There are so many reasons to love the beauty of Cape Cod - but here's one you may not know. Because of its shape, Cape Cod is one of the only places (perhaps THE only place) on the Eastern seaboard where you can watch the sun set over the ocean. Why? Because the sun sets in the west and when you're on the East coast, that usually means it's setting over the land. UNLESS you're on the bayside beaches of Cape Cod! These beaches on the "bicep" of the Cape allow you look over Cape Cod Bay toward the west. In the summer, sunset is right around 8 pm. If you're nearby, you'll know the sun has set because of the applause from those on the beach...Mother Nature's show is truly something special. Can you hear the applause? Come visit!
It's no surprise that Cape Cod is one of America's premiere summer destinations. Cape Cod evokes a sense of nostalgia few other places can match. Why? New England summer days with skies so blue they seem surreal, white sand beaches regularly selected on "the world's best" lists, sailboats gliding on the pristine bay, shingled historic sea captain's homes one after another on roads lined with 100 year old oaks, clam shacks and homemade ice cream shops...these are the things that vacationers long for all year long until summer arrives once again.
But here's something you might not know - Cape Cod in the winter is awesome. We regularly spend time in the off-season at SEAS THE DAY. During our last visit, just last week, we enjoyed a PERFECT afternoon at the beach. The sun was blazing and warm, the waves were mellow and there was nary another soul to be seen. And the shells! In the winter, the best restaurants are open, shopping abounds, even golf courses are open! We provide our guests with our personal activities guide to the very best of everything so you can spend every minute making memories.
If you need a winter getaway to recharge your batteries, Cape Cod will leave you relaxed, revived and ready to face the rest of winter with a smile!
66 days until spring - that seems doable, no? Plus there is always that one random 70 degree day in March on Cape Cod to keep the dream alive! One of our VERY favorite Cape Cod activities on warm winter days and during the spring is a visit to Stony Brook Grist Mill & Museum in Brewster. The museum is open only on Saturdays during the summer, but a visit off season is, in my opinion, even more wonderful. Why? The Stony Brook herring run cuts through the property and during March and April the herring make their way from Cape Cod Bay, up the Stony Brook fish ladders (my daughter is jumping across a fish ladder below) and to the freshwater Mill Ponds just behind the Grist Mill where they spawn. Through some miracle of nature, the herring return back to the place they were born every year. It's truly amazing to watch the iridescent scales of hundreds of herring swim by you up the fish ladders as they make their way to the ponds to have their babies. Some days they are so plentiful that even the air smells like herring! In 2016, nearly 90,000 herring made their way up Stony Brook. Please note that the herring are protected and cannot be touched.
Insider's tip: you will know the herring are running when seagulls are EVERYWHERE on the grist mill property and on the roof of the historic white house next door! They love a herring snack!
Stony Brook Grist Mill & Museum
830 Stony Brook Rd.
Brewster, MA 02631