New England Escape Part 2: Falmouth

There’s simple and there’s grandiose.  A walk on the beach with an ice cream cone with a crack in the bottom. Your biggest challenge is to keep both ends of the cone from melting down your hand.  Or a Disney resort vacation jam-packed with stimulation at every turn, sticking to the Fast Pass schedule and feeling your belly flip as you plummet on Space Mountain.  Both are enjoyable.  It just depends on what you’re in the mood for.

For our first family vacation – nope, we’d never gone on a family vacation before this – we were looking for some serious chill time and Falmouth, Massachusetts was the ideal spot.  I was lucky enough to have a friend recommend it as a good location on Cape Cod and I’m so glad I took her advice.  (Thanks, Laura!)

It’s a real town.  Less touristy than if we’d stayed in Chatham (like we did last time) but full of all you need to enjoy yourself.  Great surprises, too.  Who knew a small town like this would have such quality restaurants, a playground so cool that even adults would want to climb around on it, a summer merry-go-round, beautiful gardens throughout town, and close proximity to island ferries and kid-friendly activities.  And let’s not forget the wild bunnies that dance across the town green at dusk.

Hello.  Why don’t we live here?



If you like mexican food, Añejo is where it’s at.  (Maybe my husband won’t mind driving the 4 hours so we can eat there tonight.)

We ate here 3 times during our trip!  Enjoying great food under the warm sun in the afternoon was heavenly and relaxing, even though Madeleine grabbed a stray drink off a table that hadn’t yet been cleared and drank it.  The staff was friendly and accommodating to our fussy kids.  Favorites on the menu: Langosta Taquitos and Mahi Mahi Tacos.  Everything we tried was delicious.


Osteria La Civetta was another favorite.  Small, intimate and dimly lit.  First, warm octopus salad with potatoes and thyme, then sea scallops in lava bean purée.  Shrink me down to the size of a thimble and I’d gladly swim around in the dish.


Maison Villate soothed our souls each morning with its freshly baked croissants and pain au chocolate.  I wish we had a boulangerie in our town!  Plentiful selections of cakes and pastries made it tough to decide what to indulge in.


  • Take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole (like I mentioned in Part 1)
  • Play miniature golf at one of the nearly endless courses on the Cape.  We played at Wild Animal Lagoon.
  • Browse the lovely art gallery Osborn & Rugh and chat with the delightful and friendly owner then stroll nextdoor to Coffee Obsession for an afternoon pick-me-up.
  • Enjoy cupcakes at Little Miss Cupcake in Hyannis


  • Bounce your brains out at Cape Cod Inflatable Park


  • Would we go back to the Cape next year?  We may not have a choice.  The kids whined that they never wanted to leave.  I think that means our first vacation was a success for all of us.








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3 thoughts on “New England Escape Part 2: Falmouth

  1. My brothers and sister grew up (mostly) on Cape Cod while my dad was serving the Methodist church in Hyannisport. (I came later, and was a NH/ME kid.) I never spent much time on Cape Cod, but it looks rather like Maine. (You know, in ME we tend to call people from MA ‘Massholes’ – just so you know.)

    We were back in Maine for 3 weeks this summer, and it was great. If you ever get to Kennebunkport, try the new ice cream place called Rococo, and don’t miss their lemon and pink peppercorn ice cream. Wow. And call in on my mom – she’s way cool.

    • Can’t say we came across any Massholes. Everyone was so laid back and pleasant, which coming from NY is a rare treat, as you can probably imagine. Maine is definitely on our list. My preconceived notion of Mainers (is that the term?) is that they’re resilient and rough around the edges. You’d have to be to survive those harsh winters, right? I have a friend who moved up to Portland about 2 years ago and opened Blue Rooster Food Co. Have you been?

      • No, I haven’t been to Portland in a couple of years. Blue Rooster gets good reviews, though – might have to try it. And we’re called Mainers, but many prefer to be called Mainiacs.

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