It would be very difficult to travel along Cape Cod’s Route 6A without being tempted to visit one of the many fascinating museums, followed of course by taking time out to refresh yourself at one of the many great eateries! Travelling from west to east, here is just a small sample of one museum and one restaurant from each town along the Old King’s Highway between Sandwich and Brewster, a distance of about 35 miles.
Heritage Museums & Gardens – Three museums in one place featuring American Art, a Shaker-style round barn with over 30 antique American cars and a gorgeous hand-carved carousel. Also enjoy a hundred acres of trees, shrubs and beautiful gardens with walking trails.
The British Beer Company – Fantastic bar food and meals (and beers of course) akin to those from the old country in a welcoming and fun atmosphere.
The Coast Guard Heritage Museum – Learn about the history of the Life Saving Service on Cape Cod, and get an insight into the history of the US Coast Guard. Also in the grounds you can visit the Oldest Wooden Jail in the country.
The Dolphin Restaurant – This restaurant has been offering comfortable ambience and individually cooked meals for locals and visitors to Cape Cod for three generations.
Edward Gorey House – The house, which was lived in by Edward Gorey himself until his death in 2000, gives visitors a history and understanding of this unique artist who is known for his quirky illustrations and writings as well as his passion for animal welfare.
The Old Yarmouth Inn – This restaurant, built in 1696, is the oldest inn on Cape Cod, and offers a very wide range of tasty fresh food served in great surroundings, along with a wine list to tempt every palate – you may even get lucky and see one of the resident ghosts!
Cape Cod Museum of Art – The Museum of Art collects, studies and exhibits works by outstanding artists associated with Cape Cod and the Islands and its programs seek to preserve the artistic heritage of the region.
Fin Restaurant – A recent addition to Dennis village and what a wonderful one too. Beautifully presented creative dishes, with emphasis on local sustainable produce, served in an intimate atmosphere – too good to miss!
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History – Learn about and enjoy natural Cape Cod: the region’s environment and its unique ecosystems with exhibits, information and lovely trails overlooking Cape Cod Bay.
Chillingsworth Restaurant – Here you can choose between a bistro for more casual eating or the more formal dining room. Either way, you’ll enjoy fresh and original creations in a lovely setting.
So, did anyone ever take so long to travel 35 miles? Obviously you will need to stay over a few days, and your best choice is one of the Cape Cod Bed and Breakfasts of the Classic Inns of Historic Cape Cod Bay, all of which are located on or very close to the route we have just explored, and will be the perfect base for these and many more Cape Cod adventures.