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Muted Glory: Cape Cod’s Fading Foliage

Written by Laura M. Reckford

BARNSTABLE – These are the last days—perhaps the last hours—of fall foliage on Cape Cod.

We recommend: Get lost leaf peeping.

No, Cape Cod is not Vermont or Maine or New Hampshire—or even Western Massachusetts, when it comes to fall foliage. We are more muted. A somewhat sophisticated palette.

But we do have foliage here, and sometimes you just happen upon it rather unexpectedly.

When traveling down a curving rural road in Cummaquid, perhaps, or taking a short cut through Centerville and happening upon the lovely Mother’s Park, you might see it. There, all of a sudden, is a burst of oranges, reds and yellows.

And for foliage fans, there is always the Mill Pond in Marstons Mills where the swans, ducks and the herring run all provide diversions for the camera, but the pondside foliage never disappoints.

Throw in a windmill in Brewster and Falmouth’s Shining Sea Bikeway and you have a snapshot of fall foliage on Cape Cod.

Those are ours. Now, get lost finding your own.


– Laura M. Reckford

About the author

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. She has been a reporter and editor on Cape Cod for more than 20 years in magazines, newspapers and radio. She has also authored numerous Frommer's Travel Guide editions on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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