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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.
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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Sailing on the Liberte During Your Cape Cod Vacation
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, February 3, 2020
When you take a vacation to the Cape, you'll undoubtedly have a lot of activities to fit into your time here.
After all, you'll likely want to hit the beach, do some antiquing, explore some hiking trails, and play a round of golf, to name a few possibilities.
You might also wish to take a boat tour into one of the bodies of water that surround Cape Cod, as there are sailings into Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, and Vineyard Sound, as well as trips into the Atlantic off the Cape's East Coast.
Perhaps the most impressive option to consider is the Liberte, a 77-foot schooner that was custom-built for Captain Chris Tietje and his wife, Jane.
This boat, which is based out of Annapolis, Maryland, spends its summers in operating out of Falmouth Harbor. When you book your vacation rental on the Cape, look into the schedule of the Liberte because it provides a classic sailing experience that is difficult to replicate anywhere else.
About the Boat
The Liberte is a custom-made ship, and its design fulfills a few different purposes.
First of all, for Chris and Jane Tietje, the Liberte is more than a boat. The couple lives on the vessel for much of the year and, therefore, requires additional features. As a result, there are living quarters below the deck that have everything they need on board.
In addition to running boat tours in the waters off Cape Cod and Annapolis, Chris and Jane also sail the world in the vessel. Because the boat spends so much time away from shore, they designed it with safety features like a motor that prevents it from getting stuck when the winds aren't cooperating and plenty of interior space for those long nights at sea.
The Liberte also uses the hull of a Hout Bay 70 and has custom sails and rigging that make it easier for one person to operate the vessel alone. That way, Chris can operate the boat while Jane handles other duties on board, if necessary.
The Tietjes had an idea in mind and brought multiple designers and boatbuilders together to put the craft of their dreams together. Now you can participate in this dream by booking a sailing on the Liberte this summer.
Where it Sails
The great thing about sailing on the Liberte is that no two journeys are the same. Although the boat has a motor, Captain Chris uses it as little as possible. As a result, the route of your tour will depend on the wind.
Every sailing departs from Falmouth Harbor. The boat docks on Clinton Avenue, which on the south end of the harbor, and there is plenty of on-site parking.
From there, your sailing might head west past the Nobska Lighthouse near Woods Hole and around the Elizabeth Islands, west to Waquoit Bay, or south around Martha's Vineyard, depending on the direction of the wind.
The Liberte runs three times per day, seven days per week between the end of June and Labor Day weekend. There's a morning sail, an afternoon sail, and a sunset sail, and the cost depends on which option you choose. Book your excursion before arriving on Cape Cod to ensure there's room at your desired time.
The Sailing Experience
Sailing on the Liberte is meant to be a relaxing experience that will take you to some of Cape Cod's most scenic locations. From the second you board the ship, you will be treated to first-class service and stories from Captain Chris on his life at sea.
There is seating for 49 people on the Liberte, and even when it's at full capacity, there's enough room for everyone to spread out and have their own little area. This abundant space comes in handy if you sail as a group because you can head to a private part of the deck to appreciate the atmosphere.
The boat has a cash bar that operates throughout the sailing, and you can even enjoy some music as the vessel moves through the waves around the Cape.
Are you planning a party or gathering on your Cape Cod vacation?
If so, it's possible to make a private booking on the Liberte to give your group the entire boat to itself.
When doing so, you can choose the day, time, and length of the tour, in addition to extras like meals and specialty drinks from the bar.
A private booking can make your trip to the Cape even more special and is worth considering if you're planning an event.
A Unique Experience on Cape Cod
From the second you set foot on the Liberte, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time, as the entire experience is much like it would have been in the 1850s.
Of course, at the same time, you will have access to modern amenities, so you can enjoy your sailing in any way you see fit.
Since every journey on the Liberte is a little bit different, this is the type of excursion you could do multiple times during your Cape Cod vacation.
A boat tour can add a lot to your vacation on the Cape, and the Liberte has all of the options you could ever want when exploring the area's waters.
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Cape Cod’s 2019 Free Summer Music Schedule
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 17, 2019
One of the best things about Cape Cod in the summer is that you can always find a great, free activity. Whether you spend your days lounging on the beach, hiking the trails, or riding your bike on a pathway, you don’t have to spend a dime to have a great time on the Cape.
