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Exploring the Cape Cod Craft Beverage Trail

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

If the question is “Is there any craft beer near me?” when you’re staying at Ship’s Knees Inn, the answer is absolutely. But wait; there’s more. Should you be more oenophile than lover of micro-brews, there is a winery within just a few miles of the inn. In fact, you can even partake of the trifecta of locally made adult beverages by visiting a distillery just a half hour’s drive from Ship’s Knees, as well.

When Cape Cod Beer opened its doors in 2004, they were the only brewery on the Cape. They were also ahead of the curve in what has become a nationwide craze: craft beer. Since then, they’ve been joined by several other micro-breweries. And Truro Vineyards, the oldest vineyard here, is also now in good company with winemakers in Harwich and Falmouth.

With breweries, vineyards and distilleries sprinkled across Cape Cod, from Sandwich to Provincetown, the businesses joined together to create the Cape Cod Craft Beverage Trail, a website that offers a map, and information about each.

Hog Island Beer Co.

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Hog Island Beer Co. – Photo via Facebook













In the heart of Orleans, Hog Island Beer Co. is the closest to the inn. Opened in 2014 by a couple of guys ‘with beer in their blood,’ their brews were quickly embraced by locals – it is served in many area restaurants – and, with tastings and live entertainment on weekends, the brewery rapidly became a destination unto itself. Named after an island in Pleasant Bay where is it said that Captain Kidd stashed some his ill-gotten gains, Hog Island Beer Co. typically has a half dozen or so beers on tap on any given day, several of which also have monikers that are a nod to Cape Cod. Day Sail Session IPA, anyone? Open for tours and tastings Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

First Crush Winery

First Crush Winery

Beautiful things happen when an eye guy decides to become a wine guy. Who knew? Apparently Dr. Frank Puzio did. The longtime local eye doctor turned his passion for winemaking into a delicious reality when he opened First Crush Winery in Harwich, less than 20 minutes west of Ship’s Knees. After procuring grapes from carefully selected growers, Puzio creates the wine in an off-the-beaten-track, industrial-style building. Don’t judge this book by its unassuming cover. Inside is a richly paneled tasting room. Do judge First Crush by its wares. The reds are an absolute delight. Open for tastings Wednesday – Sunday.

Devil’s Purse Brewing Co.

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Devil’s Purse – Photo via website

Head just a few minutes further west, to South Dennis, and you’ll find Devil’s Purse Brewing Co., housed in yet another unassuming building. Outside is boring brick. Inside is industrial chic, where rough-hewn tasting tables tend to be crowded, and oversized blackboards list the available pours. Not sure what you want? The approachable staff knows just what questions to ask to pair you with brews you’ll love. Should you fall in love with one, grab a filled-to-order growler to bring back to the inn. Should their Intertidal Oyster Stout be available when you visit, put it the top of your “flight” list. Trust on this one. Open for tastings Wednesday – Saturday.

Truro Vineyards & South Hollow Spirits

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Truro Vineyards & South Hollow Spirits – Photo via Facebook

About a half hour east of the inn are Truro Vineyards and South Hollow Spirits, a vineyard and distillery at the same location, both of which are owned by the same people. First came the vineyard, founded in 1992, then the distillery, which opened in 2014. Like Hog Island and Devil’s Purse, a visit to Truro Vineyards and South Hollow Spirits is as much, or almost, about the scene as it is the beverages. Wine and spirit tastings are available every day, year round. In the warmer months, the Hollow Bar, an al fresco bar serving wine by the glass and sips of spirits, adds to the fun, as does the onsite Crush Pad Food Truck.

Have fun, and always drink responsibly!


Featured image via Cape Cod Craft Beverage Trail.

What Makes a Great Cape Cod Stay?

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

A truly memorable vacation is about more than stunning scenery and fun things to do. Or even great dining options or luxurious accommodations. An enjoyable vacation, one that sets the bar by which future holidays are measured, is about all of these things coming together to create a balanced harmony between the excitement of discovering a new favorite place and savoring much-needed downtime.

With more than 400 miles of shoreline, a deep sense of history, and endless options for exploring, Cape Cod has long been recognized as a premier vacation destination. Elevate your visit to the Cape to “truly memorable” status by choosing East Orleans, and our inn on the beach, as your home-away-from-home for your vacation. Location, Location, Location

Those who are unfamiliar with Cape Cod often assume that it is one town, yet it actually measures 65 miles from the Cape Cod Canal to the easternmost tip. Set nearly equidistant between the canal and Provincetown, East Orleans is within an easy drive of all that Cape Cod has to offer. A whale watch in Provincetown one day and a daytrip to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard the next is easily done. East Orleans itself is a quiet, residential village with just a couple of restaurants and shops, but just up the street is Orleans, the largest town on the Lower Cape, where you will find dozens of shops, restaurants and galleries. If you have chosen Cape Cod as your vacation destination, chances are that spending time on the beach is at the top of your to-do list. In East Orleans, within walking distance of Ship’s Knees Inn, is Nauset Beach, which regularly tops “best beaches” lists not only for the Cape, but for the entire country!hotel on the beach cape codIs “Inn-Style” Right for You?

Some people may not consider a B&B the best choice for their vacation accommodations. An inn offers a more intimate experience than staying at a larger hotel, and many people choose an inn specifically for this personal ambiance. As innkeepers, we are here every day, preparing breakfast, offering recommendations, and ensuring that our guests have everything they need. Inns are also often historic homes with individually decorated rooms, rather than new commercial buildings in which each room is the same, and we are no exception. The main house at Ship’s Knees was built in 1820 by one of the preeminent families of Orleans, and while each of our rooms has its own distinctive style, the décor in most is more “beach chic” than “history lesson.” And with an in-ground pool and fire pit, complimentary WiFi, and flat-screen TVs, refrigerators and hairdryers in every room, we offer the perfect blend of history and modern convenience.cape cod beach hotelWondering What to Do?

With one and a half acres of beautifully manicured grounds, a flower-filled courtyard arranged with comfortable furniture and a pool, doing absolutely nothing at Ship’s Knees Inn is always time well spent, as is spending a day in the sand at nearby Nauset Beach. But should you decide to venture out and explore, and would like suggestions, we are at the ready. As innkeepers, we consider it a part of our job – a very fun part – to personally experience what Orleans and Cape Cod have to offer. We dine out regularly and have compiled a list of our favorite restaurants on our website. Whether you are looking for a unique item for your home, a trendy new pair of shoes or a Cape Cod souvenir, we know just where to send you. Hiking and biking, kayaking or boating excursions? Just name your pleasure and we’re happy to share our insider info!kayaking on cape codA vacation is something you look forward to all year long, which makes it so important that the experience leave you feeling both relaxed and recharged. Your visit to Cape Cod will do just that… and leave you with happy memories to last a lifetime.

The Ship's Knees Inn is open year round