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The Top 5 Clam Shacks in Chatham, Massachusetts
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, November 16, 2020

Spending your vacation in Chatham puts you in the heart of one of Cape Cod's classic small towns. Upon arrival, you can wander Main Street and explore the shops, head to the beaches overlooking Nantucket Sound or Chatham Harbor, or enjoy the parks, trails, marinas, and ponds.

Of course, you'll surely get hungry as you explore everything Chatham has to offer, giving you the perfect opportunity to check out a clam shack or two.

The good news is that Chatham has some outstanding clam shacks all over town, so you can experience some of the Cape's best seafood without having to venture too far.

Here's a look at the top five clam shacks you'll come across in Chatham, MA.

1) Kream N' Kone

There are Kream N' Kone locations in West Dennis and West Chatham. Both venues are family-owned and operated, ensuring you get to experience a local gem during your time on the Cape.

The West Chatham restaurant sits on Main Street, across the road from the Chatham Farmers Market. This eatery has been around for over 30 years and is a summertime favorite among Cape Cod residents and visitors.

The menu is what you'd expect to find at a small clam shack, as there's a significant selection of fried seafood plates and rolls, including their famous lobster roll. You can also choose between grilled or broiled fish dishes or go with a non-seafood option like a burger, chicken sandwich, or hot dog.

Dessert is always on the menu, too. There are ice creams, sundaes, malts, and frappes, and you can even get a beer or a glass of wine with your meal.

There's a lot to like about the Kream N' Kone, so make sure you stop by when staying in the Chatham area.

2) Mac's Chatham Fish & Lobster

Mac's Chatham Fish & Lobster is about a ten-minute walk down Main Street from the Kream N' Kone, and it features an equally impressive menu.

Here, you'll find a great selection of seafood dishes, including swordfish, clam chowder, sea scallops, steamers, mussels, and fish tacos. There are also classic Cape Cod specialties like fried clams, lobster rolls, fried cod, and crab cakes, in addition to a raw bar featuring local oysters. You can even grab a lobster dinner if you're into a fancy meal.

Mac's has other locations in Wellfleet, Provincetown, Eastham, and Dennis, making it a chain you'll likely come across at some point during your Cape Cod travels.

3) Chatham Fish Pier Market

There are a couple of different reasons to visit the Chatham Fish Pier because it's a market and restaurant in one. If you're looking to grab some food to cook at your vacation rental, this is a great place to start because you can buy the freshest seafood you'll find anywhere on the Cape.

You can also pick up a ready-made meal at the Fish Pier Restaurant. The venue's menu includes lobster rolls, various fried seafood baskets, clam chowder, and crab cakes, many of which come with coleslaw and fries. There's a kid's menu, too, which is a perfect option if you're traveling with the family.

The Chatham Fish Pier is on the town's east side on Barcliff Avenue. It overlooks Aunt Lydia's Cove and features outstanding views of Tern Island and North Beach Island. In short, it's a one-of-a-kind location that is worth checking out for the scenery alone; the food is just a bonus.

4) Chatham Fish and Chips

Location is the name of the game for Chatham Fish & Chips, as they sit on Old Harbor Road, about a block from Main Street and steps from Veterans Field, home of the Chatham Anglers. If you plan to attend a baseball game on your Cape Cod vacation, stopping by this restaurant for a quick dinner beforehand is always a good idea.

The menu at Chatham Fish & Chips has a little bit of everything: There's a wide selection of fried seafood dishes, including fish and chips, scallops, clams, and shrimp. You can also grab a lobster roll, crusted haddock, or clam chowder. There are boiled and roasted options, too, in addition to chicken and salads.

Chatham Fish & Chips has indoor and outdoor dining areas, so you can spend your time on the patio enjoying the fantastic Cape Cod weather while you eat. Keep in mind that this restaurant chose not to open in 2020 but plans to get back to business in the summer of 2021.

5) The Impudent Oyster

Location is also an important consideration when visiting the Impudent Oyster, which sits across the street from Kate Gould Park, home of the Whit Tileston Bandstand. This park hosts concerts by the Chatham Band every Friday night between early July and Labor Day Weekend. If you plan to make one of these concerts part of your vacation, it makes sense to begin your night at the Impudent Oyster.