That sentiment carries over into the evenings, as well, due to the abundance of free concerts offered all summer long. Nearly every town on Cape Cod has some sort of summer concert series, so no matter where your vacation rental is located, you’re never far from some free, outstanding music.
Every Sunday between June 30 and September 1, you’ll find a free show in Provincetown at Herring Cove Beach. The shows take place at 5:30 PM in June and September, 6:30 in July, and 6:00 in August. There are concerts at the same location on Wednesday nights, too.
If you’re staying in Brewster, Drummer Boy Park will feature a show by The Brewster Band at 6:00 PM every Sunday between June 30 and September 1. There is a bandstand at the park that the band has used since it was erected in 1994, and these concerts have become a well-known part of summers in the town.
Concerts on Mondays
The Dennis Village Green Gazebo is the place to be on Mondays from early July until the middle of August because of the concert series performed there. The shows get underway at 7:00 each week and take place under the park’s iconic bandstand.
Over in Eastham, Windmill Green will host shows every Monday in July and August. These shows also start at 7:00 and you can expect a different style of music pretty much every week.
In Harwich, you can stop by Brooks Park every Monday in July at 6:00 for a show. Brooks Park hosts Tuesday shows, as well, except for these run throughout July and August and begin at 7:00 PM.
One of the more scenic concert locations on this list is at Orleans’ Nauset Beach. The shows here run from July 1 through August 26 and get underway at 6:30. Although not part of the official concert series, Nauset Beach also has Thursday shows at 6:00 throughout July.
In South Yarmouth, check out the weekly concerts at Parkers River Beach. These shows run every Monday in July and get started at 6:00 PM.
You absolutely have to take in a concert at the Salt Pond Visitors Center on the Cape Cod National Seashore at some point during your vacation. These shows are held throughout July and August at 7:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and usually attract a large crowd. You might even be lucky enough to witness a performance by the Outer Cape Chorale.
Every Tuesday in July features music at Mashpee Community Park. These shows start at 6:00 and are part of The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Summer Concert Series.
Wellfleet has a summer concert series with shows taking place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. These shows run at either Mayo Beach or Jan Rutz Harbor Bandstand at Wellfleet Town Pier, depending on the act, and get started anywhere between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Check Wellfleet's town website closer to your date of arrival for more information.
Events on Wednesdays
Barnstable Village Courthouse Stage has two shows per month throughout July and August starting at 6:00. The concerts are hosted at a stage behind the city’s courthouse.
In Chatham, you can check out some bands at Kate Gould Park between early July 3 and 24 during the 2019 TD Bank Summer Concert Series. Every show kicks off at 6:00 and ends at 7:30. Kate Gould Park also hosts weekly concerts by the Chatham Band starting in late June and running through August. These shows get underway at 8:00 PM and last about an hour and a half.
If you're in the Hyannis area, head to Hyannis Village Green on any Wednesday in July or August at 7:00 PM or Aselton Park on South Street on Fridays at 6:00. Keep in mind that Hyannis has an incredible live music scene in the summer, so you should be able to find a show nearly any night of the week.
Rock Harbor Beach in Orleans is a great venue to check out between late June and early September thanks to its shows by local band Pans in Paradise. The band will keep playing until sunset every Wednesday night throughout the summer.
Live Music on Thursdays
Thursdays are a big day for free music on Cape Cod, starting with the 6:30 shows at the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area, which is along Main Street on the mainland side, all July and August. These shows have the Cape Cod Canal as a backdrop, making this a spectacular place to listen to some music.
The Dennisport Outdoor Summer Concert Series takes place at Dennisport Village Green on Hall Street, which is just off Route 28. These shows run every Thursday in July at 6:00, and are held at the park's gazebo.
Throughout July and August, the Music and Arts Pavilion at Marina Park in Falmouth will host Thursday night concerts at 7:30. These performances transpire right next to Falmouth Harbor, making it a beautiful way to spend an evening.
There is a green space just outside of the Osterville Village Library that is home to a free concert series from the middle of July until the middle of August. The shows run every Thursday at 6:00 and are about an hour long.
In Sandwich, there are concerts every Thursday between June 28 and August 23 in 2019 at the Len Savery Bandstand at 7:00. This venue is located right behind what was once Wing Elementary School.
