I love the feel of Osterville. At the historic society, the old barns and sheds are natural wood bleached from the sun, people enjoy stopping to say hello to your dog, hydraengers burst with color in all directions...and then there are the Hollyhocks......sigh
............welcoming you to the Cape's oldest and largest privately owned park. Take a walk!
Osterville has a great little park done by the horticultural society. Signage marks cultivars of interest. There are trails which go back from the main street into a charming nature walk. The walkway is made of wood and quite easy to traverse. They have an interesting way of funding their walkway.
Funding for the walkway in the park comes from local donations. You can buy a board for $150 and have your family's name or that of a deceased friend memorialized in the board at the same time you are helping with the development and care of the local nature walk!
Most of the waterfront is reserved for the locals in Osterville. There are great little beaches and ponds...with boat access and parking provided with a town sticker. Even if you can't stop at one of them, it's a wonderful waterfront area to drive through.
Fancies is the local market in Osterville. It's a great place to stop in for a snack, bakery item, some prepared food, or some fresh vegetables. They have an impressive little wine locker which used to be a butcher's meat freezer. There are fresh meats for sale as well. Quite a convenience, actually. It's attractive and the quality of the foods is quite good. Coffee is quite good as well. If you are planning a picnic, a trip to the beach or just a little something to take along on your drive...you would be wise to make this one of your stops.