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Live on the Outer Cape: Music, Drama, and Comedy
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, May 14, 2018


When staying on Cape Cod for any length of time, consider taking in some of the local performing arts scenes, as there is something to check out on pretty much any night of the week during the summer. Depending on your mood, you might want to see a live performance of a Shakespearean drama, laugh with a stand-up comedian at an intimate local venue, or dine with live music in the background before getting up and cutting a rug after your meal.

All of these opportunities and more are available on the Outer Cape on any given day, providing you with loads of different ways to spend your evenings. Have a look at the events calendar at the following venues or check out some of the highlighted festivals to ensure you don’t miss a top-notch performance during your Cape Cod vacation.


Performances and Events in Provincetown

Since Provincetown is one of the Cape's cultural hubs, it makes sense that the town has plenty of live venues from which to choose. The Provincetown Theater is known as the Birthplace of Modern American Theater, as it dates back to 1915 when a group of New Yorkers vacationing in the area started performing and eventually built a makeshift theater. Their performances drew attention from all over the East Coast, helping to grow the industry as a whole. Today, the Provincetown Theater hosts Broadway comedies, dramas, and musicals, in addition to performing arts festivals throughout the year. If you're on the Outer Cape in the summer, there's a good chance this venue will have something going on.

Not to be outdone, the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble also brings Broadway plays and musicals to Provincetown, producing them at Fishermen Hall. In 2018, the group will perform “Hair, the Musical” between July and September.

Of course, there’s also the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, an annual event taking place each September. In 2017, the festival combined plays by Williams and William Shakespeare, while the theme in 2018 will be "Wishful Thinking". The performances take place at a variety of venues throughout town, even non-traditional venues, as 2017 saw "Hamlet" performed in a tank of water on the beach and "Pericles" performed on a boat.

Smaller music venues are found up and down Provincetown’s Commercial Street. Bubala’s By The Bay, for example, is where the town's West End begins and hosts live music every night during the summer. There is no cover or minimum charge, so you can get out and enjoy everything from jazz to country music without worrying about the cost. Governor Bradford Restaurant & Club is an all ages venue that features a different act every Saturday night. The music gets started at 8 PM and runs until about 11. Tin Pan Alley is a piano bar with live performances every night of the week.

The Provincetown Jazz Festival has been around since 2005 and brings musicians from all over the world to the area at a variety of different venues. If you're in the area in mid-August, it is well worth checking out at least a few performances.

The Crown & Anchor is well known throughout the Cape because of its cabaret shows, but this significant venue is also the home of comedy in Provincetown. Some performances will be local comedians, such as Julie Wheeler and James Judd, who have weekly performances from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Other times, the venue brings in better-known acts, like Bruce Vilanch and Leslie Jordan in 2018, for a couple of sets.
 

Events in Truro This Summer

Just a short drive down Route 6 from Provincetown is Truro, where there are even more live performances to attend. In North Truro, the Payomet Performing Arts Center hosts music, comedy, and theater starting in the spring, with some pretty big acts coming to town in the summer.

You’ll also find music at Truro Vineyards every Sunday throughout the summer. Admission to the show is free, and there's a food truck on-site, so you can have a meal, enjoy some local wine, and listen to a live performance. The vineyard also hosts Grape Stomp & Music Fest and the Vinegrass Music Festival in late September. Both of these festivals bring wine, cocktails, food, and music together and are a great way to end your summer on Cape Cod.
 

Music and Theater in Wellfleet

Continuing down Route 6 from Truro brings you to Wellfleet and, more specifically, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. This venue presents a series of thought-provoking dramas all summer long, with each presentation running for a few weeks at a time. There's a summer concert series at the venue, too, so you can get your fill of live music on Monday nights.

The Harbor Stage Company is in the heart of Wellfleet's downtown area. The venue is small and intimate, offering the chance to get up close and personal with classic dramas and comedies that you've probably heard of before, but maybe haven't seen performed live. In 2018, "The Weir", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", and "The Deer and the Antelope" are on the docket between the middle of June and early September.

