Everything Cape Cod

Cape Cod is about a one hour drive from Boston and a 4 hours drive from NYC. Cape Cod is one of the largest barrier islands in the world and it has shielded mainland Massachusetts from the grinding swells of the Atlantic. For many years, this peninsula of ponds, forests, and beaches has been many tourists, artists, mariners, and locals’ sanctuary. Although many come here for the beaches, Cape Cod is more than just a seaside summer escape. Friends of mine who run a popular DJ company north of the border (www.happylifeent.ca), have made Cape Cod a regular destination on their annual getaways.

Upper Cape
Once you have inhaled this peninsula’s salty spirit, you will understand why many locals often say “Once a Cape Codder always a Cape Codder”. You don’t have to travel far to catch this spirit. Journey into the Upper Cape which is home to some villages like Woods Hole. In this village, common sense has firmly stood against the fickle winds of architectural whimsy. The sea surrounds you wherever you go in Cape Cod and the Upper Cape is not an exception. Explore the calm waters of Buzzards Bay or saddle up the Vineyard Sound beach which stretches to the east under the gaze of Nobska Light.

Falmouth
This town is a great place you can take to the water, whether it is a 50-minute ferry ride or a quiet paddle to Martha’s Vineyard. Nearby is the south cape Beach state park city here you can lose yourself amid the endless dunes and pitch pines.

Mid Cape Region
At the Mid Cape Region, you will find the rich maritime heritage of Cape Cod all over the peninsula. One of such is the Hyannis is high was once gone to more than 200 ship-masters. Hyannis was also John F Kennedy’s summer retreat. JFK urged his countrymen to not sit in the harbor and set sail to experience the adventure Cape Cod offers.

Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Experience the seafaring spirit in the sawdust and wood shavings of this museum. The craftsmen here shape beautiful boats that make even landlubbers’ heart to skip a beat. Ride the sea to the elbow of the Cape and drop anchor at Chatham. Hangout with the locals and follow the migratory birds lead to feeling your own feathers unruffled.

Cape Cod National Seashore
This is a national treasure that was founded by John F Kennedy in 1961. It covers the entire Cape Cod east coast. It had preserved its pristine habitats and historic landmarks for generations to come. Gazing out from the stretch of pristine seashore is the rigors of modern life perfect antidote.

For so long, Cape Cod has provided the stage for many American dramas – big and small, from the early beachcomber to the weary pilgrims looking for a better life. Cape Cod offers visitors the gifts of calm and connectedness.

Things to do in Memphis Tennessee

Memphis is the second largest city in Tennessee and it has a big reputation for the Blues, Elvis, and the best barbecue. Here are the top things to do in Memphis Tennessee.

Barbecue

The first thing you want to do when you get here is to have some barbecue. Memphis is known for its barbecue cuisine and one of the best restaurants to go to is the Rendezvous. This is a popular basement BBQ restaurant that has been in business for 70 years. It was started by Charlie Vargas in 1948 and passed down through the family. The Rendezvous is famous for its ribs and dry rub spices.

Central Business District

You can decide to explore the downtown core which is the central business district and is located along the Mississippi River. Getting around is so easy, you can take a trolley horse-drawn carriage or if you really want to work out explore by bike. Memphis has a new bicycle program called the Explorer Bike Share, and it’s a great way to discover the city and stay fit.

Food Options

Food is another important part of Memphis food culture and no place does it better than Alcenia’s. Not only are the portion sizes massive, but they also make you feel right at home. The owner BJ Chester Tamayo even greets everyone with a kiss on the forehead.

Nightlife

You would definitely not want to miss this city’s nightlife. Memphis is the unofficial home of rock, soul, and blues music and the iconic Beale Street is where locals go to hear live music and party. Rail Garden in Midtown is another fun place to go to. This funky restaurant has an outdoor seating area with a DJ and a bunch of other cool stuff you just have to see. This former rail yard is now a Tiki bar live music venue and a playground where you can even play volleyball.

Memphis’s Colorful Street Art

This can be found throughout the downtown core and you can learn a bit of history behind Memphis’s music scene at the Rock n Soul Museum. If all this exploring gets you hungry yet again, you can make a stop for dessert at a beauty shop – Priscilla Presley’s former hair salon turned mid-century American eatery. The cakes here are divine and the decor is pretty quirky.

The National Civil Rights Museum

This museum tells the story of the civil rights movement and it is built at the very site that the movement’s leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It’s very impactful, and it’s definitely a place to visit.

I am a Man Monument This is located right up the street. This Memorial Plaza is dedicated to the 1300 sanitation workers who went on strike back in 1968 in a fight for equal pay treatment and rights