We vacationed with our friends in Hyannis, Cape Cod earlier this summer. With 4 young children between the two families, we were looking forward to spending quality time with our kids and catching up with each other. My husband and I had traveled to Hyannis over 6 years ago. We had positive memories of Hyannis and remember it as a laid-back and family friendly destination. We also loved the fresh seafood and easy access to local beaches.
We rented a seaside-themed cottage, close to the Main St. in Hyannis, and spent a week in Hyannis visiting the local beaches, enjoying leisurely strolls down the Main St., taking day trips to Provincetown and Martha’s Vineyard and eating up a seafood storm. Of the many experiences and activities, here were some of our highlights:
- Martha’s Vineyard – An incredibly popular holiday destination featuring the beautiful Gay Head Cliffs and the famous Edgartown Harbour Lighthouse. We seriously underestimated the distance between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown and tried to walk it. It would have been better to take a shuttle or taxi. However, one of my favourite highlights was walking through the Gingerbread Cottages in Oak Bluffs. The mid-1800s cottages are tiny, quaint and painted in a multitude of pastel colours. They are often described as fairy-tale like. It’s definitely a highlight if your adventures take you to the Oak Bluffs region of Martha’s Vineyard.
- Provincetown – We’ve traveled to Provincetown before. It’s exactly as we remembered it. It’s got a great laid-back vibe. Don’t forget to pick up some salt water taffy and fudge! We had lunch at the famous Lobster Pot. My lobster was slightly overcooked but everything else we tried was really yummy. We particularly enjoyed the hot appetizer, sautéed squid – apparently a local favourite.
- Nauset Beach – We visited a number of local beaches but our favourite, by far, was Nauset Beach in the town of Orleans. The beach was located half way between our drive from Hyannis to Provincetown. The beach is expansive and the sand dunes are large. It’s a great beach for kids to run around. There’s ample parking and good facilities. However, it can get quite windy.
- Main St. Hyannis – Some of my favourite stops include Katie’s Homemade Ice Cream (the salted caramel ice cream is delish!),…
… and the store, Allium, for really cute and unique gifts. I picked up a couple of adorable baby bibs, candles and kitchen gadgets. They also carry locally handcrafted souvenirs.
I also loved the beach bags and cosmetic bags at Bella of Cape Cod on the Main Street.
Salon 700 was also a great choice for a massage. Check out my post, In Search of R n R in Hyannis, Cape Cod, for my spa experience at Salon 700.