In a world that seems to be made for couples only, it’s refreshing to head off on a solo adventure every so often. Your schedule is your own, you can sleep as long or as little as you like, and you get to choose what food you want to eat at the time that suits you best! Breakfast for dinner? Lunch for breakfast? Middle of the night feast? This is your journey, your adventure, and you have to answer to no one but yourself! This guide to Cape Cod activities for the solo traveler will ensure that your expedition will be as perfect as you want it to be!
Just because you are alone doesn’t mean you won’t appreciate the beauty of a Cape Cod beach; the National Seashore offers miles to explore and photographic opportunities you won’t want to miss. A selfie by the Chatham Lighthouse, a shot of the sun setting over the sea at Crosby Landing Beach in Brewster, or maybe, just maybe, you keep the camera in your pocket and you simply enjoy the moment. Your thoughts and those views are the perfect companions to this perfect moment.
The Cape Playhouse in Dennis offers a chance to escape into the magic of theater world as well as to enjoy a peek at the architecture of the 19th century. The building was a Cape Cod meeting house in the 1800s! Today, the magic of music and laughter is brought to you by talented actors who make the stories they perform come alive and viewing one of the shows during your solo journey ensures you won’t miss a single word of dialogue, something that may not have happened if you were with someone else.
You don’t have to have a partner to enjoy the stunning beauty of a whale surfacing from beneath the sea. With a whoosh of air and a flip of a tale, these aquatic beasts somehow manage to look graceful in spite of their size, and when you book a whale watching cruise through Monomoy Island Excursions in Harwich Port, you’ll be sure to experience the best show of your lifetime.
If you still have questions about what a solo traveler can do while on Cape Cod, we have one very simple answer: A solo traveler can do whatever a couple or family would do, only he or she will be spending a lot less! Our New England Vacation Rentals guide to solo activities is just the start to all the fun you can have on Cape Cod! Contact us!
Cooler temperatures, shorter days, and colorful decorations hanging in the windows of local businesses are all signs that the new season is upon us, and although the end of October generally signifies the end of the tourist rush, it also signifies the start of our favorite time of the year! Late fall and winter, and the accompanying activities and events that take place during these seasons, offer a chance for visitors to experience the true beauty of Cape Cod. This is the time when peace and tranquility take the place of the rush and noise of our still beautiful summer days, and when you take part in these in upcoming seasonal Cape Cod events, you may discover that this season is your favorite as well!
This annual event is coming up rather soon, and although you may miss it this year, it’s never too soon to start planning for 2020! This is one of the biggest holiday fairs on Cape Cod, and it offers the perfect opportunity to begin your Christmas shopping that you swore you would start early this year! Also featuring a farm stand and a silent auction and lasting from 9AM until 3PM, proceeds go to a worthy cause, allowing you to do a good deed as you have a good time!
Offering the chance to celebrate the holiday and to explore the maritime history of the area, the Dennis Maritime Museum Christmas Open House is a fun and festive event guaranteed to be enjoyed by the entire family! The non-shoppers can explore the exhibits while shoppers pick up the little gifts and treasures that give vacationing more purpose!
As the snow falls gently onto the Cape Cod landscape, the stores of Chatham band together to offer a seasonal selection of Christmas merchandise that make perfect gifts for the family back home. This straight-out-of-a-Christmas-card event offers sweet treats, carolers, horse drawn carriages, a tree-lighting ceremony, and a chance to meet Santa at the bandstand. It’s our favorite way to get into the holiday spirit, and it will soon be yours too!
Choose fall or winter for your Cape Cod getaway and a stay in our New England Vacation Rentals classic escapes for a vacationing experience you will never forget. Contact us today to reserve your rental and to learn more about Cape Cod events!
You may not normally think of Cape Cod as a place to travel during the winter, but it happens to be one of our favorite times of the year in the area, and we think it will be yours too, once you try it! The crowds dwindle as the temperatures fall and the sense of community rises, and although many places do close the doors to the snow and cold, the ones that stay open offer that inimitable spirit that only comes from experiencing the wonder that is a Cape Cod winter. And when you realize that Cape Cod is most beautiful during this chilly season, staying in one of our New England Vacation Rentals winter escapes will make your Cape Cod getaway a warm, cozy, and exciting adventure!