For live music, The Beachcomber is the place to be in Wellfleet. Throughout July and August, this restaurant on Cahoon Hollow Beach brings in musical acts every day of the week. You'll have to buy tickets in advance for most shows and keep in mind that the music usually starts at 9 PM, so you'll have time to either have dinner in the restaurant or eat elsewhere before things get going.


Orleans Live Performances

Finally, as you come down Route 6 and exit onto 6A, you'll reach the center of Orleans, where even more live performances can be found. The Academy Playhouse is right on Main Street and has a mixture renowned shows throughout the year. There are children's performances in the afternoons, including the Little Mermaid in 2018, and both theater, including Shakespeare, and music at night.

The Elements Theatre Company is on the grounds of the Church of the Transfiguration on Rock Harbor, giving it one of the more scenic locations for performances on the Cape. This venue mostly hosts dramatic productions, although there are retreats and workshops during the summer for those interested in acting themselves.

The Barley Neck Inn dates back to 1848 when Isaac and Mary Doane purchased the land where the property now sits. Part of the original building now makes up this venue, which hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night. It's not glamorous, but catching a performance at The Barley Neck is a quintessential thing to do while on Cape Cod.


Finding Your Performances

As you can see, no matter what type of entertainment you’re into, you’re sure to find it on the Outer Cape during the summer. Once you book your vacation rental on Cape Cod, start looking at the local venues holding events because you’re sure to find a new and exciting way to spend your nights, no matter what you are looking to experience.



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A Foodie's Guide to Truro
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, May 7, 2018


It is common knowledge around here that Provincetown is the place to go if you’re looking for a great meal on the Outer Cape. There’s a valid reason for this distinction, as Commercial Street is loaded with exceptional restaurants and a simple wander through the area means stumbling on some of the best food anywhere on the East Coast.

Having said that, Truro is no slouch in regards to its cuisine, with plenty of high-end restaurants for you to enjoy throughout your vacation. Truro is perhaps overlooked by foodies because it lacks the central downtown area that Provincetown, Orleans, and Chatham have and, therefore, isn’t as easily walkable.

At the same time, this lack of a central gathering space adds an air of exclusivity to dining in Truro, as you must know where you are going and how to get there to reach these high-end eateries. If you’re into finding an off-the-beaten-path restaurant experience, Truro and its fantastic dining options are well worth checking out while on the Outer Cape.

 

Get Your Day Started Right

To get things started, you’ll want to track down the top breakfast spots in Truro. The Top Mast Café is celebrated because it enjoys an oceanfront location, creating a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere. If the weather is pleasant, you can sit outside and enjoy your meal, complete with the sounds of the sea. While the interior decor is basic, it creates a laid-back vibe that you’ll only find on Cape Cod.

As for the menu, the Top Mast Café has all of the traditional breakfast favorites, like bacon, eggs, sausages, bagels, and pancakes, in their various forms. If you're lucky, they might have the lobster omelet or lobster Benedict on the menu during your stay, two options that immediately validate your decision to visit this eatery. The cafe also serves one of the best Bloody Marys on the Cape.

We've mentioned the Savory & the Sweet Escape in this space before and with good reason, as this local favorite has a little bit of everything. All of the breakfast necessities are available here, including muffins, pastries, bagels, and scones that are baked on-site daily. Locally roasted coffee and espresso are also on the menu, and if you come later in the day, the pizza and ice cream are worth trying.

Something Local in the Afternoon

Once you’ve had a hearty breakfast, you’ll find plenty of ways to spend the rest of your morning on Cape Cod. Maybe you’ll take a couple of hours to go on a hike or bike ride, or possibly visit a museum or lighthouse. Once your appetite returns, there some places specializing in lunch in Truro that you’ll want to check out.

Although Box Lunch is technically a chain, which might disqualify it in the eyes of some foodies, there are only three locations, and they’re all on the Outer Cape, making it slightly more tolerable. The concept of the restaurant is providing good food quickly, as it's technically a fast food joint, but nothing is fried, the ingredients are fresh, and the menu is surprisingly affordable. Sandwiches are about the only thing you'll find on the menu here, but they're tasty, and there are countless varieties available. You can even build your own sandwich, if there is something specific that you'd like to try.

