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It may be difficult to tell from the temperatures outside where you live, but Halloween is just a short time away, and we are so excited to get the chance to celebrate with you again this October! As the days grow shorter and we start to detect the first signs of autumn coolness in the air, we notice the candy in the stores and we have already started to plan our costumes. If you’re considering a spooktacular vacation at the end of October, here’s a list of things to do in Harwich this Halloween during your stay!

Ghost & Witches of Cape Cod

What better way is there to celebrate the spookiest time of the year than with a talk by local author, Jack Sheedy, covering the topic of the supernatural on Cape Cod? Our favorite place on Earth has a long and rich history dating back to even before the pilgrims first landed on Plymouth Rock, so is there any doubt there may be some lingering spirits? Held October 28th, from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the Brooks Academy Museum on 80 Parallel Street, the topic is even more frightening because it could be real!

Visit the Pumpkin Patch in Nearby Chatham

Halloween wouldn’t be nearly as fun without that big orange gourd that serves so many purposes, and the Pumpkin Patch, held every day in the month of October at First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street in Chatham, is the place to get them. Proceeds from the pumpkins sold benefit the Chatham Children’s Fund, so you’re doing a good deed as you celebrate the holiday!

Dennis Police 5K Halloween Hustle in Harwich MA

Among the other things to do in Harwich, our neighbors in blue feature an annual run with participants being encouraged to dress in their Halloween finest! Eating too much candy and other goodies isn’t so bad when you decide to take part in the 5K, held on Sunday October 28th at Mayflower Beach in Dennis. And even if you don’t want to run, it’s not hard to get into the “spirit” of things when you watch goblins, ghouls, and other spooky specters howling their way to the finish line.

Harwich Community Center Annual Halloween Party, 100 Oak Street and other things to do in Harwich

Staying close to home is fun when you stop by the Harwich Community Center’s Annual Halloween Party to play some games, trick or treat, and eat your weight in delicious goodies!

New England Vacation Rentals Offer the Best

However you choose to spend your Halloween on Cape Cod, the best part of your entire trip will take place inside your cozy New England cottage. Divvy up the candy you received trick or treating, prepare some mulled wine, and sit back for a night of scary movies on the large flat screen television found in your comfortable living room! Reserve your stay today and enjoy more amusing things to do here in Harwich!

The best way to enjoy a Cape Cod vacation is by dividing your stay into segments. Spend two days in Chatham, taking family photos at the Chatham lighthouse, and then head to Harwich for another couple of days, making time to ride along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, and for a grand finale, take at least two days to explore the adventures that Brewster has in store for their visitors. Here’s some ideas on how to best spend your 48 hours in Brewster—enjoy!

Sleeping in Can Be Fun

New England Vacation Rentals wants to make it easy for you to forget that you only have two days to explore Brewster, so wipe the sleep out of your eyes, slip into your walking shoes, and start the adventure with breakfast at Brewster Coffee Shop. Offering outdoor seating, hearty breakfast choices (including a strawberry and banana waffle that will give you the energy for your day ahead) and strong, dark coffee to keep the caffeine headache away, Brewster Coffee Shop is a local favorite. And don’t forget the famous Brewster General Store for old fashion cool treats and Cape Cod souvenirs.

After breakfast, you’ll head to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for a morning of education and entertainment. Located at 869 Main Street, Route 6A, the museum is a smaller one, but it packs a punch inside its four walls. Featuring everything from an Archeology Exhibit to a Butterfly House, an Osprey cam, live honeybees and Pollinator Path, families with younger children will really appreciate the exhibits offered here.

Exploring the natural wonders found at the museum will make you hungry, so lunch at Cobie’s, a local institution since 1948, is the best way to stave the hunger pangs. Try the lobster roll; it will change your life!

An afternoon at Breakwater Beach finishes off your first day of fun in the sun in Brewster. If you’re too tired for dinner, Stone L’oven Pizza serves pasta, pizza, calzones, and more, and because they offer take-out, you can enjoy it in your jammies back at your NEVR vacation escape!

