Hyannis – Cape Code

Getting ready for the upcoming holidays can be stressful, to say the least, so when it comes time to get away and clear your head where can you go? Sure the idea of flying off to a sunny beach in Florida or for the more adventurous perhaps a trip to Cabbo would be ideal, yet then again who has time and the extra funds to really enjoy such a trip. All across New England there are many wonderful hidden gems and one such place just happens to be a short hop from Boston in wonderful Cape Cod. I set off with the goal of having a relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life. What I discovered was more than an off season destination on the cheap, it was a majestic landscape dotted with quaint family owned restaurants, a slew of relaxing accommodations, and easy access to all the Cape has to offer. So, with Christmas in the air I hopped in the car and got away from it all.

The first objective is obviously to find accommodations, and the town of Hyannis proved to offer just what I needed. Whether you’re looking for an ocean view or proximity to night life for that evening high ball both can be found for under $100 a night. Now that may seem a bit high even for off season prices yet it provides a luxurious three room suite complete with four pillar Jacuzzi tub, flat screen TV’s and décor that brings you right into the aristocracy of the Victorian era. Many of the areas hotels have similar offerings and vary from private decks, soothing fire pits, and attached lounges complete with piano players.

Upon settling into my suite it was time to find a bite to eat. Not Your Average Joe’s truly lives up to what the name implies; house infused liquors made with the same passion and warmth the staff imbues to each customer and a unique and playful menu taking what can only be described as magnificent twists on classics like Mac and Cheese or Meatloaf. Each dish offers a wide variety of flavors your palette is sure to enjoy and if your spirits need a cheering up as well the Pineapple Painkiller or Apple Sauced are sure to delight. This is one of the must visit restaurants in the area and after your meal head on down to the Irish gift shops or browse around the mall to knock out that early Christmas shopping.

Perhaps you’d like a soak in that Jacuzzi tub right about now but the kids are pestering for something to do, in that case a trip to Veterans Park is in order. Soak in the sight of yachts departing from the Hyannis Yacht Club while the kids play on a well maintained playground and collect seashells. If it happens to be just you and your significant other this also serves as a romantic location to bring a blanket and watch the stars over the water from a rocky outcropping as the waves softly break in the evening. From cranberry marsh tours to brisk kayak trips out on the water, activities for the whole family are right around the corner.

Time for a night cap yet? Then any number of choice bars along Main St offer relaxing drinks and the ambiance of firelight while you relax away the worries of the city. When morning comes rolling along, and perhaps the consequences of those evening cocktails, try the traditional Irish breakfast from the Keltic Kitchen, with rave reviews in USA Today and the Cape Cod Times you surely won’t be left disappointed or hungry. Located snugly close to all the activities of Province Town and the Cape area Hyannis will leave you feeling refreshed and your wallet, along with your belly, well stuffed just in time for Christmas.

By: T.A. Wilson

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~ by inkandwood on November 18, 2013.

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