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When I was a little girl my family took a two week Cape Cod Vacation every summer in a little cottage in Brewster right on Cape Cod Bay. Those two weeks were always magical. Days were filled with visits from family and friends, lots of lazy hours exploring the tide pools in front of our cottage, and evenings punctuated by the sweet smells of sand and sea wafting up from the beach. I remember weekly band concerts on the town green, fishing for flounder in Town Cove in Orleans, and the drive-in movie theater in Wellfleet. We never missed an opportunity to see the sunset over Rock Harbor, enjoy an ice cream treat at Cobie’s, or shop for penny candy at the Brewster General Store. Those memories are among my fondest, though decades have passed since we last vacationed here.
Now as innkeepers on Cape Cod, Rich and I are in the position of helping create memories for our guests at the Inn. Each morning at breakfast we inquire what folks have planned for the day and offer up dozens of possibilities for those who ask for our assistance. Looking for the perfect beach? No problem. We’ve got you covered. We even have printed directions for those who need it, a cooler if necessary, and of course beach chairs, towels and totes. Feel like an adventure on the high seas? Slam dunk. Whale watching on the Hyannis Whale Watcher out of nearby Barnstable Harbor. We can even save you the price of parking by providing a voucher for a discount. Think a ferry to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard might be the perfect daytrip? Give us a second and we’ll book your ferry tickets online and produce directions to the satellite parking area. Perhaps you’d like to do a driving tour of the lower Cape and check out a lighthouse or two; take a bike ride on one of the paved bike trails; kayak the Great Marsh; or shop ‘til you drop. We’ve got a map, blog article, or brochure that will point you in the right direction. Need recommendations for lunch, dinner, the closest farmer’s market, or the best clam shack? Been there, done that.
Our guests are often amazed at the wealth of information we provide, the amenities we offer in the rooms for their convenience, and the honest-to-goodness joy we take in sharing our knowledge of Cape Cod with them.
Both Rich and I are “from away” though each Massachusetts natives. We choose to live on Cape Cod and built a business here that allows us to do so year-round. Our guests visit for just a few days, though we are convinced that you could spend weeks here and not see all that the Cape has to offer. If we can help to make your vacation a memorable one, one that you will think back on often and smile, then I believe we have served you well. And perhaps you will return again and again.
We buy all the jams and jellies we serve to guests of the High Pointe Inn from the Chatham Jam and Jelly shop right here on Cape Cod. Of course, as a small business on this magnificent peninsula, we support as many other local businesses as we can. But the Chatham Jam and Jelly shop is really something special. What started as a way to earn some extra cash during the busy tourist season some 30 years ago, has blossomed into a full time career for Carol Cummings and her husband Robin, along with help from their children. In the beginning she made small batches of jam based on family recipes in the kitchen of their home to sell at local gift shops. But their popularity soon soared and the Mom and Pop operation needed to expand quickly to fill orders and meet the demand, so the business eventually took over both their living and dining rooms as well. Their tiny storefront on Vineyard Avenue in Chatham that has served them well since 1983, however, is about to expand once more.
Chatting with them yesterday, when we stopped in to pick up our latest order, we found out that the entire shop will be moving to a new location, hopefully this August, where Carol will have a licensed commercial kitchen in a new facility at 16 Seaquanset Road in West Chatham. There she will once again be able to create her chutneys and relishes, along with the jams and jellies for which she is so famous. They were busy picking out counters and cabinets to hold the nearly 120 varieties they already produce annually and talked excitedly about adding even more creative concoctions to the inventory.
When we first sampled their jams nearly 10 years ago to choose the ones we thought our guests would enjoy most, it was an extremely difficult decision. Should we go with standbys like strawberry and blueberry, or more exotic varieties like cranberry fig or spiced peach? In the end we chose something native to Cape Cod (Wild Beach Plum) something traditional (Raspberry), and something a tad more unusual (Cranberry Vanilla). Our guests love these jams, as evidenced by the number of times we need to reorder.
In addition to their jams and jellies, the Chatham Jam and Jelly Shop also carries an assortment of gift items. Store hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday. As a courtesy to our guests who can’t make the trek down to the shop to purchase items to take home to friends and family, we stock a few jars in our gift shop here at our Cape Cod Inn as well.
