Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2019

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Page 94 of 147 93 and amazing restaurants," Roberts said. As a visitor, take your pick of Truro's 12 scenic beaches, including Coast Guard Beach, Ballston Beach and Head of the Meadow. Or, visit Highland Light, the oldest and tallest lighthouse on Cape Cod, which was built in 1797 and rebuilt in 1857. "The lighthouse is history right in front of your eyes – it's the sec- ond oldest lighthouse in the country," said Mark Peters, Director Emeritus of the Truro Chamber of Commerce. Tourists can visit Highland Light and take the 69-step climb up a narrow staircase to see some of the most picturesque views of Cape Cod that a monument has to offer. Admission to enter the lighthouse is $6 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Visitors can also learn more about the lighthouse at The Highland House Museum, located within a 1907 resort hotel that today serves as a popular museum offering insights into the first settlers of Truro and their interests, such as whaling, fishing, shipbuilding and more. "We are 75 percent [Cape Cod] National Seashore, which means that despite the com- mercial offerings Truro really has a small town feeling that hasn't changed. We also have...a winery, a distillery, a bean to bar chocolate shop, a spice company and many other op- tions," Roberts added. After a day of sand and sun, indulge at- specialty artisan shops. First, take in the sights at Truro Vineyards while sipping on their re- nowned Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Mer- lot wines. Truro Vineyards offers wine tastings, a gift shop and wine-making tours. On the same property lies South Hollow Spirits, the first dis- tillery on Cape Cod since Prohibition, producing high-quality, hand-crafted rum and gin. After a tasting, satisfy your sweet tooth at Chequessett Chocolate, known for its carefully handcrafted chocolate made from flavorful, sustainably grown cacao beans on the Cape. "I think the Cape has a ton to offer and people should explore all parts of it. But defi- nitely don't miss Truro!" Roberts advised. Provincetown, a Bustling Destination Provincetown is one of the most lively Cape towns, and one of the most popular vaca- tion destinations. Along with its clean, scenic beaches, Provincetown, or "Ptown," is also home to the Pilgrim Monument, a 252-foot granite structure honoring the Pilgrims' first landing in Provincetown. President Theodore Roosevelt initiated the project in 1907 and, in 1910, the tower was open to the public. Today, it stands as the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. At the base of the monument is the Provincetown Museum, where visitors can learn more about Provincetown, the Pilgrims, and Cape Cod's role in American history. After visiting the museum, climb the steps to reach the top of the Pilgrim Monument and see the picturesque views at the top, which is 350 feet above sea level. During the climb, visitors will see stones donated by various cities and towns throughout the nation, and may even spot their hometown. "Provincetown is a place steeped in history and is the place where it all began," said Radu Luca, Executive Director, Provincetown Cham- ber of Commerce. "The Mayflower Pilgrims first landed at Provincetown in 1620 and signed the Mayflower Compact - the first democratic docu- ment which marked the beginning of American liberty. Our town is also America's oldest, con- tinuous art colony dating back to 1898 when Charles W. Hawthorne created the Cape School of Art." In addition to the rich history, a summer trip to Provincetown isn't complete without visiting the town's colorful, buzzing Commer- cial Street. Along the three-mile stretch, visitors will see various restaurants, bakeries, bed and breakfasts, as well as local shops selling used books, jewelry, artwork, souvenirs and much more. At the end of Commercial Street, you'll find the waterfront, complete with MacMillan Pier and the Provincetown Causeway. While at the waterfront attractions, walk along Photo: Greta Georgieva Truro Vineyards

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