January 2016

There are 6 blog entries for January 2016.


truro vineyards

There’s no doubt that Cape Cod is known for it’s fresh seafood, but there’s also the opportunity to wash it down with one of the many fantastic selections of local wine, beer and spirits.  Here are just a few of the places to keep in mind when it comes to where to sip on Cape Cod:

First Crush Winery- Harwich

First on our list is the First Crush Winery.  This unique coop offers the opportunity for wine connoisseurs to help out in the actual winemaking.  The winery includes more than 300 coop members, invited to take part in hands-on events.

The idea is to showcase winemaking as a true social event, while also educating consumers about the winemaking process.  The winery also hosts tours and tastings by appointment and delivers wine to area stores and

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wellfleet bay wildlife sanctuary

The Cape is a fantastic location to view wildlife, at home in their natural environment.  From the numerous sanctuaries to clubs working to preserve native species, here are
some of the prime ways to experience bird watching in the Cape Cod region:

Cape Cod Bird Club

The Cape Cod Bird Club was formed by a group of people dedicated to protecting and conserving native birds in the area.  Members take part in a variety of events throughout the year, including lectures, bird walks and bird counts.

The organization also hosts an annual bird festival.  Yearly membership fees in the Cape Cod Bird Club go to fund community college scholarships, nest box monitoring of the Eastern Bluebird and field trips.

Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries

The Mass Audubon’s wildlife

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payomet theatre truro

There’s a lot to do and see in Truro, from historic landmarks to the performing arts.  Here are just a few of the best sites to visit when you’re out and about:

Highland House

First constructed as a summer resort hotel in 1907, the old Highland House now serves as a museum, preserving history of the region.  The Highland House Museum offers a chance to look back at the lives of Native Americans, early European settlers and outer Cape fisherman that helped formed the region.

If you want to go, keep in mind the museum is only open seasonally, on select hours from June through September.  Museum admission is just $5 for adults and $4 for students.  Kids ages 12 and younger are free!

Whitman House Restaurant

When you’ve filled up on the history of region,

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Cape Tax Rates 2016
Town Tax Rate Town Hall
  Residential  
Barnstable $9.31 508.862.4054
Bourne $10.16 508.759.0600
Brewster $8.43 508.896.3701
Chatham $5.02 508.945.5100
Dennis $6.53 508.394.8300
Eastham $7.44 508.240.5910
Falmouth $8.37 508.548.7611
Harwich $9.47 508.430.7514
Mashpee $9.51 508.539.1400
Orleans $6.46 508.240.3700
Provincetown $7.80 508.487.7017
Sandwich $14.47 508.888.4910
Truro $6.77 508.349.7004
Wellfleet $6.83 508.349.0300
Yarmouth $9.98 508.398.2231
 The above rates do not include land bank fees.
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most expensive chatham sold in 2015

The luxury market is alive and well in Chatham with 68 homes selling for $1M or more in 2015.  The most expensive home to sell in Chatham in 2015 was a Morris Island home located at 96 Tilipi Run, Chatham MA 02633.  This 6 BR | 9 BA | 9,315 SF home offers sophisticated custom craftsmanship and sweeping views of the open Atlantic waters.  This home sold on July 2nd 2015 for $8,200,000 / $880 SF which was 94.3% of asking price.

The top 10 most expensive Chatham homes to sell in 2015 were as follows:

Address Village Neighborhood Selling Price Date Sold
         
96 Tilipi Run Chatham Morris Island $8,200,000 07/02/15
66 Briggs Way Chatham Shore Road $7,550,000 10/01/15
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whydah museum provincetown

While a fantastic place to live and vacation, for hundreds of years Cape Cod has also held the distinction of serving as a final resting place for thousands of ships.  In fact, between Provincetown and Chatham alone the ocean graveyard has laid claim to more than 1,000 shipwrecks.

The trend dates back to the 1600s, with the first recorded shipwreck in the region.  That’s when the Sparrowhawk sunk near Orleans.  The ship stayed underwater for 200 years, and is now partially on display at Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth.  It’s still possible, though, to see the wreckage during low tide of another shipwreck, the Frances, which sunk in 1872 off North Truro.

In fact, during the early 1800s, shipwrecks were commonplace along the coast of Cape Cod, with an average of

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