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Wellfleet OysterFest In October 2016

A Must Do For Oyster Lovers

With the leaves on the trees turning orange, cold and bright red and the air turning a bit crisper and saltier (so it seems) – October is perfect time to explore Cape Cod and take in the 16th annual Wellfleet OysterFest   Fun for the whole, OysterFest celebrates oysters and other local shellfish with educational programming, cooking demonstrations,  a fine arts and crafts show, children’s activities, walking tours, a 5K road race, an oyster shucking competition, live entertainment and so much more!

Where’s the lobster?  At the Food Tent – of course!  Make your way over to the food vendors and enjoy favorites like lobster bisque, lobster mac and cheese and sweet, succulent lobster rolls.

Why we love it:   In oyster lingo – it’s all about the “merrior” and “terroir” –  taste the place! 

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Fall For Scallops at the Fest In September

Celebrate Scallops with a Lobster Roll!

A long standing tradition for almost 50 years, the Cape Cod Scallop Fest in East Falmouth promises three days of fresh fish and boatloads of fun! With rides, games, a professional arts and crafts show, live entertainment and more – this scallop festival wouldn’t be the same with out some lobster love!   Be sure to make a bee line over to the Food Court for some delicious, lip smacking lobster rolls!

Cape Cod is certainly filled with many additional places to enjoy lobster.  Check them out here!

Why we love it:   It’s fun!   Visitors come from miles around.

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  • September 23, 24, 25, 2016
  • Rain or Shine
  • Tickets Available at the Gate
  • Cape Cod Fairgrounds
  • 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • www.scallopfest.org

 

Sandwich – A Daytripper’s Dream Destination!

A Scenic Lobster Village on Cape Cod 

The first town you come to once you cross the bridge onto Cape Cod, Sandwich is a charming coastal community that boasts miles of conservation land and a lovely shoreline – perfect for walking and lobster boat watching!    Sandwich is home to many lobster fishermen!

Drive to the Boardwalk and as you walk along this bridge, you’ll marvel at the sweeping vistas of marshes and creeks before you get to the beach.

Located at the Cape Cod Canal, Sandwich beckons visitors to share the lobster love!  Once you’ve toured the Sandwich Glass Museum and this historic town’s Grist Mill, make your way over to the Sandwich Marina for stunning views of the harbor and a 2 lb native lobster lunch complete with drawn butter and a bib!     Have more time in your day?   Travel along Route 6A, stop at the state fish hatchery and feed the trout.  Fun for the whole family!

Why we love it:  Sandwich and the Cape Cod Canal offers an amazing lobster roll picnic location!

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  • Approximately 57 miles south of Boston
  • 1 Public Beach
  • Home to approximately 29 commercial lobstermen and 17,000 lobster traps!

 

Provincetown – A Vibrant Cape Cod Lobster Town

Stay for the Day, a Week or the Month – Always Fresh!

Located at the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a vibrant fishing community where you can do as much or as little as you’d like! With a harbor filled with bright red lobster boats and an entire Atlantic Ocean coastline of Cape Cod preserved as a National Park, Provincetown is the perfect place to play! Visit one of the three iconic lighthouses including Race Point overlooking the sand dunes, charter a fishing boat or stroll along Commercial Street where you’ll find lots of quirky shops.  So many choices of  really good seafood restaurants like the Lobster Pot for Portuguese styled fish, lobster tacos, boiled lobster and, yes, hot buttery lobster rolls!

Make your way over to MacMillan Wharf –  another must do as you continue to walk around quaint and colorful Provincetown.    Here, you’ll have a chance to inhale the salty air, watch the fishing vessels and lobstermen unload their catch at the pier.  Insider Tip?  Take the Dunes Tour with lobster dinner on the beach!

Why we love it:   The natural landscape is stunning.  Lots of eye-candy!

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  • America’s Oldest Active Art Colony
  • 45 Miles from Hyannis on Cape Cod
  • 3 Iconic Lighthouses
  • Several Sandy Beaches
  • Sand Dune Trail
  • Home to 42 Commercial Lobstermen and Almost 15,000 Lobster Traps

 

Company of the Cauldron – A Culinary Experience

Intimate Dining, Pre-Fixed Menu 

Tucked away in historic Nantucket Town, dining at Company of the Cauldron is like having a meal prepared by a private chef.    With an intimate dining room seating approximately 45 guests, this highly acclaimed restaurant features an ivy-lined entrance, rich, dark woods, copper and antique furnishings and beautiful brass sconces with flickering candles all adding to the romantic ambience.  Open for dinner only, Company of the Cauldron offers an unforgettable culinary experience.

