The Perfect Day in Bourne
Recognized as the gateway to Cape Cod, Bourne offers the first glimpse of this sandy paradise. Nine quiet villages make up the town, and each has something special to offer, setting the stage for a memorable Cape Cod experience.
The glistening water of the Cape Cod Canal is always a welcoming site to travelers. On both sides of the famous canal, which will be feted with a 100th birthday celebration in 2014, Bourne features attractions loved by both visitors and year-rounders. If you are looking for a great breakfast spot before going over the bridge, stop at Sweet Caroline’s Café (508-759-8100) in Buzzards Bay, where you’ll find crab cake frittatas and the Fat Sal, a waffle sandwich with mascarpone and blueberry jelly. Buzzards Bay is also well known for eclectic antique and thrift shops, and it is also the sight of a famous annual scallop festival.
Cross over the bridge and you’ll find Bourne’s spacious Monument Beach, which has lots of popular amenities including a bathhouse, a volleyball net, a wooden raft, and a snack bar. If burgers and fries aren’t going to be enough, the Lobster Trap (508-759-7600) offers a menu brimming with fresh seafood just down the street. Patrons can enjoy views of Buzzards Bay on The Back Deck over plates of steamed lobster and pints of cold beer.
Natural beauty can be savored in Bourne at the Red Brook Conservation Area. Trails wind through scrub oak and pitch pine woodlands, freshwater wetlands, and a working cranberry bog, before leading out to Red Brook Harbor, a popular gathering place for viewing beautiful sunsets. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the nearby Chart Room (508-563-5350) in the Bourne village of Cataumet is a perfect place to wrap up a Cape Cod day. Complete with an outdoor bar, a classic coastal menu, and lively entertainment, this gem keeps people coming back year after year.
Annual 2013 Event
Bourne Scallop Festival
September 20–22, 2013
More info: www.bournescallopfest.com