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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!

Ok, we have a secret to confess: It never really gets unbearably hot on the Cape, but every once in a while, the temperatures DO rise up over 80, and if you’re not used to the heat wave, you’ll be looking for ways to keep cool like everyone else! Summer vacations spent on Cape Cod are magical experiences that you never want to end, and when the suns shining bright overhead, we’ve come up with these activities to help you keep your cool! Get out your tank tops, slip into a pair of flip flops, and start planning your unforgettable Cape Cod vacation. Life doesn’t get much better than this!

The Beach

The wind in your hair, the sun shining down from overhead, and the feel of the cool ocean water cradling your body are just a few reasons why a day at the beach cures all ills. Why not make it your first stop on a vacation that will be filled with magical moments from the first day to the last?

Go to the Movies

Yes, you can see a movie anytime, but when is the last time you spent a day going from theater to theater and catching ALL the movies you’ve been dying to see in the same day? The Chatham 14 Movie Theaters offers crisp and cool air conditioning and the chance to escape into a fantasy world for a few hours at a time—take advantage of it!

Woods Hole Science Aquarium

The aquarium isn’t a large one, but when you’re looking to escape the heat for a few hours at a time, there’s no better place to explore! Teaching our kids that education can be entertaining, the touch tanks are especially fun for those with gentle hands, while the outdoor seal exhibit will have your entire family laughing as you watch the antics of these canine-like creatures that make their home here!

Swim in the Pool of Your New England Vacation Rentals Vacation Escape

Not all our homes have pools, but if you plan ahead and rent one that does, you may discover your family never wants to leave your backyard! Greet the day with a refreshing swim, do cannonballs with your kids after a long morning of sightseeing, or float on your back at night, watching the stars above wink and twinkle. Your vacation in one of our New England Vacation Rentals homes with a pool will take you to places you never dreamed possible. Reserve yours today and discover how the RIGHT vacation rental can make all the difference!

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!

Spanning all over the state of Massachusetts and the Cape Cod region, the Audubon Preserves are a set of wildlife refuge parks that aim to preserve the plants, animals, and land of the area for their preservation and survival, as well as for our enjoyment and study.

Replete with stunning panoramic views, beautiful nature trails with fascinating informational guides, and even exhibits in their nature centers on the local flora and fauna, the Audubon Preserves are truly a must-see attraction during your time here on Cape Cod.

Further Details on the Audubon Preserves

Cape Cod’s Audubon Preserves include the Ashumet Holly in Falmouth, the Barnstable Great Marsh in Barnstable, the Long Pasture in Barnstable, the Skunknett River in Barnstable, and Wellfleet Bay in Wellfleet. While there are additional properties that are included as a part of the preserves, these are the most visitor-ready with signs, information, and parking available for your convenience.

Ashumet Holly holds a rare phenomenon; an eight-acre pond of the coastal plain variety that attracts upwards of thirty species of dragonflies. There are also sixty-five types of holly trees, the threatened Spadefoot Toad, and a sanctuary for migratory birds like the Barn Swallow and the Baltimore Oriole. The trail here spans a mile and a half, and includes the Franklinia tree, which is no longer found in the wild.

Home to three of the five properties on the list, Barnstable is ripe with wildlife viewing opportunities. The Barnstable Great Marsh features incredible views of the Barnstable Harbor and the Sandy Neck Barrier Beach, as well as a sanctuary for ground nesting birds such as the Northern Harrier, American Woodcock, Willet, and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow. It has a mile and a half long trail which weaves through two ponds and forests of shady oak. For a longer trek filled with butterflies, meadows, and tidal flats, you can hike the two and a half mile trail at Long Pasture. Meanwhile, Skunknett River’s one mile trail is a great place to see the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp, cranberry bogs, and American Eels.

Finally, Wellfleet Bay has the most extensive trail at five miles in length, showcasing an exquisite view of Wellfleet Harbor and expansive salt marshes, forests of pine, and a sandy barrier beach. The exhibits at Wellfleet Bay are also the most renowned, with a field school for adults, year-round programs for all ages, summer camp programs, and more. Wellfleet Bay is also notable for its populations of Fiddler Crabs and Green Herons.

New England Vacation Rentals – Where All Great Cape Cod Stories Begin

Learn more about Cape Cod and create memories amongst the many wonderful attractions and activities that are waiting for you here. Reserve your stay in one of the charming vacation rental properties that New England Vacation Rentals has available for your trip accommodations today!

The Cape Cod region of Massachusetts is one of the biggest tourist destinations in New England. This collection of small towns attracts visitors from all over the world to soak in the history of early America that resides in these towns, as well as explore the beautiful scenery during the pleasant summer season. One of the hidden gems of Cape Cod is the town of Orleans, MA, a small town with large charm that will delight any Cape Cod connoisseur. On your next trip to New England, be sure to make a stop at Orleans!

