Monday, July 24, 2006

The Everything Cape Cod Specialties Store is finally open!

For some neat Cape Cod inspired items, I hope you'll visit my store. It's all high quality made by Cape Cod artisans or with native ingredients or with a Cape theme.

Check it out - and feedback welcome!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

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I'm looking for anything about shopping on Cape Cod. Especially info about some cool smaller shops. We love driving 6A and stopping at some of these smaller places, but I have to admit that sometimes we stop only at places where several shops are grouped together. So - if you know of any of these little stand-alone shops on the Cape that you would like to recommend, please post it here.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Everything Cape Cod Travel

Cape Cod in-season vacation time is in full swing. But, if you have not tried off-season travel on the Cape, I highly recommend it. In-season runs from about June 17th - Labor Day. Especially good off-season times to visit Cape Cod are mid-May to mid-June and mid-september to mid-October. During those times, most Cape Cod hotels, restaurants and shops are still open and the weather is generally comfortable, though probably not warm enough for ocean swimming.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

I couldn't even relate to being handicapped and trying to maneuver around everyday obstacles, until my Mom became dependent on a walker and later a wheelchair. I quickly became aware of how difficult it was for her to even move around her own home, and when she had to go out to a doctor's appointment or a store, we met all sorts of challenges. I've never had to deal with being a handicapped traveler either, but I realize that it must be really challenging to be able to travel comfortably and confidently if you must deal with a wheelchair or walker, or have limited agility. When it comes to vacationing, the obstacles must seem insurmountable at times. I'm betting that lots of people don't take vacations because it can be too unpredictible to know what they will face for obstacles. On Cape Cod, there are many handicapped accessible hotels, beaches, restaurants, museums, theaters and other attractions. But, because many of the facilities on the Cape are old, they often do not meet the current standards of the ADA. Even a hotel room labeled "handicap accessible" may not have a bathroom that can handle a walker, never mind a wheelchair. And, interestingly enough, most lodging did not even list their facility as handicap accessible even if they had an appropriate room or two. Many of the beaches on the Cape now have "surf chairs" that are available specifically for the handicapped. The chairs have big tires that can be easily pushed through sand and into the water. You can find handicap travel resources such as lodging, beaches, trails and things to do on Cape Cod that will allow you to have a satisying and safe trip. I hope this will help you have the confidence to consider a Cape Cod vacation.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

There are tons of neat things to do on Cape Cod that bring you closer to nature and wildlife. There are many trails on the Cape that bring you right into the heart of it all. Boardwalks along many of these trails span marshes and offer up-close-and-personal views of ocean creatures and eco-systems that are unique to the Cape. These offer great outings for people of all ages, and many of them are handicap-friendly, too. On our last trip to the Cape we walked the Fort Hill trail in the Cape Cod National Seashore out in Eastham. It is about 1.5 miles of fairly easy walking that brings you alongside marshes with pretty views of the ocean, too. On our walk, we came across kids having a great time looking for crabs and fish in areas where the path came along inlets. The paths are pretty easy to follow, yet you still feel like you are in a natural, unspoiled area. Check out Everything Cape Cod for more things to do on Cape Cod.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

I have really enjoyed some of the wonderful pictures that have been taken of Cape Cod that are posted on the web. If you want to see some outstanding pictures, I recommend you go to Everything Cape Cod Travel and scroll down and click on the "Cape Cod Photo Album". This website, put together by Dave & Elaine Doolittle, has loads of pictures that are listed by town. There are pictures of historical places, town settings and natural scenery throughout. The quality of the photos is excellent, too.