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Cape Cod: Peaceful, Popular, and Picturesque

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A June 2003 trip to Cape Cod by questors

Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: A week in Cape Cod let us sample the diversity of the landscape and a variety of activities. Day trips that drew us from our relaxing home base in Brewster included a factory tour, scenic bicycle ride, seashore hike, and tourist Mecca excursion.

Cape Cod: Peaceful, Popular, and Picturesque

Overview

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Cape Cod is traditionally divided into Outer Cape, Upper Cape, Mid Cape, and Lower Cape. The boundaries are based on town lines that are invisible and meaningless to the tourist. I believe that the terms are deviously maintained just to trip up tourists: "Hah! You foolishly thought that the Upper Cape was above the Lower Cape! You are certainly not from around here, you uneducated lout!" Instead of those conventional boundaries, why not have divisions that are tourist-based? I propose Peaceful Cape, Popular Cape, and Picturesque Cape. Peaceful Cape, the length of Route 6a from Sandwich to Brewster, is charming and bucolic. It includes slow drives through historic villages, br...Read More

Box Lunch

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Restaurant

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When you’re ready to roll down a country lane, what are ya gonna eat? A Rollwich, of course! A place called Box Lunch, located right next door to a bike shop on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, calls their sandwiches "rollwiches" and serves the creative contents rolled in soft pita bread. It is probably the forerunner to what we call a "wrap" here in California, but the fillings are fresher and tastier than any I’ve had before. For the three of us, we packed two of their creations (a seafood salad design plus a roast beef-bleu cheese concoction) and one bottle of water for our 10-mile bike ride. The rollwiches fit perfectly in the bottle carriers on the bikes, so no packs were needed. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Box Lunch
302 Underpass Rd
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02631
(508) 896-1234

Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour

Attraction | "Cape Cod Potato Chip Company Tour"

Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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You always need to include a fun place for the kids to visit on your vacations! Okay, okay, my husband was the one who wanted to visit the chip shop. He loves factory tours and seeing how things are made. At first glance, this place would probably be a bore to most kids anyway. But several things save it from being a drag: it’s unstructured, it’s over quickly, and there are generous samples at the end. The tour consists of a single hall with large windows that you peer through to the factory floor. Signs explain the goings-on. There really is not that much to making a potato chip, so the process, and thus the hall, is not very long. At the end is a salesroom offering free samples ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour
100 Breed's Hill Road
Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601
+1 508 775 3358

Cape Cod National Seashore

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Attraction

Cape Cod National Seashore Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Cape Cod National Seashore is thirty-two times the size of New York City’s Central Park. That’s huge! Yet the National Seashore is considered subtle and low-key. Thoreau, who hiked these shores in 1865, described the landscape as "exceedingly desolate." Today it is generally bypassed by the crowds that visit the rest of the cape. Those who do visit are, like Thoreau, wanting to get away from it all and enjoy nature’s solitude. I thought it would be cool to follow the same path that Thoreau took along the shoreline, but because the Cape is slowly vanishing into the ocean, that route is now under water several hundred feet offshore. Instead we walked the interconnecting Fort Hill and Red Maple Sw...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Cape Cod National Seashore
Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, Massachusetts 02667
+1 508 349 3785

Cape Cod Rail Trail

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Attraction | "Biking the Cape Cod Rail Trail"

Cape Cod Rail Trail Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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A bicycle is the perfect way to explore Cape Cod. You know what it’s like checking out a new locale in a car: you’re either going too fast to really see what you want to see or you’re stuck in traffic – and Cape Cod has its share of that. With a bike, you can stop and explore whenever you want and you can cover more ground than if you’re walking. The Cape Cod Rail Trail provides an ideal setting for investigating what the Cape has to offer. Cranberry bogs, shady lanes, kettle ponds, and an old-fashioned country store – we saw them all on our 10-mile ride. And the Rail Trail is a delight for us out-of-practice riders: it’s safely removed from traffic, smoothly paved, and mostly level....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2005

Cape Cod Rail Trail
Route 134
Dennis, Massachusetts 02638
+1 508 896 3491

Provincetown

Attraction

Provincetown Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Who was it who said, "Beware of any enterprise that requires new clothes."? I don’t know if that is true – who doesn’t love new clothes – but in the case of Provincetown, maybe it should be: "Beware of any town that requires parking lots for tourist buses." I thought I would enjoy Provincetown, a gay, arty, seaside town. It sounded just like Laguna Beach in Southern California, a favorite of ours for dining and strolling and enjoying the sunshine. But my reaction to P’town was, "I drove all the way here for this?" I just didn’t get it. Hordes of middle-aged straight tourists (yes – just like me) tramping down a single narrow street, past shops that sell 3-for-$5 T-shirts and...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 14, 2005

Provincetown
Eastern end of Route 6
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657

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Anaheim, California

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