After the holidays, there is always that one moment when we pull on our favorite outfit and come to the realization that said outfit has apparently shrunk in the wash! Buttons won’t button, extra lumps appear where once was smooth, and was this beautiful pair of pants always this short? Of course, then we think back to months of turkey and stuffing, Christmas cookies and winter cocktails, and it all becomes clear: Our overindulgence has created a new and fluffier version of ourselves, and maybe it’s time to get back into the race! Fortunately, the Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, and Team Relay is coming to Cape Cod on February 20th to help those of us who have put on a few pounds.
Runners from all over the world flock to Cape Cod to take part in the Hyannis Marathon. The cooler weather (temperatures average between 22 and 38 degrees) may make this run a bit more difficult, but the views that accompany the course make it worth any extra effort. The John F. Kennedy Memorial brings back memories of a kinder, gentler time in our nation’s history, and although you may not do more than pause as you run by, it gives you an idea of what you can see and do in a return visit. The beaches, the towns, and the all the sights that make Cape Cod a popular vacation destination will work to take your mind off your aching feet as you pass by each, gaining strength with each new view.
In addition to the timing, there are more than a few reasons this particular activity may become the one you look forward to each year. Offering different lengths that appeal to runners of all skill levels, you can start with the shorter 10K and work up to the impressive full marathon over the years or you can show off your skills by returning to compete in the 26.2-mile full marathon every winter. Being able to run on paved roads eases the wear and tear on ankles and feet, while this mostly flat route doesn’t cause any extra strain on tired athletes. Signing up for the team relay makes this a great team building experience for companies, and for those who just like to run fast, the 10K will be the perfect option.
Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, and Team Relay is very popular, but the number of participants is limited to 400 runners for the full marathon, 2500 runners for the half, and 75 teams of two to four runners in the relay, so signing up now before it’s too late is important. Some of our hardier members of our New England Vacation Rentals staff are thinking about signing up as well; we hope to see you there and to host you in one of our beautiful rentals!
The icy beauty of a cold winter’s day on Cape Cod is a sight you’ll never forget, and if you’re one who doesn’t believe in following the crowds, a winter getaway to Cape Cod is the perfect adventure for you! Offering lower prices, fewer crowds, and the opportunity to live like the residents do (if only for a week!), this season is our favorite time of the year. Take the chance to discover all of the things to do on Cape Cod for the best time of year!
In case you wondered, a snow-covered beach photographs just as beautifully as one on a summer’s day; the tan sand peaking through the white blanket, the steel gray skies matching the steel gray waters, and if you are in Chatham, the crisp white of the lighthouse rises strong and proud, next to the keeper’s house with its brick red roof. The stark beauty of a winter beach will shine through even on a cell phone camera and may change your mind as to when your favorite time to visit may be!
Vacations are about trying new things, right? So why not take advantage of the horseback lessons offered by Emerald Hollow Farm in Brewster? A one-hour private lesson costs $70 and involves all aspects of riding. Grooming, tacking, and handling is included in this lesson, but if you just want to ride, a 45-minute private lesson, still costing $70, is completely devoted to riding. And who knows? Maybe this will be a hobby you can take up in earnest upon your return home!
When the mercury is dropping and the snow is falling, staying warm may be of utmost importance, and when you explore the beers brewed on the premises of Devil’s Purse Brewing Co, you’re sure to be toasty! Located at 120 Great Western Road in South Dennis, the only food served here is chips and jerky, but they do offer food truck events every so often. But if the beer is what you are here for, their taps are ever-changing and include delicious brews such as Handline Kolsch, Pity Party IPA, and Shore Laddie Porter! Also offering growler refills and kegs for rent, your winter nights on the cape promise to stay quite warm after a visit to the Devil’s Purse.
Cape Cod offers a different kind of charm in the winter, but it’s one we welcome with open arms. Warmer weather is just around the corner, and we can’t wait for you to join us on the Cape for another memorable vacation in one of our waterview rentals! Call us today and book a stay today and enjoy all of the things to do on Cape Cod!
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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The holidays are just around the corner, and we Americans are happy to find any reason to celebrate—especially if it means we can escape our real lives and head somewhere new, exotic, and wonderful! Somewhere, like Cape Cod, maybe? Life is different on the Cape, and whether you have visited a million times before or this will be your first holiday getaway with us, your holiday experience will be forever changed by a stay on Cape Cod, especially when you choose New England Vacation Rentals for accommodations during Cape Cod holidays!
