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Sweet Harvests

In the warmer months on Cape Cod, when I am not at work writing for you, I am in my garden.

In the warmer months on Cape Cod, when I am not at work writing for you, I am in my garden. Read more…

Lyrical Island Treasures

A Nantucket scrimshaw artist hand-crafts collectible Christmas ornaments.

For those unfamiliar with the craft, the art of etching or carving designs into whale’s teeth (ivory) or bone is known as scrimshaw, and those who practice this art are called scrimshaw artists or scrimshanders. Read more…

Nature Bright

Gracefully Arching Pine and Evergreen Boughs...

Gracefully arching pine and evergreen boughs. The sharp scent of sky blue Juniper berries and the glimmer of red holly. Sweetly scented lavender woven into last summer’s hydrangeas bringing back memories of summer days. For holidays with a Cape Cod sparkle, head out to your backyard and snip an aromatic armful of nature’s winter wonders. Our editor, Susan Dewey, provides step-by-step instructions on how to make all of these decorations; Happy Holidays from all of us at Cape Cod LIFE!

The coastal hues of dried hydrangea, fastened to a straw wreath and festooned with Juniper berries and foliage, sprigs of dried Cape lavender, and starfish accents will stay vibrant on your door long after the holidays are over.

Nature Bright

For a glimmering tablescape during the holidays or a winter party, combine the shine of silver or pewter with some unique natural textures. These include dried Allium heads, sprigs of Hinoki cypress (native Cape Cod cedar is also a good choice!), and pine cones of all sizes brightened with two starfish above a vintage lace tablecloth.

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Small whimsical touches can bring the spirit of the holidays to every corner of your house. An antique brass teapot full of American Arborvitae sprigs (add some Cape Cod holly or Juniper berries for more color) comes alive with a tiny feathered bird; old-fashioned blue glass cups add a scented touch to kitchenwindowsills, and bookends can become decorative elements with the simple addition of a few evergreen textures and a bright red bow.

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For a true touch of Cape Cod, decorate a lobster buoy with a fish net, a bright glass netted ball, scallop shells, sprigs of evergreens, and bright holly from Cape Cod bushes. The Cape bursts with holly during the holidays; it is one of many natural gifts we all can treasure during the holiday season.

Nature Bright

Ripe with Activity: A Preview of Autumn Fairs and Harvests

Cape Cod Autumn Fairs, Festivals and Events...

Though famous worldwide as a haven for beachgoers and summer getaways, the attractions of the Cape do not wither after Labor Day. In fact, you could say many are just coming to life. In September and October, numerous events are scheduled across the peninsula where you can revel in the Cape’s bountiful local harvest. From pumpkins to scallops, cranberries to oysters, there’s something here for every discerning palate. Read more…

Falling for Foliage: Plants that keep autumn gardens alive with color

Long after summer’s flowers have faded away, foliage plants keep fall gardens alive with color and texture.

September and October are glorious months on Cape Cod and the Islands, when the air temperatures cool down, but ocean and bay waters remain warm. Read more…

Cape Cod Brew Fest

As Autumn sets in, the nights get longer, the air gets colder, and the beer gets better...

AS AUTUMN SETS IN, the nights get longer, the air gets colder, and the beer gets better. Read more…

A Time for Farewell

The end of summer on Cape Cod is always tinged with regret.

The end of summer on Cape Cod is always tinged with regret. Read more…

Slice of Heaven

Five local bakeries share recipes for delicious fruit pies - the perfect ending to a wonderful meal, all summer long

Almond Raspberry Lemon Verbena Pie Read more…

A Timeless Retreat

Architect Bruce Miller restores an authentic Cape cabin in the woods of Wellfleet.

It’s not every day you come across a property that evokes a sense of charm and nostalgia for old Cape Cod. Read more…

Hydrangea Days

Pink, green, purple, white, red. Dwarf, tree, shrub, and climbing. Besides the classic blue beauties, there’s a hydrangea out there for every landscape.

Hydrangeas have long been loved as Cape Cod’s quintessential flower, ever since Martha Stewart shared her affection for the flowering shrub with the world in the 1980s. Read more…

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