Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2019

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Page 92 of 147 91 By Jessica Bettencourt Furthest removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is the serene Outer Cape, com- prised of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Prov- incetown. With more than 20 miles of sandy beaches, scenic nature trails, picturesque light- houses and the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Outer Cape is a vacationer's true paradise. An Escape to Eastham While driving through the Outer Cape, visitors will first arrive in the town of Eastham. With several fresh water, bay and ocean beaches to choose from, Eastham is the perfect location to enjoy a tranquil day by the water, followed by watching the sun set into the Atlantic Ocean before your very eyes. "Eastham is classic Cape Cod and conve- niently located with close proximity to all that Cape Cod and the Islands have to offer," said Jim Russo, Executive Director of the Eastham Chamber of Commerce. "Eastham is the Gate- way to the Cape Cod National Seashore, and has more than six miles of perfect shoreline viewing of sunsets." Russo noted that Eastham is the number one natural adventure destination on Cape Cod for visitors and residents, offering more than 10 unique hiking trails, miles of kayaking routes, two bike paths and ocean, bay and pond beaches. For those looking for adventure, the two bike paths, the Nauset Bike Trail and the Cape Cod Rail Trail, pass through scenery of wooded for- ests, lakes, kettle ponds, salt marshes and bogs. A can't miss attraction in Eastham is Nauset Light, the most photographed and recognized lighthouse on Cape Cod. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Nauset Light was originally built in 1877 and was moved several times due to erosion. In its current location, re- searchers predict Nauset Light should be safe for another 30 years, due in large part to the preservation efforts by the Nauset Light Preser- vation Society. Another landmark in the town is the East- ham Windmill, the oldest and last working grist- mill on Cape Cod. During the summer, the icon- ic windmill is open to the public, and tourists can see the inside of an operating windmill and purchase fresh-ground cornmeal. On Septem- ber 6-8, visitors can enjoy Windmill Weekend, a celebration right in front of the Eastham Wind- mill, offering free music, food, crafts, cookouts, a road race, parade and more. Russo also recommended families take part in the Monday Night Concert Series where, ev- ery Monday evening from 7-8 p.m. during the The Sights & Scenes of the Outer Cape Highland Light, Truro Nauset Light, Eastham Photo: Courtney Rose Photography Highland Light, Truro

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