Earlier this month, Nick and I headed to Cape Cod for an impromptu trip with some friends. For fellow Bostonians, this can be as quick as 1.5 hrs away without traffic. We usually head up north for lobster and outdoor activities…little did I know, the Cape offered a wealth of both and more!
Living in a windier city, I’ve learned my lesson to wear biking shorts under fuller skirts. This came in handy when we stumbled upon the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a paved bike trail (once a railroad, true to its moniker) that runs through the Cape. We rented from Barbara’s Bikes in South Dennis, refueled on tacos at Guapos Brewster, before peddling back in a 17-mile round trip. It was a scenic, leisurely ride for someone who hasn’t been on a bike in years. Bonus: Wear your swimsuit to take cooling dips in two little lake spots along the way.
For lodging, we took a gamble on By the Sea Guests Bed & Breakfast and ended up loving it. Their website has a 3 night minimum, which can be waived if you call 1 to 2 days prior. The rooms are small but cozy, with updated bathrooms and TVs (which I’ve never had in past B&Bs;). There were always homemade treats in the kitchen, and a hearty breakfast is served every morning in an airy room overlooking the ocean:
The B&B; has a small stretch of private beach that was nice and peaceful, with comfy chaise chairs, umbrellas, and an outdoor warm shower. The public beach right next door was extremely crowded with $25 parking. We’re not luxury travelers, and this little place met all of our needs for a fair price (relative to other lodging in the area). Be warned though that the room rates online are for 2-person occupancy, and each additional person is $59/ day.
In my “older age” I find myself glued to the umbrella, hats, and sunscreen on the beach, especially after prolonged sun exposure from other outdoor activities. Tans can be nice in the moment, but long-term wrinkles and sun-damage are not…so please protect your skin accordingly!
The best meal of the trip goes to the Ocean House Restaurant, which was a 5 minute walk from our B&B.; The reservations in the main room were all taken, which worked out for the best, as we waited for a window table (be sure to ask for one!) in the “lounge” area. The floor-to-ceiling windows let you enjoy a beach sunset while sipping cocktails and munching on yummy appetizers. There was jazzy live music later on during dinner, and fireworks right outside our window at dessert – what more could a diner ask for?
Lobster with four dipping sauces (kimchee sauce reigned supreme). I cried a little inside upon seeing that they only served the tail and claw meat (true sign of a “fusion” restaurant) and discarded the rest, aka my favorite parts. Aside from this, the dining experience was exceptional, and we all secretly wanted to go back the next day.
This two-piece outfit was a sweet handmade birthday surprise from my friend Khatu. It was comfortable and cool in the blazing heat, and also served as a convenient swimsuit cover-up. I couldn’t resist wearing it for a second day of exploring.