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Which area to select?

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Which area to select?

I am traveling with my sister and another girlfriend (we are all in our late 50's but fit) to the Cape July 11th and I'm in a quandry about where to stay (near or in which of the towns). As we will be driving from western NYS I'm thinking midway on the Cape might be a good choice and allow flexibility.

We plan to do a lot of walking through shops - lots of shops, walk along the ocean, perhaps rent bikes and explore and spend some time at the beach (under cover). We want to travel to Provincetown and the National Seashore.

We will stay at either a weekly rental (cottage) or condo complex (we want a kitchen available). We want to be near the ocean/decent beach (walking distance). I'm not sure which of the two concepts above would work out best for us. In one way I'm thinking that the condo complex on the ocean or very near the ocean might serve us better....????

The town we stay in needs to be large enough for shopping quaint shops and have breakfast/dinner options.

We are thinking about Dennisport, Chatham, or Harwich Port. Now I'm wondering if I should also include Orleans or Wellfleet in the mix. Anyone have thoughts on any of these mentioned spots or other thoughts that we might consider?

I'd be interested in anyone's thoughts before I decide on a location.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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1. Re: Which area to select?

Hi, you can't go wrong with any of the towns you have chosen. All have what you are looking for in terms of shopping and dining. Each has its own personality. You could stay in Harwich at a cottage near the Bank St. Beach and have access shops, restaurants, etc. Orleans has one of our favorite beaches - Nauset. However, if you are staying near there you won't be within walking distance of the center of town. Wellfleet is a really special place as well, lots of galleries, etc. gorgeous National Seashore beaches including Marconi. I am sure others will offer suggestions as well. My vote would be for Harwich or Wellfleet. Have fun!

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2. Re: Which area to select?

Harwich Port or Chatham would be my picks. Whatever you decide, better make your reservations soon, since that's a very busy time.

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3. Re: Which area to select?

Quite a few folks who located in Dennisport last season stayed at Oceanfront Condos. It is right across the street (Old Wharf) from Glendon Beach. You could also be right ON the beach at Colony Beach Motel where the rooms have cooking facilities. You could see what options you can get at www.marthamurrayrealestate.com though I think a quick call/conversation would save you time vs. pawing through all those properties and they are open tomorrow.

Dennisport has really reasonable (comparitively) prices and a good variety of all types of restaurants combined with 'walk to' beaches on warm Nantucket Sound. But, besides the Ebb Tide gift shop and Grandma Daisy's you'd have to get in the car to go to the north side (on the Bay) to visit the galleries, funky shops and boutiques, antique stores and the like on 6A. Not such tough duty but you do need to drive the 7 miles OR even closer, you can shop Main St. in Harwichport.

Everyone loves Chatham's Main St. and that would be worth the drive for you to visit for 1/2 day but they really don't have many moderately priced options for beachfront accommodations and I haven't heard of any condos. However You may want to check out Hawthorne Motel which does have some units with cooking facitlies and is on the water there.

You'll be there a week right? Look in the top right corner for an alert about a message and I'll send you some additional info about Cape Cod.

You'll have a wonderful vacation no matter where you locate.

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4. Re: Which area to select?

If you rent a house, In My Opinion and Experience: it is best to rent through a reliable Realtor or a house that is also listed through a Realty.

Check out tripkey.com This is TA's new acquisition that organizes professionally managed house rentals by destination, size, price.

You can also click on Rentals on the left side of this screen.

Chatham is a lovely town 1/2 way up the Cape; there are other great places to stay too, and they've already been listed.

Have fun planning, this sounds like a Great trip!

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