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Posted on 4 March 2014 | 2:29 pm
Made on Cape Cod: Stuff You Can't Find Anywhere Else
Nantucket Bay Scallops - If you think you've had good scallops and you haven't had Bay Scallops, think again. Available for an extremely short window (November - March, but the season is normally over by January), and unable to be harvested if the temperature is below 28 degrees at 10 AM, bay scallops are prized for their sweet and mild taste and ability to be served raw. They're so rare and delicate that they must be hand-harvested, and are often actually shucked boat-side. Their presence alone is a reason to visit the Cape in the offseason and if they're on a menu near you, order them.
|Salt water taffy|
Crosby Boats - Yes, we're well aware that the vast majority of our readers will never be able to afford one of these beautiful boats, so Crosby Yacht Yard isn't going to become a stop on your next summer vacation. However, we're including them because their custom built boats are simply beautiful pieces of seafaring craftsmanship. Still hand-built in Osterville, Crosby boats are lusted after for their sleek classic designs, durability and stunning lines. You'll find these boats in marinas all over the United States. We can all dream, right?
Wellfleet Oysters - This just might be our personal favorite. The cool, clear waters off Wellfleet make for an ideal environment for growing unusually sweet and succulent oysters, perfect for slurping down raw at any number of raw bars up and down the East Coast. We love them so much here on Cape Cod that we gave these delicious bivalves their own festival every October. Shellfish is once again becoming popular in restaurants everywhere so you can expect to see more and more Wellfleets in your hometown. New oyster farms are starting to pop up in other areas of the Cape like Barnstable, Dennis, Mashpee and other spots.
Did we miss your favorite? Tell us down in the comments!
As usual, we'd love to have you down to visit. Located on 200 feet of private beach in Dennisport, we're convenient to everywhere on this list, and many other spots on Cape Cod. Take advantage of our great seasonal specials to create an awesome, low-stress Cape Cod vacation.
Till next time!
Posted on 20 May 2013 | 7:16 pm
Try Something New - Plan a Cape Cod Theatre Vacation!
A shared passion among Corsair and Cross Rip staff is a love of theatre. We've been pleased to see the expansion of stage shows on Cape Cod over the past 5-10 years and think it adds a great dimension to an already enticing place to vacation. Like much on Cape Cod, each theatre is unique - no cookie cutter centers for the arts here. Depending on the venue, some troupes put on adventurous and unique shows and occasionally one-of-a-kind productions. They range from the classics like Rogers and Hammerstein to the contemporary like Spam-A-Lot.
We're excited to show off some of our favorites. Perhaps you'll join us for dinner and a show? Try our special theatre packages (coming soon!) for a weekend of fun.
The Cape Rep Theatre
Perhaps the best known of the Cape Cod theaters, the Cape Cod Reparatory Theatre (Cape Rep as it's known to the locals) puts on a steady stream of productions - most run for about a month at a time. Unique to Cape Rep is its outdoor theatre open from late June-August. Nestled in the woods on the ocean in Brewster this theatre was home to the kids at Camp Monomoy. The indoor theatre was originally their dining hall! Now the six acre camp is protected by the National Seashore and entrusted to the folks at Cape Rep. Mixing home grown equity and non-equity actors to perform cutting edge contemporary and local written plays, last year's biggest hit, Spam-a-Lot, sold out for ten consecutive weeks!
You could call the Cape Playhouse our local theatre - after all, it's located right here in Dennis. Considered "Broadway on Cape Cod," the Playhouse typically runs a schedule heavy with Broadway favorites old and new. The theater itself is historic to the Cape. The first summer performances were held in 1927 in this former Unitarian church. Famous for bringing Hollywood to Dennis in the earlier years with such performers as Henry Fonda, Betty Davis, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart and, yes even the likes of William Shatner. This year's showcase brings some old favorites like Hello Dolly. Located on Route 6A, the Playhouse is convenient to most of Dennis' best finer dining establishments, and makes for a great evening out. Stop in to the nearby Scargo Cafe or the Harvest Gallery for a drink and an appetizer before the show and make a night of it!
