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30 Things We Love About Eastham

What do we love most about vacationing in Eastham on Cape Cod? Is it the beaches, local history, food, crafts, festivals, art shows, outdoor adventures or water sports? For most people, it’s all of these. An Eastham vacation can and should be a multi-dimensional experience filled with only-in-Eastham experiences.

Here are our top 30 things we love about Eastham.  With a little planning it’s possible to enjoy all of them in a week.

1) A leisurely ramble along the Fort Hill Trail

2) The bodacious house burger at Local Break

3) Award-winning clam chowder at Sam’sDeli and the Eastham Superette

4) Eclectic options in all price ranges at the Eastham Painter’s Guild Art Show

30 Things We Love About Eastham Cape Cod RailTrail5) Riding bikes along a stretch of the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail

6) For young and old, Sunday-morning clamming at the Salt Pond on Route 6

7) Creative and delicious beach-ready sandwiches at Sam’s Deli

8) The iPad-free Schoolhouse Museum

9) You never know what you’ll find at Buddha & Beads

10) Cod Piccata at Stewart’s Seafood Restaurant & Tavern

11) Entertaining, educational and fun, the Salt Pond Visitor Center

12) Handmade donuts at Hole-in-One

13) The symbol of Eastham’s nautical history, Nauset Light

14) Pizza Rustica at the Red Barn

15) A rousing round of mini golf at Arnold’s

16) History comes alive at the Cove Burying Ground

17) The beauty and artistry of Lucy Jalbert’s stained glass, fused glass and jewelry

18) We can’t get enough of the lobster rolls at the Friendly Fisherman

Things We Love About Eastham Arnolds Onion Rings19) The unbelievably scrumptious onion rings at Arnold’s

20) “Penny” candy for the kids and lots of fun, kitschy stuff at the Red Barn Gift Shop

21) An evening at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

22) The beautiful Second Empire-style Penniman House

23) Fudge at The Chocolate Cafe

24)  The circa-1741 Swift-Daley House

25) Mac’s Seafood Market for the freshest fish

26) Picture-postcard-worthy Nauset Light Beach

27) Fish tacos at Oaxaca

28) The majesty of Coast Guard Beach

29) Art, crafts and antiques at the annual Hands on the Arts Festival

30) Visit the oldest and last working gristmill on Cape Cod

 (Photographs: top, Five Borough Bicycle Club; bottom, Roadfood.com)

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