…keeps the doctor away? I’m pretty sure that’s not the saying – unless you are on Cape Cod like I was this past weekend! Yep, lobster has a spot on nearly every menu in this vacation spot just outside Boston and Providence. On Cape Cod for a friend’s wedding last Saturday, I had the pleasure of finding myself up to my eyeballs in lobster all weekend, and it was delicious! Besides lobster, I found a few other must-see options on the island. So if you are thinking about traveling to the Cape soon, check out these spots!
Here’s a fun map of the Cape to get you oriented. For the WWG, the first stop after driving about 2 hours from Boston-Logan airport was my hotel:
The Ocean View at Craigville Beach – This spot has three key assets – location location, location right on the beautiful, family-friendly Craigville Beach. Note to self for next time – splurge for a suite! I was jealous of my next door neighbor’s/friend’s 2 person suite (complete with kitchen, living room, and outdoor grill), which I believe was offered at the same rate as my own less-updated/less-spacious room. Overall though, this hotel boasts great views of the water, nice deck chairs, and a friendly staff with solid recommendations.
Lobster #1 - After getting checked in, the WWG was starving, so my travel buddy and I booked it to a beach shack about 50 yards up the beach for a lobster roll. This roll was the casual lobster option of the weekend, but it was fresh and well-cooked. Also, the shack used garlic toast for the roll, which I thought was a lovely touch. I also used a bit of tartar sauce on the lobster. WWG Pairing Suggestion for Lobster #1 = ice, cold beer.
Lobster #2 – This trip to the Cape was all about a beautiful wedding reception for one of my besties in the backyard of her groom’s childhood home. I should probably wax poetic about how much love was in the air, how many good friends were in attendance, and how much fun it was to meet my friends’ extended families. All of those were in abundance, but I know you want the details on the menu, so let’s cut to the chase on my first proper clambake! Here’s what we ate: clam chowder, steamers (clams so fresh we had to ‘wash’ off the sand), lobster, drawn butter (mmm…), corn, red potatoes, a sausage, and cupcakes!
WWG Pairing Suggestion for Lobster #2 = a buttery Chardonnay. Say what?! Regular WWG readers might do a double take here due to my previous post (I Hate Chardonnay, Right?), but there’s a pairing for everything. And a buttery Chardonnay can be a perfect complement to lobster with drawn butter because they are both full-bodied/full-textured options. The Chardonnay at the wedding was also great with the clam chowder, which knocked my socks off even in 85 degree heat.
The wedding reception started/ended early, but the after party lasted well into the wee hours. So it didn’t come as a surprise that my travel buddy and I slept in past 10am. With breakfast over in most places and a desire to grab lunch elsewhere, there was only one decision to make – ice cream for breakfast! Since we arrived on the Cape, several locals had sung the praises of the Four Seas ice cream shop, which is just up the road from the Ocean View Motel in Centerville, Mass. This shop serves up old school ice cream in about 24 flavors daily and old school sandwiches on white or wheat bread. My buddy chose the mocha chip ice cream on the suggestion of our hotel desk clerk while I went with the maple walnut flavor. Both were crave-worthy! In fact, I’m craving that maple walnut ice cream right now. Too bad, I’ve put on my ‘summer weight’ (too much BBQ, booze, and dessert already this summer – time to rein it in), and I’m on Phase I of the South Beach this week. Anyhoo - forget your diet on vacation and grab some excellent ice cream at Four Seas if you are nearby!
Lobster #3 – After Four Seas, we hit the road for Provincetown, which is at the end of the Cape. Provincetown is filled with art galleries, tourist shops, and gay-friendly attitudes. Since we were missing the best Sunday of the year (Chicago’s annual Pride parade), my travel buddy and I headed to Provincetown to dance with the ‘boys’ and ‘girls’. Since we’d need sustenance for the dancing, our first stop was Pepe’s for the ‘best lobster roll in town’. I opted for the South Beachiest lobster option, which was served with an arugula/tomato/lemony-vinaigrette salad. WWG Pairing Suggestion: the tart flavors in the salad went especially well with the tart flavors in the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc I ordered.
Next, it was on to the Boat Slip for the 4 to 7 pm daily dance party. We passed by a variety of fun shops where I bought a teal, beaded, ‘statement’ necklace and my friend bought an awesome, hand-painted, ‘statement’ bowl. We also caught glimpses of the inviting water, which appears somewhat protected from the Atlantic currents and makes me think it is warmer than most waters of the Cape. But this was no day for swimming! We needed to end the weekend with dancing at the Boat Slip and noshing on a slice of NY-style pizza. The perfect end to a picture perfect weekend
‘Lobster’ #4 – Except the weekend wasn’t over. After a great night’s sleep, we rose early and decided to grab some breakfast. The recommendation from our trusty hotel clerk was resounding. We just had to check out Centerville Pie Company, which has an ‘everybody knows your name’ feeling and has even been featured a couple times on Oprah’s favorite things list. No joke! For breakfast that morning, I went with a fantastic spinach/feta quiche, but I also noticed you can order a piece of pie on the side (even for breakfast.) I was thinking that a sweet fruit option might be nice, but apparently, the CPC is known for its savory pies. Now, I only learned of this fame after leaving the CPC, so I am intrigued. Apparently, their chicken pies are the ‘lobsters’ of all chicken pot pies, meaning they are the best of the best. Hey, anything Oprah and Gayle love has to be good, right?! You can order the pies online, so check them out if you are a big chicken pot pie fan; please note, there are no veggies in this one.