Americas Destinations

Greetings from the Cape

August 9, 2016
Cape Cod

What locals simply call the cape actually is the shortcut for Cape Cod, a peninsula and popular summer destination that offers endless sandy beaches, lots of hiking and bike trails and the epicentre of hippie and gay tourism in the artsy town of Provincetown. It supposed to be an easy two-hour drive from Boston but turned out to be four at the end thanks to heavy traffic. So we stopped for lunch at a promising looking drive-in restaurant called Arnold’s and tried some signature dishes like the clam roll and lobster bisque. What a life saver!

CapeCod28Slightly tired we finally checked into our simple motel. It was my first motel stay and I was quite excited as I’ve seen so many motel scenes in movies and tv-shows (mostly horror related), however it wasn’t bad at all.

Capecod1 The beach wasn’t far from our room, but it wasn’t exactly that kind of beach you would like to enjoy a swim…

Capecod2 We quickly continued our journey to the Cape Cod National Seashore Park and further to Provincetown (or simply P-Town). Historic detail on the side: The harbour of today’s P-Town has been the first place where pilgrims from Europe settled foot back in 1602.

Capecod6 Capecod4 Capecod5Capecod3 Weirdly the town’s landmark, the Pilgrim monument, seems misplaced: The design resembles the Torre de Mangia in Siena, Italy. But P-Town is different in many ways, so you just accept it and enjoy the view from the top 😉

Capecod7-2Capecod8 Capecod9The centre of P-Town is formed by a pier (there are regular boats from/to Boston) and boulevards full with cool shops, restaurants, bars and clubs mostly targeting a gay/lesbian audience – but even as a straight couple, we never felt uncomfortable. Quite the contrary – we saw lots of families and retirees too, and generally I liked the open-minded whatever mentality and chilled vibe of that place. They make feel everyone welcome! The unofficial flag of P-Town is the pride flag, which can be found at almost every house – nice!

Capecod10During sunset a storm came up which turned the sky into a colourful painting ❤️

Capecod13 We continued our seafood diet and ate dinner at P-Town’s most renowned restaurant – the lobster pot! It’s so popular that they don’t take reservations – you just show up and wait. After that feast it was clear for us that we o.d’d on seafood, but it was worth it 😉

Capecod12 Capecod11The storm cleared up the air and the next morning awaited us with clear skies and more sunshine! Rather by accident we found a little trail that took us through pine trees and surprisingly beautiful salt marshes to a little lighthouse we saw from afar. I’ve never experienced that kind of landscape and was absolutely delighted!

Capecod18 Capecod19 Capecod21 Our target looked close but the last part was unmarked and sand dunes only, and you know how tiring walking through sand can be :/

Capecod22-2Capecod20Wooo, we were tired, hot and ran out of water but we made it to Race Point Lighthouse! What a pretty house in the middle of nowhere!

Capecod26 Right next to the lighthouse is isolated Race Point Beach, but as the water was too cold for swimming and we were thirsty, we quickly made our way back into civilization…

Capecod25 Back in P-Town, enjoying my reward for the hike… Ben & Jerry’s is just incredibly rich and creamy, I had to get the kid’s cone… Americans 😛

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Btw after our trip we found out that Cape Cod isn’t all about holiday and happiness. Young people on the Cape are facing serious drug problems (it’s even known as the heroin hotspot) and there’s a rough but touching documentary about it – if you’re not faint-hearted you can watch the full video here.

31 Comments

  • Reply shootingvienna August 9, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Oh wow, I did not know about those beautiful sandy beaches near Boston (but then again I don’t know that much about the USA ;))
    I love the second picture of you with the frame, you look like you are having lots of fun exploring the place!
    Thanks for the link, I would have not suspected this place to have this major problem but then again, what place on this world does not have any issues? :/

    • Reply sileas August 11, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      The US keep surprising me as well in good and bad ways :/ Thank you, I really like that pic too 😀

  • Reply Julie August 10, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Ahh, I haven’t been to the Cape in SO, SO long. I have been missing the US like crazy lately… Beautiful pictures and all the seafood looks ah-mazing!

    Unfortunately the US has been hit by a fierce heroin epidemic. Quite sad, actually. 🙁

    • Reply sileas August 11, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Yeah too bad really. You should come back visit at least 😉

  • Reply ourdestinationsblog August 10, 2016 at 5:44 am

    What a nice play that I have never heard of. Looks fantastic and I feel it is totally worth a visit. Very nice report with great images! I like 🙂

    • Reply sileas August 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks a lot for your nice feedback 🙂

  • Reply Paleica August 10, 2016 at 6:50 am

    abgesehen vom letzten absatz: einfach wunderschön. hachhach! cape cod, wenn mich nicht alles täuscht wohnte da kevin kostner in message in a bottle ^.^

    • Reply sileas August 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Was du alles weißt 😉

      • Reply Paleica August 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm

        expertin für unnützes wissen, sozusagen 😉

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 August 10, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Wow Julia what a fabulous post; great photos and lots of stuff for me to learn – I certainly did not know about the gay/lesbian pride which I certainly have no issue with but shame about the drug problem…guess it’s brought over from the mainland!!

