Spending five days on Cape Cod turned out to be the most welcome vacation! We were there with a couple of friends, as one of their parents graciously hosted us. Three of us flew up to Providence last Tuesday after work, rented a car, and drove to the house and were in just after midnight. The Cape isn’t the most ideal place to get to depending on where you’re coming from and the time of day (or the day itself–Fridays and weekends can be tough), but luckily getting in at night means no traffic. Also, highly recommend flying into Providence if you’re renting a car. It’s about equidistant from Boston, which is where people generally assume they need to start the drive.
I planned to take more photos but ended up unplugging/putting down the camera and social media more than expected. I will say I got some good video footage, though, and am really going to try and get my act together to get a little video together recapping the trip. However, there are a few good food recs + snaps if you’re in the area! We stayed in Orleans and spent some time in Chatham, Martha’s Vineyard, and Provincetown. The bulk of our time was spent making these little day trips, going to the beach, playing tennis, hanging by the pool, and just relaxing and eating at home…basically, the ideal vacation.
Zia (Orleans): Delicious pizza and salads–you can sit inside, but it’s perfect to-go! We got the Bonanza! and the Greek Riot for pizza and the Caesar and spinach salads.
Sundae School (Orleans): Apparently an institution and rightly so…their ice cream is phenomenal. Get the coffee Oreo–trust me!
the knack (Orleans): A nicer-than-average but still super casual New England roadside food stand (maybe Sonic-esque? In the best way. All the seating is outdoors). I had a lobster roll + fries + a chocolate shake and they were great. This was lunch the first day and a pretty awesome way to start the trip!
Nauset Farms (Orleans): A gourmet grocer of sorts with a phenomenal bakery section…do what we did and get a sampler of things to have after picking up Zia! They also have a bunch of prepared food, things to go, and beer + wine.
Cafe Heaven (Provincetown): No frills, super casual place with inventive and delicious breakfast + brunch. They have dinner, too, but I believe are known for the former. I had croissant French toast and the Mexican scramble was also great. It’s popular, so be sure to go early or be ready for a wait.
Chatham Candy Manor (Chatham): A really cute candy store with insanely good fudge and adorable packaging…aka a great place to buy gifts for those at home!
Bad Martha Brewery (Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard): This is a brewery in a garden nursery–so cool! It’s not huge but is really well designed.
The Seafood Shanty (Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard): The views here were amazing (the photo below is from right by our table) and the lobster roll was an incredibly generous portion. My biggest complaint was the non-buttered bun…it sounds minor, but a dry bun with a lobster roll isn’t ideal! Seems like they may have been having an off day because my friend had been the day before and her lobster roll was made completely differently.
Photos by Monica Dutia