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I Will Need More of That When I Get Back to the Cape!
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Thursday, January 31, 2019


 

Provincetown Fudge FactoryTravelers who head to the Cape tend to immerse themselves in local activities and culture because, truth be told, it’s unavoidable.

Whether you spend your time hitting the beaches, boating on the ocean or kettleponds, or sampling some local cuisine, it’s easy to spend your holiday living like a true Cape Cod resident, especially if you’re staying in a vacation rental.

While here, you’ll also get to try some products that are made right on the Cape and, for the most part, aren’t available in other parts of the country. These items will leave you dreaming of the day you get to return to Cape Cod to experience them again. 

Here is a list of some businesses found exclusively on the Outer Cape that guests say they cannot get enough of and will be sure to visit again on their next vacation.

 

1. South Hollow Spirits

It should come as no surprise that many people who vacation on Cape Cod end up trying the local libations from South Hollow Spirits. This distillery in North Truro makes white rum, spiced rum, and amber rum, all of which are popular, but travelers say the first thing they’ll buy upon returning to the Cape is the Dry Line Cape Cod Gin.

Every bottle of this gin is made using eastern red cedar juniper berries, which are grown on trees just steps from the distillery's 11 Shore Road location. It doesn't get more local than this, so if you're a gin lover who is vacationing on the Cape, you'll have to give it a try.

Even if you don’t have a chance to make it to South Hollow Spirits, you can purchase the gin at various stores up and down the Cape, and even into Boston and Western Massachusetts. It’s also served at pubs and restaurants on Cape Cod, so make sure you ask if they carry South Hollow Spirits when ordering your next drink.

 

2. Atlantic Spice Company

Also along Shore Road in North Truro is Atlantic Spice Company, a wholesaler offering some of the highest quality herbs, spices, teas, botanicals, essential oils, nuts, seeds, extracts, and dehydrated vegetables you'll find anywhere. Those who try the offerings from Atlantic Spice Company often can't get it out of their head, which is why this is one of the first places they return to on their next vacation.

The great thing about the herbs and other products from Atlantic Spice Company is that you can use them when cooking meals at your Cape Cod vacation rental and then take the rest home with you to use throughout the year. You'll be blown away by the selection at this retailer, as well, and this volume is why they have been successful since 1994.

 

3. Chequessett Chocolate

OK, so we're probably over-representing North Truro here, but the area has some great local enterprises that visitors return to year after year on their Cape Cod vacations. Another of the area’s gems is Chequessett Chocolate, which uses sustainably-grown cacao beans to create its handcrafted chocolates right in its Cape Cod workshop.

The shop here carries chocolate bars, cocoa powder, chocolate-dipped fruit, toffee, cookies, and caramel, taking care of each step of the process themselves. This means that Chequessett Chocolate employees handle the roasting, cracking, winnowing, grinding, conching, tempering, and molding of the chocolate, leaving nothing to outside sources. The end result is that each chocolate product is made to the highest standards.

There’s a cafe on-site at Chequessett Chocolate, as well, where you can have a coffee, tea, smoothie, juice, or ice cream with your chocolate. There's also the High Tide Kitchen food truck in the retailer's parking lot in the summer, so you can enjoy a meal without having to go too far.

 

4. PB Boulangerie

Right by the Wellfleet Trailhead of the Cape Cod Rail Trail is PB Boulangerie Bistro, a French restaurant that is well-known all over the Cape for its high-quality cuisine. Attached to the bistro is a bakery, however, and that is what visitors say they're looking forward to trying again the next time they're on the Cape.

The creations at this bakery are legendary, as the items like the homemade cookies, lemon tarts, croissants, and various types of bread are to die for. You might even find yourself packing a loaf or two to bring home with you when the time comes to leave the Cape until next year.

 

5. Provincetown Fudge Factory

You might not believe it, but some of the world's best fudge is made on the Outer Cape at Provincetown Fudge Factory. The factory's success is attributed to its original family recipe and the fact that everything is handmade the old-fashioned way with copper pots and hand paddles. In the summer, you can even watch the staff as they make this world-famous fudge from scratch.

In addition to fudge, you can pick up peanut butter cups, taffy, nuts, jar candy, chocolate, and truffles at this Commercial Street location, which has been in business since 1984. Once you head inside and smell the chocolatey goodness, you'll quickly see why visitors to the Cape always come back to Provincetown Fudge Factory.

 

Head to the Outer Cape

If you’ve never been to Cape Cod before, now is your chance to book a vacation rental on the Outer Cape. Once here, you’ll be within easy commuting distance of these Cape-Cod-exclusive locations that repeat visitors return to time after time.

Many Cape Cod regular visitors can’t wait to start their next vacations so they can hit up these establishments again, and once you give them a try, we’re confident that you’ll feel the same way.



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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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Live on the Outer Cape: Music, Drama, and Comedy
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, May 14, 2018


When staying on Cape Cod for any length of time, consider taking in some of the local performing arts scenes, as there is something to check out on pretty much any night of the week during the summer. Depending on your mood, you might want to see a live performance of a Shakespearean drama, laugh with a stand-up comedian at an intimate local venue, or dine with live music in the background before getting up and cutting a rug after your meal.

