Weekend like a Kennedy

love-opera-victoria-bakerThe Kennedy’s are America’s royal family. From President Kennedy to his son JFK Jr, they were renowned for their good looks, intellect and athleticism.

And when they weren’t busy running the country or changing the world they escaped to the now infamous Kennedy compound in Cape Cod. In 1926 Joseph P. Kennedy rented a summer cottage at 28 Marchant Avenue in Hyannis. Two years later, he purchased the structure and enlarged and remodeled it to suit his family’s needs. In 1956, Jack bought a smaller home of his own at 111 Irving Avenue not far from his father’s home.

Here the family went sailing, played sports and indulged in the elegant but relaxed Cape Cod atmosphere.

Last weekend I stumbled onto my very own Kennedy compound. I half expected to bump into JFK and Jackie Kennedy on the beach. Chatham Bars Inn located in the elegant town of Chatham is the place to stay when you’re on the Cape and you can get more information at www.chathambarsinn.com. You can go elsewhere but you’ll miss the upscale, low-key weekend like a Kennedy vibe that characterizes the whole area.

First of all, let me just say the service and amenities at Chatham Bars Inn are second to none and the dining is exceptional. They grow a lot of their own produce so the vegetables have that coveted farm to table freshness. And the fish is mostly local caught so it tastes nothing like the supermarket variety.

I rediscovered cod and tuna at Stars, the world class oceanfront restaurant on the property. I’m still salivating over their tuna tartare. Later on, I ordered a Clam Chowder from the Beach House. It’s the best clam chowder on the Cape.

It was overcast and foggy last week, but I think I like Cape Cod even more when she’s a little under the weather. Before the throngs of tourists arrive she’s like a woman without her make-up, a little pale but all the more beautiful for it. On my last day at Chatham Bars Inn I got up at 5am and went for a stroll on the beach. The sky put on the most magnificent light show for me, pink, then orange before settling into a bluish grey.

I watched the fishermen get ready for the day, the sailing boats gently rocking in the distance and only the indent of my footprints in the sand to break the seamless view of the sky kissing the seashore. It got me musing on JFK, his life, his legacy and the famous words he left us with.

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on…” said JFK. For me, the essence of JFK, his cool and his class, lives on at Chatham Bars Inn.


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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