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre - WHAT
One of the most adventurous theaters on Cape Cod, this 100% equity actor theater was the dream and realization of Julie Harris. Routinely putting on productions that push the envelope creatively, and they've carved out a niche as the theater people's theatre. In recent years, they've expanded beyond theatre to include film, music and opera. Be sure to check their website for upcoming shows and make plans to see a one-of-a-kind production.
Cotuit Center for the Arts
An up-and-coming theatre and overall arts program, the Cotuit Center for the Arts is an inexpensive and culturally rich way to enjoy a night out year round. The CCOA has an extensive theatre schedule with something on stage most nights out of the week, and a vibrant art gallery and art education program for the young and old. The viewing experience at this theatre is unique; The stage is surrounding by a Mezzanine that is used in elaborate scenery to engage the audience on two levels. For $55-$150 a season, an individual or a family can join and get preferred seating options for most shows. Don't worry about eating before hand - some smarty-pants at the Cotuit Center made an alliance with Bleu in Mashpee Commons so the drink and food options at the CCMOA are top notch...and buying a table's worth of tickets (four) includes a bottle of wine.
Monomoy Theatre - Chatham
Located near downtown Chatham, the Monomoy theatre puts on high-quality productions of many well-known theatre standards. The Monomoy has partnerships with Ohio University and the University of Hartford, meaning many upcoming young theatre students pass through the Monomoy on their way to their careers. Since it's located so close to Chatham's bustling main drag, it's super-easy to have a great meal and catch a show in the same evening.
Academy of Performing Arts - Cape Cod
The APA on Cape is a hybrid theatre school and playhouse, offering the opportunity for theatre students to put their shows up on stage in front of a packed house night in and night out. They put on an eclectic mix of shows, with some avant-garde style shows mixed in with theatre standards and old favorites. Check out the building - it's a historic converted town hall!
The story is not complete without homage paid to the many small theaters that can be found in and around Provincetown. The town's theatre scene is anchored by a new year round facility just on the outskirts called (What else!) the Provincetown Theater. You will find summer performances in the Unitarian church, The Art House (reconverted movie theater), Post Office Café, The Crown and Anchor Theater and, not to forget, the roving theaters that take place almost anywhere each week. Provincetown has more shows in one block than all of Cape Cod. There is theater for every taste from the risqué performances of the Broadway hit Naked Boys Singing to the one person shows with performers like Margaret Chow or Leslie Jordan. (Often times Provincetown is used for a test ground to hone their skills before taking the act to Broadway or HBO).
No matter which theatre you choose, you're supporting a great cause and advancing the arts here on Cape Cod. We're so much more than beaches, and we're more than happy to help show it all to you. If you're a member of a local theatre group or just someone interested in bringing a group of friends down to check out a show, give us a call. We'd be more than happy to put together a special midweek Cape Cod vacation package for you and go about securing your tickets!
'Til next time!
Posted on 15 April 2013 | 5:35 pm
Explore Cape Cod for April Vacation!
Leave Florida to the rookies - go to the Cape with those in the know!
Posted on 8 April 2013 | 3:49 pm
Our Hard-Working Staff Gets the Corsair and Cross Rip Ready For Spring
Paint, Plumbing and Problem Solving
|New tubs are going into 6 Corsair rooms. You can see the disconnected plumbing at right|
|Hot tub covered. Inside, the plumbing, machinery and chemicals are disconnected and moved for the season.|
Finally, the indoor furniture and TVs all return from winter storage and are put back in the rooms just before the resort opens. Housekeeping takes care of the linens and other goodies, and the Corsair building itself is ready to go! A couple weeks later, the process is repeated for the Cross Rip and that building is opened as well.
Recruiting Staff, Returning Guests, Reservation Rodeo
Don't Let All this Work be for Nothing!
Posted on 19 March 2013 | 7:01 pm
After more than 50 years of service, the Herring Cove Bathhouse is transformed into an art gallery before it goes.
The old bathhouse will be torn down due to beach erosion, and to make way for a new facility.Sometimes, there are things you just have to go see.
