March on Cape Cod is an understated month and rarely gets a lot of attention except in the world of college basketball. There are no major holidays, with the exception of those who qualify St. Patrick’s Day as one, and on a rare year, an early Easter. However, on Cape Cod, March is a month of endless possibility. We have just started to be teased with some milder temperatures and we want to get out of the house and do something. There are so many options, yes, even in March on Cape Cod, for residents and visitors alike. Historic Route 6A, also known as Old King’s Highway, is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the country and is know for its historic architecture and natural beauty. The typical Cape Cod gray shingled houses with white trim abound, many surrounded by the old stone walls erected since revolutionary time. These multiple shades of gray are a fabulous backdrop to the emergence of bright spring colors, as the early shoots of daffodil, hyacinth, and forsythia are slowly starting to dot the ground and begin their annual return. Along our fabulous beaches, the sea grasses are turning from their winter browns to bright green and a brisk walk on the beach is perfect for shaking off the cobwebs of the winter soul.
If you are a lover of history and or genealogy, no jaunt along the Old Kings’ Highway is complete without a stop at the Sturgis Library in historic Barnstable Village, right in the middle of Cape Cod. In addition to being a full service library, it is listed on the National Register of Historic places, dating back to 1644 and is the oldest building housing a public library in the U.S. It is well known nationally for its’ impressive collection of historical and genealogical collections, a fascinating maritime history collection, and has documents and information on Cape Cod towns dating back to the 1600s.
As always, the Cape Cod artistic scene is vibrant all winter and spring and there are so many music, theater, and gallery options, you will find it hard to choose. The Cape Cod Symphony has some fabulous programs in the next month, as does the Cape Cod Museum of Art. If you love theater, the Academy of Performing Arts has two great shows and if you enjoy Broadway, the Barnstable High School Drama department presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast beginning March 19. This is not your typical high school production. This school has been voted top drama department in the Northeast United States, and the high caliber of these performances will impress even the most veteran musical theater fan. If you plan on attending one of performance, be sure to book reservations at one of the Classic Inns of History Cape Cod Bay.
This week’s post brought to you by the Acworth Inn. Stay tuned for next week’s post by the Lamb and Lion Inn.