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Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard

Lets be honest… on a good beach day there really isn’t a reason to leave the sandy shores of Old Silver Beach. Because why would you want to?

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BUT if you feel the need to adventure beyond our beautiful shores, the good news is that Sea Crest is conveniently located just a short drive from the Woods Hole ferries, making island-hopping to Martha’s Vineyard a breeze! All you need to do before setting sail is to check the Steamship Authority and the Falmouth-Edgartown ferry schedules, then book your trip and escape from shore!

Once you are on island, these is so much to do and see, starting with:

Beaches

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There are several public beaches that make the Vineyard the summer hub it is today. The popular South Beach in Edgartown is has both a placid salt water pond and a long sandy beach with rolling surf. Town Beach in Oak Bluffs is located right next to the ferry dock, allowing you to save time by immediately collapsing on the sandy shores right after arriving. There, you can watch the boats sail by and the ferries come into shore. Joseph Sylvia State Beach extends between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. It’s a public beach where you can rent kayaks and paddleboards and enjoy the calm waters, or maybe you’re bold enough to the plunge and jump off the famous Jaws bridge. If you feel like adventuring upisland to Moshup Beach, you can expect big waves with fun surf. The sandy spot also provides beautiful views of the multi-colored clay cliffs of Aquinnah. Just be sure to bring cash for parking ($5-$20).

Lighthouses

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There are five lighthouses on island, each of which has a rich history and reflect the personality of the town they are located in. An island favorite is the Edgartown Lighthouse. You can walk down to Lighthouse Beach to dip your toes in the ocean and watch the boats in the harbor come and go. Over on the western side of the island you can visit the Aquinnah Lighthouse. This lighthouse is perched above the colorful clay cliffs, and is so close to the precipice it was actually moved back to a safer location in 2015!

Water Activities

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Fishing, windsurfing, and parasailing are some of the popular sports you can try in the Martha’s Vineyard, and it’s easy to rent the necessary equipment and training for such activities. Charters are also popular on the island, both fishing and recreational. Several outlets offer deep sea fishing, or right off the coast of the island – depending on what you’re interested in. If sailing is more your speed, you can catch a cruise around the Edgartown Harbor on the eye-catching Catboat Charters sailboat the Tigress (complete with American Flag decorated sails!)

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Miscellaneous

And finally, here are few things we just love too much not to share…!

Biplane rides at the Katama Airfield- Get a whole new perspective of the island with a biplane ride with Classic Aviators. Different rides are offered based on how much of the island you want to see and if you want to do any flips! (Gulp!)

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Gingerbread Cottages at the Campground- the famous campground located in the Oak Bluffs is home to a collection of teeny-tiny Victorian style cottages all grouped together. With all the bright colors and decorative porches, ones half expects your favorite storybook character to casually stroll out of one of the small houses!

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Farm Tours at The Grey Barn- The Grey Barn is a working farm located Up-Island in Chilmark and is home to Dutch Milking cows and Berkshire Pigs. The organic farmstand is open from 7 am to 5 pm daily (where you can stock up on the best of the island’s meats, cheeses and fresh milk- their Prufrock cheese is legendary).

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Old Silver Beach Shore Dinners

Is there anything better than a proper clambake on the beach? No, we didn’t think so! We are celebrating the summer here at Sea Crest Beach Hotel with our Old Silver Beach Shore Dinner series! Dine with your toes in the sand, just steps away from the surf.

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Our Shore Dinner menu includes fresh Maine lobster, local steamer clams, and East Coast Mussels, chorizo sausage, native sweet corn and poached baby potatoes!

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In addition to the Shore Dinner, menu items include delicious free-range BBQ chicken, all-beef hot dogs and hamburgers (with all the fixings!), garden salads, and Cape Clam Chowder. Finish the night off with dessert- sliced summer watermelon, just-baked warm cookies and s’mores!  Live music accompanies the outdoor dining experience as you watch one of the most spectacular sunsets on the Cape (don’t believe us? Check out this article!)

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While our beach is usually only open to beach club members and hotel guests, your Shore Dinner reservation comes with free beach and pool access for the whole day. Turn your Shore Dinner event into a whole day family affair!  For reservations, please visit our website. If you can’t join us this week, just remember that we are offering our Shore Dinner dining experience all summer long, every Tuesday through September 6th. So if you are planning on joining us in August, be sure to make your reservations today! We’ll see you at the beach!

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One-of-a-Kind Cape Cod Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is May 10th and instead of heading to the mall to shop for the same old gifts, why not stroll through the local Cape Cod towns and online shops that support local and gift mom with a handmade treat that she would love? Here’s our list of some of our favorite locally made gifts, as well as one spot where you can shop all things local in Hyannis!