The Truro Public Library in North Truro has shows on Thursdays throughout July and August. These concerts start at either 6:00 or 6:30, depending on the act.
Friday’s Summer Concerts
Peg Noonan Park, which is right next to the public library in Falmouth, hosts Friday night concerts throughout July. The shows kick off at 6:00 and provide a nice segue into the weekend during your vacations.
There are also shows on the first Friday of every month between June and October at Mashpee Commons Central Square. The shows start at 6:00 PM between June and August and 4:00 in September and October.
What to Bring
When attending one of these shows, be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, some insect repellent, and a light jacket for when the sun goes down for the night. You might also consider packing a picnic or picking up some dinner on your way to the performance if you’re in the mood for some entertainment while you eat.
These free shows provide added value for your Cape Cod vacation since you don’t have to spend any money to get out there and experience some of the top musicians that the Cape has to offer.
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The Top 5 Fun Places for Kids in Falmouth
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 3, 2019
As you first enter Cape Cod over the Bourne Bridge, take Massachusetts Route 28 to the south, and you'll quickly end up in the town of Falmouth, a community with about 30,000 residents, great beaches, and amazing access to the Cape's waterways. In fact, Falmouth has beaches on both Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, making it the only town on Cape Cod to boast those features.
Those visiting Falmouth with their kids will also love the plethora of available activities in all parts of the town. You'll have no problem keeping your kids occupied because of the following top five fun places for kids in Falmouth.
1) Cataumet Crossing Light Mini Golf
Mini golf is always a hit with the kids and just outside of North Falmouth is where you’ll find Cataumet Crossing Light Mini Golf. The great thing about this venue is that there's more than just mini golf, as they have bumper boats, batting cages, and an assortment of rides for young children. There's also Lazy Sundaes Ice Cream, made at the world famous Richardson's Dairy, so your kids can have a treat after playing in the sun.
Although not officially part of the business, Cataumet Crossing Light Mini Golf shares a parking lot with Daily Brew Coffee House and The Parrot Bar & Grill, allowing you to easily step out for a cup of joe or take the family for dinner at the end of the day.
2) Uncle Bill's Country Store
Just down the North Falmouth Highway from the mini golf place sits Uncle Bill's Country Store, a fascinating location for old and young alike. To be clear, the main reason why your kids will like Uncle Bill's is because of its old fashioned penny candy, but older children might appreciate the handcrafted furniture, ship models, artwork, and jewelry sold there, as well.
This gift shop is attached to the Silver Lounge Restaurant, which is home to one of Cape Cod's best lobster rolls and features an extensive children's menu, so you can easily make a stop by Uncle Bill's after your meal.
3) Shining Sea Bikeway
The Shining Sea Bikeway is a 10.7-mile path that heads through cranberry bogs, marshland, and farms while providing remarkable views of West Falmouth Harbor, Salt Pond, and Oyster Pond. Riding or walking along the path is an excellent activity to do with your kids because it provides free entertainment and allows them to get outdoors for the day. The main parking areas for the path are in North Falmouth and Woods Hole, although you can enter and exit the bikeway in numerous locations along the way.
If bringing the bikes on your Cape Cod vacation is impossible, you can rent from Bike Zone or Art's Bike Rental near the trailhead in North Falmouth or Corner Cycle in downtown Falmouth. Art's Bike Rental has trailer bikes, pull-behind trailers, and bicycle baby seats, while Bike Zone features kids' bike rentals and pull-behind wagons. There are swimming areas, restaurants, washrooms, and information centers as you head along the Shining Sea Bikeway, as well.
4) Woods Hole Aquarium
The Woods Hole area has one of the country's top oceanographic institutions and also features a world-class aquarium to explore with your kids. The aquarium is small but gives children the chance to get up close with and even touch lobsters, clams, small fish, starfish, and shells, while learning about marine mammals, sea turtles, and other species native to the Cape Cod area.
Admission to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium is by donation, and since the venue dates back to 1885, it's the oldest marine aquarium in the entire country.
5) Highfield Hall
Deep in the woods just outside of downtown Falmouth is where you'll find Highfield Hall & Gardens. The hall sits in a restored Victorian home from 1878 and is surrounded by 400 acres of conservation land, providing plenty of space for your kids to wander around and explore. Of particular interest to the young ones are the trails through Beebe Woods and the family-friendly events featuring bands, artists, and activities held through the year.
