Cape Cod

Cape Cod Travel Guide

Operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the network of trails here extends some five miles, encompassing woodlands, salt marsh, barrier beaches, and nearby tidal flats. Visitors are encouraged to track birds they see—such as Orioles and Whip-poor-wills.

The group, guided by trained naturalists, makes several daily trips to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, rich with whale sightings and wild seabirds. To see humpbacks, finbacks, and others, head to the upper deck and put down the camera once in a while!

Onlookers at Provincetown’s Race Point Beach erupt in applause the moment the sun disappears. For the more athletic, bike the 5.2-mile look between Race Point and Herring Cove beach.

The tiny cottage is crammed with every kind of antique lamp imaginable.

A pair of former New Yorkers owns this Eastham gallery, which sells Colonial-era benches and chests, and paintings of local landscapes.

Run by actor Tony Curtis’s ex-wife, Leslie Curtis Antiques & Design, in Dennis, specializes in wicker.

In a small outbuilding with an honesty box, the farm shop sells a heavenly lavender-lemon marmalade.

Peter O’Donovan relocated from Ireland to open Chatham’s Nantucket Wild Gourmet & Smokehouse, where he cures heavenly organic salmon on-site.

A popular stop for visitors on the way to Cape Cod, this colorful kite shop is located on Route 28 in the village of Harwichport.

Mari Porcari curates this fashionable boutique, located in an 1835 general store with birch display tables and lime-green walls. The eclectic merchandise includes summer dresses by New York designer Tibi, eco-friendly bamboo bowls, and floral-printed organic quilts.

 

This one-room shack carries every kind of hammock imaginable, including crocheted models from Brazil and travel versions that fold up into a backpack.

Flyer’s Boat Shop & Rental, in Provincetown, runs a funky service out to the wild, sandy spit where the Atlantic and the bay meet. If you'd like, the shop rents sailboats, powerboats, and kayaks to take out on your own.

Located in a red-brick building just outside the city center, this bicycle shop is easily recognizable by a round white sign with the word “bikes” emblazoned in bold black letters.

One of the hidden gems of Cape Cod is Falmouth’s Spohr Gardens, laid out in the 1950’s by Margaret and Charles D. Spohr and now owned by a charitable trust. An ideal place for quiet contemplation, the six acres of daffodils, rhododendrons, and daylilies edge placid Oyster Pond.

The four-mile Shining Sea Bike Path, from Falmouth to Woods Hole, follows the ocean and runs through woodlands, marshes, and salt ponds.