Cape Crusades

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Since our trip to Cape Cod back in June, we’ve added it to our list of possible North-of-the-Border retirement options. While many parts of the Cape are every bit as expensive as where we’re living now — or more so — it’s close enough that we can take a day trip to check out a property or two without too much of a hassle. We visited an Open House a few weeks ago and were smitten by a very nice house in Sandwich. The die was cast.

More recently we spent a four-day weekend wandering the Cape from Woods Hole to Sandwich to Provincetown — and many places in between. We came away with an even wider palate of places we like. Woods Hole and Falmouth have been early favorites because that’s where we’ve spent the majority of our time, but we enjoyed Sandwich when we were there a few weeks back, and then visited Cotuit, Osterville, West Hyannisport, West Dennis, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown over a whirlwind four days and three nights. We’ve suddenly encountered an embarrassment of riches — right in our backyard.

Since it’s our plan to maintain the property as a summer home first and then as a retirement home once we’ve sold the house in Cochituate, the towns closest to the canal — Sandwich, Bourne, Sagamore, Falmouth, etc. — are clear favorites, but our trip introduced us to the otherworldly charm of the Outer Cape. Wellfleet has a hip downtown area and a wonderful annual Oyster Festival (which we attended last Sunday). Provincetown is a party town with a rugged past — the Mayflower deemed it unsuitable for settlement and continued on to Plymouth — and has an enduring international charm. Truro is breathtaking with its expansive dunes, highlighted artfully by the austere Days Cottages above. We’re frankly not sure where to turn next, but we’re certainly enjoying the ride.

It’s a watercolor portrait of the rest of our lives, and I can’t wait to see it.

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