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Five Museums to Visit on Cape Cod

Cape Cod MuseumsThe Cape has several activities that can be done outdoors, from beaches to bike rides, there is no shortage of activities when the weather is nice. But what is there to enjoy if the weather outside isn't conducive to outdoor activities, or when you want to put your brain to work? We've put together a list of some of the best museums that the island has to offer. 

Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Maritime refers to anything involving ships and the sea. The Maritime Museum on Cape Cod is the perfect place to learn about the rich culture and connection to the sea the Cape has to offer. The museum has exhibitions, educational programs, collections, and pubic events to enrich visitors of all ages.

Cape Cod Museum of Art

The Cape Cod Museum of Art strives to be the cultural center for Cape Cod. The grounds are home to seven galleries and a sculpture garden. They hold classes for both adults and children as well as host several events.

Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

The 110-acre property offers several miles of hiking trails across fields, woods, sandy beaches, and marshes. Activities include kayaking, natural history boat cruises, and total flat exploration. The sanctuary also offers classes, tours, workshops, and festivals.

Whydah Pirate Museum

This interactive museum offers a pirate adventure for all ages. Featuring treasure that was discovered in 1984 off the shore of the Cape, you can enjoy learning about the shipwreck and the story behind how the treasure was found at the only museum that features authentic pirate treasure.

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

Pilgrim Monument commemorates where the Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown in November 1620. The monument is the tallest all granite structure in the United States. The Provincetown Museum is a classic history museum that highlights the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, the town's maritime history, and the building of the monument.

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    Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

    Selling Your HomeEvery seller dreams that their home will sell the moment that it hits the market, but it takes more than luck to make that happen. It involves some careful planning and minor tweaks to help the future buyer picture themselves there.

    Give Your Home a Deep Clean

    The first impression of your home is crucial. Having a clean house is important, not just as you're listing the home, but all the way through the process. We're not just talking about clean toilets and no dust, though those are important, you may want to consider having your carpets professionally cleaned and your windows washed.

    Declutter

    An organized house goes a long way with potential buyers. The fewer items that are around the house, the more a potential buyer can visualize their items in the home. While decluttering, remove most of your personal belongings including toys, magazines, and photos, leaving a few family photos to give the home a lived-in feel.

    Paint

    A fresh coat of paint can give any space a fresh feel. When thinking about listing, now is the time to change any bright colored walls to something more neutral, giving a potential homeowner a blank slate. You will also want to touch up the baseboards and doors.

    Make Minor Repairs

    Lastly, you'll want to may any minor repairs that your home needs. Patch any holes, fix leaky faucets, use WD40 on squeaky hinges, replace cracked floor or counter tiles, replace burned-out light bulbs, etc. Small details like this make a huge difference, if left as is, potential buyers may think the home isn't well taken care of. 

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      Best Beaches on Cape Cod

      Provincetown Beach, Cape CodWith over 500 miles of Massachusetts coastline, Cape Cod has a variety of beautiful beaches to explore. There’s a beach for everyone, whether you’re looking for a family friendly or pet friendly spot, the Cape has it all! Here are a few of our favorites. 

      Sandy Neck Beach, Barnstable 

      Featuring beautiful dynamic landscapes with a mix of dunes, forests, and marshes. This is a popular spot for beachcombers and swimmers alike. You’ll find plenty of recreational activities and a variety of wildlife along this pebbly beach.

      Race Point Beach, Provincetown 

      If you’re looking for soft sand or rough surfing waters, this is a great place to go. There are also some shallow areas for swimming, as well as bike paths. The Provincetown center and the Pilgrim Monument are nearby. On your way in, stop by the Province Lands Visitor Center.

      Coast Guard Beach, Eastham

      Enjoy stunning views and dunes, large waves for surfing, and volleyball courts. This is also a prime swimming beach during the summer months. Nauset Marsh, located behind the former Coast Guard Station, is accessible by a pathway that leads to the bicycle trail bridge.

      Cahoon Hollow Beach, Wellfleet

      This beach boasts a lively social scene with the younger crowd, both on and off the sands. Many people enjoy surfing, sunbathing, or getting some food and drinks at The Beachcomber bar and restaurant. The entrances to the beach feature steep dunes and ropes to hold on to.

