What are the best things to do on Cape Cod?

From our ideal location on the elbow of the Cape, guests often enjoy a trip up the Cape Cod National Seashore to Marconi Beach, where in 1903 Guglielmo Marconi sent out the first transatlantic wireless communication originating from the United States. It was a message from President Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward V11 of the United Kingdom. From there, you can continue north to Provincetown, which is the tip of Cape Cod and home to many great restaurants, art galleries, and unique shops. Other activities would be day trips to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island. In the summer months, the finest college baseball players are invited to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Attending the games is free and you can possibility see a future Hall of Famer.

  • On February 3
    Michael Briggs answered the question: Michael Briggs

    What are the best wedding venues on Cape Cod?

    Anytime you can experience a “toes-in-the-sand” wedding it will create a memory that lasts a lifetime. Our Chatham Bars Inn is located on the elbow of Cape Cod and we provide many couples with beachfront wedding ceremonies. Our Beach House Grill is the ideal spot for the wedding reception following the ceremony.
  • On February 3
    Michael Briggs answered the question: Michael Briggs

    What are the best historic hotels on Cape Cod?

    The Chatham Bars Inn celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014. We are proud to be one of New England’s most honored resorts. The Chatham Bars Inn was originally built as a luxurious seaside hunting lodge by wealthy industrialist Charles Ashley Hardy.
  • On February 3
    Michael Briggs answered the question: Michael Briggs

    What’s the best time to visit Cape Cod?

    My favorite time of year is just after Labor Day and extending into late October. The kids are back at school and the traffic lightens up. The days are predominately sunny and warm. The restaurants and shops are still all open and couples can enjoy a relaxing and romantic time together.
  • On February 3
    Michael Briggs answered the question: Michael Briggs

    What are the best things to do on Cape Cod?

    From our ideal location on the elbow of the Cape, guests often enjoy a trip up the Cape Cod National Seashore to Marconi Beach, where in 1903 Guglielmo Marconi sent out the first transatlantic wireless communication originating from the United States. It was a message from President Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward V11 of the United Kingdom. From there, you can continue north to Provincetown, which is the tip of Cape Cod and home to many great restaurants, art galleries, and unique shops. Other activities would be day trips to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island. In the summer months, the finest college baseball players are invited to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Attending the games is free and you can possibility see a future Hall of Famer.
  • On September 5, 2013
    Ming Tsai answered the question: Ming Tsai

    What are the best Cape Cod food experiences?

    1. For classic Nantucket fine dining, it's all about The Pearl.

    2. For a burger and beer at lunch: The Boarding House.

    3. The bar upstairs at Corazon del Mar, I think, is a great little jewel — great everything, great food.

    4. If you happen to know someone who has a boat, go to The Wauwinet. If you want a nice casual, outdoor lunch, The Wauwinet is great.
  • On September 5, 2013
    Wequassett Resort and Golf Club answered the question: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

    What are the best Cape Cod food experiences?

    Cape Cod has long been known for its local seafood, and its restaurants range from the traditional clam shack to sophisticated fine dining. Many restaurants are housed in period homes with various dining rooms, but there are also a number of more contemporary venues.

    Fried fish, especially fried clams, are considered the ultimate Cape Cod meal. Another favorite is lobster, which is prepared in a variety of ways. Raw bars serve local oysters — the ones from Wellfleet are famous, and Cotuit oysters are also notable. "Steamers" or steamed clams, are another favorite and, of course, scallops are a main fixture on local menus. There are many great restaurants in Chatham, Harwich, Brewster and Orleans, in close proximity to the resort. From a romantic candlelit, seaside dinner to a casual gathering of family and friends to a quick bite before the opening of a show, Cape Cod has a wide selection of restaurants for all palates and tastes.
  • On September 5, 2013
    Melanie Nayer answered the question: Melanie Nayer

    What are the best Cape Cod food experiences?

