Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cape Cod Favorites: Things to Do, See, and Eat on Cape Cod

Hydrangeas on Cape Cod
There are so many wonderful things to do on the Cape, but I thought I'd put together a list of some of the places I loved on our most recent trip in case anyone is making a visit!

Skaket Beach at low tide
One of the main draws to Cape Cod is the beaches. We have a house in Eastham, so we have a pass to the National Seashore there. COAST GUARD beach has always been a favorite of mine. In Welfleet, check out CAHOON HOLLOW where you can each and drink beach side at the BEACHCOMBER. They also have concerts all summer. Definitely a good time. This visit we went to SKAKET BEACH in Orleans, which is the bay side. During one beautiful morning when the tide was out, it felt like we were on our own private beach. If it's a gorgeous sunset you're after,  ROCK HARBOR never fails to deliver.

Pleasant Bay from Wequasset Resort
Views from Wequasset

The pool at Wequasset resort
The pool at Wequasset
There are two main luxury resorts on the Cape: WEQUASSET RESORT AND GOLF CLUB and THE CHATHAM BAR'S INN. You should visit both (even if you're not staying there)! They both have amazing views and very good food. At Wequasset, try their lobster and shrimp lettuce wrap. Delicious!

Back entrance to Chatham Bars Inn
Chatam Bar's Inn from the back entrance.

Beautiful Adirondacks overlooking the sea.

They even have their own trollies!

And while we're on the subject of food, two absolute musts during any Cape Cod trip are the Cottage Street Bakery and Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar.

The Cottage Street Bakery in Orleans, MA
Dirtbomb muffins from the Cottage Street Bakery
COTTAGE STREET BAKERY in Orleans is home to the famous dirtbomb, the most decadent and delicious pastry that will every cross your lips. It is worth the calories. They also make a mean croissant, and pretty much everything you get there will be fantastic.

The menu at Arnold's in Eastham, Cape Cod

Lobster roll from Arnold's
 ARNOLD'S LOBSTER AND CALM BAR is a fried fish extravaganza, and, since I've been going there, they've added a mini golf course and an ice cream stand. Everything is delicious, and they are particularly known for their giant and outstanding onion strings. They also have a wonderful raw bar, which you should check out! I enjoyed their lobster roll, but I have to say the best lobster roll I had during this visit was from LAND HO!, which is a fun bar in Orleans. I wouldn't say that they have the best all around menu, but their lobster roll is second to none, and they have night time activities like trivia, karaoke, and live music. Although I failed to snap a picture, my favorite place for a coffee and/ ice cream is definitely HOT CHOCOLATE SPARROW. Try the purple-cow frozen is like a dream. They also have paninis, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, and a full-on candy store.

Outer Cape Sailing

This visit, we did something special for Father's Day and went out on a sailboat ride by way of OUTER CAPE SAILING to a island where we had a picnic lunch. It was so relaxing and beautiful. The captain, who is extremely knowledgeable, also does sunset cruises. The prices are actually quite reasonable.

Main Street in Chatham, Cape Cod

If shopping is what you're looking for, my favorite place to browse is the Main Street in Chatham, which is full of preppy shops and artist galleries. At the Lily Pulitzer store, In The Pink, I lamented the fact that Lily is not very SF.

I would be happy to share LOADS more recommendations with anyone, so shoot me an email if you have a query! In the meantime, feast your eyes on this...

Ah, Cape Cod. Quintessential summer.

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