Orleans

Blog posts about Orleans real estate, neighborhoods and more.

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nauset beach - orleans ma

Efforts to protect Nauset Beach from future erosion likely include a proposal to construct a new dune at the beach. It’s a temporary solution Orleans town selectmen are pondering as the winter season quickly approaches.

Recently town selectmen looked at a number of different backup plans in anticipation of another rough winter season ahead. Last winter the beach took a real beating, and it’s hoped that the beach administration building will at least make it through one more summer.

Several months ago a popular snack shack had to be relocated to higher ground, and a beach office, parking lot and restrooms could be next. Constructing a new dune, alone, could total at least $1 million, still a much lower cost than moving everything that currently sits in the

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sunset in truro ma at high head beach - cape cod national seashore

With plenty to see and experience, the summer season is the ideal time of year to enjoy the Cape Cod National Seashore. It’s the place of beaches, woods and ponds, with all of it stretching along Cape Cod’s eastern shore.

In fact, the Cape Cod National Seashore exists within the towns of Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. With that in mind, it’s no surprise then that the Cape Cod National Seashore includes around a half-dozen beaches.

This includes Herring Cove Beach and Race Point Beach in Provincetown, Head of the Meadow in Truro, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, plus both Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. Despite some current limitations due to nesting piper plovers and some limited off-roading options, there’s

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pleasant bay real estate

Several Cape Cod communities are banding together to help protect Pleasant Bay now, and for years to come. The towns of Chatham, Brewster, Orleans and Harwich all share its watershed.

Just recently they joined together, gaining issuance of the first Watershed Permit ever in the state. While it may seem that everything came together in recent weeks, it’s actually been a work in progress for a couple of decades.

That’s when the four towns first adopted a Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan, and began implementing it via the Pleasant Bay Alliance. The new permit, however, specifically outlines all of the measurable steps the towns plan to take together and individually, all aimed at addressing threats to the health of the Bay.

With it, the towns are

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cape cod off roading

After about a year of talks, including a partial impasse that’s lasted for the past several months, the two Cape Cod towns at odds over Nauset Beach patrols and revenue just signed off on a short-term agreement. Until now, selectmen from Chatham and Orleans hadn’t been able to come to an agreement at all.

The newly signed, one-year agreement means Chatham will now patrol its own portion of the barrier beach and keep 25-percent of permit revenue paid by non-residents for off-road vehicle stickers. At the same time, Orleans gets to keep 75-percent of the money earned from non-residential permit sales.  

While the two towns do get to keep funds gained from residential and property owner beach stickers, the funds coming from non-residents in the past only

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Orleans sewer installation schedule

Road Construction/Traffic Redirection Information

Main Street Sewer Project

03/28/18 – 04/04/18:  Begin running main line on Academy Place from Main St. to Rte 28

03/28/18 – 04/06/18:  Begin running main line on 6A from Main St. heading to the Hole in One.

04/05/18 – 04/24/18:  Begin running main line on Main St. from the Library heading towards Brewster Cross Rd.

I would anticipate one more library parking lot closure on or about 4/5/18.

04/09/18 – 04/19/18:  Begin running main line on 6A from Main St. heading to the 115 Cranberry Highway

04/19/18 – 04/30/18:  Run main on Main st. from 6A to Old Colony and then up Old Colony to the Chocolate Sparrow.

04/24/18 – 05/01/18:  Run main from Brewster Cross Rd. to Cummings Rd. along

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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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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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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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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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