The menu at the Impudent Oyster is diverse, as there's a raw bar, some salads, and clam chowder, in addition to seasonal dishes featuring scallops, lobster, crab, sole, and oysters. You'll also find lobster rolls, fish sandwiches, scallop sandwiches, and burgers on the menu. There are significant beer and wine lists, too.

Overall, the Impudent Oyster provides more of a sit-down experience than other restaurants on this list, particularly at dinnertime. Still, it also has many clam shack staples that you're sure to enjoy.

No Wrong Choices in Chatham

The great thing about these clams shacks is that you can't go wrong, no matter which one you select. Chatham has a fantastic dining scene for such a small place, and once you wander through this charming Cape Cod town, you're sure to fall in love with everything it has to offer.

Take advantage of some of these lovely clam shacks to make the most of your dining experience on the Cape.

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What to Expect at the Falmouth Cinema Pub
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, November 9, 2020

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You'll never run out of things to do while vacationing on Cape Cod, and a trip to the movie theater might seem like a waste of time that takes you away from other activities.

After all, you can check out the newest releases when you return home. You probably don't want to spend your evening sitting inside when there are beautiful sunsets, live music at the parks, well-lit Main Streets, and other adventures waiting for you outdoors.

However, the Falmouth Cinema Pub provides a slightly different experience. That's because you can sit at a table with your family and friends at this venue and order drinks and food while watching the movie.

Since you have to eat anyway, enjoying a new release film with your meal helps you make the most of your time on the Cape.

Here's some information on the Falmouth Cinema Pub in Teaticket, Massachusetts.

How the Theater Works

The concept behind the Falmouth Cinema Pub is simple: it's a sit-down restaurant and bar with a full-sized movie screen. The room is smaller than a traditional theater, ensuring every table has an outstanding view of the action.

After heading to your seat, the staff will take your order and deliver your food while the film plays. The chairs even swivel so you can turn and face the screen when you aren't eating.

Having the opportunity to enjoy a meal and a cold beer while watching a new release movie provides good reason to check out this centrally-located venue in Falmouth.

As a bonus, the theater also shows New England Patriots' games on the big screen in the fall. Admission is free for these games as long as you purchase some food while you're there. It's just like watching the game at a traditional pub, except you'll have it on the big screen.

A Look at the Menu

You're probably wondering about the menu at the Falmouth Cinema Pub and, truthfully, it's a little basic. It has many options, but most of them are items you'd expect to find at a counter service snack shack. 

However, the uncomplicated menu isn't necessarily a bad thing because it's food your kids will enjoy, and it arrives quickly. 

Available items include hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, pizza, soups, and salads. There's also an appetizer menu with nachos, chicken wings, and other pub-style favorites, in addition to a kid's offering featuring smaller versions of full-menu items. 

You can grab a dessert or traditional movie theater snacks like popcorn and candy at the Falmouth Cinema Pub, and they have a pretty good selection of beer and wine, too.

Tickets and Showtimes

Admission to the Falmouth Cinema Pub starts with buying a ticket to the movie. Tickets for regular movies are $11 for adults and $9.75 for children and seniors.

The venue shows 3-D films once in a while, too, which cost $14 for adults and $12.75 for children and seniors. That price includes your 3-D glasses. 

You can also head to the theater in the afternoon, a handy option if you run into poor weather for a day or two on your Cape Cod vacation. All seats are $9.75 for regular matinees and $12.75 for 3-D films. The matinee prices apply to all shows taking place before 2:00 PM.

It's best to buy your tickets online ahead of time to ensure there are enough seats available when you arrive. The venue is small and fills up on weekends in the summer. 

You're encouraged to arrive 15 or 20 minutes before your showtime if you're planning to order food. Keep in mind that eating at the venue isn't mandatory; the food is just an available bonus if you're looking for a meal.

The theater sometimes runs classic movies, as well, allowing you to integrate some of the greatest films of all time into your dining experience.

With so many options at the Falmouth Cinema Pub, you're sure to find a time to stop by while visiting the Cape.

A Unique Experience on Cape Cod

Cape Cod is full of wonderful experiences that will make your vacation memorable for you and your family. While you might not envision spending time at a movie theater while getting away from it all on the Cape, the Falmouth Cinema Pub provides an experience that is different enough to be worth considering.

There might be nights where you just want to relax at your vacation rental with some drinks, food, and a movie. You could also have evenings where you don't feel like cooking and want a quiet night out with your family. 

