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Why Truro is the Perfect Place For a Cape Cod Vacation
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, August 3, 2020

Truro, Massachusetts, is a small municipality on the Outer Cape with a year-round population of fewer than 2,000 people. That number swells to between 15,000 and 20,000 during the summer, but the town still doesn't attract the same crowds as neighboring Provincetown or other destinations on Cape Cod like Hyannis and Falmouth.

That might be a good thing, depending on how you're looking to spend your vacation, because Truro is loaded with great outdoor activities all summer long but doesn't get as busy as other towns. Those looking for the best of what the Cape has to offer should consider a vacation rental in Truro because it has many of the amenities of larger centers without the crowds.

When the time comes to choose where you'll spend your Cape Cod vacation, Truro is worth a look because of the following sites.

The Beaches on Cape Cod Bay

Because of its location on the arm of the Outer Cape, there are beaches everywhere in Truro. The Cape Cod Bay side, where many vacation rentals are situated, is home to numerous scenic beaches that provide plenty of space to spread out and relax.

Great Hollow Beach is a small sandy area with two parking lots, handicapped access, and outhouses in the summer. Great Hollow isn't the town's largest beach, but it's a great place to relax.

Just south of Great Hollow is Corn Hill Beach. There is a large parking area here, with an attendant, and you'll find outhouses, too. The beach itself is long, with plenty of space to wander and discover a little area for yourself. It's also a great place to watch the sunset.

Fisher Beach is the most challenging place on this list to access because it doesn't have a parking lot. As a result, you'll have to arrive early to secure one of the few marked spots on the street leading to the water. If you can find parking, the reward is a long section of sand that you can walk for hours all the way to Pamet Harbor in the north or Ryder Beach in the south.

Cold Storage Beach in North Truro is below some highland cliffs, making it a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. There are a few different parking areas here, so you should find somewhere to leave your vehicle, and the stairs leading to the sand make it easily accessible.

No matter the location of your vacation rental in Truro, there's a beach nearby.

Cape Cod's Oldest Vineyard

Cape Cod has three wineries, including a vineyard in Falmouth, but Truro Vineyards is the oldest and probably the most renowned. This venue sits on an old farm with a tasting room built in the 1830s, despite the winery only coming to fruition in 2007. 

Visiting this winery allows you to experience the historic property's character while sampling the maritime grapes that create intense flavors and beautiful colors. 

If you're not into the wine, South Hollow Spirits operates here, so you can try rum and gin created on-site in copper pot stills or order a craft cocktail to enjoy outside. The Blackfish Restaurant food truck serves lunch and snacks at the vineyard at various times throughout the summer, too.

Truro Vineyards is worth a visit because it's a unique winery that those in other parts of the country could never replicate.

Accessible Restaurants

First things first, Truro doesn't have an abundance of restaurants. If you want all kinds of selection, you'll have to travel to Provincetown or another neighboring community for your meals. At the same time, Truro does have some high-end establishments that attract visitors throughout the summer.

One thing that makes Truro's dining scene pleasant is that everything's on or near Route 6, making these eateries easy to find. There's also the fact that Truro doesn't have any chain restaurants, as everything is locally owned and operated.

We mentioned that the Blackfish food truck operates at Truro Vineyards, and that's big news because the restaurant itself is one of the town's most popular. The menu at Blackfish is New American in style, featuring a wide selection of seafood dishes to go along with burgers, chicken, pork, steak, and duck. They have a raw bar where you can get Wellfleet oysters, as well.

Up in North Truro, The Whitman House Restaurant and Bass Tavern has served customers since 1894 and has a diverse menu with plenty of seafood options. Other offerings include burgers, steak, pork chops, and chicken, making this a venue that anyone can enjoy.

Montano's is known all over Cape Cod because of its authentic Italian cuisine. This restaurant has house-made pasta that's cooked to order, along with homemade sauces and pizza dough. You won't find fresh Italian dishes like this anywhere else on the Cape, and they do an excellent job of integrating seafood into the cuisine, as well.

Because Truro doesn't have as many restaurants as other communities, you'll want to make reservations at these venues on the nights you wish to eat out.

Book a Vacation Rental in Truro

This list barely scratches the surface of the things you can do on your vacation in Truro, as you can also explore the Cape Cod National Seashore, visit the highlands, or play a round of golf on the Cape's oldest course.

Additionally, Truro has a marina offering tours and fishing charters into Cape Cod Bay, dense forests where you can hike, and scenic cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

You won't find another place like Truro anywhere on the East Coast, and even if you don't book a vacation rental in this beautiful small town, you'll surely want to stop by during your time on Cape Cod.


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