Highfield Hall & Gardens is open from the middle of April until the end of October every year and is free for kids under 12. Many special events are free for adults, as well, although regular admission is $8 for non-members.
So Many Children’s Activities
The Cape is full of notable things to do with your kids, and if you’re staying in the Falmouth area, you won’t have to travel far to find them.
Cape Cod truly is a destination for the entire family, as there are very few places in the country where you can hike, bike, play mini golf, eat at delicious restaurants, visit the beach, and check out a renowned aquarium over the course of a few days, but that is precisely what you can expect in Falmouth.
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Cape Cod’s 2019 Farmers’ Markets
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Friday, May 10, 2019
When visiting Cape Cod, one of your only jobs, before you relax, will be stocking your vacation rental with the necessary food for the week. There are many grocery stores here, but why not hit up one of the local farmers’ markets to grab some fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, and other products from right here on the Cape?
As you’ll soon learn, there is a farmers’ market every day of the week, and in nearly every town on Cape Cod, so you’re never far from someone selling fresh, organic produce.
Here is information on some of the larger farmers’ markets taking place on the Cape in 2019.
Brewster Historical Society Farmers’ Market
The first market of the week takes place on Sundays at Windmill Village, which is beside Drummer Boy Park in Brewster. The Brewster Historical Society Farmers’ Market runs between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM and features fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, grass-fed beef, flowers, and herbal and natural beauty products, in addition to arts, crafts, and live music. A collection of picnic tables, children's activities, and free parking make the market a great place to spend the morning. It all gets started on June 23, with the final market occurring on September 8.
Mashpee Commons Farmers’ Market
Organic Market is a permanent grocery store in Mashpee Commons shopping mall. On Sundays, between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM from June through October, its parking lot transforms into the Mashpee Commons Farmers’ Market, which attracts vendors from all over Cape Cod. In addition to local produce, there's always prepared meals and live music, plus a selection of artisans, giving the market a festive atmosphere.
Truro Educational Farmers’ Market
Mondays, rain or shine between June 3 and August 26, 2019, you can visit the Truro Educational Farmers’ Market from 8:00 AM until noon. The location is handy, as it sits in Veterans Memorial Park, right next to the Post Office and along the Pamet River, and this market puts a particular focus on educating the public on the importance of sustainable food, thanks to the Sustainable CAPE initiative.
Chatham Farmers’ Market
Local Color Art Gallery hosts the Chatham Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays between 3:00 and 6:30 PM. Opening day in 2019 is May 14, and the market will run into early October. In addition to local organic produce, you'll find soap, crafts, juice, coffee, meat, baked goods, and flowers at the market, giving you the opportunity to pick up whatever you need for your vacation rental.
Sandwich Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM is the time to head to The Village Green on Historic Route 6A for the Sandwich Farmers’ Market. The market generally runs between the middle of June and early October and gives you an excellent chance to support some Cape Cod farmers in a great location.
Wellfleet Farmers’ Market
If you're in the Wellfleet area on a Wednesday between 8:00 AM and noon, stop by The Grove at the Wellfleet Congressional Church for its weekly farmers’ market. The 2019 Wellfleet Farmers’ Market starts on May 15 and runs until October 9 and features a wide selection of local produce, cheese, meat, honey, spice rubs, jams, and eggs. You’ll also find fresh coffee, baked goods, and live music every week. In addition to the Wednesday market, there is a corn roast and party on July 28, a dinner on October 9, and the annual harvest market on November 24.
Bass River Farmers’ Market
The Bass River Farmers’ Market runs on both Thursday and Saturday starting on June 13 and ending on September 7 in 2019. This market operates between 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM on those days in a park on Old Main Street, just across from The Cultural Center of Cape Cod and the South Yarmouth Library. There is a small parking lot at the venue, and the market will take place rain or shine, so if you're in South Yarmouth during your vacation, take the opportunity to visit.
Falmouth Farmers’ Market
Over in Falmouth, there's a market every Thursday between noon and 6:00 PM, starting on May 23. The great thing about the Falmouth Farmers’ Market is its incredible Marine Park location, as it overlooks Falmouth Harbor so you can spend some time watching the boats go by after picking up some local produce and goods. There is a large parking lot here, as well.
