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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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heritage museum - sandwich maPhoto: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Whether you’re lured to Cape Cod by the promise of heading to the beach or hitting the water, the Gateway to the Cape begins when you reach the towns of Bourne and Sandwich. Both places are full of history and full of charm.

Bourne is the very first town you come to when passing over the Sagamore Bridge, Bourne Bridge or the railroad bridge, but it actually used to be a part of Sandwich. That’s the second town you come to when traveling Route 6.

As the oldest town on the Cape, Sandwich first became a town in the 1600s. Known to this day for its once popular glass-making industry, the town’s claim to fame all these years later is still the Sandwich Glass Factory.

You’ll also find a number of bed

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mashnee island - bourne ma

Nearly surrounded by water, Mashnee Island is, quite simply, waterfront paradise in Buzzards Bay. This small community may not be widely known, but for some that’s definitely part of its appeal.

Home to around 140 houses, Mashnee Island offers some incredible views and plenty of history. While residents are able to drive across a one-mile causeway to reach their homes today, in the old days it often meant taking a boat.

That’s because at one time, Mashnee was an actual island. The 50-acre piece of land was originally owned by Native Americans.

Later, it later used for grazing sheep, harvesting salt, as a sailing camp and even as a lookout spot for the Coast Guard during World War II. Following the war, developers came in and made Mashnee into

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cape cod canal during construction

While visitors to Cape Cod may take the Cape Cod Canal for granted these days, the man-made channel has served an important role in the region for generations. Thousands of people cross over one of the canal’s three bridges every year, likely not even thinking about its origins.

Officially connecting up Cape Cod Bay to Buzzards Bay, the canal, for some, was a long time coming. While officially dating back to the early 1900s, the Cape Cod Canal was actually planned out hundreds of years earlier. Some reports suggest locals saw the need for the canal as early as the 1600s in terms of trade.

In the days of George Washington, leaders slightly changed course, instead envisioning a way to use the canal to help the American fleet during the

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bassetts island - bourne maPhoto: Buzzards Bay Coalition

For calm, shallow water and exceptional beaches, Bassetts Island is a true gem. Found at the entrance of Pocasset and Red Brook harbors in Bourne, the y-shaped island is extremely popular with boaters during the summer months.

Not only is the area a great place for boating, but it’s also a good place to spot birds and shellfish. While the north side of the island is private and outside visitors are discouraged, the southern side is open to the public and a wonderful place to enjoy a day of fun.

The western side of it offers a sandy beach and swimming while the eastern side features a rocky beach and is more popular with locals. The island proves an ideal location for boating, fishing, swimming and exploring during

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chatham ma holiday season

The summer season may be big on Cape Cod, but there’s are a number of “can’t miss” Christmas activities that are just getting started.

Pilgrim Monument Lighting- Nov 27-Jan 6
Provincetown

The Pilgrim Monument is a great place to visit between now and early January. The monument is currently lit up with more than 3,000 lights. This year’s lighting also commemorates the upcoming 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s first landing.

Lobster Pot Tree- Nov 30-January
Provincetown

While you’re in Provincetown, don’t miss the Lobster Pot Tree. Formed by more than 100 lobster pots, the unique tree includes thousands of lights, buoys and plastic lobsters. It stays lit up through January.

Train to Christmas Town- Now- Dec 23
Buzzards Bay

Trade

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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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