Dine on Mondays and enjoy Lobster Four Ways.  A sample menu includes Lobster Bisque with Sweet Sherry and Thyme, Baby Arugula Salad with Petite Lobster and Crab Cakes, Steamed and Grilled Half Four Pound Lobster with Two Sauces (Ginger Mustard & Tarragon Butter),  Warm New Potato Salad and Grilled Summer Squash.

Why we love it:   The every Monday menu – of course!  This dining experience sells out quickly so make reservations as soon as possible. 

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Chatham Lighthouse – Perfect for Lobster Picnic!

A Cape Cod Scenic Landmark

With a name like “The Light”, you know the view is going to be lovely as you venture down Main Street. Moved to its present location near the Coast Guard Station in the early 1920s, this beauty was built in 1881. On foot or by car, the view of the Atlantic from this lighthouse is lovely and tours are offered in season.

We especially love to bring a lobster roll lunch (or dinner) and enjoy the salt air and seagulls, with our windows rolled down. Our favorite place to pack these goodies for our seaside meal is the Squire, in town. Ask them to pack a few extra pickles and napkins! As an all season opportunity, the scenery is always worth the visit in spring, summer, fall or winter.   Trail Trip Lodging Tip: Stay down the street with the same ocean view at Chatham Bars Inn.

8 Dyer Hotel – A Contemporary Gourmet Inn

An Eco-Friendly Focus

8 Dyer Hotel is an impeccably appointed, chef-owned inn offering the finest breakfast in Provincetown.  This boutique property offers 7 sophisticated rooms, an outdoor heated pool, year-round Jacuzzi and fireplaces in season.  With complimentary bikes for guests, the innkeepers encourage travelers to get out  and explore the unspoiled beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

The innkeepers also take part in many “green practices” – doing their part to protect our planet.  Built in the late 1800’s and fully restored since then, 8 Dyer features many amenities and includes complimentary transfers from the Provincetown airport or the MacMillan Pier.

Why we love it:  Location! Only steps from the best shopping, scenic seashore and lively night life.

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Joe’s Barley Neck Inn – Good Food, Large Drinks, Big Fun

Fresh and Local Seafood

Joe’s Barley Neck Inn is a small restaurant based in an old sea captain’s home in the rural village of East Orleans on the elbow of Cape Cod.  Located less then a mile from Nauset Beach, there is a saltwater marina across the street from the restaurant on Meetinghouse Pond and this connects this dining gem to ocean waters.

With great bar space, ample parking, award winning wine list, fresh locally sourced seafood, oyster happy hour daily from 4-6pm at the bar and live music on weekends, Joe’s Barley Neck Inn is a popular dinner restaurant.

This fantastic restaurant was also voted one of the top ten on Cape Cod by Yankee Magazine, applauded by the Boston Globe and by USA Today.  For casual dining and entertainment, check out the original attached barn houses at Joe’s Beach Road Bar & Grille.

Why we love it:    The local lobster specials!

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  • Dinner
  • Open Daily at 4:00 pm
  • Reservations Suggested
  • 5 Beach Road, Orleans, Massachusetts 02643
  • (508) 255-0212
  • www.barleyneckinn.com

 

Captain’s House Inn – Luxury Stay in Chatham

A Hidden Gem 

This AAA four-diamond sea captain’s estate built on two acres in Chatham is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway or a peaceful retreat.     Built in 1839, this inn offers elegantly appointed accommodations with four distinct facilities – the Main House, an 1839 Greek-Revival style mansion, the attached Carriage House, the luxurious Stables and the 200-year-old “bow roof cape” called the Captain’s Cottage.

Captain’s House Inn offers gourmet breakfasts, cream tea in the afternoon and delicious fireside or poolside lunches and evening treats.    At this in you can simply relax in one of the many Adirondack chairs dotting the lawn or take a dip in the heated pool, work out in the fitness room, or try your hand at croquet.

Why we love it:  Ideal location.  Just minutes to the Chatham Fish Pier where you can watch lobster fishermen unload their catch. 

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The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn – A Luxury Hideaway

A Hidden Gem in Harwich

A newcomer to Cape Cod, The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn is certainly becoming a favorite place to stay.
An award winning bed and breakfast, this property is located in Harwich and offers a perfect spot from which to explore the whole of Cape Cod and The Islands from Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard to Chatham, Nantucket and Provincetown.