Harwich Farmers’ Market
Stop by the Brooks Academy Museum Grounds in Harwich Center any Thursday between mid-June and mid-October for the Harwich Farmers’ Market. This rain or shine event runs from 3:00 to 6:00 PM and features all the locally-grown produce, meats, flowers, herbs, baked goods, and cheeses that you'd expect, in a convenient to access location.
Farmers’ Market Meets Happy Hour
For something a little different, check out Farmers’ Market Meets Happy Hour at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis. Here, you can pick up some local produce and play a game of cornhole, all while enjoying a pint from the beer trailer. The action takes place every Friday between 3:00 and 6:00 PM starting on May 25 and ending September 14. Nothing says “I’m on vacation” like having a delicious beer while buying your produce for the week, and that’s precisely what you can do at Cape Cod Beer.
Osterville Farmers’ Market
Also on Fridays is the Osterville Farmers’ Market, which runs from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Osterville Historical Museum on West Bay Road. In 2019, the season will be from June 21 through September 13, with each market bringing a selection of fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, soaps, herbs, butter, sweets, eggs, and much more. Plus, there is free parking, so if you're not doing anything on a Friday morning, stop by to see what they have to offer.
Orleans Farmers’ Market
The Orleans Farmers’ Market operates year round, so no matter when you visit the Cape, be sure to give it a try. The winter market takes place on Saturdays in Nauset Middle School’s cafeteria from the beginning of December through the end of April between 9:00 AM and noon. Then, between early May and the end of November, the market heads outdoors to a field on Old Colony Way, right beside Orleans Marketplace. The outdoor market is also on Saturdays but start an hour earlier at 8:00 AM. Both markets emphasize local produce, and you'll frequently find guest performers at the open-air version.
Provincetown Farmers’ Market
One of the smaller markets on Cape Cod takes place in Provincetown, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with its scenic location. The Provincetown Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday between early May and the middle of September at the corner of Ryder Street and Commercial Street, just outside of Provincetown Town Hall, and is mere steps from both the Pilgrim Monument and Harbor Beach. As a result, it's an outstanding place to stop on your vacation or when touring Commercial Street and its seemingly endless supply of high-end restaurants. The market goes from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM and includes well-known vendors like Pain D’Avignon, Lara Cuisine, and Allen Farms.
As you can see, there are pop-up markets all over Cape Cod, making it easy to keep your vacation rental stocked with all the freshest produce throughout your time here.
Head over to the farmers’ market nearest you so that you can spend your time on the Cape not only living like a local but eating like one, too.
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The Top 5 Places to Get an Ice Cream in Falmouth, MA
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, April 8, 2019
When on Cape Cod during the summer months, getting an ice cream will surely be a priority. After all, it gets hot here in July and August, and there’s no better way to cool off than with a cone of your favorite flavor. But, where do you go for that perfect ice cream cone? There are plenty of options for ice cream all over the Cape, but if you’re in the Falmouth area this summer, check out one or more of the following shops that have been rated as the area’s best.
1) Somerset Creamery
As its name suggests, Somerset Creamery is based in Somerset, Massachusetts. It has had a shop in Cataumet since 1997, however, that serves perhaps the best ice cream on the Upper Cape. Although Cataumet is technically part of Bourne, Somerset Creamery is within walking distance of North Falmouth, so we'll count it as part of this list.
What makes this place unique is that every flavor of ice cream at Somerset Creamery is created using homemade ingredients. These flavors include their famous Cranberry Bog Ice Cream, which uses local cranberries, in addition to walnuts, craisins, and dark chocolate, to create a taste not available anywhere else. With over 30 flavors of ice cream, in addition to sherbet and frozen yogurt, you're sure to find something that you love at Somerset Creamery.
2) Lazy Sundaes
Lazy Sundaes Ice Cream is also located in Cataumet, but is even closer to North Falmouth and has some delicious ice cream that makes it worth a visit. There's also an amusement center featuring bumper boats, mini golf, a batting cage, and a pitching booth with a radar gun on-site at this venue so that you can make a day of your visit in the summer.
