I look forward to summer vacation with heavy anticipation beginning as soon as April vacation ends. After a long, stormy winter, I am so ready for warmer weather and beach days. The sun setting later, strawberries, basil and tomatoes, ice cream for dinner, outdoor showers, morning dew on the grass, the smell of Coppertone on my skin and sand between my toes. My Summer Bucket List is pretty simple but it's filled with all the things I plan to do. Best of all, I've kept it easy this year. Pretty much everything takes place in Falmouth, MA or in a town close by (the Upper part of Cape Cod). The only exception is a quick trip to Martha's Vineyard but the ferry leaves from Falmouth.
Living here is a gift but my life gets busy and it's easy to allow a boring to-do list to take over instead of enjoying what is right in front of me. My Summer Bucket List is a pledge to myself and my family that I will take the time to savor my surroundings and celebrate this beautiful place with the ones I love. I hope you plan a bucket list of your own or steal mine, if you want. These are the fun things I plan to do in Summer 2018:
Hike the Knob: The Knob, located in Woods Hole, MA has two short trails that lead to a spectacular view of Quissett Harbor and Buzzards Bay. On a clear day, you can see New Bedford to the west, the Cape Cod Canal entrance to the north and the Elizabeth Islands to the south. Bring a cup of coffee to sip as you sit on the granite bench commemorating Cornelia Carey, the woman who donated this land to conservation so that everyone could enjoy its beauty.
4th of July Parade: There are actually quite a few 4th of July Parades that take place yearly in tiny
|Annual 4th of July Parade, Quissett, MA|
Barnstable County Fair: I have been going to the Barnstable County Fair ever since I can remember. It's dusty, hot and has all of the junk food you can possibly imagine. There are all sorts of rides to make your stomach turnand games to play and waste your money trying to get the big prize. In the exhibit halls, you can
find local entries of baked goods, jellies, pickles, home grown vegetables, arts and crafts. It's exciting to enter something then go to the fair to see if we won the blue ribbon in our category. Val always seems to take home a glorious prize like "Best in Show" or the state award for her divine produce.
|Sunset after an early evening swim|
Ice Cream Tour: Sampling ice cream at various ice cream shops and documenting all the new flavors we try out on a long list near the summer calendar is a favorite of ours. We will be sure to check out Smitty's Homemade Ice Cream, Somerset Creamery, Four Seas, Eulinda's and Polar Cave to name just a few.
|Can't get enough of Smitty's Homemade Ice Cream|
Mini Golf: There must always be a summer mini-golf excursion, followed by ice cream, of course
|Mini golf, family fun|
Ice Cream Sandwich
Falmouth Farmers' Market: Every Thursday from Memorial Day until Columbus Day, the Falmouth Farmers' Market is located at Falmouth Harbor from 12:00pm-6:00pm, rain or shine. You can find all sorts of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as mouth watering baked goods, jams, jellies and even fresh, hot apple cider donuts! Enjoy the ocean breeze and the view of the harbor as you shop and support local business.
Falmouth Commodores Games: The Falmouth Commodores are part of the Cape Cod Baseball
|Falmouth Commodores game|
Beach Tour: In Falmouth, we are lucky to have so many choices when it comes to going to thebeach. Hit the west side of town for beaches that offer the best sand bars at low tide. Want a view of Martha's Vineyard? Then stick to the town beaches near the center of town and East Falmouth. Feel like floating down a lazy river? Bring your boogie board to Wood Neck Beach where the tide rushes through. No matter your choice, every beach has it's own personality. That's why we spend a week in August making sure we visit at least every beach in Falmouth at least once.
|Ready to boogie at Wood Neck Beach|
|ferry ride to Martha's Vineyard|
Breakfast at the Village Cafe: I love to go out for breakfast. One of my favorite spots is the
Village Cafe in West Falmouth, open only for the
summer season. Their gooey, frosted cinnamon rolls are not to be missed.
But there are a lot of great places to go fill up on great food before hitting
the beach for a long day in the sun. Other favorites include: Pie in the Sky a funky bakery in Woods Hole, love those popovers
and Mary Ellen's
Portuguese Bakery a
local favorite for linguica and eggs.
|Village Cafe, West Falmouth MA|
S.U.P (Mastery): This one's for me. I finally bought myself a
stand up paddle board. But here's the truth: I don't know how to use it. So, my goal is to get out there and paddle around small inlets at Menahaunt Beach and the marsh side of Chapoquoit Beach. My plan is to get good at it so that I can at a moment's notice, pack up my car and get on the water to enjoy this beautiful place I call home. If you want to do the same but don't have your own SUP, check out Mocean in Mashpee Commons. They rent all sorts of gear. Excellent, friendly service and a local business I like to support.
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