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cape cod i: chips and beer


On Thursday past half of my extended family and I loaded up two vehicles and headed towards New England for a lovely long weekend in Cape Cod, MA. It only took seven hours of drive time, quite a few Dunkin Donuts and several kid's movies to get there. The beautiful fall leaves slowly morphed into evergreens and the typical growth that I am used to from my childhood years spent in Down East Maine... it even smelled like home. It was gray and rainy and that was actually kind of perfect.

We had a lovely little afternoon planned. First things first though. A chip factory tour. Since Letty seems to think that chip tours are the bee's knees and well, we like chips. Cape Cod. No 'chip' needed they are just that. I have a bag of salt & malt vinegar calling my name as I speak. It was quick as far as tour's go I am sure but with kids on the loose it's all par for the course.

With chips successfully in our bellies we headed next towards the only logical place, Cape Cod Beer. Some individuals having no business being in a brewery (yours truly along with three children) went in anyway. 

My father, not a beer drinker, had a tasting and my mother, who has NEVER had a sip of beer in her life had just that. I sadly did not get photographic evidence but trust me when I say, it happened. As to her thoughts on the matter she kept mum.

For dinner we hit up Giardino's Family Restaurant. It was near the hotel and Italian fare and so therefore it was the easiest choice for our first day on The Cape. And then we went swimming. Lots of swimming.

My baby niece had her first foray into the chlorinated world and while she didn't particularly enjoy it she didn't particularly hate it either. That baby is quite possibly the best baby I have ever heard of. It was as if she wasn't even on the trip. Quiet. Easy-going and easy to please. And her parents? Cool cucumbers those two. Parenting suits them just fine I'd say. 

And this, my friends, was our first day on The Cape.



  1. looks fun! i think you took that woodford reserve photo just for me :) or not. but i can just accept that as the truth. looking forward to more recaps!

  2. So fun! Love the pic of the kids with the bear! So cute!

  3. Yes, yes, yes!!! I am so happy reading this post. I totally read it twice. I thought to myself " Hey... I wonder if Laurie posted about her Cape Cod trip?" and lo, here it is! Exactly what I needed on my first day back.

  4. Omg, I have always wanted to go to Cape Cod and I just told my boyfriend last night that we need to add Cape Cod as a place to visit on our bucket list! Can't wait to see more of your posts about your trip!

  5. So fun!!! Chris would love to get us all to Maine so he can show us around. One day when we are on that side of the world :)

  6. A great first day in The Cape. This is definitely on my list of places to be. I am pretty sure it would remind me of home too.

  7. what a beautiful, wonderful trip!!! and i don't think my mom has ever had a beer, either! we are such wine people! but when in brewery, you know! but giardino's looks like my kind of place. gosh, i need a good northeastern trip!! i am living vicariously here! and you look so beautiful, i hope you're feeling great!

  8. What a great weekend! I would love to go up the east coast...I've only been up as far as NYC and I'm dying to see the more beautiful areas. And I would've joined your fam in the beer tasting. Mmmm...

  9. Lena looks so chill! And a beard suits Colton well. Chips, beer and swimming...looks like a fine first day if you ask me! :)


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