The ice cream served at Lazy Sundaes is made at Richardson's Dairy in Middleton, Massachusetts, a world-class farm that has been in business since 1695. Although this ice cream shop sits at number two on this list, they claim to have the best ice cream in the world, and anyone with that much confidence in their products deserves a chance. This shop closes every winter and opens back up in early April in advance of the summer season.
3) Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream
At Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream, you'll have the chance to experience a real small-town ice cream shop in East Falmouth. Everything about Smitty's moves at its own pace, as you can sample as many of the delicious flavors as you wish before making your choice and enjoying your cone under a tree on their large lawn area or grabbing a picnic table.
There are more than 30 flavors from which to choose and the line moves quickly, perhaps due to their cash-only policy. This business closes for the season at the end of September, but if you’re on Cape Cod in the summer, make sure you check it out. For some high-quality ice cream and an authentic slice of life on Cape Cod, Smitty's is unmatched.
4) Ben & Bill’s
Right in the heart of downtown Falmouth is Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium, which has been around since the 1950s and now has stores in Massachusetts and Maine. The ice cream here is made fresh daily, and since a variety of dessert options are available, you don't have to be a fan of ice cream to love Ben & Bill's.
In total, you'll find over 60 flavors of ice cream and 12 types of gelato, so it’s easy to locate the perfect dessert anytime to head to Ben & Bill’s Main Street address. You can also make this shop part of your night on the town in Falmouth, as it is within easy walking distance of many restaurants along Route 28.
5) Dairy Queen
Yes, it’s part of a multinational restaurant chain, but this particular Dairy Queen has been in the same location on Main Street in downtown Falmouth for over 60 years and is reminiscent of ice cream parlors of the past. It doesn’t have the cookie-cutter appearance shared by most newer Dairy Queen stores and, in fact, doesn’t even serve food, as it is a dessert-only shop.
In addition, this Dairy Queen is one of Falmouth’s most popular places to get soft serve ice cream, as people line up down the block for a cone filled with their favorite treat in the summertime. Blizzards and sundaes are also on the menu, and you’ll find Mary Ellen's Portuguese Bakery behind the shop, should you want to pick up some baked goods at the same time.
Ice Cream in the Summer
While most of these shops close in the fall and don’t open again until the spring, if you’re visiting Cape Cod in the summer, you’ll have plenty of choices in Falmouth and area when searching for the ideal ice cream cone. The good news is that you can easily sample all of these great shops from your vacation rental on this year’s holiday and decide for yourself which one is the best.
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The Top Five Lobster Rolls in the Falmouth Area
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, March 25, 2019
When you visit Cape Cod, you'll want to sample the lobster rolls. After all, the Cape has perhaps the most delicious lobster rolls on the planet, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t have at least one.
Restaurants up and down Cape Cod have unique takes on the lobster roll, which is sometimes called a lobster salad. Some places incorporate celery, others use onion, but the three ingredients that everyone agrees on are fresh lobster meat, a little bit of mayo, and bread or a bun.
We'll save the discussion on the Cape's best lobster roll for another day, so now for, let's look at where you can find the tastiest versions of this local delicacy in Falmouth and its immediate surrounding area.
1. Raw Bar at Popponesset Marketplace
The reason why we’re focusing on Falmouth along with its neighboring towns and villages is that we didn’t want to leave Raw Bar at Popponesset Marketplace off the list because of a technicality. You see, Raw Bar is in Mashpee, but sits comfortably at the top of nearly any lobster roll ranking.
Popponesset Marketplace is a strip mall with a distinctly old-Cape feel to it. The architecture is colonial in appearance and showing up here is like almost walking through a time warp.
The crown jewel of the market is Raw Bar, which boasts massive, award-winning lobster rolls that make the restaurant a must-visit destination. The rolls here are simple, lobster, mayo, and a bun, as Raw Bar doesn't believe in using fillers. Keep in mind that Raw Bar closes for the winter and re-opens in the middle of April every year.
2. Chart Room
OK, so there’s another reason why this list includes Falmouth’s surrounding area: the Chart Room is in the village of Cataumet, which is part of Bourne. Now that we have that out of the way, the Chart Room rests comfortably on a converted barge overlooking Red Brook Harbor, inside the Kingman Yacht Center. It's a great location because it features outstanding sunsets over the water, and the venue is also celebrated for its piano bar and other nightly entertainment during the summer.
