There is nothing like roasting s'mores over a fire pit under the stars on a summer Cape night after a day at the beach or the lake. Gathering around a fire to tell stories, eat and the primal need for light, warmth and company after dark is in our DNA. Creating a fire pit is both easy to do and harder than you think to make. We just built one at Summer Pines Cottage and I thought it might interest some reader to see the process in this slide show below.
There is nothing like seeing live theater on the Cape during the summer, and the perfect place to do it is The Cape Playhouse in Dennis! This June, the playhouse is putting on The Importance of Being Ernest - one of my favorite plays. Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history.
The play runs June 12-22 and you can see more at The Cape Playhouse
"WALK THE BEACH. WATCH THE STARS.There is magic here at night. Go to a local beach by day, and get dressed up and enjoy the enchanting grounds at night."
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!
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