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The Top 5 Local Markets in Falmouth, MA
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 31, 2020

You'll surely want to experience some local flair while on Cape Cod, including checking out some mom and pop markets to stock your vacation rental with food, drinks, and everything else you'll need to feel at home.

Luckily, most of the Cape's towns have a selection of small shops from which to choose so that you can feel like a local throughout your vacation.

In Falmouth, you'll find local markets in every corner of town, so you can head to the one closest to you or try different locations on different days.

Here's a look at some of the best small shops in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

1) Dean's Market

In North Falmouth, around the corner from the Shining Sea Bikeway trailhead and one of Kinlin Grover's numerous Cape Cod offices, is Dean's Market, a family-owned and operated convenience store that first opened its doors in the early 1990s.

There's a little bit of everything at Dean's Market, as it has a deli counter with a sub shop, a full selection of beer and wine, and enough groceries to get you by in a pinch. In fact, the subs are considered among the best in Falmouth, making this an excellent place to stop for a quick lunch.

Dean's Market is a popular spot for locals, so make sure you give them a try if you're renting in the North Falmouth area.

2) Wild Harbor General Store

Of course, Dean's Market isn't the only option in North Falmouth, as Wild Harbor General Store is about a half-mile away on the community's Old Main Road, across the street from a fire hall.

A lot is going on at Wild Harbor, as it has a gas station, convenience store, deli, and bakery. You can also pick up some organic groceries, beer, and wine here for your vacation rental.

Wild Harbor is a top option in North Falmouth because you can get pretty much everything you need in a single, convenient location that's not far from some of the community's top attractions.

3) West Falmouth Market

Moving into West Falmouth, you'll find the aptly named West Falmouth Market on Route 28A, about a block from Snug Harbor. This part of town is popular with vacation-goers because of its proximity to Chapoquoit Beach, and the market makes it much easier to find a meal while you're there.

That's because West Falmouth Market, in addition to convenience store items like beer, wine, and snacks, has a full deli with ready-made meals that you can eat on the patio. Once you arrive, you'll see a menu featuring sandwiches, wraps, and even pizza, allowing you to have a bite to eat before continuing with your day.

There's a butcher shop and a bakery here, too, so you won't have to visit a larger grocery store because you can get everything you need at West Falmouth Market.

As a bonus, West Falmouth Market owners Danielle and Tom Johnson are a couple with local roots who love West Falmouth. If you're looking to support a local business, West Falmouth Market is worth visiting when you're in the area.

4) Windfall Market

The most comprehensive and centrally located option on this list is Windfall Market. This venue is across the street from Pier 37 Marina, putting it just off Falmouth Harbor, and it shares a parking lot with the famous West Marine supply store, as well.

Once you set foot in Windfall Market, you'll see why it's such a popular shop, as it has everything you could ever want from a grocery store, including a bakery, butcher shop, and deli. Unlike other stores on this list, Windfall has fresh produce, and you can also grab a pre-baked pizza and other to-go items that they've made in the on-site kitchen.

Windfall first opened its doors in 1996 and has been a large part of the Falmouth community ever since, so you'll want to give them a try if you're staying near the harbor.

5) Kenyon's Market

Over in East Falmouth, Kenyon's Market enjoys a convenient location on Route 28, sharing a parking lot with other businesses like Purity Nails and the UPS Store.

First and foremost, Kenyon's is known as a beer, wine, and liquor store, as they have perhaps East Falmouth's widest selection of drinks for you to enjoy at your vacation rental. There are also grocery items available at the retailer, as you can pick up some steaks or burgers from Dom's Meats, or some snacks, without having to visit another store.

Kenyon's Market has been a staple in East Falmouth since 1928, and its current owner, Rick LeMoine, has been there since 1976. If you're looking for a local business to support, this is a solid option.

The Best of Falmouth

Very few places on Cape Cod have the same abundance of activities as Falmouth; you'll have a completely different experience depending on which part of town you choose a vacation rental.

While you're spending time in Falmouth, make sure you check out what some of these local retailers have to offer because you're sure to enjoy their selection of local products and the service that you can only find at a mom and pop shop on the Cape.


Experiencing Cape Cod's Growing Food Truck Scene
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 24, 2020

Street food is becoming incredibly popular throughout the United States because it's convenient and allows you to sample outstanding food at a reasonable price. Since the vendor doesn't have to pay for an expensive storefront, the cost of a meal comes down and helps the consumer.

