Boston and Cape Cod
Our early fall adventure will reach from the heart of historic Boston to the shores of Cape Cod, with a ferry journey in between. For two nights we will make our home base at the Taj Boston, a luxury hotel overlooking the Public Garden and Boston Commons in the heart of the city's elegant gallery and shopping district. We'll tour the South End Community Garden, established with help from The Trust for Public Land. And we'll visit the restored, 1806 African American Meeting House on Beacon Hill, which once hosted Frederick Douglas and other giants of the 19th century abolitionist movement, and which is today the heart of Boston's Museum of African American History. In 2007 The Trust for Public Land helped the museum acquire an adjacent building for its first Education and Technology Center.
The next day, we'll head to the waterfront for our boat trip to scenic Provincetown, where we will round out the morning with an easy hike on the Beach Forest Trail in Cape Cod National Seashore. At a gourmet picnic lunch, superintendent George Price will give us a behind-the-scenes look at this distinctive and popular national park, which encompasses more than 40,000 acres of ponds, woods, marshes, and beaches on the outer cape.
After lunch, we will wind our way south to the Chatham Bars Inn, which Travel+Leisure rates as one of the world's top 500 hotels. We'll enjoy a private lobster boil and clam bake on the inn's expansive white-sand beach. The next day, an easy sea-kayaking adventure will take us to the calm waters of Nauset Marsh, home to many migratory birds, and a sumptuous picnic on Nauset Beach. We'll conclude our journey with an optional afternoon walk along the beautiful banks of the Monomoy River, protected with help from The Trust for Public Land in 2003.