A few people have asked: what do you do in the winter on Cape Cod? Good question. There’s a lot of early nights and meandering beach walks. Recently, I’ve been making an effort to explore more of it, since it actually stretches out far past my town. This weekend, I took a quick trip with a friend and ended up visiting two gems…
The first: Sunbird Cafe in Orleans. At the tail end of a little shopping complex, it’s easy to miss this sweet spot driving past, but walk inside and you’re immediately transported to a cool, lived-in café with Brooklyn vibes. And the food is delicious; cauliflower with breadcrumbs, capers, raisins and a fried egg, Vietnamese iced coffee and sweet cardamom rolls. I will happily drive the hour to go back, and I love that they frequently change their menu.
Their chocolate chip cookie has hints of orange zest and fennel and the perfect chewy interior.
Next up was a shop in Dennis with beautiful local jewelry, pottery, pillows, cards, and lots of air plants. There are endless gift shops on Cape, but this one has a great, curated selection of pretty items.
I also now have the biggest obsession with Katie Carder jewelry, which was on display. I mean, how beautiful are these rings?! #wishlisted.
The last stop, of course, was to the beach. It’s hard to feel overwhelmed when you step onto the sand and take a deep breath. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. And please share if you have your own list of secret gems on Cape Cod!
Second photo via Sunbird Cafe’s Instagram.