Summer on the Cape

love-opera-victoria-bakerThe endless rain we’ve been experiencing lately makes me nostalgic of summers gone by.

Last summer I made a promise to myself to go and explore new places. I conjured up images of a safari in Africa, but I only had a few days to get away. That’s when a friend mentioned Cape Cod. I originally balked at the idea- but sometimes you need to follow the road destiny paves for you.

We arrived in Hyannis via Cape Air. I’d never been on such a tiny plane before. It was pouring with rain and we were delayed on the tarmac for over an hour due to visibility concerns. I later learned this is not uncommon for the region, but at the time I thought the end was nigh.

Of course, I didn’t die and the plane landed in Hyannis. Though it was rainy, I could smell the sea breeze, watch the fishermen bringing in their catch and inhale large gasps of nautical air. All we had planned was a stay at Wequassett, overlooking Pleasant Bay in Harwich. In my “live everyday as if it were your last” frame of mind, I was concerned about the lack of activities on my program, but I was wrong…shaking the rest of the world off your mind is the best activity.

For me, Wequassett was hands down the most beautiful resort on the Northeast. Coco Chanel believed that true luxury was never about being ostentatious but always about comfort and understatement, the staff at Wequassett brings this motto to life.

Our room, overlooking the bay, was incredible. The design was impeccably Cape Cod chic with crisp linens. Everything from the music to the fireplace turned on with a remote control. I took a soak in the Jacuzzi tub, listened to jazz and topped off the afternoon looking out onto the bay and the soothing sound of the waves. I didn’t really “do” anything, yet it was the best afternoon ever.

We ate dinner at their main restaurant “24 Atlantic”. I don’t recall what I ate; I do remember it being one of the top 3 meals of my life. The stars were aligned. The service, the food, the exceptional beauty of the surroundings all came together to create a memorable experience. After dinner, we lay on the deck and watched the stars- it was breathtaking. At home, I hardly ever see stars.

As I think back on that time I revert to that moment on the plane when for a split second I thought we might crash…I remember thinking if I was going to go, I was glad it was in the act of doing something different, overcoming my own fears…If you only had one last day on Earth, what would you want to be doing?

 

Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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