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 Wednesday, friends! How has your week been thus far? All this cold weather is making us miss our trip to the beach a few weeks ago. As much as we love Colorado, the appeal of the sunny beach is too alluring….we definitely find ourselves daydreaming that we were back on the sand!
On Monday, we talked about where to stay on Cape Cod and today we are going to talk about what we did while we were there!
Where to Eat: OK so not going to lie, most of it was dragging our beach chairs to the water’s edge and spending the day reading and tanning. We really only left our perch for lunch and dinner. When we first arrived, we were absolutely starving! After checking in and dropping off our bags, we took a little drive over to Harwich to eat at the Mason Jar Deli. It’s the quintessential East Coast deli, complete with adorable red umbrellas on the patio outside. The sandwiches are priced reasonably for huge portions and it was super yummy! The only downside is that the wait is long; there is only the owner making sandwiches for everyone, so we ended up waiting over 20min even though there were only 2 people in line ahead of us. We learned this pretty quickly - service is on beach time here; everyone knows each other and stops to chat during the off-peak season.
We walked around the main road of Harwich which had cute little stores, selling everything from antique jewelry to kitschy souvenirs. We saw a sign for the local Cranberry Festival complete with fireworks! How quaint!! We were back in Harwich for dinner on our first night there, to eat at Ember Pizza. The place was packed and we ended up waiting for close to 20min for a table. It seemed that everyone came here to hang out, which I can understand - the decor was very modern and they had an amazing patio and fire-pit area. The service was also very quick, something we were not expecting. Unfortunately, the food left a lot to be desired. We ordered a large pizza to split, and it was just blah. We really wanted to love it, but we really couldn’t understand all of the hype.
The next day, we ate lunch at the Ocean House. Lunch was served on the patio area overlooking the water, and we got lucky with our table right along the railing. The food was delicious (we had an unbelievable mudslide milkshake with our burgers) but service was non-existent. We literally spent two hours there, even though we were done within an hour! We did like the location, given it was a 5 minute walk to our hotel.
Our last dinner along the Cape was at Firestarter Pizza, in Dennis. You guys!!! This was the hidden gem we were hoping Ember would be. It wasn’t busy at all (although there were a steady stream of to-go orders) so you can totally tell this was a local hotspot. We ordered and sat along their back patio, which was adorably decorated with string lights. The pizza dough was perfect, and the ingredients were fresh and high quality. We highly recommend this spot over Ember!
Exploring Cape Cod: The first town we spent significant time in was Chatham. It was a 20min drive from our hotel and we were excited to go exploring! The first time we went was in the evening to catch sunset along the Chatham Lighthouse.
We weren’t quite sure what to expect, and were a little underwhelmed. We did like the white sand beaches and the tall sea grass (very East Coast), but were turned off by the number of people there. We were able to get some gorgeous sunset pictures, though, and also overheard people talking about where to find seals! So we ~quickly~ got back into our car and made a beeline for the Chatham Pier.
It definitely takes a second to get used to all of the fishy smells, but this is where the seals hang out! We saw three of them fish around the waters near the pier looking for food. It was so magical!
We would also recommend Chatham for your souvenir needs. A lot of the stores are too preppy for us, but there are quite a few that are down-to-earth with one-of-a-kind goods!
After Chatham, we decided to drive along the coast towards Provincetown. On the way, we stopped at Nauset Beach and the Nauset Beach lighthouse, both of which are picturesque and worth of a quick detour! The shark flag at Nauset Beach was a little unnerving, but this is where the seals just played in the huge waves by the beach, so we could totally see why the sharks would also want to hang out close to shore.
Our last stop was the Cape Cod National Seashore, near Provincetown. If you have a national parks pass, entrance is free (otherwise, there is a charge). We loved how expansive the seashore was and the waves were just humongous! Funny enough, we also saw people in their campers along the edges of the beach; we wouldn’t have ever guessed that was allowed!
We had such a memorable trip and can’t wait to come back next year! ♡
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