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Large rocks on the beach

The clock on the wall reads 3:06am, and I can’t sleep.

But it’s not because of the usual middle-of-the-night jitters.You know the ones. Worrying about the mortgage and the truck payments getting covered, the price of health insurance going up, the fear that some silly wall is being constructed in the dark of night. Wondering with one eye open if my 16 year old dog is still breathing…No, tonight I am awake with excitement! We are embarking on our 20th season at the Lamb and Lion Inn and for 20 years we are able to show our guests a good time. We are in the unique position of creating memories that will last a lifetime. We offer a place of peace for someone who greatly needs it. It is truly a great job to have.

Tell you what I mean…

At any given morning at breakfast our Lamb and Lion Inn guests come to us with a very simple question. “What should we do today?” That might seem like a loaded question. Sometimes, given the audience, I’ll playfully ask back “Well, what do you LIKE to do?” But having done this for well OVER 20 years (we had a property previous to the Lamb and Lion) I’ve figured out that not only do we all worry about the same stuff…we all love to do the same stuff too!

So, because it’s the middle of the night, and because I am filled with wonderful thoughts of the summer ahead, here is a very abbreviated list of my go-to “what should we do?” ideas…

~ Take a ride to Mayflower Beach to feel the softest sand on Cape Cod.

~ Enjoy the bumpy ride through Crow’s Pasture Conservation, then take a long beach walk, and maybe talk an oyster farmer into cranking open a sample.

Crows Pasture Conservation (photo from CapeCod.com)

~ Speaking of sampling, hit Truro Vineyards Winery for a tour and a wine tasting. Yum!

~ Pop into the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and walk their incredible trails.

~ Walk from the inn past the Vonnegut house to Scudder’s Lane beach for an amazing sunset.

~ Go to a show at the nearby Cape Cod Melody Tent (hint: why not check out their calendar and book your stay around the show?)

Show time at the Melody Tent in Hyannis!

~ Climb to the top of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, then reward yourself with some piano sing-a-longs, apps and a cocktail at Tin Pan Alley.

~ Walk the trails and make friends with a goat at Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary.

~ Stop for sweets at PB Boulangerie and Bakery in Wellfleet (and don’t forget to bring something back for the innkeepers).

~ Poke around Main Street, Hyannis at dusk, then walk to The Black Cat for their raw bar or people watch from the patio at EmBargo.

One of Cape Cod’s many wonderful “Main Streets”…Hyannis!

~ See Barnstable Harbor like you’ve never seen it…from the eco-tour boat “The Horseshoe Crab”.

~ OK, it’s a Cape Cod cliche, but should not be missed: Whale Watching! The best in the world, and the boat leaves 3 minutes from the inn (and we have your discount tickets!).

So as I said, this is a VERY abbreviated list. We left out kayaking, Chatham’s Main Street, seal watching, “stuffies” at Tugboats or Arnold’s, ice cream joints, golf (miniature and not-so miniature) beach yoga…the list is as long as, well, Cape Cod! The thing is, the clock now reads 4:03am and I should check on my 16 year old dog. But if you are up with those late night jitters why not have something to look forward to? The Lamb and Lion Inn is open right now and taking reservations right now (or after 9am, please). We are offering greatly discounted rates for the summer BUT they are only offered if you book this winter! It’s a great reason to get back to sleep, but this time with visions of Cape Cod swirling around your bed.  Nighty night!