Thanks for your belated reply.
And your thoughts and suggestions. We ended up skipping the outer cape, and it being the week of 4th of July, hit the following itinerary:
Barrington, RI to Third Beach, Newport
(Nasty weather system had big waves hitting us all the way down the Sakonnet River for 3 hours)
Newport to North Falmouth, MA
Nasty, washing machine weather at the intersection of the Sakonnet and Buzzard's Bay that day. We had free dockage at Brewer's Fiddler's cove, which get my wife's award for "best bathrooms facilities ever").
North Falmouth through Cape Cod Canal to Plymouth, MA
We stayed for 2 days after having an easy time with our first traverse through the canal.
Plymouth to Manomet, MA
We have friends who live here, and while not a protected anchorage we were able to stay overnight without issue, laying out 150 ft of chain.
Manomet through Cape Cod Canal to Catumet, M
A. Kingman Yacht Center was a lovely spot.
Catumet to Padanarum
A return to this favorite harbor.
Padanarum to Jamestown, RI
Conanicut Marine runs a top notch facility that we frequent.
Jamestown to Barrington, RI
Due to the timing with Independence Day, we saw fireworks virtually every night, including the last night in Jamestown, RI where we were moored 25 yrds from the barge firing them off.
Since that time, I've had two other area trips:
1) A trip with some buddies:
Perfect weather and wind in August, 2013
Padanarum to Hadley's,
Hadley's through Woods Hole to Edgartown,
Edgartown via Quick's Hole to Cuttyhunk,
Cuttyhunk to Newport, and
Newport to Barrington.
2) Vacation heading West for the first time with the wife:
Barrington to Dutch Harbor, RI
Dutch Harbor to Stonington, CT
Stonington across Long Island Sound to Coeckles Harbor, Shelter Island, NY
Coeckles Harbor to Sag Harbor, NY
Sag Harbor to Montauk, NY (2 nights)
Montauk to Block Island, RI
Block Is. to Newport, RI
Newport to Barrington, RI
Still have some short trips and daysails planned...with heat aboard, we will try to extend our season. Enjoy the rest of the year!