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Enjoying The Flats of Cape Cod!

Excellent Blog By Jeannie Sparrow…..

The Flats” of Cape Cod Bay are a must-see when visiting Cape Cod. The Old Manse Inn is literally a 15-20 minute walk to this amazing must see as we back up to seven of the bay beaches from the Inn. A natural phenomena, they are caused by the daily ebb and flow of the tides. In the span of just 6 hours, small waves that once lapped upon the shore at high tide recede an entire mile to “dead low tide,” leaving behind sandbars and tide pools teeming with sea life. According to Wikipedia, the flats are the widest expanse of tidal flats in North America, spanning the bay from Barnstable Harbor all the way to Wellfleet. 

The Brewster Flats at high tide.

The Brewster Flats at “dead low” tide.

Not only are the flats a sight to see, they are something to experience. In the summer months, the tide pools are home to fish, crabs, snails and other sea life—a beachcomber’s paradise! In the fall months, they are host to a favorite local activity—oystering! With shellfishing licenses and buckets in hand, locals and visitors alike pluck succulent oysters from the bay and serve them up on the half shell.

If you’re up for a unique beach walk experience and a sight to behold, be sure to visit Cape Cod Bay—the Flats are not to be missed!

Fall fun on the Vineyard!

Excellent Blog by Jennie Sparrow……

While visiting the Cape during your Fall getaway the island of Martha’s Vineyard is a wonderful place to visit as well. The weather is perfect for hiking and biking, and enjoying a festival or two!

You can rent a bike at Martha’s Bike Rental (located in Edgartown, but they will deliver anywhere on the island) and pedal the beautiful coastline out to the red clay cliffs of Aquinnah. Or you can wheel around the many shops and restaurants the island has to offer.

Grab some comfy walking shoes and hike four miles of trails in the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. While you’re there, visit their observation building, nature center, discovery room and take part in their interactive natural history programs for children and adults. Or visit the Trustees of Reservations properties on Chappaquiddick and Long Point. Another hidden gem is one of the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation’s and Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary in West Tisbury.

Don’t miss out on all the fun and beauty of Martha’s Vineyard this time of year—there’s so much to see and do!

 

Shellfishing on Cape Cod!

Excellent blog by Becky Fischer……..

Every season of life on Cape Cod, I discover an amazing experience that leads me to pinch myself and excitedly share stories with others. In the summer, it’s clamming. And in the fall last year, it was taking my mother-in-law oystering. As a Midwestern woman, she had never seen an oyster in the water. We explained the process, and then one early morning, she and I set out to Ellis Landing Beach, on the Bay.

We were somewhat prepared with long rubber boots, an official bucket, and my shellfishing license. Luckily my cousin joined us and supplied the tongs, a much needed tool for picking up the oysters in the cold, November waters. We were both amazed. I had been before, and each time I marvel at the power of the tides and the wildlife that is effected by and reliant on the changing water levels.

We collected our allotted amount and took them home to my husband, who is a talented shucker. His mom was not ready to try one, as they are a little scary looking, but my husband and I gobbled them up with a little lemon and cocktail sauce. It’s a day I’ll never forget – both the beauty of the process and seeing it through her wide eyes.

Clamming is another fun activity that often produces tasty meals. Recently our friends from Carlisle visited, and their son was fascinated with the clamming process. With his rake and bucket, he collected over ten clams one afternoon at Jackknife Beach. Their plan was to take them back to their rental and eat them raw. Last spring, my uncle went clamming and made delicious clam chowder with the many quahogs he claimed, and we were lucky enough to enjoy it, too. 

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Food and Drinks of Cape Cod!

When you visit the Cape and Islands, you have to go to the beach—that’s a given! But another favorite pastime is enjoying the area’s many local foods and libations. We’re proud to have some popular brands that are not only the tastiest around, they’re sold nationally and have reached an icon status.

So when a rainy day sets in and visiting the beach isn’t an option, consider the next best choice—eating and drinking your way through the area! Here are three local companies that offer free tours. Watch how their goods are made, sample them, and then buy some to share with friends and family, happy touring and tasting!

