A sheltered oasis of pristine beaches and relaxed living.
Out of the thousands of seaside communities in the country, Orleans was ranked #2 on Coastal Livings’ “Happiest Seaside Towns in America” list. It’s not hard to see why. Cape Cod is already a desirable location, but Orleans’ untouched natural beauty and friendly neighborhood make it a truly wonderful place to live.
Residents live steps away from one of the region’s most favored beaches: the pristine sand and high dunes of Nauset. Nearby, Rock Harbor is home to the center of the local fishing industry, while in town, Orleans boasts one of Massachusetts’ designated cultural districts. Despite its contained size and relaxed pace of life, Orleans offers its residents an impressive variety of things to do.
Housing in Orleans is made up of vacation-style family homes on generous plots of land. Many feature views of the water and come complete with patios, open floor plans and luxury amenities like pools and en suite bedrooms.
Residents of Orleans enjoy peak Cape Cod living. Summers are energetic and vibrant. Visitors travel here for the stunning beaches and enjoy the plethora of events during the warmer months. Things calm down significantly from autumn to mid-spring, when Orleans resumes its rural atmosphere anchored by its bustling small town.
Cape Cod has traditionally attracted retirees, and while Orleans and other nearby towns remain great communities for older residents, the population of young adults has been growing in recent years as well. Some have decided to stay where they grew up and start their own businesses, which helps fuel the vivacious energy Orleans is known for.
The Orleans culinary scene offers a variety of choices for all occasions. Those seeking a hearty breakfast or a casual lunch of favorites like BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and a Waldorf salad would enjoy the laid-back atmosphere at The Rail. Classic bar and grill Mahoney’s offers an excellent seafood menu of fresh oysters and broiled scallops in their dark wood interior. Orleans is also close to several high-end golf clubs and resorts, including the refined elegance of the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Rated five stars by Forbes, the resort’s restaurant, Twenty-Eight Atlantic, is perfect for a special occasion.
The shopping scene in Orleans is made up of enchanting boutiques. Addison Art Gallery is a staple of the local art scene and has cultivated an approachable yet impressive gallery experience in Orleans for over 25 years. Local independent bookstores are always a treat, and Sea Howl Bookshop purveys a thoughtfully curated selection of the printed word.
The lush forests and the Gulf Stream-warmed waters of Orleans’ beaches are ideal for a breadth of outdoor activities, including boating, biking, swimming or simply enjoying the local natural beauty. Popular beaches include Nauset Beach, with its gentle waves perfect for learning to surf, and Skaket Beach, with its crystal clear tidal pools containing a treasure trove of fascinating marine wildlife to observe. Bikers head to the Cape Cod Trail to traverse the shoreline and take in the fresh hair.
Social life is diverse in Orleans. The Orleans Yacht Club maintains a fleet of sail and power boats for its sailing programs and hosts an array of events throughout the year, including progressive dinners, lobster bakes, regattas and more — perfect for meeting your neighbors and building friendships over cocktails. The town also has its own baseball league team, the Orleans Firebirds, which offers a fun way to make new friends during practice and at their lively games.
Orleans is supported by Nauset School district, which is ranked #1 in the county by niche.com. Top educational opportunities include:
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