Coastal Neighborhoods

nobska lighthouse

Photo: Chris Murphy

Set on the tip of Cape Cod, Nobska Light stands as a longtime tribute to the Falmouth area. First established in the 1800s, the historic light station now sits on the National Register of Historic Places.

Generations of Cape Cod residents and visitors have no doubt seen the light station, and now plans are underway to ensure it will be enjoyed for generations to come. A few years ago, the Friends of Nobska Light formed to help preserve the tower, keeper’s house and its grounds. That led to work on the lighthouse tower first.

Now the non-profit has turned its focus to a much larger renovation plan. Members recently kicked off phase one of their project, focused on making renovations to the old light keeper’s house.

The

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 nickerson state park - brewster ma

A true crown jewel of Cape Cod to this day, Nickerson State Park is easily one of the most popular sites in the region for visitors and locals alike. In fact, thousands of people flock to the 1,900-acre park every year, many of them lured by the Cape’s largest campground and endless recreational opportunities.

Designated by a sign off Route 6A in Brewster, Nickerson State Park is a tribute to the Nickerson family. They first became landowners in Brewster in the late 1880s, when the elder Nickerson built a summer home and private game reserve on the land.

Around the 1930s, family members donated the game reserve land to the state, thereby turning it into Nickerson State Park and marking the very first park in the entire state of Massachusetts.

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bourne bridge - bourne maPhoto: Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism

A big part of Cape Cod’s appeal is the opportunity to be out on the water, and that’s certainly true for the Town of Bourne. Boaters frequent the area each season for some offshore fun.

The town itself operates three marinas, featuring a total of more than 220 boat slips. Taylor Point Marina sits in Buzzards Bay, and with around 150 boat slips offers up the most services.

It also has a pumpout station and a gas dock. Boaters here will additionally find access to a public boat ramp, a marine store and bathrooms. Taylor Point Marina sits right next to the Cape Cod Canal, noted as one of the best boating and fishing spots in the region.

Another option is Monument Beach Marina, found in Phinney’s

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four seas ice cream - centerville ma

As one of the seven villages of Barnstable, Centerville is known mostly for its beaches, its homes and its small business district. It may be small in size, but the village certainly makes up for that in terms of its friendly appeal.

Originally known as Chequaquet, or pleasant harbor, the Village of Centerville is home to one of the largest freshwater lakes on Cape Cod. Lake Wequaquet stretches more than 650-acres, with its seven-mile shoreline dotted by hundreds of single-family homes.

While the residents-only lake is fun for kayaking, boating and canoeing, Centerville also provides a handful of other beaches for outdoor fun. From popular Covell Beach to Long Beach and Craigville Beach, Centerville provides the perfect location for

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nyes neck - falmouth ma

For waterfront living in North Falmouth, come explore the impressive community of Nye’s Neck. Found just to the north of Old Silver Beach, the picturesque setting offers the enjoyment of being virtually surrounded by sweeping water views and rolling hills.

As one of the Upper Cape’s oldest neighborhoods, this well-established community actually exists on a peninsula, set between Wild Harbor and Fiddler’s Cove. The community association maintains a boat dock, boat ramp, a floating swim dock and its own private beach.

With easy ocean access via Buzzards Bay, a Nye’s Neck lifestyle is easily complimented by its waterfront appeal. This makes it easy to bask in spectacular views of the water or a stunning sunset overlooking the natural beauty of the

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family name signs - wellfleet ma

Cape Cod may draw in big crowds over the summer months, but the destination’s not just for those in search of a summer vacation. The Cape also draws in thousands of professionals hoping to gain new skills to take back home when they leave.

In fact, it’s relatively well known that Wellfleet and nearby Truro commonly drawing in a large number of psychiatrists and others in the mental health profession each year, some who come for seminars and some who come on their own accord. The latter is a tradition that’s been in the making for decades.

Years ago, psychoanalysts first began gathering in the Wellfleet area, although at the time it was mostly an informal affair. Flash forward to more modern times and the location now hosts week-long seminars,

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stage harbor - chatham ma

From its landmark lighthouse to its historic homes, there’s plenty to uncover when you set out to explore Stage Harbor. The Stage Harbor Lighthouse, also known as Harding’s Beach Lighthouse, may just be one of the most recognizable sites in this part of Cape Cod.

It’s actually the region’s youngest lighthouse. Constructed in the late 1800s at the entrance to Stage Harbor, the lighthouse is privately owned today, but you may still find time to see it during the occasional tour. It does open to the public during a designated week in May.

It’s still possible to see the lighthouse from afar, though, with some of the best views possible from Harding’s Beach. You may also be able to get a good view from the other side of the harbor.

If historic

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cobies - brewster ma

If you’re looking for a great place to sample some of Cape Cod’s best seafood, you cannot go wrong with a Brewster tradition. Cobies is one of a number of clam shacks in the region, but according to some, it’s one of the best.

It’s so good that New England Today recently put it on its list of the “10 Best Clam Shacks in New England”. Located right along Route 6A in Brewster, the whitewashed clam shack is praised for its fried clams and its cold lobster roll. The website also makes note of its ice cream selection, with dozens of flavors available to tempt your taste buds.

It’s not the only time Cobies has been at the top of the list. The CapeCod.com website also listed the clam shack among its favorites when it comes to the “Top 19 Restaurants”

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falmouth village

Bordering Nantucket Sound, Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay, Falmouth offers up an excess of waterfront possibilities. In fact, you’ll find nearly 70 miles of seashore in Falmouth, including 12-miles worth of sand beaches.

Formed thousands of years ago by melting glaciers, small kettle ponds now dot the area. At just 44-square miles in size, Falmouth is home to both freshwater ponds and saltwater harbors.

Just like its residents did generations ago, many Falmouth businesses of today still depend on the sea, and the beaches still entice locals and visitors. While Falmouth’s Main Street is now filled with locally-owned shops and restaurants, you’ll also find plenty of history.

Some old homes still stand in Falmouth, including those constructed

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thumpertown beach - eastham ma

It’s surely a name you won’t forget, but Thumpertown traces its roots to an entirely spiritual beginning. It’s said the name Thumpertown in North Eastham originated with the old-time revival meetings once held in the area.

In the mid 1800s, a 10-acre lot in North Eastham played host to some spirited Methodist revival meetings on the beach. The “thumping” and hollering of those visitors, in turn, lead to the coining of Thumpertown.

Some of the largest revivals drew in thousands of people and well more than 100 ministers to the area. Worshippers came from Cape Cod, and as far away as Boston.

Many of them erected tents at the site, all drawn to the area for a similar purpose. To this day, the old Thumpertown namesake still marks a road in North

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