|Scene on Route 6A, Cape Cod, MA|
From Brewster, stay on 6A. For a few miles, elegant Victorian homes house art galleries, inns, offices and stores before 6A cuts directly through the egret and osprey studded Stony Brook Valley Salt Marsh preserve. Tree branches form canopies over 6A, and more antique, gift and glass shops dot the road on this stretch, marking a well-heeled, worldly clientele. Stop at Scargo Pottery; www.ScargoPottery.com, off Route 6, Dennis, MA, 508-385-3894, open daily 10am – 6pm, as your car crawls along a wooded dirt road, you’ll see a few cars parked near a sculpture garden and clapboard building. This is home to notable clay artists who work and sell their unusual wares in this shop/studio. When I visited, the gallery was long on fantastical Kremlin-like pieces. Reminding me of colorful dribble sand castles, they dominated the woodsy property. Ceramic craft collectors will love this tucked-in-the-woods find.
|Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis MA|
|Nutmeg Muffin; Underground Bakery|
Stop to see the Gorey House, then....
Share a decadently awewome old-fashioned ice-cream soda at 100-year-old Hallet’s, 139 Main St. Yarmouthport, which has been dishing out hand-mixed ice-cream sodas for over 100 years. If those wide, warped original floorboards could talk, they’d expound upon the generations of soda-fountain lovers who stopped in for a cool, creamy, sinful sip. Still in operation by members of the Hallet family, come soon for one of the best ICS’s you’ll ever draw through a straw.
|Jim Ellis, Blacksmith|
|Coast Guard Heritage Museum|
I spent the last night on the Cape in Sandwich. There's just too much to see in a couple of days.
Sandwich MUST SEE's
1. Heritage Museums and Gardens; click on the link for my former post
2. Greenbriar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen; which I covered in a former post
3. Sandwich Glass Museum; www.sandwichglassmuseum.org, 508-888-0251. When an oil painting began talking, I knew this wasn’t going to be Grandma’s boring glass-case museum. Even the supposedly stuffy items in said glass cases moved to grab my attention. The town of Sandwich was known for its pressed glass and in this clever, engaging museum you can see a glass-blowing demo, holographic depictions of a colonist’s use of glass in her home, and yes, glass shelves brimming with the colorful crystal that made this town famous.
4. Take Tea at ; Dunbar Tea Room; when I exit the Cape with a second layer of fat on my body, I'll blame the phenomenal Dunbar Tea Room and its scones with clotted cream. Nuff said. If you are into high tea with cucumber sandwiches and sinful baked goods, this little cottage must be on your “places to eat” list.