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Taking a Piece of Cape Cod Home This Holiday
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, November 26, 2018


Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

After spending a week or two in your Cape Cod vacation rental, you'll probably want to pick out a souvenir or two to commemorate your time here. But what to choose?

Of course, you could always go with the ever-popular t-shirt or shot glass, if you want to make the obvious choice. You can find these products in souvenir shops, but keep in mind that most of them are made in China and don't have any real connection to the Cape.

Or, if you're looking for something that is unique to Cape Cod, you could have a look at some of the remarkable items that Cape residents produce and sell here.

These items will not only remind you of the great time you had on the Cape, but they’re also things that you can use, or eat, once you return home. And best of all, you might have the chance to visit the place where they were actually made, which is something that you don’t have the opportunity to do every day.

Have a look at the following souvenir ideas so that you can bring a piece of the Cape home with you after this year’s vacation.

 

Cape Cod Beach Chair Company

The Cape Cod Beach Chair Company has been around since 2002 and prides itself on its innovate, comfortable chairs that are made to last. The wooden chair frame construction maximizes their lifespan, while the premium canvas on the rest of the chair allows for the use of a variety of patterns and styles.

The factory and store sits on Old Queen Anne Road in East Harwich, which is right between Route 6 and Route 28. In addition to chairs, you can also purchase beach towels, coolers, beach games, and chair accessories, so even if you're not in the market for a new chair, you can buy something. And if you are flying into Cape Cod and don't have space for a chair, it's possible to order one and have it shipped to your home.

 

Scargo Pottery

The locally produced pottery and artwork found at Scargo Pottery is exceptional, and it's easy to see what this location is so popular with locals and visitors alike. Everything available here is handmade, including the candles, wooden spoons, plates, pots, and jugs, and you'll be blown away when you see the scope of the items found at the storefront on Dr. Lord's Road in Dennis. You'll even see a collection of sculptures here, should you want to invest in some artwork.

The artisans, Kim Holl, Tina Holl, and Meden Parker, have a wealth of experience in creating these items and have a passion for the industry. Custom work is sometimes available, depending on the current workload of the artists and your timeline for getting the articles completed. Stop by if you'd like to remember your vacation with a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

 

Barnstable Bats

What could be more American than picking up a baseball bat as a souvenir? Not much, especially if you're able to head to the actual site where the bat was made. Barnstable Bats are created in Centerville from Ash, Maple, and Birch and with over 500 bats in stock in the showroom, you're sure to find something that you like.

Barnstable Bats dates back to 1992, and by 1994, they were commonly used all over the Cape. By 1996, the bats had reached Major League Baseball, and although they're no longer in use in MLB, college, high school, and men's senior leagues still love them. You can even order a birth bat with your child's name, birth-date, and weight on it if you're looking for something custom to commemorate a special occasion.

 

Cape Cod Chocolatier

Want to bring something edible back from Cape Cod but don't know where to look? Cape Cod Chocolatier on Falmouth Road in Centerville is a great place to start because not only does it have some of the best chocolate you'll ever taste, but it's all made right on the Cape.

Cape Cod Chocolatier dates back to 2002 when Carol and Rob Cronin decided to get into the chocolate business. They only use the finest of ingredients and traditional chocolate-making techniques, such as a wooden paddle and copper kettle, in their goods, so you can be sure that you end up with the purest and tastiest chocolate you’ve ever tried.

 

Other Things to Take Home

This is just a partial list of ways that you can take a piece of Cape Cod home with you, as you could also bring some locally produced Cape Cod Beer, Truro Vineyards wine, or Cape Cod Potato Chips, if you want to go small, or a boat that was made on the Cape by E.M. Crosby Boatworks, if you're looking to go big.

While Cape Cod might not have a reputation as a major producer of goods, you’ll soon learn that there are plenty of things made here by locals with the utmost in care. Once you see the time and effort that goes into keeping these modest operations afloat, you can’t help but support the small businesses the call the Cape home.



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Exploring Cape Cod's Breweries This Summer
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 6, 2018


Naukabout Brewery

As with most of the country, Cape Cod’s craft beer industry has seen rapid growth and is becoming a notable entity. If you’re a beer lover, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try some new adult beverages during your holiday because there are independent breweries up and down the Cape, most of which have a tasting room. Remember, however, that most tasting rooms don’t offer food and aren’t full bars, so children and pets are often welcome. In addition, these tasting rooms keep limited hours and are only permitted to serve you a certain amount of beer, depending on the license they hold. Summer is the perfect time to head out and try some local flavor on for size, so make sure you get out there and experience the Cape Cod Craft Beverage Trail from your vacation rentals. It doesn't matter if you're in Harwich Port, Chatham, Provincetown, or Bourne, craft beers are never far away thanks to the following Cape Cod breweries.

