Weekend Getaway: Cape Cod, MA

Weekend Getaway: Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod Getaway Insider Tips

By Bethany Peterson, Blogger & Cape Cod Local

There are so many amazing, fun things to do and see on my home island of Cape Cod; I couldn’t wait to get going with this post! So, in order to cover Cape Cod (which is quite big), I’ve split up my recommendations by region: Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape and Outer Cape. I’ve also included a few of my favorite places on Martha’s Vineyard, should you be planning a day trip or even a few days over there, too!

So, I’ll start with the Upper Cape. This is where I live, so I know this region best of all.

UPPER CAPE

If your transportation mode to the Cape is by car, you will be accessing via one of our two bridges, the Sagamore or Bourne Bridge, and the Upper Cape is the first region you’ll hit, so it’s probably your most convenient destination. Have I sold it to you?!

Where to Stay
For a hotel, I would recommend the Beach Breeze Inn, Falmouth, a lovely hotel situated close to the beach—perfect for a beach day. It’s located on the shores of Nantucket Sound, making it host to some lovely walks and bike paths along the coast.

What to Do
One of my favorite paths is the Shining Sea Bikeway, which runs from North Falmouth all the way to Woods Hole (where you can catch the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard). You can rent bicycles at Corner Cycle and access the bike path nearby. Alternatively, pack a picnic and hike out to The Knob in West Falmouth to watch the sunset. Falmouth also hosts a fun Farmer’s Market on Thursday afternoons in the summer, which is a great place to pick up some yummy picnic treats or an afternoon snack.

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Where to Dine
Moonakis Cafe is the best breakfast I’ve ever had. The cafe is small and gets busy quickly in peak season, so get there early or be prepared to wait for a little. The wait is worth it, though, I can tell you! It’s also cash only, so plan accordingly.

For a mid-morning or afternoon snack, Maison Villatte French patisserie has the yummiest baked goods and treats.

For lunch, go to The Raw Bar, Mashpee. If you plan to try a lobster roll while on the Cape, this is where you’ll get the best one. It’s first come, first serve, and the eating area is small, so, again, be prepared for a wait. It’s very casual dining (picnic tables and benches), but the reason you go is for the food, and it is good! Lobster rolls are pricey at $28, but they are also big so you might want to split one between two if you go.

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For lunch or dinner, ESTIA, Mashpee has really yummy Greek food. Try the Greek Burger; definitely one of the best burgers I’ve ever had! Make a reservation for dinner. Bleu, Mashpee has delicious French food. I think I love every single thing on this menu—just amazing. Ask for the pomme frites. They’re not on the menu, but the chef will make them for you. Best French fries you will ever taste! Also, try their signature martinis. Their espresso martini is my personal fave. They have a live Jazz band on Sunday afternoons, so make sure to make a reservation for brunch! For dinner, The Glass Onion, Falmouth is quite fancy and has a delicious menu; there’s something for everyone. It’s best to make a reservation, too.

 

MID CAPE

Where to Stay
If you’re heading to the mid cape, I would recommend The Captain David Kelley House, a charming little B&B located in the center of Centerville.

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What to Do
Walk or take a short drive to Craigville Beach for a beach day and stop off at Four Seas Ice Cream for a quick treat on your way back. Hands down the best ice cream you will ever taste! The town of Dennis is home to Cape Cod’s theatre, so you might want to book a play at the Cape Playhouse while you’re there, too. To see a list of their upcoming events, take a look here. Or check out the Cape Cod Melody tent in Hyannis for upcoming music events.

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Where to Dine
For breakfast or lunch, Earthly Delights, Osterville has breakfast smoothies and sandwiches; perfect for a quick bite on the go. The Sea Street Cafe, Hyannis has amazingly yummy breakfasts and lunches. Great service! Crisp, Osterville has really delicious Italian food; I especially recommend the pizza! This is such a fun spot with outdoor dining, an outdoor bar, a fire pit, and even a ping-pong table! Always has a great ambience.

