Our First Time On The Cape
April 6, 2014 4 Comments
Now that Spring has arrived, we are taking advantage of the longer and warmer days by venturing out and exploring the terrain. Yesterday, we headed east, crossed the Cape Cod Canal and drove to Falmouth, a charming, picturesque seaside village with great shopping, delicious food and an absolutely stunning view!
My first stop was to get a haircut by a tiny Italian woman who has styled hair for nearly thirty years. When I move, I’m always hesitant about getting my ears lowered because there are so many bad barbers and stylists out there. But Carol did a great job and by the time I’d left, I felt like I had known her forever.
After that, we explored the town. Our nostrils led us inside Masion Villatte Bakery on Main Street which served up every kind of tort, pasty and bread known to man. The Boston Globe says that owner and baker Boris Villatte brings “a taste of France” to the area, and right they are. We purchased a loaf of cranberry bread to take home, and it was to die for. Just sweet enough, the cranberries were oh-so-good in the sourdough that encased them. It makes for a perfect breakfast toast, slathered lightly with a touch of butter. Next time we’ll have to try one of their brilliant desserts.
Next we headed to Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium. Even if you’re one of those rare people who doesn’t love chocolate, you will never forgive yourself if you do not open this door to heaven. This is one of four stores B&B own in Massachusetts and Maine and they dish up every sort of fudge, ice cream, and decadent chocolate treat that you can imagine. From peanut butter cups and cordials to an assortment of beautiful specialty chocolate eggs, this little confectionery shop has “an air of nostalgia” about it (Roadfood.com). The girl behind the counter says that in summer, there is always a line of people out the door and around the building as folks wait for a bite of something sweet.
We finished our little culinary tour by heading inside Steve’s Pizzeria and More, a little eatery that smelled divine. Locals frequent the restaurant, chowing down on delicious Italian pies covered with fresh vegetables, herbs and spicy meats. The salads are fantastic too, large and fresh and drizzled with Steve’s signature dressing. We have tried several pizza joints since moving to Massachusetts, but this is one of the few places that gets it right! We’ll definitely be back for seconds.
Before heading back home, we drove down Shore Street and walked the beach of Falmouth Harbor. From that vantage point, you can see Martha’s Vineyard in the distance, rising out of the sea like a distant land in an enchanting dream. Dune fencing lines the beaches and protects the vegetation that is planted along the shore. Seashells litter the beach, blanketing the coast with tiny, beautiful white and grey treasures. As we walked hand in hand down the coast at sunset, we were reminded once again what we love most about this area. For although the quaint villages are wonderful, it is the water that calls to us and balms our souls. We smiled at the woman who sat out on the rocks and ate her dinner as the day drew to a close and watched as an albatross spread its wide white wings and took to flight. This is the true magic of the Cape, and it is a beauty you must experience at least once in your life.