Cape Cod, MA

Also known as the great test for my new rain coat.    Or, yet another time we went to Cape Cod with Weather!    It did rain, but it was a lovely trip.     The above pictures are over two days.    We made it all the way out to P-town, and then had a nice tour of where BF’s brother works in Woods Hole on Sunday.    A lovely way to spend the weekend.     And we made it with no traffic on the Bourne Bridge!

Locations: Paine’s Creek, Brewster; Nauset Light Beach, Province Lands Visitor’s Center, Race Point (all in the Cape Cod National Seashore); Nobska Lighthouse and Woods Hole Village

Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, Newbury, MA

Here’s another Historic New England property to check off our list. This farm has been continuously farmed since the mid-1600s, which is incredibly impressive by US standards. It’s also a brick home built in 1690, which is also incredibly impressive by US standards.

Historic New England has done a really good job of showcasing the layers of the home, and you get a more or less personal tour – there aren’t set times for the guided tours, and if there are just two of you (we got there when it opened), and it’s clear you’re history and old house geeks, you get to do cool things like go up in the attic, which had ship graffiti from the 1800s carved in the walls. Oh, and they’ve taken on a number of elderly farm animals from the Mass SPCA, who you can go visit. Really cool stop on a Saturday morning.

Beacon Hill, Boston, MA





Our second Historic New England stop was Otis House, which sits right at the foot of Beacon Hill, in Boston.    What I didn’t know about Beacon Hill was that it was once one of three mountains in this part of Boston.  The other two were taken apart for fill, and Beacon Hill itself had about sixty feet taken off its top.    I’d always know that parts of Boston were built on fill, but I’d never seen a map – that was included in the setup to the tour, and was rather eye opening.     Quite a bit of Boston wasn’t there five hundred years ago.

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House -Gloucester, MA
















We joined Historic New England last year (our gateway being Hamilton House).     We’ve worked our way through several Maine and New Hampshire properties, and decided to take advantage of a friend’s cookout in the Boston area to add a few Massachusetts properties to the list.     The first was Beauport, which ended up being even more fantastic than the write up led me to believe it would be.

Henry Sleeper was one of the first true interior designers, and the house is a showcase of his work.    And one of the things he did was find old colonial houses that were being torn down, and repurpose the interiors, like the paneling, or old doors.     It’s got a very particular aesthetic in the collections on display, and was just so cool to walk through.     We plan on coming back for one of the special three hours tours that they do that allows you to see every room.    (You only get the highlights on the regular tour, but they’re plenty interesting.)