So I’m up early this morning. Force of habit, I guess, as strangely we had no guests at the Inn last night. It being Monday night of Memorial Day weekend, I’m not surprised. Most everyone had to cross the bridge to return to “America” leaving their idyllic escape on Cape Cod behind. Back to reality, routine, and keeping pace with the rhythm that carries them day to day.
Anyhow, for the first time in the nearly 10 years we have been innkeeping on Cape Cod I have the pleasure of having coffee on the deck, reading the paper while listening to the birds singing, and enjoying the sunshine that evaded us until yesterday. Man I could get used to this.
The silence of the early morning, before alarm clocks chirp and buses swing by to pick up school children, is hypnotic. I am entranced by a humming bird at the feeder, the distant purr of cars cruising along scenic Route 6A, and the gentle burble of the fountains in the courtyard below. The blue sky and green grass seem more intense this morning, perhaps because of the gray of recent mornings.
The deck is freshly painted and the furniture scrubbed clean of winter’s grime. The hanging baskets and potted plants are basking in the sun. The bird feeders are filled and the bird bath ready for action. It is summer finally and we are ready. Ready to greet our guests with smiles, counsel them on the best ways to take in the beauty that is Cape Cod, serve them coffee and breakfast al fresco, and create an ambiance that affords them an opportunity to truly unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
Like coffee on the deck.
Our guests frequently ask us what the ultimate Cape Cod getaway activities are when visiting Cape Cod. We have our favorites, of course, and we are happy to share advice, offer counsel, make reservations and otherwise assist guests at our inn on Cape Cod however we can. We want each and every guest at the High Pointe Inn to have the most authentic experience possible while staying with us.
A Welcome Book bursting at the seams with great “insider information” sits on the desk in every guest room. We have a “Directions To…” box loaded with pre-printed directions to our favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations, restaurants, and beaches located right at the front door so guests can grab whatever they need for a day of spectacular sightseeing. And just recently we added a photo slide show of some really beautiful shots of the Cape that Rich has taken over the years to the guest computer in the living room. Sort of a “preview of coming attractions” for arriving guests.
But today we decided to take it one step further and add what we are calling the “Ultimate Cape Cod Getaway Package” to our roster of great specials and packages. This would be the perfect package for a honeymoon, first time visitor to Cape Cod, or for anyone wanting to see what makes this destination so special. In five leisurely days you can take a day trip to Nantucket via high-speed ferry, experience the thrill of a whale watching adventure on Cape Cod Bay, dine at one of the most romantic restaurants on Cape Cod, and enjoy the laid-back luxury of a one-hour side-by-side couples massage in the comfort and privacy of one of our spacious and elegantly appointed rooms or suites. A bottle of hand-selected wine and a specially prepared cheese board are yours to enjoy whenever the spirit moves you during your stay.
This extra-special package is available from mid-May to mid-October, with rates starting at just $1999 complete. Here is a round-up of the highlights of this one-of-a-kind vacation package:
For more details or to book your Ultimate Cape Cod Getaway package, call us toll free at 1-800-362-4441.
I love April. It brings so many harbingers of spring. Today we saw an osprey sitting on top of the telephone pole where he built his nest for the past several years. Unfortunately hurricane Sandy and the subsequent Nemo blizzard destroyed whatever was left of last year’s nest. Hopefully he won’t get discouraged by having to start all over again and soon we will be seeing him with his partner in the nest high above the marsh.
Earlier this morning Rich pointed out a brilliant yellow gold finch at the feeder. This prompted me to put out the hummingbird feeder. No hummers have visited it yet, but I expect to see one soon. I’ve heard the spring peepers a couple of times and no doubt the skunk cabbage is fermenting by now in the swampy areas of the woods.
The daffodils are up in our yard about 7-8 inches and the lawn is definitely greening up, at least here at the High Pointe Inn on Cape Cod. Soon we’ll see the sand dollars scattered on Sandy Neck Beach, and hear the street sweepers clearing the roads of winter’s sand and debris.
Besides all the signs of spring, April is my birthday month. I can’t help but be happy in April. It was my Mom’s birthday month too. In fact today is her birthday. She would have been 96. So naturally I have been thinking about her a lot today. I pulled out this recipe card, handwritten by her ages ago. She was a wonderful baker, perhaps because had a sweet tooth, but I think mainly she just loved to make things with her hands. I remember waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread and donuts on Saturday mornings. How can you not be happy waking up to that?
So I’m sharing her recipe with you, with apologies for the lack of details, in honor of her birthday. If you try it, let me know how it works out.
