20 Reasons To Visit Cape Cod This Summer

With the holiday weekend just passed and the summer season swinging into gear, here are 20 reasons why you should consider vacationing on Cape Cod this summer.

  • No More Rotary At The Sagamore Bridge
    Okay, leaving Cape Cod over the Memorial Day weekend was a bit difficult, but I believe traffic congestion will improve going forward, once people get more familiar with the construction (or deconstruction).
  • Cape Cod Beaches
    Is there really a better reason? Check out Cape Cod Travel’s 2007 Cape Cod Beach Guide for information on beaches in the town you’ll be staying at.
  • A Family-Friendly Environment
    Whether you are looking to head out on a Whale Watch from the islands or planning a Cape Cod Family Reunion, there are more than enough ideas and opportunities for everyone in the family to enjoy their vacation here. Other family-friendly activities to consider:
  • The Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod National Seashore
    Photo courtesy of Yahoo Travel Photos

    The National Seashore website offers a wide array of resources and information for planning your trip through “forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands”.

  • Hiking and Biking Throughout Cape Cod
    Outdoor activity is a must and the Cape Cod Rail Trail is an easy to ride, paved 22 miles of biking or walking opportunity through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. For more information or alternative options, Cape Cod Travel has a nice list of hiking and biking opportunities as well.
  • Cape Cod Bed and Breakfasts
    Cape Cod offers a variety of B&B’s, providing a wonderful, personal touch to your vacation experience. Here’s a short list of a few that I have seen, stayed in or researched:
  • Exceptional Scenery and Views

    2006 Photo Contest Winners - 2nd Place - Photo of Dennis, MA
    Photo Courtesy of Cape Cod Life

    Cape Cod Life’s Best of 2006 Photographs gives you a glimpse of some of the nature and activity present on Cape Cod and the Islands. Here are some additional Cape Cod Photographers and Imagery as well:

  • The Christmas Tree Store
    I dread walking into the place, but one can’t argue with the ridiculously low prices on gifts, small household items and little everyday things that you will need.
  • A Day Trip to Woods Hole
    Since Woods Hole is so far away from where I live, I had never been there until a lunch meeting was scheduled with a colleague. The area is a great place to find shopping, food and a ferry for a daytrip to Martha’s Vineyard. For more information on the area, check out the Woods Hole Directory, for local resources and information.
  • A Tour of Cape Cod Lighthouses
    Spend some time traveling Cape Cod to see famous lighthouses such as Nauset Light in Eastham, Chatham Light, Chatham and the Highland House Museum and Lighthouse in Truro. Here’s a link with pointers to all lighthouses in the Cape Cod area and Eastern Massachusetts.

    Chatham Light
    Photo Courtesy of Lighthouse Getaway

  • Plenty of Fresh Seafood and Restaurants
    My favorite place to get fresh lobster (other than the occasional gift from fortunate fishermen friends) is at the Nauset Fish & Lobster Pool in Orleans and my wife’s favorite beach food is at Liam’s on Nauset Beach, but there are so many more good selections to choose from that it’s impossible to list them in one post.
  • Golfing on Cape Cod
    I am a horrible golfer and may swallow my pride someday and invest in practice, but that doesn’t mean that there are no opportunities for those that are good or are interested. For more information on Cape Cod Golf Courses check out GolfCapeCod.com for information on all the courses on Cape.
  • Dinner and Drinks on Main Street, Hyannis
    Drive into downtown Hyannis and enjoy a fantastic selection of restaurants, shops and places to grab a drink or hear some music. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
  • The Cape Cod Baseball League
    In 2005, I was able to see Tim Lincecum pitch in Harwich, now pitching for the San Francisco Giants in the major leagues (and my fantasy baseball roster). Where else can you see top baseball prospects play and NOT pay for admission.

    Cape Cod Baseball
    Photo courtesy of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

  • Provincetown International Film Festival
    Going on June 13th through the 17th, the film festival celebrates independent film making with the screening opportunity of over 100 films during the week. More information (on the festival, lodging and film times) can be found on the official website.
  • The Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre
    For more mainstream movie attractions, the Wellfleet Drive-In is the only drive-in on Cape Cod and offers a unique way to spend an evening at the movies, whether with family or just your significant other.
  • Haunted Houses on Cape Cod
    If you are looking for something a bit different than dinner and a movie, check out one of Cape Cod’s famous haunted houses to see if you see or hear something from “beyond the grave”.
  • Sunsets of Cape Cod
    Get to Skaket Beach or Rock Harbor in Orleans a bit early in the evening for a moment of relaxation and for collecting your thoughts on the day’s activities.

    Sunset on Rock Harbor
    Photo Courtesy of the Town of Orleans Website

  • You Can Pick Up A Pet For Your Family
    A rainy day is the perfect opportunity for stopping by the Animal Rescue League location in Brewster and spending some time with the animals there. The staff are both friendly and knowledgeable and will definitely assist you, should you feel the need to rescue any of residents there.
  • The Clear Starry Night Sky
    It was my wife that forced me to look up in the evening sky and enjoy the clean air and clear starry nights that Cape Cod provides. Having to commute to Boston often and traveling frequently, it’s now one of the smaller things that I enjoy when I am back on Cape.

This is a short list of some of the general and more specific things that make Cape Cod a unique and wonderful place to visit. Feel free to comment or contact me with additional points of interest and if appropriate, I’ll add to this list going forward.

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