Arthur & Pat’s Restaurant

Last week we experienced the BEST BREAKFAST ever!

Arthur & Pats Marshfield MA

Don’t Let the outside fool you!  Arthur & Pat’s  in Marshfield, Ma Voted BEST BREAKFAST by Boston Magazine in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and BEST BRUNCH by Boston Magazine in 2004 and 2005!

THE OMG at Arthur & Pats

We had the “Oh My God” and now we find ourselves wanting this meal every other day since for breakfast!  The “Oh My God” consists of a potato pancake topped with the freshest salmon we ever had and two poached eggs on top of that garnished with red onions and capers. Also served with salad and amazing warm bread.  We had the freshest orange-strawberry juice served with this meal as well!  I cannot stop tasting or thinking about this meal.

Arthur & Pats Marshfield MA

Other house favorites for breakfast include Chocolate Waffles with strawberries and a hint
 of caramel sauce. Plus many other unique dishes.  Arthur and Pat’s is open for breakfast and lunch.  Do not walk – run to this place for breakfast or brunch!! It is worth the trip from anywhere in New England and beyond!

Arthur and Pat’s Restaurant is located at 239 Ocean Street in Marshfield, MA

Photos By Melissa Tyler

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Deck Dock Home & Garden

7 Stores in 7 Days: Day 3 Deck Dock Home & Garden

 Deck Dock Home & Garden    

Sunapee, NH

Deck Dock Home & Garden


One of my favorite stores in New England is Deck Dock Home & Garden in Sunapee, New Hampshire. They specialize in high quality casual and classic outdoor seating and your source for outdoor furniture and home and garden accents. They provide creative and functional designs for your home and garden.

Deck Dock Home & Garden


 Deck Dock is all about outdoor living!  They feature patio, porch, sun-room and lakeside furniture for many of the homes in the Lake Sunapee area and beyond. From seaside casual furniture, outdoor dining sets, outdoor seating and side tables. They also carry some of the most unique interior and exterior home accents–many of the accessories are nature themed.

Deck Dock Home & Garden

You’ll find unique dining and entertainment accessories, copper fire pits and distinctive accents for your home including Basic Spirit serving ware, cutting boards and wine accents. Including Sunapee themed books, prints, signs and NH and VT made items; as well as unique items from all over the country. Since the focus on outdoors they also have garden decor and birding items from feeders to birdbaths and birdhouses.


 Originally located on Sunapee Harbor since 2000. In 2002 they renovated a barn location  near the harbor.  Today everything is located at the barn location on route 103B. The store is open March – December.


Photos By Melissa Tyler

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7 Stores in 7 Days: Day 2 Vermont Teddy Bear

  Vermont Teddy Bears     

Shelburne, VT


Founded in 1981, by John Sortino who sold hand crafted teddy bears in an open-air market in Burlington, Vermont. Sortino happened upon the idea of packaging and selling bears through the mail when a tourist visiting Burlington wanted a bear mailed to her home. The concept was called the “Bear-Gram” which features the customized teddy bear placed in a box, complete with ‘air-hole'” and stuffed with other goodies.

By 1995, the company moved it’s headquarters to Vermont’s Champlain Valley. They have 2 factories: one in Shelburne and one in Newport.  The Shelburne factory is an especially popular tourist destination and also a concert site for the Vermont Mozart Festival.

Today, Vermont Teddy Bear Company is one of the largest producers of teddy bears and the largest seller of teddy bears by mail order and internet.  The company handcrafts each of it’s teddy bears.

For more info see the link above to their website for a large selection of bears, bears and PJ Combos, bears for all occasions and more including factory tours and events.

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Company Profile: Cape Card

Cod’s For All Occasions!

This is the story of cards that talked to me!


Have you ever seen something different and creative and just wanted to embrace it by buying several different selections of the product? That’s how CAPE CARD will make you feel…These “Cod Cards” just make you smile and feel good! No wonder they are known as “Unique Art  Treasures from Cape Cod”.


Cape Card began in December, 2007, with “The Christmas Cod”
and quickly expanded into “The Hallmark of Cods”.  Cape Card’s use of illustration and sense of humor to create a wide range of images for a multitude of applications. Artist and Designer; Andrew Newman has given the ubiquitous cod a place in the world of art and humor!


