From the time I was born until I was about six years old my family spent a week every summer in Dennis on Cape Cod in a house that my grandparents rented for the entire family to stay in together. When that tradition ended, around the same time, my Dad, who is an architect, was commissioned to design a house for our family friend's on a plot of land they purchased on the Outer Cape in Truro. Once the house was complete, we began renting there for a week every summer.
For those who are not familiar, Truro is a sleepy town in the narrowest part of the Cape that sits between Welfleet (a mecca of fine art and fried food) and bustling Provincetown. Over the past 20 years I've fallen in love with this slice of paradise and I was lucky to spend all of last week there with my parents, sister and her boyfriend, who all flew up from Miami, FL for the week.
Last year during our annual pilgrimage to Truro my sister's boyfriend was joining us for his first ever trip to Cape Cod. As such, we felt the need to show him every single thing we love about the Outer Cape which included: the 4th of July parade in Provincetown, lunch with a view at Ross' Grill, fried food heaven at PJ's, Will Gilson's summer experiment at Adrian's, tastings at the Truro Vineyard and superb people watching at Bubala's by the Bay.
As we were preparing for this year's Truro trip I was feeling a little "been there, done that" until I saw a slideshow on Boston.com called "25 Fun Things to do on Cape Cod for Free." Ding, ding, ding, jackpot!
In the slideshow I saw that you can visit the Cape Cod Potato Chips factory! I immediately made this stop my one "must-do" while on the trip.
Monday morning, after a great weekend in Bath, Maine, I hopped in the car, picked up my sister and her boyfriend, and we headed toward Route 3. When we crossed over the Sagamore bridge onto Cape Cod, we started to look for the exit for the chip factory.
When we got off the exit (exit 6 for Hyannis), the factory was just a few traffic lights away. When you turn into the factory's driveway there are massive signs pointing to the tour parking. After you park, similar signs point you toward the tour entrance.
Though there were signs everywhere that said, "No photos or videos," I couldn't leave my readers in the dark! I snuck a few shots.
Here are the freshly made chips coming down the shoot and making their way to inspection:
When you finish the tour, you get spit out into the gift shop. I know it's a bit hard to see in this photo, but there is a sign above the display cases that reads, "You can almost taste the salt air. But it helps if you open the bag." Ha! I love that.
We chomped our way through all three bags of chips by Thursday and wound up having to buy two more bags to satisfy our cravings through the rest of the week!
Have you ever visited the Cape Cop Potato Chips Factory?