When you visit the Cape and Islands, you have to go to the beach—that’s a given! But another favorite pastime is enjoying the area’s many local foods and libations. We’re proud to have some popular brands that are not only the tastiest around, they’re sold nationally and have reached an icon status. (When I was in college on the West Coast, it was comforting to see a bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips featuring the familiar image of Nauset Light. Oh beloved home—you were only one, salty crunch away!)
So when a rainy day sets in and visiting the beach isn’t an option, consider the next best choice—eating and drinking your way through the area! Here are three local companies that offer free tours. Watch how their goods are made, sample them, and then buy some to share with friends and family, happy touring and tasting!
Cape Cod Beer
“A Vacation in Every Pint” they say, a claim we wouldn’t mind finding out for ourselves! Cape Cod Beer offers one guided tour per day, but you can guide yourself through, as well. After your tour, there are $6 tastings for those age 21 and up.
Cape Cod Potato Chips
With over 250,000 visitors annually, this is one of the area’s top destination spots! After your self-guided tour, stop by the shop to purchase some tasty snacks for the whole family.
Perched between Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is Truro Vineyards, a winery and distillery that offers two tours a day in the summer as well as tastings.