All of these opportunities and more are available on the Outer Cape on any given day, providing you with loads of different ways to spend your evenings. Have a look at the events calendar at the following venues or check out some of the highlighted festivals to ensure you don’t miss a top-notch performance during your Cape Cod vacation.


Performances and Events in Provincetown

Since Provincetown is one of the Cape's cultural hubs, it makes sense that the town has plenty of live venues from which to choose. The Provincetown Theater is known as the Birthplace of Modern American Theater, as it dates back to 1915 when a group of New Yorkers vacationing in the area started performing and eventually built a makeshift theater. Their performances drew attention from all over the East Coast, helping to grow the industry as a whole. Today, the Provincetown Theater hosts Broadway comedies, dramas, and musicals, in addition to performing arts festivals throughout the year. If you're on the Outer Cape in the summer, there's a good chance this venue will have something going on.

Not to be outdone, the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble also brings Broadway plays and musicals to Provincetown, producing them at Fishermen Hall. In 2018, the group will perform “Hair, the Musical” between July and September.

Of course, there’s also the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, an annual event taking place each September. In 2017, the festival combined plays by Williams and William Shakespeare, while the theme in 2018 will be "Wishful Thinking". The performances take place at a variety of venues throughout town, even non-traditional venues, as 2017 saw "Hamlet" performed in a tank of water on the beach and "Pericles" performed on a boat.

Smaller music venues are found up and down Provincetown’s Commercial Street. Bubala’s By The Bay, for example, is where the town's West End begins and hosts live music every night during the summer. There is no cover or minimum charge, so you can get out and enjoy everything from jazz to country music without worrying about the cost. Governor Bradford Restaurant & Club is an all ages venue that features a different act every Saturday night. The music gets started at 8 PM and runs until about 11. Tin Pan Alley is a piano bar with live performances every night of the week.

The Provincetown Jazz Festival has been around since 2005 and brings musicians from all over the world to the area at a variety of different venues. If you're in the area in mid-August, it is well worth checking out at least a few performances.

The Crown & Anchor is well known throughout the Cape because of its cabaret shows, but this significant venue is also the home of comedy in Provincetown. Some performances will be local comedians, such as Julie Wheeler and James Judd, who have weekly performances from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Other times, the venue brings in better-known acts, like Bruce Vilanch and Leslie Jordan in 2018, for a couple of sets.
 

Events in Truro This Summer

Just a short drive down Route 6 from Provincetown is Truro, where there are even more live performances to attend. In North Truro, the Payomet Performing Arts Center hosts music, comedy, and theater starting in the spring, with some pretty big acts coming to town in the summer.

You’ll also find music at Truro Vineyards every Sunday throughout the summer. Admission to the show is free, and there's a food truck on-site, so you can have a meal, enjoy some local wine, and listen to a live performance. The vineyard also hosts Grape Stomp & Music Fest and the Vinegrass Music Festival in late September. Both of these festivals bring wine, cocktails, food, and music together and are a great way to end your summer on Cape Cod.
 

Music and Theater in Wellfleet

Continuing down Route 6 from Truro brings you to Wellfleet and, more specifically, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. This venue presents a series of thought-provoking dramas all summer long, with each presentation running for a few weeks at a time. There's a summer concert series at the venue, too, so you can get your fill of live music on Monday nights.

The Harbor Stage Company is in the heart of Wellfleet's downtown area. The venue is small and intimate, offering the chance to get up close and personal with classic dramas and comedies that you've probably heard of before, but maybe haven't seen performed live. In 2018, "The Weir", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", and "The Deer and the Antelope" are on the docket between the middle of June and early September.

For live music, The Beachcomber is the place to be in Wellfleet. Throughout July and August, this restaurant on Cahoon Hollow Beach brings in musical acts every day of the week. You'll have to buy tickets in advance for most shows and keep in mind that the music usually starts at 9 PM, so you'll have time to either have dinner in the restaurant or eat elsewhere before things get going.


Orleans Live Performances

Finally, as you come down Route 6 and exit onto 6A, you'll reach the center of Orleans, where even more live performances can be found. The Academy Playhouse is right on Main Street and has a mixture renowned shows throughout the year. There are children's performances in the afternoons, including the Little Mermaid in 2018, and both theater, including Shakespeare, and music at night.

The Elements Theatre Company is on the grounds of the Church of the Transfiguration on Rock Harbor, giving it one of the more scenic locations for performances on the Cape. This venue mostly hosts dramatic productions, although there are retreats and workshops during the summer for those interested in acting themselves.

The Barley Neck Inn dates back to 1848 when Isaac and Mary Doane purchased the land where the property now sits. Part of the original building now makes up this venue, which hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night. It's not glamorous, but catching a performance at The Barley Neck is a quintessential thing to do while on Cape Cod.


Finding Your Performances

As you can see, no matter what type of entertainment you’re into, you’re sure to find it on the Outer Cape during the summer. Once you book your vacation rental on Cape Cod, start looking at the local venues holding events because you’re sure to find a new and exciting way to spend your nights, no matter what you are looking to experience.



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