We’re not just riding when we head out to the Cape. There is so much to take advantage of across the 65 mile stretch of beaches and restaurants. So we asked our friends Jenna and Steph over at Capeing to give us their top picks of what to do in the Mashpee/Falmouth area. These two gals are the experts in what’s good, what’s great, and how to make the most of your time this summer.
You can’t go wrong in the Falmouth and Mashpee areas of Cape Cod in the summer! Between awesome beaches, quaint downtown areas, outdoor activities and tons of delicious restaurants around, you can always find something to do in this area of the Cape. When we’re on Cape time, we love heading to the beach on the weekends. It’s pretty easy to get a season beach sticker for parking, which are sold to both residents and non-residents (non-residents have the option to purchase a certain number of weeks). If you’re into boating, Buzzards Bay and Nantucket Sound are fantastic spots to do so. Hopping over to Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole in a power boat for a day trip can take under 20 minutes (the ferry takes about 40 mins). The area is also great for watersports like kayaking, sailing, kiteboarding, paddle boarding – you name it.
Stuck with a rainy day? Not to worry, there is still plenty to do! You could check out the Mashpee Commons shopping area or head to the Woods Hole Aquarium. The Popponesset Village in New Seabury is also a great spot to check out on a cloudy day. The marketplace has little shops, cafes, mini golf, and ice cream (we love Emack and Bolio’s). Right down the road is the Popponesset Inn, which is a beautiful inn and popular wedding venue. Here you can find Raw Bar, which is a casual bar serving classic Cape meals – think lobster rolls and fried clams. After grabbing a bite, you can head down to the street and hang out at Popponesset Inn‘s beachside bar for a cocktail overlooking the Sound.
Looking for some outdoor activity to keep you moving even after riding at the Cape House studio? The Knob in Falmouth is a great spot to take walks and catch the sunset. There is also a great bike path called the Shining Sea Bikeway that runs from Woods Hole up into the middle of Falmouth. The trail takes you by cranberry bogs, beach-side views, and offers great places to stop along the way (cafes, ice cream). Falmouth is also home to the largest annual running race on the Cape – the Falmouth Road Race, which is a 7k course that runs adjacent to the beach. This year the race is on August 21st, and even if you are not running, it’s fun to watch and cheer on the runners.
Woods Hole is a really fun place to explore, day or night. The drawbridge in the town goes up every half hour and you can watch all of the boats coming and going from the harbor. For a fun and relaxing sit-down lunch spot, head to farm-to-table restaurant Quicks Hole Taqueria for some fantastic Cape-California fusion eats (lobster taco anyone?). We also suggest checking out Pie in the Sky, a bakery with great breakfast popover sandwiches and pastries. Head to Shuckers for cocktails with fresh squeezed juice and fresh seafood! While you’re in the area, check out the picturesque Nobska Lighthouse that overlooks Nantucket Sound.
The Falmouth area is also a great place to get your eats on. For breakfast, we suggest The Daily Brew, which offers customizable bfast sandwiches and burritos and delicious smoothies (Green Monstah is our fave). If you’re looking to pick up a quick lunch to bring to the beach, West Falmouth market has great, fresh food and is fast. The Pickle Jar is also a fun lunch option if you’re in Falmouth center. For some foolproof dinner spots, our favorites are Anejo (Mexican), Raw Bar (American seafood), Clam Shack (fried clams), or Bleu (French). Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Hit up Smitty’s for ice cream, or head to the Chart Room and order their famous mudslide while overlooking the harbor (a great Sunday afternoon activity).