As our second guest blogger, we are honored to have Adam Weissler share his trip to Boston, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard! Adam is a reporter and senior producer on the nationally syndicated TV show, Extra.
This was my family’s first trip to the Cape – my wife (and fellow Extra TV producer) Jennifer, and my 2 kids, Olivia, age 11, and Holden, 9.
I had visited the area once, as a teen, and made the ferry journey to Martha’s Vineyard. What I recall most from that trip in 1986 was a visit to the Edgartown Library, to get out of the rain, as they were having a used book sale.. and I actually came home with a stack of paperbacks and reference books.
We started this trip with a weekend in Boston, at the Westin Copley Plaza and enjoyed the popular family sights - took in a game at Fenway, did the Swan Boats, Duck Tour, Harvard, Freedom Trail and a fun dinner in the North End.
A real highlight of our time before the Cape was a visit to Plimoth Plantation, which of course is right on the way. It was truly a beautiful day and visit, and Richard Pickering, the Executive Director and Rob Kluin, the PR director gave our family an amazing tour. We spent most of the day immersing ourselves in the history, with amazing actor re-creations of the sights, sounds and smells, and FUN.. of the time, enjoyed a fab lunch and a visit to the Mayflower II, where Olivia and Holden participated in some role-playing of their own, as it was Pirate Day.
But that was just a pre-cursor to a full week on the Cape.
We rented a house in East Harwich.. with our friends, the Elliotts. That was our jumping off location for various day trips - with our rental car stereo tuned to local WFCC 107.5 (the classical station was perfect .. and different for the kids). We became experts on the beaches in Dennis, with Mayflower being the standout, and Chapin a close second. The kids loved the low tide fun, very different from California.. and the horseshoe and hermit crabs! We frequented Chatham, took in the Chatham Band, a Chatham Anglers playoff game, a screening of “Jaws” at the Orpheum Theatre and loved the Chatham Lighthouse Beach at Sunset. I met up with my friend, singer Sam Harris, in Provincetown - who was performing that week at the Crown & Anchor – before a family excursion on Art’s Dune Tours (WOW! That was fun!) and caught up with local star and American Idol Season 9 Finalist Siobhan Magnus, where she showed me her boutique at the Antique Center of Cape Cod that she runs for fun between gigs and recording. A trip to the Cape Cod Natural History Museum in Brewster, and Wing’s Island Conservation area - was also a highlight.
What we were all looking most forward to was boat ride to the Vineyard! We a great time on Hy-Line Cruises – spending time both inside, where Jen prefers to hang, and out on the deck where I enjoyed the wind and the sights of Nantucket Sound. Upon arrival, I made a beeline for the Black Dog store in Oak Bluffs to get an obligatory t-shirt. Olivia found some jewelry she liked at a gift shop and Holden found some vintage comics at the nifty Corner Store. We easily caught the bus to Edgartown and walked around, taking in the sights. We had a super lunch at the Seafood Shanty, with a window seat view of the Chappy Ferry that couldn’t be beat. We strolled, took lots of pictures, hit stores like Vineyard Vines and Jack Wills. We felt like locals by the time we took the bus back to Oak Bluffs. We enjoyed more shopping before the fun boat ride back to the Cape proper. We ended the day with visit to Four Seas Ice Cream in Centerville...a must! Great history, look, feel.. and ice cream.
We hope to visit again soon.. and I think our next ferry will be to Nantucket!