1. Mermaid Sea Glass Wristlet by Cape Cod Bag Company

This wristlet is the perfect size for when you don’t want to carry around a ton of things – just throw your phone, cards, and a bit of cash in there plus the essentials like chapstick and sunglasses and you’re ready to go! Visit their studio in Provincetown, MA or shop online.

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2. Ruby Red Grapefruit Candle by Cape Cod Soy Candle

All mothers love a fresh smelling home and with this locally made candle that burns a juicy and zesty grapefruit smell for over 90 hours, it’s the perfect gift! Find it at The Little Beach Gallery, West Main St., Hyannis (check out other stores on the Cape here) or shop online

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3. Cranberry Strawberry Jelly by Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest

This jelly is a blend of sun-ripened strawberries and native Cape Cod cranberries that make a sweet and fruity treat, perfect for moms that love to bake! A dollop of this jelly on cheesecakes, cakes, or slathered on freshly baked bread is the way to go. Shop online or find them locally at the Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth. 

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 4. Cape Cod Sea Bubble Glass by Michael Magyar

Glass blowing is an art that can be found all over the world, but only on Cape Cod can you find glass bubbles filled with local beach sand and tiny shells! Stop by the glass blowing studio in East Sandwich and pick up a sea bubble for the beach loving mother, while you watch the glass blower at work and admire the their craft.

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5. The Little Beach Gallery

One of our favorite local galleries to stop by for gift ideas is The Little Beach Gallery in Hyannis. Showcasing over 60 New England and Cape Cod artists, you’re bound to find something perfect for the moms in your life! Some ideas include tea towels, hand painted maps, and block printed notebooks.

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6. Shift Eco Boutique

Shift is geared towards women of all ages who consciously want to enjoy purchasing quality wardrobe staples as much as couture clothing and having some sort of a connection to what they wear”. We love that they partner with tons of local Cape Cod artists and it’s a place where you know you’re getting quality clothing on the Cape.

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Want to gift mom with an experience instead of a gift? Book her a Belleza & The Beach Spa Package or a Beach Stone Package at our hotel! The packages include one-night stay at our beach resort, spa-inspired gift bag, and the relaxing massages and/or facials.

If you’re staying at our hotel and want to stop by for a great last minute gift, come and explore our hotel gift shop, which is packed with gifts for every budget and personality! These ShoreArt Gifts nautical inspired earrings would make the ideal gift for the mother that loves interesting jewelry inspired on Cape Cod!

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Leave a comment on this post letting us know how you shopped local for mom this year! 

Cape Cod Comedy Festival 2015

The third annual Cape Cod Comedy Fest is heading for the shores of Falmouth again this year featuring stand up, musical comedy and a recent winner of the Boston Comedy Festival! 

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The Nauset Conference Center at the newly renovated Sea Crest Beach Hotel will once again serve as the host location for this unique and diverse comedy line-up. A night you won’t forget because you’ll be laughing all the way home! The Cape Cod Comedy Festival takes place April 11th and is the perfect excuse to get out of the house for an evening with friends and laughter.

About the Performers:

Tom Briscoe: After a ridiculous number of false starts in other careers – from billboard painter to national sales trainer to beer truck driver – he has gained the comedic fodder for his critically acclaimed and appropriately named 1 Man Show: So…I Got Fired From THAT Job!

Hilarious slants and rants on trying to be a manly-man in a girly-girl house with his wife, two daughters and a spoiled little dog keeps audiences laughing and his career flourishing. If he’s not at one of his home-town comedy clubs in New York, he can be seen headlining shows nationwide, performing at corporate events and on cruise ships worldwide. His travels have brought him to over ninety countries and he is allowed back into seventy-three. He can be heard on XM Radio and seen on The Comedy Channel in Canada. He also regularly performs in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The Tom Briscoe Comedy Show is hilarious, original stand up comedy from One Of The Best.

World Gone Crazy: World Gone Crazy rocks today’s news for laughs! Launched 5 years ago for lovers of stand-up comedy and live rock & roll song parodies – there is simply no other live show like World Gone Crazy…period! Now one part original (Gary “Stickyfoot” Michaels), 2 parts inevitable (Will E. Focker & Joe Long) and one part adorable (Monica Saviolakis) – it’s loyal following continues to grow as it tours resorts, casinos, spe- cial events and fundraisers.

