Brewster, MA

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Welp, after an absence I am back to my blog!  Adding work back into my juggling act has been a transition, and everyone is in a new grade or class at school, so we’ve all been adjusting.  I have missed you, blog!

Gorgeous little lake

Gorgeous little lake

Over Labor Day weekend, we took a little trip to visit some old friends at the Cape.  And when I say “The Cape,” I of course mean Cape Cod!  I grew up hearing it as “The Cape,” coming from a family that is rooted in the Boston area.  A friend of ours got married back in January,and we did a dual celebrate-their-marriage/college-reunion at a lovely house on the cape, specifically in Brewster, MA.  I’ll tell you what- that place is gorg.

Our favorite nearby city to visit is Boston, and we’re very familiar with it.  I might add it was actually a little painful to drive nearly to Boston, then swing around it to go to The Cape.  I would definitely say a weekend in Boston is on our horizon.  But anyway, back to The Cape.

Sunlight through the trees

Sunlight through the trees

Brewster is about halfway up The Cape, if you’re looking at a map.  It’s about 5 1/2 hours from where we live.  We were super concerned about traffic since it was a holiday weekend, so we were careful, and it paid off.  Driving there on Saturday was just fine, and we left early enough on Labor Day that it also was not an issue.  We have never been to The Cape, at least not as adults, so we didn’t really know what expect.  I suppose we were expecting certain things, like popped collars, polo shirts, tennis rackets… obviously.  And we were right I suppose, haha!  But I really was blown away by how beautiful it was.  Blown.  Away.
IMG_4374Our friend found us the rental on a for-rent-by owner websites, and it was a house with a great layout, nice property, and tons of character.  It most certainly added to our enjoyment of our stay (again, well done Nutmeg!).  We were within walking distance to a private lake for property owners and renters.  That lake puts other lakes to shame (especially one of our local lakes, Oneida Lake) in its clarity- it was beautiful.  IMG_4362

Clean, warmish (not creepy warm, but warm enough to want to go in), big enough to do stuff but small enough to be quaint.  We had a lovely little beach to use with nice clean sand, flanked by a beautiful woodsy backdrop.

Little man in the sand

Little man in the sand

No motorized boats with engines more than 3 HP were allowed, so there were dots of people paddle boarding and milling around in kayaks.  Quiet, relaxing.  It was New England at its best!

There are a few cute little businesses that were highly rated on Yelp that we visited:  Brewster Ice Cream and Brewster Coffee Shop.  I think everything in Brewster was called “Brewster ______” lol.  You know you’re in a cute little town when everyone only accepts cash.  Frustrating, yes, but we came in expecting this.

Sooo good!

Sooo good!

We went out to breakfast at the Brewster Coffee Shop; it was lovely.  Probably the best omelette I’ve ever had.  We had ice cream at Brewster Ice Cream… it was no Nicky Doodles (and certainly no Frosty’s!), but it was well enough.  Well, there was a hair in my ice cream the first go ’round, but hey, accidents happen.  Character, great local people, and everyone was very hospitable.

Brewster Coffee Shop

Brewster Coffee Shop

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The natural beauty of Brewster is probably best experienced by taking a walk on the bike/walk trail along the main drag.  It’s separated from the road just enough where you’re not walking right on it, and it’s manicured very well so it’s a nice smooth stroller or bike ride.  IMG_4361You’re walking and seeing lush New England woods, beautiful quaint camps/homes, water, and lots of happy tourists and locals.  IMG_4357Lush is probably the best word.  The bark of the trees had green moss growing on them.  Everything was just so green.  It was so beautiful, you felt like you were inside of a painting.

We never did make it to the ocean.  Go figure.  I’m a pretty big ocean person.  But it was so beautiful where we were (and we had limited time), we really didn’t have any desire to leave.  Only about a half hour away I think.

Also, I don’t know if this is a Cape Cod or New England thing or not, but both nights, the sky was clear and you could see a zillion stars.  It was unbelievable!  I didn’t get any fancy pictures though.  Just remember the last time you were in a planetarium, and that pretty much was what we saw.

I recommend visiting for sure.  Great for all ages.  Bring your bikes, your watercolor set, your camera, and cash 🙂

Loving our walk

Loving our walk

I mean, come on.

I mean, come on.

Relaxation

Relaxation

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Crushed white seashell driveways are common

Crushed white seashell driveways are common

Photo doesn't do it justice; the moss or mold or whatever was bright green!

Photo doesn’t do it justice; the moss or mold or whatever was bright green!

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We’ll be back someday!

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