Since taking over management of the Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn three years ago, I've been helping visitors to travel like a local through Cape Cod.
Here are my insider tips for a local-style holiday on the Cape.
Dune Shacks of Provincetown
Hike about a mile and a half through huge shifting dunes and walk up to history itself. The dune shacks are inside the protected Cape Cod National Seashore and are actually built from the wreckage of ships that didn't make it past the Cape's slippery sandbars.
Expect nearly endless beaches, incredible sights, and magnificent views on this off-the-beaten-path trail back into the past.
There are thousands of seals in the waters off Cape Cod's coast; there are hundreds of Great White Sharks hunting those same seals.
To see them head to the Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn, which hires a seasoned Cape Cod captain to help guide guests toward and around these prehistoric beasts.
The inn will even lend you a GoPro camera so you can document the experience.
To get out to Sandy Neck you'll need one of three things: an Off Road Vehicle permit, a kayak (to get across the Harbor), or the patience to walk a winding 6 to 7 miles.
And it's worth the trek, because Sandy Neck on the Cape Cod Bay has it all. Perfect for a solitary escape, the Sandy Neck Colony (made up of beach cottages and the Sandy Neck Lighthouse) is almost empty during off-season months; you'll find miles of uninterrupted sand dunes peppered with pines and wild cranberry bogs.
The Great Island Trail
The Great Island in Wellfleet is actually a peninsula that dips into Wellfleet Harbor.
Easy access, free parking, and some of the best views on Cape Cod make this an off-the-beaten-path paradise. It takes a little effort to explore the 7-8 miles of hiking trails and beaches so it isn't tourist-heavy at all: expect to have the place almost all to yourself.
Nickerson State Park
Bike or walk the trails of Nickerson State Park in Brewster and take get a glimpse of heaven. Even in peak season, there's always your own secret spot to discover and call your own as you explore the shorelines of the park's best swimming holes.
The Oyster Farms off the coast of the Bay are a spectacular site to see. Thousands of oysters line hundreds of baskets, which are visible at low tide.
As the tide recedes, you can walk amongst the oyster farmer’s plots and see what 'fresh food' really means.
Provincelands Bike Trail
You won't find many opportunities to ride comfortably through the sand dunes, so take a bike!
Pedal your way through the various ecosystems that make up one of the biggest areas of undeveloped dunes on the East Coast of the USA.
A truly unforgettable, and largely unknown, adventure.
Guided Kayaking Tours
See Cape Cod how it's supposed to be seen: from the back waterways, on a guided kayak excursion.
Explore some of the best parts of the Cape from a unique perspective. Enjoy paddling Bell's Neck Conservation Lands via the Herring River in Harwich, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, and Nauset Marsh in Eastham.
Stage Harbor Lighthouse
Hike about 20 minutes to find this rarely visited lighthouse south of Chatham. It's an easy hike over varied loose and hard pack sand.
The payoff? Incredible views over the Nantucket Sound and into Chatham's Stage Harbor.