This art exhibit was one of them.
For decades, the Herring Cove Bathhouse has stood guard over the beach, a familiar landmark from the ocean and until recently, a shower and changing facility for beach-goers. When local artist Jay Critchley heard that the building was going to be demolished, he hatched the idea to transform each room of the old bath house into a separate art installation, all as part of Provincetown's "10 Days of Art" celebration.
Having many memories of the old Herring Cove Bathhouse in its prior form, I just had to swing by and see what Jay and his artists had done with the place. What I saw was beautiful, weird, whimsical, abstract, and most of all, awesome.
|Herring Cove Changing Station|
|Life Guard Stands Transformed!|
|Mural on Bath House Exterior|
|Wasn't sure what I'd find back here...|
|Kinda freaky, but wicked cool!|
|Yes they are!|
|More art in the old shower stalls|
|Why can't all showers look like this?|
|In the end, the sea takes all.|
Posted on 27 February 2013 | 2:14 pm
Great Cape Cod Art Museums in Driving Distance
The Cahoon Museum of American Art - Cotuit: Housed in the Ebenezer Crocker mansion (a building older than America!), the Cahoon Museum is home to an extensive collection of folk art painted and collected by Ralph and Martha Cahoon, and a handpicked gallery of 19th and 20th century contemporary American art. The museum also hosts art classes, an innovative art and alzheimers program and produces exhibitions in partnership with the neighboring Cotuit Center for the Arts.
Heritage Museum and Gardens - Sandwich: Perhaps Cape Cod's best known museum attraction, Heritage Museum and Gardens has been a must-stop for families for generations. Situated on acres and acres of picturesque grounds with multiple exhibit halls, Heritage has something for everyone. The American Art and Carousel Gallery is one of the museum's better-known collections, with a working carousel built in 1908. We know they're not technically art, but the classic cars in Heritage's noted Classic Car Gallery absolutely should not be missed by anybody, car nut or not!
Harvest Gallery Wine Bar - Dennis: The Harvest Gallery Wine Bar - where you can see your art and drink it too! The gallery features works from 30 artists (almost all for sale) and the menu features locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, not to mention the extensive and impressive wine list. Keep an eye on their website for events once they open in April. This museum is truly one of a kind!
Left Bank Gallery - Wellfleet/Orleans: Not your typical museum (it's more of a gallery, as in, you can buy most things you see), the Left Bank Gallery is built around Cape Cod art that tells a story. Home to everything from wall art to furniture to jewelry and clothes, the Left Bank Gallery's three locations are all worth a stroll through, and a purchase here and there.
Tree's Place - Orleans: Located at the intersection of Routes 6A and 28 in Orleans, Tree's Place hosts one of the region's best collections of contemporary art, with a focus on realism, impressionism and post-modernism. Visitors to the museum will find any number of hidden gems in their collection, whether they're from well-known artists or newcomers to the scene. Adding to the variety, submissions are taken at the end of each year, so the exhibitions are different for each visit.
Cultural Center of Cape Cod - South Yarmouth: Located in the beautifully-restored Bass River Savings Bank building (the restoration of the period bank is art in itself!), the Cultural Center of Cape Cod is home to a wide array of artistic endeavors. Not a museum in the traditional sense of the word, the Cultural Center is a great place for children and adults alike to get hands-on experience with the arts, and to get up close and personal with talented cultural figures. Keep an eye on their website, as artists frequently rent out the center's three galleries for showings (one is even in the old vault!) and these can change monthly and even weekly.
Plan Your Visit!Have we piqued your interest in Cape Cod art? Come visit us! We're conveniently located minutes from Route 28 in Dennisport, and our friendly and knowledgable staff is more than happy to point you in the right direction to see the best art Cape Cod has to offer - without driving too far. Give us a call or email us today - we'd love to have you.
Posted on 27 February 2013 | 2:08 pm
Our favorite restaurants (that are quick and easy to get to!)
