Yarmouth Port, MA
In many parts of the country, Cape Cod is synonymous with summer. The area has everything needed for a warm-weather playground, from gorgeous beaches, pond-filled parks and miles of well-maintained bike trails to dining options ranging from five-star fancy to fried-clam casual. But for those who’ve made this arm-shaped peninsula their year-round home, real living often begins the day after Labor Day, after they’ve waved goodbye to the last sunburned tourist. The beaches and clam bars may draw the day-trippers, but it’s the hidden natural gems and surprisingly strong cultural community that tie the area’s residents to this very special place.