Marla Bosworth is the founder and owner of Back Porch Soap Company. She teaches classes, corporate events and experiences including candle making, soap making, organic skincare and perfumery.

April 20, 2008

Getting Sea-Inspired on the Cape

I just returned from a day trip to Cape Cod, the eastern "arm" of land in Massachusetts that is surrounded by water. For me, it is just a short 30 minute drive from Duxbury to the Sagamore Bridge and viola, I'm "on Cape" as the natives say. To drive the full length of the Cape takes about an hour and a half, with little to no traffic. In July it could take twice or triple the time.

But today was a perfect day, reminding me that summer really is just around the corner. Temperatures hovered in the mid-60's and there was not a cloud in the sky. I made a mental list of my favorite Cape things that I want to do this summer.

Cape Cod is known for its magnificent beaches and sand dunes. It's the perfect summer getaway, whether for a week or weekend (visit So on my list is a trip to the National Seashore in Chatham along with a stop in downtown Chatham for some great shopping.

This time of year resorts and gift shops are gearing up for a busy summer, stocking their displays with beach and island gifts and decor, including lots of our great handmade, sea-inspired bath and body gifts (shameless plug happening now... Brides-to-be from across the U.S. are finishing up their wedding plans for June-August summer weddings that are celebrated seaside up and down the Cape's coast. (If you are a beach bride or know one, be sure to check out our fabulous wedding favors on our site.)

There are so many great restaurants and bars on the Cape. My favorites include the Flying Bridge in Falmouth, Tomatoes in Sandwich, Horizons in Sandwich (spectacular view). If you're up for a splurge, check yourself into Chatham Bars Inn ( for a fantastic place to stay and pamper oneself.

Also on my list this year of favorite things to do on the Cape is to hop a short ferry ride from Hyannis or Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard ( or Nantucket (, which are both beautiful islands and fun to explore. Martha's Vineyard is the larger of the two islands, and takes much longer to explore. But both offer great sites.

While on Nantucket, check out Best of the Beach. It's a fabulous store on Straight Wharf that carries most of our line.

Hope your travels take you to Cape Cod soon so you can find some treasures for yourself!
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