Favorite Cape Cod Breakfast and Lunch Spots
Favorite Cape Cod Local Dinner Spots
|Local and fresh|
Favorite Cape Cod Dessert Spots
Our Guests Favorites
BZ's Mexican Pizzeria, Dennisport - One of the more unique restaurants on Cape Cod, BZ's menu is a blend of Italian Pizzeria and Mexican-style food. It's just west of Harwich on Route 28, and for those of you that prefer to hang around the resort (we can't blame you!) they do deliver, so order in!
Krista K's Ice Cream and Candy, West Dennis - Krista K's has an extensive menu of both traditional hard and soft serve ice cream, and features a candy shop to boot! If you're celebrating your birthday with us, consider ordering one of their ice cream cakes for your celebration. Those visiting in the shoulder seasons take note - Krista's is a summertime pleasure only!
Wee Packet, Dennisport - Located less than a five minute drive from the resort, the Wee Packet serves up some of the most authentic Irish breakfast menus on Cape Cod. Not in the mood for breakfast? Fear not! The Wee Packet has full lunch and dinner service, offering traditional fried seafood, burgers and more. A casual restaurant, the Wee Packet is a great destination for families with kids.
The Oyster Company, Dennis - One of the newest additions to the Dennis restaurant scene, The Oyster Company is known for their, well, oysters. Fresh and local, their renowned raw bar is sure to please any fan of the succulent bivalve. But don't let yourself be limited to the delectable oysters - the Oyster Company has some inspired dishes on their menu and killer martinis at the bar.
Posted on 27 February 2013 | 2:05 pm
Our Favorite Things to do in Dennis
Curious about what to do when you visit Cape Cod? Read our list!
The Oyster Company - As you can probably guess from the name, oysters are the star here, and they should be - The Oyster Company grows their own! Quivet Neck oysters are prominently featured on the menu, as are oysters from Wellfleet and all over Cape Cod. Besides their amazing raw bar, the entrees such as Sashimi-grade tuna and seared spicy little necks are also excellent.
Things To Do
|The kids will love the inflatable park!|
Swan River Kayak Rental - Rent a kayak and paddle the waters of Swan or Bass River and enjoy a great day out on the water. Guided tours are offered from several vendors.
Posted on 27 February 2013 | 2:03 pm
Photos from the Great Blizzard of 2013
|View down the beach. Cold and windy!|
|Ian braved the cold, but forgot snow pants.|
|Would not have wanted a first floor Corsair room today.|
|Commodore's House. What a view it had.|
|Our beach looked more like a bunny hill.|
|So we might be plowed out by opening day...|
|Chase Ave: Impassable|
|Beach encroaching on the dunes.|
|Nope, not getting in there.|
|Look at those snow drifts!|
|"Hey, maybe we can get the hot tub going?"|
Dennis Port on Dwellable
Posted on 11 February 2013 | 2:43 pm
Renovating our Cape Cod Resort for You!
New Bathrooms and Kitchens in the Corsair Building
|Bathrooms are mostly framed out, waiting wall board, tiling, fixtures and paint|
|Some are further along than others and have new tubs!|
New Cross Rip Pool Fence
|Don't worry, that green goop will be gone by spring!|
Resurfacing and Repainting Inside the Admiral's House, New Patio and Landscaping Mate's House
|What do you think of the new-old hardwood?|
|New patio and new basement stairs.|
|New paint and carpet in the Admiral's house|
Posted on 25 January 2013 | 7:22 pm
Avoid headaches this holiday season! Here's some travel tips from the pros.
Posted on 29 November 2012 | 2:24 am
We continue our offseason tour of Cape Cod with a visit to a Quivet Neck oyster farm!
Working in the hospitality business here on Cape Cod means that we're slammed wall-to-wall from about Memorial Day through the end of September. Your vacation season is our work time - constantly booking rooms, cleaning rooms, greeting guests, saying goodbye to guests and generally keeping the hotel running. We don't get much time to go out and see our friends that work in other industries on Cape Cod, and some of them have really interesting jobs!