Day 2

Because you were smart yesterday, chances are you stopped in Eat Cake 4 Breakfast and picked up some pastries for this morning’s meal, allowing you to start in on the day’s exploration immediately. Today is about museums, so again, make sure to wear your walking shoes!

We’ll start with a visit to The Crosby Mansion, only open on Sundays in August and located at 163 Crosby Lane in the morning. Built in 1888 and known for its famous visitors, which included Hellen Keller, the Crosby Mansion is also known for its extensive art collection.

In the afternoon we’ll visit another grand manor, the Nickerson Mansion, built in 1907 and located at 2871 Main Street. Finishing off the day with a romantic dinner at the Brewster Fish House, your time in Brewster must draw to a close.

Make sure you make time to visit Ocean’s Edge for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a sunset cocktail and enjoy the views and top service.

Nickerson State Park in Brewster is famous for its 1900 acres of nature and beauty. Take a walk, take a swim, take a bike ride around –you decide.

But Not Before One More Night’s Sleep in Your NEVR Vacation Escape

As the stars twinkle brightly in the night sky, your time in Brewster will remain a shining moment in a vacation filled with wonders. Your last night’s sleep in one of our classic New England cottages will be the best one yet—reserve yours today!

Cape Cod is the go-to New England vacation destination if you love to experience places from America’s early history, and also if you love exploring quaint towns with lots of local hidden gems. One of the biggest trends in dining across the country is local wine bars. These places are wonderful for grabbing a high-quality glass of wine, usually in a more low-key atmosphere than traditional bars. If you are a wine lover, be sure to check out our top wine bars on Cape Cod during your next vacation!

Harvest Gallery Wine Bar

The “gallery” in Harvest Gallery Wine Bar is more than just a name; it’s a part of the heart and soul of this wine bar. Here is where food, wine, art, and entertainment all come together to create one of the best local places on all of Cape Cod! At Harvest Gallery Wine Bar you can order wine by the glass, carafe, or bottle. Can’t decide on which to order? They have wine flights available so that you can try a little bit of everything! Also, unlike most wine bars, Harvest Gallery offer a full dinner menu, from tapas and charcuterie, to entrees and desserts. While you dine, enjoy decor filled with works by local artists. Also, most nights offer live music. Harvest Gallery Wine Bar is a must visit!

Chatham Wine Bar and Restaurant at the Chatham Inn

Chatham Wine Bar prides itself on the fine dining experience they offer. Unlike many wine bars, the food plays a pivotal role. Not only do they offer an extensive wine menu, but their dining menu offers some of the best food you will find on Cape Cod. Located in the Chatham Inn at 359 Main, you have the option of dining in their elegant dining room or the more casual al fresco seating. Either way, you’ve got the opportunity to enjoy 32 wines by the glass, over 150 wines by the bottle, and also enjoying high quality food prepared with the best seasonal ingredients! Reservations are highly recommended and accepted up to 90 days in advance.

Etzy Wine Bar & Bistro

This wine bar and bistro in the heart of Dennisport is great for a night out with your friends. At Etzy, you can sit at the large central bar or grab a table indoors or on the front patio. Enjoy a menu filled creative cocktails, 20+ beers on tap, and of course an extensive variety of both domestic and foreign wines! They offer small plates and large portions for dinner or snacking in a casual atmosphere. Make a night of it as they often have live music!

Enjoy a delicious glass of wine on Cape Cod at one of these favorite wine bars!

The culture on Cape Cod is probably one of the most unique in the entire country. A blend of amazing history and just about every type of person imaginable makes it a great place for anyone to visit. As it features such a vibrant community, the Cape really comes to life for holidays. This is definitely true for the nearest holiday Halloween, when you will find fun and excitement for everyone.

Endless Trick or Treating

There are a dozen towns to trick or treat in, so you could come back for trick or treating every year and never explore all the great neighborhoods. There are also plenty of trick or treating opportunities in public places. The Safe Trick or Treat events held in various Cape Cod towns offer kids the opportunity to trick or treat safely with plenty of events going on such as costume parades in Chatham and Brewster to trick or treating at local vendors along Main Street in Hyannis.