      Craigville Beach, Barnstable

      Attracting swimmers and sunbathers, this beach also features lots of sand to stroll on and scenic views of Centerville River, Nantucket Sound, and Squaw Island. The warm and sandy beach is also great for a game of volleyball.

      Nauset Beach, Orleans 

      From off-road trails to designated swimming, surfing, and boogie boarding areas, Nauset Beach has something for everyone. The gazebo hosts some free outdoor evening concerts in July and August.

      If you’d like to get information about all the fantastic beaches and what each one has to offer, read our comprehensive Cape Cod Beach Guide

      If you have any questions about the Cape, or if want to learn about local real estate opportunities, contact Cape Real Estate today. We’re happy to share our local expertise with you.

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        Lighthouses in Cape Cod

         

        Cape Cod Lighthouse 


        Cape Cod, Massachusetts is known for its many historic lighthouses. Traditionally, lighthouses were used as navigational aids for sailors to avoid hazardous coastlines and for safe entry into harbors. With the invention of electronic navigation, they have become popular tourist destinations. Several of the lighthouses allow people to enter and take in the breathtaking views from the top. Spend your day checking out some of our favorite ones, listed below. 

        Nobska Point Lighthouse:

        Nobska Point Light is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod. In 2016, the lighthouse was completely restored.

        Nauset Light:

        Nauset Light is located near Eastham, Massachusetts and was built in 1923 and is used as the logo for Cape Cod Potato Chips. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

        Chatham Light:

        Chatham Lighthouse is located near the "elbow" of Cape Cod and is known as being the second light station on Cape Cod. Until 1923, two lighthouses, known as the Twin Lights, were located here. One of the towers was moved to Eastham and became known as the Nauset Light. The Chatham Lighthouse remains an active U.S. Coast Guard Station, used by Search & Rescue, maritime law enforcement, and Homeland Security. 

        Race Point Lighthouse:

        Race Point lighthouse is in Provincetown, Massachusetts and was built in 1816 as the Cape's third lighthouse. The American Lighthouse Foundation rents out two of the buildings for overnight stays. 

        For more information and directions, click here.

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          2018 Fall Cape Cod Festivals

          Fall LeavesFall is almost here and there are lots of fun festivals going on around the Cape. Take time to enjoy some of these fall festivals with your family and friends.

          Paws at the Beach Pet Festival & Walk
          Saturday, September 22nd
          Centerville

          Enjoy a 1 mile fundraising beach walk with your furry friend to help strays and pets on the Cape. Local vendors, food, and pet contests!

          Cape Cod Oktoberfest
          Saturday, September 22nd
          Hyannis

          Enjoy German style beers, brats, warm pretzels, games, prizes, and a costume contest. Live music by Funktapuss.

          Hyannis Open Streets
          Sunday, September 23rd & Sunday, October 21st
          Hyannis

          Main Street will be closed to traffic and open to those who want to walk, bike, run, dance, or play in the street. Do yoga or another fun physical activity.

          StriperFest
          Saturday, September 29th
          Falmouth

          The biggest fishing party in the Northeast features live music, beer, food, games, competitions, exhibits, and much more!

          Mashpee Oktoberfest
          Saturday, September 29th
          Mashpee

          Participate in the celebration with German music, beer, and food. Also features kids activities and local craft exhibits.

          Cape Cod Cranberry Day
          Saturday, September 29th
          East Sandwich

          Watch cooking demonstrations with traditional cranberry recipes, tour a cranberry bog, and view gallery exhibits featuring Thornton W. Burgess.

          LoveLocal Fest
          Sunday, September 30th
          Hyannis

          Join local artists, artisans, farmers, food trucks, musicians, and more at Aselton Park.

          Vinegrass Music Festival
          Sunday, September 30th
          North Truro

          Enjoy live Bluegrass/Folk/Americana music along with food and beverages at the Truro Vineyard.

          Osterville Fall Festival
          Saturday, October 6, 2018
          Osterville Village

          Features a dog parade and lots of children’s activities.

