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Where to Go for a Jog on Your Cape Cod Vacation
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, December 15, 2020


Jogging on Cape Cod

Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you have to take a break from fitness. Luckily, Cape Cod has some of the country's most scenic places to jog, giving you all kinds of options when heading out for a run.

Some of the more popular places to jog include the Cape Cod Rail Trail, the Shining Sea Bikeway, and the Cape Cod Canal. While there's nothing wrong with these scenic, paved paths, there are countless other locations that allow you to explore areas you otherwise wouldn't see.

Here are some highly recommended places to go for a jog on the Cape.

Two Runs Near the Dennis Waterfront

Dennis has a couple of great places to run, starting with Old Wharf Road in Dennis Port. You can start your trek at the municipal parking lot on Chase Avenue before heading to Old Wharf Road and following it to Haigis Beach. The entire run is along the ocean, and there's a nice shoulder the whole way to keep you safe. The jog is about five miles round-trip, and there's a beach at each end where you can cool off.

It's also worth checking out Davis Beach Road in West Dennis. You can begin your journey on Old Country Road, taking Lighthouse Road through a salt marsh before reaching West Dennis Beach. Davis Beach Road extends along West Dennis Beach and continues to the Bass River's mouth, providing a scenic lookout and some trails to explore. This run is also about five miles long.

Five Miles in Hyannis

Downtown Hyannis is a must-see for any visitor to Cape Cod, if for no other reason than its history with the Kennedy family. There's a tremendous five-mile jogging loop through the heart of this vibrant area that takes you past the JFK Hyannis Museum, Veterans Park, and a couple of great beaches.

You can start your run on Main Street, taking the Walkway to the Sea through Hyannis Village Green and getting onto Ocean Street. Once on Ocean Street, you'll follow it past Veterans Park to its endpoint at Kalmus Beach. You can then turn around and retrace your steps before turning onto Harbor Bluff Road, just north of Veterans Park.

You'll then follow a track with stretches on Old Fish Hill Road, Bay Shore Road, Daisy Bluff Road, and Channel Point Road, bringing you to the Hyannis Inner Harbor.

You can then dash around the Harbor before returning to Main Street at the end of your run.

This jog is excellent because it takes you through the bustling village center, some residential neighborhoods, and some beaches, giving you a nice cross-section of life in Hyannis.

Falmouth Waterfront

Falmouth is a great place to jog because it's home to the Shining Sea Bikeway. However, if you want to explore a different location, Falmouth has you covered.

One great jogging track starts at Nobska Beach in Woods Hole and ends up at Surf Drive Beach near downtown Falmouth. It's three miles each way, but it's well worth the journey because of the beautiful terrain you'll cover. 

Starting from Nobska Beach, you'll run on Church Street and Nobska Road along the ocean. From there, you can enter the Shining Sea Bikeway for a short distance before coming to Surf Drive near Falmouth Beach. The jog along Surf Drive is incredibly scenic because it's entirely along the water.

Another great run in Falmouth is on Grand Avenue and Menauhant Avenue along Nantucket Sound. You can begin this run at Falmouth Heights Beach and complete it at Menauhant Town Beach, passing marinas, ponds, and residential neighborhoods along the way. This route is nearly seven miles round-trip, so it'll take you some time to finish.

Downtown Chatham

You'll surely want to visit Chatham during your time on the Cape, and going for a run through town allows you to cover a lot of ground.

Starting on Main Street, you can head north on Shore Road, taking you past the Chatham Fish Pier, with its North Beach Island views. From there, you'll turn south on Old Harbor Road, which goes back through the heart of town, before taking Bridge Street and Morris Island Road out to a residential area where you'll experience views of Monomoy Island.

This run is great because it'll take you through historic neighborhoods and plenty of scenic waterfront locations, helping you to see much of Chatham in a single day.

Province Land Dunes

The Province Land Dunes make up one of the more unique landscapes on the Cape. There's a multi-use trail through the heart of the area that runs through dunes and forests and past cranberry bogs before finishing up at Race Point Beach on the Cape Cod National Seashore.

