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Golfing on Cape Cod

Cape Cod offers 54 private, semi-private and municipal golf courses offering a wide variety of terrain for golfing enthusiasts. The Cape's mild climate makes golf possible almost year-round, and most of its public courses stay open.

Chatham Seaside Links - 209 Seaview Street, Chatham. 508.945.4774
This 9 hole - 34 par course is located right in the center of Chatham. Two ponds, hilly terrain and great views of the Atlantic Ocean make this a favorite. Carts, rentals, lessons and pro shop.
Summer greens fees: $17.00

Captain's Golf Course - 100 Freeman's Way, Brewster. 508.896.5100
The facility includes two 18 hole - 72 par courses (Port and Starboard), two practice greens, a driving range, electric and pull carts, and club rentals.
Summer greens fees: $60.00

Cranberry Valley Golf Course - 183 Oak Street, Harwich. 508.430.7560
An 18 hole - 72 par course located in Harwich. Driving range, motor carts, pull carts, rentals, lessons, and snack bar.
Summer greens fees: $60.00

Dennis Highlands Golf Course - 183 Oak Street, Harwich. 508.430.7560
An 18 hole - 72 par course located in Harwich. Driving range, motor carts, pull carts, rentals, lessons, and snack bar.
Summer greens fees: $60.00

Dennis Pines Golf Course - Golf Course Road, Dennis. 508.385.8347
Located on 170 acres of pine forest land. 18 hole - 72 par championship course.
Summer greens fees: $55.00

King's Way Golf Course - Route 6A, Yarmouthport. 508.362.8870
The design of this 18 hole - 59 par executive golf course features challenging yet beautiful par 3's mixed with strategic par 4's.
Summer greens fees: $55.00

Ocean Edge Golf Course - 1 Village Road, Brewster. 508.896.5911
An 18 hole - 72 par championship golf course features a driving range, five ponds, Scottish style bunkers, challenging terrain, and one hole over a cranberry bog.
Summer greens fees: $65.00

Beaches on Cape Cod

Cape Cod beaches vary from quiet Cape Cod Bay side beaches with calm cool water, to the warm gentle waves of the beaches on Nantucket Sound, to the wild and roaring surf of the beaches laying on Cape Cod's eastern shore. Which beach is for you depends on whether you're looking for a beach suitable for small children or looking to surf some big waves, or something in between.

Harding Beach on Nantucket Sound, West Chatham - Calm waters. Mostly flat beach area with some dunes. Sanitary facilities and bathhouse. Snackbar. Seasonal Life Guards. Fee for parking.

Ridgevale Beach on Nantucket Sound, South Chatham - Calm waters. Small flat beach. Favorite for families with small children. "Outhouse" style facilities. Seasonal Life Guards. Fee for parking.

Forest Beach on Nantucket Sound, South Chatham - Calm waters. Rocky jetties. Shallow beach area. Limited parking, with no fee. No Life Guards. No facilities.

South Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, Chatham - Located across from the Lighthouse. Great beachcombing beach in the early evening. Calm to rough water. Strong currents. No Life Guards. No facilities. Limited time parking (20 minutes) until 5pm.

Nauset Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, Orleans - Best wave action! Great beach area. Full snack bar. Shower, restroom and changing facilities. Seasonal Life Guards. Parking fee.

Cape Cod National Seashore Park

The Cape Cod National Seashore has nine trails through varied terrain. Brochures are available at the Inn's Reception Desk, Cape Cod National Seashores visitor's centers and trailheads. A few of the trails are:

Fort Hill Trail: Eastham - 1 ½ miles. Allow at least one hour for the entire walk. This trail crosses open field, connects with Red maple Swamp Trail, and offers spectacular views of Nauset marsh and Nauset spit. Moderate walking difficulty.

Red Maple Swamp Trail: Eastham - ½ mile. Allow a minimum of thirty minutes. Trail loops through the heart of the Red Maple Swamp. Trail is most colorful in the fall. Moderate walking difficulty.

Atlantic White Cedar Swamp: Wellfleet - 1 ¼ miles. Allow one hour to walk this trail. This trail descends through a stunted oak and pine forest into mature woodlands, leads to a boardwalk that loops through the picturesque Atlantic White Cedar swamp. Moderate difficulty.

Great Island Trail: Wellfleet - 3 miles (one way). Allow 3 to 5 hours to explore. This trail rambles along sandy stretches between the elevated heights of Great Island and Great Beach Hill, offering spectacular vistas. Very difficult.

Pilgrim Spring Trail: Truro - ¾ mile loop. Path leads to a site representative of where the Pilgrim's drank their first fresh water in New England. Easy walking.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

This Museum located on Route 6A South in Brewster offers guided and self guided trails through 80 acres of forest, marshland and ponds, all rich in birds and other wildlife. The museum is also home to nature and marine exhibits such as a working beehive and a pond-and-sea-life room with specimens. 508.896.3491.

Nickerson State Park

This State Park has more than 2,000 acres of white pine, hemlock, and spruce forest dotted with seven freshwater kettle ponds formed by glacial deposits. Some ponds are stocked with trout. Other recreational activities include biking, canoeing, sailing, picnicking and bird watching.

Hiking and Walking on Cape Cod

Many towns, including Chatham maintain walking trails in conservation or other scenic areas. More than 550 acres of wetlands and marshlands have been donated or purchased by the Chatham Conservation Foundation. Walking trails are maintained in three areas:

Frost Fish Creek Trail: Orleans - Heading north on Route 28 toward Orleans; take a left onto a dirt road just past the old laundry area, just before the creek runs under the road. Trail proceeds west along the creek and marsh. At the end on the trail, take a left and proceed approximately 45 feet and then take the path up the ridge to return to the parking area. Approx. 45 minutes to an hour.

