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Tis the Season: Shop Local on Cape Cod

Holiday shopping doesn't need to be an overwhelming experience as you search for the perfect Christmas gift. Cape Cod is packed with small, locally-owned businesses, where personalized service, unique finds and attention to detail are the norm. Recapture the essence of the season, and shop local this Christmas on Cape Cod.

Large Shops with Small Town Feel

Photo by Eric Brust-Akdemir

Christmas by the Sea

At first, you might notice a subtle wreath dressed in cranberries or sea stars adorning a front door, then, as the holiday season creeps nearer, it happens almost overnight: a bloom of twinkling lights emerges, sparkling like jewels from inviting storefronts and festive abodes.

Pilgrim Monument, credit Paul Scharff

Eat, Drink and Be Thankful on Cape Cod this Thankgiving

Cape Cod is serious about Thanksgiving. After all, the Pilgrims landed first in Provincetown before sailing about 30 miles south west to Plymouth across Cape Cod Bay. The four-day weekend is a perfect time to visit and take advantage of classic New England cooking, cozy fires in local taverns, and village centers that feel much more homey without big summer crowds.

Field of Honor, credit Courtney Wittenstein

Best Bets for November on Cape Cod

Cape Cod is in the throes of what many locals regard as one of the best times of the year: the exhilarating shoulder season of autumn. November is a fantastic time to visit the Cape, as the crisp air brings bright colors to our landscape, and festive events bring people together for some old-fashioned fall fun.

Halloween in Provincetown

Halloween Fun on Cape Cod

Haunted hayrides, frightful walks, costume parades and Halloween-themed getaways are just a few of the October happenings taking place across Cape Cod. Dress up, get lost in a maze or celebrate the season at these spooky spots.

Best Bets for Adults

Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge - credit Paul Scharff

Cape Cod Road Trip: Bourne

The gateway to Cape Cod, Bourne is the first town that greets visitors traveling to this section of the state.

It has the charm that its other counterparts on the Cape have, all while providing relatively quick access to New Bedford, Providence, and Boston, making it an ideal location for those commuting to work in those larger cities.

Best Fall Bike Rides on Cape Cod

This time of year, Cape Codders trade beach towels for sneakers to trek or bike around foliage-lined trails, scenic hills and quiet ocean paths. Here are the best routes for bikers who want easy rides along paved paths, or more challenging mountain bike trails within forested conservation areas.

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Cape Abilities Farm

Best Fall Farmers' Markets on Cape Cod

From tart tomatoes to gorgeous gourds, farmers' markets across Cape Cod spill over into September with the best of late summer produce and autumn must-haves, like pumpkins, cranberries and mums. Here's where to go to sample some of the freshest farm-to-fork food and goods that Cape Cod has to offer.

Chatham, credit Paul Scharff

Cape Cod Road Trip: Chatham

"Jaws" may have been filmed on Martha’s Vineyard, but it is Chatham that has become the unofficial home of the great white shark.

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