Cape Cod Beer

“A Vacation in Every Pint” they say, a claim we wouldn’t mind finding out for ourselves! Cape Cod Beer offers one guided tour per day, but you can guide yourself through, as well. After your tour, there are $6 tastings for those age 21 and up.

Cape Cod Potato Chips

With over 250,000 visitors annually, this is one of the area’s top destination spots! After your self-guided tour, stop by the shop to purchase some tasty snacks for the whole family.

Truro Vineyards

Perched between Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is Truro Vineyards, a winery and distillery that offers two tours a day in the summer as well as tastings.

Free Fun Activites!

Cape Cod is known for many things: gorgeous beaches, delicious seafood, majestic lighthouses and scenic nature walks, to name a few. There is so much more here, however, and we want to share a list with you of other fun activities . . . and all are FREE!

Visit the Woods Hole Aquarium

This small, public aquarium displays approximately 140 species of marine animals found in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic waters and has a touch tank as well as a seal habitat. Learn more about the Woods Hole Aquarium.

Enjoy the view from Scargo Tower

Climb the steps of this 30 foot tower, and take in the spectacular panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay that span from Plymouth all the way to Provincetown!

Tour the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory

Chances are you’ve seen these potato chips when you’ve strolled the aisles of your grocery store. It’s hard to miss the bag featuring the iconic Nauset Light lighthouse! Learn more about the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory.

Explore the Cape Cod Lavender Farm

Peaceful fields of purple, the hum of busy honey bees, and the magic of a fairy castle. A visit to the Cape Cod Lavender Farm will surely put you in great spirits! Learn more about the Cape Cod Lavender Farm.

Go tide pooling

Grab your shovel, bucket, and net, and stroll the miles and miles of beach the Cape and Islands have to offer! When the tide goes out, most beaches are left with a plethora of tide pools just waiting to be explored. Will you find a crab, snail, shrimp, hermit crab, or jelly fish? Find a beach to explore.

Wave hello to the seals from the Chatham Fish Pier

The secret is out, there are a lot of seals that swim in our area (and invite unwelcome predators) but you can safely view their cute antics from the Fish Pier in Chatham! You might even catch the local fishermen unloading the day’s catch . . .

Enjoy the live music at a local band concert

Pull up a beach chair, bring yourself a picnic, and listen to the upbeat tunes of the many local bands the area has to offer! It’s the perfect way to end a long summer day on the Cape and Islands. Learn more about the area’s band concerts.

Watch a Cape Cod Baseball League game

Watch the baseball stars of tomorrow under the stars tonight! Don’t miss a baseball game at one of the Cape Cod Baseball League fields, you never know what burgeoning baseball star might be playing! Learn more about the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Visit the many lighthouses of the Cape and Islands

From Nobska Point Lighthouse in Woods Hole to Race Point Lighthouse in Provincetown, the Cape and Islands are swimming in lighthouses—over 20 in all! With one of the highest concentrations of lighthouses anywhere, planning to tour several in one day is completely possible! Learn more about Cape and Island lighthouses.

Farmers Markets of the Cape and Islands!

Ah summer . . . everything seems to be fresh, fresh, fresh this time of year! The air, the seafood, the produce, the flowers . . . The Cape and Islands locals love to take advantage of the plethora of farmers markets. You can find everything from locally grown vegetables and meats, to homemade breads, jams, juices, soaps and candles. You might even come across some live music!

Here is a list of farmers markets on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Be sure to stop in to not only help support local Cape & Island businesses, but to snag some really fantastic local products!

Barnstable Village Farmers Market, Sundays 9am–12pm, Superior Court House Lawn, 3195 Route 6A.

Enjoy locally produced, fruits, veggies, plants, herbs, breads, cookies, and other baked goods. Always a large selection of items to choose from.

Chatham Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 3–6:30pm, 1652 Main St.

Grass fed beef, local organic veggies, cheese, pasta, cookies, breads, donuts, herbs, and plants are just a few of the fabulous items you will find at the Chatham’s Farmers Market!

Falmouth Farmers Market, Thursdays, 12–6pm, Marine Park, 180 Scranton Ave.