History of Orleans

Those looking for stories of history from the early days of America will be enchanted by the story of Orleans. The area was first settled in 1693 by Pilgrims from the Plymouth Colony who were unhappy with the land they were given in the settlement. Orleans officially became a township in 1797 and was named after the Duke of Orleans in recognition of France’s assistance during the Revolutionary War. The town grew through the industries of whaling, farming, and agriculture and continued to thrive once railroads were brought into town.

Nauset Beach and Inlet

Perhaps the biggest draw to the town of Orleans is the beautiful Nauset Beach and Inlet! Nauset Beach is one of the best beaches on all of Cape Cod, with its white sand, big waves, and vibrant wildlife. It is not uncommon to see groups of seals playing in the water or even see whales pass by. Nauset Inlet gives you a little more privacy from the sometimes-busy beach, and the water gets a little warmer, too! The Inlet is a great place to go clamming and kayaking, and even get a closer look at the wildlife. Both Nauset Beach and Inlet are great places to spend a sunny afternoon on Cape Cod!

Activities in Town

In addition to the gorgeous beachfront, Orleans also offers some great things to do in the town itself! Visit the Jonathon Young Windmill, a landmark visible from just about everywhere in town. A guide can give you a tour and overview of the history of the windmill, and best of all, it’s free! The Academy of Performing Arts is a great place to spend an evening in Orleans. Founded in 1950 as the Orleans Arena Theater, the Academy continues to offer small theater productions throughout the summer season. You can also explore the French Transatlantic Cable Station Museum and learn about how the railroad shaped Orleans History.

Explore the beach, the town, and spend part of your Cape Cod vacation in the cozy town of Orleans!

(Image by Ted Kerwin via Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedkerwin/2061583768)

During a visit to Cape Cod, one must always make time to visit the legendary and picturesque lighthouses. Below, we have a list of historic lighthouses that will impress visitors with their stories and enduring qualities. Be sure to read about them!

West Dennis Light at the Lighthouse Inn

This historic lighthouse was built in 1855. The light was in service from 1855 to 1914; it then was extinguished until the late 1900s. The property that accompanies the lighthouse was bought by a Senator and made open to the public after him and his family entertained guests so often that it became an attraction. The Senator, Everett Stone, and his family then relit the lighthouse in 1989 as a seasonal aid for navigation. It now operates every summer and is open to the public to come and visit!

Highland Light on Cape Cod National Seashore

Highland Lighthouse was built in 1797 and stands as one of the oldest and highest lighthouses on Cape Cod. It went under construction in 1857 and remains in top form to this day! The lovely lighthouse is open year-round from May 1st to mid-October. Guests can walk through a guided tour of the lighthouse and even watch a 10-minute video of the history behind its use. The guided tour is offered from 10-5:30 pm. The light actively serves as an aid to navigation for the U.S. Coast Guard. It’s historic and modern day use will ensure guests a window into the unique qualities of Cape Cod lighthouses.

Nauset Lighthouse

Nauset also boasts antique qualities. The lighthouse was built in 1887 as one of the twin lights of Chatham. It then moved in 1923 to where it stands today, which is also on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Nauset almost underwent closure in 1993 due to erosion, but the Nauset Light Preservation Society financed a move more inland so that it would remain a staple of Cape Cod history. The Preservation Society now manages it and opens it up to visitors who want to hear about its historic journey!

Each lighthouse stands as its own unique landmark in the beautiful landscape of Cape Cod. The visitors who witness and learn about these historic sites will learn the story of Cape Cod in many ways. To find out how to plan a stay and visit a lighthouse, contact us today!

Bring your destination wedding to Cape Cod this year! Cape Cod offers wonderful venues for your nuptials, from beaches to historic sites. The venues below are just a few reasons why you will want to plan your destination wedding on this amazing peninsula.

Wychmere Beach Club

Wychmere Beach Club offers a beautiful blend of an Americana and luxury style venue. The venue sits just along the Nantucket Sound complete with an indoor event space and private beach. What better place to share your nuptials then a venue that has both the beach as your beautiful background and an indoor event space for your reception? Wychmere Beach Club makes it possible for your wedding to have class and natural beauty all at once. Friends and family will simply love to see you and your beloved married in this unique location.

The Sage Inn

The beauty of having your special day held at Sage Inn is their commitment to plan and assist you in all of the details that go into making your wedding especially unique. From hand-crafted cocktails, to an exquisite cake and their value of making the venue your “home away from home,” makes the Sage Inn truly a top choice spot to exchange your vows. The small venue is great for an intimate wedding party of up to 150 people. Its classic architecture will bring class and beauty to your ceremony in a way you will always remember. Your guests will truly be grateful to have shared the close-knit experience with you and your partner at the Sage Inn.

