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Steeped in Sweetness

Savor tea—and tasty fare—at Cape shops, restaurants, & inns.

Traditionally, we have thought of the tearoom as a gathering spot for the female gender—a quaint and quiet place where women can socialize and enjoy a cup of tea, perhaps with light fare such as sandwiches, soups, salads, and pastries. Read more…

Up and Away

A Cape Codder climbs into a biplane's cockpit and rediscovers her home from a fresh vantage point.

I climb cautiously onto the vintage fabric wing, having been warned by my tan, weathered pilot Chris “Sid” Siderwicz, to step lightly. Futilely trying to appear calm, cool, and collected as Sid gives me a hand, I straddle the cockpit door and slide awkwardly into the deep front seats of the biplane before Sid hands me a set of Amelia-Earhart-looking head gear. From the seat behind me, Sid says that since it will be too difficult to hear each other in flight, simple “thumbs up” communication will do. Read more…

3 Treasured Months

There's a reason why we on the Cape and Islands welcome summertime...

There’s a reason why we on the Cape and Islands welcome summertime…  Read more…

Nantucket for the Holidays

From the first of November until New Year's Day, Nantucket lights up with fun, revelry, and good cheer.

As temperatures plummet and the countdown until the holiday season begins, Nantucket prepares for a festive season. Islanders blend the old with the new this year, mixing tradition with creativity. In addition to the eagerly anticipated Christmas Stroll and the Nantucket Historical Association’s Festivals of Wreaths and Trees, the island has a special surprise in store this year: the first community-wide Nantucket New Year’s celebration. Islanders invite you to be a part of their holiday season, from the first of November, until the last horn blows on New Year’s Day. Read more…

Open Hearts and Open Homes

When local animal shelters fill up, foster families welcome abandoned pets—and often enjoy life-changing experiences.

What most people don’t realize,” Cassie Marischen says, “is how many animals we actually take in.” Marischen is the manager of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Cape Cod Adoption Center, a Centerville shelter that cares for all kinds of animals that have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners, including cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, rabbits, and even chinchillas. When other shelters turn animals away because of old age, aggressive behavior, or because they’re full, animals need to go somewhere else. “We are the somewhere else,” says Marischen.’ Read more…

Heirloom Farmhouse

Hutker Architects designs a modern island farmhouse in Edgartown for a family of five which incorporates rustic touches.

Just a short drive down a winding lane outside of the bustle of Edgartown, and you feel as if you’ve arrived in a magical spot. Set at the edge of a billowing meadow and birch tree woodland, a charming new farmhouse complex designed by Hutker Architects is the perfect getaway place for a couple and their three grown daughters. Read more…

Fall into Place

Fall is the Perfect Season for exploring Cape Cod...

Fall into Place

With warm weather and a fraction of the crowds, fall is the perfect season to explore  Cape Cod. In this edition of our annual autumn activities round-up, we’ve compiled weekend itineraries outlining some of the best celebrations from the Upper Cape out to the Islands as well as must-do diversions to enjoy during your trip. We’ve also gathered insights from experts to make your experiences as rich as possible, like the physical characteristics of bird species making a southerly migration through the region to the flavors that distinguish one variety of oysters from the next.After another bustling summer, the off-season is here. Savor it! Read more…

Birds of a Feather

In the autumn, Cape Cod is a birdwatcher's paradise.

Last September, Mike O’Connor’s endless curiosity about the bird world and hunger for surprise sent him to Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable, a birding locale that rarely disappoints. What winged creatures on this fall day would be making their way along the long stretch of sand as they eventually head further south, like so many (human) snowbirds? Read more…

Cape Cod Dining Guide

Cape  Cod Dining Guide
A Guide to Summer Dining with reviews of favorite restaurant spots from Sandwich to Provincetown – including a guide to 96 waterview restaurants on the Cape & Islands…
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Paddle Up!

Riding The Cape's Paddleboard Wave

Paddle Up

Bob Babock stood up on a stand-up paddleboard because sometimes it was tough to stand up anywhere else.

In late 2003, Babcock was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. The subsequent treatment literally left him out of balance. “I was having a hard time even walking sometimes, or driving a car,” says the Carver resident, now 54. “Normal things became very difficult for a while.” Years of doctor-prescribed exercises produced little improvement. Then one autumn day in 2007, Babcock’s older brother, a former windsurfer, arrived with a gift: a stand-up paddleboard. Babcock was a “typical suburban dad,” he says. He had never surfed, but he had a lifelong love of the ocean. And the ocean seemed a better place for rehabilitation than a doctor’s office. Read more…

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