A lot of visitors to Cape Cod, including guest at our bed and breakfast, are interested in varying degrees of cycling. From the hard core to the easy riders, the Cape has biking trails for all. In previous blogs, I described some of our favorite bike-ways on the Upper-Cape and Mid-Cape, and now I’ll finish off the rest of our island. From Sandwich on the Upper Cape to Provincetown at the very tip of the Outer-Cape it is sixty-five miles, which I do not recommend anyone try to bike. I know a lot hardy souls do it, but that is not our typical guest. But, I do recommend all our guests see Provincetown. If you also want to bike, you have some great options on the Outer-Cape and along the way.
I could go on and on, but for this blog the important thing is the bike paths. The Nauset Marsh Trail starts at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham and runs 1.6 miles through this breathtaking landscape to Coast Guard Beach. It a short ride that you may never forget. If you have your own bikes it is easy to park and do the ride, if you need to rent bikes you may want to continue up to P-town. There is an entrance fee to all National Parks and we recommend that if you are over 62 you investigate an America the Beautiful Senior Pass. A few years back Jan and I discovered the pass while staying in Ocala National Forest in Florida. It saved us 50% a night on RV camping fees. It paid for itself in the first few nights. See, there are some advantages to getting older.
The last bike path is the Province Lands Trail at the tip of the Cape which is still in the Cape Cod National Seashore. This hilly 5+ mile loop starts at the Province Lands Visitor Center and winds through the dunes system and the unique Beech Forest. Side spurs take you to Herring Cove Beach, Bennett Pond, and Race Point Beach. Even if our guests are not bikers, I suggest they stop at the visitor center and take in the observation deck on top of the building. Jan and I never miss stopping when we make it that far from home, the views are unbelievable. Literally, you can see for miles and miles, some of the most beautiful views in the world.
|Sunset at Race Point Beach|
Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper's Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts