Sigh. Monday already? Did you have a good weekend? Ours was pretty fantastic, starting with Chefs in Shorts and dinner at Citizen Public House, followed by some boat time, a gloriously early Saturday night (which unfortunately got ruined by work calls), and a day of errands on Sunday. It certainly wasn’t too bad.
Summer Mondays, are always a little more difficult than the rest of the year. This week marks the Summer Solstice, the opening day for our yacht club, and a an exciting new career adventure for me.
What better way to kick off the summer season than to talk about one of Massachusetts’ greatest gifts, Cape Cod?
To kick off your week, I bring you 10 reasons why I love Cape Cod, along with some random pics of my Cape Cod girls’ weekend. Feel free to share your own, add in what you love about your favorite summer place, or let me know what you are most looking forward to this week.
Beaches – This one’s a no-brainer.Cape Cod offers 559.6 miles of coast line, according to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. From the calm, warm waters of Centerville to the swells at Race Point, there is a beach for every age and need. You could spend a lifetime discovering beaches on Cape Cod and falling in love with the shore.
Nature – Beaches definitely fall into this category, but Cape Cod offers so much more. Activities in the great outdoors abound. There are dune tours, oyster farm tours, whale watches, seal tours, and so much more. The Cape is (obviously) a great place to get out on the water. You can rent kayaks, motor boats, paddle boards, or take a sunset sail.
Food – Yes, Cape Cod has amazing local seafood like lobsters and Wellfleet oysters, and clams, and quahogs. . . and I am hungry now! But there are lots of other types of restaurants, food producers, even wineries. Cultural influences from around the world have made for a great foodie scene on the Cape; local ingredients and skilled chefs make it world-class. There are still so many Cape Cod restaurants I am dying to try, places like Pain D’Avignon, Beach House Grill at the heavenly Chatham Bars Inn, Central House, and the Naked Oyster
Fried seafood – it deserves its own category, separate from food. I don’t think I have had better fried seafood in the world than on Cape Cod. Sorry, Ireland, but the Cape’s fish and chips might even have you beat. Oysters, clams, scallops, haddock, even fried lobster, make for an indulgent seaside treat. It just tastes like the beach.
Art and architecture – Have you heard about the Cape Cod arts trail? There are a ton of artists and artisans along the Cape, and you can use the app to plan your journey. As far as architecture goes, there are the classic gray shingled homes, whitewashed town halls and churches, old captain’s homes; the Cape really captures our region’s history in a way that makes it seem alive and well, and makes living in Massachusetts such a unique and wonderful thing.
There are a million more things I love about Cape Cod; I could go on for many blog posts, and in time, likely will. I’ve been going to the Cape since I was a child, and there are so many special things that keep us coming back.