Cape Cod Journals

Black Friday on the Cape

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A November 2006 trip to Cape Cod by zabelle

Hearthn Kettle Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: While the rest of the world was fighting the Black Friday crowds, we are relaxing and enjoying the off season beauty of the Cape.

Black Friday on the Cape

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Overview

Masts, masts and more masts Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Visiting the Cape in the off season is one of the joys of the pre Christmas season. Every year on Thanksgiving Day we eat our turkey, pack up our leftovers, climb into the car and take the two and a half hour ride to North Falmouth Ma. This year it was a particularly horrible ride in driving rain and heavy traffic. It turned it into a three hour plus drive. All was forgotten when once we had checked into the Sea Crest Resort. As usual check-in was flawless and frankly on Thanksgiving Day almost no one else is checking in. Our room was a warm as always and we soon had the fireplace going as we eat our left over turkey sandwiches with a cup of coffee I brewed in our room.Black Friday dawned ...Read More

The Beach House Restaurant

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Hotel | "On the Beach"

The Beach House Restaurant Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Formerly known as Jillians, On the Beach has taken over the location at the corner of rt. 151 and 28A. The general set up is similar but the whole look is more open. A wall has been removed between the bar area and the dining room and the large aquarium is no more. Now however there is a game room so it is a good trade off.We began our meal by sharing an order of calamari. They are quite unusual, they are covered with the honey ginger sauce, you don’t dip into it. Quite interesting though more tentacles than I like to see. If you are looking for your silverware, check out the metal bucket in the middle of the table.I ordered a cup of French Onion soup and a Beach Wedge. The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2006

The Beach House Restaurant
7 Nathan Ellis Highway at corner of Routes 28A and 151
North Falmouth, MA 02556
(508) 564-5029

Bee Hive Tavern

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Restaurant | "The Bee Hive Tavern"

Bee Hive Tavern Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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This is one of our favorite restaurants on the Cape. Last year we ate there three times in three days. So, I couldn’t wait to get back there this year. We went there at about 12:30pm. After our very hearty breakfast at Hearth n Kettle we were only up for a snack. Being adults we decided that cherry crisp with ice cream and double whipped cream would make an excellent snack. It really is a hard choice because their dessert choices are wonderful. The Schneeball is another one of our favorites, a big ball of vanilla ice cream rolled in toasted coconut and served with a raspberry sauce, oh my. It is every bit as good as it sounds. As we were walking in we were laughing because I have to tell y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2006

Bee Hive Tavern
406 Route 6A
East Sandwich, Massachusetts 02537
(508) 833-1184

Talk of the Town Diner

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Restaurant

Talk of the Town Diner Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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This is a very popular place for breakfast on the weekend. We ate here twice on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday we had about a 10 minute wait and by the time we were seated the line was snaking out the door. On Sunday, we got to sit in one of the booths after no wait but the place was packed within minutes, we had just timed it right.There are two rooms of tables and a bar with high stools. We could have gotten a seat at the bar earlier but I was afraid that the boys weren’t big enough to eat at the bar comfortably. If it had been just Al and I , I wouldn’t have hesitated.On Saturday morning we took two of the younger Houligans to breakfast with us. I love these weekends on th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2006

Talk of the Town Diner
362 North Falmouth Highway
Cape Cod-North falmouth
(508) 563-3041

Hearth'n Kettle

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Restaurant

Hearth'n Kettle Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Can you think of a name for a restaurant that has a more quintessential New England sound than Hearth n Kettle, me neither. It is just as New Englandy as it’s name implies. Heavy wooden tables and booth decorated with murals depicting local scenes. Ours was the Old Stone Bridge on EEL Pond 1878. This is one of seven restaurants of which most are located on the Cape and all are in the eastern part of Massachusetts.We decided to come here for breakfast. The menu offers some unique choices. The Nor’easter is a savory bacon and cheddar scone topped with Canadian bacon, poached eggs and cheese sauce; the Down’easter is seafood cakes topped with poached eggs, bacon, and cheese sauce. Paying homa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2006

Hearth'n Kettle
874 Main Street
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02540
(508) 548-6111

Highfield Hall

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Attraction

Highfield Hall Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Before the Vanderbilt's and the Belmont's had built summer cottages in Newport the Beebe Family had built their summer homes in Falmouth. The family built two houses, Highfield and Tanglewood. The Boston firm of Peabody and Stearns is thought to have been the architects of Highfield and they designed the house in the transitional Stick Queen Anne style. Some features of this style include interpenetrating roof planes with bold panelled brick chimneys and wrap around porches. Highfield has these in abundance.The last Beebe family member died in the 1920's and the houses went through many owners and incarnations before being abandoned. Tanglewood fell to the wrecking ball and Highfield came ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2006

Highfield Hall
56 Highfield Drive
Falmouth, Massachusetts 02541
(508) 495-1878

Sandwich Glass Museum

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Attraction

Sandwich Glass Museum Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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The Sandwich Glass Museum documents the history of glass making in this area. It also offers the opportunity to see a glass blowing exhibition. When you buy your entrance ticket be sure to check when the next demonstration will take place. There is a video that you can also watch in their theater. It is 23 minutes long and tells the story of the growth of the glass business as well as the history of the area.Deming Jarves chose Sandwich for his glass factory not as you would expect because beach sand was close by (as it turns out beach sand is not appropriate for glass making) but rather for the harbor and the readily available lumber to stoke the furnaces. He brought in master glass blowe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2006

Sandwich Glass Museum

Cape Cod, Massachusetts
(508) 888-0251

Shopping on the Cape

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Cup Plates Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Christmas Tree ShopMultiple locationsChristmas Tree ShopsWith a slogan like "Don’t you just love a bargain" you know that you are going to enjoy shopping here and find lots of wonderful bargains to boot. This chain of shops was founded on the Cape over 30 years ago and has expanded into the other states of the north east and the tri-state area. What I love about the stories on the cape is that they are smaller, less crowded and much easier to visit.We visited two on this trip, the one in Falmouth and the one in Sagamore and last year we visited the one in West Dennis. If you haven’t ever been to one it is a lit...Read More