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Cape Cod in the Off-season – Restaurants, Antiques, Art Galleries, and Museums
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Friday, February 8, 2019
Cape Cod’s population shrinks considerably after Labor Day, as seasonal residents return home until the next summer. With this reduced population, however, comes a significant opportunity for those with the flexibility to travel all year round. In part two, we’ll look at some of the Cape’s 12-month restaurants, the area’s museums and art galleries, and the antique shops that seem to be everywhere.
Take a low season vacation, and you’ll quickly learn that Cape Cod doesn’t stop just because its population decreases after the summer ends.
Get a Bite to Eat
We’ll start by stating the obvious: many restaurants will be closed when you visit Cape Cod in the off-season. It doesn’t make sense financially for many businesses to operate all year, and it can be difficult to find staff in the winter, too. Having said that, many high-end eateries, particularly those with a substantial local following, remain open in the fall, winter, and spring, so if you take an offseason Cape Cod vacation, make sure you visit a few.
Main Street in Dennis is home to Scargo Cafe, a unique restaurant with colonial decor and a policy where half of all tables are not available for reservation. So, even if you're unable to book a table in advance, you can show up and wait to be seated. The venue is open for lunch and dinner, with seasonal menus and an extensive wine list.
Over in Barnstable Village, The Dolphin has been a landmark for over 70 years. This fine-dining restaurant is where you can head for a nice meal, or just drinks after 9:00 PM. The white picket fence and the building's classic architecture give the eatery a distinctly Cape Cod feel. You can enjoy lunch or dinner here, and reservations are available.
Featuring outstanding views of Provincetown Harbor and located right on Commercial Street, it doesn't get much better than Fanizzi’s Restaurant. This venue serves American and Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner and even has an early bird menu if you want to eat between 4:30 and 6:00 PM. You'll likely want to call for reservations because Fanizzi's is one of Provincetown's most popular dining options.
You're going to want to try the Chapoquoit Grill in West Falmouth because of their great Italian-style dishes, including some unique pizza offerings that you won't find anywhere else. The restaurant first opened in 1993, and since that time, it has become a place where locals meet for dinner or drinks regularly. Take out is available, as well, and you can call after 4:30 PM for the seat for that night.
Other great dining options that are open all year round include Alberto’s in Hyannis, Captain Parker’s Pub in West Yarmouth, Water Street Kitchen in Woods Hole, and Del Mar Bar & Bistro in Chatham, so you’ll never have to worry about being low on dining options when on the Cape during the low season.
Experience the Museums and Art Galleries
The museums of Cape Cod stay open for most of the year, giving you the chance to check them out during the offseason. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster has both indoor and outdoor areas to explore. Keep in mind that the museum does close to the public between December 31 and the middle of February, but has special events during that time that you can attend.
At the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, you’ll find permanent collections, special exhibitions, educational programs, and engaging events, depending on when you attend. The gallery and museum is located on Commercial Street, making it a great way to start your evening on the town.
The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis is open throughout the offseason, Thursday through Sunday, and has a variety of concerts and other special events to attend during those months. The gallery offers free admission every Thursday, and there are specialty programs that you can try out for a small fee, as well.
If you're in the Orleans area, Addison Art Gallery has a wide selection of works by international and American artists, including some from right here on the Cape. This gallery is one of the top places on Cape Cod to buy a painting because you'll find an outstanding selection of pieces, some of which are inspired by the local scenery. Special exhibitions and events are also on the docket at Addison Art Gallery throughout the year.
Visit Some Antique Shops
Are you obsessed with antiques? Feed your obsession by visiting Cape Cod during the slower seasons, as you'll find countless places to shop. Route 6A in Dennis is where you'll find the Antique Center of Cape Cod, which is one of the Cape's largest antique showrooms and is full of furniture, art, books, jewelry, silver, glass, collectibles, and pottery. Have a look around, and you're sure to find a great antique to take home with you.
Just to the south in West Harwich, the Harwich Antique Center also has furniture, glass, collectibles, etc., but also items available for as little as $1. There are specials events throughout the week here, too, including swap days and free appraisals. If you have an old coin that you want looked at, bring it on your Cape Cod holiday and have it done in Harwich.
Sandwich has a bunch of antique shops, but the crown jewel is probably the Sandwich Antiques Center on the Old King's Highway. This shop is a destination all itself, with fine art collections, vintage finds, and collectibles of all types found there. The store has been voted "Best of the Cape" for the last four years, making it a must-see if you're in the mood for some antiquing.
