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Places to Grab Food for Your Vacation Rental in Osterville, MA
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, October 5, 2020

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Spending your vacation in Osterville, Massachusetts, gives you unparalleled access to incredible beaches, beautiful marinas, and secluded hiking trails without ever drifting too far from the village's center.

You'll also have easy access to the rest of Barnstable's villages thanks to the major roads that connect Osterville to the rest of the Cape.

Once you arrive at your vacation rental, you might find yourself looking for something to eat. The good news is that Osterville has a few places to pick up some groceries, so you can stock your rental for the week to come.

Here's a look at some of the top grocery options available in Osterville, MA.

Osterville Fish Market

It goes without saying that you'll want to try some seafood during your time on Cape Cod, and nowhere has fresher fish than the Osterville Fish Market. This shop sits on the corner where Route 28 and Osterville – West Barnstable Road meet, making it easily accessible from any direction.

Once inside, you'll find a wide selection of ready-to-cook seafood options like lobster, scallops, shrimp, and clams. All you have to do with these prepared items is put them in the oven, and they're ready to eat. The shop also has ready-to-serve dishes like oysters, sandwiches, and their famous clam chowder. 

The market has a full selection of freshly-caught fish, too, including salmon, swordfish, tuna, flounder, haddock, and many other favorites. And if you're too hungry to cook, you can also pick up fully-cooked meals to take to your vacation rental.

The Osterville Fish Market is incredibly popular with locals, and you'll see why once you check them out.

Fancy's Market

There's a little bit of everything at Fancy's Market, so it might end up being the only place to visit for food while staying in Osterville. Once you walk through its doors, you'll immediately see that Fancy's is a butcher shop, deli, bakery, liquor store, and grocery store in one. You can grab meat, vegetables, drinks, and anything else you need to stock your vacation rental in this single, convenient location.

The shop also has homemade, pre-cooked dinners, so you're even covered if you don't have time to cook on your first night on the Cape. Or, if you're searching for a quick lunch, they have pre-made, grab-and-go sandwiches for sale.

Fancy's Market enjoys a convenient location on Osterville's Main Street and occupies a historic building that's close to 200 years old. For many, that's reason enough to stop by.

Osterville Farmer's Market

Between mid-June and mid-September, there's no better place to grab some fresh produce in Osterville than the Osterville Farmer's Market. Organizers hold the market every Friday at the Osterville Historical Society Museum on the corner of Parker and West Bay roads. 

In addition to veggies, you can grab fish, meat, baked goods, and drinks from many of the other retailers on this list. There are also producers from different parts of the Cape. As a result, the Osterville Farmer's Market could be a one-stop-shop for your time on Cape Cod if the days align correctly.

Amie Bakery

One vendor you're likely to see at the farmer's market is Amie Bakery, a small shop with retail space on Main Street. This bakery is a wonderful place to grab some breakfast or dessert items for your vacation rental, as they make cakes, muffins, scones, croissants, cookies, pies, and tarts that are sure to leave your family wanting more.

There's more than a bakery at this location, too, as the shop serves breakfast sandwiches and quiche all day long, and soup, salad, and other sandwiches at lunchtime. You can also grab a coffee with your meal in the morning or a specialty cocktail, glass of wine, or pint of beer if you arrive later on in the day.

Gone Chocolate

Osterville's other well-known dessert option is Gone Chocolate, a famous little shop on Main Street specializing in truffles, chocolates, and fudge. You can grab a hand-packed pint or quart of their delicious ice cream for your vacation rental or enjoy a cone or cup right in the store, as well.

Other popular items at Gone Chocolate include their ice cream cakes, pies, sundaes, and brownies. When you're searching for a great dessert to keep around at your vacation rental, Gone Chocolate is your best bet in Osterville, Massachusetts.

Enjoy Great Food on the Cape

Although you'll surely want to try some of Cape Cod's renowned restaurants, there's something to be said for the convenience and cost-efficiency of dining at your vacation rental. After all, you have a kitchen at your disposal, so you might as well use it.

In Osterville, you'll find numerous ways to keep your fridge and cupboards stocked, so there's always food ready to go for the entire family. These shops offer high-quality, fresh food often produced right on the Cape, so give them a try during your Cape Cod vacation.

