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Honeymoon on the cape

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Honeymoon on the cape

My fiancee and I are trying to plan our honeymoon in July 2010. We only have Mon-Sat to be gone and so we want to stay in the US and think Cape Cod sounds perfect. We dont know anyone who has been there so we are looking for advice. We live in Chicago so we would probably fly southwest into Boston (cheapest airfare) but really dont know what to do from there. Rent a car? Where to stay? Activities? Restraunts?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Honeymoon on the cape

Hi, yes you will need to rent a car in Boston, and drive to Cape Cod. It is a wonderful place for a honeymoon - beautiful beaches, great restaurants and a lot of charm. What kind of place would you like to stay? There are fantastic full-service resorts (with prices to match); romantic B&Bs, cozy inns. There is a "Top Questions" section here on Cape Cod & one of them is called "Which Town?" a thread that includes descriptions/highlights of most of the towns. Some board favorites are: Falmouth, Chatham, Brewster, Dennis & Provincetown. Take a look and see what you think. Post again with lodging preferences & additional questions.

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You will love Cape Cod! Pick a region, upper cape (Falmouth, Sandwich, Bourne, Mashpee), mid-cape (Hyannis, Yarmouth, Dennis), lower cape (Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans) and outer cape (Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown). Each region has it's own feeling and each town has it's own personality. For a beach vacation look closely at the outer cape where the National Seashore has preserved the ocean beaches and there is less of a hectic, commercial feeling at the height of the summer. Eastham, for example has two world-class National Seashore Ocean beaches and 9 public Cape Cod Bay beaches.

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To start you off in Chicago - you can choose to depart MDW to PVD (Providence, RI) or ORD to BOS. First Southwest Airlines came into the PVD market and AA from ORD was forced to reduce prices and have now, essentially left the market, and now SW has initiated service to BOS so the AA rates are about $159 pp round trip, at least last summer. So I would start with the rental car. That has been the biggest expense for us the last couple of years and we have tried several methods to bring down that cost. Check all the rates in PVD and in BOS and include Enterprise and Dollar. Then, when you arrive, you'll find that both airports will take you the same time to the Cape.

Cape Cod is unique and each town has it's own charms. Look up top here for a private message from me with some first timers info that you'll find to be a helpful resource.

I love the Cape but having just 6 days does not limit you to a domestic honeymoon you know.

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5. Re: Honeymoon on the cape

Great advice above. Some additional random thoughts: while you might visit Hyannis I would not pick it for a honeymoon. It has big shopping malls and the downtown area just isn't that great. I think if you pick a Brewster, Dennis Chatham or the towns farther out on the Cape it will give you a more quaint atmosphere and a better location for exploring, which you will want to do. Also don't pick Truro unless you really want a rural feeling- it has practically no Main street and shops. Chatham happens to be my favorite. Provincetown is a delight and is a must see for at least a day. Consider taking a whale watch tour out of Provincetown.

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We all love to disdain Hyannis (with the exception of Chipsox who pops in with positive input from his experiences there) but have you spent any time there recently? We made an effort to do so in August and were quite pleasantly surprised. We skipped the mall but enjoyed food and music between Main St. and the harbor. Depending on the age and interests of the OP Hyannis, with it's non-stop evening entertainment and variety of dining options, might be just the ticket. Whale watching is close by in Barnstable.They could also enjoy popular Craigville beach. It's an easy ferry trip to Martha's Vineyard, there's dining in one of several waterfront restaurants, and I'd also suggest getting out on the water perhaps the Cat Boat trip. Hyannis is also a great spot from which to make a couple of day trips in one direction or another, very convenient to the main highway too now that Rt. 134 is widened and repaved to Hwy. 6.

Isn't it nice that all parts of the Cape have so much to offer?

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Oh, and the poster did not mention it but...if you are looking for quaint then consider Sandwich, the oldest town on the Cape and Falmouth where you can visit six pre-revolutionary homes (mansions really) on the Village Green.

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9. Re: Honeymoon on the cape

Hey I like Hyannis too!

What about Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard???

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