Thinking about planning a Cape Cod Vacation? Think Spring!
When you think of taking a Cape Cod vacation you think of summer, right? You have good reason to – our beaches, seafood, shopping and people are some of the best in the country! We love having you here during the height of the season, but experienced tourists and locals alike know that the spring can be one of the best times to come and visit. Here are some reasons why:
1.) Smaller Crowds
Ask anyone that visits us here on Cape Cod what the most frustrating part of their trip is and they almost always answer traffic, especially coming on and off the Cape…UGH!! Everyone has their own theories on how to avoid it but let’s face it in the middle of August it is unavoidable.
Well, getting around Cape Cod in the spring is a piece of cake, and even better is that by the first weekend in May, almost all restaurants, resorts and attractions are open. If you want to spend an extra weekend with your special someone or the family, May and early June are great times to do it!
2.) Spring Festivals
There’s way more to Cape Cod than beaches! Everybody knows about our summer traditions like huge fourth of July fireworks and celebrations, Carnival Week in Provincetown, concerts at the Cape Cod Melody Tent and catching the stars of tomorrow at the Cape Cod Baseball League games. But did you know that there are awesome festivals in the spring as well?
Events like the Toast of Harwich, the Chatham Spring Fling and the Figawi Charity Ball and race all happen in May. At the Toast of Harwich you can sample food from Harwich’s best restaurants, sample wines from around the world and listen to live music. The Chatham Spring Fling is a similar event, but with a uniquely Chatham feel. The Cape Rep Theatre also starts it’s spring schedule so why not make one of the first weekends in May a cultural and culinary adventure? Going to these events will make you feel like a local, and you get to experience something you can’t do in the summer!
3.) It’s a Great Time to Run, Bike or Hike.
The spring is a great time to be outside – especially on Cape Cod. If you’re a fitness enthusiast, it simply can’t be beat. In May, it’s usually warm enough to run or bike outdoors in shorts, but cool enough that you won’t risk getting heatstroke or dehydrated. Plan a trip to come down and take some time exploring the Cape’s great biking, hiking and running trails. Many runners and bicyclists make the mistake of thinking that Cape Cod is endlessly flat. On the contrary, we actually have some of the hilliest terrain in the region, and biking the National Seashore’s trails (especially in the Provincelands in Provincetown) can prove to be a challenging endeavor.
May also plays host to several road races. Plan an “active vacation” around spending a weekend exploring Cape Cod’s trails or a road race, and spend dinnertime enjoying a restaurant serving local, organic food from one of our many farms.
4.) You Can Get Up Close with Nature
Here on Cape Cod, we’re equally closely tied to the land and sea. Without the cranberry bogs that dot the Cape, and Truro’s little known history with turnips, the earliest Native American and English settlers would never have stayed around to give us the region we have now.
The spring is an important time for the whales, a time during which some return to the region and when others leave. The endangered North Atlantic right whale leaves the waters around Cape Cod the first weekend in May every year. This makes it a great time to come down, book a trip on a whale watch and catch these majestic creatures. However this year the whales are on the move a bit early and up to 85 have been spotted in the Bay already this year! It is a great time to get up close with some of the most amazing creatures on earth.
Other attractions, like botanical gardens such as the Pilgrim Monument and Museum in Provincetown and the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich are just now starting to open their doors meaning you can wander through, climb to the top and enjoy the views with no crowds!
5.) The Deals are Great
It’s easy to take a Cape Cod vacation on a budget in the springtime. Many resorts don’t start charging peak season rates until Memorial Day, meaning you can get a great value on your stay if you come in the Spring! . Even a lot of regular vacationers don’t know that a good number of their favorite restaurants from the canal to Provincetown stay open year round, and that almost all of them have off-season menus, pricing and specials. Visiting in the Spring you blend the best of both worlds – some of the nice weather you look forward to in the summer, with the value you’d get if you visited in the winter.
The real estate market in Truro is full of luxury and waterview homes that are marketed as secondary residences and vacation getaways. Don’t get me wrong, we love to list, sell and help clients buy these homes, but our very own Nick Brown has always been a strong and vocal supporter of affordable year round housing in Truro. The property located on Sally’s Way consists of 2 and 3 bedroom units and they are now accepting applications for occupancy and for the wait list. For more information see below:
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We hope that you or someone you know will find this information helpful. If you are looking to purchase a year-round or seasonal home on the Outer Cape call Nick today or fill out the contact form below to find out about some fantastic properties that are currently on the market.
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Very often we describe a home as “located in the National Seashore”. What does that mean and why is it important that a home in Truro is situated in the Seashore? I wanted to share a little history with you about how The Cape Cod National Seashore came to be.
The Cape Cod National Seashore was created on August 7, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. The National Seashore encompasses 43,607 acres (the equivalant of 68.1 square miles) on Cape Cod. It includes ponds, woods and beach front of the Atlantic Ocean. There is nearly 40 miles of shoreline along the Atlantic shore of Cape Cod in the National Seashore and includes the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans and Chatham.
There are several notable sites in the National Seashore. Some of these include the Marconi Station, the site of the first two-way transatlantic radio transmission, the Highlands Center for the Arts (at the former North Truro Air Force Station), the Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars and Doane Rock. There is also a former United States Coast Guard station in Truro that is now being operated as a youth hostel.
The National Seashore has also incorporated several paved bike trails through the park including the Nauset Bike Trail in Eastham, The Head of the Meadow Trail in Truro and the Province Lands Trails in Provincetown. The Truro trail is a favorite of mine as it stretches between Head of the Meadow Beach and High Head Beach and includes a glimpse of Pilgrim Springs where the Pilgrims had their first drink of fresh water after landing here before venturing to Plymouth.
So why did the National Seashore come to Cape Cod? The steady growth of tourism in the 1900s helped the residents of Cape Cod recover from the decline in the fishing industry, which was previously the main source of income for most. However the fast paced development of the area threatened the very things that the residents and tourists found so appealing. One resident said in 1961, “the resources which were once believed inexhaustible are vanishing before our eyes.” Very few people doubted the need to protect these resources. The question was how.
After years of debate, studies and bills going through and dying in Congress, in 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed a bill authorizing the establishment of Cape Cod National Seashore. President Kennedy had been a long-time summer resident of the Cape, and he had co-sponsored the legislation while he was in the Senate. The goal of the National Seashore, he wrote, was “to preserve the natural and historic values of a portion of Cape Cod for the inspiration and enjoyment of people all over the United States.” In his remarks upon signing the bill, President Kennedy told the assembled dignitaries, “From personal knowledge I realize very well, how useful this is going to be for the people of the Cape and Massachusetts and New England and the entire United States.” This was the first time the federal government had created a national park out of land that was primarily in private hands.
So when you get a chance to see the home on Old Outermost Road in Truro and you wonder why the home has remained so private and the stunning views have been so undisturbed over the years, think about the 1960s and President Kennedy’s strong belief that this area should be preserved. Although there have been some issues throughout the years, the relationship with the property owners, the towns and the National Seashore has been a friendly one. Every time I walk the trails in Truro or ride my bike on the bike trails, I am grateful for the foresight by President Kennedy so many years ago.
Contact Nick at Thomas D. Brown Real Estate today to see the home on Old Outermost Road. Give yourself an opportunity to see the Cape Cod National Seashore from a viewpoint that many will never see! Soak in the views and the sound of the waves crashing below you and think about how the preservation of this area will allow the new owners of this home to wake up to that each and every day!