You can pick the pathway up at various points, but if you choose to jog the entire course, it's 5.5 miles long. The spectacular view of the ocean at the end of the run is reason enough to give this section of paved pathway a try on your Cape Cod vacation.

Plenty of Places to Run

This list is just a starting point for the beautiful places to jog on Cape Cod. Your options are endless, as many visitors choose to run on the beaches or through the trail systems surrounding the region's kettle ponds, as well.

No matter what type of running you're into, the Cape has a location for you. Pack your running shoes, shorts, and mp3 player because you're sure to cover some new ground on your next vacation.



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Cape Cod’s 2019 Free Summer Music Schedule
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 17, 2019


One of the best things about Cape Cod in the summer is that you can always find a great, free activity. Whether you spend your days lounging on the beach, hiking the trails, or riding your bike on a pathway, you don’t have to spend a dime to have a great time on the Cape.

That sentiment carries over into the evenings, as well, due to the abundance of free concerts offered all summer long. Nearly every town on Cape Cod has some sort of summer concert series, so no matter where your vacation rental is located, you’re never far from some free, outstanding music.

 

Sunday Concerts

Every Sunday between June 30 and September 1, you’ll find a free show in Provincetown at Herring Cove Beach. The shows take place at 5:30 PM in June and September, 6:30 in July, and 6:00 in August. There are concerts at the same location on Wednesday nights, too.

If you’re staying in Brewster, Drummer Boy Park will feature a show by The Brewster Band at 6:00 PM every Sunday between June 30 and September 1. There is a bandstand at the park that the band has used since it was erected in 1994, and these concerts have become a well-known part of summers in the town.

 

Concerts on Mondays

The Dennis Village Green Gazebo is the place to be on Mondays from early July until the middle of August because of the concert series performed there. The shows get underway at 7:00 each week and take place under the park’s iconic bandstand.

Over in Eastham, Windmill Green will host shows every Monday in July and August. These shows also start at 7:00 and you can expect a different style of music pretty much every week.

In Harwich, you can stop by Brooks Park every Monday in July at 6:00 for a show. Brooks Park hosts Tuesday shows, as well, except for these run throughout July and August and begin at 7:00 PM.

One of the more scenic concert locations on this list is at Orleans’ Nauset Beach. The shows here run from July 1 through August 26 and get underway at 6:30. Although not part of the official concert series, Nauset Beach also has Thursday shows at 6:00 throughout July.

In South Yarmouth, check out the weekly concerts at Parkers River Beach. These shows run every Monday in July and get started at 6:00 PM.

 

Tuesday’s Shows

You absolutely have to take in a concert at the Salt Pond Visitors Center on the Cape Cod National Seashore at some point during your vacation. These shows are held throughout July and August at 7:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and usually attract a large crowd. You might even be lucky enough to witness a performance by the Outer Cape Chorale.

Every Tuesday in July features music at Mashpee Community Park. These shows start at 6:00 and are part of The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Summer Concert Series.

Wellfleet has a summer concert series with shows taking place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. These shows run at either Mayo Beach or Jan Rutz Harbor Bandstand at Wellfleet Town Pier, depending on the act, and get started anywhere between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Check Wellfleet's town website closer to your date of arrival for more information.

 

Events on Wednesdays

Barnstable Village Courthouse Stage has two shows per month throughout July and August starting at 6:00. The concerts are hosted at a stage behind the city’s courthouse.

In Chatham, you can check out some bands at Kate Gould Park between early July 3 and 24 during the 2019 TD Bank Summer Concert Series. Every show kicks off at 6:00 and ends at 7:30. Kate Gould Park also hosts weekly concerts by the Chatham Band starting in late June and running through August. These shows get underway at 8:00 PM and last about an hour and a half.

If you're in the Hyannis area, head to Hyannis Village Green on any Wednesday in July or August at 7:00 PM or Aselton Park on South Street on Fridays at 6:00. Keep in mind that Hyannis has an incredible live music scene in the summer, so you should be able to find a show nearly any night of the week.

Rock Harbor Beach in Orleans is a great venue to check out between late June and early September thanks to its shows by local band Pans in Paradise. The band will keep playing until sunset every Wednesday night throughout the summer.