The fall and winter holidays shine brightly on Cape Cod, bringing about a sense of family, love, and cheer to your heart. Thanksgiving feasts enjoyed around the table of one of our New England Vacation Rentals holiday escapes, the arrival of the Cape Cod Christmas Tree at Christmas, even the sounds of neighbors coming out at midnight to cheer the new year prove that a holiday on Cape Cod is better than elsewhere, and our homes add an extra bit of celebration to any holiday! Whether you decide on staying in your home away from home or going out for a night on a town, your holiday options are endless on Cape Cod, and we are here to help ensure your stay is a memorable one!
Choices are important, and while you could consider other rentals for Cape Cod holidays, chances are you would be disappointed if you did! Our homes offer that extra something that makes you feel comfortable and at home as well as treasured and spoiled! Fully equipped kitchens are perfect spaces to create your favorite holiday feast or to simply enjoy reheated leftovers from the Impudent Oyster by the light of the stove in the middle of the night. Comfy furniture invites you to sink in and stay awhile, and when you choose a waterfront home, views of the water will feed your soul. Whether you are celebrating a holiday, choosing New England Vacations Rentals will ensure your getaway is the best it can be!
When it’s time to start planning your holiday escape to Cape Cod, New England Vacation Rentals should be the place you start. Reserve your stay with us today!
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 world is a busy place and there will always be meetings to go to, school events you must attend, and chores to be done, but that person sitting across the breakfast table from you every morning deserves something more. She (or he!) has worked unfailingly beside you, ensuring that every mundane detail in your busy life is taken care of. From doctor’s appointments to remembering the big school project, all while working a full-time job, your life partner never quits. And today, we think it’s time to thank that special person with a Cape Cod romantic getaway for two. This guide will help ensure that this trip is an extraordinary one that will never be forgotten!
The fully-equipped kitchen in your New England Vacation Rentals romantic escape makes it fun and easy to whip up some French toast for the love of your life; all you need to do is pick up the supplies at the nearest Shaw’s (They also sell pastries if cooking isn’t your thing!). There’s nothing better than awakening to the smell of French toast or a freshly heated muffin, and who knows? Maybe she will return the favor on day two!
The best way to explore the beauty of Cape Cod with the love of your life is aboard two wheels, and it’s easy to find bike rental shops, no matter which village you are staying in. The Rail Trail Bike & Kayak Shop, located at 302 Underpass Road in Brewster, offers direct access to the Cape Cod Rail Trail and also offers tandem bikes if you want to take romance to the next level of wonder! In the summer, wear a swimsuit under your street clothes and stop for a swim in Seymour Pond; sandy beaches and sunny skies add to the romance of this Cape Cod romantic getaway!
As the sun sets over the Cape, a simple stroll along the beach is the best way to re-spark the embers of your romance. Hold hands as you walk along the shore’s edge, watching the fiery show off yet another ending to yet another day in paradise. No one will blame you for not being able to resist stealing a kiss. You made the right choice all those years ago and it shows in the smile on your face and the fullness of your heart.
It’s the little moments you share with your partner in life that often have the biggest impact: murmured conversations before falling asleep, private jokes that no one else understands when you dissolve into giggles, and a special Cape Cod romantic getaway that will remind you how lucky you are. Spending your getaway in one of our New England Vacation Rentals honeymoon hideaways promises to be the second-best idea you’ve made in your lifetime—reserve yours today!
Cape Cod is famous throughout the world for being a vacation destination for the wealthy, the politically powerful, and upon occasion, royalty from other countries. And because of vacation property management companies like ours, it’s not just the rich and famous that visit Cape Cod; it’s a vacation spot for EVERYONE! The downside is there are certain times of the year where the beaches are crowded, the restaurant lines are long, and the streets are jammed, which can affect the joy of your Massachusetts getaway—unless, of course, you know about the secret, off-the-beaten-path things to do in Chatham that we present in this guide to treasured guests.
It’s practically an institution as one of the best things to do in Chatham, but did you know we have a second lighthouse that hardly anyone visits? Isolated but not quite desolate, the Stage Harbor Lighthouse is located about half an hour away from the Harding Beach parking area, and in our opinion, rivals its more famous counterpart! The pictures you take outside this classic Cape Cod structure should be printed and framed.
Long lines and long waits can lead to cranky kids AND adults, but when you eat where the locals eat, you tend to bypass the extreme waits. The Captain’s Table at 576 Main Street is one of those places, hidden in plain sight right in the middle of downtown Chatham. Serving fresh seafood and classic Italian dishes as well as breakfast and brunch, it’s reasonable prices and hearty servings make this restaurant a favorite with the locals. If you love trying different kinds of food, this will be one of your favorite things to do in Chatham!
