Cape Cod Neighborhoods

nyes neck - falmouth ma

For waterfront living in North Falmouth, come explore the impressive community of Nye’s Neck. Found just to the north of Old Silver Beach, the picturesque setting offers the enjoyment of being virtually surrounded by sweeping water views and rolling hills.

As one of the Upper Cape’s oldest neighborhoods, this well-established community actually exists on a peninsula, set between Wild Harbor and Fiddler’s Cove. The community association maintains a boat dock, boat ramp, a floating swim dock and its own private beach.

With easy ocean access via Buzzards Bay, a Nye’s Neck lifestyle is easily complimented by its waterfront appeal. This makes it easy to bask in spectacular views of the water or a stunning sunset overlooking the natural beauty of the

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family name signs - wellfleet ma

Cape Cod may draw in big crowds over the summer months, but the destination’s not just for those in search of a summer vacation. The Cape also draws in thousands of professionals hoping to gain new skills to take back home when they leave.

In fact, it’s relatively well known that Wellfleet and nearby Truro commonly drawing in a large number of psychiatrists and others in the mental health profession each year, some who come for seminars and some who come on their own accord. The latter is a tradition that’s been in the making for decades.

Years ago, psychoanalysts first began gathering in the Wellfleet area, although at the time it was mostly an informal affair. Flash forward to more modern times and the location now hosts week-long seminars,

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stage harbor - chatham ma

From its landmark lighthouse to its historic homes, there’s plenty to uncover when you set out to explore Stage Harbor. The Stage Harbor Lighthouse, also known as Harding’s Beach Lighthouse, may just be one of the most recognizable sites in this part of Cape Cod.

It’s actually the region’s youngest lighthouse. Constructed in the late 1800s at the entrance to Stage Harbor, the lighthouse is privately owned today, but you may still find time to see it during the occasional tour. It does open to the public during a designated week in May.

It’s still possible to see the lighthouse from afar, though, with some of the best views possible from Harding’s Beach. You may also be able to get a good view from the other side of the harbor.

If historic

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cobies - brewster ma

If you’re looking for a great place to sample some of Cape Cod’s best seafood, you cannot go wrong with a Brewster tradition. Cobies is one of a number of clam shacks in the region, but according to some, it’s one of the best.

It’s so good that New England Today recently put it on its list of the “10 Best Clam Shacks in New England”. Located right along Route 6A in Brewster, the whitewashed clam shack is praised for its fried clams and its cold lobster roll. The website also makes note of its ice cream selection, with dozens of flavors available to tempt your taste buds.

It’s not the only time Cobies has been at the top of the list. The CapeCod.com website also listed the clam shack among its favorites when it comes to the “Top 19 Restaurants”

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falmouth village

Bordering Nantucket Sound, Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay, Falmouth offers up an excess of waterfront possibilities. In fact, you’ll find nearly 70 miles of seashore in Falmouth, including 12-miles worth of sand beaches.

Formed thousands of years ago by melting glaciers, small kettle ponds now dot the area. At just 44-square miles in size, Falmouth is home to both freshwater ponds and saltwater harbors.

Just like its residents did generations ago, many Falmouth businesses of today still depend on the sea, and the beaches still entice locals and visitors. While Falmouth’s Main Street is now filled with locally-owned shops and restaurants, you’ll also find plenty of history.

Some old homes still stand in Falmouth, including those constructed

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thumpertown beach - eastham ma

It’s surely a name you won’t forget, but Thumpertown traces its roots to an entirely spiritual beginning. It’s said the name Thumpertown in North Eastham originated with the old-time revival meetings once held in the area.

In the mid 1800s, a 10-acre lot in North Eastham played host to some spirited Methodist revival meetings on the beach. The “thumping” and hollering of those visitors, in turn, lead to the coining of Thumpertown.

Some of the largest revivals drew in thousands of people and well more than 100 ministers to the area. Worshippers came from Cape Cod, and as far away as Boston.

Many of them erected tents at the site, all drawn to the area for a similar purpose. To this day, the old Thumpertown namesake still marks a road in North

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 provincetown monument

The iconic Pilgrim Monument has been a part of Provincetown for about a century, but this historic landmark actually reflects a part of history that dates back nearly 400 years. The monument first began going up around the turn-of-the-century, but it was built to commemorate an important event several centuries before that.

The Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association built the monument in honor of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing in Provincetown in 1620. It’s said the pilgrims spent about five weeks exploring the region before moving on to Plymouth.

Not only is the historic landmark an important Provincetown tourist attraction today, but it’s also important for understanding American history. Before leaving for Plymouth, the Pilgrims wrote

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Osterville Village - Cape Cod

If you’re looking for a great small-town setting, there’s yet another reason to consider putting down roots in Barnstable. This small New England town consistently ranks as one of the happiest towns in America.

One of the latest rankings comes from Top Counseling Schools, which matches up students with great options in colleges and universities. The Cape Cod town ranked number 11 on its list of the 20 happiest small towns.

Barnstable grabbed the number two spot behind Naples when it comes to locations with the highest social well-being. The town performed especially well in terms of local restaurants and outdoor activities. The list also took into consideration the employment rate, local income, and the poverty rate.

The ranking is right in

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washburn island - falmouth ma
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Located off the southern side of Cape Cod, Washburn Island remains a treasured Falmouth spot. The small island sits in Waquoit Bay and is only accessible by water.

More than 300-acres in all, Washburn Island is filled with a mix of tall trees, barrier beaches, plus coastal salt ponds and marshes. Once home to a summer estate, followed by a location for military training, developers have had their eye on the island in the past.

At one time they hoped to develop luxury homes, a yacht club and a helicopter pad. Area residents fought back, though, and the state ended up buying Washburn Island in the early 1980s.

Purposely left as a natural and secluded island, you’ll now find less than a dozen campsites on Washburn Island but

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eel pond woods hole - falmouth ma

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A popular seaside destination in the summer months, Woods Hole continues to attract visitors with its appealing arts community, shopping opportunities, dining, fishing and marine research. This Cape Cod village may be small in size, but it is large with opportunity.

Especially popular during the warmer months of the year, the tiny village boasts a number of deep-water harbors, plus museums, beaches and attractions. Once considered more of a pass through for ferry travelers, Woods Hole now invites visitors to try out its waterfront eateries, explore its scientific offerings and enjoy its beaches.

The town is so charming, Smithsonian Magazine once put Woods Hole on its list of the “Best Small Towns in America to Visit”. At the

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