Ever wonder where your Thanksgiving dinner comes from? (And, no, Safeway is not the answer.) To celebrate the holiday, we followed each item on our full plate to its original source, where you can take a tour to see where it all came from. -- Andrea Sachs
1 Mrs Baird's Bakery
Where: Six bakeries/factories in Texas, including Fort Worth, Houston and Waco
Why go: Mrs Baird's Bakery churns out buns, rolls, pies and sliced whole-grain bread. On a factory tour, offered at all of its outposts, visitors meet the cartoon ingredients -- Risah, Flower, Milky Bones -- via video, then don hairnets to watch the dough get mixed, shaped, baked, wrapped and shipped out. It ends with a sample.
Info: Each plant has its own tour days, hours and contact numbers; go to www.mrsbairds.com for details. Free; reservations required.
2 Cape Farm and Cranberry Co.'s Cranberry Bog Tour
Where: Harwich, Mass., on Cape Cod
Why go: See the tart red berry before it gets jellied, baked or squished into juice and splashed with vodka. During the 11/2-hour tour, visitors putter through 10 acres of bogs in an eight-passenger golf cart, while a guide explains the fruit's 12-month lifecycle. Along the way, guests pass goats, sheep and other barnyard animals. Afterward, taste some of the organic crop or buy one-pound bags of the berries.
Info: Year-round tours, except when it snows. 508-432-0790, www.cranberrybogtours.com; $12.
3 Wild Turkey Center and Museum
Where: Edgefield, S.C., about 32 miles north of Augusta, Ga.
Why go: The facility, which doubles as the national headquarters of the National Wild Turkey Federation, honors Tom Turkey during his wilder days with museum exhibits, such as a nine-foot box call where visitors can learn to speak turkey and a collection of turkey memorabilia. For the real thing, wander the 125-acre Outdoor Education Center, which has nature trails with wild turkeys, deer, squirrels, etc. And while you can't buy a 10-pounder at the on-site Turkey Shoppe, you can pick up a wild turkey calendar, so every month can be like Thanksgiving.
Info: 800-THE-NWTF, www.nwtf.org. Free.
4 Carrot Capital of the World
Where: Holtville, Calif., 120 miles east of San Diego
Why go: Holtville is a virtual salad bowl -- heavy on the carrots. The area produces a large variety of America's vegetables, including such Thanksgiving favorites as sweet potatoes, broccoli and corn. The tiny town throws the Carrot Festival every winter (Feb. 3-12, 2006), but visitors can see veggies grow nearly year-round on 550,000 acres of farmlands in the Imperial Valley. To explore the fields, cruise the country lanes by bike or car. The farmers are happy to talk crops, and maybe even offer you a taste.
Info: Holtville Chamber of Commerce, 760-356-2923, www.holtvillechamber.ca.gov.
5 Monticello Wine Trail
Where: Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains
Why go: Nothing complements a delicious meal -- or helps you through a night with Aunt Edna -- like a fine wine. Virginia's vino central covers 21 vineyards and five wine trails spread over 500 acres surrounding Thomas Jefferson's historic estate. Stops along the way include Afton Mountain Vineyards, which offers tastings of cabernet and chardonnay, and Veritas Vineyard and Winery, which holds a five-course winemaker's dinner on Nov. 19 -- so you can let someone else do the cooking.
Info: www.monticellowinetrail.org. Winemaker's dinner, $75 prix-fixe per person, 540-456-8000, www.veritaswines.com.