Cape Cod: Falmouth and Woods Hole

While in Cape Cod this past week, we decided to spend the day getting lunch in Falmouth along the adorable Main Street and then drive a little further to the bike trail that leads down to Woods Hole.

Below is Main Street in Falmouth. We parked in the public (free) lot just behind Main St., by the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce which has a lovely public restroom. This cute downtown center has plenty of food options for dine-in or take-out to brig to the beach. They also have cutesy stores, so plan time to do a loop along the drag. 

While headed to the place we want to grab lunch, I noticed this “Obey” street art sticker. Even Cape Cod has street art, very cool.

Beautiful right?

We decided to grab a bite at the cute Pop Kitchen. We had a delicious meal, but the only complaint was that the food took a long time to come out. I’m not sure if they are short staffed or need a bigger kitchen, but on yelp a few reviewers had the same problem. I highly recommend this place if you have time for a leisurely meal. We were anxious to hit the road to start biking, so our patience was lacking.

The decor is very different from the other more gourmet looking options on the street. It was kitschy and fun, like a main street brunch place should be.

Next stop, Nobska Lighthouse!

There isn’t much parking here, but if you can grab one of the four spots, you can climb the hill to the lighthouse and see some gorgeous views. Also, across the street is a little path leading down to a bench and then further on to the beach.

We jumped back in the car to get to our last car destination, the bike path near Woods Hole. We were able to park right along the path, which happened to be right next to the water. What a view! Exercise and getting to look at that? Only on vacation!

Here’s me in my goofy helmet.

We biked down to the center of Wood Hole, where they have their own cute little downtown. We parked our bikes and explored. In the summer time the bridge in town goes up every hour.

Woods Hole has a fun aquarium (small but all about local marine-life) which unfortunately closed by the time we got there. But we did get to see the seals they keep in an inclosure out front. We spent a while walking around town until the skies turned dark and we decided to bike back.

By the time we got back to the car, the clouds had lifted and we took a break to dip our toes in the water. What a delightful day in Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Beer Tour

If you’ve been following my Chicago trip, it was time to move along and instead of heading back to Los Angeles I continued on to the East Coast. The next and final leg of my trip is a week spent in Cape Cod, MA with my parents.

There will be four installments detailing great day trips you can take around the Cape, but the first starts with one of my favorite things, a brewery tour. Hyannis is home to Cape Cod Beer. On Saturdays and Tuesdays in the summer they do brewery tours. Since it’s basically one room, it was less of a tour and more of an open house with a lesson all about how beer is made. I loved it! Each round of describing the brewing process came with a dixi cup taste of their unique brews. Did I mention it’s all FREE! Given that it was the week of the 4th of July (the busiest week on the Cape) it was a full house.

See all the people? I love that it was packed, because it means people are interested. It was a lovely day, which means these people all had to forgo a morning of beaching to attend this. It was also 11am, so an early hour for free beer samples.

Above is the woman giving the lesson on beer. She really knew her stuff and based on a comment she made, I think she’s married to the owner.

This whiteboard is where they keep track of the vats and the brewing process.

One interesting thing she brought up is that the most expensive part of selling the beer in the packaging of a 6 pack. Not only do you have to print the labels for the bottels but also the cardboard container that holds the beer. They do a lot of their business via kegs in local establishments. This is cost effective and better for the environment. I never really thought about the money and time that goes into creating a 6-pack verse a keg, which doesn’t even have a label nd gets reused.

For you home brewers, their gift shop has more than just stickers and tee-shirts. They also have ingredients for you to make your own. How many breweries encourage you to make your own? Not many. Cape Cod Beer isn’t looking to take over the world, infact they want to only stay local, and you can tell they do it because they love it! They also care alot about the community. Check out their website to see a list of all the events they have going on this summer.

Exploring Cape Cod: Paw Wah Pond

So this post is mainly about Paw Wah Pond, which we explored after making a pit stop at an undisclosed location. This first location shall not be named, because, as it turns out, it was on private land. I guess the land is public, but the only way to get there is by trespassing on private property. Since I am not a rule-breaking advocate, I can’t in good conscious promote the walk by giving you the information about it… BUT since I already went, I might as well share my findings.

Thankfully it was another warmer beautiful day with a clear blue sky.

We followed along the public beach until we reached our goal, a cute abandoned island (during high tide)/ peninsula (during low tide) filled with stones. You can see from these pictures how quiet it was. It wasn’t all joyous, as we had to cut across some stinky, might-drop-into-water-at-any-second marsh to reach this beautiful place. Oh yeah, then we had to cut back across it so we could leave.

After the-hike-that-shalt-be-named, we moved on to a fun loop at Paw Wah Pond in Orleans, MA. This hike has a small parking area, with paths leading you through the woods (note picnic tables for a summer time break) and down to the water.

We didn’t reach this area until late in the day, so the sun was already low in the sky. I love the picutre below because you can see there are 2 kayakers brave enough to handle the cold air (and water) and explore. I’m insanely jealous of them and wished I could have done some winter kayaking. Although the prospect of sticking my foot in the water for the initial launch hurts just thinking about it.

My parents enjoyed this walk for all the birding opportunities. Many unique birds were calling out and living in the nests in the tall grass along the water. We followed their steps.

Once the sun officially began setting we had to rush back to the car (you don’t want to cut through the woods in the dark.. not fun).

Sunsets like this are really special.

Exploring Cape Cod: Chatham, First Night

Chatham is an adorable (pricy) town in the elbow of Cape Cod. Winter time is definitely their slump season, but on December 31st the town comes alive for First Night. It’s a great time to catch sales (50% off!) at the normally mucho expensive, cutsie shops along Main Street.

I had to include the above picture, because while taking a break from the Main Street drag of shops and tourists my family and I did a loop around the neighborhood where we ran across this house… and mini house.

The road looped around to this cute beach area. From there we went back into town. It was a nice little detour.

You can tell by these pics it was a tad overcast on the 31st, but Chatham kept their schedule despite the drizzle.

More adorable shops!

SHOPS! SHOPS! SHOPS!

They had bands playing inside a local church (I’m sure the rain pushed them off the churches lush front yard and into the warm dry chapel). Normally they have ice craving and people give out noise makers and hats displaying “2012!”. As I was leaving I snapped this shot of a carpenter beginning his demonstration of chainsaw carving. He carves these logs down into little bears.