Osterville Where To Eat In Osterville

3 Great Places For Dinner on Osterville's Main Street
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, July 20, 2020

When you book a vacation rental in Osterville, Massachusetts, you'll probably picture yourself lounging on Dowses Beach, taking a boat into Nantucket Sound, or exploring some of the village's historic sites.

You might also spend some time visiting the farmer's market, hiking the trails, and buying some souvenirs at the local shops.

But what about when it's time to eat?

Well, you're in luck because Osterville has one of Barnstable's most impressive dining scenes, with some of its trendy restaurants sitting along a small stretch of Main Street.

If you're spending an evening in the Main Street area, reserve a table at one of these high-end local eateries for a meal that you won't soon forget.

Wimpy's Seafood Cafe and Market

From the second you walk into Wimpy's, you'll know that you're in a quintessential Cape Cod seafood restaurant. 

This eatery, which first opened its doors in 1938, has all the local favorites, such as quahog chowder, oysters, scallops, lobster rolls, and fish dishes, on the menu. There's a raw bar here, as well, and tons of options for those looking for something other than seafood, including turkey and pot roast dinners.

Wimpy's is a large establishment that has an on-site pub offering live entertainment in the summer and has two fireplace rooms for a cozy meal with someone special. You can even grab some takeout from the market if you want to eat at your vacation rental.

You won't want to miss Wimpy's Seafood Cafe and Market on your Cape Cod vacation, but be sure to make a reservation because they're often busy.

Crisp Flatbread Inc.

Although its name might sound like its a takeaway restaurant, Crisp Flatbread is a full-service eatery with a bar, booth seating, and a diverse menu. Takeout is available down the street at Crisp Too Express, however, which is the original Crisp's sister restaurant.

As for the food, the flatbread options on the menu are some of the most popular, but you'll also find unique pasta dishes and a wide selection of salads. The flatbread is made with organic flour, and you can create your own pie using the dozens of ingredients they carry.

There's a significant snack menu at Crisp, as well, which features items like truffle fries, bacon & clams, spinach artichoke dip, grass-fed meatballs, and chicken wings.

Whether you're in the mood for a full dining experience or want to grab a quick bite to eat at your vacation rental, Crisp Flatbread's two locations on Osterville's Main Street have you covered.

Five Bays Bistro

The great thing about enjoying a meal at Five Bays Bistro is that you can make a night of it. The doors open at 5:00 PM every night of the week, at which time you can enjoy their salmon, cod, beef, chicken, pork, or duck selections. There's also a diverse appetizer menu, in addition to soups, salads, and desserts.

Next, you can spend some time at the bar, which is fully stocked with whatever you'd like to enjoy and remains open every night until about midnight.

You really can't go wrong with a meal at Five Bays Bistro, so be sure to make a reservation and stop by their Main Street location at some point.

Stop For Dessert or a Drink

After your outstanding meal in Osterville, you can check out a local ice cream shop or bar, as well.

Gone Chocolate is a popular place for dessert, featuring dozens of ice cream and frozen yogurt flavors, in addition to sundaes made with their famous homemade fudge. Other offerings include truffles, caramels, and boxed chocolates.

Or, if you're more in the mood for a liquid dessert, The Fox Hole is a dive bar that is popular with locals but is a friendly place for visitors to stop for a drink, as well. The Osterville Veteran's Association operates the bar, and you'll have to purchase a $5 membership card to get in, but the drinks are cheap, and pool and foosball tables are waiting for you. There's karaoke on weekends in the summer, too.

Your Osterville Vacation

In addition to its dinner restaurants, Osterville's Main Street is also home to Earthly Delights and 3 Wianno, both of which are popular lunch restaurants that also serve breakfast. You can also grab breakfast or lunch at The Pineapple Caper Cafe, a small eatery just off Main Street.

If you're in the mood for cooking at your vacation rental, Fancy's Market is a butcher, produce market, bakery, and beer & wine store in one. They also make prepared meals, if you don't have time to cook for yourself.

No matter which option you choose, you're sure to find some great meals during your time in Osterville. Your days here will surely be active, thanks to the beaches, forests, shops, and marinas, so it's nice to know that you can eat like royalty in Osterville after a busy day spent exploring the sights.


