When you think of your happy place, what do you picture? White beaches and crystal blue water? Rows and rows of books featuring that new and old book smell? Ferris wheels and funnel cake? When I think of my happy place, I think of Cape Cod, and more specifically, our cape house in Dennis, MA.
Growing up in New Jersey, our summer vacations took us to Wildwood and Seaside, not straying far from the miles of boardwalks and beaches of the Jersey Shore.
Fun Fact: First opening in 1870, New Jersey’s Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world, tapping out at a whopping 5.5 miles!
After going away to college, I didn’t frequent the Jersey Shore much, if at all, anymore. Dance competitions had ended in our family and I was working every summer, including my final 2 college summers where I was at a residency in Maine. Summer vacations just didn’t happen anymore.
That statement is only even more true for the summer of 2018. This was the first summer I visited Cape Cod! My boyfriend at the time (now husband) invited me to stay the summer at his familys’ cape house in Dennis before I left for graduate school in California. I immediately took him up on the offer and began looking for theatrical work on the Cape.
I got hired as one of the 2 stage managers for Cape Repetory’s 2018 summer season. This allowed me to live on the Cape for the entire summer while working and prepping for grad school.
Now again, I had never even stepped foot on the Cape in my previous 22 years of living (I don’t count Martha’s Vinyard as a true part of Cape Cod). I was excited to start this new journey with my boyfriend, but also excited to be living in a place that seemed so out of reach for me.
Fun Fact: No county in the COUNTRY has more lighthouses than Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Cape Cod, specifically our cape house in Dennis, MA, quickly became my sanctuary. From the moment we walked in the door, I fell in love. So much so that to this day we are trying to convince my in-laws to sell the house to us so that we could live there! The house is homey, featuring gorgeous natural wood panneling and beams, a large brick fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and just the most wonderful aestetic (all thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law).
When I think of my happy place, I think of our cape house. This secluded, quiet, quaint little house in Dennis, MA is what I think of when I want to get away. It’s where I can sit on the couch and read without getting distracted by outside forces. It’s our cats’ FAVORITE place in the entire world (thanks to the sliding doors leading to the deck). It’s where my relationship was pushed and prodded and solidified after working with my husband for an entire summer. The Cape is the place I think of when I think of home.