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New Year, New You on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, December 31, 2018


If you're like most of us, your top New Year’s resolution is to get into better shape in 2019, or at least back to the state you were in before indulging in all the eggnog and holiday treats. Cape Cod is the perfect place to kick off 2019 in a healthy way because of the number of outdoor activities, fitness centers, and health-conscious dining options you’ll find right on your doorstep.

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Go for a Hike

The Cape is blessed with an abundance of hiking trails winding through beautiful conservation areas, including Nickerson State Park in Brewster, Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham and Beebe Woods in Falmouth. These trails are well-maintained and not particularly busy during the early winter, so you can get out there before it snows to enjoy the quiet serenity that Cape Cod provides.

And when the snow hits – and it will – these rugged hiking paths become pristine trails for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The ski trails are not crowded like those you'll find in traditional winter resort areas, so you won’t have to fight through mounds of people to find wide-open stretches filled with fresh, white snow and outstanding scenery.

If you want to really get your blood flowing and aren't afraid of the cold, you can join dozens of daring folks who take their longboards over to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham for some winter surfing. Surfing in the winter means no crowds and massive waves, making it the perfect time to head out, if you can handle the cold, of course. You’ll need a special winterized wetsuit made of thick rubber, as water temperatures reach the 20s on the Outer Cape during January and February.

 

Visit a Gym or Fitness Center

Those who’d like to work up a sweat indoors instead will have options. The Cape has several five-star fitness centers, including Koko Fit Club, with locations in Centerville, Dennis, and Harwich, and Fitness 500 in Hyannis. At Fitness 500, you'll meet professional trainer Keith Rosary, who has whipped countless Hollywood stars into shape during his lengthy fitness career, and Jeff Handler, who is one of the most sought-after trainers in the entire country.

Other fitness centers on Cape Cod include BodyStrong Fitness in Chatham and Orleans, Planet Fitness in Yarmouth, Snap Fitness in Sandwich, Willy's Gym in Eastham, and Mussel Beach Health Club in Provincetown, just to name a few. If getting into shape is a priority in 2019, Cape Cod has you covered.

 

Eat Some Healthy Meals

You'll need to fuel up for all that exercise. Luckily, there are several healthy dining options open year round on the Cape. Earthly Delights in Osterville is one of our favorites. The turkey avocado and apple vegetable wraps are both quite popular, and if you’re in a hurry, you can call to order ahead and have your meal ready when you arrive.

Karma Foods in Brewster is also worth checking out. This organic, gluten-free, vegetarian restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, although you'll have to pick up your food early because they close at 3:00 PM. The veggie burger and waffle bowls are favorites among their customers.

If you'd prefer to cook for yourself, check out the selection of healthy choices at Orleans Whole Food Store (not to be confused with Whole Foods Market, although the Cape has one of those, too, in Hyannis). The store in Orleans has been around since 1975, and the staff is quite knowledgeable. There are also Organic Market locations in Dennis, Chatham, and Mashpee and 141 Bradford Natural Market in Provincetown, providing you with plenty of health-conscious options on the Cape.

 

On Your Way to a Better You

Getting 2019 off to the best start possible begins with making the right choices from day one. The Cape has plenty of places to exercise and an abundance of healthy dining options, giving you the opportunity to get yourself into shape without having to venture too far from home.

So, get out there and hit the hiking trails, fitness centers, and health-friendly eateries on Cape Cod as we ring in the New Year to make sure that 2019 brings the best version of you possible.



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The Top 5 Places for a Sub or Sandwich in Chatham
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Friday, December 21, 2018


Top 5 Sandwiches in Chatham

Grabbing a quick sandwich is an easy way to go when looking for lunch on Cape Cod because you can take your meal pretty much anywhere and enjoy it in peace, perhaps with a view of the ocean. If you love subs and sandwiches, you’re in luck if you’re on a Chatham vacation because the town has an abundance of great options.

Have a look at this list of cafes and restaurants in Chatham because each has a wide selection of some of the Cape’s best sandwiches, and some of them even bake the bread in-house, allowing you to experience something that is unique to Cape Cod.

