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The Beachcomber - Cahoon Hollow Beach - Wellfleet MA

Along the Cape, summer means sunshine, sand, waves and, of course, a visit or two to the Wellfleet Beachcomber.  More than simply a restaurant and nightclub, the Beachcomber is quite frankly, a Cape Legacy.

A tradition on Cape Cod since 1978, the Beachcomber has something for just about everyone.  The location features food, drinks, live music, dancing and fantastic views of Cahoon Hollow Beach.  

Referred to by locals as the “Combah”, the location uniquely sits on the top of sand dunes, which line much of the coast of Wellfleet.  For a century the building has stood the test of time, originally housing the Cahoon Hollow U.S. Life Saving Station, but now abuzz with fried seafood, families and picnic tables.  The location also serves adults with dancing

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cape cod clam bake

When you’re on the Cape, you want to indulge in all of the local delicacies.  This includes, of course, making time for a delicious Cape Cod Lobster.  Before you order, though, you need to know what to expect.  

The first question you may be asked when ordering lobster is whether you want a hard shell or a shedder.  A hard shell lobster is tough to break but its meat is full of flavor.  On the other hand, if you want a softer shell, go for a shedder.  The meat is sweet, but you usually won’t get as much.  Another good tip is to order a female lobster if you like a lot of tail meat.

If you get to pick out your own lobster, choose one that’s moving around a lot and is bright in color with shiny eyes.  You want to choose the one that looks the healthiest.

The

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Cape Cod Rail Trail

If you really want to get a taste of what the Cape has to offer, there’s probably no better way to experience it than by taking a ride along the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  Running an impressive 22 miles, the trail winds through the communities of Dennis, Brewster, Harwich, Wellfleet, Orleans and Eastham.  

Once a railroad right-of-way, the former rail line connected Cape Cod with Boston, helping to bring summer visitors to the area.  When vehicle bridges were built in the 1930s, though, passenger service to the region ended.  Still to this day, however, the trail passes by several notable areas of interest, including swimming lakes, picnic spots and famed Nickerson State Park.

Nowadays the rail trail is well paved and perfect for cyclists.  It also doesn’t

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wicked oyster wellfleet

If you truly want to get a taste of the Cape, make plans to head to the region soon!  Wellfleet Restaurant Week runs from May 27-June 2 this year, and the selections are sure to tempt your taste buds, and guarantee you’ll be returning for more.

The great part about restaurant week is that it typically falls at an ideal time for visiting the Cape.  Often times, the large crowds haven’t gathered yet because the summer season hasn’t officially started.  This gives visitors, as well as locals, a chance to sample all of the diverse restaurants, as well as explore fantastic local shops, art galleries, area beaches and live entertainment options.

In all, there are more than 20 local restaurants that participate in restaurant week.  These include everything from

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Cape Cod National Seashore Sign Eastham MA

It is the destination of nearly four and a half million people every year, but there are countless reasons behind why these visitors are attracted to the Cape Cod National Seashore.  From young students to adults, there is plenty to do and see visiting this magical location.

Stretching across the towns of Truro, Provincetown, Eastham, Chatham, Orleans and Wellfleet, the area includes 40-miles of beach, plus ponds, marshes and uplands.  Altogether, the combination provides a home for a diverse selection of wildlife and plant life.  It’s no secret that the seashore contains a wealth of natural beauty.  

A majority of people visit the seashore to walk along the region’s numerous trails, take a swim, go for a bike ride or simply reflect while taking in the

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wellfleet drive-in theatre sign
Remember the old days when there weren’t huge mega-plex movie theatre around with reclining seats and wraparound screens?  In a day and age where bigger and better always seems to get all the attention, the Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre is a true blast to the past.  It’s also an institution of sorts for both residents and frequent visitors to the Cape Cod region.

The drive-in theatre is the only one of its kind on Cape Cod, and people have flocked to the location each summer for generations.  In fact, for many people in the Cape Cod region, the Wellfleet Drive-In officially marks the start of the summer season each May when it opens its gates.  You can probably ask just about anyone who’s lived in Wellfleet for a while, or ask frequent visitors a story about…
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Imagine a country club, sailing club, plus tennis courts and golf all wrapped up into one.  That’s what you’ll find at the Chequessett Yacht & Country Club in Wellfleet.

Found within the Cape Cod National Seashore, this Outer Cape destination offers a variety of programs to fit multiple sports and activities.  Locals will tell you this club is much more than just a club and golf course, though.  For the Wellfleet community it also serves the role of a community and family rec center.

This semi-private club offers nine holes of semi-links golf, with tees designed to also work with 18 holes.  There’s also a Pro Shop for both golf and tennis, along with golf lessons available from PGA Class A instructors.

The club’s other dry-land sport is tennis. 

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When you think of Cape Cod, you probably have visions of the ocean and its shoreline.  However, the Cape also boasts a cache of freshwater alternatives.  These are called kettle ponds, in fact Wellfleet and Truro have about 20 of them just waiting to be explored.  Many of them now operate as area swimming beaches, but some of them are so remote they offer visitors a tranquil place to escape the crowds and return to nature.

The history of kettle ponds is quite remarkable.  They were formed when glacier ice melted, resulting in huge holes that then filled up with fresh water.  This happened more than 15,000 years ago, and the “kettles” are still there.  Unlike the ocean, most of the kettle ponds don’t have a beach and you have to trudge through the

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There are countless ways to explore Cape Cod, but perhaps one of the best ways to get back to nature is by putting yourself right in the middle of it.  Cape Cod is filled with walking trails.  In fact, there are more than 100 public trails in the area.

While trails like the Cape Cod Rail Trail stretch a lengthy 22 miles from the towns of Brewster and Dennis to Eastham, Harwich, Orleans and Wellfleet, others are not even a mile.  The Cape Cod Rail Trail is very popular, especially during peak season.  It’s operated by the state, while the National Park Service is in charge of other trails, as are area museums, sanctuaries and even towns.

Options for walking trails include eight self-guided trails within the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary.  In Yarmouth, a

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There’s nothing like catching a stunning sunset, and there’s no place to do it like Cape Cod.  Don’t leave this experience to chance, though.  If you want to know where the best place to view a Cape Cod sunset is, we have the answer.  In fact, we came up with a few top spots.

In Dennis:  Scargo Tower

If you find yourself in the Dennis area around sunset, head to Scargo Tower.  The top of the tower is really a magical spot, literally “towering” above the surrounding area at 98-feet above sea level.  The best time of the year for viewing is in between the months of April and August.  That’s when you’ll be able to see the sun set, unobstructed, over Scargo Lake.  You’ll likely find yourself in good company.  This time of year, the tower and hilltop

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