Summer in Cape Cod

August 11, 2010 Updated: August 11, 2010

There are picturesque views of beautiful beaches, sandy dunes, and sea strands all along the coast. (Gabriella Savitz)
There are picturesque views of beautiful beaches, sandy dunes, and sea strands all along the coast. (Gabriella Savitz)
It is not hard to find a picturesque scene at nearly every turn. There are sandy dunes, strands of sea grass, and sailboats lingering off shore of the stunning beaches, and the occasional historic light houses.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has a signature look and feel with classic New England charm and natural beauty. Even the architecture is known specifically as Cape Cod style with its gray weathered shingles. There are often Adirondack chairs on the porch and hydrangeas blooming in nearly every yard.

Some towns to visit in the area are Chatham, with quaint shops and bed and breakfasts that attract many tourists. Even off season, the fire places lend a cozy and serene atmosphere.

Wellfleet, off Route 6, is a bit more sophisticated and is known for its quality galleries and crafts from local arts and craftsmen. Oil paintings, fine wood and silver work, and ceramics fill the galleries situated in the scenic marshlands.

Mini golf courses line Route 28, each more elaborate than the next. As this is a vacation destiny for many families, there are go carts, trampolines, batting cages, a “zooquarium” and the delicious Cape Cod Potato Chip factory.

Provincetown, where the pilgrims actually landed before moving to Plymouth, is at the tip of the state, and the most eastern part of the United States. The main “drag,” Commercial Street, bustles with tourists and locals alike, drawn to the colorful shops, cafes, and art scene. Provincetown has also become one of the major whale watching ports in the world where it is possible to see a variety of whales, perhaps even close enough to see their barnacles!

Sailboats and lighthouses are regular sights in the quaint Cape Cod area. (Gabriella Savitz)
Sailboats and lighthouses are regular sights in the quaint Cape Cod area. (Gabriella Savitz)
Two wonderful islands worthy of visiting are only a ferry ride away. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are favorite vacation spots of presidents past and present, offering upscale luxury, yet with the quaint appeal of this region.

“I do like the outdoor showers,” admits a 30-year-old Boston native, who was staying at a rented house for the week.

His aunt, who has been coming to Cape Cod with her family for 40 years, noted the signs posted all over the Cape reading “Thank you, Teddy, from the people of Massachusetts.”

The late Senator Teddy Kennedy and his famous political family not only lived here, but passed laws to include much of the cape as "federally protected land," preserved for all of us to enjoy this enchanted and peaceful place.