Cape Cod Neighborhoods

great island - wellfleet ma

Rich in history and tradition, Cape Cod also allows for plenty of room for natural exploration, with Wellfleet’s conservation trails being some of the best options for enjoying the beauty of the area. There are several ways to experience Wellfleet Bay, from a nature center to numerous conservation trails.

The Bay View Trail, in particular, leads visitors along a windy trail through woodlands. Noted as the longest trail within the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the trail also takes visitors right along the edge of a salt marsh. It’s a fantastic way to see, hear and appreciate wildlife, with a variety of birds coming to the area throughout the year. It’s also a great location to see the unusual sandplain grasslands, filled with rare animals and

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wellfleet harbor actors theater

The award-winning Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater offers an intimate and adventurous outlet for the arts on Cape Cod, with a long-standing tradition of entertaining the crowds. Known more simply as WHAT, the non-profit theater operates year-round, with a 200-seat stage right off Old Route 6 in Wellfleet.

First founded in the mid-1980s, the theater is currently celebrating more than 30 years of history on Cape Cod. The intimate stage is named after the late five-time Tony Award winner Julie Harris, a former Chatham resident. Harris additionally once served as an honorary board chairwoman of the theater.

To the theater’s credit, and to its namesake, it’s said there’s not a bad seat in the house, where patrons have the choice of orchestra or balcony seating.

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There’s no doubt that boating is a big part of a Cape Cod lifestyle, and for many that means looking local when it comes to the design and purchase of a boat, as well. That’s why you’ll find many boats handcrafted right on Cape Cod, and designed to sail the local waters.

E.M. Crosby Boatworks

With an impressive eight generations of quality workmanship to its name, E.M. Crosby Boatworks in West Barnstable is a family-owned boatbuilding company, and traces its legacy of family boat building back generations. While you’ll see custom boats come from the yard, family members also service all kinds of other vessels. In addition, workers are known for restoring older boats back to their former glory.

First Light Boatworks & Marine Railway

First Light Boatworks is

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Celebrating more than 150 years of history on Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Central Railroad continues with a tradition that’s generations in the making. These days the railroad serves up more of a scenic role, moving through the landscape in an unforgettable way.

The railroad, however, has been a part of the region for well more than century. It actually dates back to the mid 1800s when rail serve first came to Cape Cod. That service then extended to connect several area towns and communities, extending to locations such as Orleans, Wellfleet and Provincetown. At one time even President Ulysses S. Grant is said to have boarded the train.

In more recent years, however, the railroad has turned into more of a tourist attraction, now running excursion trains from

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cape cod museum of natural history

Designed to help tell the story of the natural history of the region, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History opens its doors for nearly year-round opportunities to explore area wildlife and ecosystems. Through education and conservation, Cape Cod’s Nature Place gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the region.

Although small in size, the museum hosts a number of collections and exhibits, as well as some traveling exhibits for visitors to enjoy. In addition, the location commonly presents lectures, classes, workshops, walks and even field trips, all designed to help visitors learn more about Cape Cod’s natural environment.

Along with the museum itself, hundreds of acres of adjacent land is protected, offering visitors the opportunity to learn

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first night chatham

The countdown is on to ring in the New Year with First Night Chatham. The annual event is packed with family fun, from the annual town photo at noon to the traditional Countdown Cod drop at the strike of midnight.

With non-stop fun and entertainment, this year’s event promises two fireworks displays, the return of the popular Noise Parade and at least 70 planned performers, entertaining the crowds at nearly two-dozen different venues in Chatham.

Now in its 26th year, a full lineup of performers and musical acts are on tap to lead residents and visitors into the New Year. From a jazz quartet to the restored Diamond Jubilee Organ, a poetry reading to Chinese folk art dancing, First Night Chatham promises to be bigger and better this year.

Other acts on the

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corn hill in truro by edward hopper

One of the most inspirational locations of renowned artist Edward Hopper’s career, the prominent painter cherished the Outer Cape. The deep appreciation can be traced to the early 1930s when Hopper and his wife Josephine first rented a cottage in South Truro, a decision that led to the Hoppers returning to the area each summer from then on out.

The two artists commonly took day trips to other nearby areas, providing the inspiration Edward Hopper needed for his next piece of artwork. Mostly landscapes at this point in his life, his work turned to the sea and grass, lighthouses, farmhouses and sailboats.

One of his most famous depictions is ‘Corn Hill’, a 1930-era oil painting. There’s also ‘Highland Light, North Truro’, which shows a lighthouse that has

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lighthouse beach chatham

Serving up plenty of outdoor fun and recreation for those of all ages, there are several Chatham area beaches you simply don’t want to miss. Here are just a few of our favorite beaches, popular for a variety of reasons.

Cockle Cove Beach

Cockle Cove Beach, in particular, is known for its long stretch of sand and small waves. The beach is popular for windsurfing and boating, plus there’s lots of room to simply spread out and enjoy the great views.

Found in South Chatham, the warm weather makes it ideal for windsurfing and for swimming. The soft sand is also great for kids, plus the waves are calm. Kayakers also consider Cockle Cove Beach a favorite, plus there are lifeguards on duty at the saltwater beach.

Hardings Beach

A perfect location for taking up a

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pamet harbor real estate

A landmark of Truro, tiny Pamet Harbor has long served boaters in the Cape Cod area. The harbor makes it simple to easily reach other spots such as Wellfleet and Provincetown, as well.

Found at the Pamet River for which it gains its name, you will find plentiful parking and a great launch ramp that easily helps boaters access Cape Cod Bay. While popular these days, the harbor itself actually dates back centuries.

Around the late 1700s, Pamet Harbor was commonly the site of fishing and shipbuilding. Following the Civil War and the decline of shipbuilding in the area, though, the site sat mostly deserted.

Over the years, crews focused on dredging the harbor, with the last major dredging project about a decade ago. These days, the harbor is commonly used for

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chatham labyrinth

Serving primarily as a quiet place to reflect and clear your thoughts, the Chatham Labyrinth also, for some, serves as a carefully designed spiritual place. No matter your reason for visiting, though, the labyrinth is sure to provide an interesting backdrop.

Gifted by local churches as part of a 300th anniversary celebration a few years back, the town labyrinth is a replica of one found in a French cathedral, designed from cut and sealed pavers. Completely in proportion, the design is said to help with the creation of harmony.

With a total of 11 circuits, the path of the labyrinth winds 11 times around until you reach its center. Laid out straight, the path would measure about one-third of a mile and 16-inches wide.

It’s hoped those who embark on the

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