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Friday morning started like a Monday, I forgot my cellphone on my way to work, had many projects going on at once and needed the extra espresso to get it all in order – by the time I left the office I was more than ready to visit the opening of the Lookout Farm Taproom.

Lookout Farm is known for it’s ‘pick your own’ produce. Just about everyone I know has brought their kids to take the train ride around the orchard to pick apples, pears, peaches, strawberries, pumpkins, etc. They have a large playground at the top of the hill with a petting zoo.

And now, with the recently released Lookout Farm Hard Cider, there’s something for the adults.

The cider is delicious, like fresh crisp apples. The taproom itself is beautiful, constructed from reclaimed wood from the barns, apple crates, and part of a 1957 Ford tractor.

We ordered a flight to sample each one of the ciders on tap – the signature Farmhouse Blend, a summer cider with ginger and lemongrass, a hops blend, and an oak blend. We also ordered the soft pretzels and a flatbread. The charcuterie boards from New England Charcuterie looked incredible but you have to save some things for next time.

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Friday afternoon I couldn’t wait to start the weekend, it was hot sunny, perfect for a trip to the beach. Good thing we got there when we did Saturday. Sunday afternoon dissolved into a cool, rainy evening and the cooling trend continues through the beginning of this week.

Back to Saturday, Saturday we took a trip to Nantasket Beach for low tide. Perfect beach for a 3 year old – we walked the sand bars, ate grilled-cheese and fries, played in the arcade and rode the Paragon Carousel.

Most of the summer we enjoy the family’s beach home in North Truro. The house is located on a private beach in a quiet neighborhood, much different than the city beaches like Nantasket, Wollaston or even Duxbury Beach. It’s also a 2+ hour drive to get to North Truro, so it’s nice to have the choice of these public beaches close by.

What are your favorite beaches to visit in the summer?