Cape Cod Neighborhoods


celeste fine art gallery - wellfleet ma

Widely regarded for its historic attributes and seaside location, Wellfleet is also well known as an artsy kind of place. This charming town is tucked away between the ocean and the bay, with a longstanding heritage tied to fishing and aquaculture.

As the natural setting includes everything from protected freshwater ponds and dunes to marshes and moors, outdoor recreation is key in this community, from accessing the Cape Cod Rail Trail to simply taking in the natural beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Promoters of Wellfleet arts and culture also hope to further recognize the importance of the area’s cultural and artistic attributes, however, by helping to celebrate the arts often gained from the area’s unique environment.

The seaside town

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chatham village

From fresh seafood to live theater, historical attractions to relaxing in luxury, there’s plenty to get out and explore in Chatham Village

Atwood House Museum

A great place to start your tour is at the Atwood House Museum. The Chatham Historical Society runs the museum out of a home dating back to the mid-1700s. Furnished with relics from the 18th and 19th centuries, the museum now includes eight galleries, along with a special exhibit gallery. The building houses a vast collection of artwork and archives that help tell the story of the region and its culture.

Chatham Squire

A local staple for nearly a half-century, Chatham Squire is a family-friendly restaurant that serves up daily lunch and dinner. With a selection of local favorites,

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saquatucket harbor - harwich ma

Improvements are well underway at Saquatucket Harbor, where crews aim to start in on a waterside reconstruction project within just days. For weeks now, crews have been busy removing piles and finger piers in anticipation of the start of the larger project of fixing up the harbor.

Saquatucket Harbor services commercial, recreational and charter vessels, as well as ferries. Local leaders say the docks were in real need of replacement, though. At 40-years old, the docks were considered unstable, so plans were made to fix the issues, broken up into landside and waterside projects.

Planned improvements include dredging and then constructing a new, ADA compliant dock; including nearly a dozen more slips than the area has had in the past. The waterside

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nauset beach

While the days may be getting shorter and the weather a bit cooler, there’s no reason why now can’t be a great time to take a fall walk along Nauset Beach. Extremely popular during the summer season, Nauset Beach is a great place for catching a sunrise, taking a dip in the cool water, hitting the surf or casting a line.

This extremely long beach is known for its fantastic waves and enjoyable sand. Stretching a full 10 miles from Orleans to Chatham, the beach is popular during the warmer season with boogie boarders and swimmers. You can even do some off-roading here with a permit.

Despite the cooler temperatures that keep you out of the water, the fall season is an exceptional time to embrace the scenery. You don’t need warm temperatures to enjoy a

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cape cod off-roading

When it comes to visiting Nauset Beach one of the best ways to do it is off the beaten track. Off-roading to The Outer Beach is a popular pastime, especially during the peak season, even more so now that a statewide habitat conservation plan has come into play.

Under the recently approved plan, Orleans officials are able to escort off-road vehicles past plover nesting areas, which previously shut down the trails leading south from Nauset Beach. Because state and federal endangered species laws are in place to protect piping plovers, it’s necessary to keep people away from the nesting areas. Under the vehicle escort plan the birds remain protected while at the same time some conditional vehicle access is opened up to beach areas.

According to the Orleans

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collapsed dune at the beachcomber in wellfleet

The Beachcomber is now closed for the season and  Wellfleet town leaders are still working on a solution to a recent dune collapse at Cahoon Hollow Beach. A large dune in the front of the popular beach bar & restaurant collapsed in August following heavy rain.

The car ended up about 20 feet down in the sand and had to be pulled out the next morning. While luckily no one was injured in the collapse, local officials did put up barricades across the rest of the parking lot and out on the beach to keep people away from the immediate site.

The closure now prevents people from parking in what remains of the town-owned parking lot and from using the primary beach entrance. Not long after the collapse happened Wellfleet selectmen met in a special meeting to

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chatham orpheum

For a family-friendly experience, the Chatham Orpheum Theater has served up fun on the Cape for generations. The theater first opened its doors around 1916, at that time making it the very first and the only movie house in Chatham.

From the start of silent films, the old Orpheum Theater was known as a prime, year-round destination for both area residents and seasonal visitors. It stayed that way for more than 70 years, but sadly closed its doors in the late 1980s and the building turned into a pharmacy.

That all changed in more recent years when the pharmacy moved out and a non-profit began working ‘round the clock to raise enough money to purchase the old building and bring Main Street movies back to town. Thanks to donations and government grants, crews

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orleans artist cottages

From stylish boutiques to gifts and crafts, Orleans Village offers a charming setting, filled with a unique blend of shops and restaurants to choose from. The quaint downtown shopping district is the perfect place to go for jewelry and home décor, plus dining and galleries.

This walk-able downtown area is ideal for sightseeing or simply taking a relaxing afternoon stroll, with one-of-a-kind items and locally produced artwork and keepsakes. With many options originating right on Cape Cod, the village is a great place to shop for regional crafts and clothing, whimsical toys and gourmet gifts.

To help ensure that the village stays that way, while still moving ahead to the future, efforts are underway to create more opportunity within the region. While

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be shark smart

From Michael Phelps racing sharks on TV to more shark sightings off the coast, it seems everyone is talking about sharks these days. Some publications suggest that great white shark sightings in the New England area are on the rise.

Already this season there have been at least a half-dozen local sightings, including one shark spotted just off Wellfleet back in early May. That’s led the National Park Service to send out alerts, dedicating a page just to shark safety

Many seem to think the perceived increase in the number of shark sightings has to do with an influx of gray seals. The sharks view the seals as food, and decades worth of efforts to help protect the gray seal population has therefore resulted in a larger number of white sharks being drawn to

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brewster whitecaps sign

With regular season games running from mid-June trough mid-August, the Cape Cod Baseball League provides family-friendly fun for those on the Cape, and a place for future MLB players to hone their skills. From Hyannis to Brewster, Orleans to Chatham, the league is made up of  ten different teams, divided up into the east and west divisions.

Around since the late 1800s, teams now play in a 44-game regular-season matchup, with a postseason concluding with a championship series and the popular All Star Game in late July. The teams are made up of some of the top college players in the nation, recruited to play each summer in one of the country’s best amateur summer leagues.

The league actually got its start generations ago, though, when two separate leagues

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