Food trucks have a little more overhead than a traditional street vendor, but the idea is similar because the owners don't have to maintain an entire restaurant and can pass some of the savings on to their customers. Food trucks also have the ability to cook items to order because they have kitchens, making them more dynamic than other options.

As you might expect, Cape Cod has a rapidly expanding food truck scene with various cuisine types available throughout many of its towns.

Here's a look at some of the Cape's most popular food trucks, all of which are worth checking out during your vacation.

Off the Grid

One of the best-known food trucks in Sandwich is Off the Grid, which enjoys a permanent location outside the Hillport Gallery. The truck is easy to reach since it's about a block from where Tupper Road and the Old King's Highway meet, and the venue features an outdoor dining area with picnic tables.

Other outstanding features presented by Off the Grid include their on-site bar, occasional live music offerings, and handcrafted desserts.

As for the food, you'll find a diverse menu here with salads, hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers, and barbecue favorites like ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. There's also a menu for kids and some of the Cape's best fries.

If you find yourself in Sandwich during your vacation, take a wander to Off the Grid; you won't be disappointed by your choice.

Wicked N' Wood

There's a slightly different story at Wicked N' Wood food truck, as this mobile restaurant in East Falmouth doesn't have the same fancy setup as Off the Grid. Instead, all you'll find at this vendor is a truck in a dirt parking lot, but the food is excellent and brings locals back day after day to sample the offerings.

The menu has a decent variety, as there are burgers, tacos, and sandwiches featuring brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. You can also get a cheese quesadilla or mac n' cheese if you aren't into all that meat.

As you'd expect at a barbecue joint, Wicked N' Wood also has ribs, coleslaw, and cornbread, all of which are made to perfection each and every day.

Cape Cod Cannolis

It's a far smaller operation at Cape Cod Cannolis, as they don't have a permanent location and instead tend to move around the Cape throughout the summer. As a result, you'll want to keep an eye on the truck's Facebook page to ensure you know where to find them during your vacation.

If you visit during the offseason, you'll likely find the truck at the Mashpee Rotary, where Route 28 and Route 151 meet.

The food at Cape Cod Cannolis is terrific, and, as you'd expect, they make some of the Cape's best cannolis. This business is small and family-run and doesn't spend much on advertising, focusing on creating cannolis for people to enjoy instead.

You can choose between multiple sizes and types of cannolis upon arrival, and you're sure to be happy with the quality once you give them a try.

La Tacodilla

The people behind La Tacodilla have a ton of experience in the food industry, having operated the Clean Slate Eatery in West Dennis for several years. The Clean Slate Eatery started as a food truck before progressing to offer an in-house, upscale, multi-course dining experience.

The owners are now focusing much of their attention on La Tacodilla food truck, which serves Mexican cuisine like tacos, mulita, Camarones asados, and quesabruselas from the parking lot of the Clean Slate.

Many locals agree that La Tacodilla has perhaps the best Mexican food on the entire Cape, with the catch being that they're only open for a few hours at lunch between Tuesday and Saturday. If you're into Mexican cuisine, you won't want to miss the outstanding options they have at this food truck at 702 Main Street in West Dennis.

Dancing Spoons A GoGo Food Truck

Much like La Tacodilla, Dancing Spoons A GoGo Food Truck is only open for a few hours per day between Tuesday and Saturday, so you'll have to put in some effort if you want to sample their fare. 

It's well worth the effort, though, as Lisa Whelan, the owner of Dancing Spoons A GoGo Food Truck, goes out of her way to source local, organic ingredients, ensuring that every menu item she creates is fresh and healthy.

There's a little bit of everything on this food truck's menu, as you'll find crab cakes, pulled pork sandwiches, lobster rolls, hot dogs, clam chowder, and salads. The diverse offerings mean there's something for everyone at this venue, and its location in the heart of downtown Orleans makes it easily accessible.

If you're looking for lunch after spending the morning in Orleans, Brewster, or Eastham, stop by Dancing Spoons A GoGo Food Truck for one of the best lunches you'll find on Cape Cod.

Food Trucks Everywhere

This list only touches on the Cape's food trucks, as new ones are popping up everywhere every summer, and most towns now have trucks that are fixtures in their communities.

As people continue to want something a little different from their dining experiences, we are sure to see even more food trucks calling Cape Cod home, which will give you even more dining options on your vacation.

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Free Beaches You Can Visit in Chatham, Massachusetts
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 17, 2020

You'll find countless beaches when visiting Chatham, Massachusetts, as the town is full of waterfront areas on the ocean and the area's kettle ponds.