A Quieter Time
As you can see, visiting during the offseason doesn't necessarily mean you'll miss out on all of Cape's popular summer attractions. Fall, winter, and spring give you the chance to head to Cape Cod's famous restaurants, museums, and shops without having to battle through masses of tourists who are all trying to see and do the same things as you.
We love Cape Cod in the summer, but there's something especially relaxing about visiting between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The offseason is when towns on the Cape become small again and when you, as a visitor, can get to know the real Cape Cod and see why permanent residents love it all year round.
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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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A Foodie's Guide to Truro
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, May 7, 2018
It is common knowledge around here that Provincetown is the place to go if you’re looking for a great meal on the Outer Cape. There’s a valid reason for this distinction, as Commercial Street is loaded with exceptional restaurants and a simple wander through the area means stumbling on some of the best food anywhere on the East Coast.
Having said that, Truro is no slouch in regards to its cuisine, with plenty of high-end restaurants for you to enjoy throughout your vacation. Truro is perhaps overlooked by foodies because it lacks the central downtown area that Provincetown, Orleans, and Chatham have and, therefore, isn’t as easily walkable.
At the same time, this lack of a central gathering space adds an air of exclusivity to dining in Truro, as you must know where you are going and how to get there to reach these high-end eateries. If you’re into finding an off-the-beaten-path restaurant experience, Truro and its fantastic dining options are well worth checking out while on the Outer Cape.
Get Your Day Started Right
To get things started, you’ll want to track down the top breakfast spots in Truro. The Top Mast Café is celebrated because it enjoys an oceanfront location, creating a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere. If the weather is pleasant, you can sit outside and enjoy your meal, complete with the sounds of the sea. While the interior decor is basic, it creates a laid-back vibe that you’ll only find on Cape Cod.
As for the menu, the Top Mast Café has all of the traditional breakfast favorites, like bacon, eggs, sausages, bagels, and pancakes, in their various forms. If you're lucky, they might have the lobster omelet or lobster Benedict on the menu during your stay, two options that immediately validate your decision to visit this eatery. The cafe also serves one of the best Bloody Marys on the Cape.
We've mentioned the Savory & the Sweet Escape in this space before and with good reason, as this local favorite has a little bit of everything. All of the breakfast necessities are available here, including muffins, pastries, bagels, and scones that are baked on-site daily. Locally roasted coffee and espresso are also on the menu, and if you come later in the day, the pizza and ice cream are worth trying.
Something Local in the Afternoon
Once you’ve had a hearty breakfast, you’ll find plenty of ways to spend the rest of your morning on Cape Cod. Maybe you’ll take a couple of hours to go on a hike or bike ride, or possibly visit a museum or lighthouse. Once your appetite returns, there some places specializing in lunch in Truro that you’ll want to check out.
Although Box Lunch is technically a chain, which might disqualify it in the eyes of some foodies, there are only three locations, and they’re all on the Outer Cape, making it slightly more tolerable. The concept of the restaurant is providing good food quickly, as it's technically a fast food joint, but nothing is fried, the ingredients are fresh, and the menu is surprisingly affordable. Sandwiches are about the only thing you'll find on the menu here, but they're tasty, and there are countless varieties available. You can even build your own sandwich, if there is something specific that you'd like to try.
For something a little different, the High Tide Kitchen is the choice. This is a food truck that sits outside the Chequessett Chocolate building in North Truro and features an Asian-inspired menu with rice bowls, noodles, salads, and banh mi sandwiches. There’s a unique atmosphere surrounding the truck, with music playing and tables on which to enjoy your meal. It’s like the food trucks that are popular in major cities, but you don’t have to leave the Cape to find it.
A Winner For Dinner
Afternoons on the Outer Cape are often spent lounging somewhere on the Cape Cod National Seashore, swimming in a nearby kettle pond, or finding a quiet place to enjoy the scenery. You’ll also want to decide on a place for a great meal. Luckily, once dinner comes around, you’ll have numerous choices in Truro, depending on the type of food you want to enjoy tonight.
Montano's Restaurant first opened its doors in 1988 and has been a local favorite ever since. This is an Italian restaurant with house-made pasta, freshly-baked bread, and homemade sauces, providing a taste of the Mediterranean without leaving the Cape. Even the seafood is local, as the owners pride themselves on serving freshly caught fish supplied by local fishermen.
Everything at Blackfish is local, and the menu is always changing, giving you a reason to check it out a few times while in the area. Much like the rest of Cape Cod, local seafood is always part of the menu, but you’ll also find burgers and steaks if you’ve had your fill of the ocean for the day. All of the beef available at the restaurant is raised humanely, as well.