    We have one word for you: seafood. Cape Cod’s five best food experiences could begin and end with seafood, but there are a few other culinary attractions visitors to the Cape should try. Here are the five best Cape food experiences:

    1. Seafood shacks. You’ll run across dozens of seafood shacks lining the roads that crisscross the Cape, and you should try a few of them. Each shack is different and has a different specialty, ranging from fried clams to steamed mussels and lobster rolls. The concept is simple: park the car, wait in line, get your food, find a picnic bench and enjoy.

    2. Fresh lobster. Lobster is a way of life on Cape Cod, so don’t miss a chance to crack a few open while you’re here. You’ll find fresh lobster at most restaurants, and many seafood shacks also boil up whole lobsters for eating (and they’re much cheaper than what you’ll find at the traditional sit-down restaurants). Ask any local where they go for fresh lobster and you’ll get a variety of different answers, but you can be sure it’s fresh and good.

    3. Ice cream. Homemade ice cream is legendary on Cape Cod, so be sure to indulge in a cone while you’re here. You’ll find plenty of mom-and-pop ice cream shops along Route 6 and in the various towns. Word to the wise: when you ask for sprinkles on your cone on Cape Cod, you’ll get chocolate, so be specific if you want rainbow.

    4. Cranberry bogs. The cranberry bogs served as the foundation for food and harvest in Cape Cod. Today, you can take a tour of the working bogs and even taste test a few of the best cranberry creations.

    5. Salt water taffy. Salt Water Taffy is a staple here, so be sure to sample some locally made sugary treats. Head over to South Yarmouth for a tour of the Salt Water Taffy Factory, open daily, where you can watch the taffy making process from beginning to end, and leave with a box of your own for the road.
  • On September 5, 2013
    Melanie Nayer answered the question: Melanie Nayer

    What are the best places for brunch on Cape Cod?

    Brunch on Cape Cod ranges from ultra-casual to extremely formal. There are endless bakeries and coffee shops in every town on the Cape where you can get bagels and pastries to go. Or, choose a more formal approach to breakfast at one of the spots:

    1. Old Jailhouse Tavern, Orleans. The restaurant is actually an old jailhouse that offers a full lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menu. The atmosphere at Old Jailhouse Tavern is casual and the menu is simple: eggs omelets, pancakes, hashbrowns, and sandwiches are the brunch items of choice.

    2. Cape Cod Railroad. The Cape Cod Railroad’s Sunday Brunch Train is a favorite for kids. The two-hour train ride includes a full brunch in one of the vintage dining cars. Reservations are recommended and the brunch train is only open from May to October.

    3. The Coonamessett Inn, Falmouth. A classic Sunday brunch is served at this inn every Sunday. The all-you-can-eat buffet is $23 per person and $12 for kids, and includes a pastry station, egg station, salads chefs carving station, fresh fish, vegetable table and of course, a full dessert table.

    4. Daniel Webster Inn, Sandwich. The Daniel Webster Inn’s Sunday brunch is a feast for the eyes and stomach. The tables include salads, cheeses, pastries, Belgian waffles hot entrees, desserts, an omelet bar and a carving station.

    5. Black Cat Tavern, Hyannis. The casual waterfront restaurant is located right on the docks of the Hyannis harbor, so you can have brunch and then hop a boat to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. The menu includes everything from omelets to burgers, and the restaurant even has free parking, a rarity on the Cape.
  • On September 5, 2013
    Wequassett Resort and Golf Club answered the question: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

    What are the best romantic restaurants on Cape Cod?

    Wequassett Resort and Golf Club's Twenty-Eight Atlantic offers the most romantic and elegant setting, with breathtaking water views. Chillingsworth in Orleans is housed in the 300-year-old Chillingsworth-Foster estate on six acres of lawn and gardens. The restaurant is filled with antiques and features French cuisine. Abba in Orleans is an intimate, sophisticated setting, featuring inventive cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. The Cape Sea Grille is Harwich Port is situated in a 19th-century sea captain's home, just steps from the water and features creative American cuisine.
  • On September 5, 2013
    Melanie Nayer answered the question: Melanie Nayer

    What are the best romantic restaurants on Cape Cod?

