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Savor the Quiet Season

It happens all the time. The question is usually raised by a snowbird who’s never sat through a December nor’easter. They furrow their brow, and maybe they conjure a vision of a “closed” sign hanging from the Sagamore Bridge starting in November. What is Cape Cod like in the winter? they ask.

The truth is, it’s pretty wonderful. There’s a bare shoreline full of migrating birds and wordless beauty waiting to be explored. There are great accommodations at a fraction of the high-season cost. There are the crowds who witness winter’s perennial rite of passage, the lighting of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown the day before Thanksgiving. There are droves of starry-eyed families climbing aboard the Cape Cod Central Railroad bound for the North Pole. There are a million reasons to bundle up and brave the elements, and there are a million reasons to cozy up inside.

When you spend every summer sharing the sunshine with the rest of the world, winter is a welcome vacation. Here’s a look at some of the things that make this season so special—and a few suggestions to make the most of this restful time.

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