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It is that time of the year when nothing else matters. Just love and love alone. To celebrate love, you must be ready to go the extra mile and do things beyond the obvious. The 2024 Valentine’s edition gives you a chance to tour the world with the iconic Cape Cod Island being a priority destination. Here’s a highlight of the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Cape Cod.

Beach Love

Valentine’s celebration doesn’t get better than the beach. Watching the smooth waves of the island sweep through the shores of the ocean is such a satisfying thing to do. It also doubles up as a love therapy session.

Beaches in Cape Cod also offer a platform for you to explore the feeling of sand in your toes. Enjoy walking along the shores of the island and seeing the beautiful views. A romantic walk on the beach is the perfect Valentine’s Day activity.

Dinner Reservations Work Magic

While there are no written rules of love, some are so pronounced that they feel like a taboo when left out. Valentine’s dinner is something you can’t afford to omit regardless of your travel destination.

With the several restaurants that have set base in the island, you will have multiple options to explore for your Valentine’s dinner. Better still, a solo date on the beachside will be a worthwhile romantic gesture.

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Relax with a Massage

You and your partner deserve the best relaxing experience there can be on the island. Being an active tourist destination, Cape Cod is home to several parlors offering this vital service. The experience is even much better during the Valentine’s season.

Whether you want a quick one as you hop to other activities or you prefer lengthy sessions with your partner by the side, you are in the right place for it all.

Shop in the Island

Shopping on the island is another form of Valentine’s Day adventure that awaits in Cape Cod. During this season, your partner expects you to show up and pamper them with gifts.

Besides the usual roses, cards, and chocolates, go the extra mile and get that engagement ring.

Where to Stay in Cape Cod

Getting a cozy holiday rental for your stay on the island is part of your Valentine’s experience in Massachusetts. With us is a set of rental properties complete with all the right amenities to match your energy for the day. Call us today for your Cape Cod Valentine’s rentals.

Cape Cod is known for its jaw-dropping scenery, stunning sandy coastline, and top-notch recreational activities. This Massachusetts peninsula comprises 15 towns offering unique attractions, including sumptuous restaurants and magnificent shops. As a Cape Cod vacationer, supporting local businesses is one of the best ways to show your love for the area. Here are a few Cape Cod local businesses you can champion.

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Cape Cod Coffee

If you’re a coffee enthusiast, Cape Cod Coffee is the ideal place to get your daily dose of caffeine. This iconic coffee house has been a mainstay since 1970 and sources coffee beans from 12 different nations. Apart from the expansive variety of coffees, Cape Cod Coffee also offers a delightful lunch and dinner menu, including sandwiches, nachos, mac & cheese, classic & specialty pizzas, and wings. You’ll find them at 10 Evergreen Circle, Mashpee, off Route 130. You can also tour their roasting facility in Wareham Crossing and get a behind-the-scenes look at their roasting process.

The Cape and Islands Bookstore Trail

The Cape and Island Bookstore Trail is a fun way to grab your favorite books as you visit the peninsula’s bookstores and explore what each has to offer. The trail’s founders, Vicky Titcomb, Sara Hines, and Caitlin Doggart-Bernal, wanted to raise Cape Cod’s reputation as a literary destination and make it easy for avid readers to find independent bookstores. These stores are essential in helping introduce local debut authors to readers and bringing established writers into schools and communities.

Chatham Jewelers

Chatham Jewelers is the brainchild of Walter and Pota Meier, who founded the store on the cornerstones of philanthropy, integrity, and fine craftsmanship. Today, the store maintains its standard of excellence by providing exquisite, handcrafted jewelry. Aside from custom design fabrication, the store offers onsite appraisals and repair services. Chatham Jewelers utilize state-of-the-art Computer Aided Software and expertise from experienced goldsmiths and local jewelry manufacturers to create tailored pieces.

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Cape Cod is a vacation gem drawing almost six million yearly visitors thanks to a unique blend of attractions. Part of what makes the holiday experience complete is the quality of accommodation. As you plan your Cape Cod visit, New England Vacation Rentals is the go-to for rental holiday homes. We offer numerous impeccable options with ample amenities in 12 Cape Cod towns. Contact us today to secure your vacation rental and partake in the charm of this iconic southern Massachusetts archipelago.