The Falmouth Cinema Pub is an excellent option when looking to slow things down for the night. Here, you can let the kids have a meal and watch a movie while you ponder how you'll spend the next few days of your Cape Cod vacation.

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Where to Rent a Stand-Up Paddleboard on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, November 2, 2020

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Passing Cape Cod's waterways, you can't help but notice many people using stand-up paddleboards (SUPs).

While this sport certainly isn't new, as evidence suggests early forms of SUPs have been in use for over 5,000 years, experts trace modern usage to Hawaii in the 1940s.

Still, paddleboarding didn't take off in the mainland United States until about ten years ago, but by 2013, it was one of the country's fastest-growing sports for first-timers.

Today, you can't go more than a few minutes without seeing a stand-up paddleboard on the Cape's rivers, streams, bays, and ponds. The sport is even popular in the fall when the waterways aren't as crowded, and people can explore for miles without anyone else around.

If you're visiting the Cape and want to rent a paddleboard, there are a few places where this is possible.

Provincetown Aquasports

Up in P-Town, Provincetown Aquasports has short, standard, and premium paddleboards for rent from its Commercial Street location. It costs $50-70 to rent a board for the day, depending on which option you choose, and half-day and multi-day rentals are also possible. 

Once you have your board, you can head out into Provincetown Harbor or the Herring Cove Salt Marsh to explore the sights. Guided tours are available, too. It's also possible to have them deliver your board to other areas you wish to explore, including Pamet Harbor in Truro.

Jack's Boat Rental

Wellfleet is home to all kinds of great places to paddleboard, such as Chipman's Cove, Duck Creek, Long Pond, and Great Pond. When looking to rent your boat, search no further than Jack's Cape Cod Boat Rental on Route 6. 

The great thing about Jack's is that they will provide foam blocks and tie-downs if you want to throw the SUP on top of your vehicle. They'll also deliver everything you need for a nominal fee if you rent for three or more days.

Paddleboard rentals are $60 for the day, $120 for three days, $180 for four days, and $240 for six days. They have canoe, kayak, surfboard, sailboat, and boogie board rentals if you want to try something different.

Cape Cod Waterways

There are two places to rent SUPs from Cape Cod Waterways: Bass River Park in West Dennis and Swan Pond River in Dennis Port.

The West Dennis location makes it easy to explore the Bass River or check out the nearby marinas. The rental storefront is on a bay, so you can even tour around there if you aren't comfortable with the river's boat traffic. Rates start at $25 for 90 minutes, and you can also rent kayaks there.

The shop in Dennis Port is right on the Swan Pond River, from which it's a leisurely paddle to Swan Pond. There are marshes you can check out, too, and the river has far less traffic than the Bass River. Rates here start at $27 for 90 minutes, and they have pedal boats, canoes, and kayaks for rent, as well.

Rideaway Adventures

Rideaway Adventures has locations in Mashpee and Sandwich, offering you a couple of different options to consider.

The Mashpee shop is near Popponesset Bay, so you'll have the chance to explore some of the protected waters overlooking Nantucket Sound. Remember, however, that paddleboards don't do well in the open ocean, so you'll want to stay in the area behind Thatch Island.

The Sandwich store is on Scorton Creek, which leads into Cape Cod Bay. Stick to the creek and harbor because, once again, meandering into the ocean isn't a great idea on a paddleboard.

Rentals at Rideaway Adventures start at $34 for an hour, with daily rentals running you $70 and weekly rentals costing $255.

Cape Cod Kayak

You might find the location of Cape Cod Kayak a bit odd, as it isn't near any busy water bodies. Don't worry about it, though, as the staff from this Pocasset shop will deliver your SUP anywhere on the Upper Cape. 

As for the cost, Cape Cod Kayak does daily rentals for $40, weekend rentals for $50, and weekly rentals for $250. You can also get a premium paddleboard for a little bit more. 

Various kayaks are available, too, which you can also get delivered anywhere you wish to paddle.

Making the Most of Your Time Outdoors

Your Cape Cod vacation is sure to be full of adventure, and renting a paddleboard for a few hours, multiple days, or a whole week makes it easy to get in the water. 

Stand-up paddleboards are a great way to explore some of the Cape's calmer waterways because they're inexpensive and straightforward to operate. Most participants get the hang of this sport very quickly, too.

As long as the weather isn't freezing, paddleboarding is feasible in fall, spring, and summer, and an easy activity to try when heading out from your Cape Cod vacation rental. 

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