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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!

The Story Behind Scargo Lake!

Excellent Blog By Jeannie Sparrow……..

The view from Scargo Tower in Dennis is breathtaking . . . the crystal blue water set against the bluest of summer skies, and the rich pinks and oranges of a fall sunset combined with the amber hues of the season’s changing leaves. Even under a blanket of snowy white, the panorama from the highest point in the mid-Cape region doesn’t disappoint.

There’s a bit of history that encompasses this area of Dennis. The tower, as well as the fish-shaped Scargo Lake that lies below, are named after the famed Native American, Princess Scargo. Her story centers around a gift of fish from an admiring warrior and her attempt to keep the fish alive until his return. The tower on Scargo Hill, the area above the lake, is the spot from which the princess watched for her warrior’s return.

The views from Scargo Tower and the crystal clear waters of Scargo Lake are enough to warrant a visit to this beautiful area. But the mystique the local lore adds to this spot makes a visit here even more interesting and unique!

 

 

Ocean Side or Bay Side!

Excellent blog by Jennie Sparrow…….

There’s one question Cape Cod vacationers, and even locals, face: ocean side or bay side?! It’s a perennial dilemma that most people, myself included, don’t mind having!

My love affair with the water began at one of the most beautiful beaches on the Cape, Little Pleasant Bay. Filled with boats and views of Sampson and Hog islands, this Lower Cape treasure basically baptized me into Cape Cod life when I tripped and fell face-first into the salty bay as a toddler! It will forever hold a special place in my heart. Not much else can rival the fragrant bay breeze, the gentle sound of lapping waves, and the tide pools teeming with sea life . . . EXCEPT, a day spent out on the Outer Beach!

Little Pleasant Bay in South Orleans.

 

Just about every child raised on Cape Cod has an ORV adventure at one point in his or her life. My earliest Outer Beach memory includes a very bumpy ride in an old Jeep Wagoneer owned by my father’s best friend. There was a twinkle in his eye as we drove over the sandy bumps that elicited giggles from my brother and me! Out we went, down Callahan’s Pass, to the Orleans resident side of Nauset’s Outer Beach. We set up our beach chairs, unloaded the pails and shovels, and dug into the hot sand . . . until the lure of the big ocean waves taunted us into play! Running from the waves at first, then growing bolder and running into the waves — what a thrill it was!

Old Manse Inn Unveils 2 New Suites

After months of renovations — which included maintaining the historical integrity of the barn and refurbishing as much as possible — the barn project is officially complete. This month the Old Manse Inn is proud to unveil its new well-appointed, luxury suites: The Vineyard and The Nantucket.

The Vineyard

This new 2009 room is a luxury first floor room with private entrance plus expansive view of the west lawn. Features king canopy bed, seating area, gas fireplace, ceiling fan and flat screen cable TV / DVD . The bathroom has a shower and two person massaging air tub. Maximum Occupancy: 2

The Nantucket

This new 2009 luxury room is on first floor room with private entrance and view of the west lawn. It features a king sleigh bed, gas fireplace and a flat screen TV /DVD . The bath with shower and romantic claw foot soaking tub for two. Maximum Occupancy: 2