2018 Annual Guide: Orleans
East Orleans • Orleans • South Orleans
Rock Harbor is famous for its sunsets. On the other side of town, windswept Nauset Beach has photogenic waves, but don’t overlook the historic Jonathan Young Windmill on Town Cove. For more views of Town Cove, duck into tiny Meadow on the Cove park father east on Route 28—it’s especially pretty when wildflowers are in bloom.
Even if you don’t have a dog to walk, Kent’s Point is a peaceful retreat. Its 12 lovely acres are accessible with easy trails dotted with scenic lookouts. Bring a picnic. In downtown Orleans, you’ll find a lovely resting spot at the Village Green next to Snow Library, where rhododendron gardens surround the picnic tables.
Mom & Pops:
In the center of town, the Orleans Whole Food Store and Main Street Books are neighboring shops under common ownership, and both offer an intimate atmosphere and knowledgeable staff who will take the time to help—or just chat.
There’s always something going on in Orleans, but our perennial favorite is the Orleans Police Department’s Annual Block Party, typically held on a weeknight in August. Main Street is closed to traffic and open to music, games, food and fun. It’s a true hometown celebration, and everyone is welcome.
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