May 2015

There are 13 blog entries for May 2015.


coast guard beach named top beach in country for 2015

If you’ve ever stepped foot on Coast Guard Beach you know what a magical place it is.  Well now, the rest of the world does too!  Each year, as he’s done for more than 25 years, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach”, ranks some of the best beaches and coastal areas in the world.  For 2015, Coast Guard Beach makes the list of one of America’s best.

In fact, “Dr. Beach” lists Coast Guard Beach as number seven on the list of the top ten beaches.  It is the only New England beach to make the list.  Points go for sand and water quality, as well as environmental management and beach safety.  In fact, there are 50 categories under consideration for beaches to make the list.

Coast Guard Beach is a fantastic location for swimming during the summer

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Dennis Port beach

From community parks to upscale dining, the incredible community of Dennis Port comes alive with a variety of options to entertain residents and guests of all ages.  That’s why we set out to explore three of the most unique locations.

Sea View Park

Our first stop is Sea View Park, complete with walking paths, a playground, community gardens and more.  This fantastic location also offers benches and picnic tables, providing the ideal location to relax and enjoy magical views of Nantucket Sound.

The peaceful, natural surroundings are complete with mature trees and markers highlighting the rich history of the region.  The park also provides a great location to park and enjoy a short stroll over to nearby Sea View Beach.

The Oyster Company

Our next stop in

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Cape Cod Rail Trail

If you really want to get a taste of what the Cape has to offer, there’s probably no better way to experience it than by taking a ride along the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  Running an impressive 22 miles, the trail winds through the communities of Dennis, Brewster, Harwich, Wellfleet, Orleans and Eastham.  

Once a railroad right-of-way, the former rail line connected Cape Cod with Boston, helping to bring summer visitors to the area.  When vehicle bridges were built in the 1930s, though, passenger service to the region ended.  Still to this day, however, the trail passes by several notable areas of interest, including swimming lakes, picnic spots and famed Nickerson State Park.

Nowadays the rail trail is well paved and perfect for cyclists.  It also doesn’t

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Abba Restaurant in Orleans MA

Whether you have a taste for fine dining or a burger fits the bill, some of our favorite Orleans restaurants are sure to come out on top.

Abba Restaurant

For a unique dining location, head over to Abba.  This Mediterranean-style restaurant also includes a Thai influence, fusing the cultures to develop an extraordinary menu for guests.  Expect to find such selections as fresh Wellfleet oysters, mixed with baby back ribs, duck, lobster and tuna.  Top off your meal with a fantastic selection of delectable desserts as well as an extensive wine and drink menu.

Abba is located along Old Colony Way.  Reservations are accepted, so be sure and call ahead for hours.  This extraordinary location is definitely worth a try.

Mahoney’s Atlantic

Our next dining stop in

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brooks park in harwich on cape cod

There is perhaps no better way to explore all the Harwich Center has to offer than following the lead of locals and long-time visitors.  From unique breakfast spots to famed wineries, you’ll find a little of everything in this fantastic community.

Ruggie’s Breakfast & Lunch

We start at Ruggie’s, famous for serving both breakfast and lunch.  This family-owned destination is open all year long, giving both locals and seasonal visitors the opportunity to experience the food and atmosphere.

You’ll find Ruggie’s right on Main Street, with a menu sure to please even your pickiest eater.  Ruggie’s serves up traditional breakfast foods like waffles, pancakes and French toast, and mixes in build-your-own sandwiches, burgers and salads.  There’s a separate kids menu

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If you’re looking for a great night out in Chatham, head to the historic Chatham Orpheum Theater.  At nearly 100 years old, the theater serves an important role in not only the history of the region, but also in the future.  Currently plans are well underway to keep the famous site in operation for generations to come.

The story of this majestic theater dates back almost a century.  Originally constructed in 1916, in 1987 the theater closed its doors to the public.  It stayed closed until volunteers raised enough money to reopen the location and revitalize it just a couple of years ago.  In all, volunteers raised more than three-and-a-half million dollars in grants and donations to get the doors to the two-screen theater back open again in 2013, and the

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If you’re looking for some fun in West Chatham, there’s plenty to be found.  We found just a few places sure to tempt your taste buds, and your sense of adventure.

Chatham Kayak Company

We begin at Chatham Kayak Company, the place to go if you want to rent a kayak, take some lessons, or take a tour.  In addition, the company also rents paddleboats and small motorboats.  If you want to take a guided tour of the Oyster River, you’ll find that, too.

Chatham Kayak Company is conveniently found right on Barn Hill Road, just off Route 28.  The site offers salt-water access, as well as a private, riverside beach.  Rentals are available for just a few hours, or for an entire week.  Although same day reservations are available, for the best selection you may want

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wicked oyster wellfleet

If you truly want to get a taste of the Cape, make plans to head to the region soon!  Wellfleet Restaurant Week runs from May 27-June 2 this year, and the selections are sure to tempt your taste buds, and guarantee you’ll be returning for more.

The great part about restaurant week is that it typically falls at an ideal time for visiting the Cape.  Often times, the large crowds haven’t gathered yet because the summer season hasn’t officially started.  This gives visitors, as well as locals, a chance to sample all of the diverse restaurants, as well as explore fantastic local shops, art galleries, area beaches and live entertainment options.

In all, there are more than 20 local restaurants that participate in restaurant week.  These include everything from

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While the Cape is home to a diverse selection of wildlife and marine life, one particular resident making its home along the Cape is fueling an onslaught of certain types of visitors to the region.  While the gray seal may amuse people hoping to catch a glimpse or a photograph, its emergence has also drawn in great white sharks to the shores of Cape Cod.

Great white sharks love to feast on gray seals, especially when they mature to around nine to ten feet.  By this time, they’ve given up on simply supplementing their diet with fish and need something larger and more filling to sustain them.  Great whites need to feast on the seals’ blubber to get the fat they need to survive.

As for the seals, they can be quite massive, weighing up to an impressive 680

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Cape Cod National Seashore Sign Eastham MA

It is the destination of nearly four and a half million people every year, but there are countless reasons behind why these visitors are attracted to the Cape Cod National Seashore.  From young students to adults, there is plenty to do and see visiting this magical location.

Stretching across the towns of Truro, Provincetown, Eastham, Chatham, Orleans and Wellfleet, the area includes 40-miles of beach, plus ponds, marshes and uplands.  Altogether, the combination provides a home for a diverse selection of wildlife and plant life.  It’s no secret that the seashore contains a wealth of natural beauty.  

A majority of people visit the seashore to walk along the region’s numerous trails, take a swim, go for a bike ride or simply reflect while taking in the

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