Sixty-five reasons to love Cape Cod

Strage Harbor sunset 

By Rita Richardson, West Harwich

1.Watching pastel-clad grandchildren pop up on lawns like tulips over April vacation

2.Sunset at Harding's Beach Chatham-- it faces west (above)

3. Relaxing in the sun with beach chair and book at Red River Beach, Harwich

4. Walking or biking the bike path between Harwich and Chatham

5. Thompson's Wildflower Preserve on Rt. 39 in Harwich

6. Fish markets in every direction -- what a selection

Lobster roll7. Clam chowder and lobster rolls

8. Provinceland's vistas

9. An aromatic visit to the Atlantic Spice Company in Truro

10. Shutters in every color from navy blue to park bench green

11. Daffodils along 6A in late spring

12. Cape Cod Lavender Farm in Harwich at harvest (early July)

13. The Ocean House, Dennisport for the view

lighthouse_inn25014. Drinks on the deck of  the Lighthouse Inn , West Dennis (on right)

15. Chillingsworth for bringing at little bit of France to the Cape

16. Brooks, Dennisport and Chase Libraries (Harwich, Dennisport)

17. Movies at the art-deco-inspired Cape Cinema, Dennis-look up at the ceiling

18. The gorgeous expanse of the West Dennis Beach

19. The Cape Cod Guide & the Cape Codder

20. Summer theater

21. Beachcoming at the beach at Harwich Boatworks, Harbor Rd., Harwich

22. Sipping a Cape Codder on my deck at dusk

Harwich bog23. Observing the cranberry bogs turn from garnet, to crimson,  to  chartreuse (that's Linc Thacher's on Great Western Road in West Harwich)

24. Seeing the sun after three days of dreary clouds- ebullient!

25. Homemade ice cream after dinner at 4-Seas, Sunday School, School House,DQ

26. Paine's Creek Inlet, Brewster

27. Treating yourself to fried clams or onion rings at the local " Weatherdeck "

28. Lobster any way, any time

29. Craigville Beach for memories

30. Windmill Festival, Eastham

31. Seaside Festival, Yarmouth (October)

Brewster in Bloom32. Brewster in Bloom (April)

33. Dennis Festival Days (August)

34. Harwich's Cranberry Festival (September)

35. Bourne Scallop Festival (September)

36. Pops by the Sea, Orleans (August)

37. Kelley Chapel, Yarmouthport

38. The high-speed ferry to the Islands

39. Wandering in Wood's Hole

40. Baxter's Boathouse, Hyannis

41. Scrub pine, scotch broom, bayberry bushes along the trails

 42. Shopping in Orleans, Osterville & Chatham

 43. Snow on the beach

 44. Finding your own favorite places; showing them to othersHigh tide

 45. Astronomical high tides (Pleasant Bay on right); Brewster flats at low tide

 46. Spotting sea lavender, pretty but endangered

47. Listening to the phoebe birds "talking"

48. Hearing a distant fog  horn

49. The outer beach at Nauset and the dune shacks

50. Visiting a herring run in spring

51. Strolling historic Sandwich Village

52. Buying a sack of cornmeal from the old gristmill

53. The golf courses that punctuate the Cape--Elysian fields for golfers

54. The fireplace parlor at the Chatham Bars Inn in winter; the porch in summer

55. Salivating at the salt water taffy stand in Yarmouth

xmas_tree56. The Christmas Tree Shops and Ocean State Job Lot for bargains

57.Windmill on the cove by the rotary in Orleans

58. Walking the circuit from Cedar Maple Swamp to Cap'n Penniman House

59. Appreciating the unique architecture of the library in East Dennis—go inside

60. Antiquing along 6A

61. Yard Sale bonanzas Memorial and Labor Day Weekends

62. Enjoying the charm of the Brewster bookstore—perfect spot on a rainy day

63. Supporting the Farmers' Markets- go early- local products sell out

64. Pain d'Avignon on Airport Road in Hyannis-- Cape's own patisserie

65. Arctic snow (below at Eastward Ho in Chatham ON Pleasant Bay)

PLEASE feel free to add YOUR reasons with a comment below

Rita Richardson, 47 Harvard St. B-203, Charlestown, MA, also has a home in West Harwich and she loves the cape about as much as is possible.

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