We just got back from a wonderful week in Cape Cod and two days in Boston. It was truly the best vacation we've had since having kids. We are not quite sure if the wonderful location was the factor or because our kids are older now, but whatever it was it really worked this time. I went through 500+ photos today and chose quite a few to share with you here on the blog. I'll share Boston in a separate post.
We rented a house in Chatham, a little less than 1km walk from a small beach. The house had a large well maintained yard and all the things we needed, making cooking and laundry a breeze and much easier than staying at a hotel. I also find that renting gives you a lot more space for less money.
Day one we went around the charming town and hit two beaches. The weather was hot and sunny and we enjoyed the full summer experience. I loved that Chatham had no Mc Donald's and that Starbucks was miles away at the grocery store. The only real chain I saw there was Dunkin Donuts. The houses in Chatham and the Cape in general are beautifully maintained, Chatham itself catering to the wealthier with Harry Connick Jr supposedly owning a property - some of the sprawling houses right by the beach were just amazing.
Day two was rainy and we headed north to Provincetown. We walked the colourful streets, dug through a few of the curiosity shops and had great clams and lobster for lunch. Once the rainstorm came thundering in we hoped back in the car and headed back to the cottage for a quiet afternoon and an evening spent at the beach. Provincetown would be a great town to visit art galleries and party all night long.
The next day we decided to visit Nantucket. We took the speed ferry, which the kids loved and got there in an hour. The weather turned out to be beautiful on the island, while it was raining all day on the mainland. Nantucket is expensive and I felt quite underdressed amongst the Louis Vuitton clad ladies. However, we rented bikes and tackled the bumpy cobblestone roads of town toward the bike paths to the beaches. The kids were a bit whiny about the bumpy roads, but once we hit the beach all bets were off. The island is picturesque and the people are friendly, but I think to fully enjoy it you'd have to stay more than a day.
The kids loved the South Beach which is about 5km bike ride from the town and has washrooms and food for sale. All of Nantucket also offers a lot of bike parking and great scoops of ice cream at the Juice Bar.
The rest of the days we visited a Lavender Farm, went on a kids geared Catch n' Release Fishing tour and visited the Natural History Museum. Those are just a few of the things you can do while there - unless you just want to eat ice cream and dig your toes in the sand.
What a wonderful stay - I think all the stars aligned on this trip - the kids were in a great mood, the location was beautiful, friendly and had a lot to offer, the weather was outstanding and there are so many beaches to discover that you never get bored. Hubby and I actually got to sit back and talk to each other on a couple of occasions and we felt relaxed and in true vacation spirit. We'll be back for sure, and if I win that lottery I'll be buying right next to Harry.