Our homes offer warmth and style even on the coldest days of the year! Fireplaces in many aren’t just for romance and beauty; they warm up the room and those who occupy the space! Sitting on the comfortable sofas with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book can be a vacationer’s favorite activity when the snow is falling heavily. Bake a batch of cookies to go with that cocoa in our fully equipped kitchens, put together puzzles on the large dining tables, and when night falls and your eyes are slowly drifting closed, sleep deeply under heavy blankets, staying warm and cozy through sunrise the next morning.
If you remember to bundle up, your adventures beyond the boundaries of our winter escapes will be fun, exciting, and varied! Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa made by someone else at the Hot Chocolate Sparrow (5 Old Colony Way in Orleans), or take in a movie at the historic Chatham Orpheum Theater located at 637 Main Street. Since its opening day in 1916, this theater has been the center of fun in town, offering live events, new release movies, and a café serving many of our favorite winter dishes. Days spent exploring the Cape’s museums can take you to Brewster for the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History or to Dennis for the Cape Cod Museum of Art, while your after sunset adventures could be as simple and as enjoyable as enjoying a beer and some pub grub at the Hot Stove Saloon located at 551 MA-28 #4 in Harwich Port.
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Capturing the essence of beautiful Cape Cod can be done in a number of ways. For travelers with hearts for spending time amongst towering lighthouses, there are plenty of photographic and historical moments waiting. Those who prefer to hop from one savory seafood establishment to the next will find the heart of Cape Cod on each and every dish. Whether you’re a guest to Cape Cod who loves the beach, shopping, sightseeing or simply enjoying the view, this is a destination that never fails to please. When you’re here and looking for an insightful and comprehensive way to enjoy Cape Cod, be sure to sign up for a tour that takes you straight to the vibrant soul of this amazing place. Whether you’re a solo traveler or in town with the family, here are three Cape Cod tours not to miss.
Make an exceptional culinary experience the highlight of your trip to Cape Cod when you book a spot on the Falmouth Food Tour. Culture, community and delectable eating come together in perfect harmony for guests who choose to participate in this celebration of food and drink. As you walk from restaurant to restaurant, a local and friendly guide is happy to offer up insight as to the area’s history as well as delicious details about the fare you’ll be trying next. Participants love this tour for its friendly ambiance, educational value and opportunities to try some of the food that defines the region.
Take a step back in history while gaining an entirely new perspective on Chatham when you book a spot on a Chatham Walks tour. Led by a local Chatham resident and journalist, this tour is a budget-friendly option beginning at $15 per participant that offers up insightful information on some of Chatham’s most notable and perhaps less notable landmarks. This tour caters to locals, summer residents or first-time visitors in equal parts. Those who spend ample time in Cape Cod will be pleasantly surprised at the new information available. First-time visitors will be thrilled with the comprehensive look at such a stunning and historical destination.
If you’re traveling through Cape Cod with little ones, be sure to book everyone a spot on a Cape Cod Learning Tour in Sandwich. These educational and engaging tours let children learn about marine habitats as they splash and explore tide pools alongside a friendly guide. Whether your children are learning about crabs or marching through marshland, this is an inspirational tour that will have families returning time and again. Customized tours can be booked for daytime or evening hours upon request.
There’s nothing like a trip to Cape Cod to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. When you’re here, let the team at New England Vacation Rentals handle your accommodation details. We’ll make sure you’re close to those places you’re ready to explore and live in style and luxury from the moment you arrive. Contact us for more information and to start planning.
Although it may seem as if school has barely started, it’s time to start planning your Fall Break getaway to Cape Cod, and believe us, you’ll be ready for it once that time gets here! The beginning of the school year is often the most difficult part of the year as we get back into the routines we let go slack over the summer—early wake-ups, school meetings, after school activities—it’s tiring just writing about it, let alone living it! Knowing you have a break from the pressure and stress, however, makes it bearable, and when you follow our guide to a family Cape Cod vacation this fall, your return to the real world after will be much easier to handle!
