Activities and Attractions
Like any world class detination area, Cape Cod has a wonderful variety of things to see and do. While you are staying at our historic Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, we are always available to help plan your itinerary.
In the meantime, the list below has wonderful links along with some of our impressions and tips.
The Crosby mansion is a local gem that received headlines in our local paper with a title of "From the outhouse to the penthouse" The historic building has been in disrepair for many years and is now being lovingly restored by the "Friends of the Crosby Mansion". The group has collaborated with the local Tech highschool to build a new restroom facility which will be key to opening the doors for more revenue potential through wedding and event functions. Their goal of restoring the mansion to it's original luster will cost about 5 million.We love to recommend to our guests that they walk around the property and visit the wonderful bay beach which is just a few steps down the road. The mansion was completed in 1888 and is a monument to an earlier time, a time of opulence, grandeur and painstaking craftsmanship.
Cape Cod may be globally renowned for our beautiful beaches but we also have an array of events and activities to enjoy during your stay, including concerts, plays, art exhibits, museums, art galleries and baseball games, just to name a few. An updated calender can be found on:
Cape Cod Newspaper on Line- Cape Cod Today
Cape Cod Rail Trail- Cape Codder's pride themselves on their Yankee thrift so when the railroad stopped running beyond Hyannis, they coudn't waste a perfectly good piece of realestate, as thin as it may be.... and so the 28 mile long Cape Cod Rail Trail was born. We love to recommend to our guests that they take towels provided by the inn, as well as their swim suits so that they can enjoy a swim in the many kettle ponds and beaches that they will see along the way. It's also fun to pick up a picnic lunch at one of our many suggested restaurants to enjoy during your ride, walk or run. The path is paved, generally flat and wide with a generous grassed shoulder so that you can meander through the scenic towns, cranberry bogs and beaches. It's a really wonderful way to see Cape Cod. We have a great place to store your bikes at the inn or a wonderful bike rental just up the road. You can easily ride your bike from the inn and jump on the path for your relaxed walk or bike ride.
Cape Cod National Seashore- Henry David Thoreau once described the National Seashore as "A man may stand there and put all America behind him" The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. It comprises forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands supporting many diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors. We love to recommend the Salt Pond Visitor's Center, which is at the entrance to the National Seashore, where you can visit with a friendly ranger and decide which beach, light house or walk path you woudl like to visit.
Sandwich is a wonderful cape cod village where you can enjoy a meandering drive down the old historic highway, 6A, and stop in to enjoy some of the many antique stores, shops and galleries. Once in Sandwich, we like to recommend a visit to the Heritage Mueseum and Gardens where our guests can enjoy the beautiful gardens along with an impressive car exhibit featuring more than thirty of the finest antique American automobiles in a Shaker Round Barn style building. (Your female innkeeper is not that much into cars- but this exhibit is both informative and enjoyable.) Sandwich is a lovely quaint village where you can also enjoy shopping and lunch at the acclaimed Dunbar Tea House. Not to be missed is the Sandwich Glass Museum where you can watch molten glass, drawn from the furnace, blown and pressed into exquisite shapes and learn why the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company led the world in the manufacture of glass during the early 19th century.
Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard- Many of our guest's enjoy day trips to the islands. We like to recommend several different ferries, depending on what time of year and what you have in mind. During the summer, we love the Nantucket Island Ferry. It's a smaller line that runs in about the same time out of Harwich Port (which is closer to the inn) with free parking. We like to take our bikes over on the ferry to enjoy the wonderful bike path on Nantucket. The Steamship Authority runs out of Woods Hole and Hyannis and goes to both islands. If you are going to Martha's Vineyard, the Wood's Hole ferry is a longer drive but less of a boat ride with lesser fares. HyLine Cruises runs out of Hyannis and goes to both islands frequently. Nantucket is a small island and can be seen very easily by foot or bike. Not to be missed is the wonderful Whale Museum. Martha's Vineyard is a much larger island and we recommend either renting a vehicle or taking the public transportation or tours to see all that the island has to offer. You can bring your car on the ship but it requires advance reservations and is very expensive.
Cape Cod Whalewatching - We hear wonderful stories about our guest's experiences during these tours where you are guarantedd to see many whales. We like to recommend the Dolphin Fleet out of P'Town. They have several boats that run daily with a naturalist on board to educate everyone about these extradinary species. They adhere to NOAA Northeast whale watching guidelines and are an active participant to the whale sense program. Visit the whale sense web site to learn about responsible whale watching and the whale sense program. While in P'town we recommend lunch at either the Lobter Pot or Fanizzis-both waterfront dining with great local seafood.
Arts Dunes Tours- Imagine dunes stretching as far as you can see with wispy beach grass, dark green pine trees and deep red beach plums nestled in hollows which are brought together by a silhouette of blue sky. You will travel through the majestic dunes where your guide points out the "dune shacks" where famous artists and writers like Eugene O'Neill and Harry Kemp became inspired to create their art. This tour is not to be missed and runs about 45 minutes.
Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod- This vineyard strieves to pioneer the art of maritime grape growing on the Cape Cod. The vinifera vineyard produces wine with intense flavor and lush varietal character. They have winetasting daily in the summer and are about a 1/2 a mile from the ocean and the bay on either side, nestled in the hills of Truro on Rt. 6A.
Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis- has a wonderful summer calender with some old time favorites such as Frankie Vallie and the Beach Boys.
Nickerson State Park- This state pak right up the road from the inn has more then 1900 acres of beautiful pristine lakes, bike trails and camp grounds. The rail trail runs right through the park. We love to walk around one of the lakes with our dog Harrison.
Cape Cod Center for the Arts- This wonderful property in Dennis is home for the Cape Cod Playhouse, Cape Cod Center for the Arts and Cape Cod Cinema. We love to go to the old fashion movie theatre where you can see the original fresco on the ceiling by Rockwell Kent.
Cape Cod Baseball League- nothing like an old fashion baseball game on Cape Cod!
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History- a country museum that is a true inspiration in that it is almost totally run by volunteers. They have many wonderful programs for children as well as a beautiful nature trail that meanders down to the beach called the Wing Trail. It's a breathtaking nature walk where you can see the osprey as well as beautiful vistas of the bay as you approch the beach. A must see experience!
Shopping, shopping shopping.....We have so many favorites and love to share with guests our experiences. Lemon Tree Village just down the street has a wonderful clothing store called Le Bodago as well as many interesting pottery and gift shops. We are blessed to have many highly acclamed art galleries and artist shops. Pottery is also very popular on the Cape with many of the artists living and showcasing their wares in their shops along 6A. One of our favorites is Heart Gallery and Scargo Pottery.
Let us know what you have in mind and we would love to share our experiences or investigate what is available to you on our beautiful peninsula of Cape Cod!