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Things to do in the Fall on Cape Cod

Ask Agnes Vol IV: Fall on Cape Cod

Cape Cod Chatelains: "Can you believe, Agnes, that Labor day is almost here and fall is just around the corner?"

Agnes: "Unbelievable.  I love the summer on Cape Cod but fall is fantastic for a lot of different reasons."

CCC: "That certainly makes my next question easy...what do you love about fall Agnes?"

A: "First and foremost I love this time of year; days are warm, nights are cool and the weather is dry.  Outside activities are a treat and I particularly love birding in the fall.  Between South Beach in Chatham and the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary the outer Cape abounds with spectacular fall species.  Many of the marshes in Dennis and Harwich (Like Crowes Pasture and Bell's Neck) are also excellent places to see migrants as they prepare for their journeys.  I also enjoy listening to Mark Faherty's bird report on the local NPR station WCAI."

CCC: "Great thoughts thanks Agnes.  What else do you love about fall?"

A: "Well, I love the hustle and bustle of the summer season but I also love being able to drive around again and take advantage of the summer amenities that are still open, and largely quiet.  This is still a great time of year to enjoy a meal outside at one of the many fine establishments on the Cape...and without having to wait 45 minutes for a table!  The Cape Dining Review has some excellent suggestions that are frequently updated.  The weather is so wonderful that I really enjoy getting a chowder or a sandwich and sitting on an empty beach for lunch (and sometimes going for a quick dip as well since the water is still delightful).  There are so many beautiful beaches and, while a busy summer beach on a hot day is great, I like the cool quiet beaches of the fall too. "

CCC: "Very poetic Agnes, you are a romantic aren't you?"

A: "    "

CCC: "Anything else great about fall?"

End of the seasonA: "Well you can't think about fall on Cape Cod without at least mentioning that we live in New England, which has the market cornered on amazing fall activities.  It is easy to forget how close Cape Cod is to the rest of the world and, as much as we love spending time here, it is great to have a change of scenery every now and again.  Go apple picking, enjoy a hayride, view spectacular foliage, relish a drive off-Cape, see a witch in Salem, really the list is endless.  In fact here are some great ideas for things to do throughout Massachusetts. "

Well thank you again Agnes, we are lucky to have your decades of experiences here on Cape Cod.  As always, please contact us with any questions about your real estate needs, we are happy to help.

 

Cape Cod Fireworks Parades and Concerts 2017

Cape Cod is a great place to spend the summer.  In addition to a day at the beach, why not spend an evening enjoying one of the many displays of fireworks across the Cape?  Or take in an evening concert.  Also don't forget the numerous parades on the 4th of July.  Check out the CapeCod.com list and free concerts from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and see our additions below.  We will be updating this as we gather new information so check back again!

Fireworks

July 2nd

Orleans
Rain date July 6th
Time: Dusk
Place: Rock Harbor

July 4th

Falmouth
Time: Dusk
Place: Falmouth Heights Beach

Hyannis
Rain date September 2, 2017
Time: Dusk
Place: Lewis Bay

Provincetown
Time: Dusk
Place: MacMillan Wharf

August 26th

Dennis
Time: 7pm
Place: West Dennis Beach

 

Parades

July 4th

Orleans
Time: 10am

Wellfleet
Time: Antique Cars at 9:30am – Float Parade at 10am
Location: Start at the Town Pier

Sandwich Boat Parade
Time: 9pm
Location: Shawme Pond

July 8th

Chatham Boat Parade
Time:12:30-1:30pm
Location: Start and end at Stage Harbor, turning around at Oyster Pond Beach

 

Concerts

Dennis Port
Time: 6pm
Location: Dennis Port Village Green: Hall St
Tuesdays 7/11 - 8/8
Thursdays 7/6 - 7/27

Orleans
Location: Various - Village Green, Parish Park, Main St Square, Art Cottages, Orleans Marketplace
Tuesdays 7/11 - 8/15
Check out the Chamber's Facebook Events Page or the webpage for the chamber for more information

Sponsored by TD Bank

 

Things to do in Brewster, Cape Cod MA

Ask Agnes: Vol II

Again we find ourselves looking for some wonderful things to do on Cape Cod.  This time our 'Ask Agnes' feature explores Brewster and some of its hidden (or sometimes overlooked) gems.

