Hans and Linda Weg recently returned from a trip to Cape Cod (and beyond), staying at a timeshare at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Dennis Port, Massachusetts.
During their seven-day stay there, they took day trips to Nantucket Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Boston.
Hans says they loved the scenery in Nantucket, but the cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks made for difficult walking. In Martha’s Vineyard, the homes were so beautiful they couldn’t stop taking pictures of them.
In Plymouth, they saw the famous Plymouth Rock, though Hans decided to name it “The Pebble” since it was so much smaller than he and Linda had imagined. “The park ranger told us that it was once about 10 times bigger, but over a 300-year period, people would chip away pieces for souvenirs,” he notes.
In Boston, the Wegs took an on-and-off trolley and visited a number of historic sites including Paul Revere’s house and grave, the Charleston shipyard, the USS Constitution (in dry dock for restoration), the Old State House where the U.S. Constitution was drafted and signed, the site of the Boston Massacre, Harvard University, Quincy Market, Fenway Park, and several cemeteries. They also got a boat tour of Boston Harbor.
Hans says his favorite place in Boston was a bar established in 1895 that is the inspiration for the TV sitcom “Cheers.” “There we got to sit at the bar and enjoy a beer – all the people at the bar were extremely friendly and everybody knows your name.”
When they weren’t touring the area, Hans and Linda enjoyed sitting on the beach in Cape Cod, and eating clam chowder and lobster. They had nice weather with only two short periods of rain, and found the people to be be friendly and helpful.
After their stay in Cape Cod, they drove across New York State to Buffalo for a visit of Niagara Falls. On the American side, they took the Maid of the Mist boat ride to the foot of the falls. On the Canadian side, they went up in the Skylon Tower, about 775 feet above the falls, for a “breathtaking” view.
After that, the couple visited the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in Jamestown, New York, where Lucy was born and raised. “We have been watching ‘Lucy’ since it started and loved the museum,” says Hans.
Driving back to Boston to fly home, they stopped in Portland, Maine to see the lighthouses, then toured Kennebunkport with its beautiful homes.
During their 11-day whirlwind tour, Hans and Linda put 2,072 miles on their rental car and say their only complaints were (1) the lack of street signs and mileage signs; “not having GPS, and having to rely on maps and street signs, we got lost several times – we are still in the low-tech era;” and (2) all of the toll roads and bridges; “we spent close to a $100 just on tolls and another $100 on parking fees. They not only nickel-and -dime you to death, they $10, $20 and $30 you to death. But, it was worth it.”