Whitman House Restaurant is a unique property set on four acres and featuring four dining rooms and a tavern. The building was formerly an inn, which was built in 1894, and has since evolved into its current form. The restaurant side of the property has everything you'd expect from a Cape Cod restaurant, including clam chowder, oysters, scallops, lobster, swordfish, and tuna. There’s also surf and turf, prime rib, chicken, and steak. The restaurant has a weekly boiled lobster special that you’ll have to check out sometime during the summer, while the tavern serves appetizers and has a kids’ menu.
The Perfect Way to End Your Evening
Once you’ve finished your dinner, you might be in the mood for something sweet. While your restaurant of choice probably has a rather diverse dessert menu, sometimes it’s good to get out there and explore Cape Cod later on in the evening, especially when the weather is cooperative.
Chequessett Chocolate, a local staple for dessert, was heavily damaged during the winter of 2017/2018 when a pipe burst during a period of extreme cold, and it is unknown when the storefront will be open for buiness again.
As a result, you might have to head north to Provincetown if you have your heart set on the perfect dessert. There are a number of renowned spots right on Commercial Street, including the Provincetown Portuguese Bakery, Purple Feather Cafe & Treatery, and PtownScoop, and it’s only five miles away.
As was mentioned before, Savory & the Sweet Escape also has great desserts, so make your choice based on where your Truro vacation rental is located and how far you want to travel.
Find Your Inner Foodie in Truro
As you can see, there’s plenty for the foodie within the town limits of Truro, despite the lack of hype. Whether you’re in the mood for homemade Italian cuisine or seafood that has just been pulled from the ocean, this area with a population of 2,000 people has you covered.
If you're just visiting Truro, however, make sure you research where you are going to make it easier to find your local foodie paradise this summer.
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Activities for Kids of All Ages on Cape Cod!
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, January 22, 2018
When you think of Cape Cod, you might envision lounging on a sunny beach, eating at elegant restaurants, and enjoying a quiet drink on a secluded patio somewhere near the ocean. In short, your initial thought might not include your children.
The good news, should you want to bring your kids, is that Cape Cod is perhaps one of the most family-friendly destinations on the East Coast. In fact, it doesn’t matter if it is sunny or rainy, summer or winter, or anywhere in between, Cape Cod has your kids covered throughout your vacation.
Tons of Outdoor Activities
If you’re coming to Cape Cod during the summer months, expect to spend most of your time outdoors. People head to the Cape to enjoy the natural environment, and it’s no different when travelling with children, as various kid-centric activities exist throughout the area.
Kid’s Fishing is a company that operates fishing boats just for children. The company provides all the necessary equipment, and since the vessel heads out into protected waters, you don’t have to worry about your little ones on the sea. The 90-minute excursion leaves from Main Street in Hyannis and is sure to be a highlight of the summer for your kids.
West Yarmouth is home to the Cape Cod Inflatable Park, a large amusement center with water slides, bouncy castles, and obstacle courses. There is a challenge zone for older children, a toddler zone for the young ones, and even a mini golf course and arcade. The park is the type of place where you can spend an entire day, and your kids will enjoy every second. They’ll get a day full of exercise, as well.
When in Sandwich, check out The Adventure Park at Heritage Museums & Gardens. Here, the kids can walk between the trees on specially constructed bridges and complete over 65 different challenges in the adventure park before finishing up with some zip lining from platform to platform.
One of the top destinations for kids on Cape Cod is Skull Island Adventure Golf & Sports World in Yarmouth. This amusement complex is known for its pirate mini golf course, but it also has go-karts. Other go-kart facilities on Cape Cod include Bud's Go-Karts in Harwich and Cartwheels in South Dennis.
Fancy a swashbuckling adventure with your kin? Welcome aboard Cape Cod Pirate Adventures, matey! This pirate ship takes kids on a treasure hunt into Hyannis Harbor and includes face-painting, the hoisting of a pirate flag, and a number of other activities to keep them entertained the entire time. Landlubber parents are also welcome.
Some Indoor Activities, Too
Nothing ruins family vacations faster than poor weather, and although the weather usually works out on the Cape, there's a chance you'll run into a rainy day or two in the summer. As a result, preparation is vital. Luckily, there's more to Cape Cod than the outdoors, as you're sure to find something for your kids to do inside on those days.
Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis has an indoor water park that is the only one of its type in the area. The park is over 30,000 square feet in size, so it's sure to keep your kids occupied, and has two high-speed water slides that are about 160 feet long. There are a river ride and wave pool, as well, along with a kiddie area. Keep in mind that this park has a retractable roof, which will open up if weather permits.
