It’s not just the flexed bicep shape of the island that is uniquely Cape Cod. Artists, writers, and entrepreneurs of all sorts populate this spit of sand that juts into the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll find organic farmers, natural soap makers, herbalists, brewers, wine makers, bread bakers, chocolatiers, jewelry makers, and folks who do all sorts of things with cranberries. It’s what we love most about living and working here and what drew us to be innkeepers of the Captain Farris House in Yarmouth, MA.
Many of these creative and enterprising people achieved success locally and regionally with their products, and in some cases, nationally. If you want to sample what’s so uniquely special about Cape Cod, seek out products that are made here. The next time you visit us, make a plan to check out some of these wonderfully inspiring local business folks.
Made in Hyannis, but distributed world-wide, these amazingly crunchy chips feature an iconic lighthouse on their packaging. You can catch a free self-guided tour of the chip factory on Breed’s Hill Road between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Just follow your nose, as the scent of frying chips permeates the air as you draw close. Purchase your favorite flavor and logo souvenirs at the gift shop, where you can also pick up a free sample to enjoy on the road.
Snuggled between Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Truro Vineyards has been producing wine on Cape Cod since 1992. Now owned by the Roberts family, long established in the fine wine and spirits industry, this vineyard produces both red and white wines, along with their signature Lighthouse series. Now offering handcrafted rums and gins under their South Hollow Spirits label, this family operation welcomes you for tours and tastings Monday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 PM.
Located in Dennis, MA, Eden Hand Arts is well known among lovers of Cape Cod. Their famous Cape Cod bracelet lures visitors to their tiny shop year after year in quest of their signature handcrafted jewelry. Appreciation for the fine craftsmanship of this family-owned and operated business grows exponentially each year. They are so famous that now you need to acquire a ticket just to visit the shop. New designs are released every year, inspiring collectors to return annually to see the new creations. Visit their website for tickets and more information.
Follow the signs from Route 124 in Harwich to a little oasis down a long windy dirt drive for an olfactory adventure you won’t soon forget. Here on this family-run lavender farm, you’ll find handmade soaps, oils, lotions and candles, all scented with lavender grown on the premises. If you can’t get there, you can order online
With a tag line of “A Vacation in Every Pint” just about every craft brew fan knows and loves Cape Cod Beer. The passion of brewer Todd Marcus, what started as a hobby grew to be a nationally recognized beverage. Now producing dozens of IPAs, stouts, saisons, and porters, visit the brewery Thursday through Saturday from noon to 8:00 PM and on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, or check them out online.
Born in the kitchen of founder, Ann Miller, Summerhouse Soaps soon needed to move to bigger digs in order to keep up with demand. Their handcrafted and beautifully scented line of body care products include soaps, lotions, bath salts, lip balms, and shampoos. There’s even a Good Dog Shampoo Bar, plus a line especially for men. Visit their showroom Thursday – Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM or shop online.
What makes Cape Cod so uniquely special? It’s the salt air and sand dunes, of course, plus all the creative people who live and work here. Join us for a weekend or weekday getaway at the Captain Farris House on Cape Cod, and let us introduce you to our special brand of hospitality, carefully crafted over years of welcoming guests from around the world. And, be sure to take home something uniquely Cape Cod to remember us by.