Before the shutters are nailed shut for the season on Labor Day there is still time for to splash at a seaside retreat on the cape. Cape Cod, a hook-shaped peninsula of the U.S. state of Massachusetts, is our August destination. It’s the site of quaint villages, seafood shacks and wind swept beaches. In the large town of Hyannis, the John F. Kennedy Museum is the first stop on the Kennedy Legacy Trail through downtown, where ferries depart to the resort islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. As the Atlantic crashes on a coastline strewn with picturesque harbors, glorious dunes and blinking lighthouses we’ll check in to a beautiful historic beach house.
It does not matter which bedroom you choose, they all have water views and in each the sheer white linen drapes waft in the breeze and puddle on the well-worn hardwood floors. This home captures our imagination of an era gone by. We find the accommodations comfortable and full of fun treasures. The scent of the sea and the slightly musty sent of old books blend in an intoxicating aroma that beckons us to cast away any modern day concerns. The screened in porch soon becomes our favorite destination for morning coffee and an evening cocktail as the constant breeze coming off the bay lulls us into our well-deserved respite. The porch swing is strewn with cozy pillows and lightweight blankets in nautical pastels of peach and turquoise. The sky blue rag rug, having endured decades of children’s sandy feet padding their way to a comfortable lap for an afternoon nap, is slightly tattered in the very best way.
Meals will be shared and naps will be relished with a dog eared novel abandoned as we doze. Many treks to the beach toting chairs, umbrellas, coolers and then a return from the beach sun kissed and satiated. Board games remind us of childhood and bon fires on the beach remind us of love. The peacefulness of this trip leave us with clearer perspective and a plan to balance our priorities.
Peace and Love