Tons of sun and fun and water and seafood and art galleries.....
never enough time...always the same complaint
The Cape is a wonderful place to explore
These ladies are great! They are a group of 10 young women that sing a cappella all over the cape. They put on a great performance and make a boring weekday evening a night to remember. I saw these ladies last summer and I still wish I could have seen more shows! They are simply fantastic! Their show schedule is on their website Capeharmony.com. I...more
Cape Cod Potato Chips is one of the few small potato chip manufacturers left in New England - and they are so much better than the big company's chips. If you're on the Cape, and think it's interesting to see where your food comes from, the factory is a fun visit. (Regardless of whether you visit, if you see these on the shelves give them a try -...more
Create your own Ice Cream Tour! Four Seas Ice Cream Home-made ice cream made on site with great flavors varying from cantaloupe to (my personal fave) peanut butter chip chocolate. They also serve great sandwiches to boot. It is definitely worth the wait when there's a line! Four Seas opens the Saturday before Memorial Weekend and closes the...more
The Guyer Barn Gallery and arts center is a Mid-Cape Cultural Council funded project which helps to showcase local artists' work. The gallery itself is an old barn built in the 1860's and is a typical example of early wood frame construction. The barn has had a number of owners and uses over the years, including a bicycle shop. A studio/workshop...more
There is a path which is well marked, leading you from the Main Street in Hyannis to the waterfront and town docks just about a block away. The trail is done very nicely with a 'wave' effect modelled into the brick walkway. It's a notable design element as well as a convenient way to move people from the business district to the waterfront. Watch...more
I'm not sure if this reminded me more of a pirate ship or the African Queen...but it's a unique and colorful boat to ride...and the crowd evidentally agrees with that assessment. You can find all of these boating opportunities at the town docks only about a block from Main Street. Plenty of options to choose from for an entertaining day on the...more
The town of Hyannis has provided these little sheds for artists to rent for the season. Tourists can review their work in a group. Local talent displayed and for sale....before you board your cruise boat. It's an interesting concept for the artists as well as the life at the waterfront.Notice the blue hydraengers planted along the walkway. The Cape...more
One of the great things to do in the Cape Cod area is just hire a bike and cycle around the various little port towns. Its great fun and the scenary is amazing.If you prefer you can catch a ferry from Hyannis port to Marthas Vineyard and other islands off the coastline. These make an excellent day out and you never know who you'll see with all the...more
You will LOVE the location, price, and charm of this place! It's a GEM!!!! I can't say enough about...more
We stayed in a king minisuite on the 1st floor. There's plenty of parking right outside & the Inn...more
DO NOT waste your money staying here. The management and ownership are very rude. This place is...more
It was easy to find Caffe Gelato Bertini in Hyannis because we saw two young girls walking on the sidewalk eating something out of small bowls near the the place. We had a hard time deciding what to get because of all the beautifully presented choices, and then we wound up getting the same thing! Paid $8.00 for two small cups. Very tasty. Owners...more
A friend and I decided to sample BBC after some local friends claimed that it was one of their favorite haunts. We arrived on a Saturday evening, but early enough so that there wasn't an endless wait. The staff was attentive and friendly, explaining the various unfamiliar items on the menu and encouraging us to try them -- and the advice was...more
I love Mexican food and was truly looking forward to a great experience. Unfortuantely I did not GET that great experience.The food was of poor quality and seemed microwaved. Pricing was TOO high based on quality.Restaurant could use a good scrubbing and a handyman. not good.more
This is another of those classic "clam shacks" of Cape Cod. This one is at the canal road on the mainland side of the canal. It's the last chance to grab a clam roll or a mile long hot dog before you leave the Cape area. It is within view of the Bourne bridge. Decent food for a quick stop.more
The price and portions were great to me. I also liked the atmosphere. I would highly recommend this place. I had the Blackened Yellowfin Tuna Steak topped with a red curry/mango sauce, Mexican rice and vegetablefor $15.95. and Angie had the BBQ Mixed Grill consisting of chicken breast, pork chop and baby back ribs with seasoned fries, French bread...more
Along the Main Street of Hyannis you will find whales to amuse you. They come in a variety of decorations, as I mentioned before. Here we see one that is a version of GI Joe, I guess. The kids who were hanging around it were trying to convince us that they were the ones who made it. They were the artists who worked on it, and weren't they great? We...more
632 Reviews and Opinions
We took a day trip to Nantucket using the Steamship Authority Ferry. It was a two hour and 15 minutes ride for $35 round trip. Everything about this ride was very nice. First of all it wasn't crowded the week after Labor Day. We had great weather so the ride was very pleasant. The inside facilities are nice also. We didn't need reservations for the...more
The Flying Cloud is the high speed ferry to the islands, making the trip in less than 1 hour. The 138-foot vessel with a capacity for 280 passengers makes six trips daily from Hyannis to Nantucket. At a cruising speed of 36 knots, the vessel makes the trip in less than an hour while the standard ferry takes 21/4 hours.Hyannis (508)...more
The best way to get to the cape is either car or plane. There are several airports in the cape, and we saw a US Air Mesa jet landing at Barnstable Airport.The ferry leaves for Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, both available in less than 2 hours. You will have to check the schedule for the times. Hy-Line CruisesOcean Street DockHyannis, MA...more
Christmas Tree Shop These shops are everywhere and carry a variety of products--anything from decorative lamps to shampoo, greeting cards to flatware. The quality may not be the absolute best, but the prices aren't steep, so it's a "you-get-what-you-pay-for" kind of place. But if you forgot your beach towel at home and need a new one before you head off to enjoy the sun, then the Christmas Tree Shop is perfect.
What to buy: Souvenir for everyone: Salt Water Taffy! It's really inexpensive and everyone will love it. Although you can't get the ultra-creative flavors like peanut butter or chocolate, the basics are all included in these boxes.
I'm not sure if they have this deal anymore, but phone cards are also a great purchase and go a long way, too.
What to pay: No more than $3/box for some genuine salt water taffy.
Please, please, do not call yourself a Cape Codder or a local if you only spend a short period of time here during the Summer. Until you have spent several (at least) Winters on the Cape you are still nothing but a glorified tourist to us even if you own a house here. Our property taxes are sky-high because of the houses that dot the beaches that remain empty during the colder months of the year. The lack of affordable housing, cuts in local education funds and sheer winter boredom do not warm up true Cape Codders to those that pretend to be one of us. Trust me, we know if you're for real. Ever hear of "6Degrees of Kevin Bacon"? You can play that game here with any Cape Codder to any Cape Codder... minus three degrees. We know. We are very proud of who we are and the trials and tribulations we have to go through. A Summer home does not equate to being one of us. Sorry.
I know I may not be a Cape Cod local, but having spent 2.5 months out of every year there ever since I was an infant has made me more than just a "glorified tourist." So please, this is just a little driving tip/observation. Be very wary that with all the locals and tourists driving in the summer that there may be a little less following of street...more
Here is a mistake I see once or twice daily on Main Street, Hyannis... people driving the wrong way. Yes folks, it is in fact a one-way street. Please look for tell-tale signs such as (gasp) street signs, lights facing oncoming traffic and such. Running parallel to Main Street is South Street, also one-way but in the opposite direction. North...more