Location: Cape Cod, MA
Where We Stayed: By the Sea Guests B&B (breakfast included for rooms not suites | bring your own shampoo & conditioner, as it is not provided)
Where We Ate: The Mason Jar Deli (lunch) | Ember (dinner) | Ocean House (lunch) | Firestarter (dinner) | Wild Goose Tavern (lunch)
Sights We Saw: Chatham | Various Lighthouses | Cape Cod National Seashore | Provincetown
Other: We recommend flying into/out of Providence, RI rather than Boston Logan to avoid driving through Boston.
Happy Monday, everyone! We hope you stayed warm this weekend as the cold front moved through Colorado. We holed up at home, watching college football - and for me, it meant the perfect opportunity to catch up on all things ~blog~ related.
We posted about Boston last week, here and here and this week we are going to move on to our favorite part of the trip in Cape Cod! If you aren’t familiar with the area (we sure weren’t), Cape Cod refers to the entire hook that extends out of Massachusetts. The Cape Cod region has numerous little towns dotting the hook, all the way out to Provincetown at the tip. It is a super busy area, especially in the summer, but we lucked out with perfect weather and no crowds the weekend after Labor Day.
Each town has it’s own personality and vibe even though they are not more than 15 minutes apart from each other. If you plan on going to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, we would recommend staying around the Hyannis/Hyannis Port area. This is a more “developed” area of the Cape and is generally more populated if you want to be around people. We stayed in Dennis Port, along the mid-cape, which we liked for its more laid-back and local vibe. Chatham is a more “fancy” town, so if you like getting dressed up for lunch and dinner, this is the town for you! Lastly, if you prefer a more “hipster” chic vibe, consider the Provincetown area. We saw tons of people ride their bikes everywhere, and honestly it was the most poppin’ town we had visited all along the Cape!
As we researched places to stay, our “wants” were pretty simple: right on the water, affordable, and relatively updated and clean. Honestly, we aren’t going to lie - it was really hard to find a place that met all of the criteria! We would find places that were clean and on the water, but cost $500/night, or clean and affordable but not by the water. It was quite the conundrum! We were so lucky, then, when we ran across By the Sea Guests B&B in the quaint town of Dennis Port, halfway along the Cape Cod hook. It was such a little gem, right on the water with a private beach, and super affordable!
The B&B has been owned by the same couple for over 50 years so they know what they are doing! Our room wasn’t the Ritz, but rather reminded us of our cute grandma’s house with heavy, Victorian furniture and lace doilies everywhere. But again, most importantly, it was clean, absolutely adorable, and right on the water! The owners cook you a hot breakfast each morning (we had a egg and cheese croissant sandwich the first day and apple cider french toast the second), they provide snacks, coffee, and tea all through the day, and they have tons of beach chairs/umbrellas for you to use. We are super-light packers (think one overhead bag for the both of us), so we really appreciated not having to bring beach towels and beach blankets.
While we were checking in, we got to talking about how this was our first time to Cape Cod and how we decided to spend the weekend there to celebrate Brandon’s birthday. Well you guys! The owners were just so sweet and left us a box of chocolates and the sweetest birthday card! It’s this kind of hospitality that you really don’t find at the chain hotel or even AirB&B - we were so thankful to have found this little spot and we cannot wait to be back!
Come back on Wednesday for all the details on where to eat, where to see cute seals, and all the best sunset spots along Cape Cod ♡
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