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!
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.
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.
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.