His “Cod Cards” celebrate all of life’s holidays, joy and beauty and other occasions. From
Note-cards, prints & posters, “Postcods”, stickers and a calendar. The selections to choose from will just make you smile and we bet you’ll want to purchase several…not only for your own personal use but as gifts for someone on your list.

The Cod Fish has found new life on Cape Cod!  Cape Cards are available at 11 shops on the Cape as well as online. For more information on how to find Cape Cards please take a few minutes to view their website by clicking the link in the 1st paragraph. We think you will be glad you did!


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Restaurant Profile: The Common Man

 The “Can Do” Attitude

 Alex Ray; proprietor of  The Common Man started the flagship location in Ashland, New Hampshire in 1971, that was 40  years ago!

Today, there are 18 members of The Common Man family of restaurants in New Hampshire; 13 of these are known as The Common Man serving a wide variety of creative cuisine from comfort foods to Italian American to American Fare with New England Flair!

The Common Man Serves Lunch and Dinner as well as a bar and grill menu. For Lunch start with appetizers like Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Rock Crab Cakes  – “Best Crab Cakes” Award by New Hampshire Magazine, sliders, soups and salads, Mid-day favorites, sandwiches and more. Some Dinner favorites are Yankee favorites; like lobster Macaroni and Cheese, Apple Chicken, New England Pot Roast…And then there’s Common Man Specialties like Roast Prime Rib, Filet Mignon, NY Sirloin and From the Coast Selections.

Top that off with a Dessert Menu that includes items that make The Common Man famous like their Uncommon Baked Apple, Strawberry Shortcake, Triple Chocolate Cake plus many other yummy desserts and it’s no wonder this chain of restaurants is such a success!

In 1996, The Common Man Company Store opened in Ashland. They sell a selection of New Hampshire and New England made merchandise and antiques, food and gift baskets, apparel, bags novelty items and more. Plus their location in Plymouth, New Hampshire features an Inn and Spa services and is a destination wedding facility with several options including a greenhouse wedding reception!

The Common Man also gives back to the community in so many ways with so many organizations and events.

Their restaurants are a great place for groups and functions and to celebrate special events.  

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History of Chatham Massachusetts

Native American tribes who lived in the area before European colonization include the Nauset, specifically the Monomoy or Monomoy people. “Manamyik” was a Nauset Village located near present Chatham.  Explorer Samuel de Champlain landed here in 1606.


50 years later in 1656 when the first English settler ran his cart down the ancient Indian pathway with an intention on living there. Englishman William Nickerson struck a deal for 4 square miles of land with the Monomoyik sachem, Mattaquson. He paid a shallop, ten coats, six kettles, twelve axes, twelve hoes, twelve knives, forty shillings in wampum, a hat and twelve shillings in coins. The transaction took place but without the approval of Plymouth County officials and was disputed for 16 years until paying an additional 90 pounds to the court.

Most of the early settlers were farmers cultivating crops a s corn, rye, wheat, tobacco. Corn was introduced by the Monomick natives was the principal crop.  Godfrey Mill built in 1797, ground corn through 1929. If you stand at the head of Chase Park you can still see one of the last visible reminders of how important farming was to the first people of Chatham.

English settlers first settled in Chatham in 1665 and the town was incorporated in 1712, naming it after Chatham, Kent, England.  Located on the elbow of Cape Cod the community became a shipping, fishing and whaling center.  Chatham’s early prosperity would leave it with a considerable number of 18th Century buildings whose charm helped develop it into a popular summer resort area.

By the 1700’s, Chatham’s population grew. Corn was no longer a sustainable currency. Chatham along with Harwich and Barnstable dominated the Cape’s fishing industry with Cod, Mackerel and Halibut from the Grand Banks. Just as townspeople were throwing themselves into the fishing industry the Revolutionary War erupted. With Chatham’s position as being the easternmost land in the United States made her waters particular appetizing for the British raids and harassment. The economy of Chatham came to a virtual standstill.

Monomoy Island

 Chatham is home to the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge located on Monomoy Island. Established in 1944 to provide habitat for migratory birds. Today, there are over 285 spices of birds. Taken over by the US Government just before World War II.  The island was home to the Monomoy Island Gunery Range. This 8 mile split of sand extends southwest from Chatham’s mainland  and is perhaps one of the best reasons to visit the elbow of Cape Cod. In addition to the 2 islands known as North and South Monomoy. A 40 acre unit on Morris Island is part of the 40 acre refuge. The total area of the refuge is 7604 acres.

