Driving Loop Adventure – Lower (Chatham) and Outer Cape (Eastham-Provincetown)

Hyperlinks have been provided for most points of interest.  Just click on the hyperlink, and a google page will come up.  From there, you can click on the directions button. Or, you can follow the driving loops directions.  Enjoy!

OK, here we go . . .

Turn left out of Long Dell Inn driveway. Turn left at the stoplight onto Main Street. Continue to the fork in the road. Take the right fork- Phinney’s Lane and continue all the way to scenic Rte. 6A (6 miles).

1856 Country Store, Centerville

A couple hundred feet up on the right is the 1856 Country Store.  Either stop here on the way out, the way back, and or sometime during your stay.

Millway Beach, Barnstable (nice view of Sandy Neck Point/Lighthouse):

Continue on from the 1856 Country Store.  At the Mark Sylvia Insurance Agency (on the left), stay on Main street as it goes to the right.  Main Street Centerville will turn into Phinneys Lane.   Phinneys Lane will turn into Hyannis-Barnstable Road. Continue all the way to scenic Rte. 6A.  Cross over 6A. Follow to end. Check out the view.  At the light, turn left onto 6A and explore all the sites, shops, artisan galleries, antique shops along the way; also Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Dennis).

Old English Weeping Beech Tree, Yarmouth Port:

About 3 miles down on the right you will pass the Old Yarmouth Inn (on left will be Parnassus Book Store). About 200 feet later, make right (before post office) towards Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. Follow the narrow road around and park at the end. Where the road ends, walk up the path towards museum (do not go towards nature paths and church). Old weeping beech tree will be a couple hundred feet up on right.  Alternatively, you can park along the center median near the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum (11 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port, MA) and walk across the lawn on the left side of the house to get to the tree.  Go underneath the canopy. Treat this gem with respect.

Gray’s Beach, Yarmouth (Boardwalk across Salt Marsh):

Make a right onto 6A after leaving the Weeping Beech Tree. Approximately 1.3 miles down you will make a left onto Center Street. (If you miss Center Street, go up to blinking light and make left on to Old Church Street. Take to end, make right onto center Street). Follow Center Street and signs for beach. Park and walk towards boats. You will see boardwalk. Sunsets are great!  Best to do this after 4:30 – 5:00 PM after they stop collecting for parking.

Chapin Beach (at low tide and sunset, this is amazing):

Make left onto 6A after leaving Gray’s Beach. Approximately 3.3 miles down you will make a left onto Nobscussett Road (Dennis Public Market on right). Then a quick left onto New Boston Road. Go .2 miles turn right onto Beech Street. Go .9 miles soft left on to Black Flats Road/Taunton Road. Continue straight stay on Taunton. Taunton turns left and becomes Dr Botero Road. Then turns into Chapin Beach road.

Scargo Tower, Dennis (High point Mid-Cape, nice view):

Make left onto 6A after leaving Chapin Beach. Approximately .2 miles, make right on to Old Bass River Road. Go .2 miles, make soft left onto Scargo Hill Road. Go .6 miles, make left on to Dr Stanton Road (small sign for Scargo Tower). Go up the hill and park. Go to top of tower and enjoy the view.

Brewster General Store

Head down the hill from the Scargo Tower.  Make left onto Scargo Hill Road.  In approximately .7 miles, make right onto 6A (Main Street).  Approximately 4.9 miles on the left is the Brewster General Store.

Hot Chocolate Sparrow

If you are interested in some refreshments, stop by the Hot Chocolate Sparrow (best chocolate/fudge/coffee/chocolate drinks on CC).  From the Brewster General Store parking lot, make a left onto 6A (heading east).  This will take you towards Orleans. Keep going on 6A to 3rd stoplight. Turn left on to Main Street, and then take first left onto Old Colony and Sparrow will be on your left.

Church of Transfiguration

If you have an interest, check out the Church of Transfiguration at Rock Harbor in Orleans. Go to the gift shop and ask for a tour on the sanctuary. Tell them Marc and Donna from the Long Dell Inn sent you. It’s free and very cool. The mosaics on the floor and above the alter are amazing.  Church is closed on Wednesdays.  Sunday tours from 11:00am to 12:00 pm. For more specifics on hours and special days closed, click here.

Go back onto 6A (turn left onto 6A).  Continue on 6A. Going through a mini-traffic circle intersection and continue to the Orleans rotary. Take Rte. 6 exit toward Eastham and Provincetown.

Fort Hill Rural Historic District

About a mile north of the Orleans rotary on right is the turnoff. After exiting, stay right at small fork. Follow to end past Edward Penniman House (check this out as well). If parking lot is full, you passed a secondary parking lot on the way in. Beautiful lookout over the Nauset salt marshes. It’s also a designated wildlife observation area. They have a trail that takes about an hour or so to hike. Goes from one parking lot to the other.

Cape Cod National Seashore

Stop at Cape Cod National Seashore (about 3 miles past rotary on your right). Spend some time at Salt Pond Visitor CenterCoast Guard and Nauset Light Beach. Visit the Nauset Lighthouse (Nauset Light Beach and Lighthouse area temporarily closed) or just enjoy the waves! This lighthouse is the one on the Cape Cod Potato Chip packaging. Make sure you take a selfie holding a bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips. Parking can be a challenge.  Unless you are going to the beach (and you pay to park), the best thing to do is park at the Three Sister’s Lighthouses, and walk back to take your picture of the Nauset Light Beach Lighthouse.

As you exit the seashore area, turn right and continue on Rte. 6 for a mile and stop at Arnold’s Clam Shack for lunch. Famous for all things seafood (& great onion rings!). It’s a classic CC treat!


Continue on Rte. 6 to Provincetown – you may want to stop and see Marconi Station site on the way. Turn right at the Marconi Beach entrance and follow signs to Marconi Station Site. Be sure to climb the viewing platform at the Marconi Station Site to see both sides of Cape waters at the same time – quite a sight! Also, the remains of the Marconi transmitting station are here.

You also may want to stop and visit Truro Vineyards and Cape Cod (Highlands) Lighthouse – both are in Truro.

Return to Route 6 and continue to Provincetown. When arriving in Provincetown, make your way to the center of town and park on MacMillian Pier. Stop and explore the town, take a Whale Watch (3 hours), visit the art galleries, and climb the Pilgrim Monument for a fantastic view of the whole Cape. Lobster Pot restaurant is an institution, check it out. When the weather is good, a nice small informal place we like is The Canteen. Sit out back.



When you are ready to return, come back the way you came. When you get to the Orleans rotary, take the Route 28 exit and head toward Chatham.
As you come into Chatham, stay on Shore Road and drive past the grand houses, blue hydrangea bushes and wonderful views of the Atlantic. Stop by Chatham Pier Fish Market for Lunch or to see seals. When fishing boats clean decks, seals wait for scraps to fall into water.

Stop at Chatham Bars Inn for a lemonade or a drink – elegant, seaside hotel from the 1920’s. Also, check out the Chatham Lighthouse and the view from the end of Shore Road.
Explore Main Street of Chatham – there are great shops and restaurants. You can try Chatham Squire (this classic Pub is your best bet if you don’t have reservations) or Impudent Oyster (great restaurant – but you do need a reservation).

When you’re done in Chatham, continue on Rte. 28 to Centerville -this is a tourist road with lots of fudge shops, souvenir shops, etc.
Or you can get back onto Rte. 6 if you want to get back quicker.

If you didn’t stop at the 1856 Country Store on your way out, think about doing it now.  Also, don’t forget to stop at Four Seas Ice Cream at our stoplight corner for an end of adventure ice cream!