April 2015

There are 10 blog entries for April 2015.


nauset ice cream eastham ma

There’s nothing like cooling off after a day in the sun with ice cream, and no place better to do it than on Cape Cod.  We came up with a list of three of our favorite spots for indulging in the sweet treat.

Sundae School Ice Cream

First on the list is Sundae School Homemade Ice Cream in Dennis Port.  Sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, this local tradition has been around since 1976.  The shop still makes homemade ice cream every day, just like they did in the old days.  The shop is located in a renovated historic barn, and includes a nearly 100-year-old marble soda fountain.

This family-owned business now includes another store in East Orleans, as well as one in Harwich Port.  Sundae School prides itself in uses fresh fruit, pure vanilla extract and other

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wellfleet drive-in theatre sign
Remember the old days when there weren’t huge mega-plex movie theatre around with reclining seats and wraparound screens?  In a day and age where bigger and better always seems to get all the attention, the Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre is a true blast to the past.  It’s also an institution of sorts for both residents and frequent visitors to the Cape Cod region.

The drive-in theatre is the only one of its kind on Cape Cod, and people have flocked to the location each summer for generations.  In fact, for many people in the Cape Cod region, the Wellfleet Drive-In officially marks the start of the summer season each May when it opens its gates.  You can probably ask just about anyone who’s lived in Wellfleet for a while, or ask frequent visitors a story about…
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From fresh seafood to pub food, Harwich Port has a lot to offer hungry residents and visitors.  We chose a select few of the best places to dine out on the Cape.

The Cape Sea Grille
The Cape Sea Grille offers fresh local seafood and fresh local ingredients to its mix of American-style cuisine.  Located just steps away from the water, this elegant and upscale restaurant is found in an old sea captain’s home, dating back to the 19th century.

The restaurant features such delicacies as whole lobster, lamb and steak.  The Cape Sea Grill is located right off Route 28.  Reservations are accepted.

L’Alouette
Our next stop on the culinary tour of Harwich Port includes a visit to L’Alouette.  This French-inspired restaurant also offers selections using fresh, local

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If you’ve ever wanted to take in some world-class fishing, or perhaps just cast a line at one of the 300+ freshwater lakes and ponds on Cape Cod, now is the time!  The area is richly diverse with a large variety of fish and just as many fantastic fishing spots.

Cape Cod is a popular location to catch Bluefish, Tautog, Striped Bass and Mackerel during the months of spring, summer and fall. 

Bass River Bridge

A well-known spot for fishing in the Mid-Cape region, Bass River Bridge is the man-made separation for the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis.  It’s a good location to snag Bluefish, Striped Bass and Winter Flounder.  You have the best opportunity if you fish where the tide is flowing away on the bridge’s down tide side.  Parking is easy right on

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While Cape Cod is rich in history, it is the history that local residents experienced personally, and continue to tell today, that is perhaps the most remarkable of all.  One of them is decorated veteran and war hero Colonel John Wessmiller.  Now 95 years old, the Colonel was part of the 9th Infantry Division on General Patton’s staff near the beginning of World War II.  Wessmiller later landed in Sicily and then in Normandy for what we now refer to as D-Day.

It was at this time that Wessmiller became a hero to not only the community of Chatham, but also to all Americans.  The Colonel took command, leading more than 600 soldiers ashore at Utah Beach amid heavy resistance from enemy fighters and the abandonment of his own ship’s captain.  Colonel

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With plenty of room for swimming, boating and simply searching for shells, the beaches of Harwich provide a unique option for both residents and visitors.  This location offers a number of beaches to choose from, including both private and public sites.

Bank Street Beach

One of the most popular is Bank Street.  This beach offers warm water with small waves.  It’s a great location to go searching for shells, but keep it mind it attracts a lot of people during the busier times of the year.

At this beach, you’ll find some parking, plus lifeguards and a boardwalk.  You’ll also find restrooms at this public, saltwater beach.  To get to Bank Street Beach, you’ll find it in Harwich Port, just off Bank Street.

Fernandes Bog at Long Pond

If you’re in

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Imagine a country club, sailing club, plus tennis courts and golf all wrapped up into one.  That’s what you’ll find at the Chequessett Yacht & Country Club in Wellfleet.

Found within the Cape Cod National Seashore, this Outer Cape destination offers a variety of programs to fit multiple sports and activities.  Locals will tell you this club is much more than just a club and golf course, though.  For the Wellfleet community it also serves the role of a community and family rec center.

This semi-private club offers nine holes of semi-links golf, with tees designed to also work with 18 holes.  There’s also a Pro Shop for both golf and tennis, along with golf lessons available from PGA Class A instructors.

The club’s other dry-land sport is tennis. 

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While you’ll find a variety of marine and wildlife on and off of Cape Cod, there’s an ongoing effort to rescue one particular variety in need.  Unfortunately, more and more sea turtles have turned up in Cape Cod Bay, and they’re having a hard time making it back out again.

Often, locals and even tourists will spot the stranded turtles around early November when the water starts turning colder.  The sea turtles first make their way to the area during the warmer months.  Oftentimes it’s the juvenile turtles that get confused and end up going too far when they head north.  The mistake is fine while the water is warm, for the sea turtles have an endless supply of crabs to eat.  It’s when the weather starts cooling down again in the fall that the turtles get

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There’s something fun about shopping in a small town.  You won’t find a lot of big box stores here, but you will find a unique adventure rich in authentic traditions and experiences.

Shopping in Chatham Village means everything from homemade candy and fudge, to quaint little stores packed with everything from cooking gadgets to antique maps.  While the fun of uncovering these little shops is strolling down Main Street on your own, we’re uncovering four stores you may want to mark down for your next trip to town.


Chatham Candy Manor

Chatham Candy Manor is one such place.  This shop has been a family tradition since the mid 1950’s, with recipes passed down between the generations.  While the store once sold creations off of card tables on the 4th of

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There’s one way to see Cape Cod in an entirely new light, and if you’re up for a little adventure, it may be just what you’re looking for.  Each year, several of the surrounding communities hold road races, for both runners and walkers.  Here’s just a sample of what the area has to offer:


Chatham: NUN Run

In the Chatham area, look no further than the NUN Run.  This 5K run/walk is held in October and raises money for Dream Day on Cape Cod, a family camp offered to kids with life threatening illnesses. Runners and walkers are encouraged to come in costume.

Chatham: Chatham Harbor Run

Another option for the Chatham area is the Chatham Harbor Run.  Held in June, the run is more than six miles and the walk is around three miles.  This run was…
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