Off-Season Cape Cod… {It’s Not Just a Summer Destination!}

Destinations, New England

Cape Cod is often synonymous with summertime activities – biking, boating, barefoot walks on the beach – but it’s is a fabulous destination during the fall, winter and spring as well.

I recently enjoyed a quick jaunt to Bourne, where my best friend Kirstin and her husband Eric live. And thanks to our mild fall, we were able to sip cocktails al fresco and bike around town a la July or August. Here’s my quick-trip guide to Bourne.

1.) Sip cocktails while watching the sun dip into Buzzards Bay at Chart Room. You may have to stand for a few minutes while watching the area like a hawk waiting for a group to vacate their table, but it’s worth the wait. (We were lucky to snag a group of Adirondack chairs quite quickly.)

Enjoy a cocktail, beer or one of their famous mudslides – which Eric and I enjoyed. (Chart Room closes on Columbus Day, so try to get there in the early fall if you can.)

Cape Cod Fall 2015

-> View from our table! <-

Cape Cod Fall 2015

-> I’m not a big fan of sugary cocktails, but even I enjoyed a frozen Mudslide… or two. <-

Cape Cod Fall 2015

Cape Cod Fall 2015

2.) Dine at The Lobster Trap, full-service restaurant and bar with a seafood market & wholesale distributor next door. The freshest lobster, seafood stew and clam chowder around. Excellent beer selection, good wine list and live music in the bar. Outdoor seating is pleasant into the fall thanks to heaters.

Cape Cod Fall 2015

3.) Bike {or stroll, if it’s too cold to bike} the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway. Closed to cars – except for Army Corps of Engineer vehicles – this 8-mile path borders the man-made Cape Cod Canal.

Kirsten said some pretty large ships frequent the Canal. We didn’t see any, but we did see plenty of smaller boats and a number of types of birds. And architecture nerds like myself will LOVE the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge – pictured below – and the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges are beauties as well.

Cape Cod Fall 2015

Cape Cod Fall 2015

Cape Cod Fall 2015

Cape Cod Fall 2015 -> Kirsten & Eric led the way! <-

Cape Cod Fall 2015

Download a trail map of the Bikeway, here. The Cape Cod Chamber’s website offers additional information about the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway as well as many other trails, as well.

4.) Lastly, spend an afternoon strolling the picturesque Main Street in Falmouth – shops like In The Pink, the town’s Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, and Maxwell & Co. offer enticing shelter from the cold.

Dine at Anejo – fresh, authentic Mexican food located right on Main Street {I had the Chile Rellenos – Mexican Chihuahua cheese stuffed chile pepper with rojo sauce, vegetarian refried beans, pico de gallo, cilantro lime rice, sour cream and cotija – an INCREDIBLE dish, especially for a quasi-vegetarian like myself.)

And if you’ve saved a bit of room, indulge in ice cream at Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium – don’t leave the store without trying their lobster ice cream! {Yes, you read that right, LOBSTER ice cream! It is New England, after all.}

Cape Cod Fall 2015

-> Photo courtesy of Anejo. <-

Have you visited Cape Cod off season? If so, what is one of the things you’ve enjoyed?

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