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Jun 12, 2014 09:40 AM

Boston to Cape

On a Tuesday afternoon, a few days from now, I will be driving from Newton to Provincetown. I have been to Boston twice, but never Cape Cod. I am interested in hearing some suggestions/feedback on where to stop on the way.

Right now I am thinking pizza at either Sweet Tomatoes, Barbone or Joey's and then a stop at Truro Vineyards.

Everything I do revolves around food, but do want to make stops at a worthwhile locale - whether for a lovely view, unique NE street scene, or just a memorable experience. Once we get to P-town, we probably will not drive much so thought the drive to and from would give us a chance to see more of the area. (The drive "from" will go all the way to Western Mass.)

My husband and I are not looking to turn the drive into a whole day, but a bit out of the way & a mile or two of walking would be a nice way to break up the trip & see a little more of the area. We like ALL types of food, but am thinking quick counter types of meals.

I have been reading a lot before asking & do plan to ask ont he Southern Mass board too. Thanks for what i have read so far & any replies to this!.

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  1. Great debate on fried clams...
    I love Kreme 'N Kone on Rte 28 @ intersection of 134

    Kream 'n Kone,
    961 Main St,
    West Dennis, MA 02670

    Others love

    Captain Frosty's on Rte 6A
    219 Main St, Dennis, MA 02638
    Phone:(508) 385-8548

    Seafood is usually the best faire to try while on Cape Cod.

    1. Foster, I am very familiar with driving and seeing towns from Boston to the Cape, but not so experienced w/ good food spots on that route. I think I will, on this first post, suggest towns that are particularly worth driving or walking around along your route, and you can use those names to do some CH Searches.
      Google Map says 3 hours for the route that I plotted, but i think 5-6 hrs is more likely.

      It goes from Newton to Ptown, from Rt.3 south, with possible stops in Hingham,Duxbury or Plymouth onto the Cape and up Rt 6A (Old King's Highway) through Sandwich and Brewster to Ptown. Hingham is an affluent and historically well preserved town w/ beautiful old houses and some good markets and restnts. South of there you are not going to find alot of great food until you get to Ptown. Plymouth gets alot of tourist trade and you can see the waterfront and a replica of the Mayflower, just by driving by, or you can tour it and/or Plymouth Plantation. The Blue Eyed Crab has some fun food but the town has mostly fried seafood tourist spots. Duxbury is home to Island Creek Oysters and you can drive to Duxbury Bay and look out over their operation.

      Sandwich, one of the very oldest towns in MA, has a beautiful millpond in its center; we have often brought take out sandwiches there and enjoyed it. A good part of the route from Sandwich to Ptown is Rt. 6A, the Old King's Highway, one of the oldest and most beautiful roads in MA. It is narrow and winding and dotted with very old houses and trees. It is also a slow route; if you went at a leisurely pace, it would prob take you 3 hrs to get to Ptown from Sandwich. Not alot of dining options, esp at lunch. For food spots, you'll prob want to do some CH Searches by town name, and 'Cape'. When you do your return trip, headed out to Western MA, you might want to take the faster route, Rt 6, from Ptown down to the Bridge off the Cape.

      On that return trip, my suggestion would be for you to drive from the Cape through New Bedford and Providence R.I. on your way out west. Depending upon your interests, i would rec a brief stop/drive/walk around the beautiful historic area around the New Bedford Whaling Museum, or a drive around the much bigger and beautiful College Hill area of Providence. New Bedford has a very established Portuguese community and food culture(they came from the Portuguese Azores to work on the whaling boats.)

      Home to myriad colleges,Providence is one of the most vibrant small cities on the East Coast, with a stylish contemporary food scene.

      There is, of all things, a long touted CH fav BBQ spot in Sturbridge, which would be a ~1/2 hr detour for you off the Mass. Pike.

      Google Maps shows Ptown to New Bedford 2 hrs; NB to Prov. 1/2 hr; Prov to Stockbridge 2 hrs. but those times, again, feel incorrect to me, like it would take a bit longer.

