Picture-Perfect Picnic Places on Cape Cod

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With concerns about coronavirus continuing, many of our guests are looking for a different kind of Cape Cod vacation, one that includes less time spent among crowds. Last month we shared suggestions on nearby restaurants that offer outdoor dining. Since then, Massachusetts has entered Part II of Phase II in its reopening plan, which means that restaurants are now offering indoor dining as well. If you’re thinking of visiting Cape Cod, but just aren’t quite ready to dine at a restaurant, consider making the most of the expanded to-go menus many restaurants continue to offer (most offer beer and wine to go as well), and head to a picture-perfect picnic place.

Harwich Port: Mad Minnow Bar & Kitchen @ Bank Street Beach Jetty

With Bank Beach Street at our doorstep, you needn’t travel far for a picnic. Mad Minnow Kitchen & Bar, in downtown Harwich Port, has an extensive to-go menu, and you can order online. Place your order, run into town and pick up your food and a bottle of wine. Back at the inn, grab a couple of our beach towels, then head up the beach to the jetty.

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Chatham: Del Mar Bistro @ Forest Beach

When restaurants were ordered closed, Del Mar Bistro immediately started offering a to-go menu and online ordering. Since then, they’ve learned to absolutely nail it. Their to-go menu changes daily and features creative dishes that have been chosen, in part, because they travel well. You had us at wood-roasted peach and burrata salad. Add an entrée or a gourmet pizza and you’ll be in heaven. After picking up your food, head back toward Seadar Inn. Forest Beach Road will be on your left as you enter South Chatham. At the end of the street is a delightfully deserted beach. Check out the trail along the back side of the beach before you leave. Don’t forget to grab towels from the inn!

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Brewster: Kate’s Fried Seafood @ Paine’s Creek

In our humble opinion, every Cape vacation must include fried clams. If you’re in agreement, head to Brewster. First stop is Luke’s Liquors (15 Lower Road, Brewster) for an icy cold four-pack of Cape Cod Beer. Within 100 yards of Luke’s, you’ll find Kate’s, a proper roadside, no-frills “old Cape Cod” clam shack. Queue up at the counter and place your order (diet be damned, get the fried clams!). Fried clams don’t travel very well; they quickly lose the all-important crisp factor. Luckily, one of the most picturesque beaches on the Cape, Paine’s Creek, is at the end of street. Bring towels!

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Orleans: Buca’s Tuscan Roadhouse (Harwich Port) @ Paw Wah Point

One of the Cape’s true hidden gems, Paw Wah Point, is less than 10 miles from our Cape Cod beach hotel. It is a secluded conservation area, with a trail leading through the woods to bayside beach, that no one seems to know about. It is so secluded that aren’t any restaurants nearby, so best to plan on a cold feast for this picnic. Luckily, Buca’s Tuscan Roadhouse, which is on the way, has several tempting chilled choices on their to-go menu. Prosciutto-wrapped artichokes stuffed with gorgonzola, and an arugula salad with pancetta and pistachios are just a couple of the options on the menu that sound very appealing. Order online well ahead of time or risk getting shut out (orders accepted from 7:00 a.m.). Plan on picking up your food early; you’ll need daylight for the short walk to the beach at Paw Wah Point. No need to bring towels, unless you plan on swimming; there’s a picnic table with a view of the water waiting for you.

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