15 Places To Go On Cape Cod This Summer

15 Places To Go On Cape Cod This Summer

For long beach days and late summer nights...

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Cape Cod is one of my favorite places in the world, especially in the summertime. There is so much to do and so many places to visit, so if you find yourself on this magical little peninsula make sure to check out some of these recommendations!

1. Mayflower Beach

During the summer months this beach is packed full, but one of the best places to go for a sunset.

2. Chatham

A small, walkable town with cute stores, great food, and unique character! The Squire is one of my favorite restaurants to eat at when I'm there. It's right on Main Street where all of the shops and stores are.

3. Provincetown

Such a fun place to go during the summer when it's super busy. It has eclectic scenery and incredible charm that you don't want to miss! The Lobster Pot is a great restaurant with a view of the beach and town from the second floor.

4. The Smuggler

Best ice cream on Cape, hands down.

5. Nauset Beach/The Beachcomber

For those who crave some waves, this is the beach for you. It is the ocean though and Cape Cod is notorious for sharks so swim at your own risk. The Beachcomber is a fun beach bar to grab food at after a long day at the beach.

6. The Underground Cafe

Formerly known as Bucky's for any OG's reading. Cute cafe with great biscotti's, coffee, baked goods, and growing menu!

7. Pirates Cove/Skulls Island

Only the coolest mini golf courses ever...

8. Nantucket

Although not technically on the Cape, it's right off the coast and the cutest town to walk around and shop for the day!

9. Martha's Vineyard

You simply can't go to Cape Cod without a quick trip to the vineyard. There's a lot to see in each of the smaller towns so maybe do your research and decide what you want to see/do most while you're there. I recommend Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, as they are the larger more popular towns on the Vineyard.

10. Zest Cafe & Juice Bar

New addition to my little town of Dennis. Fresh fruit, acai bowls, wraps, snacks, and more!

11. Red Cottage

My favorite little breakfast place. Small, very busy at prime breakfast time but worth the wait.

12. Marshall's in Patriot Square

I've never walked out of here empty handed- it's that good.

13. Cape Cod Baseball Game

Summer and baseball are essentially synonymous and being on the Cape it's a must for everyone at least once.

14.Chapin's

Family friendly restaurant, often with live music, always busy and great food (clam chowder 10/10 recommend). They have a fun deck, bar area, and raw bar for seafood lovers.

15. Cape Abilities

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27 Thoughtful Questions To Ask Over the Holidays

'Tis the Season for family gatherings.

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In "Want to Seem More Likable? Try This," New York Times writer Tim Herrera reminds readers that we are often our own worst critic and we tend to think that people like us less than they actually do. He says that if you want to seem more likable and like a great conversationalist the key is asking questions. Asking questions allows you to be more interesting to your conversation partners by showing your interest in them. The goal is to ask questions, especially what and why questions, to lead people to reveal about themselves.

So if you want to avoid just chit chatting but don't want to delve into potentially controversial topics, I recommend using some of these questions to provoke thoughtful conversation with your family members this holiday season.

1. What’s your favorite holiday and why is it your favorite?

2. What holiday traditions did you have when you were a kid?

3. Where is our family originally from? What ethnic traditions do you remember being part of the holidays?

4. What’s your favorite family tradition?

5. What’s your favorite holiday memory?

6. What’s your earliest holiday memory? Why do you think it sticks out to you?

7. What’s your favorite memory of a family gathering?

8. What’s one of your happiest memories?

9. What are your favorite stories about [insert family member]?

10. What were some of the most important things to your family?

11. What was a typical family dinner like for you growing up?

12. What’s your favorite holiday dish?

13. What is/was the best thing that your grandparents ever cooked? What about your parents?

14. Have any recipes been passed down to you from family members?

15. Are there any special heirlooms or other memorabilia passed down in our family? What’s the story behind them?

16. What’s your favorite gift that you have ever received?

17. What’s the favorite gift that you have ever given?

18. What’s your favorite thing about being a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle?

19. What’s the hardest part about being a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle?

20. What do you think is the most important life skill or value your parents taught you?

21. If you could thank a person (living or dead) for their influence on your life, who would you thank?

22. What family member or friend do you wish was with us today?

23. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned this year?

