Current Cape Cod Favorites

IMG_0186It’s been over a year and a half since my last post, and wow, has a lot happened in that year and a half…nothing that I’m going to get into on here, right now, though.  Maybe someday, when I write my tell-all memoir (haha), but for now, I’ll get back into writing about a few of my favorite things — travel and food. For all that’s happened since I last posted back in January 2014, there hasn’t been a lot of travel, though. Lots of eating, but unfortunately not lots of travel. It looks like my passport will expire before my next international trip, but I guess worse things could happen. I did make it up to Killington, VT for a weekend ski trip this winter, and finally made it back to the Cape last week, though.

Motivated by my need to pay $26.00 to renew my blog’s official “.com” website, here are my current ramblings of Cape Cod favorites:

  1. Affordable motels that aren’t run down, dirty, or out-of-the-way.  Hotels, or more realistically, motels on the Cape don’t come cheap.  You’re lucky if you can find anything for under $200 per night over the summer, so I’m always pleasantly surprised when I find somewhere to stay that is more in the $150-ish per night range, clean, close to the beach, semi updated, and friendly.  The Cove in Orleans is all of these and more.   Conveniently located within walking distance of quite a few shops and restaurants, a 5-10 minute drive to Nauset Beach on the ocean side and Skaket Beach on the bay side, and with beautiful views of the waterfront, The Cove has to be one of my favorite motels.  The room was large, clean, and comfortable; the staff was friendly; and the pool was perfect for a quick dip to cool off after a hot day at the beach or bike riding. I will definitely return.
  2. Perfect beach days.  This one also depends a little bit on luck because no one can predict the weather…or sharks…but we were lucky enough to have some perfectly sunny days.  We enjoyed our time at Nauset Beach and Cahoon Hollow Beach, and only had to stay out of the water for about an hour or two because of “hazardous marine life.”
  3. The Cape Cod Rail Trail.  Need to burn off all those lobster rolls, fried seafood, and beer? Just jump on a bike and hit the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which stretches over 22 miles from Dennis to Wellfleet. We rented bikes from Orleans Cycle, which was a quick walk from our hotel, and rode from Orleans to the end of the trail in Wellfleet and back. Close to 20 miles of calorie-burning fun to prepare me for one of my favorite parts of vacation – eating! On a close to 90-degree sunny day. It was…fun?? And tiring.
  4. Sunsets over the ocean.  Skaket Beach, located on the bay side in Orleans, is a great place for viewing sunsets. Minus the multitudes of bugs that attack you while you’re enjoying the view.
  5. Seafood, seafood, and more seafood.  I’m sure pretty much any place that you visit on the Cape will have great seafood, but a couple of my favorites that I visited during this trip were Moby Dick’s in Wellfleet, where I enjoyed broiled scallops with corn on the cob and a baked potato, and the Lobster Claw in Orleans where I had a delicious lobster roll.IMG_0197
  6. Super fresh Wellfleet oysters in Wellfleet.  I’m not the biggest oyster lover. I mean, if they’re offered for $1 during Happy Hour somewhere I may get a few, but I’m not out ordering them by the dozen.  While at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet, I just had to have some, though. I ordered a 1/2 dozen, and they didn’t disappoint! I even got 1 for free and somehow ended up with 7.
  7. Drinks, drinks, drinks.  What’s vacation without a little booze? I’d say my favorite spot was the Beachcomber, which is located in the sandy parking lots right next to (or maybe above…since the beach is so eroded) Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet.  The offer the perfect refreshments after a long day in the sun — just make sure you don’t mind waiting a while for a seat at the bar! Their food was delicious, as well, and they offer live music most nights.  I also happened to find some of the best red sangria at an outdoor bar on Main Street in Hyannis. We stopped at Torino for a light lunch before heading to our hotel in Orleans.
  8. Finally, and probably most importantly – relaxation and time away from everything.  Although the Cape is only a few hours away, whenever I’m their I enter a totally different frame of mind and just learn to relax and love life for a few days.  All the stresses of work and life are left behind. I can’t wait to return next summer!


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My new blog for class

This class I’m taking, New Media and PR, is making me start a whole new blog.  One that has a way more narrow focus than “travel.”  I had no idea what to write about, so I decided to focus on one of my addictions: ice cream. I’ve only written two posts so far, but I think writing about ice cream will be fun.  Maybe when I start writing in this blog more often and have money to travel the world, I can write about the best ice cream at different desinations. Who knows.

It will be interesting to see which blog receives more traffic, since one is very broad and the other is really narrow. Not that I’ve been posting in this one recently. I can’t imagine there’s a huge number of ice cream addicts in Boston during the winter, though.

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Too busy to write

Now that school has started, I’ll probably be writing even less often than I did during the summer. I really love posting, but it’s just so hard when I have class, homework, and have to work pretty much full time every week.

On the bright side, my roommates and I have already started thinking about spring break trips. It’ll probably end up being some place in Florida.

Hopefully I can write a few quick posts about my trip to Atlantic City, now that it’s been a month since we went.

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My First Post

So, this is my first post here on Sun, Sand, and Savings. In this blog, I plan to write reviews of places I’ve been to recently and post deals that I find for my vacation wish list. The majority of the places I review will be warm weather, beach destinations because that’s where I usually travel, but my wish list deals will be from around the world. I have a feeling that no one’s going to see this blog for a while, but I’ll start posting my finds anyways.

Planning and going on vacation has been a hobby of mine since I was a young girl. I can’t remember a family vacation that I didn’t help plan. Every time my parents announced that we would be taking a trip, my sister and I would spend hours online searching for the best hotel within our budget and the cheapest flights. My parents always listened to our suggestions, except once when I was about 11 and my dad picked this horrible hotel in Lake George, NY.

I love travel, but I haven’t been far. All the other travel bloggers have been everywhere. I, on the other hand, ventured outside of this timezone for the first time in January, and the only countries I’ve been to outside of the United States are Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas.

I would love to travel more, but unfortunately I don’t have a great deal of money right now. Neither do my parents, hence the exclusively east coast travels during the first 18 years of my life.

I spent 24 hours a week this semester at two different unpaid internships and only was able to squeeze in about 20 hours of working as a sports bar server. Like every industry, the restaurant industry has been hit hard by the recession, and I’ve seen a substantial decline in my tips since last year. Fortunately, thanks to my wonderful credit card, I was able to take two trips this winter: Cancun during winter break and Puerto Rico during spring break. Thank god it wasn’t the other way around or I could be sick with swine flu right now.

Hopefully my future will be full of sun, sand, and savings on great vacations. Who knows, maybe one day this poor college student will be paid to review hotels around the world. Wouldn’t that be nice? Watch out Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel, I might be stealing your job.

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