 

1) Chatham Village Cafe and Bakery

Top spot on this list belongs to the Chatham Village Cafe and Bakery on Crowell Road, a popular eatery with an outdoor seating area and extended hours in July and August. While the bakery is known for its desserts, breakfast and lunch sandwiches on in-house-baked bread are also a hit with locals and visitors alike. The lunch menu features a variety of turkey-based sandwiches, including the Pilgrim, which comes topped with cranberry sauce and stuffing, and a creation with roast beef, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing called The Special. Roast beef and vegetarian sandwiches are also available, or you can build your own sandwich if there's something particular you'd like to try.

 

2) Chatham Perk

Over on Orleans Road in North Chatham is Chatham Perk, a coffee bar with an extensive menu filled with pastries, salads, soups, and, of course, sandwiches. Every sandwich on the list is named after a local landmark, which means you'll find originals like Stillwater Pond, Ryders Cove, Pleasant Bay, and Lighthouse Beach, an Italian sub with salami, ham, Gouda, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and hot peppers, available to order. The cafe also has a variety of grilled paninis from which to choose, should you want something different than a traditional sandwich or sub.

 

3) New England Pizza

Right on Main Street near downtown Chatham is New England Pizza, a restaurant that is known for its pizza, calzones, and pasta, but is also home to perhaps Chatham’s largest selection of subs. Every sub on the menu comes in six-inch or 12-inch varieties and includes your choice of toppings, including lettuce, tomato, onion, peppers, and pickles. Sandwiches at the restaurant include grilled chicken, salami, veggie, Canadian, Italian, steak and cheese, roast beef, pastrami, tuna, cheeseburger, and BLT. If there's a type of sub sandwich that you can think, there's a good chance they have it at New England Pizza. The restaurant is a great place to go for a beer, as well, so head on down and enjoy a pint with your sub.

 

4) Chatham Village Market

You might not think of a grocery store as being one of the best places to grab a sandwich, but if you’re in Chatham, Massachusetts, you’d be wrong. Chatham Village Market has a wide selection of prepared meals, including some of the best sandwiches and subs you’ll ever have the opportunity to taste. Every lunch is handmade right in the on-site deli, so anything that you pick-up will be fresh and ready to eat right when you arrive. You won't even have to order your meal here, as you can simply grab it and pay as you're leaving.

 

5) Public Cafe

Located in the heart of Chatham, Public Cafe is a relatively new eatery that has quickly earned a solid reputation in the area because of the authentically prepared Nepalese cuisine they offer, in addition to their traditional lunch menu with soups, salads, and sandwiches. The Cubano, avocado and cheese, and turkey pesto sandwiches are particularly popular, and you can get them as a grilled panini, as well. Make sure you try the organic coffee or one of their house-made iced drinks with your meal.

 

Plenty of Places to Grab a Great Lunch

It has never been easier to find a great lunch in Chatham, as there are outstanding sandwich and sub shops throughout the town. As a bonus, all of these venues are open throughout the winter, except for New England Pizza, which closes from December 31 until early March, so you can find a quick meal when visiting in the off-season. Cape Cod is recognized for its seafood, but that reputation is quickly expanding to include nearly any type of cuisine you could imagine. You won't regret taking the time to grab a sandwich at one of these great venues in Chatham.



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The Top 5 Coffee Shops on the Outer Cape
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Friday, December 14, 2018


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Do you love a hot cup of coffee in the morning? How about an iced latte in the afternoon on a hot summer’s day? What about a quick breakfast or snack with your drink before heading to the beach? The Outer Cape has many options if you're searching for any of those things, and even if you're visiting in the off-season, you’ll still have options because most of the top five coffee shops in the area stay open during the winter.

Here are the best coffee shops for you to check out from your vacation rental on the Outer Cape:

1) Wired Puppy in Provincetown

Located on Commercial Street in the heart of downtown Provincetown, Wired Puppy Specialty Coffee & Tea gets a lot of traffic all summer long. Visitors and locals alike make sure they stop by this coffee shop not only for a cup of java but also their specialty drinks, including iced coffees, along with the atmosphere that only central Ptown can provide.

