TOC #26: Cape Cod!
(July 6, 2021) My top food recommendations at my all time favorite vacation spot
As you're reading this, I'm sitting on the beach, flipping through Cosmo, (hopefully) not thinking about my email, while (again, hopefully) someone else is watching my toddler so I can *really* relax.
Bestie, I'm on VACATION!
This time last year, I was writing my first-ever project for a paying client, not even minding that it was due smack-dab in the middle of my coveted Cape Cod vacation. I was too obsessed with my new business.
I had been writing copy and content in all of my professional positions for years, but it wasn't until May of 2020 that I decided to take the plunge into freelance writing as a career. I sat on this same beach with my two best friends and chose the name “Between The Lines Copywriting” as a result of a conversation about our college degrees.
(I was saying that studying Philosophy at university was essentially me paying $200K to learn how to read between the lines, and then it hit me: between the lines. It's perfect.)
Those same two friends are still sitting beside me on this beach, however likely less interested in hearing about my business plans because, well, does any freelancer ever shut up about work?
Now, 14 months after making the decision to follow my dreams (*sniffle*), I am so excited about how far Between The Lines has come, and ya know—49 clients (!!!) later—I think I deserve this vacation a little extra this year.
And because celebrating one year of BTL in business is a freaking big deal, I'm turning the TOC into a food guide today.
Lesser-known fact about me: I used to be a concierge at a luxury 4-star hotel in Chatham, Massachusetts.
Chatham Bars Inn completely changed my life.
For as long as I can remember, my family and I have driven by the gorgeous hotel, admiring the purple hydrangeas, the beautiful setting across from the ocean, and the beautiful people who had the privilege of staying there.
I have visited Cape Cod every single summer for my entire life, and driven by the Inn, swearing that I would get married there, for at least 23 of those summers.
Spoiler alert: I didn't. Yet. (I'll explain.)
In the Spring of 2018, I decided that I'd had enough of working my (shitty) legal secretary job, and that if I ever wanted to live on Cape, I either had to do it then, or wait until I was 75 and retired and hopefully wealthy enough to afford a home of my own.
I'd never been a server a day in my life, and I didn't have good enough eyesight (or physical fitness, let's be real) to be a lifeguard, so I started to explore other options. I noticed CBI was looking for a concierge, and while I'd never done that, I definitely knew everything there was to know about Cape Cod.
Fast forward to Summer '18: I was having the time of my life living on my own in my favorite place, working with wicked fun people, not letting a single second pass me by without enjoying it.
(I was also promoted to Lead Concierge, single-handedly passed the undercover Forbes Travel Guide inspection for my department, and earned several employee awards. But that's beside the point.)
Fast forward to Fall ‘18: Max.
Max was the Assistant Manager of the beach & pool at the Inn. He was, I (very) quickly discovered, also the love of my life. 5 days (!!!) after our first real conversation, he told me he loved me.
Fast forward to now: we're married with a toddler. When you know, you know, right?
We didn't get the Chatham Bars Inn wedding I wanted—mostly because I didn't have $150,000+ to spend on a wedding at the age of 24—but I'll be damned if my vow renewal isn't on that beach.
Cape Cod has held a special place in my heart for my entire life, but in the past three years, it has come to mean so much more.
Max and I met here.
He proposed here.
We got married here.
And now I want to share a bit of that place with you.
The food guide that you didn't ask for and didn't know you needed, that'll leave you wanting to travel to the Cape just for a lobster roll.
Fave Cape Foods
…and best ice cream again, because deciding between these two places would be impossible.
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