Posted by: yachtcrewsing | October 3, 2011

Cape Cod

As much as I abhor the rampant overuse of the word, there is no other way to describe Cape Cod- it is simply, irreducibly cute. Attempting to find synonyms for the small, quaint villages bearing distinctly British names such as Eastham and Harwich proves futile- they are all just so cute.

Cape Cod is the easternmost region in Massachusetts, a mere one hour drive from central Boston. With an extensive history dating back hundreds of years, modern Cape Cod is a haven for all those seeking serenity from busy city life. Idyllic countryside, trees and ponds are interspersed with quaint bed and breakfasts, quintessentially New England architecture and small vestiges of historic industry. For these reasons, my boyfriend and I drove to the cape for a brief but wholly relaxing two days.

We arrived at the Captain Farris B&B in South Yarmouth on Friday evening. The conscientious and wonderful hosts, Rosie and John, had left us a personalized note along with our key, urging us to partake in the array of home baked cookies and teas available in the hallway. The house itself was large yet infinitely cozy, with elegant sitting rooms containing chess and crystal decanters of cognac and a central courtyard enclosed with a glass roof, all encircled by a porch and well manicured gardens. Our choice for dinner was the Riverway Lobster House a mere one minute walk away. It proved to be a delightfully quaint restaurant with delectable sea food and a wonderful ambiance, enhanced by a pianist playing on a grand piano in the centre of the room.

In the morning we were eagerly greeted by our gregarious elderly hostess. ‘Oh I’m so glad that you two got here okay’ Rosie beamed as she clasped my hand. She ushered us into the sun-filled breakfast room, promptly pouring coffee and orange juice and placing a piping hot apple and cranberry crumble, followed by cheese and cranberry bake with fresh fruit. With stomachs full we regrettably left the B&B, assuring Rosie that we would be back next year.

The day was a delightfully unhurried exploration of the region, following the scenic 6A North-West as it nonchalantly meandered through small villages. The road ended at the tip of the cape in Provincetown, indisputably the most abundantly touristy town in the region. Famed for it’s lively gay community and beautiful beaches, the town provides an eclectic blend of seaside charm and bustling shops and streets.

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The drive back to Newport was punctuated by numerous stops at old book stores, antique shops, and for photo opportunities. Our final stop occurred in the town of Sandwich, where we enjoyed high tea with fresh baked scones at the luxurious Dunbar, a tea house facing an old mill. The town of Sandwich, like the rest of Cape Cod proved to be unquestionably…cute



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