For something a little different, the High Tide Kitchen is the choice. This is a food truck that sits outside the Chequessett Chocolate building in North Truro and features an Asian-inspired menu with rice bowls, noodles, salads, and banh mi sandwiches. There’s a unique atmosphere surrounding the truck, with music playing and tables on which to enjoy your meal. It’s like the food trucks that are popular in major cities, but you don’t have to leave the Cape to find it.

 

A Winner For Dinner

Afternoons on the Outer Cape are often spent lounging somewhere on the Cape Cod National Seashore, swimming in a nearby kettle pond, or finding a quiet place to enjoy the scenery. You’ll also want to decide on a place for a great meal. Luckily, once dinner comes around, you’ll have numerous choices in Truro, depending on the type of food you want to enjoy tonight.

Montano's Restaurant first opened its doors in 1988 and has been a local favorite ever since. This is an Italian restaurant with house-made pasta, freshly-baked bread, and homemade sauces, providing a taste of the Mediterranean without leaving the Cape. Even the seafood is local, as the owners pride themselves on serving freshly caught fish supplied by local fishermen.

Everything at Blackfish is local, and the menu is always changing, giving you a reason to check it out a few times while in the area. Much like the rest of Cape Cod, local seafood is always part of the menu, but you’ll also find burgers and steaks if you’ve had your fill of the ocean for the day. All of the beef available at the restaurant is raised humanely, as well.

Whitman House Restaurant is a unique property set on four acres and featuring four dining rooms and a tavern. The building was formerly an inn, which was built in 1894, and has since evolved into its current form. The restaurant side of the property has everything you'd expect from a Cape Cod restaurant, including clam chowder, oysters, scallops, lobster, swordfish, and tuna. There’s also surf and turf, prime rib, chicken, and steak. The restaurant has a weekly boiled lobster special that you’ll have to check out sometime during the summer, while the tavern serves appetizers and has a kids’ menu.

The Perfect Way to End Your Evening

Once you’ve finished your dinner, you might be in the mood for something sweet. While your restaurant of choice probably has a rather diverse dessert menu, sometimes it’s good to get out there and explore Cape Cod later on in the evening, especially when the weather is cooperative.

Chequessett Chocolate, a local staple for dessert, was heavily damaged during the winter of 2017/2018 when a pipe burst during a period of extreme cold, and it is unknown when the storefront will be open for buiness again.

As a result, you might have to head north to Provincetown if you have your heart set on the perfect dessert. There are a number of renowned spots right on Commercial Street, including the Provincetown Portuguese Bakery, Purple Feather Cafe & Treatery, and PtownScoop, and it’s only five miles away.

As was mentioned before, Savory & the Sweet Escape also has great desserts, so make your choice based on where your Truro vacation rental is located and how far you want to travel.

 

Find Your Inner Foodie in Truro

As you can see, there’s plenty for the foodie within the town limits of Truro, despite the lack of hype. Whether you’re in the mood for homemade Italian cuisine or seafood that has just been pulled from the ocean, this area with a population of 2,000 people has you covered.

If you're just visiting Truro, however, make sure you research where you are going to make it easier to find your local foodie paradise this summer.



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Cape Cod National Seashore: More Than Just Beaches
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, February 5, 2018


With nearly 40 miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod National Seashore is, rightly so, known for its beaches. The area has six main beaches, Coast Guard, Nauset Light, Marconi, Head of the Meadow, Race Point, and Herring Cove, in addition to smaller, lesser known ones, but there is so much more to the area than the waterfront.

In total, the National Seashore is 43,607 acres in size, and there are countless activities to be found in the space that are sure to keep you occupied throughout your vacation.

Want to go hiking? No problem!

Interested in history? We’ve got you covered!  

Love seeing animals? You’ll never run out of opportunities!

Yes, by all means, hit the beaches when you visit Cape Cod National Seashore but don't forget to explore the other sites and activities that this beautiful and diverse area has to offer. We’re confident you’ll love what you see.

A Little Bit of History

On an official basis, Cape Cod National Seashore is relatively new, as it was given its national park status in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy and his family spend plenty of time vacationing on Cape Cod, and he wanted to preserve this exceptional region for future generations.

Overall, however, the land has been in use for about 9,000 years, when it was first inhabited by American Indians.

