Cape Cod, a peninsula of Massachusetts, is a popular summertime destination, famous for top-rated lobster restaurants and offering the usual vacation necessities of ice cream and mini-golf, souvenirs and endless ocean beach days. Yet it is a great place to visit at any time of the year, with its quaint villages and things to do, including the John F. Kennedy Museum on the Kennedy Legacy Trail through downtown, where ferries depart to the resort islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Here are some special occasion ideas for your next visit to Cape Cod.
For an experience to remember for a lifetime, explore the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore with Art’s Dune Tours based out of Provincetown. This family business offers a one-hour sightseeing trek and has been doing so since 1936. A five-minute drive will take you from Provincetown’s Commercial Street to dunes that stretch up to 110-feet tall. This unspoiled stretch of sand and vegetation is what drew artists like Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Annie Dillard and Jack Kerouac for inspiration. In a gently entertaining style, you will learn about the history of the area, the geology and the importance of this unique landscape to the United States. There are sunset tours, clambake/bonfire tours, lighthouse tours, a sunrise photography tour, and tours combined with kayaking, charter fishing, sailing or speed boating. There are also private tours for celebrating special occasions, including weddings, birthdays and reunions.
Whatever the weather, a Truro Vineyard tour is a fun way to celebrate a special occasion. The tour is partially indoors, and the tasting is in the garden in a roofed area open on all sides. This makes it top of the list of things to do on Valentine's Day as a chimney in the centre keeps people comfortable on days when there is a chill in the air. Around the buildings, there is a beautiful garden with picnic tables, and in good weather, you can continue to taste and celebrate there.
Celebrating a birthday, bridal shower, fundraiser and more is fun at a guided step-by-step painting session. Absolutely no experience is necessary, and at the end of the session you will be amazed at the artwork you have created to take home. The Cape Cod Art Bar provides talented instructors, fun energy, and all the supplies you need to create your very own work of art. Arrange to bring your own food and drink for a party vibe. The studio is in Newton, but their ‘Van Go’ is fully equipped to bring the painting party to the venue of your choice in Cape Cod.
Celebrate the summer on Cape Cod with a traditional lobster feast, with most restaurants having their own signature dishes. The Shack Out Back Raw Bar in Hyannis is an outdoor patio offers a chilled lobster cocktail, some creamy lobster bisque and a traditional boiled lobster dinner, all while enjoying live acoustic entertainment and speciality cocktails.
The Flying Bridge overlooking bustling Falmouth Harbour has the best views and fresh lobster tail. The Bookstore & Restaurant in Wellfleet also has a deck overlooking the harbour if you’re looking for a romantic setting for your celebration. The sunset vistas of Cape Cod Bay are equally stunning at the Ocean Terrace Restaurant in Brewster and the famous Lobster Pot in Provincetown with a wide variety of dishes. For an upscale treatment of lobster, the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich is the place to go. Finally, Lobster Roll Cruises aboard the S.S. Lobster rolls out of Sesuit Harbor in Dennis
Expand your beer palate with Cape Cod’s Tap Tastings Craft Brew Excursions, which offers something closer to a “wine tasting” experience, rather than a bar crawl. Visit Barnstable Brewing, Devil’s Purse or craft breweries of your choice, since the trip can be customised. A bachelorette party or a reunion could include three stops to TapTastings the main event for the day, whilst for a low-key event, a single brewery excursion can work well. Rain or shine, TapTastings is a genuinely fun way to spend your afternoon.