Every year brings the return of beloved celebrations and annual events to Cape Cod. This year we again celebrate a number of traditional observances plus a few quirky ones, and are introduced to a new event or two hoping to win us over for the long run. From high-brow to down-low, every month it seems there is a happening that piques our curiosity, pulls at our heartstrings, or just plain tantalizes the taste buds. So for you planners out there, here is a list of our favorite reasons to make a beeline for Cape Cod this spring, summer, or fall.
Whale Watching and seal cruises begin in mid-April
April 13 – Oct 27: Driving Our Dreams: Concept Car Exhibition, Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
April 26 – 28: Annual Brewster in Bloom Festival
April 27 – 28: Spring Festival, Main Street, Hyannis
May 1 – October 31: Harbor Your Arts artists Shanties open at Hyannis Harbor
May 15 – 19: Nantucket Wine Festival, Nantucket Island
May 17 – 19: 32nd Annual Herb Festival & Plant Sale; Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen, East Sandwich
May 18 – 26: The Rhododendron Festival; Heritage Museum & Gardens, Sandwich
May 19 – June 21: 20th Annual Cape Cod Maritime Days.
May 25 – 27: 42nd Annual Figawi Regatta. Hyannis to Nantucket
June 2 – 28: 18th Annual All Cape Art Show, Creative Arts Center, Chatham
June 8: Inaugural Falmouth Food & Wine Festival, Barnstable County Fairground
June 8: Antiques, Crafts & Flea Market, Orleans Historical Society
June 12: Cape Cod Baseball League opens for the season
June 16: 19th Annual Father’s Day Auto Show, Main Street, Hyannis
June 19 – 23: 14th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival
June 21: 5th Annual Cape Cod Quahog Day, West Dennis
June 26 – 30: Annual Provincetown Portuguese Festival
June 29 – 30: 11th Annual Art in the Village, Barnstable Village
June 30: 66th Blessing of the Fleet, Provincetown
July 1 – August 9: Arts Foundation Summer Concert Series, various towns throughout the season
July 1 – August 30: Cape Harmony A Cappela Concerts, Artist Shanties at Hyannis Harbor every Friday night
July 4th Parades & Fireworks: various towns throughout Cape Cod
July 5 – 7: Annual Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal PowWow at Barnstable County Fairground, Falmouth
July 11: Palette to Palate: Art and cuisine celebrated at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis
July 19 – 21 Annual Grecian Festival: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Centerville
July 20 – 27: Barnstable County Fair, Barnstable County Fairgrounds
July 27 – Aug 3: 2nd Annual Whale Week,
July 27 – August 3: 22nd Annual woods Hole Film Festival
August 9: La Tavolta Feast Under the Stars at South Cape Village, Mashpee.
August 11: 28th Annual TD Bank Pops by the Sea Concert at Hyannis Village Green.
August 11: 41st Annual Falmouth Road Race, Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights
August 17 – 18: 43rd Annual CraftFest Cotuit at Cotuit Village Green.
August 17 – 19: 9th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival
August 18 – 24: Annual Carnival Week, Provincetown
August 24: 24th Annual Pops in the Park at Eldredge Field, Orleans
Sept 1: Truro Agricultural Fair
Sept. 1: 8th Annual 5k Labor Day Road Race, Johnny Kelley park, South Dennis
Sept. 6 – 8: Eastham Windmill Weekend
Sept. 7: 13th Annual Seaside le Mans Kart Race, Mashpee Commons
Sept. 7 – 8: 26th Annual Cape Cod Antique Glass Show & Sale, Sandwich Glass Museum
Sept. 7 – 8: Bird Carver & Wildlife Arts Show & Sale, Green Briar Nature Center, East Sandwich
Sept. 13 – 15 Cape Cod Bird Festival
Set. 14: Annual Cape Cod Wildlife Festival, Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable
Sept 20 – 22: 44th Annual Bourne Scallop Festival at Buzzards Bay Park, Bourne.
Sept 28: 2nd Annual Cape Cod Brewfest, Barnstable County Fairgrounds
Sept 29 – Oct 28: 7th Annual Fall for the Arts Festival, Cape-wide
Oct 4 – 6: Jazzfest, Falmouth
Oct 12 – 13: 35th Annual Yarmouth Seaside Festival, Route 28, Yarmouth.
Oct 19 – 20: Wellfleet OysterFest, Town Pier, Wellfleet