Endless Pumpkin Patches

Cape Cod is the best place in the world for the pumpkin patch enthusiasts out there! This is because each of the towns on the Cape features their very own pumpkin patch. If you are so inclined, you spend an entire day exploring unique pumpkin patch after pumpkin patch.

Art and Souls Costume Ball

This is the most horrifying and fun dance party on the entire Cape. Being here, you will feel as if you are spending a night at the museum, except the art has come to life! Great live music, endless dancing, refreshments, and good people make this a night to remember. The fun is kicking off on October 28th at 7:30 pm in the town of Falmouth.

Haunted Tours

The Cape has a rich history, and with that comes plenty of spooky ghost stories. There are several tours in the area that explore this history along with the tales of spirits of yore. Harwich is offering a Haunted Graveyard Tour on Saturday October 14th and Saturday October 21st presented by the historical society. You can also check out the Haunted History Tour in Barnstable along 6A with tours nightly through November 15th, or the Provincetown Ghost Tour on October 27th and 28th for their Halloween Tour. Both of these run throughout the summer season as well so if you miss them now, you haven’t totally missed your chance!

Green Halloween

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster comes to life every year with this classic Halloween celebration. This year the fun is happening from 10 am to 2 pm on October 28th. You can enjoy the entire museum along with new special features like mazes, crafts, games, tricks, treats, and so much more.

There is never a bad time to visit Cape Cod, but Halloween offers a Cape experience unlike any other. The streets are spooky, but the energy and the goodwill throughout the towns is amazing. This is the perfect place to celebrate your next Halloween.

Sometimes, you look around at your life and your best girlfriends and know that it’s time for you all to take a break and escape to a gorgeous locale for a relaxing weekend of girls-only fun. When you start to feel the siren call of a girl’s vacation, consider visiting Cape Cod’s scenic New England beauty!

Fun Things to See and Do on Cape Cod

Between its stunning seaside setting, its lush natural surroundings, its bevy of quaint and charming homes, and its old-fashioned main streets lined with cute shops and delicious local restaurants, Cape Cod is a vacation destination that is as blissful as it is refreshing.

Kick off your trip by renting an immaculate New England home for your girls’ getaway—an East Coast oasis ideal for unwinding and hanging out together in between sightseeing and exploring around Cape Cod. New England Vacation Rentals has an incredible variety of vacation rental properties to fit vacations of all sizes, itineraries, and budgets. Whether you want to rent out a home on the beach or be a little closer to town, we’ve got you covered!

Once you’ve picked out a place to stay, the fun really begins. Immerse yourself in the jaw-dropping splendor of Cape Cod’s Audubon Preserves, which feature acres and acres of thick forests, pristine beaches, and picturesque plant- and wildlife. Charter a boat and sail along the cape, seeing the New England coastline from the breezy comfort of the glittering ocean waves. You can find all sorts of equipment rentals and charter services along Cape Cod if you want to try out surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and other water-based activities, or you can just head to the beach to swim and lay out on the sand!

Treat yourselves to a pampering spa session at one of the many spas located on Cape Cod, including Solstice Day Spa in Hyannis, La Petite Day Spa in Chatham, and more. Grab drinks on the beach at Beachcomber in Wellfleet, or dance the night away at Sundancer’s in West Dennis. Trader Ed’s and The Chatham Squire are also worth checking out if you’re looking for a lively party scene.

For the perfect New England brunch, your options are endless. Red Cottage is an old-fashioned diner in South Dennis that has brunch for cheap, while Sea Street Café in Hyannis has breakfast all day and authentic New England cuisine. When dinner comes around, stop by Ocean House for fine dining Asian and New American food (though you may want to save this one for a very special occasion, as the menu is pricey). Cheaper and equally delicious menus can be found at the Impudent Oyster (which is housed in a former church) and Oyster Company Raw Bar & Grill. Gerardi’s Café is also well-known for their Sicilian menu, relaxed ambiance, and great selection of Italian cocktails and wines.

Experience the Best of Cape Cod with New England Vacation Rentals!

