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A Sandy Safari on Cape Cod

"The Salt House" chronicles a summer spent living in "Euphoria," a shack on the Provincetown dunes. 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 ...Read More »

Cape Cod Vacation Activities for Families

Ask anyone who vacationed on Cape Cod as a child and they all will say the same thing: they loved every minute of it.  Summer fun in Eastham and its neighboring towns always has been distinctly low-tech and old-fashioned. Vacations are all about playing on the beach, riding bikes, flying kites, boating, drive-in movies, and eating ice cream. These time-honored favorites have remained unchanged from one generation to the next, and therein lies the appeal of the Outer Cape. Time stands still. You won’t find a Starbucks or shopping mall but there are three–THREE!–mini-golf courses in Eastham, which has an ...Read More »

Nauset Light: Lesson in Beach Erosion

EVGSee&DoNausetLighthouseIts official name may be Nauset Beach Light but to a group of concerned citizens it’s a symbol of their town’s nautical history, and it was worth saving from sure doom caused by eroding cliffs. Nauset Light, as it is more commonly known, is a 48-foot-high brick-lined cast-iron structure that originally was built in 1877 and located in Chatham, due south of Eastham. It was moved to Eastham in 1923 to replace three small wooden lighthouses, know as the Three Sisters, which had been decommissioned. Erosion of the cliffs continued unabated and by the early 1990s Nauset Light was just ...Read More »

A Trip to the Salt Pond Visitor Center

The Salt Pond Visitor Center is the main visitor facility of the Cape Cod National Seashore and a must-see for travelers who appreciate having some context about the area in which they’re vacationing. If you want to understand the natural and cultural forces that created the Cape Cod we know today, how the area’s beaches came to be, what types of creatures live under the local waters and on the nearby beaches, a stop here should be scheduled at the beginning of your vacation. In the museum, artifacts, photos and art from Mashpee Wampanoag and Aquinnah tribes is displayed, and ...Read More »

The Wellfleet Drive-In Theater: Cinema Al Fresco

Kids dressed in pajamas clutching a big bucket of popcorn? Check. Bug spray at the ready, just in case? Check. Mom and dad delighting in a quintessential old-time family summer experience? Definitely. Americans of a certain age will remember the exhilaration that came from spending a balmy evening at a drive-in movie. At their height in the late 1950s, there were over 4,000 outdoor theaters. Due to real estate costs and a host of other issues, that number has dwindled to fewer than 364 theaters. Lucky for us that the Wellfleet Drive-In Theater, on the Eastham- South Wellfleet town line, ...Read More »

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