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A Classical Voyage Of Cape Cod

Posted on November 9, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment



Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A drive through the classical Cape Cod of Massachusetts invigorates your soul as it brings the panorama of evening beaches with golden sand, copious resort towns, food from the ocean depth, and serene shacks.

There are several pleasant destinations all around the world, but when we talk about a drive in Cape Cod, it has it all. The gracefully isolated dunelands of the seashore, peaceful bayside villages, energetic Provincetown, and swarming resorts that views the Nantucket Sound; drive it for yourself and experience the revitalizing seascape.

Overview

A drive of lifetime through Massachusetts begins from the Canal of Cape Cod’s Coast and following the curves of the bay till the Cape’s “elbow.” Drifting further north to reach Provincetown, back to Orleans from south, and gliding through Falmouth and Hyannis, you will aspire to start the 160-mile beautiful journey once again.

Begin in Sagamore

Take the Sagamore Bridge to Cape Code through mainland. You will reach the sparkling town of Sagamore, where the people of pairpoint Glass Company are still involved in the domestic tradition of blowing gleaming lead crystals into ornamental, decorative and functional articles. The best part is that travelers in this town are allowed to watch the process of blowing, shaping and finishing the glassware done by artisans.

Sagamore Bridge Cape Code

The reflection of Sandwich

Sandwich, the oldest city of Cape Cod, is to the east of Sagamore. This town was established in 1637 by Puritans which thrived as a leading glass manufacturing center. Sandwich is famous for creating various types of functional and table glasses like transparent and colorful, pressed and blown, engraved and slashed, etc. As the glass-making tradition is carried-on in this region since centuries, some off the bet works of all times are conserved in the sandwich Glass Museum. Also, the gift shops offer reproduction and customized glassware. Major attraction is the oldest house of saltbox established in the 16th Century, Hoxie House, positioned across the tree-shaded center of Sandwich. The nest oldest site is Dexter Grist Mill which turns out delectable stone-ground natural cornmeal. It is still operative and you can purchase some cornmeal on site. The Thornton W. Burgess Museum besides the Shawme pond was built in remembrance of a native write who wrote animal stories such as The Adventures of Peter Cottontail, for kids. This museum contains some original pictures of Harrison Cady, early versions of his work, and a gift store including his other books. The Gardens of Sandwich and the Heritage Museums, on the ground of a prior estate in the exterior of the village, displays all kinds of renovated historic structures and buildings. Among all those works, the best are – a still operative 1912 carousel, military arsenal, Ives lithographs, and the best collection of vintage automobiles. A 1930 Duesenbegr of Gary Cooper alone is enough to compensate the entry fees.

Time to go fishing on Yarmouth Port

Head toward east of Sandwich through the Sandy Neck beach which is full of low dunes and stroll a 6.2 miles road to arrive at the sandy neck Light. Following the Mass route 6A, you will reach Barnstable, a town that was established in 1639 and flourishing on the occupation of fishing mainly on the Great Banks. This town exhibits many vintage houses of sea captains standing since early 1800’s. Moving ahead on the path to Yarmouth, stop at the Yarmouth Port. A local resident of this port, Mary Tacher donated her classic collection of furniture from 17th, 18th, and 19th Century and a House to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.

sandy neck beach cape cod

Nickerson State Park

Driving on the same Mass. route 6A along Dennis and Brewster, you will come across many more residences of sea captains. If you wish to halt, take a look at the Cape Cod Museum of the National History that displays the ecosystem of Cape. Continue on the same path till you reach the vast inland conservation, Nickerson State Park, spread across 2,000 acres of pine woods spotted with freshwater pools. Adventure lovers can stop here to hike, fish, swim, bike-ride or simply watch the attractive landscape.

Cape Cod National Seashore

The route dropping towards Orleans is adjoining to some of the best beaches in cape which includes Skaket (calmer bay side) and the Nauset (ocean side), where refreshing water from the Atlantic ocean offers a chance to surf the waves. The forward path moves through rough oak woods and pitch pine forests and a new landscape of isolated beaches, sand dunes, and sea cliffs. A major part of this land is covered with Cape Cod national Seashore of around 44,600 acres, along with salt pond in the Eastham. The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary of the Massachusetts Audubon Society exhibits 1,100 acres of marshes, tidal creeks, and pine forests. The sanctuary is rich in wildlife with more than 200 distinct birds like yellowlegs and Whimbrels.

The Heritage of Provincetown

Still moving on route 6A you reach the peaceful town of Truro which is an indicator to take a left. A short journey will take you near the bayside town of summer resorts known as Provincetown. The components of Portuguese fishing town are clearly visible from the colonial seaport here. An Italian tower, 252-feet, made of granite was built to commemorate the place by Provincetown Museum and Pilgrim Monument in 1910. The impressive round-view of the top includes the seas, lakes beyond and the multicolored landscapes of Cape. At the foot of this monument are many museums filled with artificial whaling tools, ship models, and other maritime artworks. Provincetown Heritage Museum enlightens the local history with a mini model of the fishing yacht on the Grand banks. The Province Lands situated nearby, demonstrates one of the best picturesque view of the national beaches. An ascending walk to the observation desk exhibits some grandiose scenes of the river, villages, and dunes. You can also follow the hiking tracks that ramble through the sandbanks.

Chatham

Parting from Provincetown, drive on U.S. 6 in the direction of Orleans. Take the route Mass. 6A and then, Mass. 28 towards north to arrive near the outer elbow of Cape, Chatham. Although this town is much smaller and calmer than Provincetown, it is offers a vast variety for shopping stores and impressive sites of the sea from the point of Chatham Lights. This town is also recognized for conserving the ancient traditional houses of 18th and 19th century. Other historic attractions are – gristmill of 1797, the Atwood House Museum built in 1752 which displays ancient furniture, glasswares of Sandwich, seafarer equipments; and friezes painted by Alice Stallknecht Wight portraying her close people of mid 1900’s.

chatham cape cod

End of Journey – Woods Hole

Exit Chatham toward west through the Nantucket Sound. This sea side port of Hyannis is one the most famous location in the world since 1960’s. That period can still be revived at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. It consists of huge photographs of the 35thPresident depicting his ever-lasting romance for Cape. This president is also commemorated at the reflecting pool of the harbor-side fountain. Move towards the southwestern tip of Cape near Falmouth, a town established in 1660’s by Congregationalists and known for shipbuilding and whaling since 19th century. The classic attractions of this place are – First Congregational Church built in 1796 and the bell of Paul Revere, two ancient museums Julia Wood house of 18th Century and Conant House Museum with souvenirs of the famous lyrics writer of America the Beautiful, Katharine Lee Beats.   Leave Falmouth to move through the Woods Hole Road to halt for last few hours at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution built in 1930 and is famously known as “the world’s largest private, nonprofit ocean research, engineering and education organization.” The research center exhibits several latest discoveries and functions of scientists in the Institution.

Road Kit

To enjoy this 160-mile track fully, visit Cape Cod in fall or spring, when most of the traveler destinations are open due to pleasant weather.

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