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Spending Your Vacation in South Yarmouth
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, June 1, 2021


There's always something going on in South Yarmouth, making the community one of the top places on Cape Cod to spend a vacation.

Here, you'll find everything for which the Cape is famous, including scenic beaches, outstanding restaurants, and lively outdoor attractions, ensuring you never run out of things to do in the area.

In fact, if you're able to book a vacation rental in South Yarmouth, you'd probably be happy spending your entire week in the community, although that would mean missing out on some fun in the Cape's other towns and villages.

Here's a look at some ways to spend your time on your South Yarmouth vacation.

Hit the Beaches

Before all else, South Yarmouth is known for its scenic beaches. The oceanfront areas feature white sand and beautiful views over Nantucket Sound, while there are other beaches on the Bass River, too. The waters are calm in all the oceanfront sections.

The largest of the bunch is Smuggler's Beach, which sits at the mouth of the Bass River and overlooks Nantucket Sound. This area features a fishing pier that hangs over the river and a boat launch that makes it easy to put your vessel in the water. There's also a large parking lot, some beach volleyball courts, a concession stand, washrooms, picnic tables, and lifeguards on duty.

Parker's River Beach is another popular oceanfront section with lifeguards, a playground, washrooms, and a pavilion with a concession. You'll also find a concrete walk along the seawall and a sizable parking lot at this beach.

Seaview Beach is a little more rustic but has a small parking lot and some picnic tables. There are portable washrooms on-site in the summer; however, it's important to keep in mind that there aren't any lifeguards on duty.

Other smaller beaches in South Yarmouth include Wilbur Park and Windmill Beach, on the Bass River, and Sea View Beach and Seagull Beach, on Nantucket Sound.

There's also South Middle Beach on Nantucket Sound, but it's only open to Yarmouth residents.

Enjoy a Meal

You'll probably be hungry after your day at the beach. Fortunately, South Yarmouth is loaded with outstanding dining options to keep you happy.

Perhaps the best-known restaurant in town is Skipper Chowder House, an oceanfront seafood shack across the street from Parker's River Beach. This restaurant has all of your seafood favorites, including award-winning clam chowder, lobster rolls, seafood platters, and clambakes, in addition to burgers, chicken, and other options. There's a scenic patio overlooking the water and an on-site ice cream shop, too.

Seafood Sam's South Yarmouth has a convenient location on Route 28 and has all kinds of seafood options like crab, oyster, scallop, clam, and lobster rolls. They also have hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, broiled seafood, and fried platters. There's a kid's menu at Seafood Sam's, as well.

There's a great patio at Captain Parker's Pub on Route 28, in addition to a raw bar and all kinds of Cape Cod seafood classics. Their clam chowder is famous all over the Cape, and they make a special stuffed quahog that you'll definitely want to try. Their lobster roll and fisherman's platter are worth your time, too.

For breakfast, The Pancake Man on Route 28 could become your go-to restaurant all vacation long. That's because you'll find all of your early-morning favorites at this diner-style venue, including bacon, eggs, French toast, waffles, and, of course, pancakes. They're open for lunch, as well, so you can stop in for a burger, sandwich, or salad in the afternoon.

Check Out Some Attractions

Although the beaches and restaurants will take up much of your time, there's a lot more to South Yarmouth.

First, the Yarmouth Drive-In reopened in 2020 after a long hiatus, showing classic movies throughout the summer. The venue also expanded into live music and comedy shows that patrons could enjoy from their vehicles in a COVID-safe manner.

The Yarmouth Tennis Club has drop-in openings for visitors to the Cape. You should book your court a few days in advance to ensure you get a spot, and keep in mind that you can sign up for a weekly membership if you plan to play a few times during your vacation.

Kids and adults alike love the Whydah Pirate Museum because it features the artifacts found on a sunken pirate ship from the 1700s. In fact, this is the most extensive collection of pirate artifacts collected from a single wreck anywhere in the world, which is reason enough to give them a visit.

Just up the street from the museum is Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, a mini-golf facility that is a great way to fill an evening with your kids. This pirate-themed venue has two 18-hole courses, so you can spend multiple days there without getting bored.

Getting to Know South Yarmouth

As you spend time in South Yarmouth, you'll get to know the community and its attractions much better. Depending on the location of your vacation rental, you might be able to walk to some of these venues, which is great because parking can be a challenge.

No matter which facilities you visit while on the Cape, you're sure to have a great time in one of the East Coast's most visitor-friendly locations.



