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celeste fine art gallery - wellfleet ma

Widely regarded for its historic attributes and seaside location, Wellfleet is also well known as an artsy kind of place. This charming town is tucked away between the ocean and the bay, with a longstanding heritage tied to fishing and aquaculture.

As the natural setting includes everything from protected freshwater ponds and dunes to marshes and moors, outdoor recreation is key in this community, from accessing the Cape Cod Rail Trail to simply taking in the natural beauty of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Promoters of Wellfleet arts and culture also hope to further recognize the importance of the area’s cultural and artistic attributes, however, by helping to celebrate the arts often gained from the area’s unique environment.

The seaside town

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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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chatham orpheum

For a family-friendly experience, the Chatham Orpheum Theater has served up fun on the Cape for generations. The theater first opened its doors around 1916, at that time making it the very first and the only movie house in Chatham.

From the start of silent films, the old Orpheum Theater was known as a prime, year-round destination for both area residents and seasonal visitors. It stayed that way for more than 70 years, but sadly closed its doors in the late 1980s and the building turned into a pharmacy.

That all changed in more recent years when the pharmacy moved out and a non-profit began working ‘round the clock to raise enough money to purchase the old building and bring Main Street movies back to town. Thanks to donations and government grants, crews

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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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be shark smart

From Michael Phelps racing sharks on TV to more shark sightings off the coast, it seems everyone is talking about sharks these days. Some publications suggest that great white shark sightings in the New England area are on the rise.

Already this season there have been at least a half-dozen local sightings, including one shark spotted just off Wellfleet back in early May. That’s led the National Park Service to send out alerts, dedicating a page just to shark safety

Many seem to think the perceived increase in the number of shark sightings has to do with an influx of gray seals. The sharks view the seals as food, and decades worth of efforts to help protect the gray seal population has therefore resulted in a larger number of white sharks being drawn to

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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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cockle cove beach chatham real estate

Known for its warm and calm water, Cockle Cove Beach is a true family favorite, ideal for swimming and windsurfing, taking a stroll or lounging on the soft sand. While long and narrow, the beach is large enough to handle visitors and popular for kayakers due to its small waves.

Located in South Chatham, the saltwater beach includes seasonal lifeguards and restrooms, conveniently right on Cockle Cove Road and just off Route 28. While the protected swimming beach includes some shallow areas for the younger crowd, it’s also a great location for those of all ages.

To keep the beach in prime condition for the future, town leaders are moving ahead with plans to help build up the beach from problematic erosion. It’s been about two years since they’ve

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roberts cove orleans ma

Drawing in visitors with its sensational beaches, amazing views and quaint shops and museums, many visitors to Orleans find themselves coming for vacation and staying for a lifetime. This gem of a town on the upper arm of Cape Cod also boasts art galleries, a live theatre, freshwater lakes and historic cottages.

Stretching along more than 50 miles of coastline, Orleans benefits from the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay. For a fantastic surf, visitors turned residents are lured to Nauset Beach, with ten-miles of Atlantic coastline perfect for building sandcastles, catching a sunset or casting a line.

Meanwhile, Outer Beach is superb for camping and off-road access and Skaket Beach is an ideal family beach, with calm, shallow water during low tide. For a

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red maple swamp trail at castle hill

It’s been off limits for several years, but a popular boardwalk of the Red Maple Swamp Trail is now open once again, and locals are beginning to take notice. The opening means visitors can now travel across the entire swamp, with a few areas still set to receive some touch-ups later this fall.

Until recently, walkers were only able to go partially into the swamp from Fort Hill Road, with barriers blocking them from crossing to Hemenway Road. Crews closed off the boardwalk because it was badly in need of repairs and had become a safety issue, with some weak posts and boards along the way.

Seashore workers handed the repairs at a substantial savings. Some estimate it could have cost $1.6 million, while local crews were able to do it for around $571,000

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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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