What To Do On A Rainy Day At The Carriage House Inn


Well, if you were staying with us today this blog entry would come in handy. It’s raining cats and dogs today, the day before Thanksgiving. Hopefully, you are safely where you need to be for tomorrow’s feast. If not, take care in getting there. In the meantime, here are some wonderful ideas for what to do on a rainy day on Cape Cod.

Of course, the game table is always set up in the Living Room at the Inn for chess and checkers. And our DVD collection has approximately 250 great movies. Our library and magazine collection are pretty extensive, too. And the free, water, soda and chocolate chip cookies make for a pleasant respite. But, once you’re out the door, the answer that screams out says “get over to Route 6A.” Simply turn left out of our driveway, follow Route 28 until it dead ends in Orleans at Route 6A. Turn left and prepare to see the real Cape Cod. The first stop should be a drive through Nickerson State Park, beautiful woodlands, forests, lakes and ponds.

A little further down 6A, pay a visit to Maddocks and Wisteria Galleries on the right hand side. The next stop is one of our favorites – Lemon Tree Plaza. A unique little shopping mall with The Cook Shop, Woodworks Gallery, and other quaint shops. The area is filled with statues, water features, and lots of little nooks and crannies to discover.

A little further down on the right is the Museum of Natural History – both fun and educational in one location. Next a visit to Brewster General Store – everything you would imagine from an old fashioned General Store – even the penny candy. Both worth visiting and getting out of the rain.

The next stop on the left side of 6A is Sydenstricker Glass and Kemp Pottery. Afterwards, veer off Route 6A to the right toward Sesuit Harbor. In the summer you can enjoy one of the BYOB restaurants on the Cape at Sesuit Harbor Café at Northside Marina in East Dennis. Protected in your car from the elements you can enjoy the beautiful harbor filled with boats, ships and yachts. If you’re lucky, you can even catch a seal or two playing in the harbor.

As you head back to 6A there are several restaurants in the area – Marshside, Chapin’s, Red Pheasant, Blue Moon Bistro, Scargo Café, Old Yarmouth Inn or Olivers. Take your pick!

We also recommend a visit to the Bonsari Gallery in Dennis. They have incorporated a high tea service to attract additional patrons to their beautiful gallery.

And we think one more stop is mandatory at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Playhouse – a large area together making up the Cape Cod Art Association. There are shops, theaters and so much more to see – it could take you all day!

And that about wraps up your day-long rainy day discovery of Route 6A – but there is so much more to see from Sandwich all the way to Provincetown. We just wanted to whet your appetite on a wet day.

Val & Jim Mellett
The Carriage House Inn

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