With roots in tourism since the 19th century, it is no wonder that the region of Cape Cod has become the favorite vacation spot of the densely populated northeastern America. With its traditional architecture that has remained unaltered through the tides of time, the charm of the New England town is hard to resist. Cobblestone streets leading to the beaches that Kennedy himself had once graced and the lure of watching whales off the Cape Cod coast, are just a few aspects that make the quaint town so desirable to visit during the warmer seasons.
Dubbed as the home port of Cape Cod, Hyannis is a quintessential town bustling with tourism. Lodgings overlooking the harbor are quite popular and location is everything. Most inns are just a walking distance to the ferries that can take you to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Take a cruise and experience the best whale watching on the northeastern shores or revel in historic sceneries such as the Kennedy compound. Dine at waterfront restaurants like Baxter’s which is located on Pleasant Street. Hyannis promotes taking your pets on vacation and offers a number of pet-friendly inns such as Simmon’s.
At the northern tip of Cape Cod lies Provincetown, filled with quaint village shops, seaside dining fares and family-friendly beaches. Watch boats stand still on blue ocean waters from top floor verandas of historical inns such as the Land’s End Inn at Commercial Street, which doubles as a museum for the artifact collection of Charles Higgins. Alternatively, try a Cape Cod summer rental and vacation in one of the captivating rest houses that line the shores. Sign up for a day trip to the Sand Dunes, a natural formation left over from the melting of the glaciers after the Ice Age, combined with man-made deforestation which has left the area exposed. Tours are offered daily by a family-run business called Art’s Dune Tours who have been giving tours for over 60 years now.
With Martha’s Vineyard as its backyard and the Atlantic Ocean lies straight ahead of it, Falmouth has become the beach-goers’ ultimate destination. With the warmest weather on the coast and the most relaxing sea breeze, the little town boasts of 68 miles of winding coasts that include ten public beaches and a long stretch of by-the-shore bike lane. With attractive shops and restaurants, Falmouth is a small town with a big personality. The warmer weather permits for more activities including water sports. Its rich experience with the arts holds Falmouth a venue to many cultural activities and festivals.
Just seven miles off the main coastline is one of Cape Cod’s most popular destinations. Martha’s Vineyard is comprised of a number of towns, Vineyard Haven in the south of the island being its primary tourist attraction. Filled with fine dining restaurants, galleries and exhibits featuring renowned artists, and many more cultural fares await its visitors. With solitary beaches all around, Martha’s Vineyard has become a favorite retreat for many that want to escape the nearby insanity of city life.
Kay Kissinger loves to write and travel with her husband of 10 years