Enjoying early spring on the Cape.

March 23, 2017 by

Those of us who live on the Cape have a love / hate relationship with winter and early spring or as we love to call it …”the off season”. There are fewer people so traffic is not a problem. We love that. We also love the fact that our winters are usually milder than they are for our friends in Boston or Worcester. (Not always!)  We can sometimes, even play golf in February.

Mind you we have had winters when the Cape gets the brunt of the snow…and we don’t handle it as well as NH does. And we are apt to have strong winds and lose power. That’s where the hate part comes in. And we seem to close schools if it even threatens to snow!

But we can get into the restaurants we love…when we want. (Although some are only open in the spring/summer). And we can hike along beaches and paths enjoying the natural beauty of the area…undisturbed.

There are tons of great hikes and walks on the Cape. And the great thing about hikes and walks is – they are great for everyone. You can walk with your grand-kids and explore ground covers and trees and if you are lucky birds and bugs!  Or you can hike with your friends and really get a work out.

There are several great lists you can refer to:

Cape Cod Pathways

Cape Cod Trails

Falmouth Trails
Popular in Falmouth is the hike out to “The Knob“.  And on Trip Advisor. the knob
Although the parking is limited…it can be worth the trip. Additional instructions and map can be found here.

Of course you can be more adventurous and head up to the National Seashore. Loaded with a variety of trails. Dress in layers, and bring water!  A personal favorite is the Great Island Trail in Wellfleet…you can literally make a day of it. great islandHave a wonderful walk –  as you discover the best way to experience Cape Cod.

 

 

Shining Sea Bikeway

November 8, 2016 by

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The Shining Sea Bikeway hugs the coast from Falmouth to Woods Hole and then beyond to North Falmouth, winding along the Vineyard Sound shoreline. Ideal for casual and beginner cyclists, it was built on a former railroad right-of-way. The paved path is level for nearly its entire 10.7-mile distance with only a slight grade in certain spots.

Lined with familiar Cape Cod flower and tree species, it makes for a wonderful ride from Falmouth to scenic Woods Hole. Following the Old Colony rail line, the newer extension passes through Sippewissett Marsh, by cranberry bogs and overlooks Chapaquoit Beach. The entire route avoids much of Falmouth’s notorious summer traffic by winding along the coastline and crisscrossing the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary.

It’s a great way to spend the day. Plan it so you can lunch in Woods Hole!

Directions: To reach the Shining Sea Bikeway, take Route 24 south to 1-495 south to the Bourne Bridge. From points north, take Route 3 south to the Sagamore Bridge rotary. Follow the signs to Buzzards Bay/Falmouth, then cross over the Bourne Bridge. From Bourne Bridge: travel Rt. 28 south to Falmouth. Fork right onto Locust Road Entry to the bikeway parking area is a mile down on the right just past Pin Oak Way. The newer North Falmouth parking area is located on the corner of County Road and Route 151.

A few of our favorite web sites.

July 28, 2016 by

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Planning a vacation requires research. If your heading to the Cape this summer or Fall you’ll want to know what’s happening, and what will work for you and your family.

Here are some of our favorite websites. We like to know what beach stickers cost this year and where to get deals on some of our favorite spots.

http://www.capecod.com/

http://www.capenews.net/

http://www.capecodchamber.org/

http://capecodonline.com/

http://www.capecoddiningguide.com/

http://www.kidsonthecape.com/

http://www.falmouthvisitor.com/

http://falmouthvillageassociation.com/

http://www.falmouthroadrace.com/

http://www.whoi.edu/

https://twitter.com/VisitCapeCod

http://www.provincetown.com/

http://mvol.com/

http://www.hyannis.com/visitors

https://artsfoundation.org/

http://www.capecodbikeguide.com/railtrail.asp

Unique Summer Activities

June 1, 2016 by

Everyone loves to go to the beach. That’s why we sit in traffic to get to the Cape. But there some other, delightful, unique, activities available in and around Falmouth. Activities for all ages and all fitness levels. Here are a few of our favorites.

Coonamessett Farm  Coonamessett Farm is a twenty-acre farming and research enterprise located at 277 Hatchville Road  in  East Falmouth,  MA.  It’s the perfect spot for a leisurely family stroll, including Gamma and Grandpa and the toddler just learning to walk. You can view farm animals, and pick crops (depends whats available.)  Day passes are $8 for 2 years and older. There’s a farm cafe for breakfast or lunch and they have special events. They are famouf or their Friday,  Jamaica night too.  If collecting eggs and picking blueberries…like you dream about…is appealing…this just might be the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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Cape Cod Inflatable Park –  A one of a kind attraction in Yarmouth offering a HUGE selection of both wet and dry inflatable rides for kids and adults alike. It is packed with large themed inflatable slides, bounce houses, games, a gift shop, Shark Bites cafe, an arcade and more. Kids adore this…(we get this)…but parents love it too. It is certainly worth a try.