          US Route 6 Cruise Weekend
          Saturday, October 13, 2018
          Centerville

          Classic car enthusiasts will stop at a few rally points on Historic U.S. Route 6 from Seekonk to Provincetown. Join them at the Cape Cod Chamber Visitor Center between 11:50 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

          Yarmouth Seaside Festival
          Saturday, October 6th - Monday, October 8th
          Yarmouth

          Bring your friends and family to explore arts & crafts from all over New England. Enjoy food, live music, fireworks, parade, children’s entertainment, and races.

          Wellfleet Oysterfest
          Saturday, October 13th & Sunday, October 14th
          Wellfleet

          Features plenty of oysters, clams, and other foods along with live music, cooking demonstrations, and an oyster shucking competition.

          Thinking about buying or selling a home on the Cape? Contact ERA Cape Real Estate today and learn how we can help you!

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              Best Year Round Restaurants in Dennis MA

              Cape Cod DiningDelicious meals can be enjoyed all year long at these wonderful dining options in Dennis. From family friendly eateries to award winning seafood, fine dining, and more, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste year round.

              Scargo Cafe - Dennis

              This popular cafe has been on the Cape for 30 years. They offer a casual, upscale, and intimate atmosphere in a Colonial setting with American dishes ranging from seafood to sirloin and ribs.

              Encore Bistro and Bar - Dennis

              Located on the grounds of The Cape Playhouse, this fine dining venue features a quaint ambiance along with a variety of meat and seafood dishes.

              Lost Dog Pub - East Dennis

              If you want a laid back atmosphere and a fabulous variety of pub fare, including seafood and pizza, this is the place! Enjoy warm hospitality, cold beer, and American music.

              The Marshside - East Dennis

              The Marshside offers a casual and family friendly dining experience overlooking the scenic Sesuit creek. Enjoy great food, friendly service, and beautiful views.

              Etzy’s Wine Bar & Bistro - Dennis Port

              Etzy’s boasts New American Cuisine with a Cape Cod twist and features a full bar, flat screen TVs, beer on tap, and live entertainment.

              Clancy’s Restaurant - Dennis Port

              This waterfront restaurant offers a casual family dining experience and a variety of creative lunch and dinner specials all year long.

              Cleat & Anchor - Dennis Port

              This American style restaurant and tavern features weekly entertainment, live bands, local craft beers, and big screen TVs.

              Morrell’s Restaurant & Catering - South Dennis

              This is a great family friendly dining option with an affordable menu. Enjoy delicious seafood meals and daily specials.

              Jason’s Tavern - South Dennis

              In the mood for a tasty burger? The burgers at Jason’s Tavern were voted Gold in the 2017 Best of Cape Cod by Cape Cod Life Magazine. The menu has something for everyone, from salads and sandwiches to seafood and specialty dishes.

              Buncey’s Restaurant - South Dennis

              This family friendly place offers a great local dining experience at a reasonable price. From pizza, subs, and salads to delicious dinner specials, there is something for everyone.

              O’Shea’s Olde Inne - West Dennis

              A popular place for dining and live music, O’Shea’s also has a fun pub style atmosphere and a wonderful selection of beer.

              Paradise Pizza - West Dennis

              This local Italian spot has been around since 1976 and has an extensive menu of delicious pizzas, calzones, and subs.
               

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                Winter Home Renovation Tips

                Interior Kitchen RemodelThe winter is a great time for home renovations for a few reasons. Some renovations are less expensive during the off-season because prices tend to increase during the spring and summer for both services and supplies. Also, you may be able to get permit approvals and time scheduled with the contractors more quickly since this is a slower time of year for them.

                Here are a few tips for successful winter renovations.

                Focus on the Interior

                Since it’s cold outside and the weather may affect certain projects, try to focus your efforts on interior improvements. Projects like basement remodeling, painting an enclosed porch, kitchen upgrades, laying flooring, repairing drywall, and replacing appliances can all be done in the winter months. There are technologies and processes available to help reduce or eliminate dust, fumes, and debris.

                Plan Ahead

                If you do have projects that need to wait until the warmer months, now is a good time to start talking to contractors. Set some appointments to get estimates and timelines. Since spring and summer are their busiest times, go ahead and try to get on their calendar as soon as possible for these projects.

