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Hyannis or Falmouth

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Hyannis or Falmouth

Hi

we are going to cape cod end of May for the first time and staying for 3 nights before heading to Boston. we hope to have a hire car.

where would you recommend we are in our 30's and through the day will use the car to explore but on a night time we want to relax and walk to restaurants and bars. is there somewhere we can stay where there are a few bars as we do like to eat and drink whilst on holiday.

any advice thanks?

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1. Re: Hyannis or Falmouth

Both Hyannis & Falmouth fit your needs. As a location for exploring the Cape, Hyannis is better because of its location at mid-Cape. The Anchor Inn is recommended & well-reviewed.

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2. Re: Hyannis or Falmouth

as kendrick suggests, Hyannis, being mid-cape, is a great home base for traveling all over the cape, and has a nice main street area (as does Falmouth), with lots of shopping, and restaurants. There's lots do to, have a great visit!

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3. Re: Hyannis or Falmouth

On the other hand there's plenty to keep you busy in Falmouth too. If weather permits rent bikes and ride the Shining Sea Bike path into Woods Hole where you can have lunch on the water by the tiny drawbridge at Eel pond. Check out (in advance maybe) some of the exhibits that you can visit in this scientific community. Spend an evening in the Irish pub on Main St.in Falmouth. Drive the coastal road over the bridges and past the charming Cape homes and on up to Nobska Lighthouse maybe also stop in at Spohr Gardens. Drop in at Casino Wharf for a drink and the great view. Watch the boats depart the harbor with the seagulls zooming overhead. If you are tempted to jump onboard the Istand Queen for the 35 minute ride to Martha's Vineyard, go ahead and then explore Oak Bluffs including the unique tabernacle grounds just behind the main st called Circuit. Then perhaps hop the Island Shuttle to Edgartown for lunch and window or actual shopping.

Another day you can go over to nearby Sandwich and enjoy many things but don't miss walking out over the boardwalk back from the town beach. For a charge you can visit the Heritage Gardens and the Glass Museum but you can go over to Pairpoint and watch them blow glass for no charge if you are there at the right time. You can also go just a bit further to the Canal and learn a bit about it. You might want to pop into the Christmas Tree Shop there or in Falmouth. It is not a Christmas shop.

But the first thing to do in Falmouth is to visit their excellent Visitors Center up the alleyway that is Academy right off Main St. Chat with those folks and see what they recommend.

Hyannis between the harbor and Main St. (approximately) offers a lot for you to do however Falmouth has more New England charm and you are not going to be on the Cape long enough to explore very far afield unless you want to make a job of it so, for this trip you don't really need to locate mid-Cape.

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4. Re: Hyannis or Falmouth

Thanks for the advice and some lovely ideas of how to spend our time on cape cod! looking forward to it.

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5. Re: Hyannis or Falmouth

I truly think the experiences are not so significantly different that it matters. Hyannis- midcape

Falmouth- easy day trip to Martha's Vineyard. You will enjoy either and neither is so far from the other that you can't see both.

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6. Re: Hyannis or Falmouth

I'm not as much of a Cape expert as previous posters, but I've stayed in both and would recommend Falmouth for a 3 day trip. Downtown Falmouth is more quaint New England and classier than Hyannis town center, which has a little more of a developed beach town feel, in my humble opinion. There are great beaches anywhere you stay along the Cape, and for cultural/educational visits you can drive to nearby Sandwich. MV might be a bit much for a 3 day visit?

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