Cape Cod Vacation Recap Part 2: What I Wish I Did

What?  Two posts in one day?  Well, I’m trying to get back on track after being on vacation, and I’ve got lots to talk about, so here we go…  Welcome to Part 2 of my Cape Cod vacation recap.  In this post, I’ll be talking about all of the things I usually do, but didn’t get to, or things I have always wanted to try, but haven’t yet.  I hope you enjoy!

My family has been vacationing on Cape Cod for a week every summer for as long as I can remember.  Over the years, we’ve built up a lot of traditions–things that we do every year, without fail.  Since I didn’t get to stay for the entire week this year, I missed out on a few things.  So, I’ll live in my memories a little bit and give you some more sights to see and things to do if you go on your own Cape Cod vacation!

Captain Frosty’s:  This is a fried seafood/ice cream place located right on Route 6A in Dennis.  We always go at some point to get Creemees (or, as you non-New Englanders call it, soft serve ice cream).  The sizes are generous, the prices are good, and the ice cream is great.  I ALWAYS get vanilla with rainbow sprinkles.  We cram all six of us in the car and get sprinkles and ice cream all over ourselves and each other.  Unfortunately we just didn’t make it this year 😦

Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf:  We discovered this place about 7 years ago, and keep coming back.  It’s a bit of a drive from our rental house, but it’s totally worth it.  There are actually two mini golf courses at the same location, and they intertwine around each other.  Lots of obstacles, caves, fake cannon fire and fun.  And they’ve got really cool information about historical pirates on little signs all over the courses.  Your scorecard usually has a coupon on it for a certain amount off your next game, and there’s a pirate-themed gift shop next door and a Dairy Queen across the street.  What’s not to love?

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Provincetown:  Provincetown is… an experience.  Everyone needs to go at least once.  Prepare for over-the-top gay fun–it’s kind of the gay capital of the east coast.  People are often afraid of being “accosted” by “the gays,” but I’ve gone almost every summer since I was a child and I have never once had a negative experience.  There are rainbows everywhere, and drag shows every night.  I’ve always wanted to see a drag show, but we’re never there in the evening.  It’s pretty touristy, but there are LOTS of shops and great restaurants and bars.  There’s a place, I forget what it’s called, that does homemade ice cream, and last year I got burnt sugar caramel ice cream–god help me it was the best ice cream I’ve ever had.  The best shop is Marine Specialties–it’s a cross between a tourist shop and an army navy surplus store, so it’s got a huge variety and everything is really cheap.  There’s also a museum at the end of the pier dedicated to the pirate ship Whydah that was found in the area a few years ago.  And if you’re interested, you can grab tickets on a whale watch ship, which I did once, years ago, and it was REALLY cool.  If you want great pizza, head all the way to the end of Commercial Street and hit up Spiritus.  Seriously excellent, thin crust pizza that you can buy by the slice.

Watch a sunset on the beach:  Obviously, this is more of an experience than a place or thing, but I can’t recommend it enough.  If you’re on the bay side of the Cape, you can catch some phenomenal sunsets over the ocean.  Since we started staying at a place that’s not right on the water, we haven’t really been making it down to the beach for sunset as often, which is lame.

Dinner at Gerardi’s:  This is a recent addition to our vacation traditions.  Gerardi’s has AMAZING Italian food.  The place is tiny, so I definitely recommend reservations.  You’ll start with squishy Italian bread and an olive oil dipping sauce. The house wines are always great, but they have an extensive wine list if you’re feeling fancy.  They also often have a prix fixe menu so you can get an appetizer, entree and dessert for a very reasonable price.  Get the cannoli for dessert–you’ll thank me, I promise.  My parents went on Saturday night for their anniversary, and they promised that we’d all go as a family later in the week, but we didn’t get around to it before I left 😦

Breakfast at Sesuit Harbor Cafe:  If you’ll recall from Part 1, we actually tried to go to Sesuit Harbor Cafe on Tuesday, but we got rained out.  This place is pretty excellent.  As the name would suggest, it’s right on the harbor.  All of the seating is outdoors, so you can sit at picnic tables, eating your breakfast and watching the boats go in and out of the harbor.  It’s incredibly beautiful, and the food isn’t bad either!  I usually get a breakfast sandwich on a bagel with a side of home fries.  Yum!  Supposedly, the raw bar is quite excellent, but we’ve only ever gone for breakfast.

