The waterfront serenity of Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Waking up in in the heart of Boston, across the street from America’s oldest public park, is an amazing way set the tone for exploring the Northern Atlantic Coast. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel certainly lived up to its reputation as the Grande Dame of Boston hotels. But we had places to go and people to see, as they say, and we were off to the Cape!
Our 90-minute Bay Street Cruise ferry experience turned out to be so much more than a way to get from Point A to Point B; it was an excursion in its own right. Clear blue skies and the excitement of a potential whale sighting were enough to keep us busy taking in the incredible seascape from the comfortable deck.
A striking hilltop structure caught our eye as we cruised into Provincetown Harbor, and with good reason — it was built to commemorate the first American landfall of United States settlers. Pilgrim’s Monument is the tallest all-granite structure in the country and, even though we didn’t climb the 170+ stairs to the observatory level for a 360-degree view, other visitors accepted the challenge wholeheartedly.
We needed to save our energy for another local pastime — eating lobster! Our lunch at The Lobster Pot not only filled our bellies with clams, mussels, scallops and, of course, lobster, all supplied by local fishermen, the time spent relaxing in the big wooden booths gave us a chance to revisit some of the fun we’ve already had today.
Next came an experience unlike anything any of us have ever had. Not only is Cape Cod National Seashore Park a nature lover’s dream, sightseeing off-road as part of Art’s Dune Tour gave us a special vantage point. Within the dunes and untouched coastline, we found an appreciation of what a small family business can offer to people who want to see the best that a locale can offer.
We hit the flats at Breakwater Beach exactly when we wanted to — at low tide. Walking towards the water and leaving the shore behind was a really cool feeling, knowing that the tide would soon come back in to take the sea shells and our footprints away for another day.
Where to enjoy dinner after such a day? A charming cottage called the Brewster Fish House, that’s where. The locals have remained loyal since it started as a retail fish market and evolved as a place to go for contemporary favorites. We were sold at first bite!
The Lighthouse Inn couldn’t have been a better place to rest after such a big day. There were ocean breezes, beachfront cottages and so much to think about as we drifted off to sleep.