                You can usually find better inventory in the winter. Appliances, faucets, and fixtures tend to stay on the shelves longer. This gives you more time to do some research so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

                Consider Additional Projects

                Winter weather can be unpredictable. Sometimes it can warm up faster than expected, or stay cold longer. If there are periods of nice weather, consider talking to your contractor about any extra projects you’ve been thinking about. Adding a sunroom, building a deck, or adding a porch probably won’t be possible during a snowstorm, but if there is a long period of nice weather, you might be able to get these projects finished.

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                  2017 Holiday Events on Cape Cod

                  Cape Cod is a wonderful place to enjoy the holiday season with countless events and festivities. Here are some of the holiday events happening around the Cape in December to warm your holiday spirit.Staying warm by the fireplace in Cape Cod
                   

                  Nantucket Christmas Stroll
                  Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
                  Nantucket Island

                  This holiday tradition features a parade, carolers, holiday crafts, performances and more. Enjoy the popular Christmas House tour Friday evening and don’t miss the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday! Click here for more information >>

                  Brewster for the Holidays
                  Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
                  Brewster

                  This holiday celebration, sponsored by local Brewster businesses, includes shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries. Look for the “Brewster for the Holidays” flags at participating businesses. Click here for more information >>

                  Falmouth Holidays by the Sea Weekend
                  Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
                  Falmouth

                  Enjoy singing carols at the Historic Nobska Lighthouse, run in the Jingle Jog 5K, watch the little ones take part in the Kids Elf Run along Vineyard Sound. Stroll along Main Street with the parade and festivities on Sunday. Click here for more information >>

                  Christmas in Harwich
                  Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
                  Harwich

                  This event features a tree lighting ceremony, horse and carriage rides, photos and breakfast with Santa, Polar Express Trolley Ride, carolers, community decorating contest, merchant open houses, and more. Click here for more information >>

                  54th Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade
                  Sunday, December 3, 2017
                  Falmouth

                  This parade, known as the largest holiday parade in Southeastern Massachusetts, kicks off at noon at the Falmouth Mall with theme decorated floats, live animals, costumes, marching bands, and Santa! The parade proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Click here for more information >>

                  Christmas in Edgartown
                  Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, December 10, 2017
                  Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

                  Voted Best of the Vineyard for three years in a row, this event helps raise over $50,000 for island-wide nonprofits and charities. Click here for more information >>

                  Chatham Christmas Stroll
                  Friday, December 8 to Saturday, December 9, 2017
                  Chatham

                  Weekend festivities include caroling, tree trimming and lighting, music, trolley rides, performances, holiday characters, and Main Street shops welcoming you with holiday spirit. Click here for more information >>

                  48th Annual Osterville Christmas Open House & Stroll
                  Friday, December 8, 2017
                  Osterville Village

                  The traditionally decorated village’s holiday festivities include horse and carriage rides, trolley rides, music, carolers, refreshments, and a visit from Santa! Click here for more information >>

                  Mashpee Chamber Christmas Parade
                  Saturday, December 9, 2017
                  Mashpee

                  This year’s theme for the parade is “Mashpee Celebrates Under the Stars!” During this nighttime parade, every float is illuminated. Enjoy festive music, holiday costumes, and beautiful lights! Click here for more information >>

                  First Light Provincetown
                  Thursday, December 28 to Sunday, December 31, 2017
                  Provincetown

                  This town-wide holiday event, set against the festive backdrop of the illuminated Pilgrim Monument, features a fabulous fireworks display, live performances, craft fair, dancing, and the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. Click here for more information >>

                  First Night Chatham
                  Sunday, December 31, 2017
                  Chatham

                  This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly, town-wide celebration of the arts with more than 70 performances and events. Begin at the Chatham Lighthouse at noon for the town photo and end the full day of fun and entertainment with fireworks at Oyster Pond at midnight. Click here for more information >>

                  First Night Sandwich
                  Sunday, December 31, 2017
                  Sandwich

                  This family festival is alcohol-free and celebrates arts and multicultural activities, music, dance, and live performances. The community celebration is open to all, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m and a Reveler’s Parade is held at 8:00 p.m. Click here for more information >>


                  Click here for a complete list of the holiday festivities around the Cape. 

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