    Cape Cod can be as casual or elegant as you want it out to be. And while even lobster rolls from a clam shack can be romantic when eaten on the beach at sunset, there is a time and place for everything. For a more formal, romantic fine dining romantic experience, try one of these Cape Cod favorites:

    1. Chillingsworth, Brewster. Considered one of the most romantic restaurants on Cape Cod, Chillingsworth features indoor and outdoor seating and offers everything from foie gras to fish and pasta dishes.

    2. Captain Linnell House, Orleans. Set among lavender fields and spacious lawns, Captain Linnell focuses on regional cuisine amid the ocean breeze in Orleans. Dinner is served nightly on white tablecloths amid votives and bouquets of flowers.

    3. Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham. The main dining room at Chatham Bars Inn overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, and is a staple for couples seeking a little romance after a busy day of entertaining the kids or sightseeing around the Cape. Dinner is formal and men are required to wear a jacket.

    4. Daniel Webster Inn, Sandwich. The charming Daniel Webster Inn houses one of the most acclaimed wine cellars on the Cape. Dine in the Music Room or moonlit, Conservatory (our pick for ultimate romance) and enjoy traditional Cape Cod fare like fresh seafood, soups and pastas.

    5. The Lighthouse Inn, West Dennis. What’s more romantic than dining on Nantucket Sound while the surf rolls in under the moonlight? The Lighthouse Inn feels like complete seclusion from the rest of the Cape. You can even dine on the beach (arrangements must be made ahead of time) on fresh fish caught in Cape Cod waters.
  • On September 5, 2013
    Melanie Nayer answered the question: Melanie Nayer

    What are the best kid-friendly restaurants on Cape Cod?

    It’s hard not to find a kid-friendly restaurant on Cape Cod. From ice cream stands to clam shacks to diners, there’s plenty for kids to enjoy on the Cape. Most restaurants in this family-focused destination are amenable to children in their dining rooms, if not targeted in cuisine or atmosphere to younger diners. Here are five of the best:

    1. Lobster Pot, Provincetown. Lobster Pot is consistently a favorite for kids and families. The restaurant overlooks Provincetown Harbor and has various dining rooms featuring fresh seafood, steaks, chicken and a full kids menu that includes everything from clam chowder to burgers. The Lobster Pot is open April through November.

    2. Lobster Boat, Yarmouth. Not to be confused with Lobster Pot, Lobster Boat has a full seafood menu, including fresh lobsters steamed onsite, as well as pastas, burgers, and of course, clam chowder. All kids meals are served on a free Lobster Boat frisbee, so your little ones will have a souvenir of their visit.

    3. A & W Root Beer, Harwich. What’s better than root beer floats and french fries? Few things, according to kids, so the A&W does it right with a full menu that includes everything from hot dogs to lobster rolls and soft-serve ice cream. Parents will enjoy the nostalgia of the diner-style A & W while kids enjoy the atmosphere.

    4. Kream 'n Kone, Chatham. The famous ice cream shack also serves fried and boiled seafood, burgers, and kids meals, all on paper plates and bowls so there’s little mess and fuss when dining any time of day.

    5. Beachcomber, Wellfleet. Also a favorite among young adults and beach-goers, the Beachcomber in Wellfleet is a Cape Cod institution welcoming guests of all ages. Situated on Cahoon Hallow Beach, the Beachcomber has a full raw bar and full kids menu, featuring fried seafood treats, as well as burgers, hot dogs and ice cream. Beachcomber is open for lunch and dinner, and transforms into a hot spot for at night, so you’ll want to dine early with the kids to avoid the crowds.
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