With so much on offer and so much to do, if often a challenge to fit everything into a few days vacation. One thing we highly recommend to our guests is taking the perfect day trip to Provincetown. Around thirty miles away the drive will take around 45 minutes, but with stops along the way, it’s a full days outing.
Breakfast at the Parsonage: What better way of starting the perfect day trip than a healthy, delicious, organic breakfast at the Parsonage Inn. Enjoyed on our patio, start with our homemade granola, (check our breakfast page for the recipe), fresh fruit (organic) and natural organic full milk yogurt and juices. A hot dish or buffet is served along with regular coffee, expresso and cappuccino, and a selection of teas, means you’ll start the day well.
Head north on 6 (A) and within 10 minutes of the Inn, you’ll take the right exit for Fort Hill. Look out for it as there’s only one sign, blink and you’ll miss it! Follow the road round past Captain Pinniman House to the end and the view will take your breath away. Directly in front you’ll see the marshes, to your right Nauset Spit and to your left Coast Guard Light. Enjoy the view and for the hikers there are two lovely trails that meander through the meadows and onto a raised boardwalk through the Red Cedar Swamp.
The Salt Pond Visitor Center:
Stop by at the visitor center and in the lobby you’ll see a large topographic map that illustrates Cape Cod’s glacial history. A group of local volunteer experts are onhand and a great source on everything from clamming to gourmet dinners. But what catches our interest here is the small museum that includes how the Cape was formed in the Ice Age, the Wampanoag tribe, its culture and history through artifacts. Other themes covered in the museum include whaling, early settlers, lighthouses, maritime industries, agricultural life, and everyday life.
Step outside the center and you’ll find two walking trails through the marshes and to the seashore.
Highland Light Truro:
None other than President George Washington signed the bill on May 17, 1796, approving $8,000 for the construction of Cape Cod’s first lighthouse, Highland Light. Only the seventh to be constructed by the U.S. Government, it was situated on ten acres on the Highlands of North Truro and was usually the first light seen when approaching the entrance of Massachusetts Bay from Europe. Although Highland Lighthouse is officially known as Cape Cod Lighthouse, it remains “Highland” to locals.
The town is a true melting pot. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown boasts beautiful beaches, top-rated restaurants, art galleries and charming shops. This open-minded community celebrates individuality and freedom of expression. Provincetown has a rich creative history and is home to one the oldest continuous art colony in the country.
Walk down Commercial Street, people watch and finish the evening at one of the many wonderful restaurants and experience a true Cape Cod sunset.
And for those who still have some free time, we haven’t included:
The Parsonage Inn is just minutes from both the ocean and bayside beaches. The Inn is opposite one of the best Farm shops on the Cape, close to gorgeous local gift shops, restaurants and the highly rated Sundae School ice cream . Each of our rooms are individually appointed and we offer a delicious organic breakfast each morning.
Reserve your room today, we look forward to welcoming you to Orleans Cape Cod soon.