Cape Cod Chatelains: 'Hey Agnes, the kids are driving me nuts, what can I do with them?'

Agnes: 'First and foremost is the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Museum of Natural History This treasure located right on route 6A in Brewster contains a variety of fascinating and enriching exhibits and nature trails.  I especially like to check out the bees which have a hive sandwiched between two pieces of glass so that you can watch them at work.  When I get tired of being inside the miles of walking trails are a wonderful respite.  Travelling over the marsh, through the woods and all the way to the Bay they are an education in the local biology and geology with every step.  If the kids need to get out some wiggles the summer program and Mudflat Mania! are both great opportunities for the kids to have a great time and learn something to boot.'

CCC: 'Sounds great.  Is anything else close to there?'

Paines CreekA: 'I'm glad you asked.  Just on the east side of the marsh is Paines Creek Landing and Beach. This beach generally does not get as swamped with people as some of the other beaches around (but as always get there early).  In addition the 'creek' which is tidal, is a blast for riding with the tide on a tube.  The current can rip through there though, so keep an eye on young ones.  GristmillWhat is truly fascinating is that Paines Creek (its name North of 6A) is also Stony Brook (its name south of 6A) and, in the spring, herring swim against the current to Mill Pond to spawn.  You can enjoy this natural spectacle at the Stony Brook Grist Mill, which is a truly magical site, also...'

 

CCC: 'Wow, there is a lot to do in a small space!'

A: 'Hold on I wasn't finished.  Also you can go to Drummer Boy Park and enjoy the playground.  At different times the Brewster Historical Society holds events here (along with a lot of other groups) and you should be sure to go when the windmill and the blacksmith are open.'

CCC: 'Wonderful, as usual we are dually impressed with your knowledge of the area.  Thanks Agnes.'

A: 'I have a lot more to say about Brewster though!  It's such a great town!'

 

Well thank you again Agnes, we are lucky to have your decades of experiences here on Cape Cod.  Also see our previous blog about places to walk your dog as there are some references to Brewster locations in there too.  As always, please contact us with any questions about your real estate needs, we are happy to help.

Things to do in Orleans, Cape Cod

Ask Agnes...

We'd like to introduce a new feature in the blog - 'Ask Agnes'.  Agnes, the better half of the 'Ed and Agnes' foundation of Cape Cod Chatelains, was the first to enter real estate in 1992.  Ever since, she has been adding her professionalism and love for her clients to each of her deals.  We appreciate Agnes for her insight into the local area and her knowledge of the real estate market.  For this week's feature we ask Agnes about Orleans, one of the towns on the lower Cape.  In fact the Boston Globe just named Orleans one of the two best seaside towns in New England.  Check out that article here.

Cape Cod Chatelains - 'Hey Agnes, what are great outdoor activities in Orleans?'

Agnes - 'One of my favorite ocean beaches is Nauset.  As I let the pressure out of my tires to drive out on the beach (click here for permit info) I feel the pressure of the world escape from my soul.'

CCC - 'Really... the pressure of the world?'

A - 'In all seriousness Nauset beach is beautiful.  I love to drive out early and spend all day grilling, walking along the beach and dunes, and playing in the surf with the grandkids.  Watching surfers provides wonderful entertainment and the camaraderie that exists between Nauset beach-goers is something special.  Another one of my outdoor favorites is the Pleasant Bay Community Boating.  They provide a great opportunity for residents and visitors to experience Pleasant Bay from the water - and if there's one thing I love, its experiencing life from the water'

CCC - 'Then why do we always get yelled at to keep the boat from heeling?'

A - '   '

 

CCC - 'What are some great places to eat in Orleans?'

A - 'I love the knack, especially when I have family or friends with me.  The patio seating can be moved around a little to accommodate different sized groups and the food and shakes are phenomenal.  My personal favorite is the avocado burger that has some type of mysterious sauce that can't be explained except to say that it is delicious.  I also like that you can order online and pick up your food without having to wait in the line - which can be extensive - I guess the word is out on this great burger.  

