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A love affair with Orleans-a Cape Cod Photo Essay

Orleans Cape Cod Photo Essay

Hungry? Orleans has many great restaurants, from Abba and The Beacon Room to Mahoney’s Atlantic Bar & Grill and Guapo’s Tortilla Shack. Want a quick bite? The Knack, a relatively new restaurant near the rotary, serves burgers, hot dogs and extra thick milkshakes.

While in town, we had the chance to try breakfast, lunch and dinner in different restaurants on Route 6A: The Hole in One Restaurant, Lobster Claw and Land-Ho! The Hole in One Restaurant offers a variety of fresh baked sweets including sour cream, honey dipped and other doughnut varieties as well as muffins, biscotti and fruit bars. They serve breakfast as well, and the place was jammed when we arrived. Lobster Claw offers diners a unique nautical ambiance—there are buoys in the windows and lanterns for lights—to go with the restaurant’s fresh fish, lobster rolls and other tasty fare. The Land-Ho! is an iconic establishment, known as much for its vast collection of signs hanging from the rafters as it is for its food. One license plate on display—N-A-W-S-E-T—is a true accent piece. Eastham resident Jesse Sullivan has been tending bar at the ‘Ho for 16 years, and it’s easy to see he enjoys the work. “I like all the locals,” says Sullivan. “You get a good feel for the local color.”

On the west side of town, we stopped at The Farm (WB Richardson Growers) on Rock Harbor Road. The business took root in the 1970s when Bill and Diane Richardson first began growing, and it’s carried on today by the couple’s children, Sassy Roche and Sean Richardson. Visitors will find a friendly staff and row after row of flowers, plants and trees. The farmers grow three main crops each year: some 25,000 perennials, 4,500 geraniums and 4,000 chrysanthemums. At the height of the season, they also sell 35 varieties of hydrangea. The Farm hosts events during the year that are open to the public including a Harvest Fall Festival every Columbus Day Weekend.

Both Sassy and her husband, Terrence Roche, commented on how grateful they are to be where they are—in Orleans, on the farm and working with family. “On our worst day,” Terrence says, “I walk to work every day. My kids ride their bikes down here. They have forts. There’s a fairy garden. We’re incredibly lucky.” Sassy adds that running a family business isn’t always peaches and cream, though. “We’re constantly together,” she says, “and some days you just have to laugh because . . . we’re constantly together.”

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