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Old 07-05-2018, 08:25 PM
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Greetings All,

Looking for a different vacation for the family; we've been up and down the Atlantic coast, but wife and kids have never been to Cape Cod. I went once as a child and remember being enthralled.

Looking to schedule a week in August. Looking for the reality of the image in my mind's eye of the proverbial "New England" charm, quaint, and easy access to beach.

Any advice/names of specific areas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-06-2018, 05:48 AM
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Anything west/north of Dennis will give you that but be more expensive and further from the bridge. Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, and Truro.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:00 AM
Location: Massachusetts
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Concur with above. If you have a time you can drive to Yarmouth and take the ferry to oak bluffs Martha's Vineyard for a day trip.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:42 AM
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Agree. These areas are less crowded and you get to see more of the "real" Cape. Eastham is headquarters for the Cape Cod National Seashore with a large visitors center and beautiful beaches, trails to walk--everything. If you are in Eastham you have big waves of the open ocean on one side and calm bath water beaches on the other side (bay side.) Beautiful sunsets on the bay side too.

Truro, to the north is a little more wild and open, same with Welfleet. Next and last town at the end of the Cape is Provincetown, which is great fun for a day walking around and looking in the shops, eating, walking out on the pier. You really should not miss Provincetown!

Orleans is a good place to stay and there are stores there, grocery, probably everything you would need. But any of the towns are nice to stay in, I just used to go to Orleans or Eastham as there are a lot of places to stay and it's more family friendly.

You will probably have a hard time finding a cottage to spend a week at this late date but you could try a week in a motel. There is a load of motels along rte 6 in Eastham, Truro, Welfleet. One cottage "colony" that I can think of offhand is Cranberry Cottages, Eastham. There's a beautiful (more expensive) area in Orleans that has a place called the Ship's Knees. That section of town is gorgeous--can't remember the name of it though. There are a few big splashy resort type places around Eastham too, if you like that sort of thing. Maybe try Craigs List for people renting their own family cottages and have had a cancellation if you want a cottage.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:02 AM
Location: East Coast
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It is late in the season to rent a house, but check VRBO or homeaway.com and other sites like that -- I often see people on Facebook who list that they have a week available at their Cape house for whatever reason.
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Old 07-09-2018, 02:13 PM
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Quaint New England charm- I immediately think of Sandwich and Chatham.
Do a search and check it out.
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Old 07-09-2018, 02:35 PM
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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Budget pending, we really enjoy Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. As you break away from the respective downtowns, things die down, and both offer some of the nicest beaches on the East Coast. Both very, very bikeable, with Nantucket being completely bike friendly including paths round the entire island. Also, we love to rent a Wrangler to head to the beaches.. Seals abound in Wauwinet/Nantucket National Wildlife refuge.

Plus, we love doing a few dinners/drinks with the family downtown.. The food is amazing on the islands.
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:31 PM
Location: Cape Cod
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Are you talking about
"Old Cape Cod" ? If so I would look to Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown. There are places in those towns where you can still find desolate stretches of beach and dune.

If you are looking for beaches and plenty of things to do look to any town such as Dennis, Yarmouth and Harwich along Rt28. Along that stretch you will find plenty of fish and chip shops, ice cream, mini golf, T shirt shops, salt water taffy etc etc...

The beaches from Nauset in Orleans and along the National Seashore up to P town are beautiful but the water is cold, rough and a recent addition are the seals which attract Great White sharks. Nantucket sound beaches to the south and bay side beaches to the North are "safer" for families.

For accommodations look to websites like Trip Advisor and Homes away.

MV is great, I used to live there and Nantucket is a great place to visit. We once spent a week out on Nantucket. If I were you I would plan on spending the whole week on Cape. You will not run out of things to do. There is lots to see on MV and a day is not enough.

Must sees:

Whale Watching out of P town.

The Drive in Movies in Wellfleet.

The National Seashore visitor center to get an idea of where to go within the Seashore.

Bike rentals abound to enjoy on the Cape Cod Rail Tral.
Kayak rentals abound to enjoy on the many inlets, bays and rivers.

Lighthouses from Chatham to P town.

The Beachcomber before it falls into the ocean.

Lots of things.
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Old 07-09-2018, 04:36 PM
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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If you don't want to spend half your vacation in traffic with children in the car, try to avoid Rt. 28 along the 'ocean' side of the Cape. When you get to the 'entering Cape Cod' traffic circle, head over to Rt. 6A on the 'bay' side for a more comfortable drive through Sandwich etc. and you can go out pretty far on that side. You can get a great whale watching trip right in Plymouth on the 'bay' side. (Rt. 6 is the highway that runs pretty much thru the center of CC. Beautiful beaches, plenty of quaint villages and beautiful scenery, food etc. Spend some time in a few of the quaint towns like Dennis, etc. I would recommend West Dennis, for children, some sand bars to be careful of though -- you don't want to spend a lot of time on a sandbar if the tide is coming in, but it's a nice experience for the kiddoes. Yarmouth also has a very nice beach on the ocean side. One of the best beaches for children is over is near Falmouth …. called "Old Silver" beach on the ocean. A bit out of the way, but you can hop back on Rt. 6 pretty easily.

Depending on how many days you want to spend on the Cape, you should also visit Truro and No. Truro on the ocean side, and possibly Provincetown. Also: bring money. Best fried clams on the east coast are at the Swan River Seafood Co. in Dennis (IF they are still there).

Do I miss the Cape? oh yeah.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:16 AM
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thank you all for your thoughtful advice. Much appreciated. This is when City Data is an ingenious tool
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