Orleans MA Vacation Rentals
Take the road less traveled to the picturesque town of Orleans set in the crook of the arm of Cape Cod. The scenic Old Kings Highway is an appealing alternative to Route 6, hugging the shoreline of Cape Cod Bay leading you through the Old Kings Highway Historic District, the largest historic district in the nation, right into Orleans. Orleans is a special kind of place, where life-long memories and traditions are made, bringing families back year after year. The streets are lined with beautiful Colonial era homes, restaurants, ice-cream parlors, theaters, museums and galleries. The landscape dotted with forested woodlands, saltwater marshes, historic kettle ponds and world-famous beaches. The perfect combination of modern day living and the beauty of nature. Whether you are hiking the trails, cruising the Cape Code Rail Trail or seeking seclusion on the seashore, there is a unique vacation experience waiting for you in Orleans, Cape Cod.
Water, Water, Everywhere!From the serene sunrises reflecting on the Atlantic waters to a rainbow of golden hues as the sun sets over Cape Cod Bay, endless views of water, sand, ocean and skies greet you around every corner. Named by National Geographic as “One of 7 Great American Beach Towns”, Orleans is home to the world-famous Nauset Beach, the super kid-friendly Skaket Beach on the bay and crystal clear freshwater kettle ponds teeming with sea life. Body surf in the strong Atlantic waves, paddle in tidal pools, kayak through marshes to the remote Hopkins Island or cast a line at Pilgrams Lake. There is literally water at every turn! Despite Orleans being the leading boat-building hub of the Outer Cape, boating here can be difficult with constant changing winds in the bay and the low tide exposing tidal flats as far as the eye can see. The best first stop for boating is at Nauset Marine. Rock Harbor is another favorite Orleans attraction, home to Orleans fleet of fishing charters. Set out on a fishing charter or build sandcastles and chase crabs on the small sandy beach. As the bells of the Church of the Transfiguration announce the end of day, dine al-fresco under the night skies with the best lobster roll on the planet at Young’s Fish Market, as natures palette puts on a beautiful display as the sun sets into the bay. Rock Harbor is one of the best places in Cape Cod to watch the sun set.
The Charm of Cape CodPart of the charm of Cape Cod is the lack of chain stores yet Orleans still manages to dish out a fine dose of retail therapy with treasures of all sorts, from the antique lamps at Continuum and designer wear at Weekend to the well-loved Bird Watcher’s General Store, a Cape Cod icon for over 30 years. The town’s bike paths are a great easy way to cruise around downtown. Orleans has a rich fishing and maritime heritage so mix a little history in to your adventures. The French Cable Station Museum is only one of three marine telegraph stations in the world, housed in a historic dating back to 1890. Visit the Orleans Historical Society Meeting House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Place to learn of times past in Orleans and view the model displays at the Nauset Model Railroad Club. Rock Harbor holds a special place in the history of Orleans. The award-winning Coast Guard Rescue Boat, famous for its rescue in 1952 stands proudly in the waters from June through September and grand homes line the water’s edge.
Come share a little Cape Cod Magic with us at Nauset Rental. Our vacation rental homes near Orleans are hand-picked to ensure your vacation is full of happy days and creates life-long memories.