June Explorin’

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, which means the roads, sidewalks and local restaurants will go back to being a little more manageable before the official start to summer. This means those of us that reside here week in and week out in June can enjoy some of the Cape’s warm weather offerings while they are immediately accessible and our guest rooms remain empty. Here are seven things we’re planning on doing before the craziness of the season sets in {plus, a bonus tip for each inspired by The CapeMade Field Guide!}:
It’s no secret that traffic is the most frustrating part for everyone on the roads during the summer, so we suggest taking a nice leisurely ride along 6A while it’s still smooth sailing to bask in the gorgeous sites of the North side, and stopping at the galleries, antique shops and local coffee shops along the way. {CMFG Tip: Don’t miss the Snow Goose Shop in Sandwich, Cape Cod Organic Farm in Barnstable, and Snowy Owl Coffee in Brewster.}

We also recommend taking this opportunity to play tourist yourself and drive to any other town outside of a 5-mile radius of your home base and explore the Main Streets and the ocean views, because in just a few short weeks, it will take you three times what it usually does to get anywhere! {CMFG Tip: Check out our ideas for Upper, Mid, Lower and Outer Cape.}

Get out on the water while it is still a bit tranquil by taking a Stand Up Paddle tour with Mocean on the Upper Cape or Adventure Chatham on the Lower Cape, or take a guided kayak tour around Barnstable Harbor and Sandy Neck. {CMFG Tip: Look the part with some local gear from SUP CC!}

The whales are back for another season at Stellwagen Bank, and this is the best time to see them (in our humble opinion). Head out on the Hyannis Whale Watcher with fewer people than mid-summer, and you’ll get better views of the horizon, and more up close and personal interactions with the marine life. {CMFG Tip: Grab a pre-excursion breakfast at The Blue Plate Diner.}

Play hooky mid-week or early on a weekend for a relaxed down Cape beach day. Hit Cahoon Hollow Beach, enjoy a Goombay Smash and some oysters at the Beachcomber before Reggae Night (check the calendar) or wrap up the day at the Wellfleet Drive-in. {CMFG Tip: Drop by ARTichoke for original beach-inspired apparel and The Frying Pan Gallery for cool art in the last intact oyster shack.}

Have a uniquely Chatham day. Start with a leisurely breakfast at Hangar B without a (worthwhile) wait before hopping on a Monomoy Island Excursions seal tour. {CMFG Tip: Browse the cute clothes at Fisherman’s Daughter and stop by The Talkative Pig for an afternoon drink and app.}

While the off-season is a great time to visit the Cape’s furthermost point, you really have to experience Provincetown’s vibrant culture in-season. June is ideal – take in independent films at the Provincetown Film Festival, engage in concerts and conversations at the limited-run Twenty Summers arts center, stroll the many art galleries, and don’t miss the Pilgrim Monument for a bird’s eye view of the place we call home (and incredible exhibits). {CMFG Tip: Try Yolk, our ‘one to watch’ for all-day breakfast or the 1620 Brewhouse for beer and a bite.}

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