The Light House Inn

This venue truly shines as one of the most classic venues on Cape Cod. The historic Inn provides an ocean front experience with an authentic lighthouse giving you and your spouse to be an incredibly romantic backdrop for your wedding. The Inn boasts a phenomenal staff, as well as several types of wedding packages to meet your needs as a couple. The Light House Inn also provides in-house catering with quality cuisine and hospitable service. Make this exceptional Cape Cod gem your destination for the biggest event of your life. You and your guests will not be disappointed by the incredible service and the beautiful views.

For a destination wedding, you want the trip to be well worth it for you and your spouse and for your closest friends and family. Cape Cod can gift you this and more. Contact us today to make sure you and your family have the best quality stay while carrying out this great exchange of vows.

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.

Dining

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.

Nightlife

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!

Golf

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.

Outdoor

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!

Cape Cod is one of the most famous places in the northeastern United States. It has become one of the most frequented spots for vacationers from all of the country. This is due to variety of reasons from the one of kind culture and charming towns to the beautiful weather and scenery. But the history is a huge part of what makes this place so special. With roots spanning hundreds of years to some of the first settlers of this country, there are so many historical landmarks to enjoy.

Provincetown

This is one of the most well-known towns on the Cape for good reason. This is actually where the first pilgrims landed in North America on the Mayflower. As such, the whole town holds incredible historical significance. This significance culminates in the Provincetown Heritage Museum. This museum gives you the most in depth look at the history of the town from the landing of the pilgrims to its early history as a huge port for whaling and fishing. There are plenty of monuments, the most significant being the 252-foot Pilgrim Monument, which is the tallest structure consisting of granite in the whole country. Visiting the museum and town itself is an unforgettable experience in whicfh you are fully immersed in history.

Lighthouses

There are so many historical lighthouses throughout the Cape, it’s hard to pick our favorite! The Chatham Lighthouse has been serving the community since it was erected in the mid-1800s. Nobska Point Lighthouse is another that was built in the 1800s and still stands as a beautiful symbol of where this culture came from. Each of these lighthouses is beautiful, inducing a feeling of nostalgia. You will find many of the lighthouses on the Cape are open to the public for tours and there really is no better way to explore the culture and history of Cape Cod than in learning about some of these amazing structures. After all, the community here is still dependent on the sea.

When it is all said and done, you go almost anywhere on Cape Cod and find a landmark that is on National Register of Historic Places. In other words, the Cape is the perfect vacation destination for those who enjoy visiting historical locations! You certainly should visit the landmarks mentioned above; you are sure to never forget them! Make your next vacation a trip to Cape Cod.

This year’s Wellfleet Oyster Fest is coming quickly! Here are a few words about the event, and why you should be looking forward to it!

The Festival

Like many towns in Massachusetts, Wellfleet depends heavily on its proud (and famous!) oysters, clams, and other shellfish, as well as on the industries and traditions surrounding them. This festival celebrates these cornerstones of Wellfleet’s well-being with tastings, music, sporting events, shucking contests, and more!

The festival is supported by many local contributors, including volunteers and local businesses. It is organized by Wellfleet SPAT—Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, a non-profit begun in 2002 that is dedicated to sustaining the town’s shellfishing and aquaculture industries. The festival furthers their mission by improving awareness of shellfishing practices through different activities that are part of the festival.

The Fun

Food, music, art, beverages, competitions—where do we begin? Let’s start with the food, since oysters are the staple of the festival! Fishermen know that people are out in droves for their catches, so unless you plan on eating them straight from the seafloor, the shellfish you get here are going to be the freshest imaginable. Some restaurants also come out and set up their own tables serving up chowder, stuffed shellfish, and all other sorts of goodies. Plus, you can even see cooking demonstrations to watch masters at work and get some tips! And speaking of all things edible, locally-brewed beers, ales, and wines are all for sale as well!

Like much of Cape Cod, Wellfleet is proud of its local arts scene. This includes our musicians, so there will be live performances throughout the festival—whether you prefer country rock or string duets, you’re sure to find something you like. You’ll be sure to find plenty to delight your eyes as well as your ears, as many artisans come out to show off their crafts, whether photos, jewelry, paintings, or ceramics. It’s a great place to seek a souvenir!

Finally, what’s a festival without some competition? While the “shuck-off” is the most publicized, there’s other places to test your mettle in a variety of ways, from tennis to running to spelling!

For a full list of activities, check out the Oyster Fest schedule here: http://wellfleetspat.org/wellfleet-spat-events-fundraising-to-fund-local-programs/wellfleet-oysterfest-homepage/wellfleet-oysterfest-schedule-of-fest-activities/

The Details:

This two-day festival will be held on Saturday, October 15th and continue the next day, Sunday October 16th. The events are centered around Wellfleet’s town center, around Main Street. The cost is $10 per day, with various vendors setting their own price for their food and other wares. Sorry, but no pets or outside alcohol allowed!

If you’re a fan of seafood—and if you’re visiting Cape Cod, we hope you are—then this is a great even to plan your stay around. Come experience a brisk and beautiful New England fall, and have some fun while you’re at it!