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My Weekend Getaway to Cape Cod Barnstable Massachusetts United States

My Weekend Getaway to Cape Cod

As a kid, my family would take road trips up the east coast, starting at our home in northern Virginia and going as far up as New Hampshire. For whatever reason, though, we never made it to Cape Cod. We’d either not drive far enough north or bypass the pit stop completely.

That all changed about two months ago, when a friend and I decided to take an early weekend getaway to Cape Cod. We left New York on a Thursday morning and by the afternoon, we were in the heart of Boston. Then it was car rental time, and within a few hours, we were hitting the open road in search of seafood and sunshine.

I’m a pretty light packer, so I kept things simple. I brought along my Bluesmart, which I discovered on a Crowdfunding
campaign a few years back, and threw in some jeans, a couple t-shirts, a fancy dress for dinners and a swimsuit - on the off chance it warmed up enough for us to take a tip (it didn’t).

Despite the mostly cloudy and rainy weather, I really enjoyed our little weekend getaway. On our first day in town, we went by the local deli which also doubles as a bike rental. After stocking up on some fresh sandwiches, we biked to the beach for a seaside lunch view.

After that, we were off on a rather long loop around the whole town. There were some pretty steep inclines along the way but the downhill sections of the trail were pure bliss.

Having lived in New York on and off for the the past six years, it was so refreshing to be surrounded by trees on either side instead of people. Cities are great, but sometimes I really just crave the great outdoors.

On our last night in town, we splurged on a decadent meal at The Red Inn Restaurant on Commercial Street. The decor inside is rustic and very tasteful, and the food is delicious. It was really stormy that night, so the view of the water from our table made me feel like I was out at sea (but in a good way). Their seafood is top-notch, so I recommend ordering some fresh oysters for the table.

At just three days and two nights, it was a quick trip but well worth the trek out there. I don’t leave the city often enough and our jaunt to Cape Cop was the perfect reminder why I should.