Some good friends of mine, Bob and Mellissa Farrell, own an oyster farm in the tidal flats near Quivet Neck, and has for some time now. Day after day and month after month, they head out to the flats on his 4x4 to check on the beds and harvest the oysters that are ready for market. It's a profession as old as Cape Cod, and actually one that is quite helpful and environmentally friendly; oysters clean and purify the water as it passes over and through them, leading to a healthier ocean. The cages are in the water virtually year-round, as oysters can take 2-3 years to reach market size. Like most of us on Cape Cod, and in New England in general, they head into storage during the ice-cold months of January and February before going back in the water in spring.
Enjoy the photos from our most recent visit to the oyster farm!
|Cages exposed on the flats|
|Truly from farm to table!|
Posted on 5 November 2012 | 4:54 pm
Taking a Break from Closing Up to Celebrate a Great Season
|I think there were two cameras going at once!|
Posted on 1 November 2012 | 2:19 pm
We Don't Charge for What Should be Free. Period.
But my real favorite is the "facility fee." Book a resort on the beach or in ski country and watch this charge appear on your next bill. Who came up with the idea the rate does not include the use of resort features i.e. pools, towels etc. Why in the world would I book a resort with a pool knowing I don't have access to the pool! These fees can take a low-priced vacation, as this New York Times piece by Stephanie Rosenbloom states, and throw your, "carefully planned vacation budget...out the window."
Services we still provide for free:
Have any fee horror stories? Tell us in the comments!
Posted on 1 October 2012 | 3:50 pm
Now it's Our Turn for Fun!
You will notice from the pictures one person is missing…Judith. Someone had to mind the store and Judith was the trooper! Next event will have us all heading to Medieval Manor in Boston. If you haven't been there you should check out their website at www.medievalmanor.com. We'll have to wait till our last day Sunday October 14th before we can close up shop and all go on vacation for a bit. Fun pictures to come.
Dennis Port on Dwellable
Posted on 24 September 2012 | 3:16 pm
Summer Might be Over, but the Fun Rolls on here on Cape Cod!
Days are shorter too. The "golden hour" of sunsets stretches out a bit longer and there are so many truly stunning sights to be seen. Sunsets are amazing, splashing over golden sands and illuminating the warm colors of autumn. The uniquely Cape Cod shots of weathered seaside homes embraced by vibrant leafed trees are something to behold. Our restaurants also carry the color of the season with pumpkin, eggplant, oysters and cranberries finding their way from our fields to the menus local restaurants, along with harvest ales tapped in pubs and taverns all across the Cape. Festival season kicks into high gear with what seems like every town hosting a festival, each celebrating the start of fall and the bountiful harvests of land and sea.
|Sunset over Sesuit Harbor|
So give Cape Cod a shot in the fall this year! It's a lot easier to grab an ocean view room in September and October, and there are plenty of days when you can still get out there and enjoy the beach and water. (There's always our three heated pools too!) If you're thinking about joining the ranks of fall lovers here, check out these five fall things to do to make your weekend great:
3.) Attend a Festival
Festival season rolls on the next week with the Barnstable County Harvest Festival (September 29 and 30) and Cape Cod Brew Fest at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds, and the Jazzfest in Downtown Falmouth all happening at the same time! We'll be doing our best to attend all three and summarizing our experiences here on the blog. The Wellfleet Oyster Festival rolls into town for two days the following weekend. This event is fast becoming one of the most popular on the Cape, and is well worth the drive up from Dennis. You won't even find it advertised like the rest - it's that popular with the locals!
We'll go in-depth on these festivals in our next blog post.
4.) Go to the Islands
5.) Hit the BeachSeriously! Though the air might be a bit cooler than during the summer months, the water is still warm for a few weeks, and, on most sound-side beaches, matches or sometimes exceeds the air temperature, making for an exceptionally refreshing dip. The more popular beaches like Mayflower in Dennis and Craigville in Centerville fill up early in the morning during the summer months, but not so now! You can take your time getting over to the beach, stopping for breakfast or lunch along while getting away with sleeping in. Occasionally, a distant weather formation will kick the surf up at the beach, making late summer and early fall a great time to surf/bodysurf or just take the boogie board out for a day. Plus, there's just something about wearing a sweatshirt on the beach that makes it that much more fun. Most, if not all, are free to visit now!
