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Yes, Cape Cod Now Has an Opera
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 26, 2019

Cape Cod Opera

You no longer have to visit larger centers like New York and Boston if you want to attend the opera thanks to the Opera Theater of Cape Cod. Although the theater is in its infancy and only holds a few performances per year, the fact that you can take a late-summer vacation to the Cape and check out the opera is exciting news.

The opera is sure to expand in the coming years, giving lovers of the arts even more opportunities to see high-end performances featuring some of opera's most memorable stories. Stay up to date on everything the Opera Theater of Cape Cod has planned in the coming years and design your next vacation to the Cape around their shows.

Started as an Indiegogo Campaign

One of the great thing about the Opera Theater of Cape Cod is that it's a grassroots startup that received support from Cape Cod locals, visitors, and businesses when getting established. In May of 2018, founders Joseph Turbessi, Ethan DePuy, and Eileen Christiansen, all of whom are well-known in the opera industry, put together a crowd-funding campaign in an attempt to bring opera to Cape Cod.

The money raised was put towards paying the performers, coming up with travel and lodging money, renting the venues, advertising the shows, and producing the opera, all of which was completed on a shoestring budget. Luckily, the campaign was an immediate success, raising over $1,200 in its first 24 hours and $4,840 overall; far beyond its goal of $3,000.

Raising this cash provided Turbessi, DePuy, and Christiansen with not only the funds required to hold their shows but also with the confidence that the Cape Cod community would support their endeavor.

Season One in 2018

After a successful fundraising effort, the Opera Theater of Cape Cod was able to present its inaugural season in September of 2018. The first season was made up of two performances of "The Tragedy of Carmen", a Peter Brook adaptation of Georges Bizet's 1875 opera entitled "Carmen". The group was able to attract some big names in the world of opera, as Fran Rogers, Kathryn McKellar, Andrew Miller, Carley DeFranco, and Richard Wingert all had parts, while Christiansen played the title character.

These performances took place September 7 at the Wellfleet Preservation Hall and September 9 at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, captivating audiences with performances rarely seen outside of large cities.

The theater followed up its late summer shows with a February 16 performance called "Some Enchanted Evening", which was essentially a gala featuring renditions of some of opera's greatest hits. Proceeds from this show went towards the production costs of their summer 2019 schedule.

Season Two in 2019

In 2019, we'll see Giacomo Puccini's classic "La Bohème" take the stage on Cape Cod. This time, however, there will be three performances, including a special preview on August 30 at the Wellfleet Preservation Hall. The other shows will take place on September 6 and 7 at the Tilden Arts Center in West Barnstable.

This year, opera stars like Sarah Joyce Cooper, Fran Rogers, Hannah Carlson, Scott Ballantine, Matthew O'Donnell, Fred Funari, and Miles Rind will take the stage in what is sure to be an event worth attending. The shows will feature acts I and III of the original "La Bohème" opera. Also worth noting is that the cultural councils of Wellfleet, Eastham, Chatham, Brewster, Truro, and Orleans provided additional funding. Keeping opera alive on Cape Cod has become a team effort with many different groups getting together to help it succeed.

Check Out the Opera Theater of Cape Cod

Yes, it's small, but the reality is that Cape Cod now has an opera and it's quite popular. The fact that the theater is already attracting some well-known artists from around the country also bodes well for its future. While you certainly won't mistake the opera venues on Cape Cod for the Sydney Opera House, Palais Garnier, La Scala, or Metropolitan Opera House, you can't beat the value provided here. After all, tickets go for $20, and there isn't a bad seat in the house at the Tilden Arts Center.

If you're considering a visit to the Cape, you won't regret getting out for an opera during your time here.

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Is Coffee Roasted on Cape Cod?
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 19, 2019

You surely love your morning coffee, but are you keeping it as local as possible? cape cod coffee

While the climate on Cape Cod isn't right for growing coffee beans, a variety of shops now roast bean locally, giving you access to the freshest coffee available.

