Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2019

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Page 72 of 147 71 Exploring Cape Cod's Elbow The Lower Cape By Jessica Bettencourt Many imagine Cape Cod as a flexed arm when looking at a map, and nestled in the "elbow" of such an image is the Lower Cape, consisting of Brewster, Harwich, Chatham and Orleans. Within these towns, visitors can discover a trove of deep history, experience family-friendly events throughout the summer months and spend time on the waterfront, soaking in the rays while fishing, boating or simply relaxing on one of several pristine beaches in the area. Brewster's Deep Maritime Roots The town of Brewster was originally known as a sea captains' town, serving as the hub of the shipping industry in the 1800's. The original captains' estates can still be seen today along Route 6A, remodeled to serve as bed and break- fasts, art galleries and other shops. "From sunrise to sunset, Brewster has it all," said Kyle Hinkle, Executive Director at the Brewster Chamber of Commerce. "Brewster is Cape Cod's ecotourism destination, setting it apart from other Cape towns. Brewster has unique natural assets of more than 5,000 acres of conservation land with walking and biking trails; a herring run where the alewife migrate to their home pond; salt and freshwater beach- es; and ponds and forests to set the backdrop for the eco-tourist's experience." These natural assets can be seen at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. What first started as a tent on an 80-acre salt marsh on Cape Cod Bay, today stands as a 17,000 square foot building, bordered by 300 acres of town conservation land. The Cape Cod Muse- um of Natural History offers a variety of exhib- its, including information on marine science, the environment, off-site nature tours, a wildflower garden and more. After connecting with nature, continue to take in the town's natural resources at the bayside beaches. "Brewster's beaches are famous for the Brewster Flats created by the ebb and flow of the daily tides when the waters recede out of Saquatucket Harbor, Harwich Trails at CCMNH, Brewster Photo: Ben Nugent

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