48 Hours in Cape Cod

By September 14, 2016Travel

A few weeks ago, I took a trip up to beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts- one of my favorite places to visit during the late summer time. I spent time at the beach, ate my weight in lobster rolls, and got the chance to explore the surrounding islands. In today’s blog post, I’m sharing the best of Cape Cod you won’t want to miss the next time you visit.

What you might not know about Cape Cod is that it’s actually made up of a bunch of small towns. As you drive south from Boston, (only an hour and thirty minute drive from the airport) you’ll pass through different regions; the upper, mid, lower and outer capes. These regions consists of small charming towns, many of which are similar and known for relaxing beaches and great seafood.  I stayed with family in the Upper Cape- in the sweet little town of Falmouth.

As you can imagine, there’s an overwhelming amount of choices in Cape Cod when trying to find that perfect lobster roll.  After a couple of years visiting, I’ve found some of the freshest seafood in the Cape!

Best Lobster Roll in Cape Cod

  • The Raw Bar – award winner for many years, this is my go-to for a lobster roll. If you’re really hungry, try the torpedo! There are several locations throughout the Cape.
  • Spanky’s – located right on Hyannis Harbor, they are known for their raw bar and harbor views.
  • Sesuit Harbor Cafe-  ranked #1 best lobster roll in South Dennis.
  • Far Land Provisions – if you’re driving down to Provincetown, this spot is a must!
  • The Chart Room- originally a barge in 1966, it was converted into a restaurant with outdoor seating perfect for watching the sunset with lobster roll in hand.
  • Chatham Pier Fish Market – voted Best Lobster Shacks on Capecod!

 

 

Looking to visit the surrounding islands of Cape Cod?

There’s so much to do and see while visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, but if you’re short on time, these are a must:

Martha’s Vineyard

  • Edgartown Lighthouse – well worth the trip! You can take a trail to visit and climb to the top. Great photo opportunity and cute surrounding shops in the town.
  • Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs– located in the heart of all of the cute shops and restaurants.
  • Aquinnah Cliffs – beautiful scenery, the cliffs are incredible! Tours are also available.
  • Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs – the oldest carousel in the world, it’s a bucket-list item! Only $2.50 per ride.

 Restaurants:

  • Larsen’s Fish Market-best of the Vineyard for several years in a row, enjoy seafood on the harbor or pick up to take to the beach!
  • Red Cat Kitchen- fun atmosphere and unique appetizers and bar snacks
  • L’etoile – upscale French cuisine, the garden area is lovely.
  • Little House Cafe- delicious fish tacos, casual environment.
  • Back Door Donuts- well worth the 10-15 minute wait for some of the best doughnuts on the island!
  • Art Cliff – best brunch diner, delicious specials.
  • Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company- the best clam chowda’ EVER.

Nantucket

  • Young’s Bike Shop– the best way to travel the island is by bike or scooter! Rent a bike and follow the trails to the beach throughout the island.
  • Brand Point Lighthouse– one of the oldest lighthouses in the United States located in Nantucket Town.
  • Cisco Brewers- vineyard, distillery and brewery all in one! Grab a beer after a long day of biking the island.
  • Whaling Museum- check out the rooftop observation deck and see all of Nantucket from above!
  • Shearwater Excursions- book a whale watch excursion or a seal cruise.
  • Jetties Beach- one of my favorite beaches in Nantucket, known for the Boston Pop’s annual summer concerts in August.
  • Brant Point- beautiful beach with views of the lighthouse on the North Shore.

Restaurants

  • Brotherhood of Thieves – great lunch spot, excellent chowder!
  • Island Kitchen- yummy breakfast known for it’s unique combinations.
  • Something Natural – great sandwiches for lunch to bring to the beach.
  • Centre Street Bistro– darling little place for dinner that is BYOB!
  • Fog Island Cafe- amazing breakfast and brunch cafe.
  • Juice Bar – the best ice cream in Nantucket!
  • Lo La 41° – delicious and upscale sushi restaurant with cocktails and gourmet burgers.

Between spending family time, exploring the islands, and eating way too much seafood, Cape Cod will always be one of my favorite places to visit.

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