Nauset Lighthouse

GPS: 41.860238 -69.952836 EASTHAM Eastham is located in Barnstable County on Cape Cod, with a population of around 5,000 residents. The area was originally settled by the Nauset tribe, which explains why the name Nauset appears frequently in both business and place names around the area. The town is discussed in some detail in Henry […]

Race Point Light

GPS: 42.062001 -70.244716 PROVINCETOWN Provincetown is the flamboyant little town that sits on the extreme northern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A small coastal resort town with a year-round population of some 3000 residents, Provincetown can grow to 60,000 people with tourists and seasonal residents over the summer months. Provincetown is forever preserved in our colonial history […]

Crystal Lake

GPS: 43.914526 -71.073862 EATON Eaton is a small town located south of Conway, in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The bigger Conway Lake lies on its northern boundary, while smaller Crystal Lake sits in the center of town. The town was incorporated in 1766, with a population of 395 as of […]

Annisquam Light

Annisquam Light after sunset

GPS: 42.660900 -70.679967 ANNISQUAM VILLAGE These days, it’s all part of Gloucester, Massachusetts. But once upon a time, Annisquam Village competed with Gloucester in the fishing and shipbuilding trades. The village was founded on the eastern side of the Annisquam River in 1631, its name given in honor of Queen Anne of England (hence Cape […]

Black Point

Black Point, Narragansett, Rhode Island

GPS: 41.398127 -71.462493 NARRAGANSETT The town of Narragansett is located 30 miles south of Providence and 15 miles from its famous neighbor of Newport. With several large beaches in its midst, Narragansett has remained a popular resort town since the 19th century. In summer, the town grows to twice its year-long population. BLACK POINT The […]

Old Orchard Pier

Night at Old Orchard Beach pier

GPS: 43.515097 -70.372648 OLD ORCHARD BEACH The earliest records of Old Orchard Beach date back to 1653. Its history is replete with settlers, attacking Indians, terrible fires, great storms, and the famous 5000-seat Pier Casino that once hosted big names like Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, and Benny Goodman. I hesitated to write this blog entry […]

Hunters Beach

Hunters Beach in Seal Harbor, Maine

GPS: 44.299363 -68.217936 SEAL HARBOR Seal Harbor is located on the southeastern quadrant of Mount Desert Island. It’s not actually a separate township but rather part of the municipality of Mount Desert. The remote feel of the place, combined with the rugged beauty of the Maine coast enhance its appeal. The rich and famous have […]

Winter on Boulder Beach

Boulder Beach on a winter morning

GPS: 44.317802 -68.190828  ACADIA NATIONAL PARK Acadia was the first national park east of the Mississippi, originally called Lafayette National Park. But in 1929, it was renamed “Acadia” in tribute to observations by Florentine explorer Giovanni de Verrazono, who in 1524 compared its coastline to that of Arcadia, Greece. This place is unique among national […]

Jetty No More

Old wooden pier at Falmouth Heights

GPS: 41.530851 -70.645598 FALMOUTH Falmouth is located on Upper Cape Cod in Massachusetts. At over 30,000 residents, it’s the largest municipality on the Cape behind Barnstable. The island of Martha’s Vineyard is close to its southern shore, just across the narrow Vineyard Sound. The town was first settled by English colonists in 1660, named after […]

Under the Boardwalk

Colorful sky over the Sandwich Boardwalk

GPS: 41.764566 -70.485545 Cape Cod has a lot of wooden boardwalks. Why? Because the area is full of marshes and a boardwalk affords scenic access to the other side. But these are not the commercialized types you would find in Atlantic City, Coney Island, or Myrtle Beach. Rather, this is the cozy variety designed for […]

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