Leave Cape Cod for a day trip? It sounds ridiculous! After all, the Cape has everything: great beaches, awesome restaurants, beautiful trails and more. But every once in a while, I get the urge to boldly cross the bridge and see what's going on in the mysterious world beyond.
The mainland feels like a different country, but happily, folks over there speak the same language and use the same currency as Cape Codders. This makes getting around easy. And I like to stay pretty close to the Cape when I go exploring over there, so if I get homesick, I can zoom back quickly.
I tend to have a goal in mind on these voyages, like a junior astronaut. And it tends to be a modest, quirky goal, something I can handle, so later I can impress friends and family with tales of derring-do in a strange land. So here we go with my Top 5 list of off-Cape day trips:
1. Live harness racing at Plainridge Park Casino, 301 Washington St., Plainville
Do you like horses and losing small amounts of money slowly? You might want to make the trip to the race track at Plainridge Park Casino. I get a real kick out of trying to decipher the racing form and make an educated bet, but I always give up and choose a horse with a cool name. And, with rare exceptions, I lose $2 every race. But the ambiance of the track, and the people and horse-watching is so fun, it's worth it. And one day, I'll splurge on a winning trifecta wager and become sort of rich! Live racing runs April through November.
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2. Hearth Artisan Bread, 123-2 Camelot Drive, Plymouth
If you're trying to answer the eternal question of "Who makes the world's best bagels?" the answer might be Hearth Artisan Bread. And that's just the start of the baked goodness available at this amazing place. Sure, it's located in an industrial park, but it's only a 20-minute drive from the Sagamore Bridge and worth every mile. The bakery is kind of a storefront for a busy commercial baking operation and it's open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., which is darn convenient. These folks are pros and they turn out a lot of delicious stuff. Fridays are pizza days!
Flour, levan and patience: Plymouth bakery is an artisan operation
3. Copicut Woods, Indian Town Road, Fall River
One winter, I got mad because there wasn't any snow on Cape Cod and I really wanted to go cross-country skiing. I started checking snow-cover maps and saw that there were a couple of inches on the ground north of Fall River. Then I stumbled upon the fabulous Trustees of Reservations website and, soon after, I was on the road to Copicut Woods. The place is a trip back in time, with beautiful forests, an abandoned farm settlement, 5.4 miles of trails, and the epic Miller Lane — a stone-wall-lined cart path that stretches for nearly a mile. Copicut is also the gateway to the gigantic (13,600-acre) Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, one of the natural treasures of our region.
Guided hike in Copicut Woods: Haunts, hayrides, pumpkin trails and treats: Halloween happenings in the Fall River area
4. Sam's Bakery, 256 Flint St., Fall River
The savory, hand-sized Lebanese pies from Sam's may be the most perfect food in the world. Meat pies, spinach pies, broccoli and cheese pies, yahoo! I wish I was there right now. And the pita bread is the best I have ever had. Prices are incredibly reasonable. There always seems to be a line, but it moves quickly. You could buy a bunch of pies and truck up to Copicut Woods and have a heck of a picnic.
5. Rhode Island Red chicken monument, corner of Old Harbor Road and Main Street, Adamsville, Rhode Island
I stumbled onto this odd marker while exploring the charming village of Westport Point, southwest of New Bedford. That whole area, a series of small peninsulas that includes Horseneck Beach, is well worth exploring, with lots of scenic vistas and old-timey charm. I love crossing state borders, so I ended up nipping into Rhode Island in Adamsville and saw a tiny, beautiful ballfield and an odd chicken plaque. Of course, I alighted, read the plaque and found out that the almost-world-famous Rhode Island Red breed of chicken originated in the area. The whole journey was so much fun that I clucked with delight!
Source : https://www.capecodtimes.com/story/news/2021/10/19/off-cape-day-trips-plainridge-park-casino-hearth-artisan-bread-plymouth-copicut-woods-fall-river/8515400002/1526