So, in short, yes, coffee is roasted on the Cape, and here are some retailers who do it, in addition to information on where to buy these fantastic products.


Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters

Ever since Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters opened its doors in 2005, it has been dedicated to roasting and serving ethically sourced beans from around the world. Today, the retailer has two locations - Main Street Chatham and Main Street Brewster - both of which serve coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea, matcha, hot chocolate, and much more.

If you're unable to get to one of the shops, you can pick up a bag of coffee at retailers like the Organic Market in Dennis Port or Mashpee, Salty Market in Truro, and Main Street Wine & Gourmet in Orleans. Various restaurants and cafes, including Clean Slate Eatery, The Coonamessett Inn, 361 Coffee and Espresso Bar, and the Brewster Fish House, also serve their products.

The coffee is available for online order and delivery, as well.


Cape Cod Coffee

The most prominent coffee roaster on the Cape is none other than Cape Cod Coffee, which has three retail locations - Mashpee Commons, Mashpee Main Street, and Barnstable Airport - and is available for purchase at restaurants and shops all over the Cape. You can even grab a cup of their brew as far away as New York City.

Cape Cod Coffee offers 12 different types of beans, including organic, blueberry, and pumpkin spice, and you can even purchase single-serving C-cups to take home with you.

You can also order online, take a tour of the roasting facility, and pick up a gift basket for the coffee lover in your life.

The Mashpee Commons location is now open for breakfast and lunch, as well, as Cape Cod Coffee is well on its way to becoming a must-visit destination on the Cape.


Three Fins

Aesthetically, it's tough to beat Three Fins Coffee Roasters and Mercantile in West Dennis. After all, the Main Street building is spectacular, featuring 28-foot ceilings with exposed beams, which create a modern look and a warm atmosphere. Three Fins is open from 7 AM until 5 PM every day, giving you more than enough opportunity to pop in for a drink.

If you fall in love with the coffee here, you can pick up a bag to take home with you. They have sampler packs available, as well, so you can try out six different roasts to find out which you like best. Online ordering is an option if you're unable to make it to their shop.

A bonus at Three Fins is that you can watch the coffee being roasted. This perk allows you to see a bit of the process behind making coffee, including the small-batch roasting technique used here.


Beanstock Coffee Roasters

You'll notice that Beanstock Coffee Roasters is a little different from the other coffee-based businesses on Cape Cod because it isn't a coffee shop that roasts beans for its own drinks; it's a coffee bean wholesaler.

Luckily, dozens of businesses on the Cape sell the products from Beanstock Coffee Roasters, so they easy items to get your hands on.

For example, you can sample these beans at local restaurants like Mac's Shack in Wellfleet, Rock Harbor Grill in Orleans, Jimmy's Hideaway in Provincetown, Capeside Kitchen in Harwich, and the Brewster Fish House, just to name a few. It's also possible to pick up a bag of roasted beans from retailers like the Barnstable Market, Bean & Cod in Falmouth, Corner Store in Chatham, Nauset Farms in Orleans, and Whole Foods in Hyannis.

You can order their products online and have them delivered, as well.

Beanstock Coffee Roasters is committed to selling organic, fair trade products, and brings its beans in from all over South America and Africa.


Keeping Your Coffee Local

Each person has individual preferences when it comes to coffee, so it's nice that Cape Cod has so many local options.

Most of the beans available through these retailers are ethically-sourced and sustainably-grown, with many organic options, so you know you're receiving high-quality products and that the workers are paid a fair wage.

The next time you head out for a cup of coffee or need new beans for the house, give one of these Cape Cod-based businesses a try. You'll surely be happy with your decision once you taste the freshness and quality that they have to offer.

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Have a Great Day Outdoors With RideAway Adventures
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 12, 2019


If you're visiting Cape Cod and looking for a way to get out on the water or onto the bike trails, a local business with locations in Mashpee and Sandwich has you covered.


RideAway Adventures specializes in kayak, paddleboard, and bicycle rentals, allowing you to try these popular Cape Cod activities without having to pack your own equipment.


