DSC_0405With the spring season well under way and temperatures consistently in the 60’s, it’s a wonderful time to experience the annual “herring run”. This annual “pilgrimage” takes place from late April for about a month and indirectly announces the beginning of warmer weather.

Herrings are anadromous, meaning that although they spend most of their lives in the ocean, they return to the same fresh water ponds or lakes where they were born to spawn. By late spring those ponds have a water temperature of around 55f and the schools of herring navigate up the streams and brooks to their spawning grounds.  On the way and at many spots on route, they gather in shallow ponds before continuing their leaping up the waterfalls and “ladders” to their final destination.  One such spot on the herring run route is Pains Creek directly across from Stony Creek Grist Mill.  DSC_0398Waiting in the shallow ponds and approaching almost in fighter formation, the gulls dive bomb and gorge themselves on the herring, flicking them in the air and swallowing head first in one motion!   It’s an extraordinary sight.  Thousands of herrings patiently waiting their turns and the squawking and squabbling gulls.

Heading down 6A, the Old King’s Highway from Orleans and through Brewster you take a left at the fork by the sign for Stony Brook Road. Less than a mile up the road, you’ll see the spot.

You won’t be disappointed!


The Parsonage

Excited about spring’s arrival, join us at the Parsonage, enjoy any of the activities above and unwind and relax at the Parsonage.
  • During the shoulder seasons, January-June, and September–November, book one of our three guest bedrooms, and enjoy the Cape’s off-season delights.
Located in East Orleans, and just minutes from both the ocean (Nauset Beach) and bayside beaches (Skaket and Rock Harbor), the Parsonage is opposite one of the best Farm shops on the Cape and walking distance to local gift shops and restaurants. We look forward to welcoming you to East Orleans Cape Cod soon. Reserve your room today, we look forward to welcoming you