Last week was my first vacation of the summer. Ashley and I went up to Cape Cod, Falmouth, MA to be exact, to visit her relatives. We flew into Providence, RI last Wednesday night and drove a rental car to the Cape.
The first day started with a trip to the Cape Cod Potato Chips factory. It is a short self-guided tour with some good samples at the end. We then hopped in the car and head up to the tip of the Cape. On the way, we stopped at a couple lighthouses. Highland Lighthouse was interesting in that it was moved with the last decade 400+ feet due to an eroding coastline.
Our final destination was Provincetown, which is an odd town to say the least. Check out website for yourself. Provincetown does have a Portuguese heritage and this was evident in the incredible bakery, Provincetown Portuguese Bakery & Coffee Shop, where we stopped and had lunch. Our reason for driving to Pronvince town was to go whale watching aboard the Captian Red of Portuguese Princess Excursions. We brief saw a couple Fin Whales, but the boat ride turned out to be exactly that, just a ride.
The next day we took the ferry in the morning out of Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard. We disembarked at Vineyard Haven and hopped a bus to South Beach. The beach area was beautiful but the surf zone was quite rocky and a bear on the feet. We then hopped the bus again and headed for Oak Bluffs. This tends to be the vacation center of Martha’s Vineyard. They are famous for their “gingerbread houses” and also have nation’s oldest operating platform carousel, The Flying Horses Carousel.
Saturday we spent a couple hours at a local beach and grabbed some lunch at McMenamy’s Seafoods. Great fried haddock and the best onion rings ever! That night we took in a Falmouth Commodores baseball game. They are part of the Cape Cod Baseball League that has been the premier amateur baseball league in the nation since 1885. It is a summer wooden bat league for college players. The league was featured in the movie Summer Catch.
The rest of the weekend was laid back. We went out fishing with a friend of Ashley’s counsin. The water was rough so we had only limited time with no success. The Sunday night dinner of Clams Casino was a highlight of the trip.
Monday we headed back towards Providence. We stopped in Newport, RI to have lunch and kill a few hours. We grabbed a sandwich and sat on Bowen’s Wharf on the waterfront. The Spirit of Newport harbor tours leave from Bowen’s wharf and last about an hour. It is a beautiful tours that winds through an incredible amount of sailboats and heads to the mouth of the bay. On our way out of town with took a drive past the amazing Newport Mansions. Some are opened for tours and all of them are amazing.
I’ll leave you all with this. I know I should not be talking about the “club”, but this is so great.