You might not think of a library as a happening place to hang out in the summer, but if you can't be outside, Provincetown Public Library is worth checking out. The building was constructed in 1874, offers over 40,000 books, and organizes events for kids throughout the year. It’s cheap, convenient, and, best of all, educational for your children.
Coming in the Winter?
Just because you're coming to Cape Cod in the winter doesn't mean you should leave the kids at home. After all, as we’ve covered before, the area is a proverbial winter wonderland and has some of the top Christmas events anywhere in New England.
The fun doesn't stop after Christmas, however, as Cape Cod regards its winter activities seriously. Try taking the family ice skating at one of the many rinks on The Cape. You'll find Tony Kent Arena in South Dennis, Charles Moore Arena in Orleans, and Gallo Arena in Buzzards Bay, so no matter which part of The Cape your vacation rental sits, there’s ice skating nearby.
Don't worry if the weather gets too cold or snowy to head outside, as indoor activities are abundant. Ryan Amusements, which has locations in Buzzards Bay, Falmouth, and South Yarmouth, just to name a few, features bowling and arcade games, making it a great place to escape the cold.
The Cape Cod Children's Museum in Mashpee is another option to consider because of its interactive exhibits and special events for kids.
Your Kids Will Love It
The entire Cape Cod area is set up for families to enjoy and, as you can see, there is no shortage of activities for children young and old. Whether your kids want to learn about the area's natural history or spend an afternoon going on a whale watch excursion, Cape Cod has something for everyone.
Combine the unique activities mentioned here with traditional Cape Cod pastimes like hiking, bike riding, and swimming and you’ll quickly see why the area has been popular with families for decades. Start planning your Cape Cod Vacation now!
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3 Ways to Enjoy Oyster Season on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Cape Cod has always been oyster country, as even before the arrival of the pilgrims in 1620, French explorer Samuel de Champlain noted the abundance of the shellfish in areas like Wellfleet Harbor. And while the oysters of Cape Cod are known internationally, it is becoming more challenging to get your hands on them unless you come to The Cape.
The quality of Cape Cod oysters has spawned an entirely different type of visitor to the area, as people will rent a vacation home just for the opportunity to try some of the heavenly, fresh oysters found here.
Typically, Cape Cod oyster season runs from October until sometime in February or March, depending on when the supply starts to get low. Since oysters are one of the region's most valuable natural resources, officials regularly monitor the stock and adjust the season accordingly.
Keep in mind that oysters are commonly part of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals on Cape Cod, so if you want to do the holidays the Cape Cod way, make sure you track some down.
Once you arrive, you’ll find some different ways to get yourself some oysters, depending on how adventurous you are and how badly you want the freshest shellfish available on The Cape.
Do Some Oyster Picking
Feel like spending your vacation digging in the sand? For a small fee, non-residents can pick up a shellfishing permit to do their own oyster picking on many of Cape Cod’s beaches.
Before you head out on your recreational shellfishing excursion, make sure that you are aware of any town-specific rules that are present. These laws govern how many oysters you can harvest per day, the minimum size of the oysters you can pick, the times that you can be out in the water, and even the water temperature that you can be out in.
The rules are in place to prevent the supply of oysters from eroding too quickly and keep you safe, so either give the local town hall a call or ask about the rules when picking up your permit.
From there, you'll want to grab the right equipment. While you might luck out and find some oysters right along the beach, most are out in the water. You don't need anything fancy like a lobster trap, as just a few pieces of equipment will make you more comfortable as you venture into the ocean during Cape Cod oyster season.
Start by picking up a pair of chest waders, as you won't want to venture into the frigid Cape Cod waters without the necessary protection and these waders allow you to go into deeper water. A wetsuit jacket and a pair of waterproof gloves are advisable, especially when visiting in the winter. A floating bucket is also a good idea because it allows you store your catch without returning to shore.
There isn't a specific technique involved with harvesting oysters; all you have to do is search the shallow waters along the beach. Oysters don't bury themselves and are relatively easy to spot, so you shouldn't have much trouble as long as you end up in the right location.
Finding the perfect spot can be a challenge, as very few locals are willing to give theirs up. Look for other people searching for oysters because as long as they’re in a public area, you’re free to harvest there, too.
Find an Oyster Farm
The oysters of Wellfleet are known the world over, and there's no better place to get them than through the Puffer family at Wellfleet Oyster and Clam. Farmers catch wild oyster seed and then raise the oysters the same way that they would be in the wild. The result is some of the world's best oysters. You can order some by calling the company directly.
East Dennis Oyster Farm has a store in East Dennis where you can buy oysters by the box. You can also call ahead to place an order and schedule a pickup, which makes sense if you are staying in town or a neighboring community like Barnstable.