A visual and aromatic feast, this market’s farm tables are loaded with the region’s freshest, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, ciders, cheeses, seafood, pasture-raised meats and poultry, jams, preserves, cut flowers, and nursery stock. Local food artisans bring fresh bread, prepared foods, and other goodies.

Harwich Farmers Markets, Thursdays, 3–6pm, Brooks Academy Museum, 80 Parallel St.

Shop for locally grown produce on the grounds of Brooks Academy Museum in Harwich Center. The seasonal, weekly Farmers Market will feature seasonal fruits and vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, baked goods, and other items at the weekly event, sponsored by the Harwich Agricultural Commission and the Harwich Historical Society. Rain or Shine! Museum exhibits are also open at discounted admission.

Mashpee Commons Farmers Market, Sundays, 12–4pm, 32 Market Street, Mashpee.

Mashpee Commons Farmers Market provides access to fresh, local, seasonal produce, meat, cheeses, and prepared foods that are sourced locally for Mashpee residents, visitors, and the Cape Cod community.

Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market, Saturdays, 9–1pm, Upper Cambridge St. and North Union St.

The market features locally grown vegetables, herbs, plants and cut flowers, as well as baked goods, locally roasted coffee, and locally, hand-crafted pottery, jewelry, crafts, and more. The market’s mission is to provide fresh produce directly from local growers to residents, to promote local cottage industry, and to educate the community about the personal benefits of healthy eating and the economic benefits of supporting local entrepreneurs.

Orleans Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8am–12pm, 21 Old Colony Way.

The Orleans Farmers Market now has over 30 vendors selling a wonderful variety of fresh, Cape Cod grown vegetables, plants, honey, lobsters, soap, worms, flowers, bread, and other local products.

Osterville Farmers Market, Fridays, 9–1pm, Osterville Historical Museum, 155 West Bay Rd.

From organic fruits and vegetables, to jams and jellies, breads, eggs, BBQ, handmade soaps, poultry, plants, cupcakes, spices, and herbs, to codfish cakes with cranberries — the Osterville Farmers Market has something for everyone.

Plymouth Farmers Market, Thursdays, 2:30–6:30pm, Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Ave.

This vibrant mix of certified organic farmers, conventional growers, meat, pork and poultry farmers, food-makers who source locally, artisan food crafters, local earth-based artisans and musicians, and committed community groups working to promote and support local agriculture will gather outdoors every Thursday June through October on the grassy field at the River Street entrance to the museum. Enjoy performers, chef demos, and a kids’ tent, and visit the rare breed farm animals while shopping for fresh, local foods. Free, everyone is welcome.

Provincetown Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9–3pm, Ryder Street Parking Lot.

A wonderful Cape Cod farmers market. You will find such items as baked goods, cheese, flowers, fruit, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, meat, and plants.

Bass River Farmers Market, Thursdays and Saturdays, 9–1:30pm, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 311 Old Main St., Yarmouth.

Plenty of fresh and delicious food and locally made products to choose from at the Bass River Farmers Market such as plants and flowers, local meat and fish vendors, homemade baked goods, fresh Cape Cod grown veggies, and herbs.

Sandwich Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 9–1pm, Village Green, Rt. 6A, Sandwich.

Come out to the Village Green in Sandwich and support your local vendors. Pick up some eggs or grass-fed beef, veggies, freshly baked goods, savory pastries, and so much more.

Truro Farmers Market, Mondays, 8–12pm, Veteran’s Park, Truro Center Road.

The mission of the Truro Farmers Market is to educate the consumer about the many benefits of local food to our health and the environment. Direct access to Barnstable County’s local harvest and harvesters will enhance and enrich the community by offering community-led education as well as a venue to sell products grown, raised, or caught on Cape Cod by participating vendors. The market connects and benefits every socio-economic level, striving to be accessible to all.

Wellfleet Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 8–12pm, Preservation Hall, 335 Main St.

Come to Preservation Hall in Wellfleet and explore all the wonderful items offered by our local farmers, artisans, craftsmen, bakers, and musicians. Fresh & local produce, honey, eggs, cut flowers, prepared foods, baked goods, coffee, live music, and more!