Barclay Ponds Trail: Chatham - Old Queen Anne Road and Training Field Road. The entrance to the trail is at the yield sign, 20 feet south of the telephone pole #38 in the intersection. Park in the field (Crowell's Pit) north of the entrance. A quiet woodsy walk, up and down hill. Approx ½ hour.

Honeysuckle Lane: Chatham - Off Stage Harbor Road. At the bottom of the hill, on the left side of the road are two short trails leading to the Old Ice Pond. The right side of the road near a telephone pole and alongside a narrow stream is a short walk featuring white cedar trees, leading to other trails in and around Cedar Swamp.

Monomoy Wildlife Sanctuary of Chatham

The Monomoy Wildlife Refuge is a 2,750 acre preserve on Monomoy Island, a fragile 9 mile long barrier beach area actually composed of two islands south of Chatham. An important stop along the North Atlantic Flyway for migratory water fowl and shore birds, it provides nesting and resting grounds for 285 species. White tailed deer also live on the islands, and harbor and gray seals frequent its shores in the winter.

Bicycling on Cape Cod

The Cape Cod Rail Trail follows a former railroad right of way for 25 miles through the towns of Chatham, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Eastham and Wellfleet. Its paved surface, few hills, and well-marked automobile crossings make it ideal for cyclists. The trail has a wide unpaved shoulder on one side to accommodate horseback riding, walkers and runners.

Lighthouses on Cape Cod

The importance of Cape Cod Lighthouses – Cape Cod has had over twenty lighthouses operating along its shores over the past 200 years, mainly along the outer shore between Provincetown and Chatham. Today seven lighthouses still operate and several other decommissioned lights stand along the coastline. 

Chatham Light, Chatham - First built in 1808 as two brick towers with a keeper’s house. Two lights were used to distinguish it from the single light at Truro’s Highland Light. When erosion claimed these lights, two new metal ones were built in 1887. One of the two lights was moved to Nauset in 1923. Chatham Light is an operational Coast Guard Station.

Monomoy Point Light, Chatham - First Monomoy Light erected in 1823 and rebuilt in 1949 with cast iron plates lined with brick. The Monomoy Point Light was decommissioned in 1923 because the Chatham Light covered the area. Monomoy Light is now part of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.

Stage Harbor Light, Chatham - Erected in 1880, Stage Harbor Light was the last lighthouse built on Cape Cod. It was closed in 1933 and sold to become a private residence, which it remains today. Not open to the public.

Race Point Lighthouse, Provincetown - First Race Point Light was created in 1816. Current lighthouse and keeper’s house date from 1976. Over 100 ships wrecked on the treacherous shoals here between 1816 and 1946.

Wood End Lighthouse, Provincetown - A twin to Long Point Light guards the entrance to Provincetown Harbor. Wood End Light is located toward the end of the breakwater. Built in 1873, the lighthouse is now solar powered.

Long Point Lighthouse, Provincetown - This light located at the entrance to Provincetown Harbor was first lit in 1827. The lighthouse and keeper’s cottage were rebuilt in 1875. In 1952, Long Point Light was automated and solar panels were installed in 1982.

Highland (Cape Cod Lighthouse) Lighthouse, North Truro
- Traditionally the first light seen on a voyage from Europe to Boston. In 1798, Highland was the first Cape Cod Lighthouse built. The present brick lighthouse was erected in 1857 on the cliffs over 100 feet above sea level. The lighthouse was mover inland in 1996 due to the eroding coastline.

Nauset Lighthouse, Eastham - Nauset Light was first built as three brick towers in 1838 to differentiate it from Highland and Chatham Lights. When erosion claimed them in 1892, three wood towers called the Three Sisters replaced them. The current tower was moved inland in 1923 from Chatham. The lighthouse and keepers’s house were moved inland in 1995 due to the eroding coastline.

Three Sisters Lighthouses, Eastham - Built at Nauset in 1892. Two of the three lights were sold to become summer cottages in 1911, and the third one was replaced in 1923 by one of the two Chatham Lights. The Three Sisters are now located safely back from the shorefront erosion in the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Nobska Light, Woods Hole - The first Nobska Light was built in 1828, and was replaced by the present structure in 1876. Nobska Light was automated in 1985.

Seal Watch Tours on Cape Cod

Tours along the Monomoy Islands and South Beach give you a close up view of the harbor seal, gray seals and shore birds in their natural environment.

Whale Watching on Cape Cod

One of the joys of Cape Cod is the opportunity it affords for making trips to the whale feeding grounds at Stellwagen Bank, about 6 miles off the tip of Provincetown. The boat ride out into the open ocean is part of the pleasure, but the thrill is the whale sightings.

The special habitat we visit is the summer home to such species as the Humpback, Finback and Minke whales. The North Atlantic Right Whale is one of the most endangered species in the world, and may be seen in and around the waters of Provincetown and Cape Cod Bay. Toothed varieties such as Pilot whales, white-sided dolphins and harbor porpoise are often seen as well. These are just a few of the species you are apt to see on a whale watch trip.

There are two operators offering whale watch tours, with morning, afternoon or sunset sailings. The trips last between three and four hours and are worth every minute! Most whale watching tours depart from McMillan Pier in Provincetown. Tours are available April through October.

Stop by the Reception Desk for discount coupons and brochure information.

Fishing on Cape Cod

Fishing is one of the Cape’s favorite pastimes, from surfcasting off one of the many beaches to angling in stock ponds to chartered deep-sea fishing trips. For a self guided fishing experience, stop by one of our local bait shops for all the “down home” secrets of where to drop your line.

Check with the Inn’s Reception Desk for brochures and recommendations.

Activities & Points of Interest

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