Despite the remoteness of Monomoy it was home to its own community as early as 1710. A tavern for sailors was opened up in the location of today’s Hospital Pond, known as Wreck  Cove.  During the 1800’s a sizable fishing settlement grew in what was known as Powder Hall.  About 200 residents lived on the island and it house Public School #13 which boasted about 16 students.  Cod and Mackerel were dried and shipped to Boston and New York and Lobsters were plentiful and sold to the mainlander’s for about  2 cents a piece. The village was abandoned after its harbor was washed away by the hurricane of 1860

Chatham Twin Lighthouse’s Established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1808 to protect the ships circling the Cape.  It originally consisted of two lights. The pair were moved back and rebuilt in 1877.  The second was moved to Eastham to become Nauset Light in 1923. Today the innkeepers house is home to a Coast Guard Station.

Boat Tours For boating activities check out Beachcomber a 1 1/2 hour Seal tour along beautiful Chatham Harbor between North Beach and Chatham Light and the break. They also feature cruises for family get-together, weddings, events and group charters.  Tours start in July. Outermost Harbor Marine features water taxis and visits to pristine barrier beaches and island wonders.  The Monomoy Island Ferry aboard the Rip Ryder is the closest boat to seals since 1989. They feature daily trips for seal cruises, walking tours, fishing and birding.

Chatham Railroad

 On November 22, 1887, the railroad made its  first run. Prior to the railroads travel was only possible to the Cape by boat, cart or stagecoach. With comfortable travel now available the richest families in Boston and New York started vacationing and began purchasing their own Summer homes.  In 1937, the coming of bus lines closed the railroad. The main station stood abandoned until 1951 when it was donated to the town to be maintained as a public museum. The Museum is opened from June 15 – September 18th.

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Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham, Massachusetts


 Chatham features 8 area beaches, bird watching, biking, fishing, galleries, golf, hiking, kayaking,  museums, seal cruises, shopping and more. There are more than 15 area restaurants, 11 Inns and 9 B&B’s; as well as rental homes, cottages and condos for longer accommodations.  Check the Chatham Lodging Association for lodging information as well as  The Chatham Chamber of Commerce  for more things to do in the area.

 Main Street 

Today, Chatham is home to numerous family owned shops, restaurants and businesses. During the Summer concerts are held at the gazebo on Main Street. The great thing about traveling is you get to visit some of the most unique shops each area has to offer.  In Chatham,  Yankee Ingenuity a Gallery Gift shop The Mayflower Shop another unique gift shop and Chatham Pottery are just some of the shops that are a must stop!

We also must say that Chatham is the home to one Cape Cod’s best photographers Christopher Seufert   You must check out his work or even speak with him about your family portraits or wedding photographs.

Chatham holds some of the best preserved historic homes and buildings winning the “2007 Distinctive Destinations Award” by The National Historic Trust for Historic Preservation.

Chatham Anglers

 The Chatham A’s or Anglers, Chatham’s own baseball team. They have appeared in the CCBL playoffs 30 times since 1963! Veterans Field in Chatham has been home to the team since the inception of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1923.  This years season games are June 10th – August 3rd.

Chatham Bars Inn 

 Known for New England’s Finest Oceanfront Luxury Resort & Spa.  Known for its views and service and fine dining is also known as a destination wedding location and for its spa services. This inn has a history dating back to 1912.

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History of Rockport, Massachusetts

North of Boston


Before the coming of the English explorers and colonists, Cape Ann was home to a number of Native American villages inhabited by members of the “Agawam Tribe”.  Samuel De Champlain named the peninsula “Cap Aux Isles” in 1605. By the time European explorers found a permanent settlement in Gloucester in 1623; most of the Agawams had been killed by diseases caught from the early contacts with Europeans.  It is rumored the Vikings had been the first white man in the area as well.

The area that is now Rockport was an inhabited part of Gloucester for more than 100 years and was primarily used as a source for timber; especially pine for ship building.  The area around Cape Ann was one of the best fishing grounds in New England. In 1743 a dock was built at Rockport Harbor on Sandy Bay and was used for both timber and fishing. In the beginning of the 19th century the first granite quarries were developed and by the 1830’s Rockport Granite was being shipped to cities and towns throughout the East Coast. The demand for granite decreased with the increasing use of concrete during the Great Depression.