 

Live Music on Thursdays

Thursdays are a big day for free music on Cape Cod, starting with the 6:30 shows at the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area, which is along Main Street on the mainland side, all July and August. These shows have the Cape Cod Canal as a backdrop, making this a spectacular place to listen to some music.

The Dennisport Outdoor Summer Concert Series takes place at Dennisport Village Green on Hall Street, which is just off Route 28. These shows run every Thursday in July at 6:00, and are held at the park's gazebo.

Throughout July and August, the Music and Arts Pavilion at Marina Park in Falmouth will host Thursday night concerts at 7:30. These performances transpire right next to Falmouth Harbor, making it a beautiful way to spend an evening.

There is a green space just outside of the Osterville Village Library that is home to a free concert series from the middle of July until the middle of August. The shows run every Thursday at 6:00 and are about an hour long.

In Sandwich, there are concerts every Thursday between June 28 and August 23 in 2019 at the Len Savery Bandstand at 7:00. This venue is located right behind what was once Wing Elementary School.

The Truro Public Library in North Truro has shows on Thursdays throughout July and August. These concerts start at either 6:00 or 6:30, depending on the act.

 

Friday’s Summer Concerts

Peg Noonan Park, which is right next to the public library in Falmouth, hosts Friday night concerts throughout July. The shows kick off at 6:00 and provide a nice segue into the weekend during your vacations.

There are also shows on the first Friday of every month between June and October at Mashpee Commons Central Square. The shows start at 6:00 PM between June and August and 4:00 in September and October.

 

What to Bring

When attending one of these shows, be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, some insect repellent, and a light jacket for when the sun goes down for the night. You might also consider packing a picnic or picking up some dinner on your way to the performance if you’re in the mood for some entertainment while you eat.

These free shows provide added value for your Cape Cod vacation since you don’t have to spend any money to get out there and experience some of the top musicians that the Cape has to offer.



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Beaches That Allow Offroading on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 10, 2019


The beaches of Cape Cod provide a paradise for all who visit them, but did you know that you can drive your vehicle in search of secluded spots with no one else nearby? Many residents of the Cape take advantage of this feature every year because they can escape the crowds and relax in peace on quite pieces of sand.

As a visitor to Cape Cod, you might find it more challenging to go ahead with this venture, but if you drive to the area and have a four-wheel drive vehicle, nothing is stopping you from offroading on some of the Cape’s exceptional beaches.

Here is a list of some of Cape Cod's top ORV beaches, along with the rules and regulations that you must follow.

 

Rules and Equipment

 

To access any of Cape Cod's beaches in your vehicle, you must, first of all, have a four-wheel drive truck or SUV. Attempting to drive on the sand without this equipment is a recipe for failure and will lead to you getting stuck. In fact, officials won't even let you attempt it.

Before being permitted on these beaches, your car or truck will have to pass an inspection. If you've passed an inspection in the last year, you might be spared this time around, but park employees are allowed to have a look at your vehicle at any point to make sure it meets the requirements. You're also required to have the following six items in your vehicle at all times: a tire gauge, a spare tire, a shovel, tow straps, a jack, and a support board. All of these articles will assist you if you get stuck in the sand.

Each beach has its own rules that you’ll have to follow. We’ll outline many of these rules and regulations later in the article.

 

Safety Information

Staying safe is crucial whenever you're close to the ocean, so make sure you follow the advice and instructions of local town administrators. You'll also want to keep an eye on the tide chart yourself, just in case you miss a warning that is put out by the town.

When driving, try to stay out of the ruts. While you'll probably want to follow the tracks of other vehicles in soft sand, as they will provide more traction, you'll want to avoid deeper ruts because they can cause your car or truck to bottom out and get stuck.

The reason for bringing a tire gauge is to monitor your tire pressure. You should lower the pressure in all of your tires to between 11 and 15 psi because this provides better traction in soft sand.

