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Aug 14th, 2007, 08:59 AM
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Cape Cod-Falmouth, MA

My husband and I are going up for a wedding and are spending a long weekend in Falmouth. We have all day Friday and Sunday free. Could you recommend some things to do and see? shopping? tours? Also, restaurants and bars not to be missed-money is not an object.

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Aug 14th, 2007, 09:07 AM
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What time of year are you going? Many of the bars there bring me back to my 20something days in the summer fun.

What about a ferry ride out to Martha's Vineyard from Woods Hole which is next to Falmouth.

Have you been to a Christmas Tree Shop? Definately have to spend a bit of time there.
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Aug 14th, 2007, 10:20 AM
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We are going up 8/24-8/26
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Aug 14th, 2007, 12:13 PM
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Four Seas ice cream in Centerville!
www.fourseasicecream.com

And definitely check out the Christmas Tree Shop for pure kitch, good souvenir shopping and quite the bargain hunter's haven.
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Aug 14th, 2007, 06:49 PM
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Take a sailboat ride on The Liberte'....it's a wonderful way to relax and be out on the water. A three hour cruise costs $30 pp. You can purchase drinks (but there's no food). It heads out toward Martha's Vineyard and back from Falmouth.

We've done this two years in a row and it's wonderful!

http://theliberte.com/

I don't know the name of it, but there's a historic bar on the main street in Falmouth (not Falmouth Heights)that has a cannon ball stuck in the ball from the revolutionary war!
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Aug 14th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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Oops, I meant to say "cannon ball stuck in the wall!"
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Aug 14th, 2007, 08:30 PM
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Buffalogirl: I think it might be the Landfall Restaurant. I remember very historic and great food!

With two free days you have enough time to explore many of the Cape's fifteen towns and attractions.

A trip to nearby Hyannis and drive down Ocean Street with Kennedy Memorial, Veteran's Park, Kalmus Beach and many restaurants and bars.

Drive down to Chatham with plenty of shopping along Main Street and stop at the Chatham Bars Inn Beach House for lunch with a wonderful view.

Drive up route 28 from Chatham to Orleans. Stop along the roadside parking to enjoy the view of Pleasant Bay. Drop into the Wequassett Inn for a drink at their Waterside Bar.

In Orleans, go take a look at Nauset and Skaket beaches and Rock Harbor for some great views. Orleans has many great eating and drinking places. Some of the best: Captain Elmers; Land Ho; Jailhouse Tavern.

If you are up for it, take a trip to Provincetown from Falmouth and all it has to offer. This would be a trip of more than 2 hours as these two towns are the furthest apart on Cape Cod.
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Aug 15th, 2007, 05:26 AM
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Hi Lmaey,
You've rec. some good info. here. With the assumption that you have a car, I'll start with Provincetown which will be about a 1 hr. ride for you.

P-town is a great walking town with a vast amount of restuarants, a walk down pier, many galleries and musuems, the Pilgrim monument (you can climb it and get a tour) Dune tours, biking, great beaches, theatre, whale watch, trolley tours, etc.

My next rec. would be Wellfleet which has a cute downtown with a few shops and some nice rest. and galleries. There's a couple great theatres as well as beautiful beaches.

Although it doesn't have much of a walk around downtown, Brewster has many antique shops along rte. 6A.

As said, Chatham has a cute little downtown with shops and a few rest. the beach and lighthouse are very pretty.

Not sure what you like to do or what type of food appeals to you. Let us know for more info.
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Aug 16th, 2007, 10:55 AM
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Thanks for all of the great replies!!
I will look into all of the options. I am assuming there is alot of traffic driving around the cape-so we may want to stay put in Falmouth.
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Aug 16th, 2007, 04:06 PM
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Yes there's a fair amount of traffic on the Cape, especially weekends. But please don't let that restrict you to just Falmouth! (You've barely gotten on the Cape when you're in Falmouth - there's so much more to see!)

At least check out some of the towns between you and Hyannis: Cotuit is cute, Sandwich has some old museums, etc.

