Cape Cod Travel Guide
North Beach is the topic of Henry Beston’s Outermost House and Tim Wood’s Breakthrough: The Story of Chatham’s North Beach.
Performances have included productions by David Mamet and Sam Shepard. Last summer, W.H.A.T.—as it’s commonly known in these parts—opened a new $6.8 million stage named after Julie Harris, the theater’s longtime honorary board chairwoman.
For simple fare, try the Osterville Cheese & Sandwich Shop, with a white-and-yellow awning out front and a wide selection of cheeses and wraps.
Built on an old railway bed, the 26-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail starts at Route 134 in Dennis and winds through Chatham, continuing north to Wellfleet. There are cyclist-friendly cafés along the way.
Bonatt’s Bakery & Restaurant, in Harwichport, is nothing to look at—but its sugarcoated Meltaway rolls are dreamy.
One of the secret springs left over from the Ice Age, hidden deep in the Wellfleet and Truro woods. The water is exquisitely clear and silky.
Map sells clothes and gifts, and has guest DJ’s like the writer Michael Cunningham.
The only drive-in theatre still operating on Cape Cod, this nostalgic landmark first opened on Route Six in 1957. Every night from late May until Labor Day weekend, the theatre shows first-run double features on a 100-by-44-foot outdoor screen.
To get there, take the car ferry from Wood's Hole, MA, to Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a short, pretty trip through calm waters. $130 round-trip
The colorful display outside the beachfront shop makes for a popular photo spot in P-town.
It’s not Napa Valley, but during a tasting you can try some decent wines that are cultivated in the area, plus (for adventurous palates) a special cranberry blend. Some of the wine comes in adorable lighthouse-shaped bottles that can be turned into lamps when you’re done.
Set in a former 1844 schoolhouse, the galery focuses on photography-but also exhibits prints and paintings by area artists, as well as modern furniture, jewelry, and mobiles in the adjacent design store.
In the center of Sandwich, the Weather Store carries barometers, thermometers, and everything else weather-related, both old and new.
This sweet shop serves fudge in every flavor, from plain vanilla to Marshmallow Fluff to Reese’s.
Owners Missy Smith and Sarah Rhinesmith Buckley have a great sense of style. One of the front rooms in their ship captain’s house is devoted to sea-inspired clothes from Tory Burch, Trina Turk, and Calypso.