Expert Travel Advice to Cape Cod
- Fall is a great season to get outside, with foliage-viewing high on everyone's list. But for a vacation that's a bit different, a trip to the vineyard during the eventful harvest season is in order. If you don't have the timeor moneyto plan a trip to a wine region like Sonoma or Napa Valley, check out these off-the-beaten-path wine destinations, many of which are a quick dash from a major city. Away Top Ten
- There are those of us who travel, and there are those of us who travel to eat. Call us epicures, gourmands, or gluttons. Whatever moniker you choose, just keep the pasta alfredo coming and the pinot gris flowing, and we'll all get along just fine. Away Top Ten
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Top Answers To Cape Cod Travel Questions
Answer this2 AnswersPieter answered:October is my favorite season on the Cape and Islands. The weather is crisp but the water is still (barely) warm enough for swimming. There are a bunch of harvest festivals around the Cape, so check wherever you're staying locally. Also, it's the tail end of whale watching season. Barnstable and Hyannis both have great whale watching tours.
Hi Sharon, In terms of Northeastern historical sites, you can't get much better than Massachusetts, in particular Boston and its Revolutionary War history. Don't forget the Plymouth area, too, for all that pilgrim heritage! From Boston, you'll probably want to head north into the Maine and New Hampshire woods for your best shot at early fall colors (late September will still be quite early to get the full foliage show, I think). Here's a link to Away.com's fall-foliage guide for activities and average timings in different states for peak fall colors: http://bit.ly/fqdgVv
I think your best best for public campgrounds will be Nickerson State Park in East Brewster, though you may struggle to find sites this late in the game. Other public options are Scusset Beach State Reservation and Shawme-Crowell State Forest on the Upper Cape or Washburn Island State Park off the Lower Cape (more primitive camping here but a unique spot for the kids to explore!).
Jeb asked:Answer this1 AnswerGraham answered:Typcially, the best beaches for younger swimmers are on the west-facing side of the Cape, which fronts the more sheletered waters of Cape Cod Bay. Cape Cod's Atlantic-facing shoreline experiences much bigger surf, so not ideal if you have younger kids. One of my favorite beaches for kids is Skaket Beach near Orleans, which has big tidepools and shallow water that is perfect for toddlers who want to roam and splash around. In Chatham, you might try Cockle Cove Beach, which fronts the sheltered waters of Nantucket Sound. Hope this helps!