A tranquil and luxury hideaway, a short stroll from the local sandy beaches, and close to the Cape Cod bike path and Bell’s Neck conservation trails, this romantic Cape Cod inn is a refreshingly contemporary boutique inn housed within an 1870′s sea captain’s house.

Why we love it:  Breakfast is delivered to your room every morning!  In warmer months, you can enjoy it poolside.

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A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay – Relax and Rejuvenate

Situated Right on Pleasant Bay in Orleans

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay is a lovely Bed & Breakfast boasting spectacular water views, a small beach, a dock for fishing or swimming, and moorings for those who arrive by boat. With the Main House dating back to 1798, this lovely stay offers air-conditioned and beautifully appointed accommodations each with their own charming unique look and feel and private spa bathrooms with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, luxurious towels and bed linens.

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay offers easy access to the white sandy beaches of Nauset, Skaket, Chatham and Monomoy.   A sumptuous European Buffet Breakfast is served on the patio overlooking the bay or the garden.

Why we love it:  It’s a slice of paradise on Cape Cod!

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Billingsgate Charters – Lobster & Sport Fishing on the Cape!

Live the Life 

Sailing out of Wellfleet Harbor, Billingsgate Charters offer guests the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a Cape Cod lobsterman. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Cape Cod Bay while traveling to the lobster pots. This trip lasts approximately 3 hours depending on the tide and weather conditions.

Owned and operated by Captain David Stamatis, a commercial lobsterman who has spent decades fishing on Cape Cod, the goal is that every guest who takes part in the “lobster charter” departs with a new found appreciation of how New England lobstermen work hard to protect and preserve this natural food supply. Billingsgate Charters guarantees each member of your party will receive a free lobster!

Why we love it:   Lobster fun for the whole family!

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  • Max 6 People
  • Reservations Required
  • Wellfleet Harbor, Massachusetts 02667
  • (781) 706-0145
  • www.billingsgatecharters.com

 

Old Fashioned Clambakes – An Authentic Clambake Company

Heated Rocks and Seaweed

Old Fashioned Clambakes is ideal for summer company outings, casual weddings and rehearsal dinners.  Clambakes are cooked fresh at your event site by experienced bakemasters. Friendly uniformed staff will set up, serve and clean up, all paper products, flatware, lobster crackers and lobster bibs are provided!

With this local company, clambakes are done the old fashioned way with heated rocks and seaweed. First, they heat a layer of rocks under a pile of burning wood. After three or four hours, when the rocks are hot enough, they put on a layer of seaweed harvested from the shores of the Cape.

Fresh lobsters, clams, sausages, corn and potatoes are placed in wooden boxes in the seaweed bed, and everything is covered with a canvas tarp. After steaming for about three-quarters of an hour, the result is a smoky, briny flavor that is the signature of a traditional Cape Cod clambake.   This is not a clam boil and Old Fashioned Clambake Bakes never serve a lobster with the rubber bands still on the claws!  Old Fashioned Clambakes offers Pig Roasts & Barbecues, too!

Why we love it:   Succulent seafood for the summer party!

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Swan River Restaurant – Clam Bakes by the Dozen

Lobster with a View!

Located at the mouth of the Swan River overlooking Nantucket Sound, Swan River Restaurant and Fish Market specializes in fresh, delicious clambakes. Eat in, delivery or take out, there are no minimum orders.   Order 2 or 200!

In addition to offering a traditional Cape Cod clam bake including 1 1/4 pound lobsters,  Swan River has a drool-worthy Lobster Menu including the Lobsta’ Roll and Mac and Cheese! Children’s menus are available.  Lobsters and fish come from the icy Atlantic waters, from Chatham East to George’s Bank.  Local, fresh and delicious!

Why we love it:   The lobster is super fresh and local!

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The Friendly Fisherman – At the Tip of Cape Cod

Yummy Lobster Rolls!

Located 1 1/2 miles north of the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor’s Center and approximately 20 miles outside of Provincetown sits this cute shack and fish market! With over 25 years in business, their famous lobster rolls are even recommended by Rachael Ray. Complete with the outdoor shaded picnic tables and buoy decorations – you’ll love this place.

