I hope you all enjoyed my last post about visiting the fantastic city of Boston. Next up is my excellent adventures in Cape Cod for our annual summer vacation. Cape Cod is my oasis. My annual trip refreshed me mind, body and soul! Nothing like that salty ocean air to cleanse the spirit. Our homebase is mid-cape in Dennisport at The Corsair and Crossrip where we enjoy gorgeous Nantucket Sound. It is also an excellent location to explore the delicious food available on Cape Cod (oysters and chowder and lobster rolls, oh my!). Ok here we go . . .
Every year our first stop is the Wee Packet which has been a fixture on Depot St. in Dennisport since 1949. We filled up on Stuffed Quahogs, Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes and Fish & Chips which were all excellent. I also indulged in a classic Cape Codder cocktail to kick off my vacation – delicious! It was so good, we stocked our hotel room bar so we could enjoy Cape Codders all week on our vacation. You can find a recipe for this classic cocktail at the end of this post.
Another first stop while we are in Dennisport is for coffee and muffins in the morning from Woolfie’s. Their coffee is amazing (Jamaican Me Crazy brew) and their huge muffins are such a great treat, SO good!
Last year I discovered the Oyster Company in Dennisport, also on Depot St. in Dennisport. Ever since my visit last summer I have been counting the days until I could go back. Their Dennis Quivet Oysters are perfections and their Spicy Seared Chatham Little Neck Clams are my absolute favourite (I had them twice this vacation). The Oysters Rockefeller and Lobster Quesadilla are both mouth watering as well – a favourite actually with both my kids. Be sure to make reservations though as it is getting very popular, especially with $1.25 Quivet Neck Oysters fresh from their own farm until 6:30 daily. Loved being back, and now onto my countdown for 2016!
Across from the Oyster Company is the lovely Cake & Islands Dessert Shoppe, which I of course could not resist exploring! It is a beautiful store filled with lovely desserts. We enjoyed samples of their sea glass candy which is packaged beautifully and brought home some store made macarons which were absolutely divine!
This year we made sure to visit the Chatham Fish Pier and Fish Pier Market to watch all of the action of the fishermen working and the seals playing in the water. It truly is such a great experience! The kids loved watching the seals, and we were all quite amazed by the Fish Pier operations. Talk about knowing where your food comes from! At the market we opted for the Clam Chowder as we had heard it was amazing, and indeed it was awesome! The Fish Pier and Market is definitely a must-do if you are close to Chatham.
While in Chatham we also made sure to do our annual walk of Main St. which has beautiful stores and great food shops. I grabbed an ice coffee at Monomoy Coffee while my husband and kids indulged in some ice cream at Buffy’s. We really enjoyed the Chatham “Sharks in the Park” which was so fun! We missed our usual trip in to see the Chatham Band on Friday night this year, however I found some very cute band members in a store! If you have not seen the Chatham Band before you must as it is a Cape Cod institution!
Next up on my Cape Cod 2015 was a new adventure across the Cape to Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis for their lobsters rolls, which have been touted as one of the best on the Cape. Well they certainly were! In addition to the excellent rolls, the view at the harbour and looking out onto Cape Cod Bay on a beautiful sunny evening was absolutely spectacular. It was one of the most memorable meals of our vacation.
Now we did take 2 nights off seafood to enjoy some pizza. We love Dennisport House of Pizza and it is “our place” when on the Cape as it is delicious, totally different style from what we get at home, and really close to our hotel. My husband loves it so much he got himself a “DHOP” t-shirt just to be super cool. This year we had the Athenian pizza (Fresh Garlic, Black Olives, Pepperoni, Onion, Chicken, Feta, Pizza Cheese, Sauce, Oregano, Olive Oil) which was SO good, and SO good that we gobbled it up before I even took a picture (I was really hungry). For our second pizza of the week we had the House Special (Pepper, Onion, Mushroom, Linguica, Pepperoni, Hamburger, Sausage) which is also really good.
During the week we also headed out to Brax Landing in Harwichport which is at a lovely location overlooking Saquatucket Harbor. Their Wellfleet Oysters, Lobster Bisque and Steak Tips are really great, and this year my husband tried the swordfish special as he had never tried swordfish before and enjoyed it. My daughter also really loved her fish taco. Lovely location, but beware the long waits in prime dinner time as it is very popular! We were lucky in that we were called in only 15 minutes (however the view while you wait is spectacular!).
Our entire trip was amazing and and we fully enjoyed relaxing on the beach, playing in the water, watching the awesome osprey’s dive into the ocean for fish, watching all the crabs come out into the ocean at night, and listening to the magical sound of the ocean rhythm all day and all night. Can’t wait until next summer!
Now to remind me of Cape Cod I will rely on this classic cocktail! My husband mixed me us Cape Codders to enjoy while relaxing on the beach or by the pool before dinner.
Cape Codder Cocktail
Recipe makes one drink.
- 100% Cranberry Juice
- Fresh Limes
- Fill a highball glass (or other glass of your choosing) half full with ice cubes.
- Add one shot (1.5 oz) of vodka.
- Fill glass up with cranberry juice to taste.
- Add one slice of lime into the drink.
- Enjoy and cheers Cape Cod!