You’ve taken a few days off from work so how do you plan 3 perfect days on Cape Cod? Easy. Ask your innkeeper. We’ve been here going on 14 years and hosted guests from all over the world with varying interests and proclivities, so we know a thing or two about how to fully enjoy Cape Cod rain or shine. But let’s focus on the shine for now.
Day One: Sightseeing and Scenery
If you’re new to Cape Cod you’ll want to explore a little to get the lay of the land. So your first outing should be a drive along scenic Route 6A, the Old Kings Highway. Curling around the north shore of the island this magnificent byway meanders through the quaint and lovely villages of Sandwich, West Barnstable, Barnstable, Yarmouthport, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans before linking up with the mid-Cape Highway to travel down the spine of Cape Cod towards Provincetown. Along the way you’ll pass old sea captain’s homes, unique shops and cafes, and lovingly cared-for gardens of Cape Codders old and new. Heading east virtually any left-hand turn will take you towards Cape Cod Bay and any number of white, sandy beaches. Be prepared to pay for parking in-season. The drive can be an all day affair with numerous stops along the way, or a breezy trip just to get the lay of the land. If you’re planning on making a day of it, be sure to ask us for our “Favorite Drives: Lower Cape Cod” driving tour available to our guests free-of-charge to truly maximize your experience. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore just minutes off the main drag, many of which you might not find unless a native told you about them.
Day Two: Island Exploring
You’ll want a full day to explore one of the off-shore islands. Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are each an easy day trip from Cape Cod. Ferries to the Vineyard depart Hyannis, Falmouth and Woods Hole. Hyline’s high-speed ferry to Martha’s Vineyard is one hour door to door from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs. The Steamship Authority offers a 45-minute traditional auto ferry from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs. And the passenger only Island Queen leaves from Falmouth and arrives in Oak Bluffs in 40 minutes.
To reach the island of Nantucket your best option is to depart from Hyannis via either one-hour high-speed ferry transit for passengers only, or the traditional auto ferry that requires a 2 hour and 15 minute passage. Bothe the Steamship Authrotiy and the Hyline ferry offer the high-speed option to Nantucket. But if you are taking your car to Nantucket your only option is the Steamship Authority.
Both islands offer beautiful beaches, quaint shops, and awesome bike paths to explore or you could consider taking a 90-minute mini-van tour with guide to give you a nice overview of the islands along with interesting narrative.
Day Three: Beaches and Boating
Cape Cod is surrounded by miles of beach, so your choices are unlimited. The closest beach to our location is Sandy Neck Beach, an 8-mile barrier beach perfect for long walks. Sandy Neck allows off-road vehicles by permit, but the beach is so long there is still plenty of acreage to set up a cozy spot for the day. Water temperature is cooler on the Cape Cod Bay side due to the depth of the water and the waves are generally much calmer. The ebb and flow of the tides makes for wonderful tides pools to ponder and play in for the young ones. On the south side of the island an abundance of sandy beaches beckon with ample parking for a fee along with food service and rest rooms. The beaches of the National Seashore are outstanding, with lovely surf for paddle-boarding or any other number of sea worthy craft. Rent a skiff for a day of fishing or a kayak for salt marsh explorations.
When you stay with us we can help plan any number of other activities for you, including whale watching, scenic train rides, and seal cruises.