Day & Night – YarmouthportAdd to My Luxx Living
While just a segment Yarmouth, Yarmouthport offers plenty of places and activities connecting you to live life well. The Luxx Concierge provides you with a full day’s itinerary in just one of the Cape’s lovely towns.
Start the day with a hearty appetite
How could one resist starting off their day at a place that has the word “optimist” written right in the title?
Begin your day of fun and exploration with breakfast at The Optimist Café, maybe the only Mid-Cape restaurant that serves breakfast all day, year-round. In addition to daily homemade baked goods, the café has an expansive breakfast menu that includes their signature “’Optimist’ Breakfast” and “The Joy,” as well as various breakfast sandwiches and omelets – plus the classics like eggs, waffles, French toast, pancakes, and crepes, just to name a few.
Some options even include a seafood kick, such as the Cape Cod Benedict that comes with lobster or the Fisherman Benedict that has smoked salmon. We’ll return here for tea at 4.
Another option, slightly hidden off the main drag, Route 6A, is Jack’s Outback. It is literally tucked away behind a group of shops. Frequented by locals – and once the favorite of the iconic cartoonist Edward Gorey, whose museum is nearby – the Outback often requires a wait.
Just grab a cup of coffee and enter a conversation with a neighbor. Here, you can make your own omeletes. Some favorites: hash benedict and salmon scramble. Google will be your friend here to assure you don’t drive past the small entrance to the back.
One of the oldest farms on Cape Cod, the Taylor-Bray Farm, dates back to the Plymouth Colony.
It once was occupied by more than 3,500 Native Americans. Now it is a place for visitors not only to see farm animals, but also to take in the rich nature and history of the Cape. Guests are welcome to explore the farm and see its many animals including cattle, goats, chickens and even donkeys and sheep.
After delighting in these friendly creatures, take a scenic walk on the farm’s boardwalk that extends into Black Flats Marsh and offers views Chapin Beach dunes and Cape Cod Bay. Be on the lookout for osprey.
A bit more of history
After experiencing a bit of farm life, take a step back in time at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, one of the only sea captain;s homes on the Cape that is regularly open to the public.
This converted historic home gives visitors a sense of what family life was like in the 19th century through displays of various goods like silk, porcelain, lacquered pieces and tea that the captain brought back from China.
You’ll also come across a refurbished dining room and a newly installed gentleman’s study, while the basement houses a special exhibit of an 18th century kitchen. Plus, a tour guide will be on hand to tell you of all the exciting adventures that the town’s sea captains experienced while venturing the oceans of the world.
Speaking of Edward Gorey
Easily one of the most intriguing locations in Yarmouthport is the Edward Gorey House.
Purchased by Gorey in 1979, this 200-year-old sea captain’s home was turned into a museum in Gorey’s honor after his death. It contains exhibits that celebrate his wide selections of works as an author, illustrator, playwright, and designer of sets and costumes – as well as his work with animal welfare.
The Edward Gorey House also is part of the Luxx Museum Trail.
Time for a quick lunch
After a tour of the Edward Gorey House, take a break and grab a bit to eat at Oliver’s & Planck’s Tavern. Its wide-ranging cuisineoffers an impressive array of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, Mexican food, and, of course, and seafood, caught from local Cape waters.
You can also try locally named dishes such as the Chatham Clucker, Ollie’s Surf & Turf, plus Little Neck Clams caught straight from Pleasant Bay and Wellfleet oysters. Oliver’s also offers up quality brick-oven pizzas made especially in their wood-fired stone oven, beginning at 5 p.m. You can stick with the originals like pepperoni and cheese, or be adventurous and try the Chicken Mombo or Pizza Bianca.
If you’re in the mood for something simpler, head down to the historic Hallet’s Store. Built in 1889 originally serving as a pharmacy, the store still retains all of its original charm.
Today, visitors can go in to grab a sandwich or ice cream, and indulge in an old-fashioned soda straight from the vintage soda fountain. But the shop also doubles as a place to learn a little history, with the Hallet Museum held right upstairs, containing Hallet Family photographs, items, and other memorabilia that depicts not only the history of the family, but also the community.
Following lunch, it’s time to shop! Kick off your excursion at Design Works on Main Street. The shop offers a varied selection of items from clothing and accessories to antiques.
If shopping for a gift, it offers fashionable accessories like tote bags, clutches and jewelry including Cape Cod earrings. If you’re looking for home furniture, Design Works sells antique chairs, cabinets, and tables, along with other home décor such as pillows, throws, and candles.
If you want to bring back an authentic souvenir from your trip to the Cape, look no further than Cape Annie’s Lighthouse that sells unique nautical gifts such as beach sand bead jewelry, which are necklaces made from sand taken from various beaches across Cape Cod. Such beaches whose sand you can find in the jewelry include Lighthouse Inn Beach in West Dennis, Crosby Beach in Brewster, and many from the store’s hometown of Yarmouth.
Like Sailor’s Valentines? Well, there is a very unique place to purchase these custom-made gems, but you will do better online. That’s because the artist, Sandy Moran, operates her Sailor’s Valentine Studio out of her home in Yarmouthport.
Sandy Moran can be reached at www.sailorsvalentinestudio.com.
Start off with their scones adorned by devon creams and preserves, followed by tea sandwiches and delicious homemade desserts.
Complete your delicate dining with either a pot of tea or a cold teatini.
Just some of the teas you can select from include Earl Grey, Green Dragon, and Hojicha Green, all of which are organic, plus Orange Dulce, Mountain Spring Jasmine, and many more.
A before-dinner walk
Walk at Gray’s Beach after 4 p.m. to avoid any parking fees. You can walk about 1,000 feet out into the marsh and bay along a charming boardwalk.
Actually, for such a relatively small community, there are numerous places to stretch your legs:
Crab Creek Conservation Area on North Dennis Road is a 500-foot trail that follows a creek, abundant with Blue Crabs, that joins Follins Pond with Mill Creek. Dock for fishing.
Callery-Darling Conservation Area is a 2.4 mile trail.
Then, there are the Botanical Trails off Route 6A right beyond the Yarmouthport Post Office. It has a small herb garden and a 150-year-old weeping beech tree to enjoy along with its approximately 1-mile trail.
Next to Dennis Pond off Willow Street, there is a conservation area with a trail through woodlands. Look for parking on Willow Street
Not only is its menu impressive, but it exudes atmosphere and authenticity. A real favorite of both visitors and locals, it is critical to make a reservation here. The sushi and sashimi are fresh, creative and often quite unique.
One reason so many of us come back time and again is the service. This may not be so important for one-time visitors to the Cape, but for those of us who live here all the time or have a second home, it is a critical part of the dining experience.
At times, it’s hard to concentrate on the dish in front of you. You will find numerous treatments of lobster, including its signature baked stuffed a la Hawthorne.
Anthony’s also has a wide-ranging steak menu. It also offers a three-course menu Thursday through Saturday.
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