Cape Cod in the Quiet Season: Our Favorite Things To Do in Winter

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On this first day of winter, as we approach the magic of Christmas Day and the New Year here at our Inn on Cape Cod, I am compelled to look both forward and back. Forward to all the treasures that the slower months on Cape Cod bring to those of us who live here year round. And to the hopes and dreams I have for 2012: the promise of new beginnings, fresh starts, making new friends and meeting new guests.

The coming months are when Rich and I reflect on the year just passed, the improvements we have made to the Inn and those that remain on our “to do” lists. We hope to find new adventures, quirky little eateries, and more of the off-the-beaten-path galleries and boutiques that we know our guests will enjoy. It’s the “quiet” time to be sure, but also one of renewal, discovery, and the rekindling of our love affair with Cape Cod.

Although summer is just a distant memory and autumn’s glow has faded, we have much to look forward to as the rhythm of our life slows to the gentler pace of winter. We have time to catch up with friends, walk the beaches in relative solitude, and enjoy the local color found at village shops and galleries. We also have time to fine-tune our marketing and embrace the annual deep cleaning and touch up painting that running an Inn on Cape Cod requires. As the days grow longer and the season settles in with its wintry blasts of frigid air followed by unpredictable but welcomed bouts of more temperate weather, we find ourselves reawakening.

So for those of you who enjoy Cape Cod in the quiet season we offer a few of our favorite winter activities:

  1. Lunch at Dana’s Kitchen, followed by a walk out to the Knob at Quisett Harbor.
  2. Strolling along the Cape Cod Canal.
  3. A trip to the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center at the National Seashore.
  4. Driving scenic Route 6A and stopping at the Brewster General Store.
  5. Climbing Scargo Tower for a view from the Sagamore Bridge to the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown.
  6. Looking for sea glass on any beach on Cape Cod, but in particular Sandy Neck Beach.
  7. Shopping on Main Street in Falmouth.
  8. Slurping oysters at the Naked Oyster with a glass of really good wine.
  9. Watching glass being blown at the Glass Studio in Sandwich.
  10. Catching a film at the Cape Cinema in Dennis.
  11. Tea at the Borsari Gallery.
  12. Coffee and pastry at the Cape Cod Chat House.

And as a bonus, top your day of sightseeing with dinner at any of our favorite Cape Cod restaurants, including Fin, the Old Yarmouth Inn, Anejo, Marshside, Trevi, Lyric, or the BeeHive Tavern.

We have a number of great seasonal specials and packages to make your Cape Cod winter getaway complete, and for a real treat, take advantage of our mobile spa service and book an in-room side-by-side couples massage.

Merry Christmas, everyone!