Trolley Tour Taste of Yarmouth

Would you believe the hottest ticket in town is a Saturday afternoon trolley ride?

More specifically, it’s the Sixth Annual Trolley Tour Taste of Yarmouth – a gastronomical adventure carrying 200 riders on a four-hour mobile feast that covers more than a dozen Yarmouth restaurants. Like tapas on wheels, diners stop at destinations along the circuit to sample such mouthwatering treats as Cajun macaroni and cheese, pulled pork cups, clam chowder, fried Brussels sprouts, pizza, chili, and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Last year’s Trolley Tour sold out in about two weeks, leaving more than 100 disappointed diners on the waiting list, said Jenn Werner, Marketing, Communications and Events Director for the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce. This year’s tour is set for Nov. 9, but to avoid getting stuck on the waiting list, order your tickets right away! They go on sale at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1.

What to expect

Once you’ve scored your tickets, here’s what you can look forward to on this year’s Trolley Tour Taste of Yarmouth.

Trolley Taste of Yarmouth

Starting at noon, Trolley Tour noshers will gather at Riverway Lobster House in South Yarmouth to check in and pick up color-coded lanyards. The colors correspond to one of six trolleys that will leave the Riverway, beginning at 1 p.m. for destinations along Route 28. At each stop, the participating restaurants will serve up their best appetizer-sized dishes. The drive from one restaurant to the next varies depending on proximity, but all of the stops are in Yarmouth, so trolley-time is typically just a few minutes or less. Each trolley offloads its riders, then fills up with a new group of passengers before continuing to the next destination. And on and on it goes … For the next four hours!

Once riders get off of the trolley for their first dining destination, they are free to board any of the six trolleys and stop at any of the participating restaurants. That allows for leisurely lingering, without the worry of missing a key stop. There’s no food or drinks on the trolleys, and there’s no requirement to make a meal at every stop. But with four hours to accomplish the task, that goal is certainly within reach.

At the time of writing this blog, there were 20 restaurants and food providers signed up for the event, but Werner says the list is likely to grow in the coming weeks. For the latest information, check the Trolley Tour Taste of Yarmouth page at the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce website.

Meanwhile, here are the businesses that have already committed to this year’s event: Aiden’s Table (Aiden by Best Western at Cape Point), Ann and Frans Kitchen, Bagels and Beyond, Bashful Tarte Bakery, Beef Jerky Outlet, Candy Co., Edible Arrangements, Engelwood Baking Co., Exit 6.5 Cafe, Great Island Bakery, JoMama’s NY Bagels and Coffeehouse, Red Face Jack’s, Rope’s End, Route 28 Diner, Scapiccios Italian Bakery, Sea Dog Brew Pub, The Loft at the Cove Resort, The Riverway Lobster House, Toly’s Pizza, and Y’alls Wicked Kitchen.

Winding down after filling up

Question: What do you do after four hours of riding and dining and socializing? Answer: More of the same. When the restaurant tour ends at 5 p.m., the trolleys take riders back to the Riverway Lobster House for dessert. Yes, dessert – along with coffee, live entertainment, more socializing, and raffle prizes from 5-7 p.m.

The Trolley Tour Taste of Yarmouth has grown in popularity since it began six years ago, Werner said, when the Yarmouth Chamber reached out to the Town of Harwich, which ran a similar event. Today, the annual tour has its own reputation and brand, and it is so successful that Werner said other communities have reached out to YCC for advice in starting their own “Taste of the Town” events.

The Trolley Tour Taste of Yarmouth is run by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by the Town of Yarmouth’s Tourism Revenue Preservation Fund. Thank you to our sponsors: The Steamship Authority and CCB Media.

Key facts about the 2019 Trolley Tour

When: The Trolley Tour Taste of Yarmouth is Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1-5 p.m., with registration beginning at noon, and a dessert reception from 5-7 p.m.

Where: The Trolley Tour Taste of Yarmouth begins at The Riverway Lobster House on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, with registration at noon. The tour ends back at the Riverway Lobster House with a dessert reception, entertainment and raffle prizes.

Parking: Parking for the event is at the Riverway Lobster House, 1338 Route 28, South Yarmouth, and nearby Ambassador Inn and Suites, 1314 Main Street (Route 28), South Yarmouth.

Price: Tickets are $60 per person and available beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1. Register online at or call the Yarmouth Chamber at 508-778-1008 to reserve tickets.

Andy Tomolonis is a nonfiction author, travel writer, and multimedia freelance journalist.

Cultural Center Gears Up for Vintage Motorcycle Show

You may not find that mythical tomato-can carburetor, but if legendary Harley-Davidson craftsmanship gets your engines revved, then take a ride to South Yarmouth this fall.

The Exhibit

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is hosting “Art on Two Wheels,” a major exhibit of vintage motorcycles and artwork from the collection of David McGraw, who has spent much of his life acquiring and restoring old Harley-Davidson racing bikes.


