A Cape Cod Winter

"Before the land rose out of the ocean, and became dry land, chaos reigned; and between high and low water mark, where she is partially disrobed and rising, a sort of chaos reigns still, which only anomalous creatures can inhabit." - Thoreau "Cape Cod"

“Before the land rose out of the ocean, and became dry land, chaos reigned; and between high and low water mark, where she is partially disrobed and rising, a sort of chaos reigns still, which only anomalous creatures can inhabit.” – Thoreau “Cape Cod”

Cape Cod is known as a great summer destination for most New Englanders.  But, those of us who live here year round know that the winter offers many wonderful opportunities.

Eating out while on vacation, even if your unit has a kitchen or kitchenette, is always a fun thing to do.  You get to taste the local foods, enjoy the restaurants that the locals enjoy.  In the winter, this is especially true since so many restaurants will often close for the season leaving the ones that the locals enjoy year round and are sometimes overlooked in the summer when fried seafood and long waits can sometimes cause you to change your choice of restaurant. During the quieter winter months, it is easy to get a seat at the British Beer Company with views of Martha’s Vineyard and Vineyard Sound.  Añejo will warm you from the inside out with authentic Mexican cuisine right on Main Street, Falmouth.  Liam Maguire’s, also in Falmouth, offers great local musicians throughout the winter so you can step in and enjoy a pint and a song.

From Falmouth, take a drive further up Cape and enjoy tapas at Trevi in the Mashpee Commons. Try the Brazilian Grill in Hyannis and taste all of the wonderfully grilled steaks, chicken, and other Brazilian treats.

The Brazilian Grill in Hyannis

The Brazilian Grill in Hyannis

More great dining can be found in the Mid and Lower Cape at places like Scargo Cafe in Dennis.  Upscale Italian dining can be enjoyed at Buca’s Tuscan Roadhouse in Harwich.  Or kick back in at the Chatham Squire with a cup of lobster bisque and some fresh local seafood for dinner!

There’s more to Cape Cod than just eating though!  With all of the preserved pieces of land and protected estuaries, not to mention the Cape Cod National Seashore, there are many miles of hiking and walking trails to be explored on Cape Cod.  Falmouth has some great trails through Beebe Woods and often, there are guided hikes that will take you around the “Punch Bowl.”  The National Seashore also has many scenic trails to hike.  Bring a camera because you never know what kind of things you may see – bald eagles, seals, osprey, the perfect sunset, a winter sea.

Artists have flocked to Cape Cod for years.  With so many muses to be found, it’s no wonder why people come here to let their creative juices flow.  There are many art galleries and museums that make for a great winter afternoon.  Coutit Center for the Arts not only has a gallery but also has a theater that produces some great local theater.  In Dennis, the Cape Cod Museum of Art features all different mediums of art as well as art classes for all ages!

If the weather and road conditions are good, you can always drive around Cape Cod and stop off at the antique stores that are tucked away.  Route 6A, from Sandwich all the way to Provincetown, has many antique stores that offer wonderful items.  There are free maps that you can pick up in various places, such as the local Chamber of Commerce or even some of the restaurants will have free brochures you can pick up and follow while you hunt for that one special treasure to take home.


Cape Cod may be a little quieter during the winter months, but that just means you have more room to explore and discover why Cape Cod is more than just a summer playground.

Call Owner Services today to book your reservation at InnSeason Resorts Captain’s Quarters, InnSeason Resorts Surfside, or one of the Vacation Club Destinnations like The Cove at Yarmouth or Edgewater Beach Resort.  We can’t wait to welcome you!


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