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ballston beach truro ma

With views of the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by golden hills, there’s plenty to discover at Truro’s Ballston Beach. Ideal for lounging in the sand or boogie boarding and surfing in the waves, the beach is a real favorite of locals and visitors alike.

You won’t find a lot of extras here, as there aren’t any lifeguards on duty, there’s not a picnic area and camping isn’t allowed. However, this saltwater beach is fairly easy to reach, with a short yet steep walk to the sand, plus its not very crowded off-season. If you enjoy simply walking along the beach, Ballston Beach also gets high marks for it’s often a quiet place to take in some pretty fantastic views.

The beach hasn’t been all sun and sand, though, over the years. Area leaders have dealt with the

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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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payomet theatre truro

There’s a lot to do and see in Truro, from historic landmarks to the performing arts.  Here are just a few of the best sites to visit when you’re out and about:

Highland House

First constructed as a summer resort hotel in 1907, the old Highland House now serves as a museum, preserving history of the region.  The Highland House Museum offers a chance to look back at the lives of Native Americans, early European settlers and outer Cape fisherman that helped formed the region.

If you want to go, keep in mind the museum is only open seasonally, on select hours from June through September.  Museum admission is just $5 for adults and $4 for students.  Kids ages 12 and younger are free!

Whitman House Restaurant

When you’ve filled up on the history of region,

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whydah museum provincetown

While a fantastic place to live and vacation, for hundreds of years Cape Cod has also held the distinction of serving as a final resting place for thousands of ships.  In fact, between Provincetown and Chatham alone the ocean graveyard has laid claim to more than 1,000 shipwrecks.

The trend dates back to the 1600s, with the first recorded shipwreck in the region.  That’s when the Sparrowhawk sunk near Orleans.  The ship stayed underwater for 200 years, and is now partially on display at Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth.  It’s still possible, though, to see the wreckage during low tide of another shipwreck, the Frances, which sunk in 1872 off North Truro.

In fact, during the early 1800s, shipwrecks were commonplace along the coast of Cape Cod, with an average of

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payomet theatre truro ma

Already famous for its beaches, fantastic restaurants and interesting locations, Cape Cod comes alive with multiple local theaters, entertaining locals and visitors for generations.  In all, the area includes more than two-dozen theaters, offering fantastic options in live entertainment while on the Cape.

Brewster

While in Brewster make time to check out the Cape Rep Theatre.  Founded in 1986, visitors have the option of an indoor theatre plus an outdoor theatre, the only one of its kind on the Cape.  The season typically runs from May through mid October.

Chatham

In Chatham, the Chatham Drama Guild’s season runs from late May through late October.  The location is one of the oldest continually operating theaters on the Cape and is family-friendly.

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Locals and visitors will have multiple opportunities to celebrate revered New England artist Edward Hopper over the coming months.  Hopper first came to the Cape with his wife in 1930 and spent many summers inspired by the views of Fisher Beach.  In fact, it was his wife who pushed Hopper to first paint in watercolor.  Throughout his career, Hopper went on to create more than 100 watercolors and oil interpretations of Cape Cod’s magnificent scenery.  

Some of his most famous works include “Corn Hill”, “Gas”, “Cape Cod Sunset” and “Seven A.M.”.  However, it was a 1946 painting named “October on Cape Cod” that recently sold at auction for an outstanding $9.6 million.  Hopper’s paintings rarely included people, but rather some of the unique architecture

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highland links golf course truro ma

With magical destinations around every corner, North Truro provides a wealth of choices for locals and visitors alike.  From the vineyards to the historic sites and fabulous restaurants, North Truro has it all!

Truro Vineyards

Wine aficionados from around the world descend on the Truro Vineyards each season to experience some of the best flavors of Cape Cod.  With a tasting room and a gift shop tucked away within a restored 1830s farmhouse, Truro Vineyards provides tours from Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day.

Along with wine tastings and tours, Truro Vineyards also offers rum tasting and distillery tours.  This family-owned business sells wine accessories, locally produced artwork and some gourmet food items, too.  You’ll find Truro Vineyards

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north truro air force station

There is no doubt that Cape Cod is full of history, but part of the region’s history will soon be transformed into something new.  The Cape Cod National Seashore is working to develop more than 100 acres of land where the North Truro Air Force Station once stood.  The goal is to transform the land into the Highlands Center, an educational, arts and science center for the region.  To do so, the Seashore is using about $1 million in donated funds to demolish around a dozen contaminated and empty buildings, which still sit on the land.

The North Truro Air Force Station officially closed in 1985.  Over about the next decade, the majority of buildings sitting on the land, along with most of the land itself, were transferred over the National Park

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shoreline and dunes at marconi beach in wellfleet

With four visits in less than a decade, plus several of his writings focused on Cape Cod, it is clear that renowned author Henry David Thoreau thoroughly enjoyed his time on the Cape.  150 years ago, Thoreau’s book “Cape Cod” was first published following his death.  It was, though, based on Thoreau’s first three visits made to the region between 1849-1857.  During these visits, Thoreau either rode the ferry in or rode a stagecoach to Orleans.

During Thoreau’s last visit in 1857, though, there is only a journal left that marks a record of his memories.  It was during this trip that he took the just completed railroad in to Plymouth, caught a wagon-ride to Manomet and then walked all the way from Sandwich to Provincetown!

Thoreau took his time on this

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kugel-gips house wellfleet ma

While Cape Cod is well regarded for its maritime history, the area also gains acclaim for some of its Modernist homes.  The man behind much of the architecture is named Charles Zehnder and he definitely left a mark when it comes to his legacy along Cape Cod.

Zehnder is the name behind around four-dozen Modernist homes in Wellfleet and the surrounding area.  His legacy, though, began well before the first home went up.  Charles Zehnder studied architecture in college, but it was the opportunity to eat dinner with famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright that perhaps most influenced his destiny.  Zehnder won the opportunity to connect with Wright through a design contest.

Later, Zehnder helped a friend build a home in Truro and settled, himself, in

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