Always wanted to visit Cape Cod but hate the crowds or don't want to pay summer rates? You are in luck- visiting the Cape in the "off season" is just charming and beautiful, and even more relaxing. Check out this weekend guide for a great getaway with a low price tag to match!
Home Base: The Cape is small enough that it’s worth picking one town to rest your head- you can visit any town you like from there- from bottom to top, the drive up the Cape is about one and half hours. Try staying in a town in the Mid or Lower Cape- here you will be situated in the middle of Cape Cod which makes drives and trips to nearby towns easier.
Hotel Options: B&B’s and motels certainly flood the Cape- but there are some lovely inns as well. Check out these top destinations for something a little special.
- Chatham Bars Inn: A luxurious but expensive choice in the summer months, Chatham’s CBI offers great discounts and even some online deals in the off-season. Traditional Inn rooms are quaint and lovely- cottage rooms offer a bit more space- although some require a bit of walking to get to the main inn. Splurge for a spa suite for ultimate luxury.
- A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay: Nested along Pleasant Bay with beautiful views not only of the water, but also of an old cranberry bog, this cute little hotel located in Orleans is a great way to ensure a charming and romantic stay on Cape Cod.
- Brewster By the Sea: This incredible family run B&B in Brewster offers farm to table dining- as well as a cooking school! Reasonable room rates include a pool as well as access to the spa.
Dining Experiences: It’s not just about the clam chowder and lobster rolls anymore! But of course- they have that too.
- Victors: This crisp and new eatery located in P-town offers delicious cocktails and a wide range of shared plates. A menu with so much variety makes it easy to pick what you what and stay within your budget. They also offer a “sunset special” if you order between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Ahi Tuna and duck sliders are not to be missed. Don’t forget to ask about the dessert sampler!
- Guapo’s: Delicious Mexican food. Don’t be alarmed by its location- this place is high quality, tasty, and certainly worth the trip. With a selection of burritos, tacos, and other Mexican goodies- Guapos is not to be missed. Margarita specials are fantastic and nothing compares to the Mexican street corn.
- Brewster Fish House: Best to try this one once the crowds of the summer have died down, as they do not take reservations and getting a table can be impossible! Everything is fresh and local. The crispy calamari is out of this world – and certainly enough to share. Options for those non-seafood lovers, as well as vegetarians, also exist.
What to do: Beach strolls and relaxation are certainly why most people destination to Cape Cod, but there are some fun things to do and see as well. Take advantage of what some of these old New England Towns have to offer.
- Orpheum Theater: A brand new movie theater has come to Chatham in the same location one existed many years ago- right on Main Street. Offering two theaters, one featuring a box office hit and one with an art film- it’s a great place to enjoy an evening or afternoon. Along with traditional concessions, there in an onsite restaurants, Vers, that serves more substantial bites and drinks at their bar- that you can take into the theater!
- Lighthouse Beach: One the elbow of the Cape, Lighthouse Beach is an ever-changing wonder on the coast. With a Coastguard lighthouse (that occasionally offers tours), visiting the beach is both picturesque and fun. Parking is limited- but it’s a 10-minute walk from town- and when people aren’t beaching it- you can park right up top in allotted spaces. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the beach
- Sydenstricker Glass: Sydenstricker is a gallery and studio all in one. A standard on the Cape for over 50 years- this is the place to purchase beautiful glass plates, dishes, and bowls. Their style is unique and unlike anything else. You can just watch artists create their pieces too!
- Take a Ride: One of the best ways to take in Cape Cod and enjoy its beauty is to go for a ride and check out all the scenery. You can drive along the historic route 6A and view beautiful old houses, stop in small shops, grab a bite in a little gourmet market, or sample a good old Cod Cod Breakfast. Another taste of the Cape exists on route 6- once the highway ends in Orleans you can drive all the way to P-town, catching some pretty amazing ocean views as well as a variety of restaurants and touristy shops. Don’t turn around until you’ve made it to the end- the dunes of Provincetown make it very obvious why this has been an enclave for artists for so long.