Chatham Bars Inn is always one of my favorite stops in the summer, but they are decked out and ready for the Holidays this December! I stopped by for dinner last week and I could not get enough of their decorations.
We ate at The Sacred Cod. To start we split the calamari as an appetizer, then I had the Sacred Burger. It was delicious! It was not as good as the Reindeer burger I had last month in Iceland but it is definitely up there in the best burgers I’ve ever had category.
Chatham Bars Inn has an old school elegance that is so New England I can’t resist! Stop by and visit them this holiday season if you get the chance!
Pour the wine! It has been such a rainy cloudy week on the cape. It’s such a bummer when you go to the beach for the week and can’t go to the beach. Its been rainy and cold, I have spent most the time in jeans and a sweater.
Although I would ideally spend every moment on the Cape at the beach there is tons to do on those rainy days. This week I went to Truro Vineyards for the day, I did a tasting hung out on the lawn and strolled around the grounds. It is so beautiful there even if its a bit cloudy. My favorite wine is the Diamond White, it is very sweet but crisp. It is the perfect wine to sip while sitting outside on a beautiful summer afternoon. Truro has a bar out of their lawn, they bring in a food truck and they even have corn hole!
It is the perfect day trip if you are looking to head for the cape for just a day, and if you’re down the cape and get a rainy day the wine makes it better I promise!
We suffer all winter long in the cold and snow and today is the day that makes it all worth it, the first day of summer! Also dubbed National Wear Lilly day by fellow preppies. I was so excited to break out one of my favorite Lilly dress have a glass of rose and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having this week.
In New England it really is like a light switch. One day you are cold and miserable, you forget your Hunter boots at home and end up stepping in a puddle ruining your favorite flats. And then the next day it is so gorgeous you dip out of work a little early to sit on your roof deck and soak up some vitamin D. I am probably in the minority in saying that summer is not my favorite season. I love fall, maybe its because that’s when my birthday is or because of all the pretty leaves, apple pie, hard cider, the list goes on. But summer is special, summer is full of memories.
When I was little I went to summer camp every year. The camp was right on the lake with adorable cabins tucked along the shore. I loved staying up late talking with the other girls in my cabin, swimming in the lake, running around playing games on the rec-field. There were even stable where I learned to horseback ride. I have some amazing memories of camp and every summer I feel a little nostalgic for those times. We didn’t have cellphone, we weren’t concerned about the wifi password, there wasn’t a TV or a laptop taking up our attention. Today my cellphone is basically glued to me hand and I can’t imagine going a month without my laptop.
The responsibilities we face as adults sometimes drown out what is really important. Just being in a moment. This summer try to unplug for a day and enjoy time with your family and friends. Go to the beach and just bring a book. Try something new and exciting. Take sometime this summer to remember what is was like to be a kid. (And do it in a bright Lilly print obviously!)
I have been coming to the Cape since I was less than a year old, I am somewhat set in my ways here. I like to go to the same beaches every year, I have my two favorite breakfast places, and there are restaurants that are a must go year after year. The other day I couldn’t decide where I wanted to eat so I hoped on Yelp just to scroll through all the nearby restaurants, right at the top of the app Yelp informed me that a new restaurant had just opened two weeks ago, Encore Bistro and Bar.
Now as someone who has worked in the restaurant business for a while I am always a little nervous to try places that JUST opened. It takes time to get a restaurant up and running to 100%. It takes time to train your waitstaff, your kitchen staff needs sometime to work out all the kinks that may arise with the food. But this place had 5 stars on Yelp and everyone said it was amazing, so why not give it a try?
Boy am I glad I did! From the moment we walked in the place oozed New England charm, simple blue and white walls, with subtle nautical decor and fresh sunflowers. At the end of the dinning room is a large accent wall made of drift wood, hand crafted by the owners Joanne and her son. Our waitress Hannah was friendly and very knowledgable about the menu she pointed out a few dishes that had been fairly popular since the opening. We decided to star with the truffle fries, I love truffle fries and always try them if they are on the menu and these ones were amazing! Hannah let us take our time but I never felt like we were sitting around waiting for her, she helped me make the decision between the duck and the lobster Alfredo. I went with the Lobster Alfredo and my mom had the Lobster Encore, when dinner came Hannah suggested a few wine pairing for us and was spot on! For desert my mom had the creme brulee and I had the gelato, we did a splitsy and both were to die for!
It was definitely the best meal I have had down here in a long time, the lobster was so fresh and cooked to perfection. If you are in the Dennis area I cannot recommend Encore enough, tucked away right over by the Dennis Play House it is the perfect spot for a nice dinner out. The owner was so gracious floating around the dinning room checking in on her patrons, you can make reservations until 6pm but if you want to go after that it is first come first serve but we didn’t have a problem and were sat right away. If there is a wait there is a bar and lounge area you can have a drink while waiting. Congrats to the Encore owners and staff, you guys blew me away, you ran like a well oiled machine, oh and did I mention the chef Tyler is only 23 fresh out of culinary school? Bravo! Can’t wait to come back!
The other day in was just insanely windy! There was no way I was headed to the beach to get whipped by sand all day, the beach is my happy place and I’m not trying to put myself in a situation where I’m going to hate the beach! So I hopped in the car and made the short drive from Dennis to Chatham!
Chatham is one of my favorite spots on the Cape. There are so many cute little shops to check out while you stroll through town and plenty of restaurants to grab a bite to eat! I stopped by In the Pink, the Lilly Pulitzer signature store and picked up a new dress. Chatham is right on the “elbow” of the cape so no matter where you’re staying it is not to far of a drive!
Drive along Shore Road and check out all the gorgeous houses lined with hydrangeas! Stop at Chathams Bar Inn for a drink if you have the time, definitely one of my favorite spots to meet friends for a quick cocktail! I was in the neighborhood and I came across an adorable little girl having a lemonade stand “Paws for a Cause” she wash icing all the money she made to a local animal shelter, so precious! Before you head home for the day stop and see the Chatham Light. It was a crazy windy day, not great for pictures but it was definitely a lot of fun and we did get a few shots in!