When an event has been going on for over 40 years, you know it must be doing something right, and the Yarmouth Seaside Festival is a prime example! Offering loads of exciting activities geared towards families, the festival allows guests to feel a part of the Cape Cod community as they take part in boat races and sandcastle contests. Also featuring kids’ activities, delicious foods, and a bonfire on the beach, your weekend on the Cape keeps getting better!
Fall is such a beautiful time on Cape Cod and getting outside to enjoy it will be the best part of your Massachusetts getaway—especially when you take part in a Cranberry Bog Tour in Harwich! In our experience, children love to learn how things are built or grown; seeing the process from seed to harvest gives them an exciting insight to the world and the farm store allows you to continue their education with a taste of the sweet stuff! The jams, honeys, and soaps (yes, we said soaps!) offered are the perfect finishing touch to your tour! Make your reservations today on their website.
Children and museums aren’t always the best pairing, but a visit to the Atwood Museum in Chatham is one everyone will enjoy! Offering a peek into the past that will fascinate the adults and the opportunity to play with paper dolls, make music from bells, and win a prize in a scavenger hunt for kids, Atwood is the perfect spot to kill a few hours on a chilly or rainy fall day!
When the sun begins its final descent for the day, coming home to our New England Vacation Rentals fall escapes ensures that the good times will continue. Reserve your stay with us today and enjoy a wonderful family Cape Cod vacation for fall!
The crisp nights and lack of summer crowds are just part of why the fall is one of our favorite seasons to experience Cape Cod. The city opens up with a variety of activities and attractions that are perfect for all ages. Here are some of our favorite Cape Cod fall activities for you to enjoy:
Let’s start with the adults. Each year the citizens of Cape Cod get together to celebrate their love for craft beer. This exciting festival takes place at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, letting you soak in the perfect temperature outdoors. The Cape Cod Brew Fest even features plenty of live entertainment, live music, food trucks, local vendors, and so much more. Best of all, attendees will take home a custom pint glass to show off at home. Enjoy this year’s Cape Cod Brew Fest on September 21st.
Nothing says fall quite like picking out your favorite pumpkin to carve or make a delicious pie with. Take your family pumpkin picking at local Cape Cod farms. Cobwebb Farm is located in West Barnstable and lets you pick out a pumpkin, enjoy a hayride, and much more. Other local farms include Coonamessett Farm and Bourne Farm, where you can spend hours picking local pumpkins and produce. This is a great activity to get your kids outdoors and truly enjoy the gorgeous fall temperatures on Cape Cod.
The East Coast is the root of our nation, and with that storied history comes several reports of haunted locations around Cape Cod. Barnstable Village is the perfect place to enjoy a Haunted History Tour which will take you through multiple locations known for their spooky ghost stories. Stops along the way include the Cobb’s Hill Cemetery, Barnstable Tavern & Restaurant, and more. Tickets start at just $15 for adults and $8 for children.
Everyone loves cranberries, so take advantage of the fall season and tour the Cape Farm & Cranberry Company. This local bog and farm is open throughout the year but the tours are truly special during the fall season. See how these delicious berries are foraged and the large role they play in Cape Cod’s commercial industry.
These fall activities and more are waiting for you on Cape Cod. Let our vacation rentals keep you comfortable during your incredible stay in the area. Luxury amenities and more await you and your family on Cape Cod when you stay in our Chatham short-term rentals!
The carefree days of summer must always come to an end, usually way before we are ready, but we manage to stay happy and smile because we know there’s one last hurrah still to come before we have to trade our flip flops for boots! A Cape Cod Labor Day Weekend is how we bid farewell to the fun of summer, and when you spend your last weekend of the season on Cape Cod, you’re guaranteed to have a celebration you will never forget—especially when you choose New England Vacation Rentals for your vacation accommodations!
While not exactly considered a Labor Day Weekend activity, visiting the Chatham Farmers Market offers a chance to stock up for your own celebration and enjoy the beautiful weather at least one more time before summer’s end! Featuring the freshest of local produce, the tastiest of local baked goods, and so many other treats and surprises, your Tuesday afternoon in the sun promises to be a fantastic one!