Exploring the Cape's Secret Swimming Holes
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, July 1, 2019

Nothing feels better on a hot day than a quick dip, and Cape Cod is full of incredible places to go swimming. At the same time, many local swimming areas are overcrowded in the summer, making them chaotic and less relaxing.

Luckily, the Cape’s kettle ponds provide a break from the oceanfront madness, and while many attract modest crowds throughout the summer, some of the more remote pools sit nearly empty.

Here are some secret swimming holes on Cape Cod that you’ll need a map to find and some good hiking shoes to reach, but are well worth that effort that you’ll put into getting there.


Micah Pond in Osterville

Those who know about Micah Pond are quite lucky because it sits in a convenient location, less than five minutes from downtown Osterville, and is just north of Joshua Pond, which is far more popular thanks to its parking lot and beach. While the crowds flock to Joshua Pond in the summer, the few who are aware of Micah Pond have much of it to themselves, including its rope swing.

Getting to Micah Pond is relatively straightforward from downtown Osterville, as you can follow Main Street until you reach Pond Street before heading northeast. You'll have to learn where to stop, however, as the pond's entrance isn't marked and all you'll have to go on is a small gate. You can park by the gate before following the trail on the other side of it to the water.


Hawksnest Pond in Harwich

You're going to have some trouble locating Hawksnest Pond because there are no signs, paved roads, or residential developments here. The one saving grace is that you can see the pond from Spruce Road in Harwich, which is just off the Mid-Cape Highway and a little bit south of Long Pond.

As you drive down Spruce Road, you'll come to an unmarked dirt road that leads to the water. Once you get to the pond, you'll be glad that you took the time because very few people know about this location and it's excellent for a secluded swim with no one else in the area.


Dyer Pond in Wellfleet

Dyer Pond in Wellfleet enjoys both convenience and seclusion because it is about a 15-minute walk from the parking lot at Great Pond, so you don't have to worry about finding somewhere to leave your vehicle, as long as you arrive before the area fills for the day. To reach the parking lot, all you do is exit Route 6 at Cahoon Hollow Road and follow it until you arrive at Great Pond. From there, you can walk on an old forestry road directly to Dyer Pond.

There isn't much of a beach at Dyer Pond, but you will find clear, calm water and an environment that's so secluded that it's impossible to believe that you're only about five minutes from the highway. The pond is also surrounded by a dense pine forest, adding to its secretive location and relaxing atmosphere. Perhaps the best aspect of this location is that you must have a resident sticker to park, so it would be too much of a hassle for tourists to bother trying to get there.


Duck Pond in Wellfleet

Dyer Pond isn’t the only secluded body of water near Great Pond, as Duck Pond, which is just to its south, is also a great place to check out for a swim this summer. There is only a single residence on the Pond, and it has a small beach, crystal clear water, and abundant tree cover. It’s incredibly quiet and secluded here, although it has become slightly more popular with locals in recent years.

Getting to Duck Pond is a little tricky because you'll have to park your vehicle and then walk along an unpaved, unmarked old country road. Many people find a parking spot on the Old King’s Highway before following some utility poles through a clearing. A little way into the clearing, you’ll come across a path that leads to the pond. It takes a bit of effort to reach Duck Pond, but that's just how those who know about this hidden gem like it.


Goose Pond in Chatham

Although Goose Pond has the most inhabited shoreline on this list, as there are more than a few homes on its banks, it’s also the easiest to reach, and it has a particularly pleasant swimming area at its northwest end. This area, which is called Fisherman's Landing, is suitable for kids because of its shallow water and nearby parking lot.

Reaching Goose Pond involves getting onto Old Queen Anne Road, which intersects with Main Street in Harwich and Route 28 in downtown Chatham. From there, you'll follow Old Queen Anne Road, passing Schoolhouse Pond, until you reach a dirt road that leads to the parking lot. In the future, there could be more Goose Pond access coming for the public, as the town is in negotiations to purchase 4.17 acres of land from the Atwood family for conservation purposes.


Get Out for Some Secluded Swimming

Dense forest surrounds all of these swimming holes, giving you the impression of being completely alone. It’s easy to imagine yourself as one of Cape Cod’s early settlers as you glide throughout the water without traffic or noise pollution coming from anywhere.

Places like these swimming holes go to show you that Cape Cod can be whatever you want it to be, as long as you’re willing to go and find it.

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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.


Markets Everywhere

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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