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…

Provincetown Population Swells

Provincetown Population Swells

On any given summer day, Provincetown’s year-round population of 3,000 swells to more than 10 times the size. During the Carnival Parade on the third Thursday in August, it’s as much as 30 times that number, according to Char Priolo, concierge at the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce—and Commercial Street is undoubtedly where you’ll find the center of the crowd. Formerly known as Front Street because the rowboats in the harbor faced residents’ front doors, this three-mile stretch is home to some of the most eclectic mom-and-pop shops, restaurants, and galleries found anywhere.

And while the rest of Cape Cod tends to go to bed early, Commercial Street remains ripe past midnight, with a thriving LGBT community and host of sun-soaked tourists keeping things moving until the wee hours. It is the perfect place to meander amongst the foot traffic when the sun goes down.

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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Summer Splendor

Flowering containers abound in the summer on Nantucket. Whether on the island’s famous Main Street or tucked away in winding alleyways, color and texture jump out from the deep shaded lawns of captain’s mansions or accent the plain faces of historic yet modest shingled homes.

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Coastal Al Fresco

Make your Cape Cod summer dining experience special by creating vivid tablescapes.

Summer, the season we wait for all year, is finally here, and the temperature is perfect for dining outside. So why not make your dinners special?  Whether you live here or you’re staying at your second home, a beautiful tablescape will help make your dining experience magical. We visited three shops—Design Works of Yarmouthport, Picnic Fashions of Chatham, and Shor Home Furnishings in Provincetown—to help make our settings complete. No matter if it’s a brunch, a dinner for four, or intimate cocktails for two, create an environment that will keep your guests coming back for more!

Red, White, Blue

Coastal Al Fresco

Inspired by patriotic hues, this color combination for an al fresco brunch is stylish and elegant. A navy blue tablecloth with a nautical rope design by Le Jacquard Francais offers the backdrop to ceramic stoneware and serving pieces from Juliska. Colors are mixed at each place setting, creating that all-American theme. Each setting is topped with a napkin tied with nautical rope for a touch of whimsy and flair. The delicate water glasses and pitcher are also by Juliska. These exquisite pieces are mouth-blown by artisans in the hills outside Prague, Czech Republic. Queen Anne’s lace, blackberry blossoms, and red roses set in a pedestal dish by Juliska complete the ensemble, making everything look almost too pretty to eat! “Whether it be morning, noon, or night, an outdoor setting can create a unique social gathering that family and friends will cherish,” says Margaret Hill, owner of Design Works in Yarmouthport. All settings and accessories are from Design Works in Yarmouthport. / Read more…

Summer Calls for Sangria

pitcher of sangria contains a fusion of flavors and ingredients—and makes for an ideal warm-weather sipper. The punch-like drink combines red or white wine, juices, spirits, a splash of soda, and chopped fruits. And this thirst-quencher has a lot going for it: the sweetness is a delicious counterpoint to spicy foods, it’s an easy-to-make party drink, and come summertime, the beverage tastes so right alongside seafood and salad. Read more…

A Perfect Day That's Worth the Cost

Where can we find the Cape and Islands at their essence? Step outside, inhale deeply, and look around. It’s right in front of us.

A Perfect Day That's Worth the Cost

Getting outdoors in the summer is what we wait all year for. In the spring, we fork over paychecks for a Thule rack and fix the dings on the gear in our basement. We cut back on carbs and hit the gym to get the looks and the stamina to enjoy the warmest months. We book the cottage and give thanks for so few snow days piled on to our kids’ school calendar. We count ourselves among the lucky because we found a mooring. Read more…

The Wonderful Windowbox

Colorful windowboxes provide touches of beauty to homes and businesses all season long.

One of the joys of summer on Nantucket is the beautiful windowboxes decorating homes on nearly every street. Displays of gorgeous color come alive as soon as the daffodils come into bloom during the island’s annual April Daffodil Festival, when more than 50,000 bulbs burst forth all over this island, attracting visitors from near and far for a popular seaside festival.

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A Very Good Reason, to Stay Here All Season A Very Good Reason, to Stay Here All Season

Shorts and flips flops aren’t the usual attire of the president of a company, but that’s what Justin Labdon, president of Cape Cod Beach Chair Company, has chosen over the suit and tie wardrobe of the workaday world. Labdon left the high-tech world over a decade ago to return to the Cape and establish himself as a businessman that you could only find in a coastal community. Now, when he isn’t building beach chairs, he’s kicking back, fully reclined, on any of the Cape’s beaches in the comfortable, low-slung models reflective of his professionally casual lifestyle. Read more…

A Fine Wine & Dine on Nantucket

World class wines from France. Fresh oysters from Duxbury. Black bass caught off the coast of Nantucket. Superb salmon flown straight from Scotland. Fine cuts of lamb from Colorado. Black truffles ordered from Paris. All prepared and served by highly regarded chefs and sommeliers in an elegant Nantucket home on a lovely summer evening.

Terry Pommett

These were just some of the attractions for a “Great Wines in A Grand House” dinner held last summer as a premiere 2011 Nantucket Wine Festival event. The evening was a star-studded extravaganza created by well-known chef, Robert Sisca of Boston’s award-winning Bistro du Midi, several French winemakers, and a Nantucket couple who shared their historic home with 18 lucky guests. Read more…

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