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A Sandy Safari on Cape Cod

Hermit crabs, fireflies, salty air and sand castles. Cape Cod calls out to those who appreciate pristine beaches, simple pleasures and an unhurried pace. Up among the picture-postcard-worthy sand dunes that dot Race Point Beach and acres of outback along the Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown and North Truro, the air seems cleaner and the sun looks brighter. It’s a visual paradise of old lighthouses, abandoned lifesaving stations and so-called dune shacks that have been occupied by seaman, hunters, artists, writers and free spirits for over 100 years. A hearty few still live there all summer, rejecting modern conveniences …

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Lobster Roll Price Index

Of all the Cape Cod eating experiences I enjoy the most, lobster rolls top the list. Sweet and succulent, there’s nothing better on a warm and sunny day. Knowing that they can be a pricey indulgence, we’ve created a Lobster Roll Price Index of Eastham-area options to help you choose where to enjoy this quintessential summer treat. Most who have tried more than one lobster roll on Cape Cod quickly develop a favorite. My entire family and all of my friends agree that Friendly Fisherman in Eastham deserves the number-one spot. Read our review for more details, and tell us …

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Nightlife in and Around Eastham

If a full day of beach-going and bike-riding has exhilarated rather than exhausted you and you want to extend the day’s activities late into the evening, several restaurants and bars in and around the Eastham area are open late. A friendly vibe, creative menu and excellent food make Local Break one of our favorites. It’s among the small number of Eastham-area establishments that’s not only open year-round but also into the wee hours. On a hot summer night there’s nothing better than  Thom’s Cucumber Collins, made from house-infused cucumber gin, ginger ale, a splash of sour and fresh cucumbers. Live …

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Cape Cod National Seashore

Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to see it or set foot on it agrees–the Cape Cod National Seashore is a national treasure. Visiting it is the number-one ranked activity on TripAdvisor’s list of things to do on Cape Cod. Americans are fortunate that John F. Kennedy had the foresight in 1961 to declare 43,607 acres of Atlantic-facing beaches, ponds, marshes and woods on the Outer Cape a national park, sparing it the fate of Myrtle Beach, Atlantic City and other east coast resort areas that eventually became lined by soulless apartment towers and amusement parks. The Cape Cod …

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Mac’s on the Pier in Wellfleet

It’s all about the location at Mac’s on the Pier in Wellfleet. Situated at the end of Commercial Street and overlooking picturesque Wellfleet Harbor, Mac’s has only a take-out window and outdoor seating, so it’s a great place for families with young kids or anyone else who’s looking for a super-casual and alfresco eating option. Leashed dogs are welcome. A dozen or so picnic tables with umbrellas sit in a sandy area facing Cape Cod Bay on one side and a pretty marsh on the other. Plan to arrive just before sunset on a clear summer day and you may …

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The Best Meal of the Summer

We had to get through the entire summer–all the way to Labor Day weekend–to enjoy what was, without a doubt, the best meal of the season. But it was so worth the wait. Eastham Vacation Guide’s contributing photographer Beth Maroney and her talented husband, Jim, took over the kitchen while the rest of us enjoyed a chilled bottle of white wine and stood back to watch the magic happen. A short while later we all dug into a Low-Country Boil that featured the most spectacular tastes and textures on the summer-food and summer-eating spectrum. This is a perfect recipe to …

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Creations from the Beach

Some people look at beach glass and simply see a colorful shape, but Ree Martin of Scituate, Massachusetts, sees infinite creative design possibilities. She launched her company, Beach Creations, in 2011, eventually leaving behind a career as a videographer. At least twice each week, Ree uses her kayak to explore beaches around  Boston Harbor that are known as great hunting grounds for beach glass and shells. “I find the search process very relaxing,” she says.  Most of the scallop shells she uses in her work are from beaches in West Falmouth. Some of the starfish are from Cohasset while she …

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Why I Love Cape Cod Bay’s Beaches

The magnificent dune-lined beaches on the ocean side of Cape Cod may receive all the glory, but there’s plenty to love about the Cape’s bay-side beaches. Here are five reasons why you should hang out on the bay side during your next Cape Cod getaway. 1. You can take long walks at low tide. If you cite “long walks on the beach” as one of your interests, you’ll be in your element on a bay-side beach at low tide. Picture miles of smooth, flat sand in either direction, then flip a coin and head off to explore. What’s more, at …

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By The Sea Driftwood Company

Start with an inveterate beachcomber who admits to loving to collect “lots of stuff.” Add a creative soul and a graphic designer’s eye. The result is By The Sea Driftwood Company in Orleans, Massachusetts. It was  launched by Catherine Wissmann and her husband Rob in 2005, after they moved to Cape Cod from New York City. They create unique furniture and home and garden accessories using naturally-weathered driftwood, vintage nautical hardware, shells, reclaimed rope, antique bottles, old lanterns, oars, shipwreck parts and other locally-sourced objects. Their designs are sold from their gallery and studio, which is set on an old …

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Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar in Eastham

Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, located on Route 6 in Eastham, is an Outer Cape institution that’s known as much for its long lines as for the quality of its fried clams, lobster rolls and onion rings. Oh, those onion rings! Arnold’s management claims to sell more than 2,000 pounds of them every week during the summer. I have no doubt it’s true. In fact they’re so good, they earned a spot on our list of the 10 Best Things to Eat in Eastham. Thinly sliced, perfectly seasoned, and piled high on the plate, even a small order of Arnold’s …

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