Ah, good old Cape Cod. The land of cod, dunes and quaint cottages! The Cape is the number one vacation spot in Massachusetts. Whether it’s the summer, fall, spring or even the chilliest of winters, there is something on the Cape for everyone.
Only an hour and 27 minutes to the Bourne Bridge, you can be having pastries and coffee in Falmouth or exploring the National Seashore Park in just a short drive.
The Cape has more to offer in the winter than elders shoveling snow and driving slow. Woods Hole/Falmouth, the most Southern area (AKA the elbow of the Cape) is named the fifth best town to visit in 2014 by Smithsonian Magazine. It is home to the nationally recognized Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and many other nationally ranked oceanography and marine foundations like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Sea Education Association, a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Rhode Island.
If science, the ocean and history are your forte, check out the museum at WHOI, the Woods Hole Aquarium, Woods Hole Historical Museum, Marine Biological Laboratory or the Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries. There is more than enough history, science and exploration in this one street town than you can imagine.
In Woods Hole in time for breakfast? Check out the famous Pie in the Sky. Not only does it have some of the best pastries offered on the Cape and is rated number number one on Trip Advisor, they have gluten and vegan free options as well and believe it or not, they taste incredible.
After exploring the Village of Woods Hole, check out the scenic ocean route headed towards the town of Falmouth. Here you can find the gorgeous Nobska Point Lighthouse. Similar to our very own Point Judith Lighthouse, Nobska is the perfect place to discover beautiful vistas of the ocean and cliff trail of Nobska. In fact, if you really enjoy cliff walks, jogging, or trail running, back in Woods Hole there is the perfect cliff trail called “The Knob” that leaves from Quissett harbor through a dirt path and leads out to Buzzards Bay.
Continuing up the Cape, you’ll inevitably stop at the Cape Cod National Seashore. This is the perfect place to go for a winter nature walk, a jog along the trails or check out the Nauset Lighthouse in Eastham. There are seven hiking, jogging or nature walk trails in addition to a biking trail, scenic routes, and horse trail (although I’m not sure where you’ll get the horse). The summer months are usually pretty packed at the National Seashore, but since it is winter, the national park is totally free!
There are various options on the Cape, and whether you want to stay closer to the elbow or drive up the arm, even in these chilly months you’ll find more than you can imagine.