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Visiting Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Where and What?

Updated on September 4, 2011

Like any place one visits on vacation, it is what to see and where is it? Cape Cod is no different. The iconic name is always associated with the Kennedy's, Martha's Vineyard and many other names. To appreciate the area, go by car up along Rt. 6. Your first stop is Sandwich, the oldest town on the Cape (been there since 1639). You might want to secure a room at one of the many B&B's there, like, Isaiah Jones B&B, housed in a 19th century building, located at 165 Main st. The town is quaint, just like all the rest you will stumble into up Rt. 6. At Sandwich, a must see item is the Glass Museum at 129 Main where you can watch glassblowing. I saw this while in Venice, and it is truly amazing to see how beautiful glass figurines are created from molten glass. Another incredible delight in the summertime is visiting the heritage Museum and Gardens, where 100 acres await you of truly lavish and colorful gardens of dahlias and hydrangeas. After eating at the Marshland Restaurant, known for the best local food, drive off Rt. 6 and take Rt. 132 to 397 Main St. to visit the JFK museum that documents their life on the Cape at Hyannis Port. While there, check out the Walkway to the Sea to watch the fishing boats arrive and leave with their catches. You can visit numerous art galleries there, also. Now, travel a short bit to Harwich Port for the iconic Cape Cod ice cream cone at the Sundae School (606 Main st.).

If you want real adventure, continue to Chatham and go out on an excursion from Chatham Pier to catch some bass, bluefish and tuna ( 4 hr. trips runs $500). Not into that, then visit the Chatham Pier Fish Market @ 45 Briarcliff Ave. Check the catch and lobsters! No visit to the Cape is complete with tasting the Paris-like crusine fo the Boulangerie Bistro @ 15 Lecount Hollow Rd. in Wellfeet ( don't you just love the names of the towns?). The pastries are worth their price-splurge!

If you are interested in some cardio exercise to burn off calories, visit the Cape Cod Rail Trail in Wellfeet, where you can rent bikes. For joggers and hikers, drive another 15 min. to Great Island Trail for a 3+ mile jaunt through woods and beaches ending at Jeremy Point with fantastic views of Wellfeet harbor. For just laying in the sun to chill, go to Duck Harbor Beach at the end of Chequesset Neck Rd. Time will fly by and before you know it a mesmerizing sunset will display to complete the day. The best clam chowder is also in wellfeet at the Wicked Oyster on 50 Main St.

At the end of Cape Cod is the final must see, the Provincetown momument, where the pilgrims stopped before reaching Plymouth. You will climb 60 tamps and 116 steps and your reward is another spectacular view of town and Cape. Since you are at the end of the Cape, eat at the Portuguese Bakery before heading back through the scenic territory of Cape Cod. Take your time and enjoy!


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    • FGual profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Must be an interesting place, with so much history. I did not get a chance to go when I visited Boston

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago


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      7 years ago

      Don't forget to plan in a day trip to Martha's Vineyard. The Vineyard is quite different from the rest of the Cape. It is a short ferry ride from Falmouth or a longer ferry ride from Hyannis. Of course, if you are just heading to the Vineyard and want to avoid the heavy Cape traffic, the Seastreak is the way to go. Huh, that sounds like the title of one of my hubs. Enjoyed reading your take on Cape Cod. Voted up and interesting.


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