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Karen Visits Cape Cod

Karen Visits Cape Cod

March 11, 2024

(Note: I record my travels and write these blogs periodically to help provide my clients with a little insight and inspiration! My aim is to review establishments, big and small, from the perspective of my unique client base. That is, I assess things like cost, value, accessibility, LGBTQ-friendliness, and of course, whether it’s worth a visit in my humble opinion. Enjoy!)

This winter I decided (on two occasions) to spend a week working remotely from Cape Cod. Lots of our clients summer here, and some live in the Cape year-round. Off-season is a nice time to visit if you want to explore without all the crowds. Of course, you run the risk of some places being closed for the winter, but many establishments are open and even more enjoyable because you're not fighting hoards of people. 

In December, I spend some days in Hyannis. I wanted to check out a popular time-share location, and the local attractions. Unfortunately, I ended up with COVID so I had to cut the trip a few days short. Here's what I got to see in my few days there:

I stayed at The Soundings Seaside Resort. Loved it. Right on the beach. I stayed in 2 bedroom suite with a full kitchen. That allowed my family to visit me on the weekend to help me explore while providing a suitable location to work for some additional days. They had plenty of relaxing and quite places, and also reliable Wi-Fi. While I didn't get to enjoy it, I did note that there was a walking trail right across the street. See my full review HERE

On arrival, we looked for a dinner spot and found Ember Coal Fire Pizza. This place looked to be an excellent hang out for the night had it been a warm summer night. They have a gorgeous and sizable outdoor patio. Find the review HERE.   

Over the weekend we stopped at the Scargo Tower (review HERE) on the way to the Whydah Pirate Museum (review HERE).  I enjoyed both of these attractions and greatly appreciated the lack of crowds. The Tower offered a beautiful view of the town and part of the bay. It's also a historical monument, which I enjoy reading about. The museum is a more traditional attraction, well-suited for kids, but adults can enjoy it too. I learned a lot because it's a bona fide museum with a research lab, and not just a tourist attraction. This is a must-visit if you're ever on the cape, in my opinion. 

At this point I stopped at the mall for some Christmas shopping and all I got was sick! Was only able to get a few days of work while staying quarantined. 

Came back in February, this time to Falmouth. I felt like there was less to do here in the off-season. But I could see that it would be a popular destination during the warm and summer months. Most activities that I could find were on or near the water. 

We did go for a beautiful drive along the beach (just as it started to snow!) and it took us by the Nobska Lighthouse. It was closed, but there's a building typically open for visitors. Though it has a tiny parking lot. I do recall that the road it's makes for a nice scenic drive. Find my review HERE

My favorite spot during this visit was The Knob, a little hidden gem of a nature walk along the beach that gets you to an elevated landing for gorgeous views of the bay. If you like small bursts of nature you can do with little prep and with a short time commitment, this is it. My review is HERE along with some photos. 

We spent the rest of our time just driving around, as we caught a snowstorm this week. Visited several food establishments. Check them out below. I left having a greater appreciation for the beauty of the Cape. I look forward to returning when it's warm. It's been a few years since I've made it down to P-Town, which is my favorite spot on the Cape. That will be my next destination. Stay tuned!

Reviews of Other Tourist Destinations:

Betsy's Diner: An excellent breakfast with vast gluten-free choices!  Details HERE.

Lo Adoro Italian Market: If you like pasta, sauces, wine and cheese... this is your place! Details HERE:

Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium of Falmouth: Sweet tooth? This place has you covered. Details HERE.

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