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Cape Cod - The Delaplaine 2017 Long Weekend Guide: Long Weekend Guides

Cape Cod - The Delaplaine 2017 Long Weekend Guide: Long Weekend Guides

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Cape Cod - The Delaplaine 2017 Long Weekend Guide: Long Weekend Guides

125 pages
42 minutes
Sep 18, 2016


A complete guide for everything you need to experience a great Long Weekend out on Cape Cod, whether your trip takes you to Brewster, Hyannis, Falmouth, Sandwich, Chatham or P-town—or even out to Martha’s Vineyard.

“I know antiques are more expensive out on the Cape, but in this book I found a couple of little gems where I picked up some bargains.”

---Joan S., online review, Miami

“Used the advice in this book to watch the sunset from the Red Inn in P-town and we had a great time.”

---Willie M., online review, Detroit

“I had no idea how many bike paths there were until I read this guide.”

---Susan S, Phoenix

You'll save a lot of time using this concise guide.

=Lodgings (in several parts of the Cape) variously priced

=Fine & budget restaurants, more than enough listings to give you a sense of the variety to be found. 

=Principal attractions -- don't waste your precious time on the lesser ones. We've done all the work for you.

=A handful of interesting shopping ideas.

Sep 18, 2016

About the author

Delaplaine lives on South Beach, Miami’s Billion Dollar Sandbar. He writes in widely varied fields: screenplays, novels (adult and juvenile) and journalism. He also has a series of Long Weekend Guides covering some 50 cities around the world. Email: He writes several series: The “JACK HOUSTON ST. CLAIR” political thriller novels. “THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES IV,” a series of novels starring the great-great-grandson of the famous consulting detective. “THE ANNALS OF SANTOPIA” series, an epic that follows a Santa born in 1900 through to his death 82 years later. The AMOS FREEMAN police thrillers. Other novels: “The Trap Door” follows a boy who is taken back in time to 1594 and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. “The Meter Maid Murders,” a comic look at a detective trying to nab a serial killer on South Beach who only murders meter maids. Has written and directed three features (one doc, two narrative features), as well as several short films and won several awards for his film work. (See for details).  His latest film, “Meeting Spencer,” starring Jeffrey Tambor, won the prestigious Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay.  DELAPLAINE’S “LONG WEEKEND” GUIDES These no-nonsense guides contain Delaplaine’s recommendations and advice for travelers visiting these places for 3 or 4 days. As "The Food Enthusiast," he writes a series of restaurants guides, updated annually. He has no hobbies.

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The Delaplaine


Long Weekend Guide


Andrew Delaplaine


A list of the author’s other travel guides, as well as his political thrillers and titles for children, can be found at the end of this book.

Senior Editors - Renee & Sophie Delaplaine

Senior Writer - James Cubby


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Chapter 1 – WHY CAPE COD?


Chapter 3 – WHERE TO STAY

Chapter 4 – WHERE TO EAT

Chapter 6 – WHAT TO SEE & DO



Chapter 1 –


Every time I’m in the Hamptons, the thought crosses my mind that I’d rather be on Cape Cod.

Every time I’m on Cape Cod, I think two things: Thank God it never turned into the Hamptons and Thank God it’s still the same.

It’s not of course. Nothing ever really is the same. But when you run into old-timers on Long Island, they’ll tell you how it was in the Hamptons before the mega-rich moved in and built their monstrously inappropriate mansions, bringing along with them, naturally, their monstrously inappropriate attitudes. The Hamptons with their fancy shops and nightclubs. (Can you ever imagine a NIGHTCLUB on Cape Cod? Not really. Who would ever go to it? I’m not including P-town in this statement—with all the gay people out there, of course they have nightclubs.)

Cape Cod is really one of the great things about America. There’s a unique ecosystem or lifestyle or way of life or mindset on the Cape, however you may want to describe it.

The cheesy little stores selling dust collecting souvenirs, the roadside seafood shacks selling fried clams the way they have for decades, the quiet beaches on Nantucket Bay, the shops selling saltwater taffy and other summer goodies—all of it is remarkably the same as it was when my grandmother used to drag us out there from Boston every summer.

It’s kinda like the northern version of the Florida Keys. (Though the local people couldn’t be more different if they tried—the ones up on the Cape actually read books and know who’s President. In the Keys, they couldn’t care less.)

Like Key West, Cape Cod, and especially P-town, has been a magnate for artists of every type. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch filmmaker John Waters tooling around town on his weird looking bike.

Just as the Keys are divided into three parts, the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys, Cape Cod goes them one better and is divided roughly into four parts: the Upper Cape, Mid-Cape, Lower Cape and Outer Cape. (Five parts if you count the Islands—Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Gosnold.)


The Upper Cape runs north to south and is bounded by Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal. Sandwich takes the honors as the oldest town on the Cape, thus the most historic. Charming Falmouth and its lovely waterfront aren’t far away. Wood’s Hole, of course, is home to the big oceanographic institute you’ve probably heard a lot about over the years. Then there’s Mashpee, New Seabury, Bourne.


Exactly as the name indicates, Mid-Cape is in the middle of the peninsula, boasting towns like Hyannis (famed for its Kennedy connection), Osterville (where we stayed with grandmother in a whitewashed house), Barnstable Village, Dennis, Yarmouthport, Centerville, West Barnstable, Craigville, Cummaquid, HyannisPort.


In the geography of the arm that Cape Cod forms, this area starts at the elbow and makes its way north. Chatham is the jewel of the Lower Cape, sporting a charmingly quaint downtown area, shops and restaurants. Chatham makes a great place to stay because it’s so centrally located to the rest of Cape Cod. Here you’ll find Also in the Lower Cape is Orleans, claimed to be the spot where Leif Eriksson landed in 1003. (Long before the lobster roll, he probably had his lobster cooked over a spit with no drawn butter and loved them just as much as we do today.)  Also here you’ll find Harwichport and Brewster.

The thing that gets me about Leif Eriksson is why in God’s name he didn’t send his boat back and tell the crew to bring their families. Think of the real estate he could have stolen from the Indians.


As the forearm of Cape Cod moves north, you enter what is called the Outer Cape. On one side you have Cape Cod Bay and on the other the Atlantic. The peninsula becomes quite narrow out here, and you pass through towns like Eastham (not that there’s much of a town there) and Truro with great views from the cliffs and the Cape Code Light, before you get to wonderful Wellfleet. (Think Wellfleet oysters.) This is a

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