 

Devil's Purse Brewing Company

You'll find Devil's Purse Brewing Company on Great Western Road in South Dennis. The area surrounding the brewery is mostly industrial, although there is a residential neighborhood nearby, as well. This brewery is also close to the trailhead of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, so if you're completing your ride in South Dennis, you can stop in for a pint at the end. A variety of different beer types are available at Devil's Purse, as they aim to be accessible to general beer drinkers and craft beer lovers alike. Most beers are American in style, but also influenced by their Europeans cousins. The tasting room is open from noon until 6 PM between Monday and Saturday, and no food is available. You can, however, bring your own food to enjoy with your beer.

 

Hog Island Beer Company

Although Hog Island is one of the newer breweries on Cape Cod, it has quickly developed a solid reputation, and its products are available not only all over the Cape but throughout Massachusetts. The tasting room is centrally located in downtown Orleans, making it easily accessible for those staying in the area. The tasting room is open from 11:30 AM until 11 PM seven days a week, so you'll have plenty of time to get down there to sample the exceptional beers they have available. Live entertainment and other events are on-site almost every night of the week, especially in July and August, allowing you to make a full evening out of your time at Hog Island.

 

Naukabout Beer Company

Although it sits just off Main Street in Mashpee, Naukabout Brewery and Taproom is a hidden gem that can be difficult to find. That is because it is on Lake Avenue near Attaquin Park, an area with dense tree cover and not much traffic unless, of course, you're visiting the beach. After spending a day at the beach on Mashpee Pond, it makes complete sense to hit up this beer company for a pint or two. Once you get to this Cape Cod brewery, however, you'll quickly see why it is worth seeking it out, as they specialize in hop-forward beers that craft beer drinks love. The offerings at the brewery are always changing, however, as they're continually experimenting and trying to make their beer even better. While there is no food available inside the tasting room, food trucks are present almost every day in the summer, and there is often live entertainment, as well.

 

Barnstable Brewing

Barnstable Brewing just opened in September 2017, and ran into some early troubles, mostly because they had a one-barrel pilot system, which limited the amount of beer they could make at one time. As a result, they would run out of beer always every week, making it difficult to build a loyal fan base. Now, however, the company has a 30-barrel steam brewhouse, so they are firing on all cylinders and shouldn't run into that problem ever again. The taphouse, which sits on West Main Street in Hyannis, is open from noon until 6 PM every day during the summer, although it occasionally has extended hours during special events or when introducing new beers to the market. There is also a patio, making it a relaxing place to enjoy a beer in the sun.

 

Cape Cod Beer

Cape Cod Beer has been around since 2004 and grown every year of its existence. The brewery is located on Phinneys Lane in Hyannis and is open from 10 AM until 6 PM during the week, and 11 to 4 on Saturdays. The location is child and pet-friendly, so you don't have to ditch the family to head in for a sample. The main draw at Cape Cod Beer is its outdoor beer garden. This beer garden features games and has patio furniture, and creates an all-around festive atmosphere, especially during the summer. The beer garden moves indoors in the winter, so if you choose to vacation on Cape Cod during the off-season, you don't have to miss out. The beer company also participates in countless events away from its storefront and has an on-site farmer's market on Fridays. If you visit a local music festival, beer garden, or concert, there's a good chance the event will serve Cape Cod Beer. Since its presence is everywhere, you'd have to go out of your way to not taste a Cape Cod Beer offering at least once this holiday.

 

Sea Dog Brew Pub

Sea Dog is the lone brewpub on this list, and it is undoubtedly worth checking out. Not only does this location brew its own beers, but Sea Dog also serves beer crafted by other local breweries, so if you don’t have time to travel the Cape visiting various taprooms, one trip to the brewpub might suffice. Of course, since this brewery doubles as a pub, you can also order a meal, which is something that you’ll find appealing if you plan to stay for more than a pint or two. Sea Dog is located in South Yarmouth just off Route 6, making it easily accessible, especially if your vacation rental is somewhere on the Mid-Cape.

 

Planning Ahead

Of course, any time you'll be consuming alcohol, it's necessary to plan your transportation. Make sure you have a safe ride back to your Cape Cod vacation rental. Cape Cod has numerous taxi companies, as well as Uber and Lyft, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding transportation. There's also the public bus system, which is efficient if you aren't traveling too far.

Visiting these breweries and sampling some local beers is a great way to spend a couple of days during your vacation. Get out there and see what you can find!



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