Earlier this month, a friend and I enjoyed a girl’s getaway on Cape Cod in partnership with VisitMA and the Cape Cod Chamber. We had picture perfect weather that showcased the beauty of shoulder season on the Cape! 🏖️ In my opinion, shoulder season offers the best of both worlds – gorgeous weather and much smaller crowds. My favorite months for a Cape trip are May, June, September, and October.
The home base for our weekend away were two Bluebird Hotels – the Bluebird Parker Beach Lodge and the newly opened
Bluebird Dennisport. The Parker Beach Lodge is bright, airy, and coastal with a pool and an incredible location within walking distance of Parker River Beach (which we took full advantage of). The Bluebird Dennisport has a cozy retro vibe and offers both individual rooms and standalone Cape cottages. The cottages come with full kitchens, private patios and fire pits, and are perfect if you need a little more space. They also have an outdoor pool, an indoor greenhouse pool and jacuzzi, and larger fire pits across the property. Both hotels are beautifully and thoughtfully designed and are the perfect home base for Cape adventures.
Once we were checked in, we spent time exploring, starting at the mid-Cape and making our way to Provincetown. We found some wonderful new-to-us spots, like the Lighthouse Keeper’s Pantry. We made a quick stop in Wellfleet at BOL for a healthy grab & go lunch, and then continued up Route 6. Once in P-Town we strolled Commercial Street, stopping into a few shops like Three Graces and Puzzle Me This, and enjoyed the free outdoor Bob Gasoi Memorial Art Alley.
The highlight in P-Town was our afternoon Dune Tour with Art’s Dune Tours. We took a 1 hour driving tour of the spectacular Provincetown dunes. It was a great way to see a really unique landscape and learn about the local flora & fauna as well as the history of the area. Our guide drove us along the beach where we saw a seal bobbing in the water, and through the picturesque dunes, pointing out historical beach shacks nestled in the hills. Sections of the dunes are for driving tours only, so it’s the best way to get the full experience.
On our drive up the Cape we also made several stops along VisitMA’s Lighthouse Trail! The Lighthouse Trail links together must-see lighthouses that dot the coastline of Massachusetts, and several of them are on the Cape. We visited the Chatham Light, Nauset Light (the iconic lighthouse pictured on the Cape Cod Chips bag!), and the unique Three Sisters Lighthouses. On our driving tour we listened to a Morbid Podcast episode all about spooky lighthouses which made the drive that much more fun – and also ended up being a great history lesson!Fall is a beautiful time to visit the Cape & if you’re planning a trip, head to VisitMA for inspiration and resources. Interested in stopping at one of the locations I mentioned? I’m linking them all below, along with addresses. Happy exploring!Disclaimer: This trip was hosted by VisitMA and Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Bluebird Parker Beach Lodge192 S Shore Drive, Yarmouth, MA 02664Bluebird Dennisport426 Lower County Road, Dennisport, MA 02639Lighthouse Keeper’s Pantry173 Main Street, Yarmouth, MA 02675The Pheasant905 Main Street, Dennis, MA, 02638Chatham Light37 Main St, Chatham, MA 02633Nauset Light120 Nauset Light Beach Road, Eastham, 02642Three Sisters LighthousesCable Rd, Eastham, MA 02642BOL – Wellfleet317B Main Street, Wellfleet, MA 02667Art’s Dune Tours4 Standish Street, Provincetown, MA 026573 Graces Boutique261 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657Bob Gasoi Memorial Art Alley290 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657Puzzle Me This290 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters – Sandwich161 MA-6A, Sandwich, MA 02563