Our Weekend on the “Cape”

As we walked through the jetway, we instantly felt the cool breeze of northern air. Coming from 90% humidity, it brought a smile to our faces. Our weekend journey began with a quick stop in Boston to visit family and then drove to Cape Cod. We were in town for a family friend's daughter's wedding and arrived a day early to explore the area.

Greeted with a smile and a tour of the facilities, we quickly settled into our room. We joined the evening firepit activity. Located on a deck overlooking the water, we sat in white Adirondack chairs and wrapped ourselves in fleece blankets while we watched the blue flames. We met couples from Scotland and Wisconsin. The conversation flowed as we shared stories about the area, our families, travel, golf, children and grandchildren. It was a wonderful way to begin.

We were at the Anchor In (yes 1 “n”) in Hyannis. It is a quaint hotel with a lovely library, cozy and clean rooms, outdoor porch and the top-notch customer service you yearn for when traveling. For those who like a gym and more corporate amenities, this may not be your first choice. Our room included Continental breakfast and all you can drink tea/coffee as well each afternoon there were cookies in the library.

Our first full day was Friday. We woke up early, walked the town to get our bearings and decided to rent bikes to ride along the coast. The blue sky, mild temperatures and sunshine provided the perfect setting for this adventure. In Woods Hole, we stopped for a lobster/shrimp lunch on the water at LandFall. Woods Hole is the southern tip and travelers can catch the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. Afterwards, we met up with friends and toured the JFK Museum Exhibit. We were very lucky to meet the director and hear more history.  JFK delivered his acceptance speech on the back lawn of this building. So cool!

Next stop, we joined the bride and groom for cocktails, guest introductions and a specular view of the full moon overlooking the water. So magical. We were guests of a family who has been spending their summers on the island for over 100 years. From NYC to the Cape each summer (traveling over 6 hours each way), the bride and groom found their “happy place” on The Cape. They couldn’t have imagined getting married anywhere else!

Saturday morning, we went our separate ways. Jason was invited to play golf at the parent’s private club, and I went on a high-speed ferry ride to Nantucket Island. After my first year in college, I lived on Martha’s Vineyard, but had not visited this island. I was very excited.

Arriving just as stores opened, we walked to cobblestone streets, took a brief walking tour, bought souvenirs, picked up lunch at BYB , caught a glimpse of the UGA game and then took the ferry back to town. I loved the island and its rich history, beauty and culture.

The Osterville Historical Museum was the setting for the outdoor wedding. It was a perfect night – cool air, no bugs (something I appreciated so much), and warm energy that comes with a wedding. The processional began. I have to say the 1-year old, red headed grandson stole my heart as he “walked” down the aisle in his coat and tie. I do believe he was congratulating the couple with his baby babble.

The ceremony was officiated by a cousin of the groom. The best friend of the bride and sister of groom read passages – such awesome touches –the exchange of vows, rings and big kiss. There is no doubt that this couple is in love and sharing their union in this way set the stage for a wonderful life together.

After the ceremony, the party began. We ate delicious food (it was glorious), danced to a live music band and celebrated with the families. The speeches were so touching and memorable. We were invited to the “after party” but elected to head back, pack and rest up for our early flight home.

Cape Cod is a special place. Over the course of the weekend, I felt such patriotism for our country. The American Flag flies high on every house, corner, boat and central square. Our founding fathers settled here, and (as weird as it may sound) I felt their presence. Hope you have a great Monday and if given the chance, stop on the Cape. You won’t regret it!

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