The celebration of Thanksgiving is full of traditions that include time spent with family and time spent in the kitchen. Sometimes, though, it seems like more time is spent in the kitchen than with the family and it can be hard to remember the meaning of the holiday. This Thanksgiving, residents of Cape Cod retirement communities who prefer to spend more quality time with their family — or find a fun alternative if their family can’t be together — should take a ride on the Thanksgiving Dinner Train.
Cape Cod Central Railroad is offering a unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving while still enjoying the delicious traditions associated with the holiday. Passengers enjoy a relaxing three-hour train ride through beautiful scenery along the Cape Cod Canal while enjoying an extravagant five-course gourmet meal. Trains depart from Hyannis at 1 p.m. on this annual trip, with passengers seated in comfortable, climate-controlled dining cars where they can partake in a rich, bountiful feast without the long hours spent in the kitchen. The Thanksgiving Dinner Train returns at 4 p.m., leaving everyone with plenty of time to head home and watch some football games or spend a relaxing evening together without a pile of pots and dishes to clean.
Each family has its own traditions when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, but there are certain classics that most people expect, whether they’re dining at home at their Cape Cod retirement communities or on a train. They won’t be disappointed with the delicious meal and its options that are served on the train. All meals include hors d’oeuvres, tossed salad, sweet potatoes, whipped potatoes, butternut squash, peas and onions, cranberry sauce, cranberry nut bread, dessert, and coffee and tea included with dessert. If Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a juicy turkey, diners will certainly enjoy the main entrée choice of roast stuffed turkey with sage dressing and pan gravy. However, the dinner train also offers up two more main entrée choices of herb encrusted sliced tenderloin topped with shrimp and finished with Choron sauce, or fresh farm-raised salmon, dredged in chopped pistachio nuts and served with a lemon-lime beurre blanc sauce.
An adult fare for the Thanksgiving Dinner Train is $84, while a child’s fare (2-12 years old) is $30. Tickets go quickly, so reserve your space today for this fun, delicious, and relaxing way to give thanks.
Southport is conveniently located to many fun activities like the Cape Cod Dinner Train that occur year-round on Cape Cod. In December, there will be many Holiday Strolls throughout the Cape including the popular festivities at Mashpee Commons, just one mile from this national award-winning active adult community.