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Camping on the Outer Cape

Notes from Land's End: July 18


July 18th, 2011

Far more economical than a hotel, urban dwellers from all over the country come equipped with tents or recreational vehicles to stay in one of the four fabulous campgrounds available in Truro and Provincetown. Fresh air, beaches and easy living make this style of vacation a true get-away-from-it-all. Let’s take a tour!

Pitching a tent or parking that R.V. is a green, thrifty way to enjoy the Outer Cape in the dog days of summer.

“I live for my week of camping in Truro each year.” says newly married Rachel Mallas-Hellier, here for her beach wedding and honeymoon. At Adventure Bound/Horton’s, diversity reigns with families, seasonal people and retired folks mingling along curved roads in their 330 sites. The beauty of staying here is the tranquil fifteen minute walk to Coast Guard Beach. Hundreds of contented people lined the shore to beat the heat with filled coolers, colorful umbrellas, chairs and surf boards. Delightful!

Heady from sun and surf, I lose my way in the woods of Truro and get a ride to my car from Good Samaritan Fred Goldberg, director of One World Leadership Institute. He and his lovely wife were staying at North of Highland. Owned by the Currier family since 1954, its sixty acre facility specializes in tent camping. The Goldbergs love staying there because it’s always quiet, with nighttime etiquette strictly enforced. There’s also a recreation room, large fireplace and reading area for those cloudy days.

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Driving home, I remember my own two-room tent staked at Dunes Edge along Route 6 in Provincetown. This encampment is just adorable, with a cute general store, only 85 spaces and super-clean shower facilities. With a smile for everyone, owner Miriam Collinson is like your mom away from home. Walking paths lead to the National Seashore, yet it’s only ten minutes from the heart of Commercial Street. What a lovely place to lay your head at night!

Off of West Vine Street, summer resident Loni Weiss has resided at Coastal Acres for twenty years. “I love living here, right in town and close to nature. We have bird feeders, a large oak tree and friends who come every year.” Well maintained by the Phillips and Perry families, this camping court is a favorite for seasonal renters and overnighters alike. Near a pond, reviewers say to bring a screened enclosure and go for a shady site.

Pitching a tent or parking that R.V. is a green, thrifty way to enjoy the Outer Cape in the dog days of summer.

“Notes from Lands End”, by artistic bon vivant Laura Shabott, is a weekly account of the people, places and events that make our town so special.

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