Sunday, July 01, 2007

Cape Cod View's Lists Top 200

Cape Cod View has come up with a Top 200. The list shows a bit more pizzazz and creativity than the choices from yesterday's Cape Cod Life in that the editors asked a dozen “people in the know” – including Wellfleet’s own Jeff Zinn – to make recommendations. It seems like many members of the panel do not frequent the Outer Cape because the winners are often in Hyannis and Falmouth or the islands. Here are some local favorites: Cottage Street Bakery in Orleans, The Wicked Oyster, Red Barn Pizza in Eastham, Abba in Orleans for “Overall Dining Experience,” Moby Dick’s, Karol Richardson, Bayberry Garden Center in Truro, Snow’s extraordinary department store in Orleans, Left Bank Gallery, Mac’s Seafood, Atlantic White Cedar Swamp, W.H.A.T., Province Lands Bike Trail in Provincetown, Cahoon Hollow Beach (just two miles up the road) and The Beachcomber in separate categories. No one mentioned his/her favorite Cape Cod blog. However, a Cape Cod View reporter did devote his first The Click column to Wellfleet Chezsven blog, reason to smile, don't you think?

“The do-it-yourself Internet is made out of Web homesteaders like Alexandra Grabbe. Grabbe runs a bed-and-breakfast in Wellfleet with her husband Sven and writes about it on her blog. Their B & B, Chez Sven, tailors to travelers who like their food organic and their hospitality chemical free (no bleached bed sheets here!). And for the virtual visitor, Grabbe’s Web=log (or blog) gives a writerly window into life around Wellfleet. Peppered with dazzling photos of the Cape’s changing seasons, she treats the day-to-day of being an innkeeper with a light, inviting touch. 'I do not think our vegetable planting will be as extensive this year,' she writes. 'If I have my way, the garden will be more flowery: cosmos, calendula, Milk Maid nasturtiums, sunflowers … I did order five pounds of potatoes for Sven, however.' One way to find Grabbe’s blog is via the B & B’s Web site,”