A Wintery Cape Cod Weekend

Sometimes you need to get away from you routine and have some adventure, which is what lead me to Cape Cod this past weekend. I was in need of escape and joined my parents on the Cape for a weekend of exploration. We arrived at their house on Friday night, and woke up early on Saturday to hit the road heading down to Woods Hole, MA.

We meandered down to Hyannis and did a drive by the Hyannisport compound of the Kennedy’s. This photo below was taken a little further down the street from the compound. What a beautiful day. Blue sky, snow on the ground and even mini-icebergs in the water. What a sight.

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While in Hyannisport we made a stop into Tim’s Used Bookstore on the main drag. They have a great collection of art/coffee table books at reasonable prices (fyi). Im trying to save my pennies, so I didn’t get anything although we did spot this hilarious book below:

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It’s trying to appeal to 50 Shades of Gray loving nuns? Why does the nun on the cover look like she’s 12?! Hilarious and horrible at the same time.

We got back in the car and continued on until we hit the Falmouth Public Library. It’s a beautiful building (with clean public restrooms). They have a fun Main Street, with cute shops and restaurants. We stopped into Quarterdeck for lunch. It was good food with generous portions and the decor is meant to make you feel like your in the captains quarters of a boat. It’s really fun and I recommend it. Below is a photo I took looking up at the ceiling over our table.

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After a quick walk around we got back into the car and continued on to where Woods Hole Rd. meets Water St. Most of Woods Hole seems dedicated to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. They have many buildings and dorms dedicated to ocean and animal life research. They are often on the scene if anything exciting happens along the east coast (with respect to science and marine life). They also have a FREE Science Aquarium that is for sure wrath the visit.  I took so many photos and had such a fun time watching all the fish swim around. I could stare at them forever.

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If you’re visiting Woods Hole, the FREE aquarium is a must. When my parents visit in the summer, they bring their bikes, ride around town and then stop in the aquarium to see the fish and enjoy the AC. Given that it was snowy this past weekend, it was nice to get toasty in the heat.

Eventually we left the aquarium and did a walking loop around Eel Pond. It was so frozen over that many people were out walking, ice skating and even playing hockey on the ice. It was quite a sight!

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After a walking loop we stopped into Coffee Obsession and grabbed some coffee for the road. Before leaving Woods Hole we visited a beach off of Gosnold Road, where we saw people kite-skiing! It was insane! They were really flying around out there on the water that had frozen over. Normally that would be a sandy beach with water hitting the shore and instead it was a kite-skiiers paradise. I had no clue that was even a sport, but it looks really fun.

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Back in Harwich Port, we had a puppy cousin reunion which involved lots of white puppy hugs 🙂

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Cape Cod Beer Tour

If you’ve been following my Chicago trip, it was time to move along and instead of heading back to Los Angeles I continued on to the East Coast. The next and final leg of my trip is a week spent in Cape Cod, MA with my parents.

There will be four installments detailing great day trips you can take around the Cape, but the first starts with one of my favorite things, a brewery tour. Hyannis is home to Cape Cod Beer. On Saturdays and Tuesdays in the summer they do brewery tours. Since it’s basically one room, it was less of a tour and more of an open house with a lesson all about how beer is made. I loved it! Each round of describing the brewing process came with a dixi cup taste of their unique brews. Did I mention it’s all FREE! Given that it was the week of the 4th of July (the busiest week on the Cape) it was a full house.

See all the people? I love that it was packed, because it means people are interested. It was a lovely day, which means these people all had to forgo a morning of beaching to attend this. It was also 11am, so an early hour for free beer samples.

Above is the woman giving the lesson on beer. She really knew her stuff and based on a comment she made, I think she’s married to the owner.

This whiteboard is where they keep track of the vats and the brewing process.

One interesting thing she brought up is that the most expensive part of selling the beer in the packaging of a 6 pack. Not only do you have to print the labels for the bottels but also the cardboard container that holds the beer. They do a lot of their business via kegs in local establishments. This is cost effective and better for the environment. I never really thought about the money and time that goes into creating a 6-pack verse a keg, which doesn’t even have a label nd gets reused.

For you home brewers, their gift shop has more than just stickers and tee-shirts. They also have ingredients for you to make your own. How many breweries encourage you to make your own? Not many. Cape Cod Beer isn’t looking to take over the world, infact they want to only stay local, and you can tell they do it because they love it! They also care alot about the community. Check out their website to see a list of all the events they have going on this summer.