Don’t let another weekend go by sitting at home. Beat the crowds and sneak in a trip to the Cape! Head an hour and a half southeast to Cape Cod and take advantage of the spring weather, ocean views, and fresh seafood. If you dip out early on a Friday, you’ll be able to extend your weekend and maybe even stop in Sandwich, MA. This month promises lower rates at the inns and B&Bs, as well as less crowded streets, restaurants, and attractions.
Stops Along the Way
If you leave Walpole by noon, you can easily get to the Cape for an early dinner even while taking Route 6A, the old road to the island that winds through quaint towns like Sandwich and Barnstable. Lovers of antiques will want to stop in at Sandwich Antiques Center or Paul Madden Antiques to search for some unique finds. Get a taste of the best local chowder or lobster bisque at the original Marshland Restaurant & Bakery, and don’t forget to pick up some of their pastries for the road. As you wind along The Old King’s Highway, keep an eye out for Sandy Neck Road, which takes you to Sandy Neck Beach. Walk the white sand beach and wade into the water, if you dare. The water temp this time of year can be a bit chilly at about 50 degrees. After Sandy Neck Beach, continue on 6A to Barnstable, where you’ll get to see some gorgeous old colonial homes and can stop for some local brews at Cape Cod Beer. You can’t beat $6 for five samples and a glass!
Friday Evening: Your Perfect Stay
Arrive late Friday afternoon and make your stay in or near Hyannis for its central location on the Cape. For a little romance of old, check into some of the area bed and breakfasts like The Captain Farris House or Captain David Kelley House. If you’re looking for more of a hotel experience, you can’t miss with the Anchor In’s waterfront accommodation.
Saturday: Good Food, Local Breweries & Theater
There’s no better way to get to know a place than to eat and drink like a local. Enjoy a walk or bike ride on the waterfront and work up an appetite for lunch at the much-loved Spanky’s Clam Shack, where you can try Cape Cod specialities like a large plate of fried clams or a lobster roll. Make sure to save some space to a beer or two at local breweries like Barnstable Brewing and Cape Cod Beer. End your night with a show at the longest-running live community theater on Cape Cod at the Barnstable Comedy Club.
Sunday: The Beach
One of the best things about visiting the Cape at a non-peak time is that you’ll find far more room on the beach. Go for a seaside walk at Kalmus Beach and look out for any seashells that catch your eye. On your way back to Walpole, be sure to stop at Craigville Beach, where you’ll find sweeping ocean views and a chance for one more barefoot walk in the sand before you head home.
Your long weekend on the Cape is sure to be a memorable one if you take some of these tips. Visit the Alta Easterly blog for more weekend trip destinations and find yourself exploring all that Massachusetts has to offer.