Our closest neighbor to the south, Orleans, is a charming little community that’s well worth exploring. It offers top beaches and recreation and is a wonderful town for history, art, entertainment, and shopping.
Incorporated in 1797, Orleans had an early history of farming, fishing, whaling, and salt making. Today, it’s the beaches that draw much of the attention. Among them, Nauset Beach, located at the end of Main Street in east Orleans, is a favorite with surfers because of its big waves. Those who prefer wading enjoy Skaket Beach, where at low tide, you can walk out for nearly a mile. If you’re visiting towards evening, there’s no better place to view sunsets than on the bay side at Rock Harbor.
While visiting the outdoor sites of Orleans is a must, don’t overlook going into some of the town’s wonderful museums and shops. The French Cable Station Museum is a fascinating place that tells the history of undersea telegraph cable from France to the United States, including its important role during WWI. The Orleans Historical Society and Museum also hosts several interesting sites, such as the Meeting House Museum and the CG36500, a wooden Coast Guard lifeboat with a fascinating history.
After learning a bit about the past, stop by Hot Chocolate Sparrow, a trendy little espresso bar, for a drink or dessert. Ot check out a few of the quaint shops. Two fun ones are Oceana for beach-inspired gifty items, and Booksmith Musicsmith, the largest locally-owned independent book and music store on Cape Cod. And you’d like to have lunch or dinner before heading back to the Inn, we’ll be happy to recommend a place or two.
Whalewalk Inn makes a great base for all sorts of outings on the Cape. Give us a call and plan a stay soon!
Photos courtesy of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce.