24 Hours on the Massachusetts Coast

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Fall in New England exists right at that intersection between fall leaves and frost—the perfect time for a trip along the coastline. Naturalist Charles Post and photographer Meg Haywood-Sullivan made their perennial migration to the colorful forests and rocky shores of the Bay State. Oysters glittering in the fall sun? Striped bass lurking in the salt marsh? If it sounds like a dream, don’t pinch yourself just yet—our guest bloggers are providing the guide for the best way to spend a day along the Massachusetts coast.


8am Drive from Cape Cod to Wellfleet

“Our fall adventures in New England usually bring us here, a sandy hook that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean,” says Post. Further “Up Cape” lies Wellfleet, a small fishing village known for its oysters, which are so fresh they still taste like the salt water.


11am Pick up something for lunch

“Be sure to pick up a few dozen oysters and some smoked fish from Hatches Fish Market in the center of town. I promise you won’t be disappointed!”


Pictured: Women’s Original Universal Backpack in Grenadine

2pm Cruise the beach

If it’s warm enough, you can go for a swim in Gull Pond or make your way up to Race Point in Provincetown for a beach walk. “Keep your eyes peeled for the flukes and spouts of passing whales,” says Post.


Pictured: Men’s Original Universal Inca in Harvest Brown

6pm Walk around town

As the beach wraps around Race Point, follow the sandy shore to the doorsteps of the village shops. That’s where you’ll find quaint cobblestone streets, an array of gift shops, the Whydah Pirate Museum, and a handful of bed and breakfast establishments. “Many retain a look that’s unchanged from the 1700s,” says Post.


Pictured: Women’s Flatform Sandal Floral in Persimmon Floral

8pm Pitch your tent

Make sure you bring your camping supplies, because Dune’s Edge Campground is walking distance from the beach, the local ponds, and shops in town. There are miles of paved bike trails nearby, and—bonus points—coin-operated hot showers.


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