This summer is already shaping up to be unlike any other we’ve experienced. While the Covid-19 crisis has affected our day-to-day lives, there are still many ways we can have fun this summer—while vacationing responsibly, of course! This week I want to share some unique Cape Cod experiences with you, ones that just scream the word FRESH! If you scroll down the page, you’ll find more fun, ongoing events on the Cape & Islands.
Are you a seafood lover? Then, boy, do I have a cool opportunity for you! This summer, there are some fishing boats that are selling their catch directly off their boats. You can find them selling lobsters, fish and scallops. I recently visited a local harbor and met up with the crew of the Midnight Our and purchased some scallops — and were they delicious! In fact, I couldn’t wait to cook them and sampled some raw right there in the parking lot! If you’re going to be in the Lower Cape area, and want the freshest of the fresh, definitely give this a try!
If you want for some fresh produce to go with the fresh seafood, check out Coonamesset Farm in Falmouth. Purchase a daily pass for $8 per person (kids under 2 are free) and pick your own in-season produce— from peas to peppers and greens to herbs—nothing is fresher than something you’ve picked yourself! There are a number of local farmer’s markets in the area worth checking out, as well!
And if you’re looking for more items freshly picked, check out the Cape Cod Lavender Farm located in Harwich. They have a fantastic, rustic gift shop full of goodies made from the lavender growing in the surrounding fields. You’ll find lavender lemonade, jam, sachets, room sprays, freshly harvested lavender, lavender plants and more! Be sure to wander through the fairy garden while you’re there. I swear I saw a sprite peeking out at me though the castle window the last time I was there!
On August 10, after a three-year, multi-million-dollar restoration, Mayflower II will be sailing through the Cape Cod Canal on its return home to the Plymouth area at approximately 8:45 a.m. View this once-in-a-lifetime event from several vantage points along the ship’s route down the canal.
If you’re in the mood for some outdoor music, check out the Dennis Yarmouth Summer Concert Series, an event that occurs every Monday in August. Enjoy this outdoor music series at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis. The Hyannis Sound, an a cappella group of college young men, will be performing every Thursday night at 6 pm at Whitehouse Field in Harwich. Attendance is capped at 100, so be sure to get a ticket in advance! Another live music option, in a fantastic setting, is the Free Concert Series taking place at Hyannis Harbor in Aselton Park from 6–7:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday.
Many local towns have joined the popular outdoor movie trend happening this summer! Falmouth Village Movies Under the Stars is happening on Wednesdays on the lawn of Falmouth Public Library at 8pm. There’s also the “Popcorn Pop-Up,” a pop-up drive-in movie experience in Dennis, happening on the campus of Cape Playhouse, Cape Cinema, and Cape Cod Museum of Art every Wednesday evening at 8:45 pm through August 19. On the Mid-Cape there’s the Yarmouth Drive-In hosting some live events along with movies. Further down on the Outer Cape, there’s the Wellfleet Drive-In, the oldest drive-in on the Cape that shows double features! And don’t forget Movies on Main in Hyannis. Tip: grab a bite to go from a restaurant to bring with you! Please note that tickets for most of these venues should be purchased in advance.
Happening now through August 21 is Chatham Art in the Park. This year’s theme is “Whales in the Park,” and the artwork is displayed in Chatham’s Kate Gould Park. At the end of the summer, the works of art will be auctioned online, and 50% of each item's sale price will go to the artist.
Enjoy one of the Cape’s popular whale watches, like the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown and the Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises! If you’re interested in going on one, a reservation is recommended, and face masks are required.
The observation deck has re-opened at the Chatham Fish Pier. Come sit among the seals and gulls, and watch fishermen unload their daily catch!
Now through Columbus Day, be sure to check out the Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail! There are 17 amazing sand sculptures to see throughout the town of Yarmouth—be sure to take part in the Sand Sculpture Trail Photo Contest, as well!
If you’re looking to get out and enjoy our beautiful local surroundings, here are some of our favorite hikes:
On the Upper Cape, there’s Beebe Woods located in Falmouth next to Highfield Hall. Beebe Woods consists of 383 acres of land and hosts an extensive network of walking trails that cover miles of varied terrain, including wooded ridges and steep-sided hollows, and a picturesque pond known as the “Punch Bowl” that lies deep within the woods.
Down a bit on the Lower Cape is The John Wing Trail located in Brewster near the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. This 1.3 mile trail takes you through an upland forest, salt marsh, salt meadows, dunes and mud flats.
Out on the Outer Cape, you will find Fort Hill Trail. This loop trail crosses open fields and connects with the Red Maple Swamp Trail where you walk along a boardwalk. At several points you’ll find spectacular vistas of the Nauset Marsh area. This trail is a real treat if you’re a bird watcher!
If you find yourself on the island of Nantucket, try to get out to the quaint town of Siasconset to enjoy the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk, also known as the Cliff Walk. This trail leads from the picturesque fishing village of Siasconset, where small rose-covered cottages sit atop the bluff, out to Sankaty Head Lighthouse. You’ll find yourself walking along some of the most beautiful properties on the island on one side of you, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic on the other.
And finally, out on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, there are the Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary Trails located in West Tisbury. The trails are along a hillside, providing many glimpses of the water overlooking Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands. At the bottom is a little pond on one side, the beach in the middle, and the Sound on the other side, really a gorgeous sight. A little warning—you might experience a bumpy ride on your way to the trail, but it’s worth it!
Check out the below video to find out more about the hikes we mentioned above: