The Perfect Day in Eastham
Eastham is the first Cape Cod National Seashore stop. It was here, beside Coast Guard Beach, where Henry Beston wrote the American classic, The Outermost House. The quiet, breathtaking landscape of Eastham has inspired artists and nature-lovers for generations.
Laura and Tony’s Kitchen (508-240-6096) was once described by famed foodie Rachel Ray as one of Cape Cod’s best-kept secrets. The food here is homemade, fresh, and creative—the cinnamon rolls are a breakfast favorite, and a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa is just $3. After starting off your day with such sinfully good treats (and a few extra calories), head for 22 miles of open roads along the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The paved roads are perfect for cyclists, and the wide shoulder along the side makes for great walking or horseback riding.
Now a Cape-wide franchise, the original Box Lunch (508-255-0799) on Briar Lane has been serving up tasty rolled-up sandwiches since 1977. With a menu whose size rivals that of any full-on restaurant, the roll-ups can satisfy diners of all palates. As the name implies, the food here is perfect for take out (the lobster roll is a good choice) and can be enjoyed at a picnic along the spectacular Cape Cod National Seashore (508-771-2144). Start off your visit with a trip to the Salt Pond Visitor Center to learn about the fascinating history and panoramic scope of this precious natural resource.
With a raw bar, Richardson’s ice cream, and a mini-golf course on top of a sprawling seafood shack menu, award-winning Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar (508-255-2575) offers everything you need for a true Cape Cod meal. Once the crowds have moved on for the evening, Coast Guard Beach is the perfect place to gather around a bonfire with friends and family. Just make sure to get a permit from the National Park Service first!
Annual 2013 Event
Hands on the Arts Festival
June 15–16, 2013
More info: www.handsonthearts.com