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paines creek beach - wellfleet ma

There’s plenty to do, see and explore on Cape Cod, whether you stay on solid ground or venture out on the water. Some of the Cape’s best beaches allow you to experience a little of both worlds.

If you’re looking for some family-friendly fun in Brewster, you’ll want to make plans to pay a visit to Paine’s Creek Beach. Considered by some to be a natural playground, this is a great place for those of all ages to explore, especially during low tide.

Families are often seen out on the tidal pools, walking around and trying to catch fiddlers and horseshoe crabs. In fact, you’ll probably see quite a few families out there with pails and shovels in hand.

Keep in mind, though, during low tide you may be in for a bit of a walk to get to the water’s

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heart at provincetown dune shack

While Cape Cod is no doubt a popular destination during the summer months, one particular spot is getting top marks for those interested in a romantic upcoming get-a-way. If this sounds appealing, considering taking a road trip to Provincetown this Valentine’s Day weekend.

CountryLiving.com just put Provincetown on its list of the “30 Best Valentine’s Day Getaways in America”. Researchers ranked what they consider some of America’s most charming small towns and romantic destinations.

This year, because of COVID restrictions in many parts of the country, they considered the appeal of locations that people can easily drive to. The top 30 includes a mix of locations all across the country, including Provincetown at number 11.

While lively

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wellfleet bay sanctuary - wellfleet ma

While Cape Cod is often described as a great place for birding, there are some notable locations that are certainly worth exploring even further. That’s thanks in part to the location and the large amount of conservation land on Cape Cod.

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

Just south of Chatham, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a favorite spot for birders on Cape Cod. Because the area is so diverse in terms of its habitats, you’ll find tern and plovers are attracted to the area. The wildlife refuge provides ponds, dunes and marshes.

Birdwatching is a popular pastime on Monomoy Island. It’s said there are so many different species that congregate here, you may see different ones on each visit.

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

At more

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treehouse beer

A beloved, Massachusetts-based brewery is headed to the Cape. Tree House Brewing Company plans to open its third location in Sandwich next summer.

Known for brewing some of the state’s highest rated beers, Tree House is known for its stouts and American-style IPAs. Tree House was originally founded in 2011, before expanding to a brand-new Charlton facility a few years ago.

What began as simply a one-employee, 55-barrel operation in a garage less than a decade ago has now grown into the production of tens of thousands of barrels each year. Last year the Brewers Association named Tree House one of the nation’s fastest growing breweries.

This year the brewery even announced it would be making and selling coffee. The new location in Sandwich

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wellfleet harbor ice in winter

Most people probably think of heading to Cape Cod during the warmer months of the year, but the Cape is also great place to go when temperatures dip. It’s said some of the best walks on the Cape happen during the winter months.

Sure, you can head to the beach when the sun’s out, but the beach is just as spectacular when its covered with a thin layer of snow, and the crowds are almost non-existent. While the Cape is known to drawn in a large number of visitors during the summer months, winter is a great time to walk for miles in peaceful bliss.

Dressing in layers is extremely important this time of year. You’ll need sturdy shoes, warm gloves and probably a hat. If the beach is still a little too cool and brisk for your taste, you can always stay

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cape cod rail trail

It’s full speed ahead for the Cape Cod Rail Trail, as crews move into the third phase of the trail’s extension project. Phase three is expected to eventually take the trail from Peter Homer Park in South Yarmouth and continue it on to Barnstable.

Right now, phase three of the Cape Cod Rail Trail extension is said to be in the early design phase. State transportation officials are seeking out public input on the project. People have a couple of more weeks to submit comments and give feedback.

In all, the nearly four-and-a-half-mile long expansion project is expected to top $9 million. Most of the cost is being covered by state and federal funds.

As part of phase three, crews plan to upgrade an already existing shared use path in Yarmouth.

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monomoy seals - chatham maPhoto: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

With thousands of acres of freshwater ponds, dunes, marshes and ocean to explore, there’s plenty to see and do at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Found just to the southwest of Chatham, the federal refuge includes a visitor center, beach, and plenty of nature trails.

Established in the mid 1940s, the main purpose of the refuge is to help protect migratory birds and their natural habitat. It also gives people a way to see and explore the natural beauty of the area.

You’ll find nearly 300 different species of birds at the refuge, including some federally protected ones. This includes the piping plover and the red knot.

In fact, the beaches of Monomoy are where you’ll find some of the highest

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chatham labyrinth - chatham maPhoto: Chatham Labyrinth

Whether you’re simply looking for a place to take a quiet walk or a place to promote spiritual growth, the Chatham Labyrinth aids visitors and locals alike in personal reflection. A labyrinth is a single winding path that leads people to its center and back out again.

Unlike a maze, you won’t find any dead ends with a labyrinth. Instead, they are often created as a place for people to take a quiet and meditative walk. These sacred places are generally used for personal reflection, to refresh the spirit and relax the body.

The Chatham Labyrinth, in particular, was first thought up as a way to bring peace and well-being to those who find their way to Chatham. Clergy members from a number of different local churches came

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boston marathon 2014 elite women runnersPhoto: JD

Considered one of the nation’s best cities for runners, Boston offers plenty of opportunities to lace up your running shoes. Whether in the park, on the sidewalk or off the beaten trail, the Greater Boston area enjoys some great running routes.

While you’ve likely heard of the Boston Marathon, it’s certainly not the only opportunity for runners. Whether you’re training for the next big race, or you just want to keep in shape, some of Boston’s best running routes also offers up some fantastic views.

If you want to experience scenery along the way, consider the one-and-a-half-mile loop around Chestnut Hill Reservoir. This route offers up views of the city skyline and Boston College.

Around the same length, some runners enjoy the loop

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cape cod rail trail

If you’re looking for a great way to experience the best scenery on the Cape, one way to do it is to hop on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Running from Yarmouth to Wellfleet, the trail follows an old railroad right-of-way.

At 25.5 miles long, the paved trail is relatively flat, well-marked, and is said to be a great experience for those of all ages and experience. Bicyclists, walkers, runners and even horseback riders can use the trail.

To understand the history of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, though, you need to step back in time. During the 1800s it was extremely difficult to reach Cape Cod. That began to change when railroad tracks connected up Boston to Provincetown, leading visitors from places like Boston, New York and Connecticut to the Cape.

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