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LOWER CAPE

Where to Stay / What to Do
If you’re looking for a great place to stay in the Chatham area, I’d recommend the Chatham Inn at 359 Main. It’s just a short stroll to Lighthouse Beach, or take a walk to the Chatham Lighthouse, a beautiful lighthouse that overlooks the ‘Chatham Bars’ sandbars.

Pick up fish and chips at the Chatham Pier Fish Market. This is a great spot to catch a glimpse of the hundreds of seals that migrate here every year. Ever watched the movie Jaws?! The movie was filmed not far away on Martha’s Vineyard. With hundreds of migrating seals, these seals bring sharks, and there are shark sightings here every year, so if you’re hoping to see a Cape Cod shark, you just might be in luck!

OUTER CAPE

Where to Stay / What to Do
If you’re heading to the Outer Cape, you have to visit one of my favorite Cape Cod towns: Provincetown. Provincetown is a quaint, little seaside town at the tip of the island, full of charm and character. Stay at The White Porch Inn in the center of town and walk down P-Town’s main street (Commercial Street), bustling with shops, bars and restaurants. Stop off at the Pilgrim Monument, the tallest all granite structure in the U.S., and climb to the top for great views of Provincetown and beyond. The Provincetown Museum is also located at the bottom of the monument if you’re looking to take in a little of Provincetown’s history and culture.

Where to Dine
For lunch, Bubala’s By The Bay, Provincetown is a very casual place for lunch with great food! For lunch or dinner, The Chatham Bars Inn has a host of restaurants. I especially love The Beach House for lunch. It has outdoor dining overlooking the ocean. Jimmy’s Hideaway is a cozy, little restaurant with great ambience and great food. It only seats about 25 people, so make a reservation for dinner!

 

MARTHA’S VINEYARD

Where to Stay
There are three main towns to see on Martha’s Vineyard: Edgartown, Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs, each offering its own charm. If you decide to stay a night on the Vineyard, I would recommend The Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, which has great views of The Edgartown Lighthouse and Vineyard Sound.

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What to Do
If you’re looking to head to the Vineyard for the day, the ferry from Woods Hole runs regularly and is inexpensive for foot passengers. It costs about $8 per person. You can bring a bicycle on board, or you can rent one at the other end. If you want to take your car over, that’s a little trickier. You often have to make a reservation well in advance, and taking a car over is expensive, maybe around $160 round trip. If you do decide to bring a bike or rent one at the other end, it’s a great way to see Martha’s Vineyard. The island has a really good (and very inexpensive) bus system, which allows you to bring your bike on board (they attach the bikes to the front of the bus), and the buses stop off regularly in each of the island’s towns.

Take a trip to Menemsha to see the most spectacular sunset, and stop off at the Menemsha Fish Market for the best quahog you’ll ever eat! Bike ride through Oak Bluffs to see the pretty painted ‘Gingerbread Cottages’, or take the Chappaquiddick ferry over to Chappy (as the locals call it), a small, 2-minute ferry ride, which will take you to Martha’s Vineyard’s neighboring island for a peaceful, scenic bike ride. Book a sailboat excursion with Catboat Charters for a private sailboat cruise through Katama Bay, past the Edgartown Lighthouse, and along the shore of Chappaquiddick. Also, don’t forget to jump off the Jaws Bridge before you go home… it’s kind of a Martha’s Vineyard tradition!

Where to Dine
For breakfast, go to Among The Flowers, Edgartown. For lunch, Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company, Oak Bluffs is where you’ll get the best clam chowder. The Seafood Shanty, Edgartown is a great outdoor place to eat and for a view of the Edgartown harbor. For dinner, go to Chesca’s, Edgartown.

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Bethany-Peterson-HeadshotBethany Peterson is the curator of the Miss Bethany Kate blog, which captures the day-to-day life of her family, as well as her thoughts, inspirations, and personal style. The 28-year-old mother of one married the love of her life and moved from England to the USA in 2010 to start a life. She studied for a degree in fashion and loves spending time near the water in the summertime.

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