Stake your claim on your personal piece of paradise and spend much of the weekend enjoying the sun as you frolic in the waves! Take photos in front of Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, surf the waters of Nauset Beach in Orleans, and enjoy snacks from the concession stand of Seagull Beach in West Yarmouth. This weekend is all about summer fun and forgetting the cold days that lie ahead!
Our favorite part of any vacation is participating in a little retail therapy, and Lemon Tree Village offers a variety of shops that will help while away the hours over the warm Labor Day Weekend! Offering toys, sweets, art galleries, and Café Alfresco to feed you when hunger pangs start, in our eyes, shopping ‘til you drop is the perfect way to celebrate how hard we work throughout the year!
Your New England Vacation Rentals Labor Day escape offers the perfect place to celebrate comfortably. Fire up the grill and toss your favorite meats on the heat as you gulp down the first of a few ice-cold beers during your stay in one of our Harwich holiday rentals! This weekend on Cape Cod will be everything you dreamed it could be—as long as you reserve your favorite rental home today!
As you begin to plan your exciting getaway to America’s favorite vacation place, chances are your itinerary is filled with outdoor activities and adventures you can’t wait to experience. From visits to the Cranberry Bogs to quiet walks along the picturesque beaches, your Cape Cod getaway promises to be everything you dreamed it would be. But what about our indoor attractions? Have you made time or space for the indoor sights we hold near and dear to our hearts? If you haven’t, this guide to our favorite indoor Cape Cod attractions should definitely change your mind, especially if you want to experience everything our island home has to offer!
This small museum located not far from your vacation escape in Brewster offers a quietly wonderful good time as you explore the natural side of the Cape. Featuring exhibits that cover everything from archeology to the Preserved Bird Collection, this indoor attraction is a favorite of everyone who visits!
Offering adventures previously only found on the high seas, checking out this museum celebrating everything pirate will put you on your child’s favorite person list for more than a few minutes! Featuring pirate treasures, artifacts, and stories of the pirates personal lives, it may only take a couple of hours to get through Whydah Pirate Museum, but those may end up being the most fun hours of your trip!
There’s nothing better than spending some time inside surrounded by beauty, and when you visit the Cape Cod Museum of Art, that’s exactly the adventure you will have. Offering works created by talented artists all over the world, guests will want to spend more than an hour or two here! Offering pottery studios, art classes, and of course, artwork to view or purchase, don’t be surprised if you run into one of our staff members during your visit; we absolutely love this place and hope you will too!
Open Thursday through Saturday from 11 AM until 4 PM and Sundays from 12PM to 4PM, the once the private residence of Edward Gorey, a famous playwright, author, illustrator, and puppeteer, is now a museum dedicated to his work. Working here until his death in 2000, it still feels as if Edward is going to walk back into the room and pick up where he left off. Fans of his work will be thrilled to stop in the gift shop and pick up a little something to remind them of their visit!
As the sun sets over each day’s adventures, coming home to your New England Vacation Rentals vacation escape will be the best part of your day! Offering comfort, style, and a sense of family, our dedication to our guests’ needs makes us the right choice for vacation accommodations. Reserve your stay today!
Family vacations can be the best experience of your life or the worst—there really is no in-between. When you choose to take your next family summer vacation on Cape Cod, we can promise it will be the best one you’ve ever taken! Offering adventures and activities that appeal to all ages, there will be so much to do during your Massachusetts getaway that you’ll have to come back next year to experience it all! This guide to summer on the Cape will ensure you can choose the Cape Cod family activities you absolutely can’t wait another day to try!
There’s something lonely and yet majestic about a classic Cape Cod lighthouse; standing tall and proud overlooking the waters, even after all our years on Cape Cod we still give a sigh of delight when we see one! Offering a romantic focal point and the perfect backdrop to all our special occasions, your Cape Cod getaway would be lacking if you missed out on viewing the Chatham Lighthouse or the Nauset Lighthouse in Eastham. If you’re on a road trip, be sure to stop at any of the lighthouses you see!
Offering natural history tours, seal watching tours, and of course their unforgettable Sunset Cruises, Blue Claw Boat Tours has something for everyone! It’s BYOB (or snacks for the younger crowd) as you glide across a saltwater river to where it opens into Little Pleasant Bay and the show of a lifetime! If you’ve never experienced a Cape Cod sunset, this summer promises to be the perfect time to start! This is one of our favorite Cape Cod family activities.
