Chapter Six - Hyannis

Trip Start Jul 18, 2012
Trip End Jul 23, 2012

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Saltwinds Bed & Breakfast Hyannis
Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

One year later we are off for another of our weekend visits to New England with Karen and Ed. This time we will tour the legendary Cape Cod.

Miryam has a one free airline ticket on Delta Airlines left over from her time with Palace Resorts. I'll actually have to buy one, but the fare is reasonable if we fly out of Fort
Lauderdale instead of Miami.

Karen and Ed meet us at Providence Airport and we enjoy a traditional welcome at their lovely Victorian home in Whitinsville.

"I’ve arranged accommodation for two nights at Salt Winds Guest House in Hyannis." says Ed. “Meanwhile let’s get something to eat. We’ve got a surprise for you.”

“Goodness Ed, you are always so full of surprises!”

We arrive for dinner at none other than the British Beer House. If nothing else, I’ll have a smashing steak and kidney pie, with spotted dick for desert, washed down with real room-temperature English ale on tap.

Next morning we are off to Cape Cod and the town of Hyannis. Our first stop is the Heritage Museum and Gardens. The Museum is an eclectic collection of odds and ends, but what interests Ed is the special exhibit of prototype cars produced by US automakers in the 50’s and 60’s, but never put on the market. Some pretty strange models. Miryam and Karen have fun riding the historical carousel.

We are then off to check in with our lodgings. The Salt Winds is quite well known, No. 3 on Trip Advisor, and though costly by our standards, at US$ 125 a night, it’s inexpensive for Cape Cod. Of course it is very comfortable, charming and centrally located, and the breakfast is outstanding.

Next on our list is a visit to the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Museum.

This man has always had a fascination for us. His summer retreat, or the Kennedy Compound, as it was called, was nearby in a “cottage” on the shore of Nantucket Sound in Hyannis. Life as a president of one of the world’s great powers is extremely public, and for this reason the photographic exhibit of he and his family’s life on Cape Cod is particularly captivating.

Who hasn’t heard of Cape Cod Potato Chips, well, at least those of us who live in North America? The factory is just a couple of miles from here, so we can’t resist a visit, hoping to get lots of free samples. It’s rather a disappointment finding that there are no freebies, and in fact the crisps sold here are more expensive than in our local Publix supermarket, where they are generally on sale two for one.

After an unhealthy lunch of expensive packaged potato chips (remember, we are in Cape Cod), we wander around Hyannis, the inner harbor and the lovely calm beaches and residential neighbourhoods.

Our long day ends with a super dinner in Mashpee (I’m not kidding!) at an Italian restaurant “Sopranos”, where Ed has another surprise. It’s Street Magic Night with a performance by Boston's own DooWop Acappella vocal group.

“This group actually sang at our wedding” he retorts.

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