One of the best things about traveling is discovering experiences that are unique to your destination. Whether it’s touring a famous brewhouse that creates your favorite beer or sampling a local culinary phenomenon, exploring things made in your vacation destination is easily one of the highlights of any trip—and when you’re on a getaway to Cape Cod, it’s no different! When you’re not adventuring around our stunning natural surroundings, you’ll find a variety of things to do that you can only find on Cape Cod. If you’re someone who adores local experiences, art, and culture, you’ll love discovering all the things made on Cape Cod!

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Visit the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory

You’ll surely recognize these potato chips, as they sell in thousands of stores and gas stations all around the country—you might even have had them as a snack on an airplane at a point in time! In the town of Hyannis, which can be found right in the heart of the Cape, you’ll find the fantastic Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory. These chips are made right here in Cape Cod, and they’re a point of local pride. Swing by the factory for self-guided tours, vintage potato chip ads, viewing windows into the factory itself, and a cute little gift shop to browse at the end. You even get a free bag of Cape Cod potato chips with your visit. It’ll be a great memory you can reminisce about when you’re back at home in the chip aisle at the grocery store!

Have Your Mind Blown at the Sandwich Glass Museum

Did you know that the town of Sandwich has a long history with the production of glass goods, dating back to the early 1800s? At the Sandwich Glass Museum, you can learn all about the fascinating history of glass manufacturing in Cape Cod. The museum offers several permanent exhibits, as well as special exhibits. From the history of goods like glassware and lamps to the contemporary art of glass blowing, this museum is perfect for both art and history lovers. You can easily spend an afternoon admiring all of the artifacts and art—when you’re done touring the museum, you can browse the gift shop art and take home your very own unique glass piece. There are even smaller replicas in the gift shop of the art you see in the museum. Truly made in Cape Cod!

Relax at the Treehouse Brewery

It’s not just snacks and art that are made in Cape Cod, as the Treehouse Brewery in Sandwich. In fact, it might even be the perfect stop after touring the glass museum! There’s a lot to love about this brewhouse, which is located right on the shore and offers up terrific views of the sand and shore. The multi-story building boasts a large seaside deck, where you can sip on brews made right in the Cape and enjoy views of the Cape itself. Offering a wide variety of brews you can only get at the brewery, you can purchase your draft beer tickets ahead of time to secure your place with the view. Otherwise, you can also order beer for pickup from their impressive menu! Terrific for both beer aficionados and casual tasters, it’s one of Cape Cod’s best breweries.

Tour the Atwood Museum for a Variety of Cape Cod Wonders

The Atwood Museum can be found in the town of Chatham and is in an old house that was constructed back in the 1750s, offering a glimpse of life from hundreds of years ago. The house is now home to twelve galleries dedicated to Cape Cod history and art, as well as sprawling grounds that include an 18th-century herb garden. It’s a terrific option for those who’d love to learn more about the history of the Cape, and it was quite literally made on the Cape! There’s also a charming gift shop showcasing handmade products from the area. During the warmer weather, it’s a beautiful daytime activity!

Pick Up a Piece of Local Art at Steve Lyons Art Gallery

Checking out an art gallery in town is one of the best ways to experience the local culture, and take a piece home to remind you of your time on the Cape. Offering everything from landscapes of the Cape to abstract works of art, it’s an ideal way to spend the afternoon. Even better, the gallery will ship any piece if you’re worried about being able to transport it home! Pieces from the artist have been exhibited in international galleries around the world, and the gallery features local events and book signings.

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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!

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 869 Main Street/Route 6A in Brewster

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!

Whydah Pirate Museum, 674 MA-28 in West Yarmouth

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!

Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane in Dennis

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!

Edward Gorey House, 8 Strawberry Lane in Yarmouth Port

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!

The Choice of Comfort

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!

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!

Cape Cod Attractions – Day 1: No Sleep

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!

Day 2: Dennis Adventures

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.

Day 3: Saying Bye to Brewster

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.

The Highlight of Your 3 Days

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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!

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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 Cape Cod 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 Woods Hole Science 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.

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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

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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!

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