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cotuit center for the arts

A vital part of the Cape Cod community for more than 20 years, the Cotuit Center for the Arts provides a place of artistic celebration, from performances and exhibitions to educational programming. First founded in the mid 1990s, the center more recently moved into a new facility, with dozens of art exhibitions and concerts plus numerous theatrical productions to its credit.

Along with all of this, the arts center has also served the community with several years of workshops and year-round classes in both the performing arts and the visual arts. Just this year alone the center booked several theatrical productions, with 11 productions planned at the Black Box Theater.

One of the most anticipated productions is Mary Poppins, showing from late November

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sandwich glass

Cape Cod is known for many things, including its incredible natural beauty and its history. Some of that history is proudly on display at the Sandwich Glass Museum, and with a unique twist.

While much of the Cape is renowned for its maritime history, the oldest town on the Cape has ties to glass, or more specifically glass manufacturing. That’s because the town of Sandwich, formerly tied to agriculture, eventually transitioned to a town heavily tied to the beginning of the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, founded in the area in 1825.

It’s said the company was a world leader in glass manufacturing during the early 19th century. While its factory has long since closed, these days it’s still possible to watch glassblowers create glass for tourists and

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flax pond - nickerson state park

Flax Pond - Nickerson State Park

For plenty of family fun on Cape Cod, you won’t want to miss out on Nickerson State Park. A true favorite for those of all ages, the 1,900-acre park is filled with options ranging from boating and hiking to swimming in the freshwater kettle ponds.

The hardest part about going to the park, in fact, may be deciding what to do next. Filled with opportunities for outdoor recreation at every turn, you’ll also find plenty of room in the park for everything from biking and fishing to much, much more.

That’s because the park is filled with miles upon miles of trails leading around its ponds and through wooded areas, with mostly trout fishing at the eight freshwater ponds. For catch-and-release fishing head to Higgins Pond.

If

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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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