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Exploring the Cape is a full-time, leisurely adventure, whether you're biking the "Rail Trail"or picknicking on and building sand castles on beautiful seaside sands. Your Destination Concierge will make reservations for fresh seafood fine dining or arrange for a rustic clambake on the beach. As the sun goes down, head to Provincetown for boisterous nightlife and Chatham for shopping. Head to the Cape to watch whales, snag a tuna, or find the perfect balance between relaxation and excitement. As a member, we'll make sure finding the ideal New England experience is as easy as sinking into the warm sand.
Cape Cod Bay separates the Outer Cape from the mainland. Numerous beaches hug the cape's inner curve, which offers waves that are calmer and gentler than the ocean side.
New England is one of the top 10 areas in the world to spot whales, and they flock here to feed on mackerel, herring and krill. Humpback and finback whales are the most common. Whale-watching high season is April through October.
On the Cape for more than 50 years, the Mews Restaurant & Cafe is a Provincetown staple. The Zagat-rated menu of seafood and steak boasts international flair and the waterfront location is ideal for sipping cocktails.
Wellfleet's town center is home to two dozen art galleries featuring local and national artists. Save a Saturday evening in July or August for an exhibit opening featuring locally-sourced cheese, fruit and wine.
For nearly 40 years, The Lobster Pot has been a Provincetown mainstay, serving up fresh seafood and steaks in a premier waterfront location.
Along the Cape, lighthouses keep fishing and commercial boats safe. Kids love visiting these unique beacons, and Nauset Light is the closest to your residence. Also visit Race Point, Chatham Light and Highland Light.
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With fun festivals from spring to fall, you may want to plan your visit to the Cape around one of these events. May and October host Restaurant Weeks on Cape Cod. May is also the time for Cape Cod Maritime Days, a month-long celebration. In June, we recommend Cape Cod Food & Wine Festival, while the Bourne Scallop Festival in September and Wellfleet Oyster Fest in October are also great culinary events.
Thanks to Provincetown, Cape Cod is the New England beach destination for nightlife. Once a summer haven for artists, the main waterfront strip Commercial Street is the liveliest area. Your concierge can suggest the right nightclub, depending on your mood.
There are more than 100 walking/hiking trails on Cape Cod, ranging from oceanfront paths to trails winding through cedar swamps. This is a great alternative after some days on the beach, or a vigorous morning exercise. Your Destination Concierge can help give you the lay of the land.
Cape Cod was formed in the Ice Age as a glacial deposit. But it was the arrival of Englishman Bartholomew Gosnold who, in 1602, discovered the Cape's abundance of cod and coined the current name. In 1620, the Pilgrims landed here before continuing to Plymouth.
Cape Cod includes numerous towns sub-divided into assorted villages. It's most useful to identify the geography as Upper Cape, across the Bourne and Sagamore bridges; Mid-Cape, which dates back to King George III and is the most historic area; Lower Cape, where our members stay, offers beautiful beaches; and Outer Cape.
Cape Cod boasts a true maritime climate characterized by constant cooling breezes, chilly winters and mild springs, summers and falls. Summertime is ideal for swimming and beach days, though a visit to the cape in fall or spring reveals equally pleasant temperatures and far fewer crowds. Like much of New England, the weather on Cape Cod can change quickly, so dress in layers.