I wish I had more pictures of past excursions, but my phone is failing me right now…  You’ll just have to trust me that these are all awesome places to visit and things to do.

And as a bonus, there’s one place I really want to go that I just haven’t made it to yet–supposedly The Original in Dennisport has out of control good fried shrimp.  I’m a sucker for any kind of fried seafood, but shrimp is a favorite.  Next year I just need to suck it up and drive the 15 minutes to the ocean side for some tasty fried delights.  Kreme N Cone, also in Dennisport, is allegedly just as good.  I’ll have to check both out and let you know how it goes 🙂

What are your favorite things to do on vacation?

Any vacation traditions?

Have you ever been to any of the places on my list?

8 thoughts on “Cape Cod Vacation Recap Part 2: What I Wish I Did

  1. txa1265 says:

    Thanks again for allowing me to enjoy the Cape vicariously through your vacation! 🙂

    We’ve been to:
    – Pirate’s Cove
    – Captain Frosty’s
    – and of course P-Town a million times!

    Love evening golfing at Pirate’s Cove … to the point where that was what my wife wanted to do on Mother’s Day (the local place doesn’t compare, but hey …). Gets crowded as heck but who cares!?!

    Definitely also love Captain Frosty’s, as well as many other shops (Smuggler, Sundae School, and I always used to hit the DQ at the Orleans rotary just past Brewster (because it was so close when we camped … ) … and well, loads of great places on the Cape!

    P-Town is an amazing arts community – and yes, shock, there is a large gay community. Anyone talking about ‘being accosted’ is a homophobe IMO (sorry, not sorry). I mean, through my life I have been there more than a few dozen times, including during a huge gay pride parade (including some serious drag action) and never seen any issues. Love that place.

    One childhood memory is the Truro dunes … they had to close them down due to erosion, don’t remember when (80s or 90s) … but it used to be an annual stop to take off our shoes, get cooked in the sand and just romp around for a few minutes.

    • DarlinRae says:

      I love love love hearing about how much other families enjoy the Cape. It’s my not-so-secret fantasy that at some point we’ll own a vacation house there and can go whenever we want. A girl can dream, right? 😉

  2. kebe51 says:

    I am a total sucker for mini golf! Especially a REAL mini golf course, not a course that looks like a smaller version of a real golf course (those are boring and defeat the whole point!) I hope you get to play on your next trip!

  3. dgobs says:

    Captain Frosty’s sounds really familiar… I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been there, driven by it, or I’ve just heard of it before. But to be totally honest, I’ve never heard of Creemees before and I’m a born and bred New Englander! Is it a VT thing? A Cape thing? Is Worcester a black hole of its own vernacular?

    My family used to go to Maine a lot when I was growing up, and we’d always go to the Breakwater in Rockland, up Mount Battie in Camden, and would stop at the Maine Diner in Wells either on the way up or way home… or both. 🙂 I’ve already dragged my husband along to all these things. Vacation traditions make me happy!

    • DarlinRae says:

      Lol! In VT, it’s always “creemee.” Or some variation–Kreemee being another acceptable spelling.

      I love Maine! Ben has some cousins who live in Warren, so we go there every year for a family reunion. And his Grammie lives in East Waterboro, so we go there at least once a year too.

    • txa1265 says:

      Not just you – I grew up in Stoughton, lived for several years in Acton and 15 years in Townsend before moving to NY 6 years ago … and it was always just ice cream. On that subject, and the pictures of Baystate Marathon from another blog, I am really missing Kimball Farms in Westford …

      • dgobs says:

        Glad it’s not just me! 🙂 And oh, Kimball Farms… so good. If I could magically transport some of their ice cream down to you, I would!

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