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        B.T's smokehouse the place in Sturbridge is more like a 10 minute detour, but call ahead since they are pretty popular so there may be a wait at peak times, closed on Monday's. They don't have table service and is byob.

        1. re: lc02139

          Huh??? Sturbridge is about 35 minutes from Newton in the opposite direction from driving to the Cape.

          1. re: catsmeow

            the OP said his drive from Ptown would be all the way to western mass.

        2. re: opinionatedchef

          Are you suggesting that without any stops the drive will take five or six hours?

          1. re: foster

            Driving on a pre-season Tuesday, there shouldn't be the nightmarish traffic that happens on a summer week-end to the Cape.

            I think 3 hours is about right, without stops. And the stops would add more, so about 5 or 6 hours would cover that.

            Provincetown is a great destination- enjoy.

          2. re: opinionatedchef

            Lots of great stuff here, oc. Just fyi, I was going to stay in Providence a few nights on this trip, but it was pushed in favor of Provincetown. Next time, though I'll check out those rec's.

          3. I haven't been myself but have heard a lot of good things about Marion's Pie Co in Chatham. There is also a french bakery, PB Boulangerie in Wellfleet, that I've heard mentioned many times as far as having really good breads and croissants, etc. These 2 places are on my list of places to go to when in those areas.

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            1. re: catsmeow

              That reminded me -- long ago when I started researching Cape Cod, I read about the Pie Shop. I never wrote it down. Now it's in my notes. Thanks! And it sounds as if Wellfleet has a lot to offer!

              1. re: catsmeow

                I'll vouch for PB Boulangerie. We stop on the way and on the way back on every trip to Provincetown. We even stay and extra day if it means returning when they are closed.

                Bread, croissants, bike trail cookies, pizzas and preserves are in every bag we take home. Their pizza slices are even good cold for nibbles in the car.


                1. re: BostonZest

                  LOVE the breads, bakery items, and jams at PB (they are worth getting there early and standing in line for), however, I have been pretty disappointed with EVERY sit down meal attempt there, and there have been several over the past couple of summers.

                  Every nice food option on the PTown part of the Cape has been pricey to me, with the exceptions of Moby Dick's in Wellfeet (right on Rt 6 - worth waiting for, but not for more than an hour - and do note it's extremely family friendly) and the Lobster Pot in PTown (old school, but so good and what a great location).

                  The Bookstore at Mayo Beach in Wellfleet is good standby if you stick to the raw bar and simple seafood options.

                  Arnold's in Eastham has great fried stuff and excellent raw bar (go inside and order directly at it vs. at the main counter / window).

                  For higher end meals, I love:
                  Blackfish in Truro
                  Mac's Shack in Wellfleet (I assume their PTown spot would have equally great sushi and food as well as being more upscale)
                  Impudent Oyster in Chatham (though haven't been in 2 years)

                  For me, the Beachcomber at Cahoon Hollow (Wellfleet) is a must on a warm afternoon or evening (before dark) - sitting outside and having oysters / clams on the half shell, as well as their amazing steamers and seared tuna, from the raw bar - not sure when it fully opens - eating inside is not that great.

                  Great place to be - any time during the year - enjoy your visit! (also: find Duck Pond in the National Seashore if you can - you have to park and hike - it is worth it).

              2. IIRC, Pain D'Avignon in Hyannis in not in a scenic area, but it is very well recommended.

                1. I have a couple ideas for you, neither is 'great' food but both offer something else.

         has waterfront dining. This is a good spot because it's right off route 6 in Orleans. If you're experiencing traffic, this may be the perfect place to get off the road for a lunch. There is a restaurant in the back that overlooks the water. Touristy but overall a good experience.

                  Further down in Wellfleet on Rt6 pull into the road that has the Drive In Theater. There is a mini golf area and a Dairy Bar next to it that serves food. The dairy bar is an outdoor bar that overlooks the mini golf. Food is not so good but the place is classic old school. And a lot of fun. A great place for a dessert and beer.