While the Cape is known for its fantastic beaches and summer sunshine, the fall offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy all the wonders that Cape Cod has to offer while avoiding some of the summer crowds.
- Take a hike!
- Cape Cod is covered in walking trails and conservation land. Visiting in the fall helps you to avoid some of the pesky insects that can plague summer guests. For a list of recommended walking trails in Chatham check out our “Five Natures Walks in Chatham” post. You can also visit https://www.capecodchamber.org/things-to-do/hiking/ for a list of all of the nature trails on Cape Cod!
- Enjoy an evening out!
- There are so many wonderful restaurants around the Cape, but it can be difficult to get a table at many of them during the Cape’s busy summer months. While most summer restaurants close up between mid-October and mid-November, the early fall can be a great time to get into some of our favorite eateries around the Cape. Be sure to check out our “Five Places for Foodies in Chatham” post to get you started!
- Catch some end-of-season sales!
- Many stores around the cape either slow down or close for the winter which means some excellent discounts on summery items. Chatham’s Main Street is one of the cutest on the cape and is the perfect place to snatch up some end-of-summer steals.
- Visit a Cranberry Bog!
- Cape Cod is famous for its cranberries. Harvest begins in the late summer and goes through early fall, so you are sure to see some busy farmers harvesting their crop! Take a tour of the largest organic cranberry bog on the Cape to learn about what it takes to grow and harvest cape cod cranberries. You can learn more about the tours at cranberrybogtours.com
- Ride the Rail Trail!
- The Cape Cod Rail Trail connects the towns of Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet. Chatham Hood Bikes will deliver rental bikes directly to the inn and then you are on your way! Hop on the trail at the base of Tipcart Road less than a mile ride away and then take your bike past the airport, Short ‘n’ Sweet Ice Cream, and, if you take the north exit of the bike rotary, even some cranberry bogs! If you are looking for some shorter trails, check out our “Five Places Bring Your Bikes” post!
Bonus Fall tip!
- Go to the beach!
- Cape Cod is known for its many fantastic beaches, and the fall is the perfect time to enjoy them without running into crowds or needing expensive beach passes. Check out our “Which Chatham beach should I visit?” post for a starting point. You can also visit https://www.capecodchamber.org/things-to-do/beaches/ for a list of all of Cape Cod’s famous beaches!