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Harwich Port – Visit this Charming Cape Cod Village

Three Harbors, One Port –  Saquatucket, Wychmere, and Allen Harbor

Located in the southeastern part of Harwich, Harwich Port is a lovely seaside community boasting lovely beaches along Nantucket Sound, fun little shops and galleries along Route 28, cozy pubs and restaurants, beautiful spired churches and a small gem of a golf course.

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  • Offers 22 fresh and salt water beaches
  • Home to approx 2,220 lobster traps

Why we love it:  It’s a gorgeous beach area offering lots of boat tours and fishing charters!

 

 

Quahog Republic – A Dive Bar on Cape Cod

Live. Give. Relax.

A hidden gem located in Falmouth, Quahog Republic is a favorite watering hole serving ice cold beer on tap and plenty of local quahogs and really good comfort food! Order the Monsta Lobsta Roll made with heaping pile of tail and claw meat, light mayo and a buttered toasted bun and you’ll have enough for two!

Quahog Republic believes in giving back to the community and proudly supports local charitable organizations and events!

Why we love it:   It’s open for late night fun! 

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 97 Spring Bars Road, Falmouth, MA 02540
  • (508) 540-4111
  • www.quahogrepublic.com

White Elephant – An Exceptional Stay

Quintessential Nantucket 

Located on the beautiful island of Nantucket just 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, the White Elephant offers an exceptional place to stay.  With first class service and charming guest room and loft accommodations, the White Elephant is situated on the harbor within walking distance of cobble stoned sidewalks and gas lamps of Petticoat Row.

Just minutes from boutique shopping, fine dining, historic sightseeing, the beaches and more –  this property is a true gem.   Ideal for a romantic getaway or a spa retreat, the White Elephant also offers kid friendly amenities. Anchored by fresh seafood, the dining is superb.  Reserve a stay at this sophisticated inn and create magical memories to last a lifetime.

Why we love it!  It’s a coastal beauty.  A high-brow experience.

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Menemsha Fish Market – On Martha’s Vineyard

Lobsters in the Rough on the Quieter Side of the Island

On sometimes bustling Martha’s Vineyard, you will find Menemsha Fish Market on a quieter side of the island. Time slows here and a true local’s spot, this little place is a highly recommended for take out. No real tables here to speak of and that is part of the charm. As a few Tripadvisor users say, “Atmosphere is what it is – an active fishing village – we ate on giant fishing line spools used as picnic tables” and ” Enjoyed this feast behind the market sitting in a wooded bench using a wooden cable reel for a table.” Now that’s lobster in the rough!

So get your fresh seafood to take home and cook or grab delicious takeout and head to the beach.  Either way, Menemsha Fish Market will earn a spot on your favorite’s list and the surrounding area will do wonders towards vacationer’s seeking relaxation.

We we love it:  So New England. An idyllic spot to enjoy lobster!

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Moby Dick’s Restaurant – Casual Cape Cod Eating Experience!

A Cape Cod Tradition

Located conveniently off Route 6, Moby Dick’s is the place to go for fresh, family, fun!  Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, Moby Dick’s offers locally sourced seafood including oysters from Wellfleet and scallops from nearby Chatham and Provincetown.  Bring your favorite beer or wine and a group of friends, and enjoy a lobster bake with hard shelled lobsters and a heaping pile of steamers!   A New England tradition. Yum.

Why we love it:  Casual, nautical themed summer spot!  

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  • Seasonal
  • Open Daily – Lunch, Dinner options
  • BYOB
  • Gluten Free options
  • 3225 Route 6, Wellfleet, MA 02667
  • (508) 349-9795
  • www.mobydicksrestaurant.com
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Chatham Pier Fish Market – A Lobster Roll with a View

A Must Do in Chatham 

Located in a quintessential Cape Cod town, this seafood market is a destination and one where you could spend hours. Situated at a dock where fishing boats come in to unload their catch, you will find non stop action and plenty of lobster boats. Visitors can be seen at all hours of the day – watching the fishermen (and lobstermen), catching a glimpse of the numerous seals or eating take out while sitting directly on the wharf.

Casual, salty and filled with seagulls,  this part of the world is a true seafood lover’s dream. Certainly family friendly, purchase seafood to take home or a lobster roll and cooked seafood to go. We recommend eating your fresh meal right outside the door!

Why we love it:  Fresh seafood on the Chatham Fish Pier overlooking Aunt Lydia’s Cove!

