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2017 Life Annual Guide: Outer Cape


North Truro, South Truro, Truro

2017 Life Annual Guide Outer Cape

Pamet Harbor by Nancy Bloom

With the smallest population of any town on Cape Cod, Truro provides residents and visitors the opportunity for a serene—and secluded—experience. What it lacks in fast food restaurants and streetlights, it makes up for in peace and quiet.

As more than half of the town’s land lies within the Cape Cod National Seashore, a visit to Truro often includes time at the beach. Corn Hill is a favorite on the bay side for its easy access, mild surf, and regular ice cream truck visits. To the northeast, Head of the Meadow Beach overlooks the Atlantic and delivers breathtaking scenery, seal sightings, and a sandbar at low tide. Bonus: These beaches, and several more in town, allow beach fires!

Walkers and hikers will find many areas to explore in Truro, including Pilgrim Spring Trail, which passes by a spring the Pilgrims may have visited in 1620; and Small’s Swamp Trail, a half-mile loop around an area that was farmed in the 1800s.

Over the years, Truro has also been home to whalers and shipbuilders, and like many Cape communities, has witnessed many a shipwreck along its shores. To guide sailors at sea, Highland Light in North Truro was built in 1797—the first lighthouse on Cape Cod. Tours are available on select dates, and visitors can also stop in the adjacent Highland House Museum, a former hotel, to peruse artifacts of the light and the town. For an adventure on the high seas, patrons set out from Pamet Harbor into Cape Cod Bay with Reel Deal Fishing Charters in hopes of hooking a bass or a Bluefin tuna.

Speaking of seafood, Terra Luna in North Truro is highly regarded for its fresh, Italian-inspired fare such as Sicilian Littlenecks, Penne Prosciutto, and Scafata, a vegetable stew with artichoke hearts, fava beans, and escarole. Savory & The Sweet Escape is another tasty option with a menu stocked with pizzas, paninis, and pastries.

Other sweet spots in town include The Atlantic Spice Company which sells gourmet foods and more than 250 herbs and spices, and the Chequessett Chocolate Factory and Café, where one can learn about the bean-to-bar process and try handcrafted flavors such as Cherry Almond and Wellfleet Sea Salt.


Looking for a place to stay?

Looking for a sweet retreat? Try the Gingerbread House

2017 Life Annual Guide Outer Cape

Photo by Matt Gill

The Gingerbread House is a family-owned guesthouse offering four apartments with all the amenities of home. Three of the apartments feature multiple bedrooms, and the units are popular with families.

“For almost 60 years we have welcomed many returning guests,” says owner Jane Ray. “They all request ‘their rooms.’”

Originally built c. 1875, the main house is architecturally significant, according to Ray. “The Massachusetts Historical Commission says it has one of the steepest roofs in Truro, if not the steepest,” Ray says. “It was built that way to keep the birds off the roof.” Also, the home’s decorative trim, often described as “carpenter Gothic,” is comparable to that seen on the “gingerbread” cottages in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.

Ray’s parents, Walter and Gertrude Bushey, bought the home in 1958, and the following year opened the property to guests. “My mother named it The Gingerbread House after the trim,” says Ray. Open year round, the property is located in a quiet neighborhood just a mile from picturesque Pamet Harbor.

The Gingerbread House

42 Depot Road, Truro

508-349-2596 •

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