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shining sea bikeway - falmouth maPhoto: Mattia Panciroli

Stretching nearly 11 miles from start to finish, the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth is much more than just a place to get in some outdoor recreation. While it’s certainly a popular spot for running, biking, walking and rollerblading, the bikeway is also a great place to take in some hidden views of Cape Cod.

The Shining Sea Bikeway winds through four Falmouth Villages from North Falmouth to West Falmouth, Falmouth Village to Woods Hole. Along the way, bikers, walkers, runners and more are treated to some of Cape’s most scenic beaches, forests, harbors and salt marshes.

The Shining Sea Bikeway gains its namesake in honor of a line penned in the song “America the Beautiful”. It was written by Katharine Lee Bates, who just

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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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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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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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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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washburn island - falmouth ma
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Located off the southern side of Cape Cod, Washburn Island remains a treasured Falmouth spot. The small island sits in Waquoit Bay and is only accessible by water.

More than 300-acres in all, Washburn Island is filled with a mix of tall trees, barrier beaches, plus coastal salt ponds and marshes. Once home to a summer estate, followed by a location for military training, developers have had their eye on the island in the past.

At one time they hoped to develop luxury homes, a yacht club and a helicopter pad. Area residents fought back, though, and the state ended up buying Washburn Island in the early 1980s.

Purposely left as a natural and secluded island, you’ll now find less than a dozen campsites on Washburn Island but

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eel pond woods hole - falmouth ma

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A popular seaside destination in the summer months, Woods Hole continues to attract visitors with its appealing arts community, shopping opportunities, dining, fishing and marine research. This Cape Cod village may be small in size, but it is large with opportunity.

Especially popular during the warmer months of the year, the tiny village boasts a number of deep-water harbors, plus museums, beaches and attractions. Once considered more of a pass through for ferry travelers, Woods Hole now invites visitors to try out its waterfront eateries, explore its scientific offerings and enjoy its beaches.

The town is so charming, Smithsonian Magazine once put Woods Hole on its list of the “Best Small Towns in America to Visit”. At the

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megansett beach - north falmouth maPhoto: timalosi

Located in North Falmouth, Megansett Harbor provides an ideal location for exploring the Cape and Buzzards Bay. The view from the jetty extending into Megansett Harbor is hard to beat, plus the harbor is the perfect spot for launching sailboats, kayaks and other small boats, with a paved boat ramp and a long wooden dock.

In fact, Megansett Harbor is an extremely popular location for sailboats, as most boats are able to launch right from Megansett Harbor Landing. Right next to the boat ramp you’ll find the fun of Megansett Beach.

The sandy beach is the perfect spot for taking a swim, lounging along the water or enjoying a picnic lunch. Its calm waters are especially favored by families, who often venture to the beach each summer

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menauhant - falmouth ma

One of the earliest summer resort colonies on Cape Cod, Menauhant of East Falmouth is truly a magical place. While the historic summer spot dates back more than a century, it’s not hard to see decades later what makes the location so special.

Plans for the summer colony first emerged in the late 1800s, planned out for 700 small lots. Bordering Eel Pond, Vineyard Sound and Bournes Pond, it wasn’t long before people started flocking to Menauhant during the summer months, especially from the big cities of neighboring Boston, New York and Philadelphia.

A hotel soon went up near two private beaches, bringing with it stables and a bowling alley. It wasn’t long, though, before a casino joined the location too, complete with an indoor skating rink.

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falmouth yacht club - falmouth ma

Falmouth Yacht Club circa 1960

A big part of the enjoyment of Cape Cod is heading out on the water, and several yacht clubs help cater to those interested in a yachting lifestyle. In Falmouth, in particular, there are several top yacht clubs to choose from, many of which have been in operation for generations.

Falmouth Yacht Club

The Falmouth Yacht Club has been a staple in the area for decades. First formed in the 1940s, the club hosts an annual regatta, plus has played host to several championships over the years. Along with sailing and racing the club has its own swim beach and swim program. Some members are also granted dock space and launch service.

Green Pond Yacht Club

The Green Pond Yacht Club may have formed in more recent

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