Contact our reservation specialists to find out more about these fantastic activities and attractions, as well as the other amazing things that Cape Cod has in-store for you during your stay when you reserve your trip in one of the charming vacation rental properties that New England Vacation Rentals has to offer today!

Don’t be fooled by Cape Cod’s reputation for being a cute and charming New England locale; it’s also an awesome place to escape from the day-to-day routine of life in the company of friends, complete with a steady supply of cool places to hang out and an endless list of outdoor activities. It’s the ideal place to plan a trip with the guys!

Fun Things to Do and Places to Go

If you and your travelling buddies enjoy the great outdoors, Cape Cod has much to offer. Hiking, fishing, boating and sailing, and golfing are all extremely fun and popular activities here on Cape Cod for guys. Stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are two additionally entertaining ways to take in the sights from the water while testing your endurance and competing with your friends.

For that perfect coastal experience, you can’t go wrong with hanging out on the beaches of Cape Cod. Or maybe you’d prefer an adventure out on the water? If so, you can always rent out a deep sea fishing boat or a party boat and live it up out on the ocean!

Friends with a history buff? Or maybe that’s your role in the group? Either way, Cape Cod has a ton of cool historical homes, museums, and monuments that you can check out during your time here, such as the Pilgrim Monument or the Edward Gorey House.

In between hitting up all of the best spots all along the cape, grab a bite to eat at someplace good, like Captain Parker’s Pub, emBargo, Wicked Restaurant and Wine Bar, or Spanky’s Clam Shack and Seaside Saloon.

Cape Cod is also ideal for nights out on the town. You and your friends will definitely want to stop by one of the many bars or clubs here. Chatham Squire, the Wellfleet Beachcomber, Oak & Ember Whiskey Bar & Grill, The Box Office Bistro, Trader Ed’s, Cape Cod Beer, and The Improper Bostonian are all excellent places to go to get the party started and keep it going. Coming during the middle of the week? Head over to Quahog Republic for Kick the Keg night on Tuesdays!

New England Vacation Rentals – Your Guides to the Best of Cape Cod

Contact our reservations team to learn more about Cape Cod’s many attractions and activities—including those that are more suited for a trip with the boys—when you book your stay in one of the awesome vacation rental properties that New England Vacation Rentals has to offer today!

This new year, make it your new year’s resolution to plan a vacation out to Cape Cod! It’s 2017, and adventure awaits you! Here are five reasons why you should contact New England Vacation Rentals so you can explore the beauty and excitement of Cape Cod.

The Beaches

Cape Cod has the perfect beach for you—approximately 130 of them, in fact! The wide range of beaches you can enjoy on the peninsula span from salt water to fresh water, from small and intimate beaches to large ones that offer room to play your favorite sports, from quiet beaches to beaches with big waves. Visit Old Silver Beach for a fun game of volleyball, or Race Point Beach for a slow and relaxing afternoon.


If you’re a foodie, fresh seafood, local farmers’ markets, waterfront dining, family friendly restaurants and renowned resort dining are just a few reasons why you need to vacation on Cape Cod. Famous lobster rolls from the Sesuit Harbor Café and the Seafood Shanty are begging to be eaten. Local creameries such as Katie’s Ice Cream offer flavors unique to the peninsula, like the Cape Cod Sand, which is a must. For those looking for a more upscale dining experience, make a reservation at Chatham Bars Inn and savor their Impudent Oyster dish.


Take your pick from hip spots to hidden gems and classic dive bars while vacationing on Cape Cod! O’Shea’s Old Inne provides a great dive bar experience with several beers on tap a friendly crowd. To catch live entertainment seven nights a week, you’ll definitely want to stop by the Sand Dollar. It’s a great spot for a night out with friends or even your family! For a night of fun grab drink at the Underground Bar, a favorite of Province town for its welcoming and entertaining environment. Having a night out with friends during your vacation is essential and Cape Cod has the perfect scene for you!