SUMMER (DRY + WATER RIDES) 7 DAYS A WEEK 10AM-10PM

  • $31 – per person
  • $15 –  Toddlers (under 38 inches)
  • $25 for the challenge park only
  • $45 for a combo pass including the dry rides and wet rides in the inflatable park, plus the challenge park.

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Spohr Gardens – Take a leisurely walk in this beautiful six acre Cape cod woodland garden located on Oyster pond in Falmouth, MA. This magnificent site is open to visitors year around. Spring brings thousands of daffodils, followed by azaleas, rhododendrons and then daylilies.

 

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Restaurants to try when you visit.

February 12, 2016 by

Everyone has different tastes and budgets. And of course sometimes we go out for romantic dinners and sometimes we bring the kids. And sometimes we just want Pizza or even drive thru!  The good news. Cape Cod has all of the above…all year round.

I’ll concentrate on Falmouth restaurants for now, since three of our resorts are located there. And Main Street Falmouth is loaded with great spots.

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Quarterdeck Restaurant 
 For over 35 years, The Quarterdeck has been delighting Falmouth locals and visitors alike with its delicious seafood, steaks and other popular lunches and dinners. Its historic, nautical atmosphere creates the perfect setting for casual lunches, cocktails at the bar or relaxing dinners.  Guests love the chowder, quahogs, all of their seafood and Prime Rib. 164 Main St.  508-548-9900

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Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub
   For over 20 years, they have been Cape Cod’s favorite location for Irish music, live entertainment, freshly prepared traditional Irish foods, and creative contemporary cuisine. Open year-round and newly renovated, they offer a wide selection of Draft Beers and feature a variety of craft brews as well. A creative menu and a terrific wine list make us the perfect spot for lunch or dinner, appetizers with friends, to listen to Irish music, or to watch the game on one of our 7 HD TVs. Guests love the atmosphere, the fish and chips and of course the beer! 273 Main St. 508-548-0285

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Anejo Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar
Anejo Mexican Bistro opened it doors in August of 2010 and very quickly became a fixture on the local restaurant scene. With its unique take on fresh Mexican cuisine and cocktails offered in a fun, sophisticated atmosphere, co-owners Jesse Kersey and Jamie Surprenant pride themselves in offering an escape to Mexico in the heart of Falmouth. Awesome Margaritas and authentic Mexican dishes keep everyone coming back. 188 Main St.  508-388-7631

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La Cucina Sul Mare  Reminiscent of an evening in Italy, LaCucina Sul Mare is a dining experience not easily forgotten. The flavors of the authentic foods of Italy and the Mediterranean, will have you longing to come back again and again!

Enjoy dining on signature dishes prepared by chef/owner Mark Cilfone, such as classic lasagna al forno, braised lamb shanks, osso buco, lobster fra diavolo over linguine, zuppa de pesce, rigotoni a la vodka, chicken Parmesan and veal piccata. 237 Main St. Reminiscent of an evening in Italy, LaCucina Sul Mare is a dining experience not easily forgotten. The flavors of the authentic foods of Italy and the Mediterranean, will have you longing to come back again and again! 237 Main St.  (508) 548-5600

 

A couple of fun Activities for kids on Cape Cod

August 13, 2015 by

Kids as we know, come in all sizes. And their interests and attention spans vary. And the best thing that Cape Cod has for kids is its beaches. All types of beaches. Lots of water, sand and sea creatures to explore. Check them out here: http://www.capeguide.com/beaches.htm

What else is there?

2014-07-26 11.55.38My grandkids loved The Cape Cod Pirate Adventures. Perfect for little ones. On a hot day you all get to sail out of Hyannis Harbor (great sight seeing!), look for treasure, and battle “bad guys”. What more  could you want?

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For the less adventurous there is the ever popular Duck Boat! Board on Main Street, Hyannis. And Quack your way around the town and into Hyannis Harbor!

