There's a subtle sophistication to the town of Truro Massachusetts. Traveling along this Cape Cod town's winding, tree-shaded roads, you might imagine you're in the heart of New England countryside.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, you come upon this ...
and this ...
and this ...
That's when you know, for sure, you're in a one-of-a-kind seaside town!
One of the farthest-out towns on the Cape Cod peninsula, Truro is bordered by Provincetown to the north and by Wellfleet to the south.
Truro's easterly shoreline is on the Atlantic Ocean, and Cape Cod Bay stretches along the town's western coast.
Approximate driving distances to Truro MA from major northeast cities:
Once you're over the Canal and onto the Cape, it's another 55 miles to Truro.
Travel Tip: If you're coming from Boston and you prefer not to drive, there's also the option of taking the ferry (seasonal) or flying (year round) from Boston to Provincetown. If you want wheels while you're here, you can pick up a rental car when you get to P'town.
Bus service? Yes, you can travel to Truro by bus. Depending on where you're coming from, you'll probably have to change buses at least once and endure a few stops along the way. It's do-able, but it's not the best option, IMHO.
Some might say Truro is too quiet, too remote, too adult-oriented for an active family vacation. I say that's nonsense!
If your kids are the outdoorsy type and they don't require endless hours of bumper cars, mini-golf, and ice cream stands on every street corner - they'll be happy as little clams in Truro.
This is a town where families have good old-fashioned summer vacations.
Days are spent at the beaches, hiking, bicycling, climbing to the top of Cape Cod Lighthouse (a/k/a "Highland Light"), and joining ranger-guided activities at the National Seashore.
In the Lantern Room at Highland Light
Evenings can easily be filled with campfires on the beach, dinners on the barbecue, chasing fireflies, watching for shooting stars ... and the must-do outing to the drive-in movie in Wellfleet.
When the inevitable urge comes for more excitement, the crazy-busy town of Provincetown is only a few minutes up the road. That's the place for whale watching, dune tours, harbor cruises, museums, shopping, and tons of great food.
To all the things I've mentioned above for kids (we adults need some kid-like fun, too!), add a vineyard tour and wine tasting, galleries, sunsets on the Bay, and excellent restaurants.
Top it all off with Cape-y seaside accommodations, and you have all the makings of a wonderful vacation.
Anyone who says that Truro is too remote or too quiet ... well, my guess is they really don't know Truro.
Atlantic Spice Company - (2 Shore Rd.) Atlantic Spice is a mecca for herbs, spices, loose teas, and great gifts for your foodie friends.
My favorite thing about this shop? The heady scent that greets you, even before you walk though the front door!
Truro Vineyards - (11 Shore Road) Whether you're a wine aficionado, or you just enjoy the occasional sip, put a visit to Truro Vineyards on your "must-do" list!
Tours (free) and tastings ($10 per person) are offered from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
Highland Light - (27 Highland Light Road)
Highland House Museum - (27 Highland Light Road) In the early 20th century, ladies and gents came from the big cities to vacation at the exclusive Highland House resort.
Today, Highland House is a small museum filled with historical artifacts of the times.
Surf Fishing - Fishing fanatics, take note! Truro's coastal waters are a prime spot for surf fishing.
Wet your line for striped bass and bluefish from spring to fall. Some big 'uns cruise these waters!
Truro Center for the Arts - (10 Meetinghouse Rd.) A hub of creativity in the community, the Center offers workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and activities for every age group from kids to teens to adults.
When you're looking for accommodations, there's a peculiarity about Truro MA that you should keep in mind.
The town is made up of two villages: Truro and North Truro.
The village of North Truro (the part of town nearest Provincetown) is where you'll find a wide range of lodgings - hotels, motels, timeshares, cottages, and vacation condos - many overlooking Cape Cod Bay.
The village of Truro has fewer "commercial" lodgings, but it does have a good selection of rental homes.
The Iconic Days' Cottages
On the Shores of Cape Cod Bay
There's also a rather unique hostel in town. It's unique in two ways:
Overall, vacation lodging in Truro tends to lean toward the more pricey end of the spectrum. (But generally less so than next door in Provincetown.)
Here are several good lodging options with room rates in the "moderate" range:
Enjoy your visit to Truro, Massachusetts!
Photo Credits: Lodging photos courtesy of TripAdvisor
Important: Lodging owners/management may change their rates, discounts, special offers, promotions, services, amenities, dates of operation, availability, etc. at any time, without prior notice, and without my knowledge. Be sure to confirm all details directly with the lodging provider before you make any travel plans!