Cape Cod boast one of the best golf clubs in the nation: Holly Ridge Golf Club. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a beginner, the facility offers courses that appeal to all levels. This “Top 100 in America” course sits in the hollies and pines of Sandwich, MA offering a beautiful setting. It offers a full bar and restaurant, as well as a pro shop and custom club fitting. If you’re new to golfing, Holly Ridge Golf Club offers instruction classes in its award-winning Practice Facility and Learning Center. Experience the challenging courses or take up a new hobby, either way you will want to make this one of your destination for 2017.


The natural beauty of Cape Cod is reason enough to plan a vacation. Hikes and trails through the woods, wildlife refuges, remote beaches, and state parks will satisfy any nature lover. Go for a hike through 4,700 acres of forests and marshes in Sandy Neck Beach Park, enjoy a meditative walk with the Lowell Holly Reservation, take in the water views of the Mashpee and Wakeby ponds, or walk along a breakwater in Provincetown, a rock way that will take you to a remote beach and a lighthouse. These examples only touch on the incredible beauty available on Cape Cod. Discover more beauty while enjoying your stay on Cape Cod.

Stay with New England Vacation Rentals

New England Vacation Rentals has everything you need to make sure your new year’s resolution becomes a reality. We have rentals that will accommodate you and provide you with a restful home to come after adventurous days out on the peninsula. Contact us today to book your vacation and experience the great beaches, dining, and sights for yourself!


Best Local Wildlife Observation Spots and Activities on Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a unique peninsula jutting into the Atlantic from the Massachusetts coastline. The area acts as a haven for lovers of nature and wildlife in particular as there are countless opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the marvelous phenomenon of the natural world. Here you can experience Cape Cod wildlife encounters like nowhere else.

Audubon Preserves

Cape Cod has been home to massive booms in population and development over the last few decades. However, the community has done its part in preserving some of the most astounding and beautiful ecosystems in the world. This is what the Audubon Preserves represent. There are multiple areas that have become preserves, such as the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. Wellfleet Bay is 937 acres of untouched natural beauty spanning hills and shorelines overlooking Wellfleet Bay. You can see picturesque landscapes and countless species of wildlife. Long Pasture offers more of an inland experience with beautiful, sprawling meadows and woodlands. These places serve as a place to explore, learn, or simply lose yourself in the majesty of the natural wildlife in Cape Cod.

Conservation blog 4Whale Watching

As the peninsula extends far out into the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod offers some of the best areas to whale watch in the country. Virtually any portion of the shoreline facing out into the ocean is a good place to hunker down and wait for the show of whales peacefully gliding through the water and breaching the surface. Specifically, the north end of the peninsula is a prime location for such endeavors. There are also countless services that will take you out into the ocean on a large boat to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.

Bird Watching

To witness the carefree lives of countless sea birds, simply take a seat on the beach and watch as they dance around the tides and dive into the water in their endless pursuit of fish. To witness even more incredible variety, spend a day at one of the Audubon Preserves. The Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary located in Falmouth provides particularly diverse and spectacular bird watching.

Sea Life

The waters surrounding Cape Cod are rich with nutrients and as a result, attract numerous species of sea life. Anything from seals and whales to starfish and sharks. There are countless opportunities to sea how the creatures of the sea spend their days here.

Cape Cod is often hailed for its beautiful beaches and charming towns. But the real secret to the boundless beauty found here is in the natural landscapes and plentiful Cape Cod wildlife. Plan your next vacation here and immerse yourself in a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise!


Top 5 Picnic Spots Near Cape Cod

What could be better on a beautiful spring afternoon or a warm summer day than gathering with friends or family on a large blanket and enjoying a picnic together? Especially if that picnic is taking place in scenic, serene Cape Cod where there are plenty of beachside or wooded areas to pick from. Cape Cod is known for its natural beauty and has served as a backdrop for many romantic scenes, picturesque family gatherings, and solitary strolls along its charming streets, and there’s no better place in the country for a perfect picnic. Our top 5 Cape Cod picnic spots include the following:

  1. The Boardwalk in Sandwich – The Boardwalk at Town Neck Beach in Sandwich is an iconic stop in Cape Cod where people love to gather to enjoy a picnic right on the beach and swim in the water while they’re at it. If you’re planning a visit to Cape Cod, The Boardwalk is an absolute must, and be sure to take plenty of pictures while you’re at it.


