Every time I’ve visited Cape Cod, I’ve discovered something new and quaint about the region. Hundreds of locals both blue-blooded and otherwise have made the area their summer resort for generations. Almost every New England local has a grandmother, aunt, or cousin who has a cottage in the Cape, and every year the family troops down for a week or so to partake in the precious goodness of the region’s summer weather. Add to this the thousands of visitors who journey from all over the world, and it’s easy to imagine how crowded the small towns become once the warm weather arrives. This is when I go discover the hidden side of Cape Cod. Among the forests of pine trees is a dirt road that leads to an exceptionally gifted glassblower. In his backyard, he patiently creates complexly beautiful sculptures. A rocky cliff leads down to a pebble beach and becomes the ideal setting for a seascape painter who appears at every sunset to capture the ever-changing palette of colors. Finding and speaking with artists in the Cape is one of the most rewarding points of traveling there. The other rewarding point? Discovering a hidden bit of unspoiled shoreline, coming across a desolate wooden pier that streams forever out into the ocean, or encountering my own little tidal pool just as the sun sets.