All you have to do is visit one of the company's stores or book online through their website to have yourself on the water or trail in no time at all.


Rent a Kayak or Paddleboard


The most popular activities offered by RideAway Adventures are their kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals. When you rent a boat, you can either take it directly into the tidal flats of Cape Cod Bay in East Sandwich or the calm waters of Popponesset Bay in Mashpee’s New Seabury neighborhood. The choice is up to you, depending on how you want to spend your day.


Both single and double kayaks are available, and rental rates start at $24 per hour. You'll receive discounted prices when renting your boat for three days, four days, or an entire week.


For stand-up paddleboards, rates start at $34 for an hour, with three-, four-, and seven- day discounts available if you're looking to spend a lot of time on the water.


Take a Bike on the Trail


Bike rentals are a little more complicated because neither location is close to any of the Cape's main bike paths. In fact, you can't ride a rental bike directly from the Sandwich location because the road is too busy and, therefore, dangerous.


As a result, you'll have to reserve your bike rental from Sandwich ahead of time and order a bike rack for your vehicle, as well. Or, if you don't have a car with you on Cape Cod, delivery is available (more on this later).


You are permitted ride your rental bike right from the Mashpee location, as the roads in the area are relatively quiet. The Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge is nearby, and it has some trails through the woods that you can explore.


Another option is to book a bike rack for your vehicle and drive to either the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth or the Cape Cod Rail Trail Trailhead in Yarmouth. Both trails are less than 30 minutes away, depending on traffic, and provide excellent scenery along the way.


The shop has cruisers, hybrids, electric, and fat-tire bikes available, so you can choose the style that works best for you. There are kids' bikes there, too, should you want to bring the family for a day on the trail. Rates start at $14 per hour for child bikes, $20 for adult, and $40 for electric and fat-tire. Discounts are offered for longer rentals.


Custom and Ready-Made Tours


If you don't know where to go while out on the water, RideAway Adventures has pre-packaged tours available for purchase.


These tours take you into Scorton Creek and Mill Creek in Sandwich, both of which provide outstanding scenery. The Mill Creek tour is available at sunset, which is an excellent way to end your day.


In Mashpee, all tours go into Popponesset Bay, including the full moon and stargazing tours that take place at night.


These tours feature experienced guides who know the area and are incredibly informative, providing paddlers with fantastic value.


Of course, if pre-made tours aren't your thing, you can create a custom tour. Options include beach picnics, bonfires, lessons, and combining bikes and boats into a single journey. It's all up to you, as you can add many different options to your day.


Book a Delivery


We mentioned earlier that RideAway Adventures has a delivery option, so how does it work?


When you book your kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or bike rental through the company's website, you can add delivery to your order for an additional charge.


The delivery rates are actually pretty reasonable and valid throughout Cape Cod and as far away as Plymouth, so no matter where your vacation rental is located, you can have your bike or kayak brought to you.


For example, delivery to Dennis is $45, while further communities like Eastham and Provincetown are $75. Deliveries within Sandwich and Mashpee are free.


Keep in mind that you must provide a physical address for the delivery, so you'll have to know the exact location of your vacation rental before you can finalize this process. In addition, all deliveries take place between 8:00 and 11:00 AM or 4:00 and 6:00 PM and someone must be there to accept it.


New Ways to Explore Cape Cod


Many visitors to the Cape have questions about how they'll track down kayak and bike rentals, and RideAway Adventures is one of the easiest ways to get onto the water or trail. Their delivery option also makes it much easier if you don't have a vehicle because they'll meet you right at your vacation rental.


Once your bike or boat is delivered, you'll have access to it throughout the week, making it easy to explore Cape Cod like a local.

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One Day in Orleans: Where to Visit
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 5, 2019

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With so much to see and do on Cape Cod, coming up with an itinerary is almost impossible.

In addition, you might not want to spend more than one day exploring each town, since there are so many activities on other parts of the Cape.

So, let's say, for example, you plan to spend one day in Orleans, Massachussets.


