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The Cape Cod Experience, Massachusetts

Updated on July 20, 2015
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Cape Cod is a small place (region) encompassing the County of Barnstable located in the eastern most portion of the State of Massachusetts, USA.

Its economy is driven by Tourism and the primary industries are retail and services. Marine life is abundant here and Cape Cod is famous for its beautiful pristine beaches. No wonder it is a tourist spot especially during the summer months. However, the beaches are not the only reason you should visit Cape Cod. There are certainly other interesting places and a dozen more reasons to visit this quaint American town.

This summer I had the opportunity to experience the beauty of Cape Cod. The adventure began with my barefoot feeling the soft sand and grassy dunes while on a quiet beach walk, enjoying the scenic Cape Cod and admiring the beautiful homes by the seaside. It is rejuvenating up there. It certainly is a nice, refreshing place to be.

Cape Cod also boast about the freshest seafoods they have to offer. I love seafoods and I had the most scrumptious lobsters for a very reasonable price at the harbor side, complete with a live band set up in a very relaxing atmosphere. Dining at the Cape Cod is best experience by the waterside against the backdrop of a moonlit ocean and a parade of boat lights fading into darkness.

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Cape Cod Attractions

There’s more to discover in Cape Cod than just the pristine beaches. You’ll be surprised to find out that this small town is actually bustling with activities during the summer season -day and night. And with its’ brilliant coastline, you can just imagine a great venue for peace and tranquility when summer is gone.

On my itinerary:

1. JFK Museum

2. Cape Cod Melody Tent

3. Lighthouses

4. Scenic overlooks, gardens and other historic sites

5. Whale Watch

6. Commercial Street

7. Cape Cod Potato Chips Factory

I hopped on and off to make the most of my short visit in Cape Cod. I didn’t want to miss the famous JFK museum, which happens to be few minutes walk away from the hotel where I was staying. The museum displayed the interesting life of the Kennedy’s at the Cape Cod, which is certainly worth a visit whether or not you’re a JFK fan.

The lighthouses, those structures when they emit lights emits drama on the water. There's just something magical from the rays of light that comes from the lighthouses, from its lamps and lenses that aids the maritime pilots in their navigation.

They said no trip to Cape Cod is complete without going through the whale watching tour off the coast and so, mine wasn’t complete because you bet, I missed it! Dang!

However, I managed to squeeze in the schedule and dropped by one of the most interesting attractions in the area- the famous Cape Cod Potato Chips Company. This Potato Chips Factory is one of Cape Cod’s top tourist destinations with around 250,000 visitors annually, which now include yours truly.

Did you know?

The Cape's population triples in the summertime.

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Like a school kid curious and excited to go on educational field trip, I joined the group of tourists and began my walk of the 800 square feet store kitchen located on the West Main Street in Hyannis, Massachusetts, of course with my camera on hand. Alas, no photos allowed inside the production department. But, who would have not enjoyed seeing how your favorite potato chip is being prepared and cooked?

Plus, of course at the end of the tour, I had a delightful try of the freshly cooked potato chips and a couple of bags free for me to take home. Freebies, I love freebies!

Did you know?

Potato chips are the number 1 snack food in America! Americans eat about 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips in a year. That's about $6 billion in product.

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Cape Cod Potato Chips Factory
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A bit About the Cape Cod Potato Chips Factory


The Cape Cod Potato Chips Company started as a small family owned business. When Stephen and Lynn Bernard began operating the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory their goal was to make the best potato chip possible. Now after 32 years, their goal remains the same – “To make the best possible chips possible.”


The Cape Cod Potato Chips Company began its operation in July 1980 with only few people making 200 bags a day of their “kettle-cooked process”. It has grown since then and at present is now producing 350,000 bags a day. That’s a lot of potato chips!

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The potatoes-where do they come from?

Fresh Potatoes are seasonal crop, which are available only in certain areas at certain times. To ensure that Cape Cod Potatoes are obtained at the peak of their freshness, their potatoes come from different areas of the United States like Newport Area, Maine, Upstate New york, Western Mass, New Brunswick, Hasting Area, North Carolina, Easter Shore, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, Portsmouth & South County Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.


