I’ve been to Cape Cod or as we like to call it in New England, The Cape, more times that I can count. I started going there when I was a child, visiting family and friends. We would go at least 2 or 3 times during the summer and that increased when I took sailing lessons. To say the least, the Cape has a very special place in my heart. It takes about 2.5 hours to get there from where I live so I’ve gone there for weeks, weekend, and overnights. The Cape’s high season is Mid-June to Labor Day Weekend. Since I’ve been there a ton, I am not going to focus on a specific trip but rather my recommendations of where to stay, what to do, and where to eat!
Where to stay
I have stayed at many different places when going to the Cape; family/friends’ houses, house rentals, hotels and camping (our favorite!) I like to stay in mid-Cape/lower-Cape (Dennis, Brewster, Harwich, Yarmouth, Hyannis.)
- We have rented this cute cottage twice before and loved it! This rental is in Dennisport.
- We have stayed at the Tidewater Inn. Great location, close to the highway and shopping. It is located in West Yarmouth.
- We now stay at Sweetwater Forest Campground. We started staying at the Cape this way because it is a budget friendly option (can be expensive to stay in a hotel during summer season.) We love this campground because it is clean, reasonably priced, friendly staff, has bathroom and showers, supply store and you can rent canoes on their pond.
What to do
There is so much to do on the Cape! The list could go on and on, here are some of my favorite things to do:
- Cape Cod Rail Trail – the rail trail is 22 miles and goes from South Yarmouth to South Wellfleet. There are bike rentals along the rail trail so you can deicide where you want to start. I like to start in Brewster as there is a bakery and lunch spot right on the trail.
- Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary – we found this place a few years ago and loved it! So many trails and beautiful sights. Depending on the path you take, it will take you out to the water so be aware of the time. Once high tides come, you could get stuck.
- Grey’s Beach Boardwalk in Yarmouth – amazing views (check out my cover photo.) Be aware, parking is tight during the summer but the views are worth it!
- Anything in Chatham – Chatham is beautiful. Head downtown to shop, check out the fish pier, lighthouse or take a drive and check out the amazing houses.
- Cape Cod National Seashore – beautiful beach.
- Kayaking – some favorites are; Bass River Kayaks and Cape Cod Waterways.
- Ferry to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard – you can take ferries from Woods Hole or Hyannis. You can take your car or leave it parked and stay for the day or overnight!
- 1856 Country Store – located in Centerville, this store is super cute and has penny candy!
Where to eat
- Marion’s Pie Shop – located in Chatham, amazing pies and desserts!
- Ruggies in Harwich – great for breakfast or lunch.
- Guapo’s Tortilla Shack in Brewster – located off the rail trail, great quick bite to eat after a day of bike riding.
- Corner Store in Chatham – great sandwiches and burritos.
- Four Seas Ice Cream – located in Centerville.
- Sundae School – located in Dennisport and Harwich Port.
- Keltic Kitchen – located in West Yarmouth and offers breakfast and lunch. This is my favorite and is always busy but the wait is worth it!
As I mentioned before there is so much to do, see and eat on the Cape! No matter how many times I have been there, it is one of my favorite places. Have questions or looking for additional tips? Contact me!