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The Top 5 Mom and Pop Shops in Barnstable
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Thursday, February 11, 2021


photo of a sandwichYou'll find mom and pop shops all over the Cape, as the abundance of local businesses is one of the things that makes this community special.

Each of Barnstable's seven villages features some of these small businesses, with a few of them standing out from the rest because of their quality.

Cape Cod residents and visitors alike love these retailers because of the high-quality products they provide, along with their outstanding service. This list includes both markets and restaurants, so whether you're cooking a meal at your vacation rental or want to eat out, there's an option for you.

Here's a look at the top five mom and pop shops in Barnstable, Massachusetts.

1) Lambert's Fruit Centerville

Centerville has a lot going for it thanks to its convenient location and scenic beaches. The village is mostly residential, so you'll find a fair number of vacation rentals from which to choose.

Lambert's Fruit Centerville is located where Route 28 and Main Street meet in Centerville, making it easy to find from anywhere on the Cape. Once inside, you'll notice that this mom and pop shop is a market, deli, and takeaway restaurant in one, giving you multiple choices when stopping in for a meal.

The prepared options are some of the most popular, as you can grab prime rib, seafood, pasta, and many cooked dinner items to enjoy later on. They also have fresh produce, a decent selection of wine, and homemade soups. You can eat in the outdoor dining area, too.

All of this comes together to make this locally owned business one of the best mom and pop shops in Barnstable.

2) Barnstable Market

Barnstable Market is a throwback to the general stores of the past, as this retailer has a little bit of everything. Here, you can grab some beer or wine, pick up your groceries for the week, buy some fresh donuts or pastries from the bakery, or seek out a prepared meal to enjoy on-site or at your vacation rental.

However, that's not all, as this Barnstable Village retailer also sells souvenirs, dinnerware, and paintings while focusing on using local suppliers for as many goods as possible.

Barnstable Market is conveniently located on Main Street, across the street from the Barnstable District Court. As a bonus, you can give them a call from the beach ahead of time, and your order will be ready to go when you arrive.

3) The Little Sandwich Shop

Hyannis' Main Street is a bustling area that's full of life in the summer. There are plenty of dining options in downtown Hyannis, with The Little Sandwich Shop being one of the top places to stop for lunch.

Much as its name suggests, The Little Sandwich Shop is a tiny restaurant specializing in sandwiches, including subs, Reubens, wraps, and vegetarian options. They have burgers, salads, and a kid's menu, too.

The same husband and wife team has owned The Little Sandwich Shop since it opened, and they're committed to making everything they serve from scratch using only the best ingredients they can find.

It can be easy to miss The Little Sandwich Shop because it's just a tiny hole in the wall, but it's highly recommended that you give them a try on your Cape Cod vacation.

4) Pain D'Avignon Restaurant Boulangerie

Located just off Iyannough Road and down the street from the Cape Cod Mall, Pain D'Avignon Restaurant Boulangerie is a bakery and restaurant in one.

This shop started as a bakery in 1992, as the owners wanted to bring Old World breadmaking techniques to the Cape. They don't use any preservatives in their bread, ensuring that you can enjoy their products in their most authentic form.

The restaurant is open for breakfast and also offers a fine dining experience later on in the day. They have a wine room with an extensive list, as well.

When searching for one of Cape Cod's most exclusive dining experiences, don't miss Pain D'Avignon Restaurant Boulangerie in Hyannis.

5) Spoon & Seed

There's an industrial park just north of Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, and truthfully, it's one of the last places you'd expect to find a great mom and pop restaurant on the Cape.

However, this is the location of the Spoon & Seed, a restaurant specializing in breakfast and lunch that also has take and bake meals for dinner.

As a result, you can head to the diner for bacon and eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, and other morning and afternoon favorites, or grab a pre-cooked pizza, pasta, or chicken dish to re-heat at your vacation rental.

If you don't want to cook but wish to enjoy a wonderful farm-to-table meal, the Spoon & Seed is an outstanding option.

Barnstable's Mom and Pop Shops

While mom and pop shops might be a dying breed in many parts of the country, they're thriving on Cape Cod. Special attention is paid to these local retailers on the Cape, helping ensure they survive for generations to come.

Make sure you support these small businesses on Cape Cod during your vacation. Not only is this support good for the community, but you're also sure to receive outstanding quality and service every time you stop by.



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Why You Should Stop By the Centerville Pie Company While on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, March 9, 2020


If you're a fan of Oprah Winfrey, you likely know that she comes out with a list of her favorite things every year and releases it in O Magazine.

