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Old 02-03-2021, 06:53 PM
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Default Best area to stay in Cape Cod.

Never been to Cape cod. The wife and I might look to go for a long weekend this summer. We’re looking for an area that we can walk to most everything. Appreciate any recommendations.

I also posted in dockside but figured this would be a better place to get some first hand knowledge.
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If you are open minded Provincetown is your destination you can walk everywhere and great food + shopping - entertainment is all around
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X2 as long as you are open minded, hard to beat for walking to anything, beaches, food, etc.
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Originally Posted by 86mako View Post
Never been to Cape cod. The wife and I might look to go for a long weekend this summer. We’re looking for an area that we can walk to most everything. Appreciate any recommendations.

I also posted in dockside but figured this would be a better place to get some first hand knowledge.
Timing is important too. You will likely have a better time in the "shoulder" season periods such as late June or early September (September if you want to swim at a beach). Avoid mid-July to August if you can. The upper Cape region, which is the lower area such as Hyannis as you look at a map has become thoroughly suburbanized. Provincetown has retained more of a town feeling less accessible by car to Boston, though as noted it can be an "interesting" street scene.
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If your coming here for a long weekend, pants down would not be my first choice unless you like the circus. I would book a weekend at Chatham Bars Inn. Rent a bike and you have access to everything you need. World class accommodations and one of the nicest areas of Cape Cod. Fantastic food, beaches, and tours.

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I'm a huge P-Town fan. We have friends that have houses there so we go over at least once a summer by boat. The marina is more expensive than others but it's fabulous. We love walking around downtown, amazing restaurants. If it's open the walk to the top of the Pilgrim Monument is awesome. You can rent bikes and go out to the beach. There's a ton to do there. If you do go, and can go mid-week I highly recommend it. It's less crowded and you'll have an easier time making reservations. Last summer things were still pretty locked down so we had a friend who lived there make our dinner reservations a week before we were going so that we could get the restaurants and times we wanted. Even on the weekends, people were super strict about handwashing, masks, distance, etc. We felt perfectly safe there. I think we have a few threads around with places to go/eat. If not, just ask. Everyone has a favorite.

If you don't want P-Town, I used to love Hyannis when I was younger. My parents would stay in West Yarmouth and I'd go downtown. I have no idea what it's like now. My sister just stayed in Falmouth in the fall and went popping around from there, they had a great time. Chatham, Dennis and Orleans are nice too. Still have the little town centers but aren't as vibrant as P-Town.
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We did a fall trip when I was a kid and stayed in Wellfleet pretty much every year. Did day trips in and out of p-town, but don't think I'd want to stay there.
The Even'TIDE because it was cheap and clean....I pretty much learned to swim in their indoor pool.
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I’d grab a cottage along the Truro bay shore. Easy hop into P-Town and the outer Cape is still beautiful.
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Originally Posted by 86mako View Post
Never been to Cape cod. The wife and I might look to go for a long weekend this summer. We’re looking for an area that we can walk to most everything. Appreciate any recommendations.

I also posted in dockside but figured this would be a better place to get some first hand knowledge.

by boat or driving (?)

and are you looking for beach, peaceful, and relaxing or active, shopping/dining etc ?
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Originally Posted by mrscoach View Post
I'm a huge P-Town fan. We have friends that have houses there so we go over at least once a summer by boat. The marina is more expensive than others but it's fabulous. We love walking around downtown, amazing restaurants. If it's open the walk to the top of the Pilgrim Monument is awesome. You can rent bikes and go out to the beach. There's a ton to do there. If you do go, and can go mid-week I highly recommend it. It's less crowded and you'll have an easier time making reservations. Last summer things were still pretty locked down so we had a friend who lived there make our dinner reservations a week before we were going so that we could get the restaurants and times we wanted. Even on the weekends, people were super strict about handwashing, masks, distance, etc. We felt perfectly safe there. I think we have a few threads around with places to go/eat. If not, just ask. Everyone has a favorite.

If you don't want P-Town, I used to love Hyannis when I was younger. My parents would stay in West Yarmouth and I'd go downtown. I have no idea what it's like now. My sister just stayed in Falmouth in the fall and went popping around from there, they had a great time. Chatham, Dennis and Orleans are nice too. Still have the little town centers but aren't as vibrant as P-Town.
Mrscoach- if you want to save on marina fees just go into the orange mooring field and hail Flyers on the radio they are 40 bucks for the day versus the 90-100 that provincetown marina charges
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Another vote for Chatham and the Bars Inn, pricey but terrific spot and easy access to shopping/beaches by foot, bike or other.
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What's your budget and where are you coming from/how far are you willing to drive?

Walking to everything could be a bit of a challenge - many places you can walk to food but not to beach.

What do you want to do? Spend the day on the beach or go shopping or fishing?

The outer cape is amazing, but a bike or car would really be ideal. You could stay mid-cape in Chatham or Hyannis (check out Ocean's Edge) and everything might be a bit more convenient.
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Wayside inn downtown Chatham is really hard to beat. It doesn't have the stunning views of the the CBI or Wequassett but it's just as nice and located in the middle of town so you can park your car and stay right in the middle of everything. One of the best restaurants in Chatham is right on site.
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provincetown is an over-the-top homosexual town that will disgust a large portion of the population with demonstrations of blatant, in-your-face sexual expression. not that there's anything wrong with that...I just think it's a good idea to let you know that before you book a stay there and end up 'surprised'.

as far as suggestions, the walk to everything comment really narrows it down. I think chatham and falmouth would be your best bets. also consider MV/Nantucket. generally speaking they're better set up for walking to everything.
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How far do you like to walk to get to everything?
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have to agree with the general commentary on Provincetown. I happen to love it, but it is definitely not for everyone. That being said, the beaches, the pathway through the dunes - great for bicycle ride - and walking on the bay side during low tide are worth a day visit. And I'm not even touching on the fishing, which, on the right day, could be the best you have ever experienced. It is a very unique place. Another option could be the Hyannis area. Downtown Hyannis has greatly improved over the years and is worth an evening out, but the true gem regarding Hyannis is the ease with which you could visit both Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard - without your car. Both ferries leave from Hyannis on regular intervals, but you need to book in advance. Have fun.
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Originally Posted by jbg108 View Post
Wayside inn downtown Chatham is really hard to beat. It doesn't have the stunning views of the the CBI or Wequassett but it's just as nice and located in the middle of town so you can park your car and stay right in the middle of everything. One of the best restaurants in Chatham is right on site.
Good call and one of the other best restaurants is across the street. Bluefin is one of my favorite on the cape. I think i eat there once a week.

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Orleans is nice, near the rotary you can get to shaws, breakfast places, liquor stores.
mid cape so it's not as far of a drive to p town.
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I'd recommend staying in Falmouth and daytrip to the Vineyard ,Nantucket and Chatham.
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Chatham, as others have said.

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