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Cape Cod Vacation 2014

I now interrupt your regularly scheduled recipes for pictures of the beach. I promise we’ll be back to the food on Sunday, but I hope you’ll stick around to gawk at some photos from our Cape Cod vacation. The truth is, I hardly ever take pictures of anything other than food. I’ve learned a lot about shooting manually with my DSLR camera, but when it comes to anything besides what’s on my plate, I’m basically clueless. I took this vacation as an opportunity to explore and experiment a bit with other types of photography, and I had a lot of fun along the way.

Besides, it’s hard not to when you’ve got a view like this:

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Before we go on, let me tell you about how The Mr. and I do vacations. We basically go on vacation to eat. We choose our destination based on the amount of fresh seafood we’ll be able to consume. That, and the beach. We love the beach, but we don’t like sweating it out on the beach. I know people who can lay out in the blazing hot sun for hours. They seem to soak up the humidity and look good doing it.

I’m not that person. I start sweating within 15 minutes of laying out my beach towel. 30 minutes in I’ve somehow managed to get sand plastered to every part of my body, including the parts that are supposed to be shielded by a swimsuit. An hour later I’m splotchy and red, my hair is a tangled ball of frizz, and I’m ready for an air conditioned induced nap.

This is why we love Cape Cod. Seafood + Beautiful Beaches + 70 degrees. It is perfection.

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I just love the laid back vibe of the Cape. It’s a kick off your shoes kind of place. It’s a bike-riding, book-reading, kite-flying kind of place.

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The beaches are clean, beautiful, and uncrowded (at least in early June). Not to mention covered in absolutely perfect skipping stones.

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Note: I am the absolute WORST at skipping stones. It’s actually a little bit embarrassing.

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The beach nearest to our bed and breakfast had a killer clam shack called “Liam’s.” Their crab roll was PACKED, quite literally overflowing, with fresh crab. We had more than one picnic on the beach that included this crab roll, a basket of fried scallops, and their famous crispy onion rings. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Speaking of our lodgings, we were beyond thrilled with our choice this year. It’s always a little nerve wracking picking out a B&B online, but the Ship’s Knees Inn did not disappoint.

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Super quaint, beautifully manicured, gracious hosts, and ultra comfy beds. What’s not to love?

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The place was covered with cozy little spots to read a book or sit and soak in the blue skies, but our favorite spot was around the fire pit.

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When we weren’t at the beach or lounging around the inn we were trouncing around the shops of Chatham, checking out the little boutiques and bookstores…

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And filling up paper bags of candy from the Penny Candy store (They had all sorts of nostalgic sweets and chocolate covered EVERYTHING at this place!):

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And drooling over window displays like this one:

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Of course, when we weren’t shopping or beaching, we were eating. We went back to one of our favorite restaurants on The Cape this year, The Ocean House. We’re in it partly for the food (heLLO seafood bruschetta!)

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And partly for this killer sunset view:

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We found a new favorite restaurant this time around called Impudent Oyster. They don’t let you use cell phones in the place, so I didn’t snag a picture of the food, but everything we had was incredible (we went back a second time because it was just THAT good). Devils on Horseback (bacon wrapped scallops), Seafood Alfredo, Mediterranean Steak Tips, a killer shrimp roll, and hands down the best truffle fries I’ve ever eaten in my life. And don’t even get me started on the Salted Caramel Brownie Pretzel Sundae we had for dessert. I did take a picture of the sign, but other than that, I’m going to have to depend on my taste buds to help me remember the glories of that place.

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I’m a little bummed the Mr. and I didn’t snag someone to take a nice couple’s shot of the two of us with the ocean in the background. Instead we got this duck face selfie. Try not to be jealous. I know it’s extremely attractive.

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We did manage to spot a TON of seals. The seals swim within 30 feet of the shore on the Cape, and I was able to snap a couple of pictures this time. They’re not great, but you’ll just have to trust me on this one. Those shiny black spots are seal heads!

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And of course I got my annual Little Mermaid pose as well. I could have actually done it on a rock in the water, but the ocean was fah-REEZING so I used this handy dandy log instead. (Up where they walk…)

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If you’ve never been to the Cape, I highly recommend you visit sometime. It’s a beautiful place to take a drive, ride a bike, read a book, gawk at gorgeous homes, or nap on the beach. So, pretty much all the things I love to do on vacation.

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Thanks for indulging me, friends. I’d love to hear about your favorite vacation spots! Where do you love to get away? What do you love to do on vacation? And most importantly, where do you love to EAT on vacation?

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  • Katie June 21, 2014, 5:23 PM

    Beautiful pics Courtney. Loved the Little Mermaid pose. =) Crab roll with fried scallops sounds too good to be true. The Ship’s Knees should be happy for your positive endorsement. It looks like a wonderful place to visit.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood June 22, 2014, 10:55 AM

      Thanks Katie. 🙂 We really had such a good experience with The Ship’s Knees. I was very impressed. I think we may have found our go-to spot for next time!

  • Michelle June 21, 2014, 6:15 PM

    Ok, now I HAVE to go there. I’m with you…love love love the beach, but actually being ON the beach all day? No. We just got back from the Outer Banks, and my mother-in-law wanted to be on the beach 24/7, and I had to keep sneaking away to our hotel room for some air conditioning.

    That crab roll looks INCREDIBLE. My mother-in-law hates seafood, so I hardly got any which I’m still devastated about. I think we will just have to copy your vacation next time!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood June 22, 2014, 10:54 AM

      Ummm yes. You would LOVE it. It is gorgeous and the seafood is incredible. If you go in June or September it’s not very crowded and the temps are perfect–low 70s and very little humidity. I’ve heard it gets pretty crowded in July/August, but the temps are still low-mid 80s, not 90++ like here!

  • Nancy June 23, 2014, 5:25 PM

    I NEED TO GO TO CAPE COD! It sounds like heaven – amazing seafood (I could eat my body’s weight in seafood), not too hot, beautiful beach, no people. And don’t knock your photography skills, girl. These photos are gorgeous. They very properly conveyed just how idyllic and scenic Cape Cod is, not to mention the rockin’ food photos. You ‘n your hubs are just so damned cute! I almost fell off my chair when I saw the crab roll. That’s the equivalent of like, a dozen crab’s worth of meat right there! The most relaxing vacay the Husband and I have had was Maui last April. We want to go back to Hawaii and visit a new island, maybe in the fall. I have to say that no matter how good the food is where we go, I always love coming home and eating all the amazing Asian food in Vancouver. You should come and visit me! I’ll make sure you go home ten pounds heavier 😉

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 3, 2014, 9:54 PM

      I just realized my spam filter has been filtering out all my Disqus comments so I just saw this one (Ugh..Technology, right??!) I can’t recommend the Cape enough, but if you’re looking for no people you’ve gotta go either early summer or late summer/fall. I hear it’s pretty crazy in July/August. Hawaii is definitely on my bucket list as well. It looks soo beautiful and relaxing. But you’re really selling Vancouver…Asian food and you?? We just might have to take you up on that!

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