The issue is that a non-resident beach sticker is $20 per day or $75 per week, so if you don't have a beach within walking distance of your vacation rental, the costs can add up.

However, there's good news, as Chatham has some free beaches that are just as scenic as the major ones but without the parking fees. These beaches won't have the same facilities, and parking spaces are often limited, but they provide a cost-efficient alternative to a town parking pass.

Here's some information on the free beaches you can frequent in Chatham during your vacation on Cape Cod.

Oyster Pond Beach

Locals love Oyster Pond Beach because it has the most facilities of the free venues. The water here is calm and warm, making it popular with families, and the docks give young swimmers the chance to jump into deeper water all day long. There are lifeguards on duty between late June and Labor Day, too.

In addition to the beach, the park has a grassy area with picnic tables and full indoor washrooms, both of which are great if you're visiting with children.

Keep in mind that this beach isn't very peaceful, since it's full of kids and Stage Harbor Road, a major vein connecting to Main Street, runs past it. Parking can also be an issue because the lot isn't large enough to accommodate the beach's popularity. The park is within walking distance of downtown, however, which has further parking options.

Forest Beach

The great thing about Forest Beach is that it feels like a private seashore, thanks to its secluded location in the trees overlooking Nantucket Sound. There's plenty of space to spread out at this location, and you can walk the trails through the neighboring conservation area and salt marsh.

These trails have numerous exits to the ocean, and if you pack your beach supplies, there's a good chance you'll find a section of sand with no one around for what seems like miles.

Getting to Forest Beach is straightforward, as you'll drive to South Chatham and turn off Main Street onto Forest Beach Road, directly across from The Talkative Pig restaurant.

Parking is often an issue here, so you'll want to arrive early in the morning or in the mid-afternoon to ensure you find a spot. The beach doesn't have restrooms or lifeguards, either, so it's not the best option for kids.

Pleasant Street Beach

If Forest Beach is full, you might head to Pleasant Street Beach, a similar venue that you'll access by turning onto Pleasant Street in South Chatham instead of Forest Beach Road.

Pleasant Street Beach is smaller and has less parking than Forest Beach, but it's also less popular so you could have better luck when looking for parking. 

Once you arrive, you'll immediately experience the beach's sweeping views over Nantucket Sound, and there's a good chance you'll see some windsurfers or sailboats in the water, too. This beach is also a great place to launch a kayak if you're looking to visit the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.

If Pleasant Street Beach isn't doing it for you, you can walk to a private expanse of shore overlooking Red River by heading west along the water. You can even cross the river, depending on the tide, and spend some time at the extremely popular Red River Beach in South Harwich without paying for a Harwich beach sticker. 

Overall, Pleasant Street Beach is small and quiet but doesn't have any facilities. The venue isn't ideal for young children but remains a great place to explore some of the Cape's great hidden sites.

Jackknife Harbor Beach

The easiest place to find parking on this list is Jackknife Beach in North Chatham, and that's because you can leave your vehicle along a dirt road that leads to the water, rather than having to fight over defined parking spaces.

The catch is that Jackknife Beach is also the most challenging location on this list to find because you'll turn into an unmarked driveway on Route 28, just before Chatham merges with Harwich.

If you can find the beach, it's a beautiful place to spend the day because of its warm, shallow water. The beach is on a sheltered cove in Pleasant Bay, as well, so you won't have to worry about the issues that go along with hanging out near the open ocean.

Jackknife Beach is a popular place for locals to put a kayak in the water, as there's plenty to explore in the bay, and is also Chatham's only dog-friendly beach.

One issue is that the beach is rustic, so there aren't any restrooms or picnic facilities, but locals are pleased with the lack of amenities because the trade-off is the freedom this long stretch of sand provides.

Hitting the Water in Chatham, MA

Chatham has some of Cape Cod's most beautiful beaches, and you'll never struggle to find somewhere new to spend the day on your vacation. If you've bought a beach sticker for the week, Chatham Lighthouse Beach, Harding's Beach, Ridgevale Beach, and Cockle Cove Beach are excellent options, with some having full amenities, including dining options. 

Vacationing in Chatham is a dream because much of the town is walkable, and the beach access is among the best in the country. No matter where you end up booking your vacation rental, the water is never far in this charming location on the ocean.

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The Top 5 Bakeries in Falmouth, Massachusetts
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 10, 2020

Your Cape Cod vacation will surely be full of fun in the sun, exhilarating hikes, and visiting some of the oldest sites in North America.

