15. (Tie) Orleans, Massachusetts
Where to Stay in Orleans, Massachusetts:
Ship’s Knees Inn
Just a quarter mile from Nauset Beach, the Ship’s Knees Inn is affordable and historic. The main house was built in 1820 by the family of a sea captain.
Where to Eat in Orleans, Massachusetts:
In the right hands, melding ingredients from different cultures is an act of revelation, producing tastes of which you simply can’t get enough. Chef Erez Pinhas creates unforgettable Mediterranean/Asian dishes.
Great Attraction in Orleans, Massachusetts:
The Cape Cod Rail Trail
Following a former railroad right-of-way for 22 miles through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet, the Rail Trail makes for easy biking with its paved surface, minimal hills, and well-marked automobile crossings. An unpaved shoulder on one side accommodates horseback riders, walkers, and runners.
One of the most popular beaches on the lower cape, you’ll find body surfing waves, some big enough to tumble you to a fir thee well.
More information: www.capecod-orleans.com