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!
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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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
However you choose to spend your Halloween on Cape Cod, the best part of your entire trip will take place inside your cozy New England cottage. Divvy up the candy you received trick or treating, prepare some mulled wine, and sit back for a night of scary movies on the large flat screen television found in your comfortable living room! Reserve your stay today and enjoy more amusing things to do here in Harwich!
The best way to enjoy a Cape Cod vacation is by dividing your stay into segments. Spend two days in Chatham, taking family photos at the Chatham lighthouse, and then head to Harwich for another couple of days, making time to ride along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, and for a grand finale, take at least two days to explore the adventures that Brewster has in store for their visitors. Here’s some ideas on how to best spend your 48 hours in Brewster—enjoy!
New England Vacation Rentals wants to make it easy for you to forget that you only have two days to explore Brewster, so wipe the sleep out of your eyes, slip into your walking shoes, and start the adventure with breakfast at Brewster Coffee Shop. Offering outdoor seating, hearty breakfast choices (including a strawberry and banana waffle that will give you the energy for your day ahead) and strong, dark coffee to keep the caffeine headache away, Brewster Coffee Shop is a local favorite. And don’t forget the famous Brewster General Store for old fashion cool treats and Cape Cod souvenirs.
After breakfast, you’ll head to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for a morning of education and entertainment. Located at 869 Main Street, Route 6A, the museum is a smaller one, but it packs a punch inside its four walls. Featuring everything from an Archeology Exhibit to a Butterfly House, an Osprey cam, live honeybees and Pollinator Path, families with younger children will really appreciate the exhibits offered here.
Exploring the natural wonders found at the museum will make you hungry, so lunch at Cobie’s, a local institution since 1948, is the best way to stave the hunger pangs. Try the lobster roll; it will change your life!
An afternoon at Breakwater Beach finishes off your first day of fun in the sun in Brewster. If you’re too tired for dinner, Stone L’oven Pizza serves pasta, pizza, calzones, and more, and because they offer take-out, you can enjoy it in your jammies back at your NEVR vacation escape!
Because you were smart yesterday, chances are you stopped in Eat Cake 4 Breakfast and picked up some pastries for this morning’s meal, allowing you to start in on the day’s exploration immediately. Today is about museums, so again, make sure to wear your walking shoes!
We’ll start with a visit to The Crosby Mansion, only open on Sundays in August and located at 163 Crosby Lane in the morning. Built in 1888 and known for its famous visitors, which included Hellen Keller, the Crosby Mansion is also known for its extensive art collection.
In the afternoon we’ll visit another grand manor, the Nickerson Mansion, built in 1907 and located at 2871 Main Street. Finishing off the day with a romantic dinner at the Brewster Fish House, your time in Brewster must draw to a close.
Make sure you make time to visit Ocean’s Edge for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a sunset cocktail and enjoy the views and top service.
Nickerson State Park in Brewster is famous for its 1900 acres of nature and beauty. Take a walk, take a swim, take a bike ride around –you decide.
As the stars twinkle brightly in the night sky, your time in Brewster will remain a shining moment in a vacation filled with wonders. Your last night’s sleep in one of our classic New England cottages will be the best one yet—reserve yours today!
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 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?
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!
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!
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!
We can’t think of anywhere we would rather spend our nation’s birthday than right here on Cape Cod, not far from our humble beginnings as a country, and if you’re reading this right now, chances are you feel the same way! Celebrating Cape Cod 4th of July is about as patriotic as you can get, and because the towns and villages are so close and intertwined, you have the option of choosing any town and any fireworks show for your celebration pleasures. Here’s a list of the top 4th of July fireworks show on Cape Cod!
Firework shows held over the water double your chances for oohing and ahhing; the water’s reflection of the colorful explosions in the sky also give your neck a chance to relax! And because we can’t wait to get a start on the celebrating, this year’s fireworks show will be held on July 2, starting as soon as the sky is completely dark! The best part is you can view the show from multiple locations; the fireworks can be seen from Linnell Landing Beach and many other bay side beaches as well!
The day starts with the famous old-fashioned parade through downtown Chatham, lasting from 9:30AM until 11:30 AM with a theme of “Hooked on Chatham.” Our Chatham residents take pride in this parade, as it’s one of the oldest 4th of July celebrations in all the nation! Featuring floats, marching bands, and even a boat or two, over 20,000 visitors flock to Chatham each year for this annual event. The fireworks show starts at nightfall, visible from Oyster Pond. Our suggestion is you double your pleasure by watching the Fireworks Over Rock Harbor on July 2nd, and then continue the celebration in Chatham with Cape Cod 4th of July; it’s the holiday that keeps giving!
While we can’t guarantee that you will be able to see the big shows from your back porch, there is a chance that you’ll catch a few rogue fireworks shows from the neighborhood. Grab a sweatshirt and a beach chair and head to the closest beach to see amateur displays. Or, there’s always blending up some frothy margaritas and turning on the television to watch fireworks displays from all over the country. Reserve your New England Vacation Rentals getaway today and celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday in the style you can only expect from one of our vacation rentals!
As we move deeper into this wild new millennium, we find ourselves realizing that the old ways we have scorned for so long have new merit. Family meals held around the dinner table without cell phones, morning walks that are good for your constitution, and eating more fresh and organic foods and less processed ones are all on the table again! It turns out there really is a substitute for ease and convenience, and when you taste the local foods you can purchase from your regional farmers’ markets, you begin to understand why fresh is so much better!
