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An August 2005 trip to Plymouth by SFPhotocraft

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: Plymouth has to compete with its neighbors, Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard. Poor Plymouth is often overlooked. There is a lot here, and for the history buff, it's a must. Plymouth Plantation is a must-see for any families with kids!

Plymouth Rocks

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Plimoth Plantation Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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You have to feel a little sorry for modern-day Plymouth. Here is a picturesque, little seaside New England town with all the charm you could ask for. However, the town is on the way to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket, and most visitors just fly by it on the freeway in hopes of getting to one of these more popular destinations.Those who do stop usually only spend the day and make a quick trip to see that famous Plymouth Rock or spend a day learning American history at Plimoth Plantation or the Mayflower II. Few visitors spend the night here, as they are off to next place by dusk. I am convinced that if Plymouth were anyplace else and not on the way to somewhere a bit more glamourous, ...Read More

Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor

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Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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I am not the biggest fan of Radisson Hotels. I find that each property varies a lot and the product is inconsistent. The Radisson Hotel in Plymouth proved my point.In trying to book a hotel in the area, I was surprised at how few hotels Plymouth has. They do have a handful of B&Bs and a few motels, but the Radisson seems to be the only major large-brand hotel in the area. So we booked it.First it's called the Radisson Plymouth Harbor, but it's not on the harbor; it's about a block and half from the water. It sits behind a sort-of strip mall and the location is uninteresting at best.We stayed here on Saturday, and it seemed every w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor
180 WATER ST
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
508-747-4900

East Bay Grille

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East Bay Grille Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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The East Bay Grille was located across the road from the Radisson we were staying at. We drove by it on a Saturday night, and we both commented how packed it was. This must be a Plymouth "hot spot." So when it came time to pick a place for brunch on Sunday morning, we thought that we would give the Grille a try.The Grille did have valet parking. We parked, took our chances, and tried to walk in without reservations. Even though the lot was full, the restaurant inside was empty. We then found out the reason. It was a bright, sunny summer day, and EVERYONE was dining alfresco on the back patio! Even though the place was full, the hostess seated us at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 22, 2005

East Bay Grille
173 Water St.
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
(508) 746-9751

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation

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Attraction | "Mayflower II"

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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The Mayflower II is the centerpiece of Plymouth Harbor. You can't be in the harbor area and not notice this small sailing ship tucked away in one corner of the harbor. This Mayflower II is a very honest replica of the ship the pilgrims crossed the Atlantic in to set up a colony in the New World.This replica was built in England in 1955 (as old as I am) and set sail for its new home in Plymouth in 1957. It was painstakingly researched, and to the best of everyone's knowledge, kept as close as they could come to the orginal ship. Of course, they made some small changes, such as stairs (the real one had ladders), to make it easier for a modern-day visitor to explore.The ship is managed by t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2005

Mayflower II at Plimoth Plantation
State Pier across from 74 Water Street
Plymouth, MA

Plimoth Plantation

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Attraction | "Plimouth Plantation"

Plimoth Plantation Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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As far as historical reenactments go, Plimoth Plantation is the best. It sticks to the Plimouth Colony in the 1620s and never strays from the truth. You will walk away with a feel and knowledge of what life in the Plimouth colony was really like. A lot of your myths and romantic ideas of Pilgrim life will be destroyed. Here you need to wipe your slate clean and learn the real story of life in the New World.The Plantation is open from March 26th until November 27th and is closed in the winter. You begin in the interpretive center, which has a snack bar, large gift ship, small museum, and a movie to introduce you to what you are about to see. The cost to vis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2005

Plimoth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
508 746 1622

Pilgrim Memorial State Park (Plymouth Rock)

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Attraction | "Plymouth Rock"

Pilgrim Memorial State Park (Plymouth Rock) Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Plymouth Rock may well be America's first urban legend. When I grew up in the Midwest in the 1960s, I learned that Plymouth Rock was the first piece of land pilgrims stepped onto as they came ashore in the New World. The story was romantic and sounded good, and Plymouth Rock had meaning. But visiting "the rock", I quickly learned a lot of what I was told was simply wrong.First off, Plymouth was NOT the first place the pilgrims set foot in the New World. They actually first landed on Cape Cod near Provincetown. They did not like it much there and moved across the bay after several weeks. There is no account that anyone ever set foot on Plymouth Rock. In all the writings of the time a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

Pilgrim Memorial State Park (Plymouth Rock)
Water Street
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360