Vacationing on Cape Cod means exploring its old New England towns in search of good food and fun

This is one main reason you come: The beach at Provincetown.Cape Cod has beautiful beaches, of course. But vacationing on the peninsula in southeastern Massachusetts also means exploring its old New England towns in search of good food and fun.

Turning off Route 6, and winding down narrow lanes, the town of Falmouth nestles on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod. Here, there’s lots of great shopping, and places to grab a bite. Locals gather for breakfast or lunch at Pickle Jar Kitchen (170 Main St.; picklejarkitchen.com), and eat blueberry muffin French toast and substantial sandwiches.

Another popular spot here is Bear in Boots (285 Main St., bearinboots.com), a new gastropub with a piano built above the bar that serves up summertime favorites like lobster rolls and mussels and fries, and has fun weekly events like trivia on Thursdays, and live music every Friday and Saturday.

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