Cape Cod in Winter–Part 1 (get your tea/coffee and pastry and find a comfy seat)

New Parents–new ways to travel–new destinations:  road trip time, to all the places people raved about but that just escaped us before!!

We decided to visit Cape Cod, the second Cape we did in the last 5 years.  The last was Cape May.


Stayed at the Cape Codder in Hyannis Massachusetts.  Also visited an inn, which I will fill you in on later.

Cape Codder stats:

not far from downtown

down the block was a Whole Foods and across the street was a Stop & Shop

has a spa and a wave pool, provides marshmallows for roasting, crazy maze like design of the rooms

indoor and outdoor heated pool, lifeguards on site, two onsite restaurants with bar

our room had a balcony, two large beds, and served our purpose (relaxation)

While in Hyannis we drove around and to the end of roads or rather till there was nothing interesting to see. We came upon this inn-Simmons Inn.  We were driving along the road and saw that the inn had red cars in front of it- fancy ones, so we stopped in the front and the owner was excited to have us see his collection as well as pay the admission fee. (yes fee)  The guy had about 50 cars hidden away. He was a former racer.

Inside the extended shed the cars were in rows and were sitting on rocks. He had rugs between the cars and his many cats were hanging out in various cars. You could feel the elements inside so in the dead of winter it would be ridiculous. As to the cars, they were not super maintained.  The supporting paperwork was not kept in great condition either.  We also went inside the barn which had been converted into rooms and also into the inn itself.  It was definitely oldish–the inn, but I did not feel the quaintness. The owner was a widow so in my opinion “perhaps” that might of explained the lack of a welcoming touch. I always envision a “historic” property still maintaining its charm but with modern undertones.  This one was okay but needed 15% more love. The owner has his room on the ground floor in plain view.  (I shrugged my shoulders and said “I guess.”  He was also a collector of Scotch.)

On another part of our drive we tried to get as close as we could to the Kennedy Compound.  It was in sight and though there was almost no one in the area, I knew that the trees had eyes and the minute we tried to drive down the road to the house, out would come every conceivable undercover whoever.  So we glanced from a far and kept on our way just admiring the quiet and the coastal scenery.

We also visited Martha’s Vineyard late in day–this is what happens when you relax on vacation. That was interesting on all levels.  First we could not drive onto MV as it was upwards of 100 dollars to take a car along (naturally).  It was okay though and the population was slim–after all, it was winter time or close to it.  We walked on the island for a little, not so easy with a baby carriage, but manageable.  Jaywalking is out of the question, cutting through paths, peeping in windows and dashing in and out of stores being the not so easy part.   Our bright spot was meeting a woman who had been there for 65 years. She was biracial and mentioned that MV was one the places her parents could live and not be tormented back in the days. (I had forgotten the movie INKWELL.)  She picked some thyme for us from a neighbor’s tree (neighbor was not there by the way) and I have it to this day.  I pick from it occasionally when I am making a chicken dish. It is sitting in a Ziploc bag.

We ate at the hotel one night, a British Pub, and at a tapas place.  We had nothing spectacular.  The breakfast was good though-the one pictured.

I was curious then to see what else was up with MV and to refresh my knowledge of its recent history. CHECK OUT MY FOLLOWING POST ON CAPE COD!!! 

Provincetown area beach at sunset
Simmon’s Inn
Sea Street Cafe
Sea Street Cafe II
Sea Street Cafe III
West Beach Area
Simmon’s Inn Servant’s Entrance
Provincetown area beach sunset II
West Beach Area II
Hyannis Port

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