by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and Owner
Spring has always been my favorite season. Everything comes alive, and I feel a new rebirth in my body and soul this time of year. I think everyone is so ready to get outside and to enjoy sunshine and warm weather.
I was recently reading one of my favorite magazines, Cape Cod Magazine, which is always filled with good tips on decorating, gardening and events on Cape Cod. This months issue had a great article written by Dan Mathers that outlined 7 great outdoor activities that you could enjoy during your stay at Brewster by the Sea or the Captain Freeman Inn in Brewster to “Spring into Action on Cape Cod“.
Biking– Even if it’s been 30 years since you’ve been on a bike, learning to ride again is as easy as……. well……. as riding a bike. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is also great for getting back into the sport as the trail is paved and mostly flat. We like to recommend Cape Cod Bike and Kayak to rent your bike. They have a wonderful assortment of bikes for you to rent and are always helpful in planning your adventure. You can rent for one day or for the full length of your vacation and include a bike rack for your car so that you can enjoy all of the wonderful bike trails around the Cape. Most of our guests hop on the Cape Cod rail trail which is just a short distance from the inns and runs through Brewster but you may also want to check out The Old Colony Rail Trail in Harwich and Chatham, the Provincetown Trail in P’Town, the Canal Bikeway in Bourne and Sagamore as well as wonderful paths on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
All of the trails have wonderful scenery including cranberry bogs, quaint Cape Cod towns, reservoirs, marshes and beautiful vistas and access to the beautiful Cape Cod beaches. You can learn more about the Cape’s biking opportunities at www.capecodbikeguide.com.
Hiking-Walking is my favorite way to get exercise and we frequently include our dog Harrison in our adventures. There are walk trails all over Cape Cod including some of our favorites in Nickerson State Park which is just up the street from the inns. (One should always keep hydrated and watch for deer ticks.) You can find more information about trails at Cape Cod hiking trails. Some of our favorites are the Coast Guard Beach trail from the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center, the nature trail to the beach behind the Cape Cod Natural History Museum and the Great Island trails in Wellfleet.
Surfing-– We have been amazed at this year round sport and how in the middle of winter surfers are enjoying winter waves. Ben Fowler of Sacred Surf School in Wellfleet has been providing surfing lessons for the past five years. They keep the lessons loose and fun – the way surfing is supposed to be according to Fowler. Lessons start not in the water but on the beach, where students learn about reading the waves, surfing etiquette and tides. They then learn how to paddle and how to stand on their board. By the end of the lesson most are usually riding waves. Once you’ve learned to surf the Cape has a number of places to learn your new skills including LeCount Hollow beach in Wellfleet, Nauset Beach in Eastham and Orleans and Outer Beach in Orleans and Chatham. You can learn more about Sacred Surf School at www.sacred-surfschool.com
Fishing– Rarely will you meet a stressed out recreational fisherman. It makes sense. Being on the water, surrounded by nature, waiting for fish to bite has a way of making your forget about the real world. We love to recommend Cape Cod Sport Fishing for guests that want to experience bass, blues, tuna, shark and cod fishing at it’s best.
Sailing-– Cape Cod and sailing were made for each other. Surrounded by water and strong breezes, the Cape’s sailing grounds are legendary. We love to recommend Captain Bob at Cape Sail. He also does charters and beginner sailing lessons. you can get more information at www.capesail.com
Cape Cod is home to many wonderful kayaking spots, from scenic inland waterways to offshore sea kayaking adventures.cLucky for beginners it’s an exceptionally easy sport to learn. We love to recommend Cape Cod Railtrail Bike and Kayak. They will bring your kayak to nearby lakes or some of the tidal flat areas that are fun to explore during high tide.
Last but not least is Scuba Diving– Maybe you think of diving as something that is done among tropical coral reefs. But Don Ferris, who runs Don Ferris Dive Training out of East Sandwich says Cape Cod is an amazing place for diving. Ferris says the Cape’s diving season runs from Mid May all the way to Thanksgiving, and the waters make for a true diver’s playground. Diver’s can get a lobster license and hunt for their favorite crustacean. The many ship wrecks on the outer Cape are exciting for diver’s to explore. And the waters north and south of the Cape are two completely different undersea environments. On the north side of the Cape , the water is generally cold and has creatures from the south of Maine. On the South side Ferris said the water can get very warm, and tropical fish start appearing in late August and September. Ferris says that diving is fairly easy to learn, and can be done even if your body shape is not slim and trim. Ferris does private lessons and often teaches his students in lakes and ponds. He also recommends people interested in diving can often find lessons at the YMCA. The study portions can be done op-line and in water sessions last 2-3 hours. Ferris says it takes 4-8 in water sessions to be certified.
So many fin things to do during your “Spring into Action” stay on Cape Cod.