I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. One of the greatest parts of traveling is trying the local food and drink. You can learn a lot about a place by the menu items they specialize in. Cape Cod was no exception to this learning opportunity, and I caught on very quickly that seafood defines the East Coast region. From lobster tails and oysters to clams and haddock, I tried everything from the sea that I could – and loved it.
Despite a few wrong turns and car arguments, our family trip to the Cape in July went off without a hitch. Ferry rides to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard provided me with the chance to be by the ocean, explore new beach towns, and pop in and out of different local shops. Provincetown was as eclectic as I was told, and I had some of the most delicious coffee paired with an oceanside view.
Every time I travel, I always think in the back of my mind that I should carry around a notebook, a la Joan Didion, and jot down what I’m feeling and experiencing in the moment. But, distractions come at me by way of my constant photographing, and words get placed on the back burner.
Until the day comes when I’m serious about channeling my inner Joan, I’ll let my photos do the talking. Let’s face it. They do a better job of showing off my trip than my words ever could.
Bananas Foster Crepe ($6.95) at Rendezvous Cafe & Creperie
Loved the inside of Common Ground Cafe, very treehouse-like
The Shack Out Back had some of the most delicious seafood. Still dreaming about these baked clams casino ($11.95)
The Shack Out Back won again with the lobster tail ($15.95)
The last seafood dish we ordered at the Shack was baked oysters rockefeller ($12.95). Amazing.
This ahi tuna burger ($14.95) from Trader Ed’s was spicier than I was expecting but definitely worth the price. I paired it with a Cape Cod Blonde Ale that meshed well with the kick.
I stared at Trader Ed’s ceiling almost the entire time I was waiting for my food. So much to look at.
- Rendezvous Cafe & Creperie
- Common Ground Cafe
- The Shack Out Back
- Trader Ed’s
Waiting in line for ice cream, and I couldn’t help but admire this view.
Cheesin’ in front of Brant Point Lighthouse
The Brotherhood of Thieves restaurant had this mouth-watering fish burrito ($16) made with fried cod, rice, guacamole, salsa fresca, and chipotle creme
Enjoying ice cream from The Juice Bar while taking in the view
Always seeking the cobblestone streets
The hydrangeas all over Cape Cod were the prettiest I’ve ever seen.
Taking in the view
- The Juice Bar
- The Brotherhood of Thieves
- Brant Point Lighthouse
A made-to-order donut from The Donut Experiment was one of my first stops upon arriving in Provincetown. You get to choose your frosting flavor and topping. Pictured is a donut with chocolate frosting topped with crushed Oreos ($1.35)
Whenever I travel, I try to find a specialty coffee shop, and KoHi Coffee Company had the java and a view to beat. Although you couldn’t go outside the shop, the view while sipping my Gibraltar (cortado) was still enjoyable.
Although it was an overcast day, the colorful buildings and waving flags throughout the town certainly made up for the lack of sunny weather.
We had a 45-minute wait for lunch, and there was no better way to kill time than to lay in a hammock with a view of the ocean.
Northern Lights Hammocks lets you try out the different types of hammocks hanging in and outside the store.
Pepe’s Wharf Restaurant is what a seafood lover’s dreams are made of. I ordered jumbo shrimp and oysters from the raw bar and paired it with a crisp, Pinot Grigio. 10/10 would recommend.
- The Donut Experiment
- KoHi Coffee Company
- Northern Lights Hammocks
- Pepe’s Wharf Restaurant
Ocean view from the town of Edgartown in Martha’s Vineyard
A mudslide ($10) at The Seafood Shanty was just what we needed after a long morning of walking around.
One of the most picturesque views.
The Bad Martha (Martha’s Vineyard Ale) is a local beer that had a surprisingly smooth caramel finish. I’m not one for dark beers, but I loved this one.
Martha’s Vineyard has a whole area of preserved Victorian-style cottages that were originally Methodist camp meeting houses. The bright colors and nicely decorated front porches are a must-see.
- The Seafood Shanty
- (Drank) Bad Martha beer
- Martha’s Vineyard Gingerbread Cottages
Until next time,