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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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days cottages - truro ma

Known by some as the flower cottages, the Days’ Cottages in Truro are truly part of an iconic Cape community. A staple in the area since the early 1930s, the cottages offer perhaps some of the best and most immediate access to the sand and water.

Identical from the outside, the 22 cottages are right on the beach between North Truro and Provincetown. Standing all in a row, the cottages have no doubt been the subjects of countless photographs over the years, and they have quite a story to tell.

The Days’ Cottages are all painted white with green shutters, but they’re individually recognized by their names. The original owners named each after its own flower, giving some individualized identity to the Truro beach cottages.

After all, it’s hard

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seapines condos - brewster ma

With the incredible opportunity to play right on Cape Cod Bay, Sea Pines serves up easy access to swimming, sailing and other popular beach activities. Boasting its own private sandy beach, this also allows for kayaking, fishing and clamming, plus the enjoyment of exploring the Brewster tidal pools during low tide.

Those staying at Sea Pines also enjoy the property’s very own seasonal swimming pool and clubhouse, plus a fitness center and several tennis courts. Condo fees at Sea Pines take care of access to the beach and other on-site amenities, while also helping to promote a low-maintenance lifestyle on the Cape. In addition, residents also have the opportunity for boat mooring on Cape Cod Bay and the community provides space for seasonal kayak

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paines creek beach - brewster maIdeal for cooling off in the water, soaking up some sun on the sand or searching for shells, a visit to Brewster isn’t complete without visiting some of its beautiful beaches. One of the biggest reasons to visit is perhaps to see the famous Brewster tidal flats, some of the largest in all of North America. However, there’s much more to see and experience in the Brewster area.

Good choices for visitors include Breakwater Beach, known for its soft sand and calm water. You’ll find a number of tidal flats and pools to explore during low tide at this popular beach.

There’s also the option of Crosby Beach, one of the largest beaches in Brewster and recommended for families. This beach also features warm, calm water and soft sand, best experienced during the

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herring cove beach - provincetown ma

Protected Herring Cove Beach promotes an adventurous and secluded destination for beachgoers in Provincetown. This indulgent stretch of beach allows for ideal ocean access, particularly enticing for the more adventurous visitors to the Cape.

Part of the National Seashore, Herring Cove Beach is found at the extreme tip of Cape Cod, just a few miles from Downtown Provincetown. Serving up incredible views, it’s also one of the most favored beaches in the region, most popular during the late summer season. Part of that attraction comes from the stunning sunsets on display from the beachfront, though lifeguards protect only a portion of the sand and water.

Sadly, though, the beach has had some problems with erosion in recent years, specifically over just the

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cape cod bay target ship

It’s not always visible today, but the Cape Cod Bay Target Ship is somewhat of a unique addition to the waters off Eastham. Officially known as the SS James Longstreet, the ship sits several miles off the coast, in the same spot its sat for well more than a half-century.

Named after a Confederate general, the ship is more commonly called the Target Ship by locals. It gets its nickname, unsurprisingly, from the role it played for the military for decades.

Originally built in the 1940s for carrying cargo, the World War II vessel was soon severely damaged in a storm. With the only other solution of turning the entire ship into scrap, the US Navy soon began using it in a new role as target practice.

That’s a role it held through the early 1970s, often

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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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ocean edge resort & golf club in brewsterWith tantalizing views of Cape Cod Bay, the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club offers up a taste of “old world” splendor, with top-notch amenities and age-old elegance at every turn. A historic mansion overlooks the water while splendidly designed villas frame the Nicklaus designed golf course. Whether booking at night’s stay at the resort or choosing from one of the property’s exquisitely designed condos for sale, there’s plenty to enjoy within the one-and-only property of Ocean Edge.

Dating back to the late 1800s, the property’s mansion sits on the National Register of Historic Places, while the Cape’s largest ballroom welcomes visitors with the charm of yesteryear. The entire resort features around 90 guest rooms, along with up to three-bedroom villas,

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brewster flats

Considered by many to be part of the largest tidal flats in all of North America, the Brewster Flats continue to entice visitors, amazed by the majestic beauty of Mother Nature in uncovering seaside and marsh environments. At low tide the tidal flats running along the Cape Cod Bay coastline stretch a massive 12,000-acres, extending for nearly 10 miles from Brewster to North Eastham. Portions, though, can extend for a couple of miles offshore, revealing a spectacular area to explore.

While its not advised visitors actually walk out on the flats themselves due to the risk of tidal creeks, they do open up a unique environment to explore by walking the beaches just next to the flats. With this option available, it’s hoped that the tidal flats will continue

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billingsgate light wellfleet ma

Once a small island filled with dozens of homes, a lighthouse and even a schoolhouse, Billingsgate Island is now virtually a “forgotten” Cape village, living on mostly through old stories and periodically revealed, in part, during periods of low tide. That’s due to the fact that the 60-acre island has been submerged under the water now for more than 70 years.

The story dates back, though, to the 19th century when Billingsgate, also known by some as Bellingsgate, was known as a prosperous fishing community. A favorite location for whaling and fishing, the island once included around 30 homes, a school, a baseball team and the Cape’s second lighthouse.

In the mid 1800s a ferocious storm split the island into two, and a new lighthouse was constructed on

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