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The Lobster Trap – Classic and Casual Cape Cod Dining

Home of the Lobster Bucket

Home of the Lobster Bucket – a 1 1/4 lb pound hard shell lobster, steamers and linguica (Portuguese styled smoke cured pork sausage seasoned with garlic and paprika), The Lobster Trap Restaurant & Fish Market in Bourne has been serving locally caught seafood  for more than 40 years!

Overlooking Buzzards Bay –  The Lobster Trap is a casual, family-friendly seafood shack with seafood so yummy,  it has earned kudos from regional media outlets such CBS Boston and Boston Magazine. So make it a point to grab a cold brew, relax on the new deck and savor every bite of your overstuffed lobster roll heaping with chunks of lobster meat, lettuce and mayo.  Hosting a summer party?   Let The Lobster Trap cater your memorable event.  And, don’t forget your  friends and family back home.  The Lobster Trap ships live lobsters anywhere in the United States!

Why we love it:   Lobster with views of Buzzards Bay, the Back River and area salt marshes.

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Mattakeese Wharf – Waterfront Dining with Incredible Views

Serving Fresh Cape Cod Seafood Since 1967

Mattakeese Wharf Restaurant is the place to go to enjoy classic New England seafood dishes and amazing sunset views.   Located on Barnstable Harbor just north of Route 6A,  Mattakeese Wharf offers extensive menu selections featuring 2 pound boiled lobsters, baked stuffed lobsters with sea scallops, lazy man’s lobster casseroles and delicious lobster rolls with light mayo and celery!   Open for Sunday brunch, daily lunch and dinner – Mattakeese Wharf has someone for everyone’s taste including chicken and burgers for the landlubbers in your party.  Dine on the weekends in the summer and enjoy cocktails and live music just as the magnificent sun sets over the harbor!   Reservations suggested.  Ask for a table by the window.

Why we love it:   Magnificent sunset views! 

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  • Seasonal from May – October
  • Sunday brunch, lunch, dinner
  • 273 Millway Road, Barnstable, MA 02630
  • (508) 362-4511
  • www.mattakeese.com

 

Chatham Squire – In the Heart of A Cape Cod Village

Right in the Center of Chatham!

Located in the center of this charming village, the Chatham Squire is snuggled in between quaint shops, inns and other restaurants.  A local haunt for year round residents, this casual favorite is also a “go to” for vacationers.

Casual and welcoming, Chatham Squire features a long wooden bar surrounded by a collection of fun licence plates collected from around the USA.   Serving up generous plates from a full menu, one of our favorites is their lobster roll and chowder special.

Why we love it:   They serve fresh and delicious pub fare!

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 487 Main Street, Chatham, Massachusetts 02633
  • (508) 945-0945
  • www.thesquire.com

Fishing Lobster – Long Time Sandwich Love Affair

Loves his job!

Motoring out to the end of the Cape Cod Canal to go fishing, this lobster fisherman is serious amongst the beautiful scenery. Wearing a knife attached to his waders, he takes safety as first rule of thumb. He tells the story of how they lost a fishermen hauling traps last summer, when his line went overboard and they went down as well. The knife is a constant reminder and safety precaution against the dangers of working at sea.

Despite the long hours and wet conditions of catching lobster for a living, Captain Dave is happiest out on the water. “It’s an adventure every time you go out. You never know what you are going to catch and you are your own boss. You either make or break yourself.” A sentiment echoed with every lobster fishermen from Cape Cod up to North Atlantic Canada. Their daily rituals involve a strong faith of “fish and you will receive”, with a constant adherence to keeping only the lobsters that meet size requirements by law.

A sustainable fishery is always top of mind, and like many lobster fishermen, long days at sea are coupled with equally hard work on land. As secretary/treasurer of Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, Dave also serves on the Board of Directors of the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation – truly working for every lobster fishermen and a better industry for all.

Meet This Lobsterman from Chatham

Most lobster fishermen come from families of fishers, but not our lobster hero Kurt.

He decided to fish lobster at an early age and today hauls impressive amounts from a scenic mid Cape Cod location. Kurt ties up near the Chatham Municipal Fish Pier, a virtual fish lover’s haven where local and tourists alike watch day boats unload their catch of fish and lobster.

Aptly named Time Bandit, Kurt’s lobster boat helps to haul a mix of wood and metal traps (a rarity in Massachusetts). Due to the sandy bottom vs. a rockier coast outside the cape, he believes the wooden traps perform better in the more shallow waters. During the colder winter months, Kurt actually makes his own wooden traps in preparation for the busy fishing season.