Of course, the reason we're here is to discuss their lobster roll, which comes in a couple of different forms. First, there's the lobster salad, which is a generous lobster roll served on either Portuguese bread or stuffed inside a tomato. The meat is lightly seasoned, and the recipe uses celery. There's also a more traditional lobster roll available here, which is smaller and served in a hot dog bun.
The Chart Room closes after Columbus Day weekend in October and opens again near the beginning of May, so remember that when booking your Cape Cod vacation rental.
3. The Silver Lounge
Finally, we have a lobster roll that you can get inside Falmouth’s city limits at the Silver Lounge and Restaurant, an eatery that has been in business since 1938. This diner is open year round, as well, so no matter when your travels take you to the Cape, you can stop by for a tasty meal.
The lobster roll at this venue comes with five ounces of tail and claw meat that is tossed in celery and mayo. One taste and you'll quickly see why locals visit this place enough to keep it open in the winter.
4. Lobster Trap
Well, we're back outside of Falmouth again, as the Lobster Trap Restaurant is actually in Bourne, near the area where Buzzards Bay meets the Cape Cod Canal. The Lobster Trap first opened in 1969 as a fish market but has since expanded to include a restaurant and fish distribution company, as well.
Both the market and restaurant are open year round, so you won't have to visit Cape Cod in the summer if you want to try their lobster roll which, by the way, is enormous. You’ll have to see it for yourself to appreciate how much lobster they pack into the sandwich.
The roll is also a little different because it includes lettuce and is served on brioche, giving it a slightly different texture than other versions you'll find throughout the Cape. Bring your appetite and make a night of it at the Lobster Trap.
Located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Falmouth, the Quarterdeck has been an institution in the area since 1967. The building's decor is part of its charm, as it features a nautical theme, complete with wood salvaged from MacDougall's Boatyard, some of which dates back to the latter part of the 17th century.
The Quarterdeck is a year-round establishment that is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Its downtown location means you can easily have a bite before wandering Main Street and Palmer Avenue or hitting up one of the town's many events.
Now for the info: there are two lobster roll options at the Quarterdeck, depending on your hunger level. The smaller lobster salad sandwich is served on a brioche roll and seasoned with mayo, celery, and lemon. The larger version comes on Portuguese bread. Both are outstanding.
Lobster Rolls Everywhere
As you can see, if a restaurant serves seafood, there’s a good chance you’ll find a lobster roll on their menu because everyone knows that Cape Cod is the place to go for these creations. When searching for an exceptional one, make sure that the restaurant uses simple ingredients and fresh lobster, and bread that hasn’t been sitting around for days.
Also, have a look at how many other people in the restaurant are enjoying a lobster roll while you’re there because if it looks like a popular menu item, there’s a good chance that you’ve found one of the best lobster rolls on the Cape.
Snooping on other diners' plates also allows you to see the size of the rolls to determine if you can take one down on your own.
In the end, you can’t go wrong if you choose one of the five restaurants on this list.
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Where Locals Go: Restaurants in Falmouth
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Just because you're on vacation in Falmouth doesn't mean you have to spend all your time doing touristy things. Part of the charm of Cape Cod is that the area has permanent residents who do everything in their power to avoid the summer rush in popular tourist areas and have their own hotspots to visit to pass the time.
When you're in Falmouth and want to engage yourself with the locals, the following locations are probably your best bets. You won't encounter the following pubs and restaurants bustling with Bostonians or New Yorkers, as they are frequented by those who live here.
So, after spending your afternoon basking in the sun at Old Silver or Falmouth Heights beaches or riding the Shining Sea Bikeway, make your way from your vacation rental to some of these local haunts that offer some of the best food the Upper Cape has to offer.
Jacks Restaurant & Bar
You'd be excused for not coming across Jacks Restaurant & Bar on your own, as it sits on Gifford Street in a heavily wooded area without much around, although it is just north of The Coonamessett, a popular wedding venue. Jacks is owned by local resident John Sorgi, who has been in the restaurant business for more than 45 years, with much of that time spent working in Falmouth.
A night at Jacks is meant to be an experience, rather than a meal, as they often have live music well into the evening. The menu is mainly a mix of pub favorites like burgers, sandwiches, and pizza, although local seafood dishes and pasta are also available. And of course, there's an outstanding selection of beer and wine.
