Trekking Back through Time in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
While parts of Cape Cod have come to resemble a seaside Disneyworld, the Dune Shacks on the very tip of the Cape remain frozen in time. Seventeen rustic (read: no plumbing or electricity) cottages are spread throughout the rolling sand dunes, and the hour hike out from the highway is the best way to see them. The shacks were once artists’ residences—think e.e. cummings and Norman Mailer—and glimpsing them as you reach the top of the dunes feels a bit like traveling back in time. Explicit permission to scramble around on the dunes—an act forbidden almost everywhere else on the Cape—makes the trip even better, as does the nearly deserted beach that awaits you on the other side.