Our New England Vacation Rentals’ classic escapes are designed to make our guests feel right at home. Warm and welcoming, a stay with us can be the most magical part of your trip, and that’s not a secret! Reserve yours today and discover what thousands who have gone before you already know: The best vacations can be made even better with the right vacation accommodations.
Whenever we start planning our next vacation, the destination is carefully chosen and decided by a number of qualifications: Is the scenery breathtaking? Are the attractions family friendly? How delicious is the food? And most importantly, what type of shopping expeditions can we expect? There’s nothing better than filling the empty spots in our suitcases and sifting through our treasures upon our return, reliving the vacation one trinket at a time. When you choose Chatham on Cape Cod for your once in a lifetime vacation getaway, you’re guaranteed an experience you won’t want to end—especially when you spend your time treasure hunting with our Chatham Shopping Guide!
Quirky, charming, and destined to be the highlight of your Chatham shopping expeditions, Ducks in the Window offers a unique gift shopping experience. Featuring rubber duckies that match the personality of everyone you know, and the opportunity to personalize some for an extra special goodie, this special shop has been a Chatham tradition since opening day!
Take a piece of the Cape home with you when you explore the wares of Mayflower Shop, offering a taste of everything that makes our village special. If you can’t find it here, you probably don’t need it anyway. While you are definitely going to enjoy the gifts, home décor, and hobby items you can find here, we bet you won’t be able to stop laughing at the selection of funny greeting cards they sell. Padding your schedule with extra time might be a wise thing when shopping at Mayflower!
When you’re this close to where our county’s dreams began, you’re going to expect the antique stores in the area will be filled with artifacts and mementoes that bring that history to life. Chatham Village Antiques offers a fascinating glimpse into America’s past; the trinkets and treasures found here will look beautiful in your home or office.
We finish our tour of Chatham’s Main Street with a visit to Yankee Ingenuity, another Cape Cod tradition. Featuring a little of this, a lot of that, and everything in between, it’s their selection of Cape Cod gifts that always bring a smile to the faces of shoppers. With soaps, jewelry, coasters, artwork and more, this special boutique should be moved to the top of your vacation bucket list and Chatham shopping activities!
As you’ll be needing a place to temporarily store your Cape Cod treasures, and knowing that the best vacations deserve the best vacation rentals, may we suggest our Chatham homes for rent? Located close to all the best shopping spots and designed to make you feel at home, we can promise THIS will be the best part of your Cape Cod escape. Reserve your stay with New England Vacation Rentals today!
A wise lyricist once sang about the changing of the seasons, and although we may be throwing a different spin on one of our favorite songs, the changing of the seasons on Cape Cod are usually followed by an exciting event that must not be missed! If you are planning a visit to our town in the next few months or so, this list of Dennis Port Attractions will give you something special to do during your stay; just plan your stay in our New England Vacation Rentals Cape Cod escapes to take place during your favorite!
Pretty much everyone remembers writing poetry during their oh-so-dramatic teen years. On September 13th, when you visit Dennis Port’s Gathering of Poets, held at 5 Hall Street, you can try it again (maybe without so much drama!) at an open mike event held from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Read what you have written, or read some of your favorite poetry written by others in a nurturing environment. Costing nothing to participate in, we’re sure you’ll find your stay on Cape Cod contributes to your creativity!
September is really the perfect month on the Cape, still warm enough to enjoy some time at the beach, but with the promise of fall in the air, cool enough to not feel sticky and hot, making it the perfect time for the Cape Cod Roots & Blues Festival! Held at Nauset Beach, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity, you can enjoy the perfect September day with good music, food, and drink and do a good deed at the same time!
Fall’s bounties bring a smile to our face every year, and this dinner and auction is a big reason why! Costing $35 for adults, $15 for students, and taking place at 100 Cable Road in nearby Eastham, this is your opportunity to experience Cape Cod life like a local. Featuring delicious foods prepared by students from the culinary arts department as well as from local restaurants, there will be music and more to keep you happy and occupied. Learn about local wines and keeping a garden, bid on awesome prizes in the silent auction, and of course, eat until your stomach can’t handle another bite at the 4th Annual Farm & Sea-to-Table Dinner & Auction.
Designed to bring families closer together, while still giving them the space they need, your Cape Cod vacation promises to be better than you dreamed when you stay with us. Reserve your stay today!