24.What random acts of kindness have you received or given this year?

25. What is an opportunity you had that you are grateful for this year?

26. What is one way you’ve used your talents to serve others this past year?

27. What do you consider to be one of your greatest accomplishments this year and why?

28. What are you thankful for?

(This last one may be expected, but it's a classic and can lead to a meaningful conversation if you and your conversation partner(s) are willing to thoroughly discuss it.)

This list is by no means comprehensive, and I challenge you to adapt these questions and to create your own. Ask follow-up questions to clarify and go deeper on a topic. Playing favorites or asking about what is someone's favorite or least favorite is a great way to learn more about them and to even spark some friendly competition with the rest of the fam arguing in favor of or against those answers. The secret is curiosity: What do you want to know about or even more about your family members? Keeping this in mind will help you to learn more about your family and to have more meaningful conversations with them this holiday season.

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An Open Letter To My Graduating Teammates

Thank you, to all my senior teammates, who are hanging up their cleats for good

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The dreaded time of year has come and has come unusually fast as we flew through the season so quickly that I could barely soak it all in. The practices, the bus rides, the long film sessions, and all the meetings. The lift sessions, early morning conditioning, and scrimmages are all over just like that within the blink of an eye. The routine that has been engraved in you almost your whole life has unraveled, has fallen from your life like a leaf, detracting from your life quietly and silently, happening so fast and so abrupt that you can't even grasp what's happening.

It's that dreaded time to hang up your cleats, pack up your locker, wear that uniform stamped with your number and your school name for the last time. Your time as a collegiate athlete has ended; your time as an athlete has ended. Yet, what you left with me is more permanent than that; what you taught me as my teammate, no matter how long we played together, is what I carry out of our time with one another.


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I will never forget the smiles and laughs I held with you, seniors; the times when the coaches had no control over us and when we had to grab onto each other to stay upright because our sides would be stitching over. The safety I felt surrounded by my team, surrounded by all my biggest supporters. My time with you was marked with growth, happiness, and laughter, but was also paired with the heartbreaking sadness I watched you take on during moments when everything was not okay. When we were a vulnerable and broken team. When our game was upsetting us so much we had to lean on each other for support again, but this time with understanding and a collective feeling of needing each other.

I love the game I play not because of all the statistics, competition, and schedule. I love the game of soccer because I am given this blessing to write our own story; write our own script for every season, practice, and game. Especially the games. Every game I spent with my teammates was a part of our story, a few hours we shared there were villains, and there were heroes. Every play was a triumph and every breakdown was a tragedy. We are all running downfield towards this one shared goal and every second on that clock mattered. It's life changing; it's like our own personalized chapter every day is being written and by the end we have a whole story. A whole season with jokes, stories, and growth.

You're graduating, moving onto bigger and better things, simply growing out of the sport that raised you. You will miss it so much, but your old teammates will miss you more. It's hard to say thank you for so many things, but thank you for everything. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play with you, against you, and for you almost every day. Thank you for teaching me the knowledge and skills you had gained ahead of me and passing along the wisdom you possessed. Thank you for every little moment you gave me every day that I spent by your side representing the same goal as you. Thank you for being by my side when times were hard for me, when I was lost in my journey of life, lost in who I was, and where I wanted to be. Thank you for being so much more than my teammate but a friend, a teacher, a forever field sister.


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Thank you for your time, which is the most important thing you gave me because in that time I learned so much about being a teammate, so much about the game, and so much about you. You're leaving our team now and moving on, but we will always be connected through the sport we love, the sport we dedicated so much of our life to. I wish you luck in your future endeavors, and I hope you know that I am always here for you because how much I care about you doesn't end with the season; it will carry with me for the rest of my life.

For you: thank you. Thank you for being part of my life and allowing me to be part of yours.

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