If you are planning a trip to Cape Cod, you are in for the trip of a lifetime. The area is so stunningly beautiful, the towns are quaint, the history is rich and the food is unbelievably delicious. This area truly runs deep with American history and it will envelop you as soon as you get there.
Cape Cod is a sandy peninsula that was formed during the Ice Age and juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. It looks a bit like a human arm, bent at the elbow. The United States Geological Survey states that Vikings could have traveled this area more than 1,000 years ago, and it was home to some giant Mammoths who roamed here with other ice age creatures. But it was the Pilgrims who decided to call it home, when they found good potable water and food. They fought the Native Indians here. They eventually sailed over to Plymouth because the soil was too sandy to sustain them.
Modern day Cape Cod is home to 15 different towns, thousands of residents, and just as many weekend residents who travel from areas of New England just to be on “the cape.” You won’t have to look for activities in Cape Cod, but understanding the geography might help you decide where to begin your adventures. Cape Cod is divided into four categories – upper, middle, lower, and the islands. The upper section is closest to the mainland, and it and the middle section have the most restaurants to choose from. The lower, located farthermost from the mainland, has several great restaurants, and you will hear some great maritime stories around the area’s old haunts. The two islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are two popular tourist attractions where you will find many private vacation homes, as well as many tourist attractions. You can reach the islands by ferry or sail boat. There are also some great cruises to and from Cape Cod out to the islands.
Once you have chosen your trip itinerary, now comes the hard part. Deciding where to enjoy the great food they offer in Cape Cod is, well, maybe just have a snack at five or six of them. I can never choose just one. Of course, seafood is the best here, but you will find a great selection of cuisine. My personal favorites are the resort restaurants on the islands that offer some great steamed lobster pots. Cape Cod is also home to the original clambake. Plan one of your own, or join in any of those planned around the area. A clambake brings together the best of the area’s seafood, fresh vegetables and savory sauces in a steaming combination that makes the mouth water at its mere mention — just-caught lobsters, clams, quahogs and fish steamed with corn, pearl onions and red potatoes. And it all happens outside, and many times, on the beach. It is a great time for the whole family.
Did I mention that Cape Cod has 32 world-class golf courses, tons of antique shops, museums, and the Kennedy family compound and JFK museum? Make plans to take a guided tour of the historical spots while you are there. A weekend in Cape Cod has everything you could want for a great getaway.