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Thankful For So Much!

There are so many things to be thankful for this time of year: family, friends, and health, just to name a few. On Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, we are grateful for even more, like:

1) Gorgeous sunsets

Beautiful sunsets can be viewed from almost any beach on the Cape & Islands—the colors are just brilliant this time of year!

2) Nature trails

Local nature trails are nature’s stage painted with colorful leaves and the entertaining antics of bird and fauna actors—the show is quite enjoyable!

3) Quiet beaches

The packed beaches of summer are now empty and are the perfect spot to reflect and take in their majestic beauty.

4) All are welcome back on the beaches

Now that we’re deep into fall, our furry friends are allowed to accompany us on the empty beaches.

5) Local bounty

Yes, the Native Americans and Pilgrims feasted on this local tasty treat! We are so thankful that our waters are filled with yummy seafood.

May you all enjoy this holiday season with loved ones and family members and remember that we have so much to be thankful for.

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!

 

 

How About A Drive-In-Movie Experience?

Excellent Blog By Jennie Sparrow……

The Wellfleet Drive-In-Movie Theater

I know we are fast approaching fall but one of my favorite summer activities is watching the latest movie underneath the starry night sky! I’ve had the good fortune of watching many movies at the Wellfleet Drive-In, and it’s a tradition my family keeps alive by going at least once a year.

Screening movies for over 60 years, the Wellfleet Drive-in is the only drive-in on Cape Cod and is one of roughly 300 left in the country. According to their website, the first movie ever shown there was Desk Set, starring Katharine Hepburn. Other classic movies screened there were Ben Hur, Jaws, Star Wars and ET.

In addition to its 100-by-44-foot screen, the original 1957 speaker boxes still sit on their poles.The old playground still exists as well. My children take particular delight in the creaky swings and the squeaky merry-go-round. If you’re a ‘tween or younger, a visit here before the movie is a must!

If the playground is not your thing, then head over to the vintage mini golf course located on the premises! Built in 1961, only minor alterations have been made over the years. Play a round here and transport yourself back in time!

A visit to the Wellfleet Drive-In is a must, indeed. Nostalgia and entertainment all wrapped into one! So pop the hatch on the car, grab some popcorn, and get out your beach chairs—it’s time to start the show!

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!

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. 

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.

Snowy Scene In Brewster, MA

Taking a walk this morning after our mini snow fall and it was truly a beautiful winter wonderland out there. If one hasn’t experienced the Cape in the winter one must as it truly is a relaxing time of the year to sit by the fireplace with a good book and just relax as time passes by. Take in all the scenery and enjoy some of the walking trails as well as a visit to Nickerson State Park after a fresh snowfall.

Walking through Cobbs Pond after a fresh snowfall

Walking through Cobbs Pond after a fresh snowfall

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