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Yoga for You

From loose limbs and solid abs, to mental clarity and emotional contentment, the perks of yoga have been extolled from the discipline’s ancient beginnings. but even with its rainbow of benefits, yoga practitioners sometimes reach an impasse. positive results stall. the original electric effect sputters. yoga slides from a healthy habit to a run-of-the-mill routine.

Many yoga aficionados say that the best cure for spells like this is to dip your yoga toes into something new: a challenging pose, an exotic environment, a fresh attitude. cape cod has a plethora of local instructors who love sharing their expertise in how to get “unstuck” in your yoga routine—offering a new twist, you might say, on a very old practice. Read more…

Natural Beauty

Get a healthy springtime glow with cape and islands skincare products.

You’ve seen the names: Sea buckthorn, rosehips, olive oil, quince. Botanical ingredients—flowers, herbs, oils, and other plant-derived essences—are captivating skincare clients with their natural properties, uncomplicated scents, and bottles without long lists of unpronounceable chemicals. Read more…

Pooled Wonders

From wading pools to 65-foot water worlds, Anchor Pool does it all.

If you dream about swimming in beautiful pools, they don’t get more stunning than the one at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis. The pool is massive at 65 feet by 35 feet, with a semi-circular spa on one end and a wading pool on the other. Arches and waterfalls provide places to splash or just sit and find a bit of serenity. To keep things running smoothly, nearby is a hidden stash of “all kinds of electronics,” says Tom Kearns of Anchor Design & Pool Corporation, in Dennisport and Hyannis. Kearns and his wife, Charlotte, have owned the company for eight years. Read more…

Enduring Excellence

Triad Associates shapes homeowners’ hardscape dreams with step-by-step perfection.

With a new home, the hardscape may not be the first feature noticed. But when beautifully rendered, a hardscape—essentially, the outdoor work that is not landscaping—can take a structure to an entirely new level of looks and comfort. Read more…

Custom Crafted

Under the creamy white cabinetry and shining overhead spotlights at Main Street at Botello’s, kitchen islands take on the beautiful traits of fine craftsmanship. While there is no doubt the islands are strong enough for serious cooking, they are also very much a treat for the eyes. Read more…

Authentic Coastal

Seaport Shutter Company is tucked alongside pastoral Route 6A in Brewster, in a historic building that used to house one of the first gas stations on Cape Cod. It’s perfectly fitting that the Cape business would find a home on our most beautiful highway: the company’s shutters, doors, and other wooden home products sing of Cape Cod’s maritime spirit. Read more…

Built on Goodness

Last Thanksgiving, while many people were fretting over holiday gift lists and traffic, E.J. Jaxtimer was relishing the 15th anniversary of his family’s annual touch football game. Every year, the Jaxtimer family faces off on the rolling lawn of their Osterville home for the ballgame. It’s vitally important to Jaxtimer, the owner of E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc., that he is not just present, but sweating, running, and laughing with the rest of the family. Read more…

Splendor in the Bath

Languidly standing in sprays of hot water, listening to your favorite music while you inhale a scent of aromatherapy, awaiting the heated towels you’ll wrap yourself in. Believe it: You’re not at a spa or four-star hotel. You’re at home. Read more…

Architectural Legacy

Winning a Bulfinch Award, given annually for architecture, is a rare honor. Established by the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, the prestigious award is named for Charles Bulfinch, our country’s first native-born architect and the designer of the Massachusetts State House. In the 2012 round of honors, architect Patrick Ahearn, AIA, scooped up not one, but two of the prizes. The awards seem tailor-made for Ahearn, who lives and breathes the precept that historically inspired architecture is one of our region’s most beautiful, and critically important, features. Read more…

Chatham Treasures

Richard Kahn started collecting antiques at the age of eight. It was the mid-1950s, and Kahn scored a fabulous bit of Americana; an autographed photo of the writer Mark Twain. Even as a young boy, Kahn knew he had hit on something big. “At that age, I was being told about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and other Twain works,” Kahn says. His interior switch was flipped, and, as Kahn says, “I really got immersed in antiques and collectibles.” Read more…

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