WILLIAM & DEBORAH HILLYARD

Vacations - Massachusetts - Cape Cod

The Upper Cape is to the west, and comprises the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Sandwich, and Mashpee.  Bourne and Sandwich are considered part of the Cape even though small parts of both towns are on the west of the Canal. 
The Mid-Cape comprises the towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis.
The Lower Cape includes all of the remaining towns from Harwich and Brewster northwards and eastwards; that is, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.
Since 2005, we have made numerous trips to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  As neither of us enjoys typical beach vacations, preferring sightseeing and walking, visiting the Cape out of season in the Spring or Fall is ideal.  There are no crowds, and even in mid-October, the temperatures are, typically, around 60F/15.5C, although there is more rain than in the Summer.  Usually, we base ourselves on the outskirts of Hyannis in a Day's Inn hotel which is surprisingly good; the staff are exceptional.  On a couple of trips we took Deborah's mother with us, and stayed for the first three nights in the village of Chatham, MA. 

I chose to illustrate the Cape using a map from 1890.  Back in the 17th century, Cape Cod referred only to the tip; that is to Provincetown.  It is now considered to include everything from the Cape Cod Canal, which was built in 1914, and is the same as the County of Barnstable.  The Cape is split into three sections:
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As usual, we have split the pictures into a number of topics; this time by grouping the various towns that make up Cape Cod.   Make your selection by clicking the appropriate item to the left.