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Cape Cod in October

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Cape Cod in October

We will be in Cape Cod the 2nd week of October.

We love walking quaint little downtowns and taking autumn drives. We have been to Cape Cod once before. Went to Martha's Vineyard. Will either do Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket--does anyone prefer Nantucket over M.V.? Also--ideas on pretty drives? Towns not to miss? We have plenty of time and plan on staying somewhere mid-point on the Cape. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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1. Re: Cape Cod in October

A pretty drive is to take Rt.6A (The Old Kings Highway) from Sandwich to Orleans, lots of quaint towns, antique shops, restaurants along the way. As for the Vineyard vs Nantucket, since you've already been to MV, why not visit Nantucket? October is a great time to go to this otherwise very expensive island. Last year, the Steamship Authority was running an off-season, weekday special on the fast ferry to the island in October. Staying in Dennis or Harwichport will put you close to ferries in Hyannis. And, don't let anyone tell you that there's no foliage on the Cape, there is! :-)

Edited: 24 March 2013, 21:52
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2. Re: Cape Cod in October

Well, Chatham has a nice downtown that could be called quaint and it is about half-way on the Cape. Nice shops and restaurants, plus a lighthouse.

Provincetown is also worth a visit as is Falmouth and Woods Hole.

As for drives, Route 6A (Old King's Highway) goes thru the towns along the north shore of the Cape. You don't see anything on Route 6 until you get to the Eastham Rotary. Route 6A thru Truro to Provincetown is nice and you get a great view of Provincetown as you approach. In Wellfleet, Ocean View Drive has some nice views of the ocean. In Provincetown, Province Lands Road has wonderful views of the salt marsh and dunes.

Be advised that some restaurants may be already closed for the season by the 2nd week in October or have shortened hours as do some shops. In Provincetown many shops close by early evening during the week.

Edited: 24 March 2013, 22:01
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3. Re: Cape Cod in October

We enjoy the lovely drive along the Falmouth shoreline and over all the little bridges starting as far east and going as far west as we can. This route will give you ocean views and past quaint homes and cottages as well as some estates. You will also come to Nobska Lighthouse and you can pull off and sit at the overlook for a bit if you want to stop there. While in this area you might also want to walk through Spohr Gardens. We staged a photo there pretending to heave the anchor back into the water and we enjoyed walking through the woods. It should be nice in the fall too.

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4. Re: Cape Cod in October

A huge thank you to everyone!! I have made notes and will take your advice!

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5. Re: Cape Cod in October

Scenic route 6A is ranked among the top scenic byways in the country, be sure to check out the lovely bayside beaches, and nice foliage along the way.

For those visiting during the weekend of October19 & 20, wellfleet will be having it's annual oysterfest

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6. Re: Cape Cod in October

Great to know!! Thank you!

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