Cape Cod offers an abundance of natural beauty for visitors to enjoy, but if you haven’t done your research, here are the top 5 things everyone must see and do before leaving the Cape.
- Drive scenic route 6A, the Old Kings Highway. This winding road meanders through the villages of Sandwich, West Barnstable, Barnstable, Yarmouthport, Dennis, and Brewster before joining the Mid-Cape Highway at the Orleans rotary then continues through Eastham, Wellfleet, and Truro before ending in Provincetown. No matter what the season, the landscape and architecture along this scenic byway is magnificent. Old sea captain’s homes, quaint book stores, trendy boutiques, and quintessential clam shacks line this 62 mile route. Plan on at least an hour’s drive to take in the entire route.
- Take a Whale Watch Adventure. From mid-April through mid-October Cape Cod Bay is alive with right whales, humpback, finback, and minkes. These magnificent animals feat on the abundant plankton along Stellwagen Bank. The Hyannis Whale Watcher departs from Barnstable Harbor daily taking visitors on a 3 ½ hour adventure to spot whales bubble feeding, breaching, and frolicking in the water just off the tip of Cape Cod near Provincetown.
- Day trip by ferry to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. No visit to Cape Cod is complete without taking in one of the lovely offshore islands. Easily accessible by ferry from Hyannis harbor, the Steamship Authority’s highspeed ferry will whisk you across Nantucket Sound to Steamboat Wharf on the island of Nantucket in just an hour. Spend the day wandering the cobblestone streets of Nantucket Town, enjoy a 1 ½ hour narrated tour by minivan, or rent bicycles to peddle out to Sankaty Head lighthouse via a scenic bike path. Martha’s Vineyard is just a 45 minute trip from Woods Hole or Falmouth.
- Climb Highland Lighthouse. Cape Cod is dotted with lighthouses built to assist sailors navigating the unpredictable shoals along its coastline. These iconic symbols are one the the most often photographed features of this lovely peninsula. From mid-April through mid-October visitors can climb the historic Highland lighthouse in Truro for a modest fee. Docents posted near the top are available to answer your questions. The view from the top is indescribable.
- Eat lobster. Fresh seafood is the number one draw to Cape Cod for foodies from around the globe, but nothing is more frequently requested than lobster. Eat it boiled, fried, bake-stuffed or in a New England style hotdog roll, the succulent meat of a lobster is a taste treat not to be missed.
You can enjoy all 5 of these “must dos” when you stay at the inn. We’ll provide maps, book your whale watch or ferry tickets, share our favorite clam shack locales, and give you some tips on how to maximize your enjoyment of lobster.