West Tisbury Farmers Market, Saturdays and Wednesdays 9–12pm, Grange Hall, 1067 State Rd.

You won’t want to miss the sights, sounds and tastes at the Farmers Market at the West Tisbury Grange Hall: just-picked local produce, fragrant flowers, delicious prepared foods from Island kitchens, and more.

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For All You Sports Enthusiastic BaseBall Fans!

Start with a balmy summer evening on Cape Cod. Then add the best of the best collegiate baseball players, swinging a wooden bat at blistering fastballs and sneaky curves. Now, sprinkle in a few Major League scouts in search of the next MLB superstar.

What do you get?

A Cape Cod League baseball game – the quintessential summer fun for the entire family!  June 12th 2018 is opening day, so let the games begin! The country’s best collegiate baseball players are back on Cape Cod for another season of great baseball.

Head to a ballfield in one of 10 towns across the Cape, and you’ll soon see why CCBL games are high on my list of things to do on Cape Cod on a summer evening!

See link below for more information:

https://www.affordable-cape-cod-vacations.com/cape-cod-baseball-league.html

 

Rhododendron Festival May 26th

Rhododendron Festival

When: May 26 – June 3, 2018

Where: Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich

Admission: $18/adult; $8/youth (3-11); Members and children 2 and under Free

More Info: Heritage Museums & Gardens

This is one of the Cape Cod events I look most forward to each spring! The grounds at Heritage are a sight to behold with thousands of Rhododendrons in bloom from late May into early June.

Plan to spend a few hours or more here, exploring the acres of gardens, miles of walking trails, and the museums filled with art, American history, and antique autos. The kids will love riding on the carousel!

Brewster in Bloom (Save the Dates)

32nd Annual Brewster in Bloom

  1 Great Festival…3 Great Days!

May 4, 5 & 6, 2018

Save the Dates!
Fine Arts & Crafts Show – Kid Fest – Closest to the Pin Contest
Arts & Antiques Excursion – Bloom Run – Town Parade – Open Houses
And Special Offers all over Town!

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2018 Main Events

7th ANNUAL ARTS & ANTIQUES EXCURSION…Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to closing. A self-guided tour of Brewster’s numerous antique and art galleries. Participating galleries are shown in RED: please see individual gallery listings for exact days, times and offers!

BREWSTER BAND SPRING CONCERT…Friday at 7:00 pm: Brewster Baptist Church, 1848 Main Street. A free will offering will be collected to support the Band. FREE!

 

JURIED FINE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm andSunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm: on the grounds of Cape Cod Sea Camps, 3057 Main Street with more than 90 vendors. Click here for the list of 2017 vendors! FREE admission and parking.

5K BLOOM RUN presented by CAPE COD 5…Saturday at 10:00 am: Starts at the Brewster Inn and Chowder House, 1993 Main Street.  Registration opens 8:30 am. Register in advance at www.BrewsterRecreation.com.

KID FEST AT DRUMMER BOY PARK …Saturday from 10 AM – 3 PM. 773 Main Street featuring Brewster’s youth groups hosting activities for families with children. Activities planned include Bounce House, Dance Floor, Golf Ball Drop, food concession and much more! (There is a $5 admission to Nauset Youth Alliance activities.) Participating organizations include Nauset Youth Alliance, Latham Centers, Inc., Eddy Elementary School Recycling Club, The Family Schools and Cape Cod Veterans Center.

BREWSTER IN BLOOM PARADE …Sunday – steps off at 1:00 pm from Eddy Elementary School west on Main St. to Swamp Rd. – staging begins at 12 Noon at the Eddy Elementary School. This year’s theme is “Sea Captains & Treasure”.

 

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Bog Tour

Autumn is the perfect time to learn about cranberries, an important commercial crop found across the Cape. The Cape Farm & Cranberry Company in Harwich offers guided tours of their cranberry bog and farm throughout the summer, spring, and fall

Cape Cod in the Fall

seasons. On the tour you will learn about the process of maintaining a cranberry bog year-round, as well as the tools and machines used to keep these bogs thriving. You also can visit with the farm’s animals. The tours are $15 per person and $10 for children.