Winters are long and hard on the island, so when the temperatures start rising and the days begin to last longer, Cape Cod residents just want to get out and celebrate the sun and all it offers! Local celebrations mean even more fun and enjoyment for vacationers who only get to experience island life for brief periods, so our helpful staff at New England Vacation Rentals has compiled a list of activities you just might want to plan your vacation around. We want to make sure you don’t miss out on a single thing while visiting our great island; Cape Cod is that wonderful!

Cape Cod Maritime Days – May 1-31

Featuring harbor cruises, lighthouse tours, and historical walks, along with a host of other events and activities dedicated to the Cape’s rich Maritime history, the entire month of May is a party! Attend a lecture on salt marshes, take a class on painting outside, or tour artist shanties for a chance to meet local artists and purchase their wares. There are many activities spread out all over the island, so be sure to visit the for a complete list of things to do during Maritime Days on Cape Cod.

South Hollow Spirits Dry Line Gin Cape Cod Launch Party – May 13

Experience a launch party for Dry Line Cape Cod Gin created by our very own South Hollow Spirits distillery. For under 12 dollars a person, you can spend a couple of hours tasting Dry Line cocktails and appetizers at Chatham Bars Inn as you watch the sun sink into the waters surrounding our beautiful home, but only if you’re over 21; this is an adults-only event.

Rhododendron Festival – May 21

The Heritage Museums & Gardens is home to the annual Rhododendron Festival every spring, and with thousands upon thousands of flowers in bloom, this is one sweet smelling event!  Explore the museums, walk the gardens, and relax; it’s that tranquil and peaceful. Your younger children will enjoy the carousel, and the older ones (and yes, we’re talking about your husband here!) will thrill at the sight of the Heritage’s colorful antique automobile collection!

Figawi Race Weekend – Memorial Day Weekend

The race itself begins a little before 10 on Saturday morning, but festivities last all weekend. When else are you going to get the opportunity to experience a genuine New England style yacht regatta? The large and colorful boats will present bystanders with many scenic photo opportunities and we should know; many of our staff members have their own photos of regattas from precious years gracing the walls of their homes and offices. Food, drink, entertainment, and souvenirs help mark this epic weekend that is the official start of summer. You’re not going to want to miss out on a chance to party with the friendly residents of Cape Cod!