Water Street Kitchen
Just north of Woods Hole Terminal is Water Street Kitchen, a dinner restaurant offering fresh food made from scratch. As you might expect from its name, the restaurant is located on Water Street itself and, as luck would have it, there is also a waterfront dining room.
The menu changes seasonally at Water Street Kitchen, which makes sense because the chef uses as many local ingredients as possible. All seafood sold at the restaurant is sustainably fished or farmed, so the eatery has a social and environmental conscience, as well. A reservation is often necessary during the high season, although you could always simply show up to the pub side of the building and hope for the best.
Captain Kidd Restaurant & Bar
Just up the street from the Water Street Kitchen is Captain Kidd, a bar, and restaurant offering all of your favorite seafood dishes. The eatery has a raw bar, house-made soups, sandwiches, burgers, and classic Cape Cod seafood offerings, so you're sure to find something you like.
Captain Kidd is open for lunch and dinner, and its waterfront location provides a unique ambiance, especially if you're there after the sun goes down at night.
The Chapoquoit Grill, affectionately known locally as Chappy, has been a staple in West Falmouth since 1993. In fact, many of the staff have been working there since the restaurant opened and numerous customers have been eating there since that time, as well. Chappy isn't far from Chapoquoit Beach and, therefore, is a great place to stop for dinner on your way back to your vacation rental after a day in the sun.
The great thing about Chappy is the simplicity in its menu. You won't find pretentious offerings that you've never heard of before, as pizza and pasta are the main choices. Everything on the food list is wonderfully done, so you can expect a great meal every time you stop by the Chapoquoit Grill.
If you're in the mood for some seafood, The Quarterdeck is the place to go. The restaurant, which was first called The Little New Yorker, has been around forever and has a great history. In 1967, the building changed hands to new owners, who gave it its current name. Much of the interior was taken from MacDougall’s Boatyard, which sat in Falmouth Harbor, and there are pieces of wood inside the restaurant that date back to the 1600s.
With so much history, it would be understandable if the restaurant relied on its aura to get people through the door, but this isn't the case. The Quarterdeck specializes in locally-caught seafood dishes for lunch and dinner, although you'll also find burgers, steaks, and sandwiches on the menu, all prepared beautifully. Live music is often found on weekends, too, so you can make a night out of it.
Doggz & Hoggz
Main Street in Falmouth is full of dining options, but unless you're specifically looking for it, you might drive right past Doggz & Hoggz. That, however, would be a mistake, as the restaurant does pretty much anything you could ever do with a hot dog and also has a selection of barbecue favorites.
One of the best things about Doggz and Hoggz is that they make their barbecue sauce and chili in-house, so you know you're getting something that you won't find anywhere else. There is a special kid's meal available, and the restaurant is open for lunch, making it a reliable place to stop between summer events. You can also call ahead for take-out or delivery.
La Cucina Sul Mare
Another Main Street stop is La Cucina Sul Mare, an Italian restaurant serving lunch and dinner. This is a family-run establishment that has been in business since 2002 when its owners, Mark and Cynthia Cilfone, finally realized their dream of having their own restaurant.
Today, La Cucina Sul Mare has a wide variety of pasta dishes and other Italian favorites on its extensive menu, and when you walk through the doors, it just feels like home. There’s live music every Sunday, should you want to make a night of it.
Those who fancy a night out on Main Street in Falmouth should look no further than Liam Maguire's, an Irish pub and restaurant offering both contemporary cuisine and a selection of traditional Irish classics. Of course, you'll also find an extensive draft beer list and an outstanding wine menu, so it's a great place to have a drink while listening to some Irish music.
According to the Boston Globe, this is one of the top ten Irish pubs in New England, and there is an event pretty much every night of the week, keeping you occupied throughout your stay.
Plenty of Choice in Falmouth
As you can see, whether you’re looking for a quick meal at a local restaurant or a full night out with entertainment and drinks, there is something for everyone in Falmouth. While many of these locations are off the beaten path, others are in plain sight, but for one reason or another, don’t attract the tourist crowds.
The lack of tourists is a good thing for you, however, because you can experience Cape Cod like a local this summer without dealing with insane lines or endless waits for a meal. No matter where you’re staying on the Cape, Falmouth and its extensive list of local favorites are easily accessible if you want to try something different.
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