The first Europeans made their way to the region in 1620, spending about a month here before finally settling in what is now Plymouth. The area was attractive to settlers in future years because of its abundance of fresh water, fertile land, and protective landscape.

Cape Cod National Seashore has deep colonial roots that become clearer and clearer the more you spend time here. But first, you’ll want to get to know the natural environment, which is why so many people visit in the first place.

Hiking and Biking Trails

Feel like going for a hike? There are plenty of places to do so. In the South Wellfleet area sits Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail, a moderately challenging hiking area that goes through an oak and pine forest before coming out in a swampy area with a boardwalk. The trail is just over a mile in length, so it can be completed quickly.

Pilgrim Spring is another short hiking trail in North Truro. The path is relatively simple, with a moderate grade and plenty of on-site parking, and is only 0.7 miles long. The site leads to the place where the pilgrims first tasted fresh water on Cape Cod, making it a historically significant trail, as well.

For a biking experience, Nauset Marsh Trail provides a comfortable ride with the option to extend the trip to Coast Guard Beach. The actual trail is a 1.3-mile loop and is peaceful, with very few elevation changes, and has some breathtaking views along the way.

Wildlife Encounters

While you're out and about, keep an eye out for some of the area's unique wildlife. More than 450 animal species live at Cape Cod National Seashore, including 25 protected species and 32 endangered or rare species.

On the coastline, you could encounter large marine mammals, turtles, gulls, and waterbirds. As you move inland, you are more likely to see the land mammals and reptiles that live in the woodland, swaps, and grasslands. One particular animal to keep an eye out for is the piping plover, a rare bird that nests in the sand. About 5% of the world's population of piping plover live at Cape Cod National Seashore.

The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is one place worth checking out nearby because it has salt marshes and woodlands that are a hot spot for wildlife sightings.

You might also consider taking a boat trip out into the ocean if you have your heart set on seeing some sea mammals up close. If you're lucky, you might even come across the endangered North Atlantic right whales that feed off Race Point.

Landmarks and Sights

Sitting in Eastham between Coast Guard Beach and the Salt Pond Visitors Center is Doane Rock, a large boulder left behind by the Laurentide Ice Sheet, which covered most of Canada and large chunks of the United States, about 15,000 years ago.

As the story goes, when the glaciers melted, they left behind some geological abnormalities and one of them is this rock. It is named after John Doane, a deacon who was one of the first settlers in the area. He lived on this land in 1644, in a time when very few Europeans were around. The rock’s appearance might not blow you away, but it’s worth having a look at if you have the time because of its history.

After that, swing by The Three Sisters Lighthouses or Nauset Light while in Eastham, The Pilgrim Monument and Race Point Light in Provincetown, and Highlands Light in Truro. There is something that draws people to lighthouses and monuments, and these are some of the most prominent on The Cape.

Museums and Visitor Centers

We mentioned the history of the area before and what better way to learn about the history of Cape Cod National Seashore than by spending time at a museum?

In the north, you have options like Provincetown Museum, which is right at Pilgrim Monument, and Old Harbor Life-Saving Station Museum, on Race Point Beach.

Moving further south, Highland House in Truro and The 1869 Schoolhouse Museum in Eastham are worth a visit, especially if Cape Cod's history excites you the way it does for many other people who spend time here.

The area’s visitor centers are top-notch when learning about what makes the district so distinctive. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is perhaps the top choice, as it is full of interactive displays and shows educational films. There is also an on-site museum and bookshop.

Further north is The Province Lands Visitor Center, a smaller building that also shows educational films in its indoor theater and has a bookstore. The building has an observation deck, as well, which provides panoramic views of the ocean, sand dunes, Pilgrim Monument, and Race Point.

Embrace Life Away From the Beach

Of course, you’re sure to get plenty of beach time in when visiting Cape Cod in the summer. After all, that’s probably the reason why you’re visiting this area in the first place. At the same time, it’s good to know that there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied when spending time at Cape Cod National Seashore.

If you ever need a day away from the beach to let your sunburn heal or relax away from the heat, the National Seashore has you covered. So, plan your next Cape Cod Vacation around the Cape Cod National Seashore and you will soon notice that Cape Cod National Seashore is unlike the other National Parks you have visited in the past.



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