In addition to drinks, Wired Puppy has baked good, smoothies, and oatmeal for breakfast, so if you're out and about on your way to Herring Cove Beach, MacMillan Pier, Race Point Lighthouse, or any other local attraction, you can stop in for a quick bite. Unlike some other businesses in the heart of Provincetown, this shop is open year round, making it an option in any season.

 

2) Savory & the Sweet Escape in Truro

It might seem a little strange to see Savory & the Sweet Escape on this list since it is so much more than just a coffee shop. That's precisely the reason for its inclusion, however, as you can indulge in breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or try some of the best homemade ice cream, cupcakes, pies, and other desserts available anywhere on the Cape.

The coffee at Savory & the Sweet Escape is also memorable, as it is roasted locally by Beanstock Coffee & Espresso. You won't find fresher coffee anywhere, so make sure you head up Route 6 and give them a try the next time you're in the mood for a coffee, and so much more. This business is open 12 months a year, giving you plenty of chances to do so, and is easily accessible from the Cape Cod National Seashore, making it the perfect place to visit before or after a day in the sun.

 

3) Joe Coffee & Café in Provincetown

Even though it's only open between the middle of May and the end of October, Joe's Coffee & Café belongs on this list because people line up outside for a coffee, hot chocolate, cider, or tea at its Commercial Street location almost every day during the summer. Some of the favorites on the menu include Joe's blend, the red eye, the chai latte, and the wide selection of iced coffees and teas.

You can also grab breakfast at Joe's, with bagels, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches prepared every morning. Perhaps the best part about Joe's is that you can buy beans by the pound. So if you fall in love with the coffee, you'll have the chance to take some home with you.

 

4) The Flying Fish in Wellfleet

OK, so The Flying Fish sounds like it should be a seafood restaurant and you'd be forgiven if you're confused by the name. In actuality, this is a cafe that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the summer and from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM with a limited menu in the winter. Breakfast in the summer has everything you could imagine, including eggs, omelets, pancakes, and breakfast burritos, while the winter menu is made up of baked goods from the in-house Wildflour Bakery and, of course, coffee.

The coffee here comes from Wellfleet's own Beanstock Coffee Company, with cappuccino, espresso, tea, and various iced drinks also available. The cafe is a little off the beaten path, as it sits north of downtown Wellfleet on Briar Lane, but that's a good thing if you're looking for a quiet place to enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage, especially when sitting in their garden seating area.

 

5) PB Boulangerie in Wellfleet

Remaining in Wellfleet, we have PB Boulangerie, a famous bakery that sits right by the trailhead of the Cape Cod Rail Trail. We say it's famous because Outer Cape residents know all about PB Boulangerie and its astounding array of treats and baked goods, and you will too after taking your Cape Cod vacation. PB Boulangerie offers a wide selection of patisserie, viennoiserie, and bread for you to enjoy, and the chef makes everything from scratch right there in the building.

The bakery is open between Wednesday and Sunday from 7 AM until 6 PM, and you can place online orders a couple of days in advance if you need a large number of baked goods. One of the most ordered items at this location is the Bonne Journee, which is a breakfast made up of a cup of coffee and a croissant. You can enjoy this simple, yet delicious, meal outside the venue in front of a roaring fire first thing in the morning, creating the perfect start to your day.

 

Head for Coffee in the Morning

You might not want to head out for coffee or breakfast every morning during your vacation, but it’s nice to know that you’ve got some great options on the Outer Cape. You really can't go wrong with any of these cafes because their coffee is excellent and the atmosphere in each business epitomizes everything that makes Cape Cod an exceptional place to visit.



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Should You Bring Your Ice Skates on Your Cape Cod Vacation?
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Saturday, December 8, 2018


Well, you don’t have to bring your skates, even if you want to do some skating, because most ice rinks offer rentals. If you have room in your suitcase, however, pack your skates and save yourself some money, as you’ll have plenty of chances to visit the skating rinks on Cape Cod.

Public skating events provide affordable fun for the entire family, and some arenas even let you rent to whole building for a short period, should you have a large group or want the privacy of skating by yourself.