Have we convinced you to come visit Cape Cod in the fall yet? If you still need more convincing, check out our fall specials. We get a little lonely at the resort this time of year, so we make it super-affordable for you to come visit. Our Columbus Day special is always one of our most popular packages, with movie tickets and pizza at Ardeo's included. The famed Corsair and Cross Rip cold breakfast buffet returns for the fall season, and we keep that coffee running all day!
'Til next time!
Posted on 17 September 2012 | 5:17 pm
There's no better place than Cape Cod for Father's Day
Dads, Cars and Cape Cod. They Just Go Together.
|A shot from last year's car show. Via the Barnstable-Hyannis Patch.|
|Aerial shot from last year's car show. Via American Torque.|
Other Great Cape Cod June Weekend Getaways
This year's event honors Roger Corman, Parker Posey and Kirby Dick, among others. Individual tickets are on sale now, and there are some festival passes still remaining.
Posted on 5 September 2012 | 7:49 pm
Take a day trip to two of the Upper Cape's Best Towns!
Enjoy Sandwich and Mashpee!
|Sandy Neck Beach. Source: http://blog.vtravelled.com/five-great-american-road-trips/|
4.) Return to Route 6A and continue heading west towards the Canal. In about two miles, turn left onto Main Street and head into Sandwich's historic downtown. Many of the old homes and churches along this road look much the same as they did during the 1600s and 1700s when Sandwich was founded.
5.) After passing Jarves Street, you're in the heart of downtown. Park the car and explore! Stores like A Village Gift Shop, The Spotted Cod and The Weather Store are truly one of a kind. If you're hungry, stop in either the Belfry Inn and Bistro or the Dan'l Webster Inn for a dining experience inside stunning colonial era dining rooms. The Belfry Inn is noted for its soaring ceilings (it's in an old monastery!) and slightly adventurous menu, while the Dan'l Webster is a standout purveyor of continental cuisine.
6.) Head on over to the Sandwich Glass Museum, on the corner of Main Street and Tupper Road. For a nominal fee, you can see some of the best glassworks in the world from the 1800s through the present, watch live demonstrations, and learn the history of the glass industry on Cape Cod, once one of the largest employers here. The museum closes at 5, so be sure to get here in the afternoon.
7.) Alternatively, another option is to visit Heritage Museum and Gardens, one of the Cape's most celebrated cultural institutions. Sitting on acres of manicured botanical gardens, Heritage boasts superb collections of art and artifacts from American history, and one of the most extensive classic car collections on the Cape in their roundhouse. Through September 3, the museum is playing host to an exhibit of the works of Norman Rockwell. This museum also closes at 5:00 PM, except on Wednesdays when its open until 8:00 PM. The museum is located about a mile down Grove Street, which is the funky left hand turn out of Sandwich Center. If you're traveling with children, be sure to check out their "Hidden Hollow" area, where kids can explore the wonder of nature at one of Cape Cod's most well-maintained garden.
8.) Return to downtown and turn right onto Main Street, then right again onto Water Street (Route 130). Continue on Route 130 for 8.5 miles until you come to a traffic light, and turn right onto Great Neck Road North. At the Mashpee rotary, exit onto Route 28 North and then turn into Mashpee Commons for some shopping the whole family will enjoy. You can't miss it!
|Mashpee Commons is very walkable! Source|
9.) At the Commons there is a nice mix of unique local and national shops. Be sure to stop in the Cape Kaleidoscopes store and take a look at their beautiful handmade kaleidoscopes. Families with dogs will delight in the array of unique dog treats and items at Hot Diggity, and foodies will love the unusual gourmet flavors at Gustare Olive Oils.
10.) No trip to Mashpee Commons is complete without a stop at Cupcake Charlie's! Grab a couple cupcakes and sit and eat, or take a bunch for eating back at the hotel (make sure to save some for the Corsair staff!). The peanut butter pleasure and Oreo delight flavors are to die for!
