Welcome to Orleans
Orleans is a town located at the entrance to outer Cape Cod and spans the peninsula from Cape Cod Bay all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s shoreline along the Bay includes many miles of sand flats and Rock Harbor, where many fishing, charter, and recreational boats are based out of. The shoreline on the Atlantic side is dynamic and ever changing. The beach stretches for miles and runs along dunes, salt marches and inlets that are ever changing with the seasons. Nauset Beach is the gateway to the southern sandy spit known for its Over Sand Beach driving, a fun spot to take the jeep or camper and enjoy fishing, swimming, and the camaraderie of others that like the salt life. Other venues in town include the Cape Cod Rail Trail for biking, hiking trails, local galleries, shops and restaurants, and a seasonal art colony.
With a population of about 6,200 people, Orleans is made up of year-round and summer residents. Town gets busy during the summer months with people staying in vacation rentals, local inns, hotels, and motels.
Residences in Orleans include a combination of architecture. They include antique homes that were original homesteads when the area was first settled, to contemporary homes that embrace streamlined design. There are many neighborhoods in town, each having their own ”flavor”. You’ll find pockets of modest cottages set along Town Cove, summer and year-round homes scattered throughout town and magnificent estates set high on the bluffs with commanding views of the Atlantic. Seaside landscaping is a common thread found at many homes, giving the town a unified look that so many people find appealing.