Ahh, the beauty of a long weekend!
On Friday evening Teddy and I took the Cape Flyer, an Amtrack train that runs on the weekends from South Station in Boston down to Cape Cod. Though the trip was a bit long, my parents met us at the station and brought us right away to an ice cream shop, Krista K’s! Nothing like starting a Cape Cod weekend with a big bowl of ice cream!
Later in the evening my sister and her boyfriend, Colin, arrived. Our weekend of fun had begun!
On Saturday we had a relaxed morning before loading up our day packs and heading to Orleans, a town near where we were staying. Teddy and I rented bikes, and all 6 of us headed out for a 20 mile bike ride. The day was perfect – there was a light breeze, the temperatures were in the 70s and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It doesn’t get more perfect than that for summer time biking! We headed towards the National Seashore, where we stopped for a while. The beach was busy, but the views were beautiful – we even saw quite a few seals! We enjoyed some snacks in the sand before jumping back on our bikes. We passed our starting point, stopped at Arnolds for ice cream cones, and eventually made our way back to Orleans. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and we were all pleasantly tired after our ride.
In the evening we made an incredible meal – a meal that felt like it never ended! Teddy and I brought appetizers and beer to share, so we started with that. We brought two of our favorite brews from Night Shift, along with a few types of cheese. After enjoying those treats, we started working on the next course – steamers! We made fresh clams on the stove and enjoyed them with melted butter sauce on the deck at twilight. Doesn’t get more summery that that! To take a break from eating, we headed over to Scargo Tower, a quick walk from where we were staying. There we watched a beautiful sun set. It was a beautiful cape evening! Eating our way through the evening continued, though – next up were lobster rolls! They were fresh and delicious, and by the time the fresh raspberry pie with ice cream rolled our way we were all incredibly full. But it was an evening that tasted like summer on the cape!
We wrapped up the evening with a rowdy game of “We Didn’t Play-test This Game” and all had a blast! Needless to say, we all headed to bed with full stomachs and tired legs. It was a good day!
Our Sunday morning started out quietly with another wonderful breakfast. After that the competition heated up and we headed to mini-golf! We enjoy a classic place without some of the modern bells and whistles, but this place is a classic and you get two rounds for the price of one! Naturally we played all 18 holes twice, and loved the game. Things got pretty serious – the last time we played here my dad got six holes-in-one. Yes, six! Crazy! Needless to say we didn’t do as well this time around, but the story will live forever.
We had packed a picknick earlier in the day, and headed to a secluded Audubon Society beach to enjoy it. The sky was overcast but the quiet beach was beautiful, and we relaxed on the sand for quite some time. Finally it was time to head home, and we made another feast – steak tips (and crab cakes for me). The meal was amazing, and we even had chocolate zucchini cake for dessert!
After dinner I spent some time showing Anne and Collin pictures from our Europe Trip earlier this summer, and we all headed to bed early.
On Monday we made reservations to visit a nearby cranberry bog for a tour. Though I’ve grown up visiting Cape Cod, we’ve never actually visited a bog! I’m so glad that we finally had the opportunity to do so – we all learned so much during the tour! The bog was full of friendly farm animals, we learned a lot about the history and production of cranberries on Cape Cod, and would absolutely recommend the tour to anyone visiting the cape!
After this we stopped by another novelty – a lavender farm! Though this was quite a small place, seeing an entire farm dedicated to growing lavender is rare, and we enjoyed the wonderful-smelling grounds.
Our final food-related stop of the day was our annual pilgrimage to Captin’ Frosty’s, my favorite clam shack on the Cape. There is something special about their clam cakes and chowder that I look forward to all year, and this year was no different! The meal was about as unhealthy as I go, and every bite was worth it. We gilded the lily with a final ice cream cone, and called it a day.
On the way home I checked out a great knitting store that I hope to eventually return to, as well. Teddy and I took a nice walk around the neighborhood before packing up our things and making sandwiches for dinner on the train. We got back on the train at 6:30, and by 9:30 I was back at my apartment. It was an excellent weekend, and hit all of my summer Cape Cod “must-do’s”!
I hope your Labor Day was relaxing – I can’t believe the summer is already over!