Hi friends. I’m going to let you in on a little secret, now is the best time to visit the Cape. I don’t mean literally this exact date in April; I mean the off-season, specifically spring, baby. Granted, there is no bad time to visit the Cape, especially since we live so close, but the off season has a special place in my heart. Every season on the Cape has its own special je ne sais quoi, but for the sake of brevity (and evergreen content), I’m calling all non-summer seasons the off-season. Just wanted to get us all on the same page before I shared my 6 Reasons To Visit The Cape In The Off-Season. So here they are…
Its Less Expensive
Let’s not mince words, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper to visit Cape Cod in the off-season. I don’t know what your bank account looks like, but you’re going to get a lot more bang for your buck now than in July. And who doesn’t love a bargain?
Speaking of “don’t you just love a bargain” (did anyone else sing that?”), off-season TJ Maxx and Marshalls store are LIT. I’m a Maxinista all twelve months of year and in all four corners of the globe BUT something about an off-season Cape Cod Marshalls and TJ Maxx just hits different. I’ve gone over the bridge for the day just to hit up TJX stores. The deals I’ve gotten; NARS, Free People, Stuart Weitzman, All Saints, FRAME, Zara, Cult Gaia, IVY PARK, and I’m talking yellow sticker clearance deals, the real stuff.
It’s Less Crowded
I’ve never been one for crowds, and the older I get the even less I love a big crowd…and peak Cape is nothing but crowds. Mama likes a seat at the bar and not having to wait two hours for a table!
You know how glorious the first few truly warm days feel? The days you can have a cup of coffee on the porch, leave for the day without a jacket, and have drinks and dinner outside? Those days feel even more glorious on the Cape.
If you know me in real life, you know I love The Pelham House. The hotel, the beach, the restaurant (get the brussels sprouts, always), the bars, the activities, the staff; everything is top notch. And as much as I appreciate it in July, there is a whole new level of charm in the spring. The weather is warming up, it’s busy enough without being so crowded you can’t chat with the staff and make friends with the people sitting next to you, you can take a solo stroll on their beach, and its way more accessible because unlike the summer; they’re not fully booked months in advance and I can actually afford it.
Ok so there is nothing Coachella level, and “festival” might have a different connotation, but there are events! We all know people flock to the Cape in the summer months, but the rest of the year they need some enticing. There are food, drink, art, history, and film events year-round; but there are some uniquely spring ones coming up. Brewster in Bloom, the Rhododendron Festival, the Nantucket Daffodil Festival, the Cape Cod Beer Race to the Pint, Cape Cod Maritime Days, the Nantucket Food and Wine Festival, and the Cape Cod Herring Run are all between now and Memorial Day. Though I have not personally been to all these events I am willing to bet they are better run the Revolve Fest.
Ok now it’s your turn to send us your off-season Cape picks and tips!
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