If you’ve never been to Botanica, make sure you put it on your list to visit in Provincetown. Botanica is Provincetown’s unique gift shoppe and art gallery with goods for the home and garden. (Click on blog link for many other photos.)
It has been voted the best gift shop on the Outer Cape for seven years in a row by Cape Cod Life Magazine and you can see why when you enter the shop and meet the two owners, Bob and Mark. They make you feel right at home as soon as you walk through the door.
“Botanica has a wide selection of gifts for the home, including vintage items, cards, coasters, mugs with gift boxes and other table-top items by PaperProducts Design, napkins, indoor and outdoor containers for plants, vases, tea light holders, garden accessories, including cast stone garden ornaments from Campania International, indoor furnishings, original art, including oil and acrylic paintings, reproduction art, a large selection of air plants (tillandsias), aeriums, globes and containers.” Botanica carries a large selection of my Outdoor Eyes Cape Cod Photo Note Cards.
“Botanica features the soaps and fragrances of Inis of Ireland, Pre de Provence, Kala sea salt soap and local company Mangiacotti, which gives back to the community. Botanica has the largest selection of Motawi Tiles on Cape Cod.”
Botanica is a year-round business that ships to customers all year long. It is open seven days per week April through October with shorter hours in winter months, mostly on weekends. This time of year, call in advance for their winter hours.
When you drive by the Eastham Police Station on Route 6 during the day, it looks a regular Police Station. But when you drive by at night time, oh my goodness! The gorgeous stained-glass window is just spectacular! (Click on blog link for other photo.)
“The Nauset people, sometimes referred to as the Cape Cod Indians, were a Native American Tribe who lived on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. They lived east of Bass River and lands occupied by their closely-related neighbors, the Wampanoag.” You can see how so many places on Cape Cod got their names…. like Nauset Marsh and Nauset Regional High School.
This beautiful stained-glass window depicts the Native Americans who lived in Eastham before the English settlers arrived.
Just gorgeous, don’t you think? Have you ever seen this at night? It takes your breath away!
This beautiful old fire engine is again displayed outside the Eastham firehouse with its festive holiday lights. It looks so pretty as you drive down Route 6.
Love all of the festive holiday lights on Cape Cod! Each town has its own displays!
If you want a great cup of coffee, some delicious homemade chocolates, a unique gift for someone special or if you just love the 50s theme, stop at the Chocolate Cafe in Eastham. You will be amazed at all that it has to offer. (Click on blog link for other photos.)
“The Chocolate Cafe has a very eclectic variety of cards and gifts, both salty and sweet.” They even carry a full rack of my Outdoor Eyes Cape Cod Photo Note Cards.
This Great Shearwater is just one of the many seabirds rescued by Wild Care Cape Cod after the Nor’easter a couple of weeks ago. (Click on blog link for other photos.)
“The Great Shearwater is a common seabird off our Atlantic Coast, seldom coming close to shore except during storms. Often forages in flocks. Commonly feeds around fishing boats, fighting over scraps and offal, seemingly fearless of humans. Although Great Shearwaters are often very numerous in North American waters, they nest only on a few islands in the South Atlantic.”
“This bird has the typically “shearing” flight of the genus, dipping from side to side on stiff wings with few wingbeats, the wingtips almost touching the water. Its flight is powerful and direct, with wings held stiff and straight.”
This was a first for us; we had never seen a Great Shearwater. It was so cool!
Visit the Wild Care Cape Cod Facebook page to follow some of these birds that got washed ashore and see how their stories turned out.
This huge cruise ship dwarfed everything else in Provincetown Harbor. I could see it as we drove over the causeway the other day and was it big! (Click on blog link for other photo.)
I like the 2nd photograph that shows the coastline of Provincetown with Pilgrim Monument in the background and the size of that massive ship.