Cape Cod

Cape Cod Travel Guide

Attend demonstrations by naturalists and a resident beekeeper, plus explore the three nature trails through protected woodland and salt marshes and along Cape Cod Bay.

For picnic supplies, check out the Brown Jug, a gourmet grocery in Sandwich. They’ll also put together a basket for you, complete with cloth napkins and a corkscrew.

This unvisited secret spring was left over from the Ice Age and is hidden deep in the Wellfleet and Truro woods. The water is exquisitely clear and silky.

Sisters Ann Hill and Margaret Hill combined their backgrounds in design and fashion to create this eclectic boutique, which sources from abroad (Scandinavian furniture, Turkish earrings) and close to home (totes made in Maine from old sails).

The emphasis here, also home to the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, is on Broadway musicals. Bette Davis famously began her career here, as an usher.

Chatham Pottery sells heavy ceramic pieces emblazoned with mermaids, shells, and other maritime motifs.

Home to the region’s largest selection of braided rugs, this Harwich company has a history dating back to 1910, when factory worker Romeo Paulus changed a shoelace machine into a braided-rug machine and started his own company.

Parking is nearly impossible at this picture-perfect cliffside beach.

In the city with the highest concentration of bookstores on Cape Cod, this tiny shop stands out for its wide selection and long history, which dates back to 1932.

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.

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!

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

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.