The Making of the Potato Chips

The Cape Cod potato chips have no added preservatives and are all natural except for the special flavors added like cheese, BBQ, sour-cream. Hence, producing a much healthier potato flavor.

1. The making of the Cape Cod potato chips starts with unloading the potatoes from the truck to check for their specific gravity, potato temperature, size by grading and raw potato defect level. The factory will then conduct a fry test, in which a random sampling of the potatoes in each load will then be cored, peeled and then fried to determine how the potato will chip. When this process is done, the truck of potato will then be given a consideration for final acceptance.

2. Once the potatoes have left the inspection and storage bins, they are peeled with brush peeler and then each potato will go through the Inspection Trim Conveyor for a thorough inspection. The peeled potatoes are then washed and accurately weighed into small batches for the kettles.

3. Next step after weighing the potatoes is to slice and put the potatoes directly into unique kettle fryers. While in the kettles, the potatoes are stirred to guarantee an even cook and to reduce the potatoes from sticking together. Once the potatoes turned golden brown, they are transferred from the kettle to a centrifuge to spin off excess oil.

4. Finally, the freshly cooked potato chips are individually inspected again by hand and salted except for the no salt varieties. The salter is located on top of the inspection table. The best part, all discarded chips are considered organic waste and then recycled to the farmers for animal feed.

Packaging

Packaging the potato chips is actually fun to watch. The final products are then conveyed directly into the machine. They look like conveyors that you see at the airport except that there’s no heavy luggage or big bags moving along but bags of potato chips.

The Cape Cod Potato Chips Company bags over 80,000 packages a day. Wow! The machine capable of doing this can fill 40 to 80 bags a minute. That’s amazing! The packaging of the potato chips is done on a vertical position to ensure an accurate fill - the machines are all computerized. The bags are then stamped with the code, date and shift it was produced.

Once the potato chips are bagged, they passed through by the Quality Control technicians whose job is to check the appearance of the bag, weight, air leaks and any breakage. The final products in the bag are now placed into a carton ready for delivery.

Some Potato Facts~

  1. It takes approximately 4 pounds of potatoes to make a pound of potato chips because potato is mostly water.
  2. After wheat, corn and rice, potatoes are the world's fourth food staple.
  3. Potatoes were grown even in space (in 1995) and are grown in more than 125 countries.
  4. Indigenous people living in the Andes Mountains of Peru first ate potatoes more than 6,000 years ago.
  5. Potato chips are called “crisps” in Great Britain and chips means "French Fries". Hence, Fish & Chips.

Where in the world is Cape Cod?

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Cape Cod is located in the eastern most portion of the state of Massachusetts in the region of the New England, USA.

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©CrisSp~TM August 2012

© 2012 CrisSp

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thanks Tracy! I'm glad you enjoyed the virtual tour. Gotta try that Portland lobsters! *smile*

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      What a great travel guide to Cape Cod! It seems to have something for everyone and with the New England charm to boot. I haven't been there for many years, but your hub makes me want to go back. I have to add that, after tasting local lobster in many North Eastern Coastal States and the Eastern Coastal Provinces of Canada, I found Portland, Maine to have the best.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lol! Ed, yes you bet! I did keep the lobster bib! Thanks for stopping by. It's good to see you!

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      Awesome ,But sweety have you written a poem about the cape, did you get to keep your lobster bib ! !.....he he.. Ed

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for your visit lindacee. I hope you find the famous Cape Cod chips in your area and enjoy. Appreciate your comments.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      I have not been to the Cape, so your Hub was of great benefit. Now I want to go visit, sample the lobster and potato chips and enjoy the beautiful scenery. P.S. In the meantime, I will have to see if they sell the chips here in Nevada!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      That's great stessily! I'm sure you did enjoy the free chips as well at the end of the tour. I will definitely try the PC with the chips. Sounds delish and I can't wait to make it myself--will let you know how it goes.

      Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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      stessily 5 years ago

      CrisSp, Cape Cod is one of my favorite places on Planet Earth! And Cape Cod potato chips are my absolute favorite chips; in fact, they're the only chips I eat, which is a tribute to the product because I'm not usually a chip snacker. I especially appreciate that you featured these chips, the tour, and all the information which you've given. I toured their factory a while back when I introduced my mother to Cape Cod; she fell in love with that picturesque peninsula!

      Cape Cod potato chips love pimento cheese, and vice versa!

      Appreciatively, Stessily

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My pleasure to share this wonderful experience Happyboomernurse. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to my hub. Thank you. Appreciate your effort in leaving a wonderful feedback. Love from the Sky~

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Cape Cod is one northeastern USA beach I've always wanted to visit, yet haven't done so yet. After reading this hub it's become a must see!

      I have had the pleasure of eating Cape Cod Potato Chips on the beautiful Delaware beaches near my home and now I know why they're extra delicious.

      Loved the potato chip video & musically talented sea gulls.

      Thanks for sharing some of your wonderful vacation with us. This was definitely a feel good hub as we "tagged" along with you to the different sites and attractions.

      Voted up across the board and shared.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you TToombs08. I'm certain you will enjoy the crisp seaside breeze of Cape Cod. The locals are very friendly as well and very much appreciative of their guests.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you healthylife2. Nice to see you here. I'm sure you'll enjoy it there. I wish I had a friend to stay there for long...I stayed in one of the old town's hotel. Not bad though but it was a short enjoyable visit. I was refreshed!

      Thanks for voting up. Appreciate it.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      A friend is going to let us stay in her vacation home in Cape Cod. I figured why not but after reading your article I'm excited! I also loved the pictures. Voted up!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I have always wanted to make a trip Cape Cod, and now so, even more! Wonderful information, CrisSp! This is definitely on my bucket list now! Thank you! Voted up and more!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ha..ha..ha...you bet Lord, lots of phosphorus and proteins. I forgot about that. I was just having fun and blast by the harbor side.

      Thanks for dropping by. Sending you some sunshine from up north.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ha..ha..ha...you bet Lord, lots of phosphorus and proteins. I forgot about that. I was just having fun and blast by the harbor side.

      Thanks for dropping by. Sending you some sunshine from up north.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Great touring to Cape Cod. That potato chip Factory must've been lot of fun to watch. 80,000 bags a day? That is a mosnter. Wow, four pound of potatoes to make up for one pound bag? That Lobster looks so great. Lots of fun, phosphorus and proteins! Thanks for sharing this amazing trip with us!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Great touring to Cape Cod. That potato chip Factory must've been lot of fun to watch. 80,000 bags a day? That is a mosnter. Wow, four pound of potatoes to make up for one pound bag? That Lobster looks so great. Lots of fun, phosphorus and proteins! Thanks for sharing this amazing trip with us!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello billybuc. It's nice to have you here. I hope you enjoy your virtual tour. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is one place I would love to see; how cool that you got the chance to experience it! Some day I'll make it back there!

      Great hub with fantastic information.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I'm glad you enjoyed the trip girishpuri and thanks again for your readership and for the votes. (:

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      I rally enjoy the trip of Cape cod, potato chips factory, very well prsented hub, voted awesome.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello prasetio30! I'm glad you enjoyed the (virtual) trip. I'm also happy that you've learned something from this hub. Thanks for stopping by, commenting and for voting up. Appreciate it all.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow..I really enjoy the virtual trip in Cape Cod and the Potato Chips Factory. I learn from you about the making of potato chips. Nice pictures as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. VOTED UP :-)

      Prasetio

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Oh wow, that must have been nice for a honeymoon. Sweet! And for the potato chips, don't worry there's always next time. Again, thanks for stopping by craiglyn. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed this. My husband I hit Cape Cod on our honeymoon - part of our Eastern U.S. and Canada trip. Forgot about the Cape Cod potato chips. Now you have me hungering for some - my downfall - potato chips!