For those who follow this annual list, the Centerville Pie Company might sound familiar, and that's because it has made the cut three times: 2009, 2012, and 2017.

Simply put, Oprah loves this Cape Cod original, which is located at 1671 Falmouth Road in Centerville, Massachusetts, and wants everyone to know just how good their products taste.

Make sure you stop by the Centerville Pie Company and take one of their creations back to your Cape Cod vacation rental. Just one bite and you'll discover why Oprah just can't get enough of these local favorites.

About the Bakery

From the outside, the Centerville Pie Company doesn't look like much. After all, it's just a small bakery sitting in a small strip mall across from the street from the Centerville Shopping Center in the heart of the village.

If you're not explicitly looking for this bakery, you'd surely miss it, as there's nothing that stands out or makes it an obvious attraction.

The Centerville Pie Company has been like this ever since friends Laurie Bowen and Kristin Broadley opened the shop in 2009. At that time, the two of them just wanted to operate a small shop where they could sell their creations to Cape Cod residents and hopefully make a living.

The operation was modest, as they could only bake 12 pies at a time, but that was plenty of capacity to serve their local clientele. 

Their first year in business was a memorable one, however, as an encounter with a global superstar changed their lives forever.

How the Centerville Pie Company Became Famous

So, how did the chicken pie at Centerville Pie Company end up being one of Oprah's favorite things?

It all started in 2009 when rumors suggested that Oprah was on Cape Cod to attend the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and spending her time at a local inn. Broadley got wind of Oprah's location and decided to drop a couple of pies - peach and chicken - off for her, leaving a note with her home phone number, as well.

By the time Broadley had returned home, Oprah had already called, gushing about the pies and wanting more. In the days following, Gayle King, Oprah's best friend, ordered more pies for them to take on their flight home.

Later that year, the Centerville Pie Company made Oprah's list for the first time, but the wild ride wasn't over. In 2010, Bowen and Broadley made an appearance during the final season of Oprah's show, leading to them selling 280,000 pies in just 15 minutes.

In 2011, the Centerville Pie Company was asked to hand out swag bags at the Golden Globe Awards, which involved giving slices of pie out at the event, in addition to coupons for free pies from their bakery.

Actors and actresses like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez, and Eric McCormack loved the pies, and every celebrity who took a coupon redeemed it for a free pie.

Centerville Pie Company remains popular in celebrity circles, and the outstanding quality of these creations keeps visitors and locals alike returning time after time.

What on the Menu?

When you think of pie, dessert is probably the first thing that comes to mind, and the Centerville Pie Company has an abundance of sweet products.

First, there are the fruit pies, which come in blueberry, all berry, apple, cranapple, cherry, peach, strawberry rhubarb, and pumpkin varieties. There are also pecan, chocolate chip, key lime, and lemon meringue pies on the menu.

For cream pies, the bakery has chocolate, coconut, banana, lemon, and Cape Cod crunch, which is chocolate mixed with butter coffee, in addition to custard and coconut custard options. 

It's not all about the sweets at the Centerville Pie Company, however, as their savory options are excellent, and the large pies can serve up to six people.

We've mentioned the famous chicken pie, but the bakery also carries braised beef, clam, shepherd's, sweet potato, BBQ pulled pork, buffalo chicken, French meat, and lobster pies. There's also a vegetarian option, with their spinach and feta pie.

Beyond pies, you'll also find Lorraine, spinach and feta, and ham and cheese quiches for order, and if you have a different combination of ingredients you'd like in your quiche, just ask and they'll make it for you.

If you grab a frozen pie, you'll have to heat it for about an hour before dinner, which is convenient if you pick up a pie in the morning and want to eat it after a long day spent exploring Cape Cod's attractions.

Give Them a Visit

The Centerville Pie Company offers a taste that is unique to Cape Cod and is well worth a stop during your vacation. Whether you're searching for dessert or a full meal, check out their selection, and you won't be disappointed, no matter what you choose.

Centerville, Massachusetts, has something for everyone, thanks to its beaches, history, restaurants, and culture. It also has perhaps the best pie anywhere on the Cape, which you can pick up at the Centerville Pie Company.



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The Top 5 Clam Shacks in Barnstable
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 24, 2019


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Any vacation on Cape Cod must include at least one visit to a local clam shack. After all, these shacks are a significant part of summers on the Cape, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check them out during your stay.