    • Reply sileas August 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you Sue, apparently a lot of “happy” places have a dark side :/

  • Reply PinaySkattebasse August 10, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Love your photos as always. Esp the sunset and the lobster! yum.

    • Reply sileas August 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you! Oh I wish we had such great lobster at home!

  • Reply Jessica @ Boarding Pass August 10, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    This brought back so many memories, I used to go to Cape Cod as a kid!

    • Reply sileas August 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Really? That’s cool! I can imagine that kids would enjoy this place a lot 🙂

  • Reply Kandice August 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    omg what a place!!! I will definitely go here one day! the place looks summery 🙂

    • Reply sileas August 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Absolutely! Summers are rather short there but the people seem to enjoy it even more!

  • Reply Sofia August 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    What a lovely place! And I love lighthouses, there is some element of standing up against harsh conditions of nature about them (Or I think so anyway)

    • Reply sileas August 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Exactly! It’s my imagination of isolation and loneliness – sometimes quite tempting 😉

  • Reply annie lee August 12, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    hahaha motel scenes in horror movies… i totally know what you mean! and what an amazing sunset. ben & jerry’s definitely a sign of civilization x) hope you guys had a lovely time!

    • Reply sileas August 16, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks Annie, we did! I actually was so tired, I didn’t even think of anything creepy 😛

  • Reply Anna August 13, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Wunderschön! Das sieht ja fast so malerisch aus wie Point Lobos auf der anderen Seite der Staaten. 🙂

    • Reply sileas August 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Die Staaten bieten so unglaubliche Landschaften und ich würde nur zu gerne die ganze Westküste bereisen…

  • Reply mintnoti August 15, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I’ve been wanting to visit Cape Cod to eat and check out their beaches. I had no idea they had a drug problem there, that’s sad to hear. I really enjoyed all your photos, that ice cream cone looks so good!

    Eden | Mint Notion

    • Reply sileas August 16, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks so much Eden! Yeah, when I saw the documentation I was shocked, nevertheless the area is beautiful!

  • Reply Amanda August 19, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Wow, your photos are so beautiful! I haven’t explored much of the East Coast, even though I used to live in DC. The Cape is a place that’s always been high on my must-see travel list. It just looks so tranquil. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Reply sileas August 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you Amanda for your nice feedback! I hope one day you’ll find yourself there 😉

  • Reply wazwu August 21, 2016 at 1:22 am

    I’ve never been to Cape Cod, but have always love seeing photos from there. Looks like a nice place to escape to for a short beach vacation! So glad that motels are not too bad these days. Very sad to hear about the dark side of it, and I hope things start to get better for the people involved. 🙁

    • Reply sileas August 21, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Yeah I agree with you in all the points you mentioned!

  • Reply Sam August 22, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    It’s unfortunate you felt the need to mention. the drug problem while on vacation. From a writers stand point, it’s much like your comment about the Provincetown Monument. It seems out of place. Hard hitting reality in the middle of an otherwise fluff piece of writing. It makes it seem like you either a) encountered herione dealers at every turn or b) you are plugging the documentary. I’m not trying to attack you, but as someone born and raised there it seemed like a cheap shot. Your story is about vacation. Not how big pharma has exacerbated an already existent drug issue in an area of the country that is debilitated by seasonal affective disorder. Stick to what you know/experienced and don’t try to add gravitas to a story that doesn’t warrant it.

    Also, there is a homemade ice cream shop at one of the busiest intersections on Commercial Street and you went to Ben & Jerry’s? I know they are delicious, but on the Cape, homemade ice cream parlors are like baseball teams. Die-hard fans that will claim up and down that their favorite is the best. Just Google “best ice cream shop, Cape Cod” and you’ll get a whole list. Save Ben and Jerry’s for your next mall visit.

    • Reply sileas August 23, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Hi Sam, thank you for your critical comment. First of all, I haven’t encountered anything regarding the drug issue and I stumbled upon the documentary after my trip and was shocked. It wasn’t my aim to offend anyone or devalue the place – quite the opposite, my final impression of Cape Cod is very positive if that isn’t obvious enough in my post. I know my short stay there doesn’t pay enough tribute for what the place has to offer, however I’m not working for any marketing or tourism agency, this is still a private blog with my personal opinions. In that case, I just placed the link of that documentary at the end, if someone was interested and I think every well informed person knows that this isn’t only a problem on the cape but worldwide. Regarding the ice-cream: Well I live in Austria and unfortunately we don’t get Ben & Jerry’s in a cone and I usually agree with supporting local companies, but this was still something special to me. On that part I admit, I didn’t do any research and just walked in because I felt like it. But I will keep your advice in mind for next time…

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