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well.12.1Well, I am back at home in New Hampshire following my late-summer vacation to Wellfleet, MA on Cape Cod. It was a great week with perfect weather and many good times. 

Alas, upon my return to New Hampshire the seasons have definitely changed – with temperatures expected to dip into the 30s tonight.

In the coming days I will share some of my experiences and “finds” from my vacation.  In the meantime, it is only fitting to show a couple of pictures of sunsets from Wellfleet – a visual example of my vacation – and indeed summer itself – coming to an end…

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…quaint little villages here and there –

You’re sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod!

Well, it is finally here – my annual late summer vacation on Old Cape Cod.  Today, I am off to the seaside village of Wellfleet, MA for rest and relaxation.

I look forward to sharing my experiences visiting galleries, touring around and other “finds” in this wonderful place.

In the meantime, I can’t think of any better way to kick off my Wellfleet vacation than sharing some vintage postcards of the town.  It is amazing how little Wellfleet had changed over the years, which makes it the perfect holiday location.  Cheers!

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(Click on the thumbnails below for a larger view)

welldriveIt is clear that I could go on for days singing the praises of Wellfleet, MA and all the great things we did there on our end-of-summer vacation.  However, like summer itself, we must move on – but first one final wrap-up of some of the great things we found there.

First, no trip to Wellfleet would be complete without a pilgrimage to Jules Besch Stationers. In fact, Lynda (and sometimes Sophie) and I have been known to make special trips to this amazing shop off season.  Jules Besch Stationers has extraordinary cards, fine stationery, journals, papers, and pens and is just great fun to visit and chat with Michael the proprietor, who always entertains us with hints and teases about the store’s upcoming special events.

billsgtWe also stopped in at Billingsgate Arts and Antiques to find it thriving nearly a year after we first stumbled upon it on its opening weekend.  Billingsgate Arts and Antiques describes themselves as “a new center bringing back the fine Cape Cod tradition of Antiques and Art coupled with working Artists and Craftsmen.”  We enjoyed our visit and were thrilled to see that they have definitely found their groove.

Meanwhile, we made three visits to the Wellfleet Drive in Flea Market while we were there.  The Flea Market is a hybrid of vintage goods, new goods, arts and crafts and swap meet.  We like to say “from tube socks to fine antiques.”  We love browsing this market and have made some great finds there over the years.

In fact, a bit of Lost Cowboy trivia: The original purchase of the little cowboy figurine that was the inspiration for this blog’s charter was purchased at the Wellfleet Drive in Flea Market in 2009.

This year we found some more great stuff.  However, it was the people we met this year that made our visits special.  On the first day of vacation we stopped in and met a vendor named Homer (middle name Virgil) who was a complete delight.  Homer had some lovely items for sale which we discussed with him and he also gave us some tips for what to do while we were in town.  Lynda was particularly charmed by Homer and we made sure to stop in on our way out of town to bid farewell.

juliaOn Homer’s recommendation we sought out the local artist Julia Salinger who owns the Mermaid’s Grange gallery in Wellfleet where she displays her work.  Lynda ran into Ms. Salinger a couple of time around town and she was very sweet to us.  Her work is a mix of collage and sculpture and is as unique as she is.

Ms. Salinger’s work can be found on her Mermaid’s Grange website.

We did so many fun things on the trip and made some great discoveries.  One of the best stops we made was at a church tag sale in Truro on the back road to Provincetown. Lynda posted a great story about this on her blog, Grateful Evermore

globeThe church was holding a “shed sale” where they were selling stuff to raise money.  The shed was full or books and bric-a-brac and it was great fun.  Lynda ended up with the “find” of all finds – a very cool light up globe, which set her back a very sweet $3.00!  Awesome.

It was a great vacation and I thank you for indulging me in my posts about all the great things Wellfleet has to offer.  I can’t wait for next year. 

In the meantime, I have a busy fall coming up with travel to Italy and London – so stay tuned.

Z1One of my astute readers pointed out that part of my post on Friday featured a bunch of restaurants I visited during my recent vacation, but I had mentioned before that I was looking forward to cooking on the trip.  I confess!  My traveling companion, Lynda, and I did not cook in as much as we planned despite a well-appointed (if not “gourmet”) kitchen in our vacation rental.

In a pre-vacation post I mentioned that I had harvested some basil from my container garden and planned to bring it on vacation to use in some new recipes.  Why it may be true that we dined out all around town, I am pleased to note that my basil was used in two of the best meals we had all week.

First, Lynda and I made one our favorite summer treats – the goat cheese, tomato, fresh basil, olive oil on baguette concoction we discovered last year on our Wellfleet trip (see that post here).  This year we visited the same vendor at the farmers’ market in Provincetown to purchase the goat cheese.  We made this meal as a treat for our great friend who took us out on his boat for a private whale watch off the tip of Cape Cod. (Which was awesome by the way!)  The meal was great and my basil made it extra special.  The perfect cap to a great vacation day.

Next, my basil was a key ingredient in the dish Lynda was dying to make while on vacation: a Layered Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato Casserole which she found in Food & Wine magazine.

Lynda went to the local market to purchase all the ingredients and we teamed up to prepare the dish.  We followed the recipe pretty much to the letter and the end result was glorious.  It was a delicious meal, almost like a lasagna without any noodles.  It was wonderful right out of the oven and I might say even better warmed over the next day.

Needless-to-say, the Layered Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato Casserole was the hit of the week and I like to think it was the basil from my container garden that put it over the top.  In any case, this is a recipe we will be making again with some variations here and there – like different cheeses of toppings.