'If I am out and about earlier in the day I like Hole in One, right on 6A for their homemade donuts and dynamite breakfast.  The bonus about Hole in One is that you can sneak in downstairs and take a box of pastries to go without needing to wait too long.  I like to enjoy a donut and coffee just down the street at the windmill

 

CCC - 'What is another one of your favorites here in Orleans?'

A - 'One of the best parts of summer is the Cape Cod Baseball League.  This gem of the Cape is where many great college baseball players come to spend the summer months playing on one of many local teams.  The Firebirds are the hometown team in Orleans and play in the 'East Division' of the league.  Their home field has wonderful grassy stadium seating and is a favorite with the little ones.'

 

Well thank you Agnes, we are lucky to have your decades of experiences here on Cape Cod.  As always, please contact us with any questions, we are happy to help.

 

Top 5 Dog Walks on Cape Cod

One of the best reasons to live on Cape Cod is the outdoors.  And with whom better to enjoy a lovely day than your canine companion?   One of our favorite areas for outdoor recreation is the mid-Cape, particularly Dennis, Brewster and Harwich.  Centrally located and featuring bay, sound, and lake beaches these towns will not let you down.  Do keep in mind that each town has leash laws and general restrictions depending on time of year, with that being said here they are in no particular order.

West Dennis Beach | Dennis

Hands down this is one of our favorites with the labs.  The beach extends for nearly a mile and can be walked either along the shore in the sand or in the road.  Enjoy vistas of Nantucket Sound and scenic Bass River along the way.  In the past there have been nesting snowy owls on the marsh side of the beach.  Not to be missed but, unfortunately, no dogs on beaches in the summer.  Check out homes in West Dennis

Thompson’s Field | Harwich

This is definitely a great walk for friendly dogs.  Many people with well trained four-legged friends allow their dogs off leash in this expansive area.  Numerous side trails and different habitats make this a nice walk for nature enthusiasts and several wide open fields are great for ball-chasers.  Nice touches here are the water tap near the south entrance and plenty of parking at the North Entrance. Check out homes in Harwich

Crowes Pasture | Dennis / Brewster

Located right on the Dennis/Brewster town line (but accessible from East Dennis) this beautiful area includes marsh, woods, fields, dune and beach habitats.  By parking at the first area you can make this into a beautiful multiple mile walk without ever retracing your steps.  This is also a great place for off road vehicles with a permit from the town. As an added perk, go at low tide to watch the oyster farmers do their work. Check out these homes in Dennis and in Brewster

Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands | Harwich

This is a fantastic area close to Dennis Port and accessible from many parts of West Harwich.  With cranberry bogs, woodlands and opportunities for swimming in the freshwater pond, this area is  another great area for well trained dogs off leash.  A bit of exploring reveals several quiet benches with wonderful vistas. Check out homes in Harwich

 

Sheep Pond Woodlands | Brewster

The parking area is easily accessible (just off of 137) and these woodlands are a great area to explore.  There are several private roads and two-tracks that cars occasionally drive down so be sure to keep a close eye on your companion.  Sheep Pond is a treasure of the mid Cape and, since it is well hidden, a nice place to find in the off season for a little serenity.  As a perk the parking area is adjacent to the Cape Cod Rail Trail if your dog companion is a jogger. Check out homes in Brewster

“Kids” to see “kids”

Spring is here, warm weather, crocuses in bloom, and lambs at the Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port. The Taylor-Bray farm is one of those sweet little windows into the past history of Yarmouth. Consisting of roughly 22 acres, the farm was originally settled in 1639 by Richard Taylor. Some of the original buildings are still visible and being used.

LAMBS EAT OATS AND GOATS EAT OATS AND...

The farm was purchased in 1987 by the Town of Yarmouth and is operated as a traditional farm in order to preserve this precious view of the Cape Cod rural lifestyle. The farm is located on Bray Farm Rd. (Old King's Highway to Longfellow to Bray Farm Road), in Yarmouth Port. Bring the "kids" by to see the "kids" - a new batch has just been born!

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