Dennis

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crowes pasture - dennis ma

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One of the last remaining exposed tidal flats in Massachusetts will stay open to off-roaders, at least for now. Selectmen in Dennis recently voted to withdraw the town’s application to update its beach management plan for Crowes Pasture Beach.

That’s significant because the off-road beach faced the possibility of being closed off to all off-road vehicles. While that’s been allowed at Crowes Pasture for decades, some suggest state regulators began calling the practice into question only after the town took action, proposing to make an update to its long-standing management plan.

Citing concerns over things like pollution and erosion, state regulators proposed banning all recreational vehicles from driving out on the Crowes Pasture

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Now marking a half-century of service to the Cape Cod region, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod is officially marking its golden anniversary. The APCC just turned 50 years old, celebrating five decades of preservation, protection and enhancement of Cape Cod’s most important natural resources.

Under the leadership of a newly appointed executive director, the association works to help protect area wetlands, surface water and groundwater, plus preserve open space in the region. In addition, members work to help with new growth in the region, while at the same time discouraging harmful development, with a true focus on the environment.

The APCC does so by promoting conservation efforts and green energy, plus by keeping a close eye on any climate or energy

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cape cod rail trail

The popular Cape Cod Rail Trail is expanding, with the addition of new bridges linking Dennis to Yarmouth. Recently local leaders helped officially open one new trail extension in Dennis, the Cape Cod Rail Trail Bridge going over Route 134. It also gave officials the chance to celebrate new state funding that will help construct trails in dozens of towns.

The Route 134 bridge helps extend the rail trail by nearly another four-miles, the second such bridge to go in as part of the trail extension. Last fall another bridge went in over Station Avenue. The cost of the two totaled more than $7 million.

Yet another bridge, the George Allaire Bridge over the Bass River is set to open soon too, with many area cycling groups cheering the latest accomplishments.

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mayflower beach dennis

A popular destination for those of all ages, Mayflower Beach in Dennis offers up plenty of fun for the entire family. This large beach is just a short walk from nearby parking, a place where kids enjoy splashing in shallow pools during low tide and parents enjoy the peacefulness and natural scenery of the fantastic shoreline.

Connecting with Bayview Beach and with Chapin Beach nearby, Mayflower Beach is one of the most scenic in the Dennis area, with a boardwalk stretching over the dunes, leading from the parking lot to the sandy beach. Low tide also presents the opportunity to walk for several miles upon the tidal flats, ideal for catching a sunset or some spectacular photographs during your time on the Cape.

The flat and sandy beach is also ideal for

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heritage sands dennis port

With generous views of Nantucket Sound and the luxury of more than 600-feet of private beach to enjoy, there’s plenty to discover within the new waterfront condo development of Heritage Sands. Located in the incredible Village of Dennis Port, the community offers around 60 new construction cottages, with everything from one-bedroom lofts to those with three-bedrooms and beach access just steps away.

Noted as the first such development in Cape Cod in more than a half-century, the cottages are designed to be energy-efficient, with classic architectural elements intact. A two-story cottage with vaulted ceilings and a large loft in Heritage Sands is priced starting around the mid $400,000s while a two-bedroom with a large front porch starts around $700,000.

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nauset beach orleans ma

If you’re looking for a great family-friendly beach you’re sure to find in in Cape Cod. The area has some fantastic choices, from small beaches set in protected coves to larger beaches with plenty of room to spread out on a sunny summer day.

Nauset Beach- Orleans

If you ask any local about the best family-friendly beaches on the Cape, you’re sure to get quite a few recommendations for Nauset Beach in Orleans. This family favorite is not only large enough to handle the crowds, but also not far from some fantastic clam shacks and fresh seafood restaurants. If you go for a stroll you may even see some seals out in the water.

Cape Cod National Seashore

If you’re looking for a great place to explore, be sure and head to Cape Cod National Seashore. With a full 40

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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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mac's shack wellfleet

When it comes to finding fresh seafood on Cape Cod your choices are seemingly endless.  The region is known for its fantastic array of delicacies, straight out of the waters surrounding the beautiful local communities.  To help you narrow down the list, we came up with a few of our favorite Cape Cod seafood restaurants.

Mac’s Seafood

First on our list is Mac’s Seafood.  With locations all across Cape Cod, Mac’s Seafood is a good choice no matter which part of the Cape you’re visiting.  Mac’s Shack is open seasonally in Wellfleet, while Mac’s on the Pier offers the ease of window ordering on Wellfleet Harbor.  Mac’s Fish House Provincetown is a more upscale location with a full sushi and raw bar.

Mac’s also offers several markets including Mac’s Market

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Salt became a great necessity for early New England life.  It was needed to help support the area’s fishing industry by preserving fish.  At one time in history much of that needed salt had to be imported.  However, that all came to a virtual halt when the British government began demanding a tax on the salt.  Imports of salt shut down during the Revolutionary War.  To help fill the need of fishermen, the Cape Cod region was forced to rise to the occasion.

That’s where Captain John Sears came into play.  The East Dennis captain came up with the design for an efficient salt works.  The idea was to evaporate seawater to make salt.  During the first season, the shallow wooden vat only made about eight bushels of salt.  By 1778 he found a way to pull up

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Cape Cod is a great place to find some unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else.  From vintage finds to estate pieces, you are sure to find a great selection of items for sale.  We uncovered some of the best antique shops you won’t want to miss while on the Cape.

Wisteria Antiques - Brewster

While in Brewster, make plans to make a stop at Wisteria Antiques.  This beautiful old Victorian is itself enough of a reason to stop, but what you’ll find inside is just as magical.  The restored home is more of a boutique or even a museum than an old antique shop, packed with beautiful items everywhere you look.  You’ll find a great selection of artwork here, including hand-painted porcelain, plus antique costume jewelry and even some stunning oriental rugs.

Harwich

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