The exhibit features dozens of rare and unusual machines dating back more than 100 years. How rare and unusual? Try a 1915 K Board Tracker, a 1927 Pea Shooter, and a 1936 EL Knucklehead. If that’s not enough, there’s a 1949 Flat Track, a 2005 Destroyer drag bike, and 38 others – each meticulously restored by McGraw, who scoured swap meets, journeyed to junkyards, and surfed eBay to track down elusive parts.

In total, the “Art on Two Wheels” collection features 43 motorcycles, along with an eclectic mix of motorcycle posters, signs, and artwork.

“We’ve hosted hundreds of amazing exhibits since we opened in 2007, including rare Hollywood memorabilia and costumes, and every kind of art you can imagine,” said Cultural Center Executive Director Robert Nash. “But this one will take the cake.”

The Cultural Center will celebrate the exhibit with “Leather and Lace,” an evening reception on Sept. 20, before the exhibit’s public opening on Sept. 21. The show runs through late November.

Patience, Passion and Style

Pea Shooter Motorcycle

McGraw says it can take years for him to restore a single motorcycle, although he typically works on four or five bikes simultaneously. His method is painstaking and pursued with the passion of a cross-country ride.

“When I find enough parts, I amass everything I need to assemble the bike,” he said in an interview with the Cultural Center. “But before I restore it, I fit everything, do the body work, then take it all apart, clean it up, paint and polish, plating, and then put it all together again.”

It was a friend who got him started.

McGraw says he restored antique cars for a business, but he always loved motorcycles so he decided to build his own from scratch. The bike came out beautifully, McGraw says, but his friend told him nobody else would appreciate the effort that went into the project, suggesting that he restore old motorcycles instead. So McGraw bought a 1928 Harley “two-cam,” went to work, and got hooked. “That one bit me,” he said.

Although McGraw’s collection is full of unique machines, there is a common thread:

“When I finally decided that I was going to concentrate on bikes for a collection, my father told me, ‘You’ve got to pick one thing and try to be a little distinctive,’ ” McGraw said. “So I picked racing machines, because they have a history and they’re hard to find. Usually they’re thrown away,” he explained. “But I wanted my collection to be the full era – from start until now – of Harley race bikes.”

McGraw prefers a modern Harley for long-distance rides — sometimes from coast to coast and often to Sturgis and other iconic destinations — but he usually travels the Cape on the bikes he’s restored. His heart belongs to the storied machines in his collection, he says.

What’s his favorite bike? “That’s a tough one. I’d say one of my favorites is the Harley two cam,” he told the Cultural Center. “I had a black one that I rode for 15 years. I just loved the look of it … and it was Harley’s racing engine, de-tuned and put into a street bike … so right from the dealer in 1928 it could go 85 miles an hour. And in 10 minutes of tuning you could hit 100. But no road could handle that back then. So it was only on a track situation. But it was very expensive. It was $390 in 1928. You could buy a very nice car for that back then.”

If you Go….

Before you push off, there’s a few key things you should know about the biking laws in Massachusetts. Follow these rules and regulations to keep yourself and others safe from harm:Cyclists are required to obey all local and state traffic laws and regulations

Tickets to “Art on Two Wheels” are $10 for a full day and $50 for the “Leather and Lace” pre-opening reception. They can be purchased at the Cultural Center, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, 508-394-7100. Find more information on the Cultural Center of Cape Cod website:, and a separate “Art on Two Wheels” website,,

“The excitement is building,” Executive Director Nash says, “and we expect to see visitors from around the world who have planned their travel to coincide with this great opportunity to experience something unique and memorable.”

Andy Tomolonis is an author, travel writer, blogger and freelance writer.

Sand Sculpture Trail 2019

sand sculpture showing summer activities in Yarmouth Mass

Are you a fan of 15-ton rock-and-mineral-particle based art? Of course, you are. So, you’ll want to pay attention to this post about Yarmouth’s 2019 Sand Sculpture Trail, the longest trail in the U.S.

The Sand Sculpture Trail has been a sightseeing staple, and people come from all over to see sand swept into art. The trail officially opens Memorial Day and runs through Columbus Day.

This year, visitors will be able to scout 33 original detailed sculptures. The sculptures are scattered throughout the town’s landmarks and mostly along Route 28. You can find a map of the trail here, or pick one up from the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Visitors Centers located on Route 28 and along Route 6 East or some participating businesses.

sand sculpture of a man relaxing on a hammock

What do the sand sculptures look like?

Every year Fitzysnowman Sculpting makes new and original designs by working with the businesses on their vision for the sand sculpture. Past sculptures have included ships, town landmarks, and even starfish-themed movie characters! You’ll have to see them all this year and tell us your favorite!

sand sculpture of a sheep with two lambs

How are the sand sculptures made?

