Weekending: Cape Edition

And we are already amidst another week…. can time please slow down?! RM and I escaped to the Cape last weekend and it really was the most perfect weekend from start to finish. The only bad thing was it ending! I was saying to RM on our way back to Boston yesterday that normally I’m OK with weekends and parties and vacations ending because I love my normal day to day life, but for some reason I really didn’t want last weekend to end.

Friday night, we packed up and headed south around 6:45, but not before I packed up some “healthier” weekend treats. I don’t like to travel without some staple food items because they help me stay more on track with the way I like to eat- here are some staples and some splurges, all picked up at the Whole Foods in Lynnfield.

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We hit ZERO traffic heading to the cape which was awesome! Before we knew it, we were saddled up at The Kettle Ho which is just down the road from RM’s family’s house. We had a few drinks and some dinner and called it an early night since RM had a 7:40 tee time on Saturday.

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While RM was golfing, I took advantage of being down on the Cape and took Aly’s class at the B/Spoke Cape House “pop up studio”.

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The class was AWESOME and judging by the crowds and waitlists, this was a great business venture for them. Aly’s class was crazy high energy, the tracks were challenging and I left there literally dripping with sweat.

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Continuing on with my “morning of me”, I treated myself to a post class smoothie and pedicure at the Mashpee Commons.

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Isn’t this blue fun? I bought it last week on a whim and am loving it- so much that I brought it with me for the pedicure!

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I picked up RM when he was finished golf and we threw together  a quick lunch before going to the beach.

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Taking leftovers from home with us was a great idea! Saves money, time and is a great way to not waste food.

We packed up after lunch and headed to Craigsville Beach for the afternoon. It was CROWDED!!! But it didn’t bother us- we had our drinks (Bud Light Limes and Narragansett Shandy’s- perfect beach beers!) and snacks and were totally content. The water was awesome, too- so different than Maine beaches!

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We had cocktail hour on the deck at his house with a wine I brought back from my San Fran trip in February. I was waiting to save it for a special occasion and a weekend away with just us at the Cape and the most beautiful weather seemed like as good a time as any. It was just as good as I remembered it being!

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For dinner, RM took me to The Belfry Inn in Sandwich which was amazing. It’s an inn and bistro in an old church, which is such a neat idea. I loved that a lot of the original church décor was still present. We opted to eat outdoors on their beautiful (and big!) patio. The owners cat was so cute and hung out with us most of the evening. We also enjoyed the conversations we had with the people sitting next to us- I love meeting new people!

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For dinner, we decided to split a salad and then each get a dish we planned on sharing with each other. RM got the Belfry Bouillabaisse which was FANTASTIC and LOADED with fish: Local Lobster, Clams,  Mussels, Scallops, Shrimp and a Saffron Infused Broth with Rouille Toasts. My dad would’ve been in heaven because this dish was seriously good. All of the seafood was cooked perfectly and there was just so much of it!

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I went for a dish we had and loved when we were in Italy, which was the Braised Rabbit Pappardelle (House Made Ribbon Noodles, Picholine Olives, Rosemary, Cream, Crispy Artichokes). While it was totally different than the one in Italy, it was still really tasty. It was a little too heavy for me with the cream sauce, but the rabbit was perfectly tender and flavorful- all around a great dish.

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To cap it off, we stopped at the Polar Cave for an ice cream. RM raved about this place but sadly my ice cream just wasn’t that good 😦

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Sunday we let ourselves sleep in before finally heading to breakfast at The Mill Restaurant in Marstons Mills, which is not far from Cotuit. This place was SO good. We don’t go to breakfast often but this was totally worth it. I got the “Summer Vegetable Hash” topped with 2 over easy eggs and cannot wait to re-create it. There was summer squash, zucchini, red pepper, onion, corn and potatoes- it was a really healthy tasting dish! RM got the Florentine Eggs Benedict and we shared a pancake- When I saw this picture my first thought was “We’ll have one of everything”, haha

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Perfect beach fuel 😉 We made it to the beach earlier and it was just as crowded! We sipped on drinks, soaked in the sun and went for a nice, long walk.

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I can’t wait for our next trip down there. I will always be a “Maine-ah” at heart, but I now realize the appeal of the Cape… and when you have a house to stay in it’s even better!

Questions for you: What was the best part of your weekend? Do you go to the Cape a lot? Any suggestions for “must-do’s” next time I go? What’s your drink of choice at the beach? 

 

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8 thoughts on “Weekending: Cape Edition

  1. Suzanne Gagnon says:

    Hi Nick, WOW! I loved everything about your recap of the weekend–I think I would have enjoyed the beaching, eating out, and the vino on the beach the most! So glad that you had such a great time–you deserve it! Mom

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