Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Well, we're approaching July and August - the 2 busiest vacation months for Cape Cod as well as lots of other vacation hotspots. Driving around the Cape can be challenging during these 2 months, so that's when it's especially nice to be at a location where you have pools or ocean or activities available on-site or close by. "Early bird" dinner specials at restaurants are also a way to beat the dinner crowd. Not only will you save money, but you will probably be done and out before the restaurants get crazy. Eating out with children might also benefit from the "early bird" opportunities. The kids get fed without the long wait in line to get them cranky or antsy. Your food will probably be served faster, too. We have found that, when it's just us adults, we like to eat after 8PM. The crowds have lessened and there are not as many children around, and sometimes that is important to us.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Lobster! I think I could eat it twice a day for a month and not get tired of it! And if you throw in some New England clam chowder (the white, creamy kind - is there any other!!??) and a few steamers.... m-m-m-m-mmmm - well I think they call that H-E-A-V-E-N!
Being a purist, my favorite is boiled lobster served with melted butter, but I also recommend trying baked stuffed lobster, too. It is usually prepared by taking some of the cooked lobster meat from the tail and preparing a stuffing that is lightly seasoned so as not to lose any of the delicate lobster flavor. The lobster body is than stuffed and served with melted butter. You can still find more meat in the claws and legs to go along with the stuffing.
A trip to New England or Cape Cod is not complete without experiencing this regional treat!

There's nothing like a great photo to help bring back sweet memories about any place you love. Some great Cape Cod photos and a link to an awesome website that can give you a taste of the natural beauty, the history and the unique charm that is Cape Cod, can be found at Everything Cape Cod. I hope to get up to the Cape in October to take more of my own pictures, which I will add here and on my Cape Cod website.

Here is a photo taken from a trip in the early fall of 2004 with my friend Sally. It is the harbor at the Chatham Fishing Pier. Chatham, being at the elbow of the Cape, is the "first stop of the east wind" in the United States.

Friday, June 16, 2006

I love Cape Cod! It is my absolute favorite place on the earth!

Some random thoughts about Cape Cod -
- when I first go over the canal to start my vacation I have this momentary feeling of being transported back in time. Remember - I said momentary - I don't live in the past - yet! :)
- my favorite towns as an adult are Chatham and Falmouth
- my favorite restaurant for fried clams is Kreme n' Cone in Chatham (they also have a fantastic char-grilled burger, the best I have ever had)
- I always love to browse Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard - don't miss the gingerbread cottages on the Methodist Campground property - ask directions as it's easy to miss
- we still laugh (kind of) about the time we went bowling and the guy checked outside first to see if it was raining (it was). He than raised the prices. :0
- my friend and I were on the boat to the Vineyard and we asked God to give us a "delight". Within a few minutes we saw this really cool sea turtle just lazily swimming next to our boat. :)