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Live Like a Local in a Surf Shack by the Sea

“Blue Skies on the Half Shell” is available to rent in one-week periods from April through November.

Have you ever fantasized about getting away from it all by spending the summer in a sun-bleached surf shack located a stone’s throw from the water?  Um, all the time, right?

The simple life sounds great, but you still want creature comforts? Oh yes.

If this is your dream, then “Blue Skies on the Half Shell” is the Cape Cod vacation rental for you.

This unique home is set in a spectacular location just 75 steps from Cape Cod Bay in Eastham. Your grandma loves knotty pine but you don’t? When this cottage was completely renovated and redecorated in 2011, the knotty pine was banished and replaced with white beadboard and airy light blue walls. Every inch of it will remind you that you’re at the beach.

Guests who have stayed at this Cape Cod vacation rental often comment on how fabulous the kitchen is.
Guests who have stayed at this Cape Cod vacation rental often comment about the fabulous kitchen.

The cottage has two bedrooms and sleeps four. The master bedroom has a queen-size bed with a new pillow-top mattress, two armoires for stashing tank tops, shorts and swimsuits, plus a bank of windows that let in sunlight and bay breezes. The second bedroom has two twin beds and two dressers. The bathroom has a new pedestal sink, new stall shower, and stacked washer/dryer built into the space.

If you’ve never taken a shower outdoors on a perfect summer day, you’re in for a treat. “Blue Skies” has a new outdoor shower with hot and cold water and two shower heads, including a handheld one for rinsing sand off feet. The shower even has a separate space to change clothes. Charming mermaid clothes hooks in the changing room reinforce the “beachy” decorative theme.

You haven't live until you've taken a shower under the summer sun!
You haven’t lived until you’ve taken a shower under the summer sun!

The kitchen has all-new appliances and is outfitted for serious cooking with a large assortment of cookware, cutting boards and cooking implements, even a clam knife for the littlenecks that are available at every local fish market. A large gas BBQ provides a perfect place to grill steaks and fish while a screened porch provides extra space for lounging.

The rooftop deck has three comfortable reclining chairs and an umbrella on a handy movable base that can shield guests from the sun. It’s a perfect space to watch the sunset over Cape Cod Bay and to gaze at the stars each night.

“Blue Skies on the Half Shell” has received all five-star guest reviews, including 24 on the vacation rental listing juggernaut HomeAway.com. It’s among the most highly-recommended vacation rentals on Cape Cod.

For information about availability and rates, contact owners Sue and Lee at BlueSkiesCapeCod[at]gmail[dot]com.

(Photographs: Carolyn Gatto)

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