Rockport had consisted primarily of large estates, summer homes and a small fishing village. It was set off as a separate town from Gloucester in 1840 as residents desired a separate  enclave with its own identity.

Rockport still thrives as an artists colony which began years earlier due to its rocky boulder-strewn ocean beaches, quaint fishing shacks and a  harbor filled with small colorful fishing boats. In 1897, Rudyard Kipling’s novel “Captain Courageous” also made the area famous.

 MOTIF Number 1  one of the most famous sites by painters and then photographers  was named by Lester Hornby, an illustrator and etcher who taught in Paris, France in Winters and drew certain standard subjects or motifs. In 1933 the Rockport American Legion Post No 98 built a 27′ scale model  of  “Motif No 1” for the legion parade which was held in Chicago and site of th 1933 World’s Fair.  Designed by Aldro Hibbard and Anthony Thieme with participation by the RAA, Board of trade and townspeople. The float was commissioned in June and completed by the end of September and driven in daylight only from Rockport to Chicago in less than a week.  On October 3, 1933 among 200 floats it won 1st Place. Upon the floats return to Rockport’s crowd of over 4,000 lined up and down Great Hall (5 corners) to welcome the float home!  Rockport’s Revolt Against Rum

In the Summer of 1856 a group of 200 women led by Hannah Jumper swept through the town and destroyed anything containing alcohol in what is called “Rockports Revolt Against Rum” and banned alcohol from the town. Using Hatchets they began their raid and in the words of eyewitness Ebenezer Pool “on finding and keg, jug or cask having spirituous liquor in it…with their hatchets broke or otherwise destroyed it”.

Fishing was a mainstay of Rockport. However, the weather only permitted fishing 9 months of the year. Instead of finding other employment the men idled away their time and consumed enormous amounts of liquor. Year after year, the economic deprivation caused by those periods of inactivity worsened the money spent on spirits. The women of the town grew increasingly frustrated. Finally in 1856, with the rise of the temperance movement and early rumblings of Womens Rights…the women of Rockport met secretly to plot their historic raid!


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Rockport, Massachusetts

The Arts Are ALIVE in Rockport!

Artists, Music, Theater, Shopping, Exploring and more! 6 Area beaches, 2 lighthouses, over 25 restaurants and forty plus B&B’s and Inns. Rockport offers so much to do and spectacular ocean views! Motif Number 1 Rockport’s trademark red fishing shack on Bradley Wharf. One of the most famous sites, first by painters then by photographers.

 WALKING TOURS offers educational walks in the Rockport and Gloucester woods. They offer two different tours as well. America’s oldest ghost town tour of historic Downtown Dogtown and the Babson Word Rocks that features boulders inscribed by words from the Great Depression.   The second tour is the Whales Jaw Tour where you can walk the boardwalk at Briars Swamp. Both tour areas and rock formations were created by glaciers 10,000 years ago. Each of these tours are about 2 hours.

The Rockport Music  offers concerts, events and music festivals.  They are in their 30th season and offer performances during June and July.

Let’s Go Shopping!


Rockport has over 40 shops ThePewterShop is the oldest gift shop in Rockport.  Founded in 1935 offering the finest items made of pewter from sculptures and picture frames to baby gifts and wine accessories.

The Bolivia Trading Post specializes in high quality Alpaca products, handcrafted silver jewelry and more. VillageSilversmith is your source for beautiful gemstones from all over the world.  The Toad Hall Book Store  is a full service independent bookstore dedicated to environmental conscience living.  All net proceeds go to environmental projects and education.

Emerson Inn by the Sea Cape Ann’s only historic Grand Hotel located in the Pigeon Cove area of Rockport.   This Inn  features Award Winning Oceanfront Dining and Classic and Creative New England Cuisine.  A Seaside veranda, Brunch and Dinner, Award Winning Wine List  of over 100 selections and available for Weddings, Special Events and Conferences. They also feature a Halloween Ball every year.

Rockport also offers Parks, Bird Watching, Golf, Kayaking, Sailing, Hiking, Whale watching and Boat and Fishing Charters and Parties. For more info visit the RockportChamber of Commerce 


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