On the tip of Cape Cod, a low-key beach retreat.

By Travel & Leisure
July 01, 2013
Whale-Watching in Provincetown, MA
Credit: © Jeremy Winn / Photos were taken under NOAA Fisheries Research Permit # 775-1875

Cape Cod, or simply “the Cape,” as its known among locals, is ringed by more than 400 miles of shoreline and is especially lovely during the summer and early fall. The trip to “P-Town,” located at the area’s tip, offers scrolling views of spindly dunes, grand beachfront mansions, and old-fashioned fishing villages. Once you arrive, though, all forward movement halts—and that’s a very refreshing thing.

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

Carpe Diem Guesthouse

The boutique resort and spa is painted in warm pastels, and is just a half-block from the beach. Ask for the Oscar Wilde room, which overlooks the town’s emblematic Pilgrim Monument.

Fanizzi's Restaurant by the Sea

Wrap up your day with a seafood dinner with an ocean vista at the casual restaurant, where the menu naturally includes scampi, fried whole belly clams, and scallops plucked from the water outside.