Enjoy Summer on Cape Cod – Tips from Cape Codders

June 24, 2015 by

traffic-cape-codTraffic:  When a Cape Codder gives advice to their guests the biggest tip is always a tip about traffic. Yes, there is traffic, coming on and off the Cape. But if you are smart, you can deal with it. Don’t try to head on Cape Friday at 5:30 or Sat. at 11:00 AM. And conversely, avoid leaving at 11:00 AM Sat or Sunday at 5:00. Seems obvious…but that is when you get the 2 mile back ups. Have dinner at home…then head over the bridge. Or get up at 5:00 AM. Believe me, that is what those of us that live here do. We plan to avoid the lines. The same strategy applies to grocery shopping and going to the beach. You know what they say about that early bird!  For updates check here:  http://www.capecod.com/newscenter/traffic/

nauset-beach-orleans-cape-cod-2Beaches: There isn’t a bad beach on Cape Cod. It depends what you are looking for. Snack Bar? Playground? Waves? When you stay at one of the InnSeason Resorts Falmouth, you can walk to the beach, and frankly that can NOT be beat.  A complete list of beaches can be found on the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce website. Although, as mentioned, they are all great, we all have some favorites. The Cape Cod National Seashore has beaches that are without question worth the trip.  http://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/guide-to-beaches.htm  Nauset Light Beach is awesome, as is Nauset Beach. There are waves. Cold Wates and wonderful views. A true Cape experience, plan to make a day of it.

sesuit harborDining: Where do we start. Everyone has favorites. Sometimes the best place is the one that you can walk to…think British Beer Company or one that you go to every year: Seafood Sam’s because they have the BEST fried clams and onion rings! Sometimes it is that special spot on the water: http://www.capecodtravelguide.com/dine/waterfront-dining. One delightful waterfront spot: The Ocean House, Dennis. Great cocktails, wonderful service, gourmet choices and a waterfront view…but you will need reservations! And people love The Sesuit Harbor Cafe. No reservations, no bar (bring your own), always a line. But awesome lobster rolls!!

 

 

Winter on Cape Cod.

January 13, 2015 by

DSC_0217I don’t think people ask it as much as they used to, but some of you may wonder, so I thought I would take a minute and let you know; What do you do on Cape Cod in the winter?

Well like a lot of you, we watch TV. We don’t get as much snow as the rest of Massachusetts…but we can get cold rain…and the ice we all hate. So we head home…enjoy our crock pots…and watch TV.  But there are alternatives!

There is theater. Year round.  Here are a few links to get you started.

Cape & Islands Theater Coalition.

The Falmouth Theater Guild

There are arts. Galleries, Performances, Exhibits.

There is Music. The Cape Cod Symphony

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And of course, there is the ever popular shopping and dining!  

I could go on and on. Great restaurants are open year round. Some offer great winter specials. We’ll list some of those in our next post.

Happy New Year!!

Summer is coming to and end! Grab your Clubs and head to Falmouth.

August 27, 2014 by

For those of us that live and work here…we breath a sigh of relief. Traffic eases up. We can get into our favorite restaurants without making a reservation two weeks in advance. And the air is…well perfect. Still warm and sunny…and the beach is still a perfect escape, but the nights are cooler.  That said…what are some of our favorite things?

Golf. Cape Cod has great golf courses (and most drop their weekday rates after Labor Day), and Falmouth is no exception.

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Falmouth Country Club 

A challenging 27-hole, year-round, public course not far from beaches, cranberries and all that is Cape Cod. Walk or ride the championship 18 hole, par 72 course, or enjoy the 9 hole, par 37 “Talon” course. Flat terrain, lush fairways and our immaculate greens will bring out the best in your game.

And right now…InnSeason Resorts HarborWalk has a special including tee times at this local favorite.

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Cape Cod Country Club

This golf course was laid out with an interesting variety of undulating fairways and subtly sloped greens wandering through a landscape with charming vistas of lakes and woods. Home of 3 USGA Massachusetts Opens and the annual host of the Cape Cod Senior Open golf tournament.

Ballymeade Golf Course

Ballymeade’s championship 18-hole golf course is known for its scenic views of Buzzards Bay and excellent playing conditions.  It holds Golf Digest’s coveted 4-star rating.

And there are more…Paul Harney’s a great “executive” course. And some on the way on the Cape. Pinehills and Waverly Oaks in Plymouth And Brookside in Bourne.

What can we say…we are literally the perfect spot for a golf get-a-way. Grab your clubs and head to Falmouth this Fall.

Take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

May 21, 2014 by

Staying for a week or more in Falmouth. One of the most popular day trips, is to Martha’s Vineyard. The Island Queen Ferry is located right across from InnSeason Resorts HarborWalk.Island Queen It offers quick, reasonably priced trips.  It takes about a half an hour and costs $20 for adults $10 for kids (round trip), and is hard to beat for uniqueness and fun.  You land in Oak Bluffs, which has restaurants, bike rentals, beaches, shops, even an old carousel! There really is something for everyone. Not to mention a pretty cool boat ride. flying-horses-horse1-300x204