While ice skating isn't unique to Cape Cod, it is a quintessential winter activity on the east coast and is well worth trying if you're only here for a short time.

Gallo Ice Arena

Those staying in Bourne might want to go for a skate at the John Gallo Ice Arena. This rink hosts skating lessons, hockey classes, and sessions by the Bourne Skating Club starting in the fall, and also has public skating ice times available. Generally, skating is open from noon until 1:30 PM Monday to Friday, although there are exceptions if an event or lesson is occurring at that time. Sunday skates are also possible when the rink is free.

The cost for a skate is $4 for adults and $3 for students. You can rent skates for $3, as well. Keep in mind that there isn't an ATM on-site and it's a cash-only building, so make sure you hit a bank machine prior to arrival to avoid having to make another trip.

Tony Kent Arena

Tony Kent Arena in South Dennis is home to various Cape Cod hockey teams and hosts clinics, lessons, and programs throughout the year. It also has public skating on most Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, along with pick-up ice hockey on Saturday nights.

Skating at the rink costs $6 for adults, $5 for children 11 and under, and $2 for seniors over the age of 55. If you don't end up bringing your skates on vacation, you can also rent them here for $4. If the ice isn't being used on a particular day, you can rent a private ice time for your group with rates starting at $180 for 50 minutes.

Charles Moore Arena

Charles Moore Ice Arena in Orleans, MA.The Charles Moore Arena in Orleans has figure skating lessons, hockey camps, learn-to-skate programs, and now, in 2018, a curling league. Of course, this arena also offers public skating throughout the winter, with ice times available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM and Sundays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. The cost is $5 for adults and $4 for kids under 12, with skate rentals being $2.

Falmouth Ice Arena

The Falmouth Ice Arena is home to Falmouth High School's hockey teams, Falmouth Youth Hockey, and the Falmouth Figure Skating Club. There are two rinks here, an NHL rink and a mini rink, so there is plenty of ice to go around. The mini surface has multiple public skating times on Tuesdays and Thursdays and additional openings on some Wednesdays. The larger rink has ice times on most Friday nights, with some Wednesday sessions, as well.

Hyannis Youth & Community Center

The newest and most impressive facility on this list is the Hyannis Youth & Community Center, a multi-use complex owned and operated by the Town of Barnstable. The building features two skating rinks, a gymnasium, meeting rooms, a skate park, an indoor walking track, and a game room, so there's plenty to do there throughout the year.

Public skating is available pretty much every day at the facility, with weekday public skating taking place between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Sunday skates running from 2:10 – 4:00 PM, and Saturday skates going from 4:00 – 5:20 PM. There are also stroller skates, family skates, and stick practices on various days throughout the week.

The cost of a public skate at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 17 and under, and $2 for seniors aged 62 and up. Skate rentals are available for $5, and skate sharpening costs $6 per pair.

Outdoor Skating Rinks

Although the ponds on Cape Cod occasionally freeze over during the winter, local officials do not recommend skating on them. The main reason is that most of these bodies are kettle ponds that have currents and are fed by streams, making it difficult for them to freeze evenly. If you find yourself on a thin section of ice, you could easily fall through and end up in serious trouble, so it's a good idea to stick to safer sheets of ice.

Some towns set up free public outdoor rinks in the winter, with Brewster and West Yarmouth being recent examples. It remains to be seen if we'll have any outdoor skating in 2018, as it's always weather-dependent. Check the website of the town you’re staying in closer to your arrival date for more information on outdoor skating availability.

Some Real Winter Fun

If you’re coming to the Cape in the winter, experiencing some winter activities is a must, and ice skating is a pleasant way to start. If you’ve never skated before, a public skating time at a local rink is a great way to ease yourself into it, but remember to bring a helmet with you for safety’s sake.

You should also be aware that public skating schedules are dynamic, as special events, private rentals, and hockey tournaments can disrupt their timing. As a result, always check the calendar on the rink’s website before heading there.

Cape Cod has so much going on in the winter that you’ll never be short on things to see and do. Book your vacation rental today and don’t miss out on experiencing winter like it’s meant to be.



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