At the same time, you've got to eat, right? While the Cape is also a haven for foodies, you'll likely want some food around your vacation rental, too, and there's no better place to stock up than at one of the local bakeries.

In Falmouth, you'll find a wide selection of bakeshops, each of which brings a unique flair to its offerings. 

Here are the top five bakeries that you'll find in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

1) Maison Villatte

Maison Villatte enjoys a prime location across from the Falmouth Public Library, but it's more than the position that makes it Falmouth's best bakery. You see, Maison Villatte is the creation of Boris Villatte, who was one of the men behind the PB Boulangerie in Wellfleet and once headed up the bakery at Las Vegas' Wynn Resort. In short, Villatte has all the experience in the world and has created an authentic French bakery in the heart of Falmouth.

Inside, you'll find pretty much any baked goods you could ever want, as 12 to 15 different types of bread are created daily, in addition to pastries, brioche, croissants, cookies, and cakes. The bakery allows customers to either sit-in with a cup of coffee and a sandwich or take their selections home, and you'll place your orders through the front counter.

The quality at Maison Villatte is outstanding, and since the business employs five bakers, they rarely run out of anything, which is a rarity on the Cape. 

2) Daily Brew

The Daily Brew Coffee House sits right where North Falmouth and Cataumet meet on Route 28A. Known locally as The Brew, this coffee house is indispensable to members of this community because it's a morning meeting place where friends and family can get together in a comfortable environment. Keep in mind that the cafe gets busy on weekends in the summer, so be prepared to wait in line.

As a visitor to Cape Cod, you'll quickly learn that The Brew is an excellent place to stop for a cup of coffee and a quick breakfast, mostly because of the vast array of baked goods they produce. Once you step through the doors, you'll find bagels, pastries, and muffins, all of which you can take with you to enjoy later on or eat on the patio.

There's more than baked goods at The Daily Brew, as they serve wraps, soup, salad, and sandwiches for lunch, and have a warm breakfast menu, too.

3) Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky Bakery & Cafe is located in the heart of Woods Hole and surrounded by other well-known eateries like Captain Kidd, Shuckers, and the Water Street Kitchen. Pie in the Sky offers something a little different, however, as it has a coffeehouse setting along with homemade pies and baked goods that will keep you coming back for more.

One of the great things about Pie in the Sky is that it's open every day except for Christmas Day, so no matter when you take your Cape Cod vacation, you can stop by. In the summer, they have an outdoor coffee bar and seating, allowing you to enjoy the atmosphere of Woods Hole while trying a cup of coffee from beans roasted on-site, and a house-made pastry.

In addition to baked goods, you can also get a full breakfast or lunch at Pie in the Sky, and since they are open late, you can even stop in for dessert.

4) Mary Ellen's Portuguese Bakery

Hiding behind the Dairy Queen on Main Street in Falmouth, Mary Ellen's Portuguese Bakery is a little challenging to find. As a result, many visitors to Cape Cod might not come across it, but locals know it all too well and make it a regular stop throughout the summer.

Mary Ellen's Portuguese Bakery is kind of like two businesses in one, as you can stop in for a sit-down breakfast or brunch of favorites like bacon, eggs, sausages, and hashbrowns. You can also choose from the Portuguese bread and muffins and take them back to your vacation rental.

Keep in mind that Mary Ellen's Portuguese Bakery gets pretty busy in the high season, so you might end up waiting for a table if you go for breakfast. It's well worth it, however, because the place is outstanding.

5) Windfall Market

Windfall Market is actually a grocery store that sits just off Main Street and across the street from Falmouth Harbor. This scenic location in a busy part of town means that it gets plenty of business, including shoppers who are looking for freshly-based goods.

At Windfall Market, you'll find a selection of fresh bread and outstanding desserts, so you can grab a little bit of everything while doing your grocery shopping. The great thing about Windfall Market is that they sell beer and wine, too, so you can stock your vacation rental with everything you'll need for the entire week in one stop.

A supermarket is rarely known for its bakery, but that's precisely what's going on at Windfall Market.

Fresh Baked Goods in Falmouth

Falmouth's bakeries are outstanding, as not only can you take some excellent baked goods back to your vacation rental, but you can also stop in for a quick meal. 

Take the time to get to know some of these outstanding venues while spending time on the Cape because you won't find quality like this anywhere else.