Find the Layered Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato Casserole recipe from Food & Wine magazine here.

CA1One of the great things about Wellfleet (the Cape Cod town where I spent my vacation last week) are all the galleries located there.  Lynda and I made sure to set aside some time to take a walk and check out the cluster of galleries spread around the town.

On of my favorite galleries is the Left Bank Gallery, which is really two galleries – a front part that displays installations of noted artists; and a back part that is more of a retail gallery.  Inevitably I fall in love with an artist in the front half (read: expensive) and settle for something from the back part (affordable).

Anyway, the gallery is great, and on this year’s visit I discovered the art of Carol Aust.

About Carol Aust: “Carol Aust works in acrylic on canvas and wood panels from her studio in Oakland, California. Her figurative paintings are emotionally-charged narrative fragments infused with mysterious tension and secrecy. She often places her figures in precarious environments where anything could happen. Sometimes celebratory, sometimes lonely and disturbing, her paintings express a wide range of human desire and yearning. Aust’s work consistently features strong and vibrant colors along with figures that are both engaging and vulnerable.”

I love the whimsical yet somehow realistic images Ms. Aust invokes in her work.  I was thrilled to visit her website to see the full expanse of her work. So many great works by this talented artist – I am simply in love with her art.  Now I just need to save my pennies and keep an eye out so I can add one of her pieces to my collection.

The lesson is to not be intimidated by galleries – it does not cost to look – and in the end you may discover something that moves you that you can dream about.

I love the scale (18” x 48”) of Ms. Aust’s “Boat Without Oars #3” (Acrylic on wood):

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Check out the Left Bank Gallery here.

See the wonderful paintings of Carol Aust here.

www1Well, I am back from a great week of vacation in the wonderful seaside town of Wellfleet on Massachusetts’ glorious Cape Cod.  That is a lot of adjectives to describe the settings, but words can’t do it justice – it was the perfect late summer vacation and I have returned with many things to share with you – which I will be doing in the coming days.

I took a lot of grief for my recent posts lamenting the coming of winter.  However, I feel vindicated, as the weather upon my return to the New Hampshire manse had definitely turned – the past few nights the mercury has dipped into the 30’s!  This has made me appreciate my vacation week all the more – as the weather was as perfect as one could possibly hope for – sunny days and warm temperatures.

I have been visiting Wellfleet with friends every summer for the past ten years.  This year, I shared the week with my good friend Lynda, with whom I share many interests.  Our days were full with visits to the area’s stunning beaches, bike rides, sunsets and enjoying the arts and other attractions the town has to offer.

We discovered new places and revisited old friends, and I am looking forward to sharing our experiences with you this week.

One “old friend” visited would be the Atlantic Spice Company, in nearby North Truro, MA.

About The Atlantic Spice Company: “We are a wholesale company that offers the highest quality culinary herbs and spices, extracts, teas, dehydrated vegetables, nuts, seeds, botanicals and essential oils. Our customers range from individuals who order by the pound, to restaurants, food co-ops, and health food stores, who order in much larger quantities. Atlantic Spice Company also offers a large assortment of bulk potpourri ingredients and fragrance oils to either the home or professional crafter.”

ASP1I love visiting The Atlantic Spice Company each year to see all the great products they offer, especially the loose leaf teas and the vast variety of salts from all over the world.  Lost Cowboy fans know of my fondness for both teas and salts – so you can imagine a place that sells both in bulk is a real treat for me and The Atlantic Spice Company is such a place.

The Atlantic Spice Company’s salt selection is great.  I have purchased many salts from The Atlantic Spice Company in the past and this year I bought some Bolivian Rose Coarse Salt that has a reddish tinge – which will make a nice addition to my next salt pairing dinner.  Yes folks, I have dinners where I pair salts with food – like wine.

Well, the great news is that The Atlantic Spice Company sells their products on their website.  However, if you can manage a trip to outer Cape Cod I promise you it will be well worth it.

See all the products of The Atlantic Spice Company here.

BSCIf you are reading this on the day it is posted, I will be well into my much anticipated end of summer vacation in the amazing Cape Cod town of Wellfleet, MA.  I Have been spending time in Wellfleet every summer for about ten years now and I always look forward to returning to the things I love about it and finding the new things that always seem to pop up.

I have posted about Wellfleet in the past, and look forward to sharing more things and experiences I “find” on this trip – so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, I was thrilled to stumble up Beanstock Coffee, an online purveyor of coffee, with roots in Wellfleet.

About Beanstock Coffee“Beanstock Coffee was born in 1996 as a small coffee shop tucked into the Inn at Duck Creek on Main St. in beautiful Wellfleet, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. There the smells of fresh roasted coffees and scratch baked goodies attracted many of our friends and neighbors. Word quickly spread and Beanstock became a small town hit.”

Beanstock Coffee’s motto is “Coffee is Personal” which means that everyone has their own personal taste when it comes to the brew – and these guys certainly have something for every taste.

It is funny, I love everything about coffee:  I love the look of the beans; I love the grinding process; I love watching it brew; and most of all I love the smell.  But to be honest, I don’t like drinking it.  However, I love making coffee and serving it to my guests.  I especially like to make iced coffee and frozen coffee treats and I am always on the lookout for new blends.  With the pedigree of Beanstock honed in one of my favorite places – they can count on me to be a new customer.

Check out the “personal” coffees of Beanstock Coffee here.