11.) After you've filled up on cupcakes, it's time for dinner in Hyannis! Saddle up and take 28 south from the rotary all the way to West Main Street in Hyannis. Follow this road to the rotary, turn onto North Street and park in the giant lot behind Alberto's. We suggest calling ahead for reservations. Alberto's is one of our favorites, with a menu chock-full of old world Italian dishes. If there is time Ben & Jerry's ice cream is right next door, or, just down the street is Colombo's Café with dessert window that includes home made baked goods (try the lobster cream pugg) and gelato!
12.) If you've followed our itinerary, you should be exhausted by this point! Main Street in Hyannis is a great place to people watch, shop, or just sit on the town green and relax. From here, it's about a 20 minute ride on Route 28 back to the resort if you feel like calling it a night.
That's a Wrap!
That's a wrap for our Sandwich/Mashpee day trip! What did you think? Please leave us a comment - if we left off your favorite attraction we'll do our best to work it into a future blog post.
As you can probably tell from the blog, we love Cape Cod! If you're planning on taking a vacation down here, please consider staying with us. We're a family owned and family-oriented resort, and we'd love to host yours! Take a look at our room options (we have a lot) and our specials (even more), and if you like what you see, give us a call.
Till next time!
Posted on 5 September 2012 | 7:47 pm
Visiting Cape Cod with the Family? We have some ideas for you!
This is the first in a new series of day trip themed blog posts
|Marconi Beach - Source: www.capecodbeachchair.com|
Posted on 5 September 2012 | 7:41 pm
Wondering Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks on Cape Cod?
We went and found out where each town is having fireworks!
OK, Time for Some Shameless Self Promotion
Posted on 5 September 2012 | 7:37 pm
Our Guide to the Best Fishing Spots In Dennis!
It's time to take a trip down to the waterfront and spend some quality time with a fishing pole.
Dennis and Dennisport are great spots for shore casting, probably the easiest and most convenient method if you're staying with us or at one of the other hotels in town. While we're more than happy to help you set up a charter or party boat, this blog is more focused on spots you can access by car, foot, or a quick paddle.
Herring River Jetty -
Herring River is just a bit up Chase Ave from the Corsair and Cross Rip, and is well worth the brief walk (5 minutes) or even briefer car ride from the resort. Parking can be tight, so we'd suggest walking or taking bikes if you're not carrying too much gear. The jetty on the West Side (closer to Dennisport) extends a bit further out, and is the side we prefer. Try your luck with some sand eels.
Corporation Beach / Sesuit Harbor area -
If you want to venture over to the bay side of Dennis, the area from Corporation Beach to Sesuit Harbor is a good area to spend a day with rod and reel. The extreme tides on this side of the Cape make for some great fishing - occasionally the stripers will hide in the funky and unpredictable formations the sandbars leave when the tide runs out. Sand eels work well here too. Sesuit Harbor has a sizable charter fleet, worth a hire if you're looking to spend a half or full day on the water with friends. You'll find the fish closer to shore in the spring when the waters are cool and further out in the fall when the shore area is warmer.
Bass River -
Ok, so this spot is not 100% Dennis as the river separates Yarmouth and Dennis, but it is one of the better known spots on Cape Cod. If you're bringing a boat, definitely put in anywhere along the river and enjoy a great day of fishing. The Bass River Bridge is a great spot, with stripers, fluke, and bluefish frequenting the area. The Yarmouth side has a fishing pier just off Route 28 to your left (if coming from Dennis). Drive by late at night and you'll find the true fisherman with their lines in the water and cars on the bridge.
Scargo Lake -
Scargo Lake is quietly one of the best places for freshwater fishing on Cape Cod, and probably the best pond fishing available. A natural kettle hole pond, it's deeper than you'd expect (up to 48 feet), extremely clear and stocked with trout every spring. You can bring canoes, rowboats and small craft on the lake (7.5 horsepower limit) to get at the deeper water. Scargo normally yields rainbow, brook and brown trout and smallmouth bass. If you're staying with us, take advantage of one of our packages offering a meal at the nearby Scargo Cafe to make a day out of it. Next to you catching it Scargo is as fresh as you can get!