What is the World Gone Crazy Comedy Band (or a comedy band in general for that reason?) This side splitting show skewers today’s current events and issues with rapid fire song parodies, stand-up comedy, hysterical impressions, audience interaction and commercial spoofs all performed by a live band. Think of it as a rock & roll version of Capital Steps or a comedic version of Bare Naked Ladies! If you love live mu- sic, stand-up comedy and therapy ALL performed by 4 extremely funny comedic personalities World Gone Crazy is the show for you! Special guests and stand up comedians all tend to show up on World Gone Crazy’s stage – you never know who will join the party!

Al Park: Al Park has quickly emerged as a rising talent on the national comedy scene. He recently won both the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival and the 2014 Cleveland Comedy Festival. In 2013 he was the Comic-in- Residence at the legendary Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA, and won the annual Summer Showdown Comedy Contest at the Rhode Island Comedy Connection. Additionally he has been a featured performer at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. He now travels the country captivating audiences with his world-wise attitude and storytelling flair. Blending personal observation and cultural satire into a unique, authentic comic voice, Park delivers a show that will make you think, feel, and laugh the whole time.

Produced by Harmon Marino Live

Since January 1995, live-show production company Harmon-Marino has produced over 800 comedy, music multi media and theme events. Our clients are the resort, corporate, special event and fundraiser / benefit markets.

We’ve also worked with major Hollywood Studios, producing casting showcases for Disney-Touchstone, Car- sey-Werner and 20 Century Fox Studios. As an agency Harmon-Marino has worked with such artists as co- median Dane Cook, NBC Sports’ Matty Blake and frequent White House performer Jon Stetson.

In 2004, Harmon-Marino launched its own national non-profit aimed at getting children and adults healthi- er. Thus far the Generation Excel Foundation has produced 4 breathtaking campaigns across the country reaching over 80 million Americans. These inspirational, educational and colorful campaigns have been fea- tured in USA Today, People Magazine, FOX News as well as multiple appearances on ABC’s “Live With Regis & Kelly”.

Book a Comedy Weekend Package at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel! 

For those looking for a weekend escape to the Cape, Sea Crest Beach Hotel is offering guests a Comedy Weekend Package including two tickets to the show, an overnight stay on Saturday, April 11th, two complimentary cocktails, and an order of Wings from Red’s Restaurant & Lounge with rates starting at just $209 per night. Sunday night stays are also available with rates starting at just $99. For more information, call 1-800-225-3110 or book online.

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Yu can buy tickets to the Cape Cod Comedy Festival here.

Oyster Symposium

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The view was breathtaking from the windows of the Ocean Room at the Sea Crest Beach Hotels  for the 6th International Oyster Symposium, Grand Tasting event.  Described simply as a “Gastronomic Celebration of Oysters.”

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Oyster enthusiasts came from all over the world for the event, including the oysters!

The oysters were the star of the show with such flavors as cape cods, Vers’ prosecco foam and sweet gelee (Above) or Pan D’avignon’s Oyster Stew, and our own Red’s Restaurant & Lounge fried oyster tacos.

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Our sister property on Martha’s Vineyard, the Harbor View Hotel showcased their island local Honeysuckle Oysters sous vide and pickled with pork belly, brioche crumbles, radish, and American trout roe.

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Included in your ticket price was a glass of champagne which paired ever so nicely with the oysters (Below.)

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Brittish Sculptor Andrew Nichhols displayed his 1/8th size model of his Giant Oyster Sculpture lined up next to a large line of raffle entries.

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The group discussed the importance of oysters to our environment and the nutrients they hold for us when consuming them.  So not only are they delicious but they are good for you too!

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Large paintings of oysters in all their glory were found throughout the room (Above.)

While enjoying each expression of the oyster guests could also enjoy LIVE music from Fred Clayton Jazz Trio (Below) and if that wasn’t enough the Cape Cod Beer company brought tastings of all their varieties of beer.

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The night ended just as it had began with a brilliant view over Old Silver Beach!

With Love, ~C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Cod Scallop Festival

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This past week we had the pleasure of attending the 45th Annual Scallop Festival at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds.  People from all over the country attended the over 50,000 patron event in 3 fun filled days.

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Our bean bag toss game was a hit… (Above)

and the Food Court had something for everyone!

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…Chowder, Lobster Rolls, Raw Bar, Hotdogs, Burgers, Salads, Wraps, and even Fried Dough.

The most popular items were of course the Famous Fried Scallops & Herb Roasted Chicken Dinners.

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Guests of the festival could enjoy both indoor and outdoor markets filled with juried Arts & Crafts or listen to LIVE Music from the nearby amphitheater.

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The carnival rides, games, & cotton candy were the perfect excuse to go out with the kids for some fun!

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All entertainment was included in the General Admission price of just $6 per person, Children 6-12 just $2 and 5 & Under, Enter FREE!… and the Festival is held Rain or Shine.

