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18 Jul
A Perfect First Day in the White Mountains: Franconia Notch State Park

A Perfect First Day in the White Mountains: Franconia Notch State Park

It always takes us a day or two to get the lay of the land when we arrive in a new location. I find that I can do all the research in the world, but we don’t really get a good feel for a place until we drive around a bit and chat with the locals and other guests at the campground. The White Mountains of New Hampshire can be daunting simply on account of how many amazing places there are to see and how much there is to do. We were staying in the southern part of Franconia Notch, near Lincoln, so we decided to start our explorations... Read More
15 Jul
Cape Cod Family Trip Planner: Beaches, Biking, Baseball, and More!

Cape Cod Family Trip Planner: Beaches, Biking, Baseball, and More!

Planning a trip to Cape Cod? We spent a magical week there this summer and can’t wait to return. Here is our list of suggestions for where to stay, what to eat, and how to have tons of family fun. Where to Stay   A great campground at a great price with super-clean facilities. Direct access to the Cape Cod Bike Trail. Where to Eat and Drink   Get in line early for Cape Cod’s best breakfast splurge. The Glazed Old Fashioned? Yum. Buy enough for your whole trip. Then buy some more to bring home. We love the Wellfleet Blend... Read More
13 Jul
Coffee from the Magic List: Beanstock Roasters, Eastham, Cape Cod

Coffee from the Magic List: Beanstock Roasters, Eastham, Cape Cod

Two years ago I found myself back in contact with my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Joe, whom I hadn’t spoken to in 22 years.  When Nancy found out that we travelled to New England every summer she insisted that we would LOVE Cape Cod, where she and Joe had retired, and she encouraged us to visit.  Stephanie had always wanted to travel there anyway, so I knew it was just a matter of time. Now fast forward two years… We finally reconnected with Nancy and Joe, and another aunt, and two cousins!  It really was quite lovely.  It turns out that... Read More
09 Jul
Well Done, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Cape Cod

Well Done, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Cape Cod

One of the wonderful surprises that Cape Cod offered us on our first visit was the great diversity of landscape. I think we expected to see beautiful beaches and dunes and not much else. However the kettle ponds, bay inlets, marshes, and wild National Seashore genuinely caught us off guard…and captured our hearts. So after you have had a few days at the beach, on the kayak, and in the sun, it is rather easy to find another outdoor diversion on Cape Cod. That is truly a remarkable thing to say about a beach vacation. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife... Read More
06 Jul
Four Hours in Provincetown, Cape Cod: The Walk, Play, Eat Tour

Four Hours in Provincetown, Cape Cod: The Walk, Play, Eat Tour

If you have been a reader of this blog for some time then you know downtowns are a bit tricky for us. We love local culture and enjoy exploring the bookstores, galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants of an area. However, our boys have never been stroller junkies and with three kids five and under, we try to avoid adding more stress to our lives. In other words, our visits to civilized areas with stores and restaurants usually revolve around the following principle: in and out and nobody gets hurt. Our first morning in Cape Cod was overcast... Read More
03 Jul
A Tale of Three Lobster Rolls in Three Towns: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A Tale of Three Lobster Rolls in Three Towns: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Every summer when we head into New England, we systematically work our way through the local seafood shacks. This tradition started four summers ago in Maine, where we happened to eat the best lobster roll of our lives at Marriner’s Restaurant in Camden. Then the quest began. We couldn’t help ourselves. Every lobster roll thereafter has been compared to that exemplar. Many have been delicious, but none have measured up to the memory. At this point we don’t even know if we are being fair. Perhaps our nostalgia has gotten the... Read More
01 Jul
Dip Your Camping Cup into a Kettle Pond: Nickerson State Park, Cape Cod

Dip Your Camping Cup into a Kettle Pond: Nickerson State Park, Cape Cod

It would be easy to spend a week on Cape Cod, as we have done, and miss Nickerson State Park entirely.  Why not just return to the golden beaches of the National Seashore, or spend another warm afternoon exploring the kid-friendly tide pools of Cape Cod Bay? Because then you wouldn’t get to take a deeply relaxing swim in one of Nickerson’s eight crystal clear, Zen-like Kettle Ponds. Where the ocean and the bay beaches of Cape Cod are constantly in a state of dramatic transition, the Kettle Ponds are soothing and still.  They are... Read More

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