Where do you go?

What do you see?

Where do you eat?

You'll have plenty of options, but here are some great recommendations to start your search in this Outer Cape town.


Have Breakfast at Homeport Restaurant

Homeport Restaurant enjoys a central location on Main Street in Orleans and has been a local institution for over 45 years, making it an ideal place to start your day. The restaurant opens at 5:30 every morning, as well, and since you're only spending one day in Orleans, you'll want to get going early.

On the menu, you'll find standard breakfast fare like eggs, bacon, sausage, and toast, in addition to omelets, French toast, benedicts, and pancakes.


Visit the Jonathan Young Windmill

Depending on how early you go for breakfast, there might not be much open. Luckily, you can check out the Jonathan Young Windmill 24 hours a day because it's part of Town Cove Park, although you can only go inside during limited hours between June and September.

The windmill dates back to the early 1700s and is unique because all of its original parts and machinery still work.


Go for a Swim in Meeting House Pond

In East Orleans, but just a few minutes from the windmill, Meeting House Pond is well worth a visit. If you drive down Barely Neck Road to the area between Bayberry Way and Harveys Lane, you'll come to a small clearing with a public dock and boat launch. This area is great for swimming on a hot day.

You can also take boat tours from the north end of the pond if you'd rather spend a few hours seeing the area on the water.


Enjoy Some Lunch at the Nauset Grill

Now that you've worked up an appetite again, it's time to grab some lunch. The Nauset Grill will be easy to find because it's across the street from Homeport Restaurant. Convenient, right?

The restaurant is also a must-visit because it has some of Cape Cod's best lobster rolls, and it wouldn't be a trip to the Cape without trying at least one of these local favorites. Of course, if you're not into seafood, you can also find burgers, salads, chicken dishes, and a wide variety of other options here.


Learn Some History at the French Cable Station Museum

Just around the corner from the Nauset Grill sits the French Cable Station Museum. This venue is historically significant because, in World War I, telegraph cables were run underneath the Atlantic Ocean between the station and France. These cables allowed American generals to communicate with government officials while overseas.

Today, you can tour the station, and see some of the original equipment used during the war. Keep in mind that the museum is only open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between June and September, so it might not work for every Orleans excursion.


Grab a Beer at the Hog Island Beer Company

You've experienced some history and gone for a swim, so let's enjoy a beer, shall we? The Hog Island Beer Company has local beer, a fantastic patio, and live music, making it a great place to relax for a while before dinner. You can also pick up a growler to-go if you want to enjoy a drink when you're back at your vacation rental.


Head to Mahoney's Atlantic Bar & Grill For Dinner

Driving less than a mile north from the brewery takes you to Mahoney's Atlantic Bar & Grill, where you'll enjoy your dinner. Mahoney's is known for its classic New England fare, and although it's slightly upscale, you won't feel out of place if you aren't dressed to the nines. The focus here is on seafood, but you'll find a little bit of everything if you've had your fill after the lobster rolls at lunch.

One thing to remember is that Mahoney's doesn't offer reservations and they open at 5:00 for dinner. If you're set on eating here and having something else to do after, it's best to be here early, so you're not left waiting.


Cheer on the Orleans Firebirds

Depending on the season and the night of the week, you might have the chance to check out an Orleans Firebirds baseball game. The Cape Cod Baseball League is a local institution, bringing some of the country's some collegiate players to the Cape to hone their skills in the summer.

Firebirds' games are free, and there is on-site parking. Since there aren't any bleachers, however, you'll have to plan ahead and bring some chairs or a blanket with you.


Wander to The Local Scoop for Dessert

You're probably exhausted at this point, but you haven't had dessert yet. Luckily, The Local Scoop is a three-minute drive from the ballpark and offers some of Cape Cod's best frozen treats. Everything here is made on-site, and you can even design a sundae with whatever ingredients you wish.

