 3A. The beach entrance is on the left after passing Plimoth Plantation. Long Beach features restrooms and a snack bar. Parking fees are $10 during the week, and $15 on weekends. For more area beach information, see the Destination Plymouth web site.

Plymouth Rock Plimoth Plantation is a not-for-profit museum that offers personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. The museum features exhibits, programs, live interpreters, and historic settings that make the Colonial period come alive. Visit the museum at 137 Warren Avenue.

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society is Plymouth's largest organization dedicated to preserving historic houses and landmarks. The Society owns and maintains three historic houses: the 1677 Harlow House, the 1749 Spooner House, and the 1809 Hedge House. Also included is an ancient Native American site, Sacrifice Rock. Today, the PAS welcomes the public to its historic properties for tours, exhibits, and programs, just as it has since 1920.

Pilgrim Hall Museum is located at 75 Court Street, and is known as America's Museum of Pilgrim Possessions. The museum shop offers books for adults and children, museum reproductions, gifts, and gift baskets.

It is time to get out on the water! Lobster Tales, Inc. offers two authentic New England cruise styles. Children ages 4-11 will enjoy the Plymouth Pirate Cruise. Prepare to man the water cannons to battle the enemy pirate ship! The Pirate Cruise includes pirate hats, face paint, treasure, candy, and much more.

The whole family will enjoy the Lobster Excursion. Lobster Tales passengers are encouraged to take part in the harvesting of lobster and crab as they learn more about the area's undersea residents. Be sure to bring your camera along on this unique hands-on cruise.

For a restaurant that is casual and affordable, yet classy and tasteful, the place to go is Isaac's. Enjoy one of many fine entrees including Charbroiled New York Sirloin, Rack of Lamb, Marinated Pork Tenderloin, Sauteed Jumbo Shrimp, and Fresh Fried Ipswich Clams. The Chef's Creations include Chicken and Shrimp Apricot, Fettuccini Neptune, and Schrod Pomadori. Isaac's is located at 114 Water Street.

The Weathervane Seafood Restaurant is located at 6 Town Wharf. Start with a cup or bowl of Bea's Clam Chowder, then try one of Weathervane's delicious entrees. Choose from Single or Twin Boiled Lobster, Fried Seafood (such as shrimp, scallops, or calamari), broiled and grilled seafood, and baked stuffed seafood. The menu also includes a number of pasta specialties and salads.

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Portland Breakwater Light - Kathy C. Cynthia,
I walk to "The Bug" most every day. Portland [Maine] Breakwater Light was first built as a wooden structure in 1831 and re-built in 1875 into the cast iron structure we see today. Locally known today as Bug Light.

Kathy C.

Hi Kathy,
Thank you very much for your note and photos. I will share more of them in my future articles.


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Photo Credits:
Cynthia at Sunrise: DSI Photo
Plymouth Rock: Webshots/legolassss
Portland Breakwater Light: Kathy C.

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