July 2018 Gunkholing: Harbor LIFE

Cape Cod Life  /  July 2018 / , ,

Writer: Brian Shortsleeve / Photographer: Brian Shortsleeve 

July 2018 Gunkholing Harbor LIFE

Red Brook Harbor, Cataumet. Photo by Brian Shortsleeve. Follow Brian on Instagram! @sunsets_with_brian

Our new series “Harbor LIFE” is intended to invite you to visit our marvelous harbors. We attempt to photographically capture the natural beauty. However, there is so much more. Whether you come by boat, bicycle, car or on foot, there are so many opportunities to enjoy life in and around our harbors.

In our May issue we started at the canal—where else? We highlight the restaurants around Sandwich Marina, as well as the paths and bicycle trails along the canal. A very short distance from the marina are all the shops and galleries in the village of Sandwich.

In our June “Best of” issue, we covered Chatham Harbor. This is a beautiful commercial fishing port. However, I bet far more people visit the fish dock only to observe rather than come and go on the commercial fishing boats. The seals follow the fishermen to the dock and beg for food behind those off-loading their catch. We describe area attractions, including some wonderful local businesses in and around the village of Chatham.

This July issue focuses on Red Brook Harbor in Cataumet. The photo on this page was taken when I walked out of the Chart Room restaurant a few weeks ago. The sunsets, restaurants, shops, galleries, marine facilities and nature trails, just to name a few, offer many reasons to treat yourself to a visit at Red Brook Harbor in the village of Cataumet.

Nobody appreciates more than I do the feeling of security and peacefulness experienced when one enters a well-protected harbor after a lively day of sailing on the bay or the sound. However, whether I wake up on the boat or in a cottage nearby, I love the harbor in the morning. Before the wind picks up, the water is often perfectly calm, with so many white boats on moorings reflecting the morning sun.

From Cuttyhunk to Chatham, from Osterville to Orleans, from sunrise to sunset, harbor life is always interesting. The parade of handsome sea craft coming and going under the direction of skillful skippers provides never a dull moment.

The final hours of daylight are my favorite. With the sun lowering in the sky, the restaurants busy with folks sitting inside and outside, the pianist playing, and the last boats enter the harbor. As the sunlight dims, lights on boats and in surrounding houses begin to define the harbor.

Please be sure to treat yourself to “Harbor LIFE.”

My Best,

Brian Shortsleeve,

Brian Shortsleeve

Brian Shortsleeve is the owner, publisher, and founder of Cape Cod Life Publications. His personal column, “Gunkholing,” has appeared in all issues of Cape Cod LIFE since the very first issue in 1979.