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Vineyard, Cape Cod, and South Shore Smorgasboard

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A July 2004 trip to Cape Cod by gorboduc

Marshview Cottage Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: Where do Bostonians go for the summer? The Cape, of course! From nature walks to swimming to the all-important mini-golf, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard have it all.

Vineyard, Cape Cod, and South Shore Smorgasboard

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Overview

The native settlement at Plimouth Plantation Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Why do most people go to Cape Cod? The beaches. Cape beaches are justifiably renowned, and they come in two main types -- ocean and bay beaches. Bay beaches tend to be shallow, calm, and warm, good for families, as they are easy to swim, and good for beginning sea kayakers to practice on. However, bay beaches tend to be built up, with vacation homes clinging to the dunes above. The ocean beaches of the National Seashore, which runs the whole length of the east side of the Cape, are beautiful and unspoilt, with sandy cliffs rising out of the sea, but the water is colder and rougher than at the bay beaches. Stroll along past the lifeguards and you'll have the beach all to yourself -- unless you're ...Read More

Marshview Cottage

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Hotel

Marshview Cottage Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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"I’ve rented a dollhouse!" I thought, as I passed under the arbor and into Marshview Cottage’s back yard. Marshview’s more than just a name, too--the master bedroom, kitchen, living room and screened-in porch all have lovely views of Nauset Marsh and, in the distance, the Atlantic Ocean. The cosy gray-shingled cottage has two bedrooms (one with a queen bed, one with two twins) and one bath with a shower. It’s immaculately kept and charmingly decorated (check out the soapstone sink and barn board wainscoting in the eat-in kitchen and the quilts on the beds). When I arrived, there were freshly cut flowers, a card, and a bottle of wine awaiting me on the kitchen table--a lovely bonus, considering that t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2004

Marshview Cottage
2170 Route 6
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

12 Beach Way

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Hotel

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Twelve Beach Way is located in a pleasant beachfront association off of Route 6A in East Sandwich, MA. It's a great place for small families—it is a nice neighborhood, and you can walk (or, if you're lugging lots of beach paraphernalia, drive) the short 1/3 mile to the private beach. The rental is located about 4 miles from Sandwich proper and its grocery stores. The association's sandy beach is nice and clean, with grass-covered dunes heading down towards the water. Because it's open only to association members (or their renters), it's never crowded. The water (since this is a bay side beach, rather than an ocean side one) is shallow, warm, and calm. It's a great place to learn to sea kayak, if t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2004

12 Beach Way
12 Beach Way
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
1(800) 886-4998

Nashua House

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Hotel

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Cheap accommodation is not easy to find on Martha's Vineyard -- the stratospheric prices belie Oak Bluffs' casual and funky atmosphere, but reasonable rooms can be had at the Nashua House hotel in downtown Oak Bluffs. Nashua House is a large, old-fashioned, white Victorian -- quite different in scale and color from the rainbow of miniscule gingerbread cottages which compose most of Oak Bluffs. The entry is shaded by a porch that runs the length of the building, complete with porch swings for relaxing. The desk staff is friendly and helpful. Be aware, though, that you may have to wait a minute to get in if you arrive in the evening -- the main door is locked, and you have to ring the bell to alert ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2004

Nashua House
30 Kennebec Avenue
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
(508) 693-0043

Hole In One Donut Shop

Restaurant | "Hole-In-One Donuts"

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New Englanders seem to have a sweet tooth -- you can't throw a stone without hitting a homemade ice cream shop or a donut shop. Often, the donut shop is a Dunkin Donuts--fine, but nothing great. To get a taste of real old-fashioned donuts, try Hole-in-One instead. Hole-in-One has two locations, one on Route 6 in Eastham, and one on Route 6A in Orleans. The Orleans shop contains a sit-down restaurant with table service, and it provides traditional breakfasts and sandwiches. Our waitress was cheerful and attentive, but a touch clueless -- she didn't know what a raised donut was, a surprise given that she works in a donut shop. The egg and hash breakfast was average -- the eggs...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2004

Hole In One Donut Shop
Route 6
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02651
(508) 255-9446

Linda Jean's

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Restaurant

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Linda Jean's, conveniently located smack-dab in the middle of Oak Bluffs' main drag, Circuit Ave, is the quintessential locals' place. It's a warm and homey diner, where the efficient and cheerful waitresses know the names and orders of most of the customers, and stop to enquire about their kids and grandkids. The cozy country decor makes it a nice place to have a big breakfast on a chilly fall morning. Check out the specials list for tantalizing fruit-topped pancakes (I loved the apple-cinnamon ones), egg dishes, waffles, and the like. Lots of families come in, drawn by the comforting favorites on the menu (what kid doesn't like sausage links rolled in pancakes?) and reasonable prices -- ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2004

Linda Jean's
25 Circuit Ave.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02568
(508) 693-4093

Arnold's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Arnold's "

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OK. So now that you've decided to vacation on the Outer Cape, you pretty much have to have at least one meal at a clam shack. It's, like, a rule (not to mention a necessity -- once you're north of the Orleans circle, chain restaurants vanish). But with so many places to choose from, each insisting that it has the best fried clams on the Cape, how do you pick? My sister and I decided that we'd take Food and Wine's word for it and try Arnold's, conveniently located on Route 6, about 3 miles north of our rental. Perhaps Arnold's was a real shack once, but it's gotten considerably less shacky over the years -- it has a well-manicured lawn and beds of widlflowers that provide a wild prof...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2004

Arnold's Restaurant
3580 State Highway
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02642
(508) 255-2575

Plimoth Plantation

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Attraction | "Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth MA"

Plimoth Plantation Photo, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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We were drawn into the little cottage by the smell of smoke, mingled with the scent of meat and spices. Sure enough, once our eyes had adjusted to the dim light, we saw a young woman in a lavender bodice and light-blue skirt was setting out a pewter dish of stewed chicken on a trestle table. "Do you drink tea?" my friend asked, eying the jug standing beside the chicken thirstily. But she was met with a perplexed look and a polite, "Tea? What is that?" Tea, you see, that stereotypically English beverage, wasn't widely consumed in England or America before the 18th century. No wonder the young Pilgrim woman was confused--the interpreters in the Pilgrim village at Plimoth Plantation act as i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2004

Plimoth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
508 746 1622