Summer theater has been a Massachusetts tradition for longer than we can remember, and the Cape Cod Playhouse is one of our favorite places to catch a Broadway show! This year’s celebrity line-up promises to outshine all other years as Tony-winning actors and directors perform The Importance of Being Earnest, Chorus Line, and Little Shop of Horrors for the delight of audience members from all over the world.
Every adventure doesn’t have to be a grandiose one. Sometimes, enjoying a delicious muffin from the best bakery in town is all the excitement you need, and Woolfie’s Bakery is the one we suggest. Only open in the summer and early fall, the blueberry coffee cake muffin is the one we dream about all winter long, but your littles may prefer the chocolate chip ones!
Not every moment of every day has to be filled with exciting Cape Cod family activities, and when you stay in one of our summer escapes, you will find the quiet moments may very likely be the highlight of your entire trip. Enjoy dinner al fresco as you watch the sun set over the horizon, listening to your children chatter happily and your spouse laughing aloud; these are the moments we all hope for and Cape Cod vacations aim to please! Reserve yours with New England Vacation Rentals today! Click here to browse our wonderful vacation rentals, including our five-bedroom and six-bedroom rentals perfect for large groups!
In the best of worlds, every vacation you take would be one that would last as long as you needed to see everything there is to see, but in the real world, time off is often limited and we have to make do with what our employers see fit. This means that although you would love to have at least a month to explore our wonderful Cape Cod attractions, you may have to do it in just three short days. We think if you follow this guide, your Cape Cod getaway is guaranteed to be a memorable one!
Forcing yourself to exit the comforts of our New England Vacation Rentals’ classic rentals each morning may be one of the most difficult things you have ever done, but you only have three days to see as much of the Cape as possible, so let’s get moving! Start with breakfast at one of the best spots in the mid-Cape area, Hangar B Eatery at 240 George Ryder Road in Chatham. The stack of lemon ricotta pancakes will keep you well fueled for your day of adventures! Staying close to Chatham to alleviate travel time, your first experience is going to be a visit to the Chatham Shark Center at 235 Orleans Road. Learn all there is to know about the most misunderstood creature of the sea as you explore the exhibits, displays, and interactive exhibits found here. The rest of your day should be spent exploring the Chatham Light and the beach it presides over! In the summer you can climb to the top, but we think it’s a great place to visit no matter what time of year; family pictures taken here will make you smile!
Although every season is the right season to play on Cape Cod, summer is when the Cape is hopping, and going on Dennis adventures is going to be an experience of a lifetime. Explore your inner artist with a visit to the Cape Cod Museum of Art at 60 Hope Lane, enjoy a Massachusetts classic lobster roll at the Sesuit Harbor Café at 357 Sesuit Neck Road, or enjoy a night at the theater and some of the best community theater plays featured at the Cape Playhouse on 820 Main Street, Route 6A. Starting with the Importance of Being Earnest, shown June 12 through June 22nd and ending with Death Trap, shown August 21 through August 31st, every performance is destined to be the best one you’ve seen all year! And if you just can’t get enough lobster rolls, the Lobster Roll Sunset Cruise offered by Cape Cod Lobster Cruises costs just $45 per person! This is one of the best Cape Cod attractions in the area.
It’s your last day on beautiful Cape Cod, but don’t feel sad, there are still many Cape Cod attractions to see and adventures to be had before you say bye to Brewster! Let’s take a step back in to the past with visits to the 1799 Elijah Cobb House, the 1659 Dillingham House, and the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum for a peek into Cape Cod’s early days; all these buildings and a few more can be found in Brewster, allowing you more sightseeing time and less travel time before you have to leave. Sunset at Point of Rocks Landing offers a stupendous sight you will never forget, and your farewell dinner at Chillingsworth—located at 2449 Main Street and considered the best restaurant on the Cape—will end your Cape Cod escape on a high note.
It goes without saying that a stay with us will be the highlight of your getaway, but we’re going to continue saying it because it’s true! Reserve your Cape Cod rental with us today and experience a magical three days you will wish could continue forever! Click here to learn more about us.