Saturday, September 06, 2014

Cape & Islands - Waiting for the humidity to break...

Labor Day, this year - the earliest it can ever be, marks the official end of the Summer season. The college students have left their summer jobs and are back to classes. The buses are rolling and K - 12 students are enjoying school and fall sports. The sun is setting earlier, the days are getting shorter, Cape Cod is still waiting for the air to turn cooler and drier... When will the humidity break?!. The traffic has eased up on the major roads, and most of the out of state plates are gone. Don't close up the summer cottage or bunker down inside just yet...
Get outside and enjoy all the Cape & Islands has offer outdoors during the glorious fall months!

Several towns celebrate the spirit of community, the change of seasons, or the fall harvest with festivals that include something for everyone. The 37th annual Eastham Windmill Weekend, is "a community festival, a fair, and a family party all rolled into one", held on the weekend following Labor Day. Activities include a sand art competition, road races, band concerts, arts and craft show, tricycle race, dancing, a parade along Route 6, food and more. Martha's Vineyard Wind Festival is September 6th at Ocean Park, Oak Bluffs. Members of the Wampanoag Nation along with the Bourne Historical Society host Wampanoag Day on Saturday, Sept 27th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Aptucxet Trading Post Museum Complex. Come celebrate Native American cultural with food, crafts, games, dance, and more traditions. The 45th Annual (Bourne) Scallop Festival takes place September 19th through 21st in it's new location at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds. This 3 day festival features scallop & herb roasted chicken dinners, a food court - beer & wine, chowder, lobster rolls, raw bar, hotdogs, burgers, desserts and much more, a large juried craft show, Midway rides & games and non-stop music entertainment! Too much to mention here, visit for complete schedule.

The fun continues into October starting with the Milestone Cranberry Bog and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation's 10th Annual Cranberry Festival on Saturday October 11, 2014. Watch and learn the history of the berry harvest- event includes demonstrations, hayrides, games, food and music. The 36th Annual Yarmouth Seaside Festival runs October 11th, 12th & 13th - featuring: Fireworks!, parades, giant craft fair, kid's rides, children's tent, Seaside Clowns, musical entertainment, African Dance & Drums, magician, demonstrations, farmers market, races, sandcastle contest, lots of food vendors! Visit seaside festival website for complete schedule! The 14th annual Wellfleet OysterFest celebrates Wellfleet’s famous oysters and its deep-rooted shellfishing traditions. This year's event takes place on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 in the town center. Don't miss this street party of food, art, music, fun and games for children of all ages! Tony Andrews Farm in East Falmouth offers "Pick your own pumpkins" and pre-Halloween scary, and for the timid, not so scary, hay rides during the month of October.

For those who prefer the solitude of nature, the cooler crisper weather makes for a perfect day of hiking, biking or fishing on Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket. The Cape Cod National Seashore stretching from Eastham to Provincetown has several walking trails and bike paths, in addition to the beaches which are still nice to visit in the fall. The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary consists of woodlands, salt marsh, barrier beach and heath lands. Its 5 miles of scenic trails wind through the habitats of a wide variety of wildlife, including songbirds and shorebirds. Visit Mass Audobon Wellfleet Bay web page for visitor information. Other Mass Audubon Cape Cod & Island sanctuaries are located in Barnstable, East Falmouth, Wareham, Vineyard Haven, and Nantucket. Last, but certainly not least, check out our list of Cape Cod Hiking Trails

As always, for wonderful places (and off season specials!) to stay on the Cape check out Lodging; for Nantucket see, and for Martha's Vineyard visit Come spend Fall on The Cape and Islands!

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