Amazingly, these extremely detailed pieces of art are made with a special quarried sand and tender loving care. It takes a professional artist a full day to build a single sculpture using shovels and hand tools.  When finished, the sand structures are surprisingly strong. The weakest spot is the surface, so the artists apply a mix of Elmer’s glue and water to coat each sculpture and protect it from the elements.[

To keep them around for the whole season so that everyone may enjoy them, we ask that you don’t go inside the roped areas and definitely don’t touch the sculptures.

sand sculpture of star fish dressed as Star Wars characters

Take part in our Sand Sculpture Photo Contest!

Every year, we have a photo contest where you can win gift certificates to local businesses. This year, you can submit your photos for three categories: Most Creative, Sand Sculpture Selfies, and Best Location Photo. The contest runs through early September. You can find detailed information about rules and submissions here.

Be sure to follow us on social media. We have a dedicated Facebook page, Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail Photo Contest 2019, or find us on Instagram @sandsculpturephotocontest.

The annual Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail is sponsored by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and participating businesses, with partial funding from the Town of Yarmouth’s Tourism Revenue Preservation Fund.

So You’re Planning a Cape Cod Wedding

bride and groom with bouquet flowers

There are lots of decisions to make when planning a wedding, and each decision will inform and influence other choices along the way. By deciding on a Cape Cod wedding, you’ve already taken a big step toward your big day.

Here are some important considerations when you’re planning a wedding on Cape Cod.

Best Time of Year to Get Married on Cape Cod

bride and groom on the beach

If you have your heart set on a specific date or time of year, some of the challenges below will have less of an impact your decisions. But they’re still important to keep in mind when planning your Cape Cod wedding.

Getting married on Cape Cod in the spring or fall tends to be less expensive than in the summer tourist season. Hotels are less likely to require a two-night minimum, giving you more options and flexibility.

You can also expect less traffic than you will experience during the peak vacation months of June, July, and August.

Most businesses will be open from mid to late April through October, but make sure to confirm availability, especially if you decide to get married during the winter months.

Finding a Location for Your Cape Cod Beach Wedding

wedding cake decorated with peach and white flowers

There are plenty of beaches on Cape Cod where you can get married. Some wedding venues have beachfront property where you can exchange vows.

It may be much less expensive to get married on a public beach, but you will need to check with the specific town regarding availability, restrictions, necessary permits, and any associated fees. Some locations may limit the number of guests, time of day when your wedding and reception can take place, and whether alcohol is permitted.

For example, at Parker’s River Gazebo in Yarmouth overlooking the beach, weddings must be held after 4 pm, while at Bass Hole/Gray’s Beach weddings must conclude by dusk. And the picturesque Judah Baker Windmill can only accommodate 20 people or less.

Available amenities also vary widely. Packet Landing Pavilion along the Bass River has a beautiful pavilion with open air deck and public restrooms. For weddings in any season, Lorusso Lodge at Flax Pond offers 2,000 sq.ft. of indoor event space, as well as outdoor pavilions and a gazebo.

Choosing Accommodations for Your Cape Cod Wedding

If you have a long guest list, you may well find yourself limited in your choice of venues and places to stay, especially during the height of tourist season.

Regardless of where you hold your ceremony, consider staying in Yarmouth, MA where you are more likely to be able to find accommodations for a larger number of people. Its central location makes it convenient for your guests to go just about anywhere on the Cape. In Yarmouth, you will find just about any type of accommodations to suit yourself and your guests, including resorts, hotels, bed & breakfasts, rental cottages, camping, and even pet-friendly options.

Unique Things to Consider for Your Cape Cod Wedding

partial view of a windmill blade

There are a few unique considerations to keep in mind when planning your Cape Cod wedding.

Make sure to ask about noise ordinances. Some towns have a noise curfew when your musicians will need to unplug. Or you may need to have acoustic music for the entire reception.

Off-Cape vendors may have a surcharge or additional fees for their travel time. Consider hiring local wedding vendors to keep things simple.

Getting a Marriage License for Your Cape Cod Wedding

As mentioned above, there may be permits and fees necessary if you’re getting married on a public beach. Plus, there may be restrictions on whether alcohol can be served.

When you’re making your plans for the big day, don’t overlook the most important piece – your marriage license.

sign on a car reading just married

In Massachusetts, you should be able to apply for your marriage license in any town, not just the one where you will be tying the knot. Marriage license requirements vary by town, however, so make sure you have the most up-to-date information about Massachusetts marriage license requirements.

While you do not have to be a state resident to get married in Massachusetts, both you and your future spouse will need to apply for your marriage license in person. You will both have to show a valid government-issued photo ID.

There is a three-day waiting period after you file your intent to wed before you receive your marriage license, so be sure to leave yourself enough time before the wedding. Your marriage license is good for 60 days.

After your wedding, your officiant must sign the license and return it to where it was issued.

Planning Your Perfect Day and Other Celebrations

Whatever your vision for your Cape Cod wedding, with a little preparation you’re sure to have a memorable day. And as you make your wedding plans, consider holding other festivities–like your wedding shower, bachelor or bachelorette parties, honeymoon, and even future anniversary getaways–on Cape Cod.