Planning A Dream Road Trip: Spotlight On Cape Cod

Monday, September 21, 2015




To follow along on Planning Our Dream Road Trip- start at the beginning here!



Update on our trip planning:  So if you've been following along, you came here this week expecting to see our plans for visiting Martha's Vineyard.  Turns out Martha's Vineyard is a little more difficult to get to than we had anticipated.  Apparently you have to take a ferry to get there, and the one that lets you bring your car with you (which is important for a road trip, I hear), is pretty expensive and it's ideal to have reservations for it months in advance if you're going during summer time.  For any of you in the know, correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what I found in my early research on how to get there, sooooo...

We chose to stop in Cape Cod as a close second!  We haven't been there before and it looks like a beautiful little town....and the first stop of many that I will finally be able to get my lobster roll!  The plan right now is to just spend the day here as it's pretty close to our next stop, Boston.

I figure it will go a little something like this:


Leave New York City around 7am and drive about 5 hours to get to Cape Cod.  This means we should be getting there right around lunch time, which is perfect because.....








....this place looks like the perfect spot to officially start off our trip and to have my first ever New England Lobster Roll!  The Black Cat Harbor Shack is waterfront dining that is open mid May to mid October.  They are supposedly known for their huge lobster rolls and delicious clam chowder. That lobster roll is no joke.  I don't even know how I'll get my mouth around the thing, but you better believe I'll make it happen.



After a big lunch it'll probably be time to work some of that off by playing on the beach.  I hear that Kalmus beach is a good one to go to while in the Hyannis area of Cape Cod.  (There are many different parts of Cape Cod, and I really would like to see Provincetown, however that area seems to be the furthest out and too much to squeeze in to the one day that we have here.)  We are lucky enough to live on a beautiful beach in Hilton Head, SC, but it will feel amazing to get to a beach again after traveling and being in NYC for a few days!





Supposedly Race Point Beach in Provincetown is a great location to see whales and seals in the ocean, I wasn't able to find any information on being able to see marine life like that on the beaches in Hyannis/ Barnestable.  Anyone know?  We see dolphins a lot where we live, but whales and seals will be new to us!  My son would love it!  Who am I kidding...I want to see them too!!


Another beach that seems beautiful in the area is Sandy Neck beach.  It's more rocky here, but has a ton of great hiking trails and a lighthouse.

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Both beaches have bathrooms, a snack bar, and paid public parking.  I figure we'll spend the rest of the day playing on the beach, in the water, and hopefully checking out some of the hiking trails.  We'll orobably get a little snack from the snack bar and watch the sunset over the water.  It sounds like a great end to the day before we head back in the car to drive about an hour and a half to Boston!


 I love how it worked out that we started in a big city, then had a break with a nice beach day in a quaint little town, and then it's back to a big city again!

Has anyone been to Cape Cod before?  What little gems am I missing?  Is a different beach close by better?  What about these elusive whales and seals?  Suggestion for dinner?  Anything that you're stomping your feet about that I left off on a day trip to the area?  Let me know, I might add it in our day!!!



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13 comments

  1. This looks like a lot of fun! Did you know you can tour Cape Cod potato chips while you're there? Mybe you did and it's not your thing, but I'm all about food so it would be on my list. Have fun!

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    1. Ooo, I'm all about food too. I didn't know you could do that! I did notice that a bunch of the restaurants there serve Cape Cod potato chips which I thought was cute. Thanks for the tip!!

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  2. Never been but I've heard it's amazing there. Please keep us 'facebookers' posted! :)

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    1. Hi Chrissa! I will! I don't go til the summer but I'm having fun planning out all of our stops to keep me occupied until then!

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  3. Cape Cod is wonderful! Anywhere on the coast in New England is pretty spectacular haha and lobster rolls are amazing. I grew up in Maine and they're just not the same anywhere outside of New England haha

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    1. Ooo, I can't wait!! Where in Maine did you grow up?? We're going to be stopping in Portland and Bar Harbor on this road trip too! Any great places I need to stop in Maine...or your favorite lobster roll place?? I'll be writing about my plans for my stops in Maine in the next couple of weeks!

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  4. Gorgeous photos! And that food...get in mah belly! Have a great time, looks like the perfect day trip.

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    1. Ha! Get in mah belly!!! That's exactly what I was thinking when I was writing this, too funny! lol. Thank you!

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  5. Haven't been to Cape Cod but was in Martha's Vineyard. Such a gorgeous area!

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    1. Hi Ashley! Jealous that you were in Martha's Vineyard...it looks beautiful there!

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  6. We went on a family trip many, many years ago, but I remember the beaches were fabulous. It looks like you've found some good spots, and I look forward to reading about it.

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  7. Cape Cod is on my to-visit list. I will probably not want to leave.

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  8. Looks like your plans are shaping up nicely. I went to Cape Cod with my family as a child...on a road trip;-) It was beautiful! I still remember eating their famous lobster roll, delicious! Enjoy!! Oh, and I love Hilton Head! We live in North Carolina and drive through often.

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