Cape Cod is about a one hour drive from Boston and a 4 hours drive from NYC. Cape Cod is one of the largest barrier islands in the world and it has shielded mainland Massachusetts from the grinding swells of the Atlantic. For many years, this peninsula of ponds, forests, and beaches has been many tourists, artists, mariners, and locals’ sanctuary. Although many come here for the beaches, Cape Cod is more than just a seaside summer escape. Friends of mine who run a popular DJ company north of the border (www.happylifeent.ca), have made Cape Cod a regular destination on their annual getaways.
Once you have inhaled this peninsula’s salty spirit, you will understand why many locals often say “Once a Cape Codder always a Cape Codder”. You don’t have to travel far to catch this spirit. Journey into the Upper Cape which is home to some villages like Woods Hole. In this village, common sense has firmly stood against the fickle winds of architectural whimsy. The sea surrounds you wherever you go in Cape Cod and the Upper Cape is not an exception. Explore the calm waters of Buzzards Bay or saddle up the Vineyard Sound beach which stretches to the east under the gaze of Nobska Light.
This town is a great place you can take to the water, whether it is a 50-minute ferry ride or a quiet paddle to Martha’s Vineyard. Nearby is the south cape Beach state park city here you can lose yourself amid the endless dunes and pitch pines.
Mid Cape Region
At the Mid Cape Region, you will find the rich maritime heritage of Cape Cod all over the peninsula. One of such is the Hyannis is high was once gone to more than 200 ship-masters. Hyannis was also John F Kennedy’s summer retreat. JFK urged his countrymen to not sit in the harbor and set sail to experience the adventure Cape Cod offers.
Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Experience the seafaring spirit in the sawdust and wood shavings of this museum. The craftsmen here shape beautiful boats that make even landlubbers’ heart to skip a beat. Ride the sea to the elbow of the Cape and drop anchor at Chatham. Hangout with the locals and follow the migratory birds lead to feeling your own feathers unruffled.
Cape Cod National Seashore
This is a national treasure that was founded by John F Kennedy in 1961. It covers the entire Cape Cod east coast. It had preserved its pristine habitats and historic landmarks for generations to come. Gazing out from the stretch of pristine seashore is the rigors of modern life perfect antidote.
For so long, Cape Cod has provided the stage for many American dramas – big and small, from the early beachcomber to the weary pilgrims looking for a better life. Cape Cod offers visitors the gifts of calm and connectedness.