Truro, Massachusetts, is the first town south of Provincetown (for those of you unfamiliar with Massachusetts geography, Provincetown is located at the very end of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod “arm”). One of the best biking routes through Truro is along Rt. 6A, known as “Old Kings Highway,” or the original main thoroughfare up the Cape. Along this route are numerous cottage-style resorts, the picturesque Day’s Cottages being the most archetypal:
I’ve never stayed in one of these before (very pricey!), but despite being a cynical New Yorker, even I have to admit their perfect level of quaintness and charm. If someone asked me to imagine a row of beach-side Cape Cod cottages, this is exactly what I would come up with:
To max-out the cuteness factor, each of the 20 or so cottages is named after a plant:
Each abuts on a beach on the western side of the Cape:
Finally, for photographers, they’re great because you can easily grab some “repetitive pattern”-style pictures:
But nestled in amongst the thriving Truro vacation establishments is my absolute favorite find along 6A: this fantastic abandoned motel, which reminds me very distinctly of the Bates Motel.
Boarded up and in a bad state of disrepair, I have no idea how long this has been closed down. Last year when I was last here, it was basically in the same shape:
It is unbelievable to me that such a property has been out of operation for so long despite its value. There are dozens of similar places along 6A, and literally every single one of them has a NO VACANCY sign out – and this is on a Tuesday! Yet this one has been abandoned and seemingly forgotten.
I find this motel to be absolutely beautiful in its decay. When was it last in business? Who stayed here? How many guests passed through? How many families still remember this as their old Cape Cod getaway? I’d love to have a look inside, but the place was thoroughly boarded up, with NO TRESPASSING signs everywhere.
At the southern end, someone has graffitied on a window…
…a bunch of birds (crows?)…
…with the creepy/insanely cool message “eyes everywhere.” What does that mean???
A railing to nothing and some deteriorating cement design-work:
The doors, still numbered, have been steadily turning brown:
At the northern end are three cottages, also boarded up:
Like the Day’s Cottages, the motel and the cottages back up to a beach:
As you can see, the beach is extremely overgrown:
Behind another cottage, a couple of beat-up beach chairs are still looking out on the harbor:
In the back, a beautiful view of the coast (and a chimney!):
The rear of the cottages:
A fourth cottage, which has remained vacant for what seems to be a very long time:
Like New York City, every piece of property in the Cape is extremely valuable, and finding something so disregarded is an extremely rare occurrence. I’m sure the seller is just waiting for the right price, and within a few years, this will be yet another thriving motel in Truro. Until then, this abandoned motel will have to be content in simply setting imaginations racing.
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