|Subject: Trip to Boston - Cape Cod - Quebec Laurentians|
Well we are back from a very wonderful time in Boston, Cape Cod and the Quebec Laurentians. We went to Boston for a best friend's younger son's wedding - it was truly great to be there - the wedding was at the Hilton Harbourside and the weather cooperated - the ceremony was held outside looking over Boston Harbour. Harvey during dinner took some great shots of the Boston skyline.
We set of to Cape Cod on the Monday with the sun shining and the traffic going in the opposite direction (everyone coming back from a weekend in Cape Cod). As we crossed the bridge onto the Cape we found our first lobster place where we had a 1 ½ pound cooked and cracked lobster. What a way to start our four days in Cape Cod.
We stayed at the Chatham Inn http://www.chathammotel.com/ - the price was right - there was a special if you stayed two nights the third was free - the motel is well located, and although just off Route 28 very quiet. They provide coffee in the morning, we had a fridge in the room so were able to have a relaxing breakfast each morning before heading off for the day.
The weather cooperated for the most part and only on the Tuesday was it cloudy with some rain in the afternoon - which gave us the opportunity to have naps.
We explored the Cape from Provincetown to Sandwich - took as was advised by Tom Raftery (thank you for all your advice Tom) route 6A which is as everyone says truly lovely. We stopped at antique dealers, ice cream places and took side roads down to different beaches and harbours.
Chatham was my favourite town, maybe as we visited it first. But it is truly charming and the shops are lovely. We ate at the Impudent Oyster Restaurant - we found here and in all the restaurants warm hospitality and very good food. Harvey and I often share main courses and nowhere was that a problem. We also ate at Pisces, Main Street Chatham (confusing as the restaurant is a fair bit west of the town on Route 28) - a must go - great food and also excellent service - a highschool student with a summer job he obviously truly enjoyed. Again thanks Tom
Another Tom recommendation that is a definite must go is the Brewster Fish House - it is about 20 minutes from Chatham - very easy to get to - they do not take reservations and the wait is at least an hour - we sat at the bar and ended up having dinner there with wonderful conversation with Tina the bar waitress. We met some delightful people and had a truly wonderful meal and evening. We shared crab cakes and shrimp barbequed on sugar cane, crispy striped bass as a main and caramel apple pie with ice cream for dessert - quite decadent.
In Provincetown we had wonderful lobster at the Lobster Pot on Commercial Street. On the way back from Provincetown we sat on the beach in Welfleet watching the boats go by and then had a drink and fried clams at the Bookstore Restaurant overlooking the water. Being close to dusk at this point we headed for Rock Harbour just outside Orleans for a most spectacular sunset of which Harvey has many many photos.
For our last day we ordered, the night before, lobster from the Lobster pound in Chatham - they had it cooked and cracked for us first thing in the morning. So we packed our cooler with lobster, salads from a prepared food store in Chatham, white wine and fruit and set off for a wonderful last day with the sun shining, not a cloud in the sky. We picnicked on a beach near Dennis.
We set off for the Laurentians Friday morning and quite luckily as the weather took quite the turn - cool and cloudy. After 8 hours on the road we arrived in the Quebec Laurentians to quite wonderful weather and spent the weekend overlooking a beautiful lake, resting and of course eating and drinking - we did no driving till we left for Toronto Sunday morning. A wonderful trip all around but the time in the car was long - as Harvey counted 42 hours from start to finish - in Europe we most likely would have been through several countries with that amount of driving.
Thanks to all the Ziners for the input on Cape Cod, it certainly added to our enjoyment.