Some of the best-selling items at the ice cream shop include their homemade frozen yogurt, organic ice cream, dipped cones, and Cape Cod pops. The Local Scoop is open until 10:00 PM every night in the summer, so you should have time to get there after the game.


Making the Most of Your Time in Orleans

You might not have time to do all of these activities in a single day in Orleans unless you really hustle, but with most venues being within a few minutes of each other, it's certainly possible. Of course, you could always spend more than one day in this lively town, or come back next year and do it all again.

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The Top 5 Ice Cream Shops in Chatham
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Thursday, August 1, 2019



There's nothing better than enjoying a cold ice cream on a hot summer's day, and when you're in the Chatham area on Cape Cod, multiple shops have you covered.


It doesn't matter if you've just come from a day at the beach or if you're wandering through downtown Chatham after enjoying a wonderful dinner, popping into an ice cream shop should be high on your list of things to do.


Each of these vendors offers something different, be it food, an outdoor dining area, or other desserts, so have a look at the top five ice cream shops in Chatham, Massachusetts to see which one meets your needs.


1) Emack and Bolio's


Emack and Bolio's is a chain of ice cream shops with locations all over the world, including three on Cape Cod. The Chatham store sits on Kent Place, just off Main Street in the downtown area, and features 25 flavors, in addition to frozen yogurt, juice, smoothies, soda, and chocolate.


The original Emack and Bolio's shop in Chatham was severely damaged by fire in the fall of 2018 but has been rebuilt in the same location. For selection and value, it's tough to beat this local favorite in Chatham. Keep in mind that the store is cash-only, but there is an ATM on-site.


2) Kreme n' Kone


Although Kream N' Kone sounds like an excellent name for an ice cream shop, this venue is actually one of Chatham's best seafood restaurants. The clam shack also sells soft-serve ice cream, however, with locals and visitors alike agreeing that it's some of the most delicious available anywhere in town.


Kream N' Kone sits on Main Street in West Chatham, right beside the post office. There is an outdoor patio, as well, making the restaurant a great place to stop for lunch and a quick ice cream cone in the afternoon, or for an after-dinner dessert.


3) Buffy's Ice Cream


Buffy's Ice Cream features a wide selection of ice cream flavors and offers homemade waffles cones for you to enjoy. Other items on the menu include frozen yogurt, cookies, brownies, milkshakes, and freshly squeezed lemonade. They even have vegan ice cream, if you are so inclined.


As far as the venue goes, you'll find Buffy's Ice Cream Shop right in the heart of the action in Chatham, as it sits on Main Street and is surrounded by the town's best restaurants. There are picnic tables in the backyard garden, providing the ideal place to enjoy a cone.


4) Chatham Penny Candy


Heading to Chatham Penny Candy is like stepping into a time warp, as the store is like the old-fashioned candy shops of the past. Inside, you'll have access to nostalgic treats from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, including fudge, saltwater taffy, candy, and, of course, ice cream.


This cash-only venue sits on the corner of Main Street and Seaview Street in downtown Chatham, across the street from Carmine's Pizza. If you're looking to re-live some of your childhood, or want to show your kids what candy stores used to look like, Chatham Penny Candy is worth a visit.


5) Brick Block Ice Cream Shop


What sets the Brick Block Ice Cream Shop apart from other ice cream vendors in Chatham is the fact that everything is handmade by the staff. When visiting Cape Cod, trying out some items that you can't find anywhere else in the country might be a priority, and that's precisely what you'll find here.


The Brick Block, which sits in a Main Street building dating back to 1914, is more than an ice cream shop, as frozen yogurt and coffee are available, as well. You'll also find a limited food menu that includes homemade beef, pork, and turkey burgers, which are among the best in Chatham.


Cooling Off With a Frozen Treat


Your Cape Cod vacation just got better, now that you know about some of the top places to grab an ice cream in Chatham. And, since some of these venues serve food, you can head there for an entire meal before or after a day packed with activities.


Chatham is a great place to spend your holiday because there is so much to do in such a small area. Taking advantage of the cool treats found throughout town will make your stay that much more enjoyable.

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