2016 will be our first season with We Need a Vacation.com but it is actually our seventh rental season. I came to this house in Orleans from New York City in 1991; the best move ever! My husband and I raised our four children here (they went to the excellent local schools), and enjoyed a quiet life off-season and summers, too. The children were in college by 2007. Time for an adventure! In 2010 we rented the house for the summer and hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada). Renting over the next summer seasons, we kayaked in Maine (one year paddling from Rock Harbor) and bicycled around France. In 2014, after 23 years, seeking change, adventure and a better year-round climate, we moved to Sonoma County, CA. We now visit Cape Cod off-season.
What is special about this property?
My East Orleans house holds the memories of 23 years of family life. It was my first house and the place where my children grew up. Before I arrived in 1991, I had lived in a series of New York City apartments. This house had unimaginable space. A room for every child, and a quiet, separate work space above the garage. A one-acre green, wild (to me!) yard that was private and safe. A cul-de-sac where children could learn to ride bikes. We built an adult-sized swing set. To the west, the yard backs onto 40 acres of privately-held, impenetrable woods. To the north, a wetlands view. Most days one can hear the surf at Nauset Beach.
What is special about your town?
Orleans is a quiet and charming New England town of 6,000. In the summer, when that number triples, Orleans' beaches, restaurants and streets come alive with vacationers from all over enjoying my town. Yet even in summer, if you walk a bit, you can find an empty stretch of sand. There is great kayaking in Nauset Marsh, the River and Pleasant Bay and safe, paved, flat bicycling on the Rail Trail, which extends from Dennis, through Orleans at the midpoint, to South Wellfleet, with a spur to Chatham. Orleans has summer theater, sophisticated to casual restaurants, and a library with excellent children's programs. There are many and varied beach opportunities: Nauset, wild or serene, faces 3,000 miles of the North Atlantic, Skaket Beach is on Cape Cod Bay; the water is warmer, the waves milder. There are several refreshing fresh-water lakes and ponds.
Orleans is a perfect vacation place for families.