  1. Cape Cod Canal – A great spot for a Cape Cod picnic includes unbeatable views, and in Cape Cod, that means views of nearby boats as they make their way across the water. Cape Cod Canal offers picnic spots right next to the bridges where you can eat on a local picnic bench, take a stroll along the waterfront, walk over the bridge, while enjoying the surrounding water views, or go for a bike ride. It’s a great place to spend the afternoon.


  1. Pilgrim Spring/Small Swamp Trail – With plenty of places to picnic and incredible views, this unique section located on the Outer Cape in Truro is a great stop for families. Pack a lunch and some outdoor games to play or just enjoy walking the nearby trails.


  1. Braille Trail – Located in Dennis, this covered picnic area has plenty of tables and is surrounded by beautiful fields for playing outdoor games, taking pictures, flying a kite, or simply lying on a blanket and reading. The nearby Marguerite Ickis playground is close by for kids who are looking to play.


  1. Fort Hill – Providing some of the most scenic views in all of Cape Cod, Fort Hill also has a beautiful gazebo which overlooks the nearby beach and marshland. This picnic spot is perfect for pictures and a peaceful place to spend a few hours.

Contact us today for more information on Cape Cod picnic spots!

Day Planner on Cape Cod – A Full Description of a Great Weekend Away on Cape CodMonomoy Island Excursions

Thousands of vacationers are drawn to Cape Cod every year to relax on the sandy beaches, explore the historic towns, and mill about the charming harbors. Cape Cod family vacations are always exciting; even if you can only get away for a quick weekend trip, your time spent here is guaranteed to be well worth it. With some careful planning, first-time visitors to the Cape can make sure they get the most out of their trip, and not leave feeling like they missed out on anything. Below, you’ll gain a good sense of where to stay, where to eat, and what to include on your itinerary, so you don’t waste any precious time once you arrive.

Where to Stay

You will have several lodging places to choose from at the Cape, but keep in mind that there are many benefits to staying in a vacation home rental instead of in the impersonal, tight quarters of a hotel room. New England Vacation Rentals offers a variety of homes to choose from, ensuring that all visitors will find something to suit their budget and location preference. Amenities include concierge services and maintenance requests, so that all you have to worry about is enjoying your time on Cape Cod. Whether you’re looking for a large property situated right on the water, perfect for a Cape Cod family vacation, or a cozy house positioned in the heart of one of the Cape’s villages, New England Vacation Rentals can accommodate.

Places to Eat

The main things to think about when it comes to eating during your two-day stay on Cape Cod are where you’re going to have breakfast and where you’re going to get excellent seafood. Many places cater to both, so finding either shouldn’t be too terribly difficult. Of course, where you end up will all depend on which area of the peninsula you’re in, but a few places to start include Maison Villatte in Falmouth for breakfast, The Clam Shack for a tasty seafood lunch right on the dock, and Quahog Republic to mingle with the locals for a drink or two.

In Provincetown, try out Pop + Dutch for a delicious breakfast sandwich, The Canteen for a variety of seafood options, and Aqua Bar for a waterfront nightcap. If you’re in the lower Cape area around Chatham, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Monomoy Coffee for breakfast, Impudent Oyster for a seafood lunch or dinner, and Chatham Bars Inn for an after-dinner cocktail.

Things to Do

With only two days to pack in all that you want to see and do, it helps to have a clear plan outlined ahead of time. Begin your first day in Falmouth, check out Old Silver Beach, and stop to take pictures of the very New England-esque Nobska Point Lighthouse. Later in the afternoon, head to Hyannis to catch a glimpse of the Kennedy compound, and walk through the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum before signing up for a whale watching tour that leaves from Hyannis Harbor. You may find your second day best spent taking a ferry ride to Nantucket, where you can bike around and experience the National Historic District’s museums, boutiques, and art galleries.

Any of these suggestions are sure to make your first trip to Cape Cod a memorable one.