The Cape is a very well-known destination for visitors during the summer months but locals and those in-the-know have a favorite season on the Cape ~ Fall. September and October are widely considered the most beautiful time to be on the Cape. The summer crowds are gone and those lucky enough to be here have the Cape to themselves. Birds sing in trees without the noise of cars to drown them out, coyotes walk down the middle of the street unhindered, couples walk hand in hand on wide expanses of open beaches and gather at the bar or around the fireplace of uncrowded restaurants. The days are glorious and warm, the nights cool and if you are lucky - the fog rolls in just around cocktail hour...
As photos of the massive damage Hurricane Harvey left in Texas stream in and we wait with baited breath for the now Cat 4 Hurricane Irma's arrival in Southern Florida this weekend, some of you might wonder about Cape Cod's vulnerability to hurricanes. A Cat 4 or 5 hurricane has never had a direct hit on the Cape but since 1851, ten Cat 1, 2 and 3 hurricanes have touched Massachusett's shores. One of the most famous ones was The Great Hurricane of 1938 (sometimes called The Long Island Express because it landed on Long Island, RI and CT first) which made landfall on Cape Cod on September 21, 1938. It is estimated that the hurricane killed over 600 people, damaged more than 57,000 homes, and caused property losses estimated at $306 million throughout New England. The surge from that hurricane also left the town of Falmouth on the upper cape under eight feet of water. All attention, hurricane warning and preparation is (rightly) focused on Florida and the Southern states as Hurricane Irma arrives there, but it is possible that the tail end of Irma could reach Cape Cod as some rain by Thursday of next week. Stay dry~
The annual Schooner Regatta brings classic sailing vessels and yachting fans from far and wide to Provincetown for a week of sailing and educational events. Whether you're onboard or onshore, you'll find plenty to see and do during the regatta including schooner and cat boat tours, informative talks, and of course, schooner and yacht racing!
Want to be up close to the action? Reserve a seat on a schooner. A limited number of spectator seats seats may also be available on other vessels. (See the Regatta's website for details. Early reservations are a must!)
September 4 - 7, 2017
Where: MacMillan Pier, Provincetown Harbor and offshore
Admission: Many events are free
More Info: Provincetown Schooner Race
If you are like me, you try to eat as much fresh seafood as you can while you are on the Cape. There is nothing that says summer to me more than fresh scallops bought at the fish market nearby and grilled in butter and garlic on our cottage deck.
I have learned quite a bit about farmers and farms having created many logos and websites for local farmers and producers in New England through my Will Work for Food Project, but I was less knowledgable about the work it took to catch the seafood that end up on my plate so I was thrilled to find out about this program at Chatham's Fish Pier created by the Fisherman's Alliance.
The Pier Program, hosted by seasoned fishermen, who know these waters well, is a chance to get to meet these hard-working locals, hear about their experiences on the water and learn what steps the Fishermen's Alliance is taking to help depleted fish populations recover and the small-boat fishermen survive and thrive. It's a great way to gain an understanding of the Cape's commercial fishing industry and the importance of protecting this traditional way of life. Check out times and dates here: capecodfishermen.org/pier-program
It is June and that means Farmer's Markets are opening all over Cape Cod ~ The closest one to the cottage is the The Bass River Farmers Market open every Thursday and Saturday from 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM, June 15 through September 9. They are small but sweet with some of the following food vendors as well as many crafts and artists. Enjoy!
Vegetables, Herbs, Eggs
Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers
Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs
Triple H Farm
Dog Treats, Goat milk Soap, Herbs, Vegetables
Cape Cod All Natural
All Natural Tick and Insect repellents
Cape Natural Soap
Soaps, Body products, Lotions, Shampoo, Lip balm
Gluten Free Foods
Jam, Granola, Protein bars, Jellies
Hand made Soap
Treasures By The Sea
Jams, Jellies, Scones, Pickles, Cukes
Valcourt Sugar Shack
Here is a fun idea for those Boston/Back Bay dwellers who would love to come for a stay on the Cape this summer but don't have a car.
Starting Memorial Day weekend, The CapeFLYER will offer service from South Station to Hyannis on weekends throughout the summer. Trains will leave South Station beginning at 5:50 on Friday nights and will also run on Saturdays and Sundays.
A one-way ticket from South Station is $22, with round-trip tickets at $40. Children under 11 can ride for free, as long as they’re accompanied by a paying adult.
From Hyannis, you can take a cab to Summer Pines Cottage in West Dennis for about $20.
With so many waterways, beaches, restaurants and bars within walking distance, now you don't have to have a car to stay at Summer Pines Cottage.
My latest renter left a nice review of her family's Summer Pines Cottage stay this past school vacation and since she recommended the 1856 Country Store in Barnstable, I thought I'd share a bit more about this unique store from their own website for all of you who might like to visit.
"Lovely cottage with beautiful views and a great loft space with two beds for kids. The view of Kelley's Pond was beautiful and we enjoyed exploring West Dennis Beach. We would recommend visiting the 1856 Country Store in Barnstable and Currents for beautiful jewelry near the cottage."
The 1856 Country Store’s history goes back to 1840 when it was built originally as a place to store cranberries after the harvest. It was turned into a shoe store by Samuel and Moses Hallet in 1842. It was then changed to a general store in 1856. The store has been a beloved piece of Centerville and Cape Cod ever since.
To this day, Centerville retains much of its 19th century charm. Main Street is lined with sea captains’ homes. One of the most beautiful of the seven villages in the Town of Barnstable, Centerville’s roots go back to the 17th century, when it was called “Chequaquet”, meaning “pleasant harbor,” or “village by the sea” by the local Wampanoag Indians. The area of land that Chequaquet occupied was part of a much larger tract purchased in 1648 from the Wampanoags by Myles Standish for two brass kettles and some fencing.
The early 18th century settlers first built their homes around Lake Wequaquet and took advantage of its fertile soil, fresh water and fish. In the early 19th century Chequaquet experienced dramatic expansion and growth. The first post office was established in 1834 and the village’s name was changed to ‘Centreville.’ The village was aptly named for its central location in the Town of Barnstable; as such, it held an important position in the town, serving as a crossroads and a meeting place.
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