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New to the Cape

We are travelling to the Cape for the first time, our first holiday without the children. We are looking for a base to explore the area, any suggestions please.



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Hi Michelle,

Perhaps you can give us a bit more information. How long will you be on Cape Cod? What kind of things do you like to do? Do you like a lot of activity and crowds or are you looking for a more laid-back, quiet beach vacation? What is your budget?

Each of the regular posters has our own favorite spots on the Cape but the entire cape is not that large so you could pick one place as a base, or stay a few nights in two different locations. My favorite is Eastham on the outer cape because it has easy access to the National Seashore beaches and activities, it is only 30 minutes from Provincetown and Hyannis, 20 minutes from Chatham, 10 minutes from Wellfleet and Brewster and 5 minutes from Orleans. Although we like to stay in a very quiet location, (Fort Hill is our favorite), we like to be close enough to many fine dining choices, theater, shopping, quant towns, art galleries and wonderful Ocean and bay beaches. Eastham works perfectly as a base if you would like to explore the mid-cape, lower-cape and outer-cape regions...even if you want to take a day trip to Nantucket Island. Eastham does not work as well for a base if you want to explore the Upper-cape areas like Sandwich, Bourne, Famlmouth and Mashpee or if you want to go to Martha's Vineyard. In that case, you would be better off looking at Falmouth or Sandwich as a base. You can send me a PM if you would like more information about the outer cape. For now, I'll send along a few links that you might find useful

www.easthamchamber.com www.nps.gov/caco www.forthillbedandbreakfast.com

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2. Re: New to the Cape

Hi Thankyou for your reply. We would like to stay in Boston for a few days and Sturbridge for a couple of nights, but want somewhere on the Cape for a week. We would like to visit Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and also go on a Whale sighting trip. I do love the sea, but we like to explore rather than have a beachy type holiday. We have looked at Hyannis, Chatham and Plymouth as these are places we would like to visit. They all look lovely so would be grateful for any advice.



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Hi Michelle,

Hyannis is the largest town on Cape Cod and would afford you the most shopping,restaurant and nightlife choices. It's also the only town on the Cape that you can catch the ferry to both Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. The downside is that it's also the most built up town and not as charming or serene as the smaller towns.

Chatham is the quintessential Cape Cod type of town. It's the busiest town on the Lower Cape.It has enough things to do to keep yourselves occupied without the commercialization of Hyannis. It's a good spot to be for exploring the National Seashore up to Provincetown. It has quaint shops along Main Street and a popular fish pier. There's nice beaches and a pretty lighthouse as well. The downside is that it doesn't offer ferry service to the islands. You can drive one town over to Harwichport and catch the ferry to Nantucket, but you would have to drive to Hyannis for the Martha's Vineyard ferry.

Plymouth is a nice town. It's mostly visited for daytrips from either Cape Cod or Boston. It has a nice waterfront area with shops and good restaurants. It has some nice antique shops to explore. Of course, there's the Mayflower II and Plimoth Plantation to explore. Plymouth also has a few beaches as well. It's ideal location between Boston and Cape Cod makes it a good choice for people to base themselves there. The downside is that while it's a great little town, there's really not a whole bunch nearby Plymouth to see. It's also about 1 hour to the nearest ferries for Martha's Vineyard (Woods Hole, Falmouth) and Nantucket (Hyannis).

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Thanks for the advice, it was very useful and helped us to narrow down our options.

Thanks again


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