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Osterville features a charming and compact downtown with its elegant stores, Oyster Harbor with its stunning views, and its own historical museum. Dining is limited, but there’s just enough to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner without having to leave the village for busier locales.
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Start your morning off with breakfast at Osterville Village Café. While reasonably priced, you’re appetite is sure to be satisfied. The café offers your traditional breakfast foods like eggs, pancakes, and waffles, along with lighter options such as a muffin or bagel.
In addition your typical roasted coffee, they also serve cappuccinos and flavored lattes, such as mocha.
One of these gems includes the old-fashioned Cammett House, dating back to 1730, giving viewers a look at what houses on the island looked like during the days of the early settlers, including a beehive oven and root cellar. The Osterville Garden Club maintains a 1700’s herbal garden, tending to plants that were once used for cooking and medicine.
If you’re looking for a “sweet” view, visitors can also explore the Jelly House, a model construction of what jelly houses used to look like on Cape Cod, as they frequented the area for many years. You’ll get to see these identical, doll-like houses that at one time served about 50 varieties of jelly. These are just two examples of interesting sights at the Museum, which also has various exhibits.
You need to arrange private tours by appointment. E-mail or call 508.428.5861 for more information.
After getting in a bit of history, delve into some of the natural beauty of Osterville in Armstrong-Kelley Park, operated by the Cape Cod Horticultural Society.
As the Cape’s oldest and largest privately owned park that is also open to the public, you’re sure to experience some of the natural exquisiteness the Cape has to offer.
Here you’ll find a variety of trails, walkways, and lovely gardens, as well about 30 rare trees. One of these highly unique trees is that of the Franklin tree, cultivated in Georgia as far back as the 1700’s that is not commonly seen in the wild.
You can also view the park’s Umbrella Magnolia, a large tree that blooms pretty white flowers, as well as the John Folk Water Garden, a Japanese koi pond with water running down the raceway into the pond that also contains various fish. Armstrong-Kelley Park houses many natural gems that will make for a peaceful mid-morning stroll.
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite through your walk in the park, it’s lunchtime! If you are interested in take out, head to Fancy’s Market, an old-fashioned market that offers a variety of goods. Their expansive lunch menu offers goods from simple sandwiches to platters. Try their homemade soups. Grab a pastry from the bakery like a truffle, tart, or cupcake.
For sit down, it’s Wimpy’s, Seafood Cafe with its wide variety of seafood including its baked seafood sampler. It features a wide selection of meat and poultry like prime rib and Chicken Parmesan, in addition to sandwiches such as the sirloin burger and turkey club among others. For those wanting to sidestep meat altogether, Wimpy’s also has vegetarian options like eggplant parm and roasted vegetable ravioli. You can eat either in the main dining room or thelounge area.
Wimpy’s also has a popular fish market where you can get excellent take out.
Following lunch, make the day a little more exciting with some fun on the water at Stand Up & Paddle Cape Cod, where you’ll learn the art of stand up paddling.
You can explore the lakes, ponds, and even Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay as you literally walk on water, gliding along the surface with your board and paddle.
Your guided tour will start with a lesson from a quality instructor before you venture out into the water. You’ll not only get to learn this fun new activity, but take in the beauty of the Cape from a whole different perspective.
Gone Chocolate is a family-run sweet shop that sells homemade fudge incorporating real creamery butter, truffles, turtles, cream, and butternut crunch chocolates, among others.
Made from a fourth generation family recipe, Gone Chocolate also sells handmade ice cream, along with other frozen treats like ice cream cakes, frozen yogurt, and even ice cream pizzas.
Open from 10 am to 10 pm, it’s a great way to end the day, saving dessert for after dinner.
Glamour and grace can both be found at Mulberry Corners on Main Street in Osterville.
For the past 35 years, Mulberry Corners has been a prime location for special occasion women’s clothing. While they specialize in “life’s big moments” style dressing like mother-of-the-bride or groom dresses, they also host accessories like jewelry, scarves, belts, and many others.
Joseph Ribkoff, Erin London, and Lindi are just three of the designers whose clothing is present in the store. Plus, they also have a Consigning Cellar where you’ll find many exclusivedesigner clothes for a reasonable price.
Specializing in nautical-themed, Oyster Island Emporium has the jewelry pick-me-up you need that will always remind you of your time on Cape Cod.
Jewelry of all kinds can be found in this lovely shop, from handmade earrings to bangles, and everything in between. Delicate charms to decorate a charm bracelet or cute sand dollar earrings are just two examples of the gems in the Emporium, which are made from 14 kt gold, sterling silver, or a combination of the two.
But that’s not all – Oyster Island Emporium also carries Vera Bradley goods, Nantucket Rope lamps, handmade glass dishes, wind chimes, ornaments, and so much more. Located in the heart of Osterville Village, this shop will serve the needs of even the most complex shopper.
Looking for new items to liven up your home? Visit Margo’s. This interior design store has no shortage of home décor, as you’ll discover a plethora of furniture, rugs, and lamps that will help bring your home to life.
It also sells other unique items like invitations, drinking cups, towels, and decorations like pillows and Cape Cod signs. In addition, Margo’s also carries multiple jewelry brands like Chan Lu, Waxing Poetic, and Dogeared, selling accessories that will make an appealing accent for any outfit you’re wearing.
Time for dinner
Finish the day off with dinner at Five Bays Bistro on Main St. This high-class restaurant offers a selection of American cuisine, yet provides the atmosphere of a big city.
Start off with a soup like Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho or your classic New England Clam Chowder or mouthwatering appetizer such as the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Crispy Calamari, or the Lobster Mac and Cheese, along with many other delicious options. Get to the heart of the meal where you can choose a fabulous entrée ranging from Seared Tuna to the Grilled Pork Chop.
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