Paine’s Campground

For those of you who like to use a tent for your camping experiences, I’d like to suggest Paine’s Campground in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, Ma. It’s owned and operated by Bud and Sheila Paine, two of the nicest people you could ever meet. They have well over a hundred tenting sites as well as about a half dozen sites for trailers or RV’s that will require full hook-up. Some of the tenting sites have electric on them also. All have delicious spring water. Each site comes with fire rings so you can cook over an open fire or sit around the camp fire at night talking with neighboring guests. There are two bath houses with hot and cold water for both men and women, one of which has full showers. These facilities are cleaned several times each day.

At the end of this summer season they had a three day music festival that went over very well. This was a lot of fun for music lovers, but because of local restrictions, it had no electrical instruments, all acoustical. For more information on this or to make reservations, go to their website, www.campingcapecod.com  where you’ll find more information.

I hope to see Bud and Sheila doing well the next time I visit the Cape, and know that if you follow my advice, you’ll enjoy your time there as well.

Check out my other blogs about two other places of interest on the Cape, Marconi Beach Restaurant and Atlantic Oaks RV Park.

In the meantime, happy trails to you until we meet again!

Marconi Beach Restaurant

If you like great BBQ ribs and sandwiches, you’re going to love this place. Owned by Russ and Marie Swart, this place is always packed. Open at 11:30 a.m. until the last food junkie leaves, this place is sought out by people from all walks of life and every conceivable location. It’s just that famous!

The food is prepared by a master chef named Doug, who starts early each morning to guarantee that everything is just as it should be for each and every item on the menu, which also includes steaks and fresh local seafood and vegetables. The ribs are wood smoked in a large professional smoker, as is the BBQ chicken. However, out in front of the restaurant is a backyard smoker that when lit every morning with what I think might be apple wood, gives off a really great smoke that fills the neighborhood with the aroma of BBQ. Nothing is cooked in this smoker, but it magically draws in the patrons wanting to taste the flavors they are drawn to by the smoke of this unit.

There are several things other than the food that draw people to this restaurant. The coziness of the place, including the bar where you can watch sports or the news on several flat screen tv’s, and the friendly wait staff lead by Russ and Marie’s son Kevin and the hostess, Marlene. The walls and ceiling are decorated with both sea-going and antique trinkets. And behind glass cases are both police and firemen’s  badges and decals, one of which is in memory of six firemen who unfortunately lost their lives in a tragic fire in Worcster Ma in 1999. Russ deeply cares about those professions because as a young man he was both a policeman and fireman at different stages of his life.

It’s not hard to find this great restaurant because it’s located on the major highway which runs from the Sagamore Bridge to Provincetown, Rte. 6, in Eastham, and only a few miles from the rotary in Orleans.  It sits on the left side of the road as you drive towards Provincetown, easy to find because you should smell the smoke when you approach.

I know that when I next visit this fantastic place of enjoyment, I’ll bump shoulders with some of you. So until then, happy trails!