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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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cape cod offroading

If you crave the adventure of off-roading on Cape Cod, you’ll find two options in Dennis. Both Crowes Pasture Beach and Chapin Memorial Beach allow for off-road, four-wheel drive vehicles, as long as you have a permit.

Chapin Beach provides a quiet location with miles upon miles of sandy beachfront. Along with its off-roading trails the location is also known for its shallow tidal pools.

Meanwhile, the other location is the remote Crowes Pasture Beach. One of the Cape’s most secluded spots for swimming, the beach is known for its smooth sand and natural beauty. While you can currently drive right out on the sand at Crowe’s Pasture, the site is also a great place to jump on one of the trails and walking paths that weave throughout the conservation area.

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sol spa - chatham ma

Cape Cod isn’t just a place to go relax out on the sand and the water. It’s also a place to enjoy true relaxation from one of the many spas that dot the area. Particularly in Chatham you’ll find plenty of options for indulging in pure relaxation.

Chatham Bars Inn

The Chatham Bars Inn takes the entire experience up a notch with its inspirational spa suites. The resort personalizes the spa treatment to each guest, from music to aromatherapy and products. The rejuvenating experience takes advantage of using natural ingredients and products tied to local farms.

Oasis Salon and Day Spa

Meanwhile, Oasis Salon and Day Spa is located just on the outskirts of town with a relaxing setting and a number of different treatment and massage options to choose from. Along

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chatham bars inn cabanas

Photo: Leslie_atFlickr

A true Cape institution, Chatham Bars Inn serves up more than a century of charm and history on Cape Cod. This luxury resort is the epitome of elegance, a world-renowned destination that continues to draw in guests to rave reviews.

Originally designed as a hunting lodge for wealthy vacationers from the Boston area, the site transformed itself into a real destination. In fact, some of the prominent names in American history have once stayed here, from William Rockefeller to Henry Ford. The inn even once registered the likes of European royalty.

It remains to this day a popular location for vacationers, with many returning again and again, year after year to experience another Cape summer like only the inn can provide. Recently

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nauset beach aerial view

Nauset Beach, viewed from 200 feet above the dunes.  Photo Courtesy Altametry

It may sound kind of low-tech, but a somewhat simple idea could be the solution to making a high-tech shark tracker off the coast of Cape Cod actually work. Researchers are looking at expanding a pilot program that used balloons to help spot sharks off the coast of Chatham last summer.

The idea comes from a company called Altametry SmartBalloon out of Miami. Their specialized balloon uses high-def cameras, specialized lens filters and video streaming to look into the ocean and notify officials when sharks are close to the shoreline.

Crews tested out the equipment off Cape Cod with a trial project in early August 2017. While the program seemed to work as planned, there

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wellfleet oysters

Long considered some of the best in the world, Wellfleet oysters have been a true favorite for generations. While actually transplanted to the area in the 1800s, the world-renowned oysters have long since made a place for themselves up and down the Cape.

The Wellfleet oyster actually translates to millions of dollars for the local economy. Shellfishing is no doubt big business on Cape Cod, with a longstanding tradition of harvesting fresh oysters. In fact, it’s said the surrounding area is truly engrained in the oysters, and not just in the name.  

The tasty Cape delicacy no doubt gains some of its flavor due to the cold waters of the region. The combination of lower water temperatures and 12-foot tides are said to make the oysters sweeter and plumper

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herring cove beach - provincetown ma

Protected Herring Cove Beach promotes an adventurous and secluded destination for beachgoers in Provincetown. This indulgent stretch of beach allows for ideal ocean access, particularly enticing for the more adventurous visitors to the Cape.

Part of the National Seashore, Herring Cove Beach is found at the extreme tip of Cape Cod, just a few miles from Downtown Provincetown. Serving up incredible views, it’s also one of the most favored beaches in the region, most popular during the late summer season. Part of that attraction comes from the stunning sunsets on display from the beachfront, though lifeguards protect only a portion of the sand and water.

Sadly, though, the beach has had some problems with erosion in recent years, specifically over just 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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white crest beach - wellfleet ma

A favorite spot for surfers on Cape Cod, White Crest Beach is Wellfleet could soon offer up more parking to locals and visitors. Plans call for expanding the parking lot at the beach by hundreds of spaces, but it may not be as many as previously thought.

Right now the lot has room for around 200 vehicle spaces, but future plans could make additional room for a total of 460 cars to park in the area. Originally, planners set out to make a lot for up to 600 parking spaces, but its been reported that engineers weren’t able to add that many spaces to their plan.

Some had also previously suggested making space for 1,000 vehicles, initiating concerns about how that could lead to increased traffic in the area, and mean a drain on the efforts of local police

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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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