Getting used to farm fresh fruits and vegetables can quickly become your newest obsession, and the good news is that healthy living doesn’t need to stop during your unforgettable Cape Cod vacation. We’ve compiled this list of local farmers’ markets for you to visit during your stay in our cozy New England Vacation Rentals homes.
Held on Thursdays from the middle of June through the middle of October (3-6PM) the Harwich Farmers’ Market is a prime example of everything wonderful! Offering locally harvested fruits, flowers, vegetables, and herbs, an afternoon spent wandering the aisles will put you in a peaceful state of mind.
Saturday mornings are meant for sleeping in, quiet breakfasts, and when you’re vacationing on Cape Cod, trips to the Orleans Farmers’ Market! Held every Saturday from 8AM (a cowbell will ring signifying shoppers can begin to shop!) until noon, this market offers the usual and the delicious: ripe juicy tomatoes that are fat and healthy, fragrant garlic to add spice to all your meals, and delectable homemade items that include pies, cakes, jams, and jellies!
The magic of Tuesdays on vacation are knowing there’s nothing you HAVE to do and so many things you want to do, and when you spend that vacation on Cape Cod, Tuesday mornings from 9AM until 1PM are the best time to enjoy the wonders of the Sandwich Farmers’ Market! A celebration of all the hard work done by local farmers and artisans, this market even offers healthy treats for your favorite fur-baby, tasty Vietnamese food, Greek foods from Monopati Farms, and so many other delicious items that you may have to plan another trip to the Cape to discover it all!
It’s the simple moments that bring about the most memorable experiences: coffee at sunrise, family meals served with laughter and love, and waking up after a deep night’s sleep in a cloud soft bed, feeling cozy and rested. All these activities, and many more, can be experienced when you rent a New England Vacation Rentals classic cottage. Reserve yours today and make this family vacation a magical one!
Compared to the sprawling metropolises of Chicago, Los Angeles, or Phoenix, the Cape Cod towns and villages like Harwich may seem tiny, but that doesn’t mean they’re not full of things to do! Challenge yourself to see how much you have access to from a quaint small town, the list below will show you some of the great activities Harwich has to offer!
One of the biggest draws to Harwich is its many lovely nature trails and beaches. Hawksnest State Park is one of these secluded natural treasures. While it doesn’t receive as much love in the maintenance department as some parks, the views make up for it, with plenty of ponds and lakes to enjoy. Indeed, its lack of amenities is one reason people love it so much. Dirt roads and fallen branches accentuate the feeling of seclusion, despite being so close to all the other wonderful parts of Harwich.
When it comes to Cape Cod, there are plenty of local restaurants that’ll vie for your attention, Harwich is lucky enough to boast some of the best in the area. For example, if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, it’s hard to beat George’s Pizza House on Main Street in Harwich Port. The 400 East is also a busy place thanks to its variety of options and cozy feel. On the other hand, if money’s no object, a romantic evening at Twenty-Eight Atlantic at Wequassett Resort can’t be beat. Open to the public, its gorgeous views of Pleasant Bay and top-quality service will make it a night to fondly remember!
If you extend your search to neighboring towns, Chatham is home to the Marconi Maritime Center, an exciting place to visit for any history or technology buffs. The building started as a receiving station in 1914, but came into its own as secret Navy Post in World War II, when it was used to eavesdrop on German U-boat conversations. Many exhibits showcase the beginning and growth of wireless technology, a fantastic chance to show the kids just how far technology has come!
New England Vacation Rentals features an array of beautiful homes to stay in across the Cape. We’re perfect for romantic getaways for honeymooners and retirees alike, and with multiple-bedroom, pet-friendly options available, we also make the perfect family getaway option. If you’ve never experienced the beauty of a Cape Cod summer, make this the year! Call 508-432-0900 to set up your vacation today.
New Year’s has come and gone, and with it comes the excitement of a new year. It’s a time to start fresh, and what better way to do so than with a visit to Cape Cod? Although Cape Cod might not be the first place that comes to mind for a vacation in winter—it can be tempting to stay inside when it’s cold out—there are more than a few fun things that’ll convince you to go out and share in the excitement!
Cape Cod has long been a place to escape the daily dreariness of normal life, and it makes for a great destination to start off the new year as well! Read on below and see why you should plan a trip to Cape Cod to begin 2018 in style.
Being located in New England, Cape Cod has a long, important history in this country. You’ll find more than a few museums on Cape Cod, including the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Chatham Railroad Museum, and many, many more. You’ll also find the Kennedy Compound, summer home to one of the most famous families in American history. There’s even an entire museum dedicated to their lives, the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis.
Cape Cod is home to a number of historical lighthouses that you can visit. Though many of the lighthouses were decommissioned due to improved technology rendering them obsolete, a few are still in use today. Take a tour of some of the local lighthouses and get a feel for their importance and history. A few of the lighthouses you can visit include Chatham Lighthouse, Nobska Point Lighthouse, The Highland Light, Nauset Beach Light, Wood End Light, and more.
After seeing some of the history of our area, it’s time to check out how the modern man lives! Cape Cod is home to many delicious restaurants and taverns serving delicious seafood and cold brews in a warm atmosphere. If you’re looking for a good glass of wine and a romantic atmosphere to start off 2018, visit Del Mar Bar & Bistro in Chatham. You can find a more relaxed vibe stopping by for take-out at Corner Store in Chatham; they offer a little bit of everything and are reminiscent of the small markets of yesteryear.
Cape Cod is the place to be to start 2018 off with a bang, and New England Vacation Rentals offers a number of cozy rentals to make your trip memorable. We’d love to help you plan a trip to the area; just give our reservation specialists a call for more information about the kinds of activities and attractions you can enjoy or to book your stay!