 

Nauset Beach in Orleans

Nauset Beach in Orleans frequently closes because of the threatened and endangered birds that reside on its shores, but if you happen to be around when it's open, there's nothing like it. You'll need to have your vehicle inspected before you can purchase a beach access sticker, which is $66 for residents and $196 for out of towners, with discounted rates available for the winter.

You can spend the night on the beach if you have a self-contained vehicle, defined here as a camper, motorhome, or trailer with a water source and toilet. The permit for taking these vehicles onto the beach costs $266 per year. Fires on the beach are prohibited.

 

The Cape Cod National Seashore

Depending on the time of year, much of the Cape Cod National Seashore allows ORV access, but you'll have to be prepared for closures here, as well. Vehicles are permitted everywhere from Race Point Light to Long Nook Beach, which is just south of Coast Guard Beach.

During the spring, however, there are restrictions on many places along the beach because of piping plover nesting, and you'll also see beaches closed when there are unsafe conditions or work being done to prepare the beaches for the summer. On Coast Guard Beach, you can only access the sand in your vehicle between 6:00 PM and 7:00 AM for night fishing purposes, as it's too busy during the day.

To get a permit to enter the Cape Cod National Seashore in your vehicle, you'll have to pass a vehicle inspection, have all the required safety equipment, view the orientation program, and purchase a pass. This pass will cost you $50 for seven days or $150 for the entire year. Keep in mind that rental vehicles are not permitted and you must be the registered owner of the truck to obtain a pass. If you wish to spend the night on one of the beaches, you’ll need a self-contained vehicle pass, which is $225 per year or $75 per week. Camping is only permitted on Race Point Beach, and trailers are prohibited.

 

Sandy Neck Beach in West Barnstable

In Barnstable, certain portions of Sandy Neck Beach are accessible via offroad vehicle. The beach is very long, and much of the vehicle-friendly area is at the far east end of the park. To reach these areas, turn right onto the trail that is just north of the Sandy Neck Gate House. This trail will take you to the dunes, which you can drive on until you reach your desired location. You can drive all the way out near Beach Point, which is a secluded area where you can find a piece of sand all to yourself.

To obtain a beach pass, you'll have to provide your driver's license, proof of address, and vehicle registration at the Sandy Neck Gate House. Barnstable residents can buy a pass for $30 for the winter or $90 for the year, while non-resident passes are $60 for the winter and $180 for the year. You are permitted to spend the night on the beach if you have a self-contained vehicle, although it will cost you an extra $5-10 per night. You can also use a tent in the designated camping area. Campfires are allowed with a permit.

 

Chapin Memorial and Crowes Pasture in Dennis

In Dennis, you’ll have access to two ORV-friendly locations in a relatively small area at Chapin Memorial and Crowes Pasture beaches.  Chapin Memorial Beach provides easy access to the sand through its main parking area. Once you head through the parking lot, turn left and head south along the beach until you find a spot to yourself.

At the far east end of town is Crowes Pasture Conservation Area, which is home to a long stretch of beach that is ORV-friendly. Getting to this beach is a little more complicated, however, as you'll have to turn onto South Street from the Old King's Highway. Follow South Street in a northeast direction until you get to the sand. From there, turn right, and you can follow the sand out to Quivett Neck. There are plenty of secluded spots on this beach, especially since it's not as popular with tourist beachgoers as many others in the area.

The Town of Dennis doesn't offer daily or weekly passes, so you'll have to purchase an annual ORV sticker if you want to take your vehicle onto one of its beaches. The sticker costs $150 for locals and $300 for everyone else. Your vehicle might have to pass an inspection before being allowed on the sand, and only the registered owner can drive it. No rental cars are allowed, and these beaches do not allow overnight stays of any kind.

 

Watch for Closures

Keep an eye out for beach closures that could impact your ability to drive on a particular beach. In the spring, for example, many beaches close sections to protect the piping plover, a threatened shorebird that nests in the Cape’s sands, most notably on the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Poor weather or damaged beaches could also lead to closures, particularly for offroad vehicles. Have a look at your desired beach’s website and social media pages to make sure it’s open before venturing onto the sand.

As long as you take the necessary precautions, you should have an excellent time exploring Cape Cod’s beaches in your vehicle.



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