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menauhant - falmouth ma

One of the earliest summer resort colonies on Cape Cod, Menauhant of East Falmouth is truly a magical place. While the historic summer spot dates back more than a century, it’s not hard to see decades later what makes the location so special.

Plans for the summer colony first emerged in the late 1800s, planned out for 700 small lots. Bordering Eel Pond, Vineyard Sound and Bournes Pond, it wasn’t long before people started flocking to Menauhant during the summer months, especially from the big cities of neighboring Boston, New York and Philadelphia.

A hotel soon went up near two private beaches, bringing with it stables and a bowling alley. It wasn’t long, though, before a casino joined the location too, complete with an indoor skating rink.

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sesuit harbor cafe - east dennis ma

Popular for its bay beaches, its deep-sea fishing and its quaint location, historic East Dennis is filled with generations of charm. Steep in history, it’s not hard to take a step back in time when visiting or laying down roots in the region.

As one of the five villages of Dennis, East Dennis is known for its historic homes and businesses. Generations ago, the old Shiverick’s Shipyard sat in East Dennis. A plaque now marks the spot, plus another plaque indications the location of the very first salt works business in the area.

The landmark Evangelical Free Church still stands on Center Street, as do a number of historic old homes. In fact, many locals in East Dennis can trace their families on the Cape back for generations.

The coveted Sesuit

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macmillan pier - provincetown ma

The starting point for countless excursions, MacMillan Pier in Provincetown is a true transportation hub of the Outer Cape. A number of excursions depart on a daily basis here, taking people out to explore the National Seashore, the Harbor and the Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary.

Located just a short stroll off Commercial Street in Provincetown, the pier is often buzzing with activity, from planned tours and sunset cruises to ferries and fishing charters. One of the most popular attractions for visitors is taking one of the whale-watching tours that commonly depart from MacMillan Pier.

Commercial fishermen come into the pier too, while smaller commercial vessels use the floating docks closer to shore. The pier also presents a place for

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falmouth yacht club - falmouth ma

Falmouth Yacht Club circa 1960

A big part of the enjoyment of Cape Cod is heading out on the water, and several yacht clubs help cater to those interested in a yachting lifestyle. In Falmouth, in particular, there are several top yacht clubs to choose from, many of which have been in operation for generations.

Falmouth Yacht Club

The Falmouth Yacht Club has been a staple in the area for decades. First formed in the 1940s, the club hosts an annual regatta, plus has played host to several championships over the years. Along with sailing and racing the club has its own swim beach and swim program. Some members are also granted dock space and launch service.

Green Pond Yacht Club

The Green Pond Yacht Club may have formed in more recent

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Old Silver Beach - Falmouth MAPhoto: Drew Bryden

As one of the most visited beaches on Buzzards Bay, Old Silver Beach has been a “must-go” destination for generations. It’s not uncommon to come across adults who’ve been coming to the beach for years, some of which have come back on a regular basis since they were children themselves.

On some days you’ll find a line of cars waiting to park well before the gates even open in the morning. It’s no wonder that the cars are lined up, as the beach parking lot often overflows into the lot across the street as more and more beachgoers flock to the sandy shore.

Widely regarded as not only the busiest beach in Falmouth but the most profitable in terms of parking fees, it’s common for the beach to take in up to $12,000 per day during the

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350 bradford street provincetown ma 02657

Brand new housing options are now selling in Provincetown’s East End. The Residences at 350 Bradford is a luxury development of just 13 townhouse-style units.

With high ceilings and large windows, the open floor plans of this property typically allow for one- or two-bedrooms with an impressive two-levels of living space. Options start at round 700 square feet of space, providing for one-bedroom, 1.5-baths and one parking space.

There are also, however, still options available for a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with up to 1,900 square feet of living space. Some of the larger townhomes in the development come with either two parking spaces or even the added convenience of a private heated garage.

Priced starting from the high $600,000s, some of

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wrinkle point - west dennis ma

With enticing views of the Bass River and Nantucket Sound, the West Dennis community of Wrinkle Point still remains a delightful location, years after its humble beginnings. The quirky name is said to originate from the “wrinkles”, or rather winkles that were once so plentiful that locals cooked up and dined on the tiny, edible snails right from the shore.

Now decades later, the private community is home to a clubhouse overlooking the river, a swimming pool and two private beaches. You’ll also find a marina with the benefit of direct boating access to Nantucket Sound.

Some homes in the community even have their own private boat docks right on the Bass River. In addition, you’ll also find some small boats for community members to use.

The

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chapoquoit - falmouth ma

More secluded than other parts of Cape Cod, Chapoquoit Beach presents true serenity on Buzzards Bay. Sheltered by West Falmouth Harbor and jutting out into the bay, the peninsula beach is one of the most westernmost beaches on all of Cape Cod.

Nevertheless, the beach remains a popular location for residents of Falmouth in search of a day of fun at the beach. Often referred to as “Chappy” by the locals, Chapoquoit Beach is a great place to get out on the water for swimming or for some paddling during calm weather.

The water is deep and clear here, and it’s common to find medium-size waves. Popular with families, this long and narrow beach features a large parking lot. You’ll likely find lifeguards during the summer season and restrooms, but you

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osterville village

Blending the natural beauty of Cape Cod with the appeal of a small town setting, Osterville Village presents the enjoyment of seaside elegance. Right on Nantucket Sound, the village is a prime location for fun on the beach or on the water.

Popular during the summer months, it’s common to find out-of-towners with second homes in Osterville. There are also two private country clubs in the village, each with its own golf course, tennis courts and private beach. In addition, you’ll find several oceanfront estates and historic homes dotting the landscape.

If boating or sailing is more your speed, you have options in area marinas, too. The village also offers up places to kayak and paddle board. Walking paths, hiking trails and sidewalks make it easy

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dinghy at waquoit bay
Photo: Ben W

Made up of thousands of acres of beaches, marshlands, waters and uplands, Waquoit Bay is the perfect place to explore nature while on Cape Cod. Whether you go out on the water or stay on dry land, you’ll find plenty to see and experience in this unique area.

Found on Cape Cod’s southern shore, Waquoit Bay is a popular location for things like kayaking, canoeing and fishing. It’s common to find fish such as the brook trout, golden shiner, rainbow trout and blueback herring in the bay. In addition, you’ll also find hermit crabs and blue crab at home in the area, but permits are required for shellfish.

For more outdoor fun and adventures, the bay is also where you’ll find tiny Washburn Island. Camping, hiking and nature viewing are all

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