Chatham Shellfish Company has been in business since 1976 and sells its oysters throughout stores in the area. It is possible to order oysters directly through the company’s website, and they will be delivered right to the door of your vacation rental in a matter of days.
Visit an Oyster Bar
Of course, no visit to Cape Cod is complete without stopping by an oyster bar. In Wellfleet, Mac's Shack is the place to go. This restaurant doesn't allow reservations, so make sure that you get there early for access to incredibly fresh Wellfleet oysters, in addition to an extensive wine list. Keep in mind that this location doesn’t open until the very end of oyster season.
It doesn't get much better than Oyster Company Raw Bar & Grill in Dennis Port, which has been around for a long time and remains a favorite for locals. The restaurant harvests its own oysters, and clams and other shellfish are available there, too.
Sitting right on Main Street in Hyannis, The Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar harvests oysters from its own farm, ensuring that you have access to the freshest shellfish available in any restaurant.
The World’s Best Oysters
As you can see, you won’t have any trouble finding somewhere to try some of the world’s best oysters on Cape Cod. What you might struggle with is figuring out which variety you like the best, as the oysters from each location differ slightly in their flavor.
Take some time exploring the local oyster scene to see if you can tell the difference between the varieties or, better yet, get out there and harvest your own this winter.
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Why You Should Visit Cape Cod in the Fall
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, November 13, 2017
I'm going to let you in on a little secret.
Are you ready?
It might be a shocker, but Cape Cod is a great place to travel to in the fall.
While the Cape is largely known as a summer destination, and, let’s face it, summertime is beautiful in the area, the autumn is Cape Cod’s exciting little secret.
It’s true because the fall provides a slower pace of life and the ultimate in relaxation, making it the perfect destination for those who like to decompress at the end of the summer or get away in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
With an average high of 51 degrees in November, it's warm enough that you can spend time outside without freezing while enjoying the sights and sounds of Cape Cod in the fall.
Book your fall vacation on Cape Cod and don’t miss the following great activities for a family or a couple.
Take Scenic Strolls on the Beach
Even though the sunbathing season is over for the year, the beaches on the Cape remain open. This is good news for anyone looking for solitude and relaxation, as you can walk for miles on Nauset Beach in Orleans, Ballston Beach in Truro, or Seagull Beach on the Yarmouth seaside without bumping into anyone.
Those who visit Cape Cod during the autumn love being able to explore nature alone for the day, without having to fight the crowds for a parking for space, while witnessing the fall foliage in the background.
Having a peaceful day exploring the beaches and sand dunes is part of New England coastal living that you must experience to truly appreciate.
Avoid the Lines at Restaurants
If you've ever tried to get a table at a Cape Cod restaurant in summer, you know how frustrating it can be.
Don't have a reservation? Don't even bother trying to get into one of the area's hotspots unless you fancy a 10 PM dinner.
In the fall, however, you will have more choice because the tourists have gone home for the year. This is the best time of year to try a number of different restaurants without having to reserve a table days or even weeks in advance.
For a spontaneous foodie vacation, The Cape in the fall is one of your better bets. Del Mar Bistro in Chatham, Jimmy's HideAway in Provincetown, and Captain Linnell House in Orleans are three eateries that aren’t to be missed.
Experience the Fall Events and Festivals
A surprising number of events and festivals are part of a Cape Cod fall:
In mid September, the Cranberry Festival brings two days of food, drinks, and entertainment to Harwich. In mid-October, the Wellfleet Oysterfest brings a similar dynamic to the Outer Cape. Music, local beer, artisan arts and crafts, and an oyster shuck-off highlight the event.
Fall for the Arts Festival is a month-long, Cape-wide festival that highlights the area’s performing arts. The festival typically takes place in October and November and includes concerts, plays, and other forms of live entertainment. Heritage walks and guided art tours are also part of the event.
Ride the Train to Christmas Town
As we get further into the autumn and the Christmas season kicks off, The Train to Christmas Town is a top attraction on Cape Cod. This train ride, which departs from Buzzards Bay, takes guests to Christmas Town and is outfitted with storybook characters in full costume, elves, and, of course, hot cocoa.
At the end of the tour, Santa Claus himself makes a personal appearance.
The train runs from late November through Christmas and is sure to create a memorable experience and keep the Christmas magic alive for any children that take a ride.
Something for Everyone
Whether you’re looking for a family vacation full of seaside festivals or a romantic getaway with live music and dinner for two, Cape Cod has fall activities for everyone. And because more accommodation options are available during the slower months, it is easier to create your ideal trip to the Cape once the crowds leave after the summer.
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