Come Inn from the Cold at the Cape & Islands Orchid Show

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I don’t know about anybody else, but I’ve about had it with snow this year. It seems as though every week since before Christmas we have had the threat of a significant snow storm. And although Cape Cod has managed to dodge the worst of it, we still have our fair share of the white stuff. It frustrates my husband, as he is the one who has to deal with snow-blowing the driveway and salting and sanding the walkways to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests.

We got used to it during our tenure as innkeepers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. But when we first contemplated moving to Cape Cod, my husband blithely told me “they golf year round on Cape Cod”. Not. Our first year here was the coldest on record, since they’ve been keeping records. The second year was the snowiest on record, again since they’ve been keeping records. Then there was the year of 27 days of rain in June; the summer of the 17-year return of the cicadas; and, of course, last year’s record heat. To say that we have had some record-breaking weather in the past few years is putting it mildly.

So, it is no wonder that I look for diversions from the cold and the snow, and explore every possibility for indoor activities for our guests during the winter. Which brings me to the point. This weekend is the 22nd Annual Cape and Islands Orchid Society Orchid Show, which is being held at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. If you want to be transported to a tropical destination for the bargain basement price of an $8.00 entrance fee, you should definitely come to Cape Cod this weekend. All day Saturday and Sunday, you can wander through the exotic exhibits, talk to orchid enthusiasts, and learn about everything from the basics of orchid care to tips and tricks for growing beautiful orchids. It is a truly spectacular event and one that will definitely take your mind off the cold, if only for a day or two.