Here is something different to do for Mother's Day on the Cape - take her for a ride on the train! Cape Cod Central Railroad is offering a three course Mother's Day Brunch on the train as she takes in beautiful scenery out the window. Guests depart the mid-Cape in Hyannis, travel through West Barnstable and Sandwich and down to the Cape Cod Canal. On the way, they travel through sand dunes and salt marshes, see glimpses of the bay and have the opportunity to enjoy parts of Cape Cod that are only accessible by rail.
Summer Pines Cottage has Mother's Day weekend still available, a stay at our sweet cottage along with this Cape Cod train ride and brunch is a unique way to show mom how much you love her and the Cape!
One of our favorite things to do on the Cape every year is visit the growing number of beer and wine companies that have launched around the Mid Cape in the past few years. Many of them are a location in themselves with tasting rooms, patios, games, bring your own picnic areas and live music. Here are some of our favorites ~ enjoy!
Cape Cod Beer - Hyannis, MA
Dedicated to fresh, delicious beer. Open 6 days a week, year-round for tastings, tours & events.
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Barnstable Brewing - Hyannis, MA
Providing fresh, hand-crafted beer to Cape Cod. Tasting room & patio. Samplers, pints & cans to go.
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Devils Purse Brewing Co. - South Dennis, MA
An ever-rotating lineup of creative beers with a cozy tasting room. Located in South Dennis.
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First Crush Winery - Harwich, MA
Producing 55,000 bottle of fine wines annually. Located in Harwich. Tours, tastings and events available.
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Hog Island Beer Company - Orleans, MA
Craft Brewpub with food, wine, liquor, patio, lawn, games and live music.
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Truro Vineyards & South Hollow Spirits
Winery & distillery offering tastings, tours, and drinks. Food truck, cocktail bar and events.
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It is March first so we've made it through most of the winter and on our way towards Spring! Springtime on the Cape is a special time with some nice spring festivals but without the summer crowds or traffic. One of our favorites is Brewster in Bloom which runs May 3-5th and we have a created a special couples getaway weekend rate of $400 for two nights stay at Summer Pines Cottage for May 3-5th to enjoy the festival and our cozy romantic cottage. To book, email me today!
As well as managing our charming 5-star rental cottage on Cape Cod, we are photographers so we thought we'd offer a special "sweeten your stay" sweetheart deal during the month of February~
Book a week-long or more stay at Summer Pines Cottage by February 28th and receive a free 16"x24" aluminum signed artist print from our new Horizon Prints Series featuring iconic Cape scenes ~ take home a bit of Cape Cod after your stay.
Gates Studio | Horizon Photo Aluminum Prints are made with archival inks fused within an aluminum substrate, achieving deep rich colors and vibrant undertones. They feature a highly durable smooth UV and scratch-resistant surface.
Click here to see the Cape collection and let us know your choice for this limited time offer!
Wild Care is a unique Cape Cod wild life rescue and rehabilitation center based in Eastham. Their mission is to treat injured, ill and orphaned native wildlife for release, to prevent wildlife casualties through public education and live counseling, and to engage the community in conservation through volunteerism and learning events.
Since founding, Wild Care has accepted over 24,000 wild creatures, representing 275 species of native birds, mammals, and reptiles. On average Wild Care receives 1,300-1,700 wild animals per year for treatment. Of those admitted, about half come due to injuries and habitat loss due to human activities. It is a vital part of Wild Care’s mission to help educate the public on ways they can avoid harming our animal neighbors. Wild Care has a state-of-the-art seabird therapy pool, which allows seabirds and waterfowl to exercise on running water. This will help their bird friends recover more quickly so they can get back to their watery habitats!
Wild Care does not charge the public for their services to wildlife and will accept wildlife regardless of a rescuer’s ability to make a donation.
Upcoming Wild Care Events in January Living with your wild neighbors - January 26, 2019
Wild Care of Cape Cod is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation 10 Smith Lane, Eastham, MA 02642-2671 helpline: 508.240.2255
We thought we'd wish you a Happy Holidays Cape Cod style by featuring the famous Provincetown "Lobster Pot Christmas Tree".
135 lobster pots with a star made from buoys were used to create this towering holiday spectacle. The tree will be up and lit through January so if you get a chance to get to the Cape over the holidays - it is worth the drive to see!
Cape Cod is full of scenic views but none quite so expansive and majestic as the boardwalk at Grays beach. We come here in all seasons but especially love it in October when we have the whole boardwalk to ourselves, which is when we took this recent photo. The boardwalk is very vulnerable to storms and sustained major damage during the Jan 4th "bomb cyclone” which drove ice from Cape Cod Bay into the boardwalk, tearing off a piece of the structure and depositing it a half mile away in Chase Garden Creek. Luckily, to help with the need for yearly repairs, the town of Yarmouth has created a fundraising program called the Boardwalk plank program allowing anyone to purchase an engraved new plank on the board walk. So far, 961 people have bought planks with their choice of names and dates etched into the wood – many commemorating a family vacation, wedding or a family pet's passing.
So if you wish to make your mark on this special corner of Cape Cod as well as help keep it safe for many to enjoy year after year, consider purchasing a plank engraved with a meaningful memory.
Photo: Barry Friedman
Cape Cod has a long history of tales of restless ghosts, from widowed sea captain's wives that still tread the widow's walk waiting for their husbands who are never coming back from sea, to poor souls from shipwrecks or vessels taken over by pirates. Cape Cod is no stranger to hauntings in it's stately old homes and windswept beaches.
One of the oldest places to feel the chill of past inhabitants is the Old Yarmouth Inn Restaurant and Tavern. Built in 1696, it is the oldest inn in America which is still operating as an inn. Ghostly apparitions, lights going off and on by themselves, cold and hot spots, objects moving magically, whispers, and more are all thanks to the resident spirits. Plus, there's a hidden door in the attic thought to have been used as part of the Underground Railroad.
The Old Yarmouth Inn through its long history, also was used as a dentist office, family homes, a boarding house for the school teaching staff and perhaps a place where Revolutionary era soldiers were stationed; but this isn't clear as the historical records were lost in a fire.
Before the Civil War, the owners of the inn were part of the underground railroad, and hid runaway slaves in a secret room in the attic, which was found by the future owners, the Powell family, when granddaughter Althea was playing in the attic and discovered it.
Throughout the years, many owners and many visitors have lived and stayed here. No one knows if any died in their sleep. There seems to be at least 2 ghosts, a man and a woman who make The Old Yarmouth Inn their home. It is suspected that the male entity may be Althea Power's grandfather. The female entity may be the woman who died in a fire on the second floor or could be a slave woman from the underground railroad days. It was rumored that she was the mistress of the owner of the Inn at that time.
We had dinner there this summer in the tavern and while walking around, I did get the sense that some of the dining rooms were colder than others - it definitely had the feel of an old building with lots of stories and the food was very good so I would encourage anyone looking for a wonderful fireside dinner and a (possible) show to visit this charming old inn on Route 6A this Fall.
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