Our first dinner on Cape Cod was at Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham (http://arnoldsrestaurant.com/). I had read about Arnold’s in an article about Cape Cod that was featured in Rachael Ray magazine called “Cape Cod Confidential”. The article was written by novelist Jennifer Weiner and detailed 10 places to visit while on the Cape. Arnold’s was her choice for a lobster roll — a New England specialty that is lobster, mayo, finely chopped celery, and salt and pepper all mixed together and served in a New England style hot dog roll. Until my visit to Arnold’s, I’d never tried this dish, but had wanted to for quite some time. The thing I love most about the idea of the lobster roll is that everyone has their own recipe for the lobster salad…some leave out the celery, some add additional spices, some keep it plain and simple — lobster and mayo. The lobster roll at Arnold’s was of the plain and simple sort and it was the perfect way to be introduced to the world of lobster rolls. It also made me want to come home and put together my own spin on the lobster roll recipe.
There is one thing you should know about Arnold’s though. If you go, you need to look for an empty table and grab it first and then split your group and go order. Much like the C.abby Shack in Plymouth, this is a very relaxed and family friendly place to eat — they even have a mini golf course on the property — but it does get packed. Arnold’s is another place I’d visit again!
The next day, we headed to the Hyannis/Hyannis Port area. Home of the Kennedy Compound and the only real “city” area on the Cape. On our way, we made a stop at the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory( http://www.capecodchips.com). If you’ve never tried CC chips, you’re missing out. They are kettle cooked, crispy, and 100% delicious. There are many flavors to try — Sweet Mesquite BBQ, Sour Cream and Green Onion, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper to name a few — and they are my new obsession. The visit to the factory includes a self-guided factory tour — it’s really just a walk down a single hallway, but that hallway has pictures that show the entire process of making chips from harvest to grocery store and you get to see the chips being made as you walk the hallway. At the end, you arrive in the gift shop and are greeted with sample bags of chips and the opportunity to buy any (or all if you’re like me) of the available flavors. This stop really only takes about 30 minutes, but it’s a great place to visit if you have the time. For the record, I purchased the canvas bag gift pack(check it out in the gift shop section of their website)…and I have not yet met a flavor that I do not love!
As I said at the beginning of this post, Hyannis is known as the home of the Kennedy family. We did, with the use of our GPS on our phones, find the famed Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port. It is fun to find and see, but the only really good way to see the whole compound is from the water. On the day we were there, the Kennedy family seemed to be having a rather large party as there was a huge inflatable water slide set up in the front yard of the main house…those crazy Kennedys…you just never can tell what they’re up to!
Hyannis also has a busy “Main Street” area with lots of shops to visit and small cafes and restaurants to try. This main drag in Hyannis is actually Commercial Street and the upside of this are is that there is a ton of free parking. One of my favorite stores to visit in Hyannis is Soft as a Grape (http://www.softasagrape.info/shop/). This store specializes in clothing for men, women, and children. I have great luck in this store. They carry a huge array of Red Sox apparel for women. Each time I visit, I pick up a new piece of Sox gear. This time it was a lightweight, zip-up hoodie. I also picked up a super comfy Cape Cod t-shirt in hot pink.
Hyannis does have the only mall you’ll find on the Cape…but really, if you’re vacationing on Cape Cod, why in the world do you need to go to the mall?! But…in the event of a clothing or luggage emergency, it is good to know where the mall is in case you absolutely need to find it!
After our time in Hyannis, we headed back to the Brewster area and decided to hit Chatham. Chatham will be my next installment…until then…
Check back tomorrow…Part III will be here before you know it!