There are three main roads that run the length of the lower Cape:
- Route 6 is the highway that runs through the middle, and will get congested as people enter the Cape on Friday and leave on Sunday.
- Route 28 follows the lower edge of the Cape from Falmouth through to Chatham. It's pretty commercial, with lots of remnants from its heyday of motels, mini golf, clam shacks, ice cream, etc. Fun to see a bit of it just for the feel of it.
- Route 6A along the upper edge of the Cape is a smaller, quieter road with beautiful old homes, antique stores, and small shops along the roadway. You'll really get a taste of the "old Cape" while escaping as much of the madding crowd as you can...

FYI, the beaches on Nantucket Sound are the best for sunbathing and taking a dip in the ocean. You'd access these off Route 28. The National Seashore beaches on the Outer Cape - Eastham, Orleans, Welfleet, Provincetown - face directly onto the Atlantic Ocean and all its beautiful fury. The inner Cape Cod Bay side of the Cape is still pretty much a backwater: not much breeze or surf in there, but definitely less crowded than the other side of the peninsula.
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Aug 17th, 2007, 10:08 AM
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Thanks for the informative reply and directions!!
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Aug 17th, 2007, 12:34 PM
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I second the suggestions to check out Chatham (roughly a 1/2 hour drive along Rte 6 from Falmouth) and Provincetown (roughly a 1 hour drive).

Chatham has been in the news lately as there have been a few great white shark attacks on the resident seal population. People have been bringing binoculars to south beach to watch and wait for a great white attack (on the seals, of course!) offshore. Chatham is, for me, the quintessential Cape Cod town, very preppy and nice.

Provicentown is, literally and figuratively, at the end of the earth. It's a very nice town, artist colony, gay mecca, entertainment and shopping hub. Leave your hangups on Rte 6 and enjoy the stuff you probably won't see at home (assuming you don't live in Key West). My favorite part is just wandering about, the far West End along Commercial Street has some quaint old homes with nice gardens.
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Aug 17th, 2007, 11:06 PM
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Lmaey:
The Falmouth area has many beach, dining, shopping and sightseeing options if you just want to stay there for your weekend visit.

Some good Falmouth dining options are: The Flying Bridge; Coonamesett Inn; Uncle Bill's & Silver Lounge; and the Nimrod. In Woods Hole Shuckers; Landfall and the Dome are also popular.

Two things you should be aware of about Falmouth concerning geography:

Falmouth is the one town that is the furthest away from all other towns on Cape Cod and also is the furthest away from route 6 the Mid-Cape Highway.

So if you decide to visit Chatham you are facing 1+ hour drive time and Provincetown would be 2+ hours. But both these drives would be worth it for the sightseeing alone. The secret to driving around the Cape is to leave early in the morning ahead of everyone else.

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Aug 18th, 2007, 05:33 AM
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Lmev,
All of the above suggestions are great; however, I don't know when or how Liam or Cybor have driven from Falmouth to Provincetown in an hour or to Chatham in a half hour! I live in Harwich (next to Chatham about half way out on the Cape) all year and I can tell you in August it is at least 2 hours from Falmouth to Ptown and at least 1 hour to Chatham. Since you have only a short time, I would spend it in the Falmouth area. Come see the rest of us another time.
PS - try Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium on Main street in Falmouth for great ice cream - I especially love "KGB" - Kahlua, Grand Marnier, & Bailey's (adults only).
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Aug 19th, 2007, 07:24 AM
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Your right, to a degree I guess, as it depends on how far from the rte. 6 you are in Falmouth and Chatham as both are a bit away from rte. 6 at the furthest reaches.
I think we may be talking about 2 different things. Sorry for the confusion, Lmaey.

I can get from the bridges (Bourne and Sagamore rte. 6) to P-town in one hour.
I do it just about every week.

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I'm not sure, but I believe that it may be 50 miles from the bridge to P-town.
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Aug 19th, 2007, 03:54 PM
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Thanks so much for the replies!! This is great information that my husband and I will use this upcoming weekend.
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Aug 19th, 2007, 05:07 PM
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The restaurant with the cannonball is the Nimrod in Falmouth.

West Falmouth is a wonderful village with a lot of old houses, a few shops and a great beach, Chappaquiot. It is on 28A, about 10 minutes from Falmouth. It still looks a lot like "old Cape Cod". You can take the exit off 28 and drive through it on the way to Falmouth. Instead of getting back on the highway you could follow the signs to Woods Hole. It's a very pretty drive and Woods Hole is unique. You then loop around and end up back in Falmouth.
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