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Did you know? – 17 fun trivia items about the Cape & Islands

1. Bourne

Did you know? That the term Sagamore—as in Bourne’s Sagamore Village, the Sagamore Bridge and the Sagamore Inn Restaurant—is a Native American term that means chief or sachem. On the mainland side of the canal, consider visiting Sagamore Hill, which is located within the Scusset Beach State Park. The site is a peaceful walking area with gorgeous trees and…

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Nantucket – 2016 island profile

Many visitors to Nantucket feel that when they step off the ferry, they are taking a step back into history. And with good reason! The cobblestones lining the roads downtown were brought here in ships; the island—affectionately known as The Gray Lady—is dotted with historic sights such as the Old Mill and the Nantucket Atheneum; and most island homes feature…

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Martha’s Vineyard – 2016 island profile

A mecca for tourists, a retreat for presidents and the home of Island Alpaca, The Black Dog and Jaws—the 1974 thriller was famously filmed here—Martha’s Vineyard is a short ferry ride from both Woods Hole and Hyannis . . . and a very special place.
At just under 100 square miles, the Vineyard is comprised of six towns, each with its…

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Provincetown – 2016 town profile

Located on Cape Cod’s outermost tip, Provincetown is a vibrant community with a fascinating history, a colorful arts scene and some great shops, restaurants and beaches. The town is famous for its gay community, which celebrates at several unique annual events including the Carnival festival in August and Holly Folly in December.
In November of 1620, the Mayflower set anchor in…

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Truro – 2016 town profile

 If you’re looking for peace and quiet, you have come to the right place. More than half of the land in Truro lies within the Cape Cod National Seashore and, as locals know and visitors will soon become aware, there are no fast food restaurants or even stoplights here. There is, however, a lot to do, see and enjoy.
Surrounded by…

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Wellfleet – 2016 town profile

There are several common threads running through Wellfleet. First, the Outer Cape town offers a thriving scene for the arts with many galleries and popular venues for both theater and cinema. There’s also a strong sense of community here as residents and visitors alike turn out in droves to celebrate at OysterFest, Restaurant Week and other annual events. And stretched…

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Eastham – 2016 town profile

 The town of Eastham—located on the “forearm” of the Cape Cod peninsula—has a fascinating history and over the years has been a community where fishing, farming and creative expression have flourished.
Eastham residents take pride in their history, and several local landmarks help tell the story. For starters, the town boasts several connections to the Pilgrims: First Encounter Beach on Cape…

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Orleans: 2016 town profile

Beautiful, classy, historic and relaxing: these are some of the terms that come to mind when pondering the town of Orleans.
Whether you’re taking in the sunset at Rock Harbor, wading along the tidal flats off Skaket Beach, or simply enjoying the soft sand and pounding surf along Nauset Beach, Orleans’ natural attractions amaze.
Regarding manmade marvels, The Orleans Waterfront Inn is…

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Chatham: 2016 town profile

Tucked in Cape Cod’s southeastern corner, Chatham is a popular spot for many reasons: from stunning scenery and great locally caught seafood to a charming downtown area and the luxurious Chatham Bars Inn, this town has it all!
Most visitors head straight to Chatham Light, which overlooks North Beach, Lighthouse Beach and the Atlantic beyond. First constructed in 1808, Chatham Light…

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Harwich: 2016 town profile

Located along Nantucket Sound and featuring a topography that includes ponds, harbors and flatlands, the town of Harwich is often referred to as the birthplace of the Cape’s cranberry industry. During the mid 19th-century, Alvin Cahoon established in Harwich the nation’s first commercial cranberry bog, and many bogs are still in operation today. The town celebrates this fruity connection every…

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