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Why Truro is the Perfect Place For a Cape Cod Vacation
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 3, 2020

Truro, Massachusetts, is a small municipality on the Outer Cape with a year-round population of fewer than 2,000 people. That number swells to between 15,000 and 20,000 during the summer, but the town still doesn't attract the same crowds as neighboring Provincetown or other destinations on Cape Cod like Hyannis and Falmouth.

That might be a good thing, depending on how you're looking to spend your vacation, because Truro is loaded with great outdoor activities all summer long but doesn't get as busy as other towns. Those looking for the best of what the Cape has to offer should consider a vacation rental in Truro because it has many of the amenities of larger centers without the crowds.

When the time comes to choose where you'll spend your Cape Cod vacation, Truro is worth a look because of the following sites.

The Beaches on Cape Cod Bay

Because of its location on the arm of the Outer Cape, there are beaches everywhere in Truro. The Cape Cod Bay side, where many vacation rentals are situated, is home to numerous scenic beaches that provide plenty of space to spread out and relax.

Great Hollow Beach is a small sandy area with two parking lots, handicapped access, and outhouses in the summer. Great Hollow isn't the town's largest beach, but it's a great place to relax.

Just south of Great Hollow is Corn Hill Beach. There is a large parking area here, with an attendant, and you'll find outhouses, too. The beach itself is long, with plenty of space to wander and discover a little area for yourself. It's also a great place to watch the sunset.

Fisher Beach is the most challenging place on this list to access because it doesn't have a parking lot. As a result, you'll have to arrive early to secure one of the few marked spots on the street leading to the water. If you can find parking, the reward is a long section of sand that you can walk for hours all the way to Pamet Harbor in the north or Ryder Beach in the south.

Cold Storage Beach in North Truro is below some highland cliffs, making it a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. There are a few different parking areas here, so you should find somewhere to leave your vehicle, and the stairs leading to the sand make it easily accessible.

No matter the location of your vacation rental in Truro, there's a beach nearby.

Cape Cod's Oldest Vineyard

Cape Cod has three wineries, including a vineyard in Falmouth, but Truro Vineyards is the oldest and probably the most renowned. This venue sits on an old farm with a tasting room built in the 1830s, despite the winery only coming to fruition in 2007. 

Visiting this winery allows you to experience the historic property's character while sampling the maritime grapes that create intense flavors and beautiful colors. 

If you're not into the wine, South Hollow Spirits operates here, so you can try rum and gin created on-site in copper pot stills or order a craft cocktail to enjoy outside. The Blackfish Restaurant food truck serves lunch and snacks at the vineyard at various times throughout the summer, too.

Truro Vineyards is worth a visit because it's a unique winery that those in other parts of the country could never replicate.

Accessible Restaurants

First things first, Truro doesn't have an abundance of restaurants. If you want all kinds of selection, you'll have to travel to Provincetown or another neighboring community for your meals. At the same time, Truro does have some high-end establishments that attract visitors throughout the summer.

One thing that makes Truro's dining scene pleasant is that everything's on or near Route 6, making these eateries easy to find. There's also the fact that Truro doesn't have any chain restaurants, as everything is locally owned and operated.

We mentioned that the Blackfish food truck operates at Truro Vineyards, and that's big news because the restaurant itself is one of the town's most popular. The menu at Blackfish is New American in style, featuring a wide selection of seafood dishes to go along with burgers, chicken, pork, steak, and duck. They have a raw bar where you can get Wellfleet oysters, as well.

Up in North Truro, The Whitman House Restaurant and Bass Tavern has served customers since 1894 and has a diverse menu with plenty of seafood options. Other offerings include burgers, steak, pork chops, and chicken, making this a venue that anyone can enjoy.

Montano's is known all over Cape Cod because of its authentic Italian cuisine. This restaurant has house-made pasta that's cooked to order, along with homemade sauces and pizza dough. You won't find fresh Italian dishes like this anywhere else on the Cape, and they do an excellent job of integrating seafood into the cuisine, as well.

Because Truro doesn't have as many restaurants as other communities, you'll want to make reservations at these venues on the nights you wish to eat out.

Book a Vacation Rental in Truro

This list barely scratches the surface of the things you can do on your vacation in Truro, as you can also explore the Cape Cod National Seashore, visit the highlands, or play a round of golf on the Cape's oldest course.

Additionally, Truro has a marina offering tours and fishing charters into Cape Cod Bay, dense forests where you can hike, and scenic cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

You won't find another place like Truro anywhere on the East Coast, and even if you don't book a vacation rental in this beautiful small town, you'll surely want to stop by during your time on Cape Cod.


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