Cape Cod’s beauty never ceases to amaze us. Even in the depth of a rare deep-freeze, the Cape’s natural beauty was abundant. We took a trip down to Barnstable Harbor to show some friends our lovely Millway Beach, and to view the impressive barrier beach, Sandy Neck, which protects our marshes from storms. A view of this barrier beach is always a treat, especially over the holidays, when the Sandy Neck Lighthouse is decked out with a huge Christmas wreath!Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MA












The view this weekend stopped us in our tracks. Huge slabs of ice were scattered all over the beach and harbor where the waves had abruptly frozen due to the frigid cold-snap.Honeysuckle Hill Inn West Barnstable MA





We walked the beach (quickly, it was cold!), and were smitten by the ice sculpture show. Our breath was taken away by the show (and the cold) – it was better than many art galleries we’ve visited.



Afterwards, we went to the nearby Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern for a hot toddy to warm us up. Their tavern, with its relaxed ambience and plentiful woodwork, is a cozy setting for good conversation; check out their February 2013 special tastings at  A pleasant end to a pleasant day.

The Cape’s year-round natural beauty re-enforces why it’s a special place to come, anytime of the year.