So be sure to mark your Calendars and join us Next Year for this Spectacular Annual Event!

With Love,

~C.

 

 

 

Bachelorette Getaway

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel is the perfect place to getaway with your closest friends.

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Check in to any one of our spacious guest rooms.

It’s the ideal location for a toast of bubbly to begin your trip…

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For that pre-party glow, begin your Bachelorette Getaway on the private white sand beaches of Old Silver Beach like these lovely ladies (Above)…or take a dip in our two large saline pools and hot tub.

Katie and her friends enjoy some sunshine before a big night out.

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Once everyone’s all checked in and ready to see the sights head into town for some shopping on Falmouth’s Main Street or plan a trip on a custom yacht like the Liberte’, The Schooner.

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Once you return to the hotel, get all dolled up and head to Red’s Room or our Private Dining Room with views of the ocean for a memorable meal.

For Katie’s Bachelorette, her friends reserved Red’s Room and decorated the entire room in a nautical beach theme with a cake to match (Above)

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Katie and her friends enjoying dinner and cocktails at Red’s in their own private room.  (Above)

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Look how good those cocktails looks…  They’re bound to make you feel like you’re on vacation.

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Make your Bachelorette uniquely your own with personalized gifts.

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… and to help with recovery from such a fun filled weekend, custom ‘hangover kits’ to ease the pain!

Book your Bachelorette Getaway today and make memories of your own at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel... you’re always welcome back for the Wedding.

With Love,

~C.

There Are Plenty Of Fish In The Aquarium

Waking up bright and early Gretta, Lucas and I were excited to get to the mainland and spend a day in the Falmouth area exploring all of the things that it offered.

We were hoping for sun, but ended up being fortunate for the rainy day because it is why we ended up at the Woods Hole Aquarium. After all, a trip to an aquarium is a perfect rainy day activity.

Just a short drive from Sea Crest into Woods Hole, where we parked and followed signs through the town to the aquarium. The first thing that caught my eye was the 17,000-galloon pool, which was home to two non-releasable seals. A sign said that the aquarium does two seal feedings a day at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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We waited in a line that we assumed was for buying tickets to enter, but when we got to the front a friendly gentleman asked us to sign our names and informed us that the aquarium is owned by the federal government and is free to the public. He pointed to an adorably decorated donation box next to the front desk with a sign encouraging any type of donation.

Once we moved passed the sign in desk I could see the first big fish tank, and although all I wanted to do was run to it and aggressively tap on the glass, I tried to show some maturity and at least pause for a few seconds to notice the informational posters along the wall that explained the history of the aquarium and what we were about to discover inside.

I found myself standing in front of the posters for a while. I learned that the aquarium is operated by NOAA’s Nation Marines Fisheries Service in partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory, and that it is home to 140 species of fish and invertebrates that are found in New England waters, including any tropical fish that can be found in the Gulf Stream every summer.

The aquarium seemed to be one floor with the walls made of huge fish tanks full of all the marine animals. On the opposite side of the fish tanks there were dry exhibits, non-living exhibits, on whale protection, marine turtles, the science of “aging” fish, the New England marine environment, and the history of science in Woods Hole. Of course we spent multiple minutes in front of each tank searching for every thing inside and yelling to each other when spotting something first.

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As I walked away from the last fish tank and thought all the fun was over, there was a staircase at the end of the hallway guiding visitors upstairs. The second floor was like a sneak-peek into the behind the scenes of an aquarium where we could see into the fish tanks from above. We were told that this was known as the “work area” and where visitors can talk to staff as they prepare fish food, feed animals, and clean tanks. I though that feature alone made this the coolest aquarium I’d ever been too, until I came across the “touch tank.” The touch tank is a long shallow tub filled with different types of marine animals and where I found myself fighting children for a turn at petting a lobster. According to the website, the touch tank is always filled with a variety of animals that may include labeled shells, lobsters, horseshoe crabs, spider crabs, helmet crabs, whelks, sea stars, and fish that don’t mind being touched.
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I said goodbye to my new friend the lobster, and was sad to see the next thing was an exit sign above a backdoor. Visitors can either exit through the door to a staircase that will take them back towards the road and on with their lives, or they can circle back for a second turn at the touch tank like I did.

Eventually we made our way to the exit and outside to the seal pool. Although there was no seal show at that time, the friendly seals were putting on a little show of their own for anyone watching. They swam around doing spins and circles and would come up for air next to where visitors were standing. It was a great way to end an awesome experience.

The aquarium is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm and I strongly encourage everyone to go visit the aquarium and donate anything to the donation box.

XOXO,
Carly