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Celebrate the Spirit in New England this Holiday Season
It seems like just yesterday we were all enjoying the warmer weather and planning our summer vacations. This is the time of year that we tend to talk about how quickly time has passed and how the holidays have snuck up on us.
Instead of planning cookouts and pool parties we’re now planning meal plans for holiday meals and sleeping arrangements for visiting family members. It’s also time to start planning outings to show your family the beauty that is Cape Cod.
Some of the most iconic things about the Cape are the lighthouses. Most of these beacons of light have been standing for more than a hundred years, the oldest of which has been shining bright for over two hundred years.
If you’re looking for a way to connect with family and show off some of the most iconic landmarks Cape Cod has to offer, you should consider touring one of the many lighthouses that dot the coast.
West Dennis Light at the Lighthouse Inn
Once known as the Bass River Light, this is one of the few lighthouses across the country where guests can actually stay the night. If you’re unable to put up all of your family for the holidays, you may want to consider sending them to the Lighthouse Inn for the night. Not only will they be able to tour the grounds and learn the history of this lighthouse that has been around since 1850, they’ll also enjoy a pretty relaxing night of sleep.
For an absolutely breathtaking view of a lifetime, take the family out to the Chatham Lighthouse in Chatham, MA. You can be amazed by the stunning view of the popular Breakthrough in North Beach. The tours are provided and conducted by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1. Make it a point to stand and gaze out over the Atlantic Ocean while reflecting on this special time with your family.
Three Sisters Lighthouse
In Eastham, MA, you can find the Three Sisters of Nauset. The three lighthouses that make up this landmark have been moved and improved several times over the years. They were finally reunited on Cable Road and public tours began in 1989. Get the family together this holiday and visit all three while also learning about the hard work it took to bring these three lighthouses back together, just as you’re bringing your family together for the holidays.
Hyannis Harbor Light
If you want to tour a lighthouse, but would also like to spend the day checking out what else the area has to offer, head over to Hyannis. Here you’ll find the Maritime Museum, the John F. Kennedy Museum, and the Heritage Museums and Gardens. After you’ve visited and toured the Hyannis Harbor Light, puttered around the quaint town itself, and are looking for something else to round out the day, you can head up to Barnstable for an afternoon filled with whale watching. You could feasibly start and end your day in Hyannis filled with entertainment and history for the whole family.
When you’re traveling for the holidays and trying to fit in as many lighthouse tours as possible it can be difficult arranging transportation for everyone. Don’t worry about trying to cram as many kids in the back seat of the family car as you possibly can. Rather, you should allow a Cape Cod car service like White Tie to chauffeur everyone around. You won’t have to worry about kids fighting over who will sit where, hunting a parking space amongst the other holiday travelers, and everyone can use the drive time to sit and reconnect.
Hopefully these holiday lighthouse tours are just what your family needs this holiday season. Get out and see some of the most iconic landmarks that Cape Cod has to offer and let White Tie take you there.
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