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seaside at scituate - scituate ma

Enjoy luxury townhomes and a vibrant lifestyle at Seaside at Scituate. The development’s Carriage Collection from Toll Brothers consists of carriage-style townhomes, priced starting from the high $800,000s.

This active-adult, 55+ community near Boston comes with the enjoyment of ocean views and plenty of resort-style amenities. The property offers its residents access to a clubhouse overlooking the ocean and it has its own lifestyle coordinator.

Residents have their choice of activities and amenities, ranging from a clubhouse with a fitness center and outdoor swimming pool to pickleball courts and bocce courts. The property also offers a formal lawn with a fire pit and walking trails for outdoor fun and recreation.

As for the townhomes of

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three sisters lights - eastham ma

Cape Cod is full of history, and much of it is tied to the region’s maritime past. The Three Sisters Lighthouses are, of course, a big part of the region’s esteemed history.

These days, the Three Sisters sit far from the ocean, but their story actually began almost 200 years ago. That’s when the Town of Eastham first pushed for a beacon to help protect against shipwrecks.

Instead of just one lighthouse, area leaders came up with a plan for three. It’s said they wanted three of them to help those at sea differentiate between the twin lights of Chatham and the single Highland Light in Truro.

A local builder put in the lowest bid to design the 15-foot brick structures. It didn’t take long for the towers to gain the nickname of “Three Sisters”.

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long point lighthouse - provincetown maPhoto: Lori L. Stalteri

Provincetown’s Long Point Lighthouse may sit in one of the Cape’s most remote locations today, but more than 200 years ago the area was home to a thriving village. Found on the extreme tip of Cape Cod, the hidden village of Long Point was a popular spot for fishermen.

They built their homes on the point. Soon, the original Long Point Lighthouse was built. Because the West End Breakwater wasn’t built yet, settlers arrived via Race Point.

At the time it was the only way to get to Long Point, and it made the village that much more remote. Even so, more and more fishermen and their families settled in Long Point.

By the mid 1800s, a schoolhouse/community church was constructed. The village later added a post office, bakery,

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wood neck beach - falmouth ma

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Cape Cod is full of charming sites and attractions, but now one particular location holds the honor of officially being named one of “The 30 Most Charming Small Cities in the USA”.  The designation comes from TravelMag.com.

It recently put Falmouth on the list of the nation’s most charming locations. The website points out settlers first arrived in Falmouth in the 1600s and named the location after a British town. To this day, it still retains its own laid-back appeal.

TravelMag makes mention of Falmouth’s sandy beaches, wineries, waterfront dining and the Nobska Light. The landmark lighthouse has a keeper’s house, which is being turned into a maritime museum.

The website also mentions some of the area’s natural appeal,

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fort point channel - boston maPhoto: mgstanton

A major redevelopment plan could someday turn a Boston neighborhood of parking lots and office space into parks, public space and new private development. A master plan from the Boston Planning and Development Agency aims to completely transform Fort Point.

The area along Fort Point Channel is slated to be remade into several parks, a promenade and amphitheater, recreational amenities and more. The goal is to remake the area into a family-friendly destination that’s easily accessible to all Boston neighborhoods.

Fort Point Channel Park would be remade with things like a floating stage, floating art and possibly even visiting activity barges. There could also be some elevated portions that would help create views of the

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chequesset inn wellfleet ma

There are a lot of great places to stay on Cape Cod, but there’s one legendary resort in Wellfleet you can’t stay at or even see. That’s because the resort is mostly just memories these days.

The old Chequesset Inn was once one of the grandest resorts on the Outer Cape. A wealthy fruit company owner built the hotel on Mercantile Wharf in the 1880s.

It’s said the inn was designed to look like an ocean liner with cabins. Known as the “Hotel Over the Sea”, the four-story resort helped turned Wellfleet from a fishing village to a popular summer resort town.

Visitors flocked to the area. The Chequesset Inn only had around 60 rooms, but amenities of the all-inclusive resort were certainly plentiful. Guests could go fishing, boating, play tennis or

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It’s well known for its beaches and it’s nightlife, but now one Cape Cod town has another reason to shine. Provincetown was just ranked one of America’s friendliest cities for 2021.

The honor comes from Expedia traveler reviews. The website compiled reviews from early 2019 to late 2020.  It then used Expedia user comments to make a list of “20 of the Top Friendliest Cities in the U.S.”. In the latest ranking, Provincetown took 10th place.

Travelers praised the seaside town’s boutique hotels. Many of its local inns and hotels received high marks from travelers.

In the latest ranking, Provincetown was the only Massachusetts town to make it into the top 20. The resort town of Whitefish, Montana ranked at the very top of the list, followed by the

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boston herald traveler sitePhoto: City of Boston Archives

Once a diverse Boston neighborhood, it’s said the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood was really the city’s very first urban renewal project. It even predated the demolition of the West End neighborhood.

The history of the New York Streets, though, wasn’t without controversy. What some refer to as urban redevelopment, others now claim was actually just the destruction of an entire neighborhood.

The story of New York Streets began in the early to mid 1800s. That’s when the Boston Albany Railroad Company was created as a way to link up Boston with Albany, New York.

A new neighborhood then sprang up next to its terminal with street names tied to cities along the Erie Canal. That’s why they were called

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cape cod rotaryPhoto: iheartpandas

Cape Cod has a lot of claims to history, but perhaps one of the least known is tied to the nation’s very first rotary. As common as rotaries are today across the nation, the first one just happened to go up in South Yarmouth.

Charles Henry Davis was the co-founder of the National Highways Association. He moved to South Yarmouth around the turn-of-the-century and soon amassed a large fortune from a mining company in Kentucky.

Davis added to his fortune with royalties tied to Henry Ford and his automobiles. Not long after arriving on the Cape, Davis purchased some land around the Bass River.

Here, he built a massive estate for his family. He also built the nation’s very first traffic circle in the 1930s.

While Davis

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mbta train

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Commuter rail service may be headed to the Cape. Local officials launched a study last fall to look at connecting up Buzzards Bay to Boston with year-round, commuter rail service.

Currently, rail service ends in Lakeville/Middleboro. The proposal would involve extending it all the way to Buzzards Bay in the future. An advisory group has been studying different options for expanding train service to Cape Cod.

It’s not a new idea. Town officials have been trying to get commuter rail service from Boston for years. The town even joined the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority five years ago.

Previously the MBTA said it wasn’t feasible to add a Cape connector service to Middleboro. However, others view it as something

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