We're probably forgetting some, so feel free to add them in the comments! As always, if you're a guest of ours, the front desk staff is happy to help point you where you want to go or make a recommendation on a charter/party boat.
Be sure to check out our fall specials - who knows, one may lead you right to that last weekend of fishing on Cape Cod!
Posted on 4 September 2012 | 6:30 pm
Make your Cape Cod Vacation Delicious: Pizza on the Grill in 25 minutes
- Garnish (cilantro)
Equipment (we have all of these items)
|We also added some cilantro for garnish.|
|It doesn't have to be perfect, just close!|
Step 2:Grill your proteins and vegetables that take a long time to cook properly. Pre-cooking these items to about 85% completion will greatly cut down on the chance the dough ends up burned. We wanted our steak tips done medium, so we cooked them until medium rare, removed them from the heat and let them rest. Keep the grill on and the cover closed while you go on to Step 3. We used medium-high heat on our gas grills.
|Yes, we had a lot of fun writing this post!|
Step 3:Apply sauce and toppings to your pizza dough. Here's where you can get creative with your pizza! Have fun with this, but remember thin-crust works the best on the grill, as it cooks the quickest.
|Since out steak was already marinated, we spread a thin layer of BBQ sauce on our pizza dough to prevent barbecue overload.|
Posted on 15 August 2012 | 8:06 pm
A Cape Cod Wedding in Pictures
|Reception area all set up and ready for guests. It's quiet now!|
|Overhead shot of the tables. We loved the nautical colors!|
|Nice whimsical accent.|
|The lovely bride looking out over the water. Living area of the Commodore House.|
|Yes...they really are that close to the water!|
Posted on 22 June 2012 | 3:46 pm
A Cape Cod Wedding - Is There Anything Better?
1.) Location, Location, Location
|We can accommodate parties of 80-200 people on our lawn and private beach.|
|Our location on Nantucket Sound means calmer water and calmer winds...great for weddings, bad for surfing!|
2.) Unique Accommodations
What does this mean for your wedding? It means that it will be in a one-of-a-kind location that everyone is sure to remember, especially if you go with us. Countless wedding guests become loyal customers year after year because our spot is unique, and it creates memories and traditions that can't be replicated anywhere else. Usually, we only do one tented wedding a weekend because we believe this encourages our wedding customers to take their time, and stay all weekend with their friends and family. This also allows you to have an early morning ceremony and a late afternoon or evening reception, and you won't be hustled off the property!
Speaking of homes, we have four of those too! The resort has four beach houses available for rent: The Captain's House, the Mate's House, the Commodore House, and the Admiral House. For parties of 60 guests or less, we do a deck wedding on the front deck of the Commodore House overlooking the beach. We may be biased, but we think that this creates a truly stunning and intimate setting for a wedding.
3.) That Great Cape Cod FoodIt is our humble opinion that Cape Cod has the best seafood, and best food in general, around. If you wake up early enough in the morning, you can see the fishing boats out on the water bringing in the day's catch. This means that the seafood is as fresh as it gets - literally right off the boat. Our meat and poultry dishes are just as fresh - our recommended caterers will cook the entire meal on-site!
Great food is an essential part of a wedding, and the Cape has that covered.
We have a unique take on wedding meals - we don't cook them. Instead, we work with several of the best caterers on Cape Cod to feed your guests. The meals are cooked on-premises and there's no mark up on the catering fee, meaning you save money and get great food at an unbelievable value. Our Monomoy Shores Buffet is our most popular option, but you really can't go wrong with any of our sample menus. (If you prefer to work with your own caterer, that's ok too!)
|Plus, lobster traps make great accents!|
4.) Cape Cod Is Easily Accessible
We're about an hour and a half from boston, about five hours form New York straight up I-95, and convenient to Logan, T.F. Green in Providence, and Hyannis airports. This means that you can have a destination wedding without the logistical headaches that typically come with one. No matter where you stay, you're never far from the beach, a clam shack or a boutique.
5.) Awesome Local Vendors
Posted on 12 June 2012 | 6:03 pm
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