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The Perfect Day in Orleans

History is still very much alive in Orleans, the only town in the continental United States to come under fire during both the War of 1812 and World War I. Orleans is also home to appealing and unusual shops, first-class art galleries, and popular restaurants.


Orleans • East Orleans • South Orleans


Approval from locals is often the sign of a good place to eat. And from traditional New England breakfasts to special dishes like the Apple Crisp French Toast, the Homeport (508-255-4069) has been getting thumbs up from Orleans residents since day one. Once the bottomless coffee has you wide awake, take a hike in the Kent’s Point Conservation Area. The mile-long loop weaves through woodlands with numerous species of local birds and offers beautiful views of the surrounding harbors.


Join the staff at Goose Hummock (508-255-0455) on Route 6A, for a kayak tour of the Nauset Marsh. Next, head over to Land Ho! (508-255-5165)—their burgers and seafood dishes are to die for. You can find anything from a beach chair to that perfect furnishing for your seaside cottage at Snow’s Home and Garden (508-255-0158), a marvelous department-style store with modern-day pizzazz and old-fashioned service. Nauset Lantern (800-899-2660) is a must-stop for Cape-crafted lighting, and some of the best artwork around can be found at the Addison Art Gallery (508-255-6200).



Sir Cricket’s (508-255-4453) showcases a favorite Cape Cod dish—fish and chips. With limited seating, most patrons opt for take-out here. Boxed and ready to go, find a quiet perch along Rock Harbor. Fishing charters unloading their catch make for a scenic sight. If you’re looking for a romantic dinner with top-shelf cuisine, the Captain Linnell House (508-255-3400) offers elegantly served fare from Wellfleet oysters on the half shell and escargots, to delicious salmon, lamb, roast duckling, and pork entrées.

Annual 2013 Event

Orleans Historical Society Antiques Show & Sale
June 8, 2013
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