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Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

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Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

In late May, Sis and I would like to rendezvous in Cape Cod. I've never been there and want to whale watch, bike, visit museums, visit the dunes and maybe take a quick dip. Sis loves to shop boutiques, go to craft fairs and dine out. I can stomach a few hours of shopping/browsing IF I can walk a nature trail on the same day as an antidote. Is there a town that would combine enough for two disparate individuals or are most of the Cape Towns fine?

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1. Re: Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

There is a lot of difference to the Cape towns. You might have to visit several to get all that you want. Chatham might be a good base. There is shopping and dining.

There are nature and hiking trails all over the Cape. Some good websites are:

http://www.capecodchamber.org/cape-cod-trails

http://www.cctrails.org/index.htm

capecodtravel.com/attractions/walkingbiking/

When you say "take a quick dip" are you referring to a pool or the ocean? The ocean or bay will still be rather cold in late May.

The Provincetown Museum is quite interesting. Also the Atwood House in Chatham.

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2. Re: Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

Well, I'm used to swimming in Wisconsin (Lake Michigan) and Vermont - so mid-50s to 60's is fine w/ me, either pond or ocean. Thanks for the links!

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3. Re: Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

Trying to think if there is anyplace where you would be more than 10 from everything mentioned. Not going to find many craft fairs in May.

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4. Re: Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

Barnstable/Hyannis area has a whale watch, alot of, shopping and dining, nightlife on Main street, nature trails bayside at Sandy neck beach, and maybe warm enough swimming at the beaches on nantucket sound, Craigville beach, Veterans beach, Kalmus beach, Sea st beach

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5. Re: Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

There is also the JFK museum, and a maritime museum. The Barnstable area is located mid-cape, convenient to take day trips to all the other areas, including drives to the cape cod national seashore, dunes. There are also ferries here, should you want to visit nantucket or Martha's vineyard.

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6. Re: Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

Provincetown would be a good base to cover most of the stuff on your list. You can do whale watching, take a dune tour, climb the Pilgrim's monument and of-course shops and beaches.

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7. Re: Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

Provincetown also has a pirate museum, and whale info center, pilgrim tower museum, and biking at race point, provincelands, beautiful scenery!

No matter where you go, there's plenty to enjoy on the cape!

Don't forget the seafood!!

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8. Re: Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

You can also stay in Dennis. All along 6A your sister will find unique boutiques, galleries and antique shops. At the same time don't miss a walk along beautiful Mayflower beach, you can hike some trails and the Cape Cod rail trail starts in mid Dennis complete with a bike rental shop. Your sister should search out quirky Scargo Pottery on Scargo Lake and you can enjoy the view over the Cape from Scargo Tower after a very brief climb. Right in that area is the CC Art Museum featuring artists of the area. If you can manage to arrive for a docent tour you will get that much more out of it and, for your sister, there is a gift shop there - The Artful Hand. A bit down the road in Brewster is a great natural history museum too. On the other side of town on Nantucket Sound in Dennisport you will both be delighted wtih an upscale dinner at the Ocean House. You can get anything from their gourmet pizza and a salad to their price cut 'spring' menu which is a multi-course delight. Head next door to the beach bar if weather permits for a pre-dinner drink or enjoy 'oyster happy hour' up the road at the Oyster Co. ($1 ea oysters) before arriving at Ocean House. (closed on Mondays). Also just east of the Ocean House is a quite nice gift shop attached to the Ebb Tide restaurant for everything from nautical items to fine jewelry. If you like the idea of getting a room right on the beach you'll find some good options in Dennisport at Three Seasons and Colony Beach or, if you are pinching pennies so that you can shop a lot and dine well then one block off the beach is the Cutty Sark motor inn. I could make this same case for many Cape towns so you won't go wrong but get your sister over to Main St. in Chatham for some extreme shopping in one store after another up and down both sides of a long street and have her drop you off at the gorgeous beach at the Chatham lighthouse for a nice long walk, weather permitting.

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9. Re: Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

If you go to Provincetown you can have all that you are looking for and all within a short drive or bike ride.

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10. Re: Sister weekend for a shopper vs nature lover - which town?

Just in case you are unaware, Ptown is a gay enclave and so it is different from the other towns on the Cape.