Of course, since there are so many clam shacks on Cape Cod, choosing which ones to eat at can be challenging. Barnstable, the only actual city on the Cape, is particularly full of these shacks, with many of them sitting right along the ocean. For that reason, we’ve put together a list of the top five clam shacks to try in Barnstable this summer.

 

1) Osterville Fish

You’ll find two Osterville Fish locations in Barnstable, one in Osterville and one in Barnstable Village. The original Osterville Fish Market sits just off Route 28, while the newer storefront, Osterville Fish, Too, is steps from Millway Marina on Barnstable Harbor.

Osterville Fish Market allows you to purchase seafood to cook at home, and also has a take-out menu. Osterville Fish, Too offers patio dining, in addition to its take out menu and fish market. The menus at both locations feature everything you could ever want from a clam shack, including lobster rolls, clam boils, broiled seafood plates, crab cakes, soups, and salads. The Barnstable Harbor location also has burgers, hot dogs, and chicken dishes.

 

2) Baxter's Boathouse

As you'll soon see, Hyannis Inner Harbor is full of clam shacks, and if your Cape Cod vacation rental is in this area, you'll never run out of places to try. The first location to check out is Baxter's, which is two separate entities: Baxter's Boathouse Club, a 21+ establishment, and Baxter's Fish 'n' Chips, offering family-friendly dining. Baxter's is right on the water and has a dock, so you can even take your boat right to the restaurant for a meal and drinks.

The menu is the same at both versions of Baxter's, although the family-friendly side has a kids' menu, as well. On the menu, you'll find local favorites like stuffed quahog, New England Clam Chowder, seafood plates, steamed clams, lobster rolls, and swordfish dishes. There are also steaks, hamburgers, and chicken entrees available.

 

3) Spanky's Clam Shack and Seaside Saloon

A second option on Hyannis Inner Harbor is Spanky's Clam Shack and Seaside Saloon, a venue enjoying a prime location on Ocean Street and a patio area overlooking the water. Spanky's shares a building with Pirate Adventures Hyannis and is close to the Hy-Line Ferry Docks, so if you want to grab a bit before heading onto the water, this is the place to do it.

The appetizers at Spanky's are always a draw, including the oysters, scallops, baked oysters, crab cakes, and stuffed quahog. At lunchtime, select from a diverse menu that includes the fried clam roll, lobster roll, and fried scallop roll. You can also get amazing clam chowder, choose from a variety of lobster feasts, go with Spanky's Clambake, or try the restaurant's pasta dishes. Of course, if you're not into seafood, steak, chicken, and salad are also available.

 

4) The Black Cat Harbor Shack

A final option on the Inner Harbor is The Black Cat, which is actually three restaurants in one. First, there's The Black Cat Tavern, a casual, family-friendly option with pub-style decor. There is also a lounge where you'll find live music four nights per week in the summer. Next door is The Black Cat Harbor Shack, which is basically a take-out window, but you can grab a drink and eat on the patio, as well. Finally, you'll find the Shack Out Back Raw Bar behind the Harbor Shack. This venue has a covered patio and full bar, and also offers live music in the summer. Keep in mind that these restaurants are across the street from the Inner Harbor, but still very scenic.

All three restaurants serve a selection of fried seafood, salads, appetizers, and sandwiches, including their famous lobster salad roll. You can also choose from the raw bar and entree menus at Shack Out Back and The Black Cat Tavern.

 

5) Wimpy's Seafood Cafe & Market

Wimpy’s sits on Main Street in downtown Osterville, so it’s a little away from the waterfront, but it still serves fresh seafood in a laidback, diner-style atmosphere, making it well worth a visit. Wimpy's dates back to 1938 and is both a restaurant and marketplace so you can order a meal to enjoy on-site or grab some seafood to take back to your Cape Cod vacation rental with you. There is often live entertainment on weekends at Wimpy's, as well.

The menu at Wimpy's is a little different from others on this list because it has dinners like meatloaf, chicken parmesan, and turkey, but there is also a great deal of seafood available, starting with Wimpy's Famous Quahog Chowder. You'll also find a raw bar, fried seafood meals, and, as is Cape Cod tradition, a lobster roll on the menu.

 

Check Out a Clam Shack on This Vacation

As you can see, there is no shortage of clam shacks in Barnstable, and as you start exploring the city, you’re sure to come across many great restaurants to sample. Make sure you get out to at least one of the city’s top shacks on your upcoming vacation because you can’t beat the authentic Cape Cod vibe and fresh seafood that each of them provides.



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