There are so many reasons to make a summer escape to the Cape and Islands that we’re taking a look back at the more than two dozen pages dedicated to loving the Cape in summer from our May/June 2019 issue. Here’s hoping it helps inspire safe summer fun this year, and for summers to come.
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Henry David Thoreau was a bit of a prophet when, after a three-day walk along the outer Cape in 1849, he predicted, “This place will be a place of resort for those New Englanders who really wish to visit the seaside.” But even he would be astonished at how Cape Cod and its islands, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, have become one of the most recognized destinations in the nation and around the globe. Every year the Cape and Islands region draws an estimated six million visitors, most of whom come in the summer — all the better to soak up the endless outdoor diversions of this oceanside playground, from boardwalks to beaches to bike paths. There are classic lighthouses to visit, whales to watch, and holes-in-one to sink at mini golf courses. There’s handmade ice cream and superlative fried seafood practically everywhere you look.
Read on to find out what we’ve loved discovering on our trips to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, which might just inspire you to go out and find even more reasons of your own.
63 Reasons Why We Love the Cape & Islands
Freshly churned ice cream, fried seafood feasts, dueling French bakeries, and more.
Small-town band concerts, ballpark thrills, whale-watching adventures, and more.
Pirate’s booty, gee-whiz science centers, unbeatable sunsets, and more.
World-class lifeguards, people-watching in P-town, a talking clam, and more.
Local farms, storied lighthouses, fairy-tale cottages, famous faces, and more.
Seaside bike paths, whaling lore, New England’s prettiest island stroll, and more.
Best of New England winners that deliver on location, views, and amenities.
Senior Food Editor Amy Traverso’s Cape Cod Dining Guide