Guests often ask me what is the best time of year to visit Cape Cod and time and time again, my answer is September and October. The weather is beautiful – warm, yet comfortable days and cool, pleasant evenings, the water is warm enough for an Indian summer dip, and the kids are all back at school so the crowds thin out and traffic eases up.
Fall is the perfect time to explore the Cape Cod rail trail on bike and the many hiking trails along the National Seashore by foot. Trips by boat to see the whales off the coast of Provincetown and day trips to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are still running and less crowded. Plus, many restaurants offer special prix fixe menus during the shoulder season and reservations at some of our favorites like Buca’s, Pisces, and the Cape Sea Grille which are hard to come by in the summer, are easier to obtain come September. Add to the list of enticing reasons to visit the Cape in the fall the many sales at stores in downtown Chatham as shop owners clear out their inventory in anticipation of the slow winter months ahead.
If you’re seeking a good deal on accommodations, our winter rates take effect on October 17th and we are running an early winter rate special October 11-14 – visit our “Specials” page for details. So book now in one of our luxuriously appointed guestrooms, all of which feature fireplaces for chilly fall evenings, and enjoy the best time of year on Cape Cod.