With the arrival of cold weather, I have been thinking even more fondly of our time at Marylouise'cozy and comfortable home in Barnstable. We spent a week there with our daughter's family including two active grandchildren, ages 6 and 3. We were meeting my brother and family who had rented a home a few minutes away. The house itself was extremely welcoming for young children. We stayed upstairs in one of the two bedrooms and our own bath, leaving the first floor rooms for parents and children, to avoid the toddler tumbling down stairs.
There is a large wooden table where we had breakfast and went outside on the patio for dinners (and a BBQ with our friends from Boston). The kitchen was very well equipped with many shelf stable supplies. And a gas stove, our strong preference. We were pleased to find many children's items in the shed, chalk, bubbles, swim gear, chairs, etc. There was enough lawn for them to play safely. Children's CD's and books were available in the living room. The furniture and beds were quite comfortable. Our 3 year old loved walking up and down the narrow road that had almost no traffic. Very importantly for this area, the long driveway could hold at least 3 cars.
What we really loved was the ambiance of the street with quintessential Cape Cod homes. Pictures can't do this justice. This house is second from the beach which is only a short walk away, with a great view! The water was warm and shallow, very safe for children. Our 6 year old loved the water and "catching" hermit crabs and shells. We would walk along the beach to my brother's house. There is something special about sitting in the two chairs in the front lawn and looking toward the horizon and the water, quiet and relaxing moments. In fact, everything was so relaxing we didn't do our usual sightseeing and stuck close to "home," except for an exceptional whale tour just minutes away. Marylouise told us about Barnstable Market, a short drive away, and we did almost all our grocery shopping there. A good restaurant, fresh fish market, and ice cream store were next door to the whale tour marina, within walking distance. All in all, this was probably the best place we have stayed for our vacations with out grandchildren.
One more thing: the "locals" were very friendly and shared interesting information about processing whales in the water, the first explorers, etc. We had a lovely time......