Visiting the Cape for a Spring Break

skaket beach sunset

A short spring break is the perfect time to see the Cape. The gardens and trees are begining to bloom, the beaches are pristine and glorious to walk on, the water is warming up and our favorite restaurants are open. And at this time of the year there are some really unique things to experience on the Cape, here are some of our favorites.

Our Beaches.

Nauset Beach, Cape Cod

Whatever the season especially for a spring break, it’s hard not to think of our amazing beaches. Less than five minutes from the Inn, take a stroll along Nauset Beach and enjoy the Atlantic surf and watch the surfers surfing “inside the barrel”. Alternatively head to the bayside and Skaket Beach, you can walk for miles when the tide is out, check out the oyster beds and you have to experience a glorious sunset.

With over thirty five miles of National Seashore the Cape is a national treasure.

The annual Herring run

This annual “pilgrimage” takes place from mid April for about a month and indirectly announces the beginning of warmer weather.  Herrings are anadromous, meaning that although they spend most of their lives in the ocean, they return to the same fresh water ponds or lakes where they were born to spawn. They navigate their way up small streams and gather in larger pools before leaping up waterfalls and ladders (like salmon), to reach their final destination. They face obstacles along the way including flocks of hungry seaguls. It’s an incredible sight, click for more details .

Heritage Museums and Gardens

Heritage Gardens Cape Cod

Looking for something a little different, then plan a day at the Heritage Musuem and Gardens. Opening April 25, stroll the 100 acres of gardens, spring emerges with crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and magnolia trees. The gardens also feature important collections of rhododendrons providing unbelievable colors for early summer visitors. And for those who enjoy something extra, the Heritage Car Museum’s collection of cars dating from the late 1800’s to early 1960’s, takes you through their evolution from the initial horseless carriage to the 60’s symbol of freedom. Pick a crisp bright day, and take a wander, you wont be disappointed. Click here for more details


It’s a magical moment when on your whale watching trip you see your first whale.  Their elegance and size are a sight to behold and an unforgettable experience.  The season begins in April when the Cape becomes home to right whales, Humpback, Finback, Minke whales and several dolphin species.  This means the waters around Cape Cod and the Stellwagen Bank are consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 10 whale watching destinations.

Take a stroll along Nauset Beach and you’ll often catch sight of these magnificent mammals on their migratory path from the caribbean to the feeding grounds off the Cape.

The Parsonage Inn

Experience a spring break at The Parsonage Inn.  Just minutes from both the ocean (Nauset Beach)  and bayside beaches (Skaket and Rock Harbor), the Inn is opposite one of the best Farm shops on the Cape, close to gorgeous local gift shops and restaurants. Each of our rooms are individually appointed and we offer a delicious organic breakfast every morning.

Reserve your room today, we look forward to welcoming you to Orleans Cape Cod soon.