To get an appropriate appreciation of what Cape Cod is I had to leave it. I grew up here from 1986 to 2005 and spent the seven years after that in the desert and various other places in the country. The thing about Cape Cod is, especially when you are away from it for so long, it has an idyllic feel to it. It’s folksy. Mainly comprised of villages, Cape Cod is otherworldly: there is barely any crime, things constantly smell like salt and, in the summer, it has an energy unlike any other.
The flip side to that is, in the winter, this place just shuts down. Things close at like 8:00 p.m. There are not as many chains as there are off cape (good and bad thing). If you like to do things at night it is not the place for you.
I think the winters have extra emphasis placed on them because of the summers. The summers have so many tourists that the winters feel enhanced in desolation. When everyone is here in one moment and gone the next, the next feels pretty damn alone.
The obvious way to right that would be to put some sort of incentive to being here year round. That’s if you want to be able to right it. Cape Cod, in some aspects, is archaic – but it is nice it is. It’s a time capsule that is fun to swim in (literally and figuratively). I don’t think I would make many changes to the overall feel of Cape Cod.
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