The Cape’s biggest town is Barnstable, encompassing 76 square miles between Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay and consists of seven villages.
Starting with Cotuit, get cultural at the newly-renovated Cahoon Museum of American Art or the always buzzing Cotuit Center for the Arts. While in the village book a spa treatment at Therapeutic Bodywork, check out the artwork at Chapman Art Gallery and enjoy a burger and a pint at the Kettle Ho. Grab picnic fare and a bottle of wine at Cotuit Market before taking in the scenic views at Ropes Beach or Loop Beach.
Moving east to Osterville, grab breakfast at Fancy’s Market, Amie Bakery or Earthy Delights before heading to Dowses Beach or hitting Main Street for shopping at Shoe Salon of Osterville, Mocean, Osterville Hardware, Pocket full of Posies and Oyster Island Emporium. Grab wood-fired pizza at Crisp Flatbread or an upscale dinner at Five Bays Bistro both open year-round, or seasonally enjoy a lobster roll with a view at the Chart Room at Crosby’s Boat Yard.
Following the coast to Centerville, head to world-renowned Craigville Beach, or it’s quieter neighbor Long Beach. Book a night at the charming and fun Captain David Kelley House, shop at the historic 1856 Country Store and grab a cone at the Cape’s oldest ice cream shop Four Seas Ice Cream.
Head down Route 6A in Barnstable to take in the sights and charm of this historic road. Stop by the endearing Cape Cod Organic Farm farmstand, peruse handmade goods at Barnstable Pottery and fuel up on coffee and snacks at Nirvana Coffee Company or Barnstable Market. Head to the water and soak up the sun at Millway Beach, grabbing a bite at Mattakeese Wharf or Osterville Fish Too or hop on a trip on the Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises.
Wind down 6A to West Barnstable and visit the West Barnstable Train Station and Museum, grab an arrangement at Sabatia Flower Farm and visit one of the Cape’s best beaches Sandy Neck for all-day fun.
Continue south on Route 149 to Marstons Mills for good eats at the Mills Restaurant and Morning Glory Cafe and shopping at Plum Porch or The Gift Collection. Don’t miss the plethora of cranberry bogs and the Cape Cod Airfield, where you can take a biplane ride or skydive!