Cape Desert Scapes and Floral Delights

Words: Matt  {}  Photography: Jessi 
The charms of Cod Cod in the summer time are well-known - ocean aromas, beachy landscapes, and peppermint ice cream come to my mind – but the perhaps less-appreciated botanical wonders are equally enrapturing. A trip in mid-June was still too chilly for a classic summer beach day, but proved perfect for a visit to the dunes at Sandy Neck State Beach.  This expansive area is worth exploring for several reasons, the first being the beautifully spooky dunes and with their simple and resourceful plant life. A bonus feature: unlike many other protected dunes, you are allowed to scamp around them as much as you’d like. 

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We drove up 6a, which is packed with charming colonial inns, lobster roll shacks, and antique shops but nary a Subway or chain store to spoil the experience. The destination was Heritage Museums and Gardens, which combines all sorts of awesomeness, including a classic car museum, art gallery, and, oddly, an adventure  park with a zip wire. But the main attraction here are the gardens – acres of rare trees, plants and flowers in a landscape that encourages getting a little bit lost. They are known for their Rhododendrons, where are scattered throughout and the focus of the Rhododendron Festival in June. 

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Back at home, the botanical theme continues with the couch pattern, and a relaxing jigsaw puzzle session.