Visiting the Cape for a Spring Break

Rock Harbor

With the clocks just “sprung forward”, it’s the perfect time to see the Cape for that short spring break. The gardens and trees are beginning to come to life, the beaches are pristine and glorious to walk on, most of 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.

Nauset Beach, Cape Cod
Nauset Beach

Our Beaches.

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 two miles west 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.

Fort Hill

Our hiking trails

Whether you’re a serious walker, or just the occasional hiker, come spring, Cape Cod offers a rich variety of stunning hiking trails to enjoy.  Wrap up well, experience the views, winters crispness, springs bursting colors, or perhaps witness the herring run in April/May.

Click here for a list of our favorite walks

Whalwatching Province Town


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 April 13 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.

Herring run

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 freshwater 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 seagulls. It’s an incredible sight, click for more details .

Heritage Gardens Cape Cod

Heritage Museums and Gardens

Looking for something a little different, then plan a day at the Heritage Musuem and Gardens. Opening April 20, 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

Parsonage bedroom 1 king

The Parsonage

Excited about spring’s arrival, join us at the Parsonage, enjoy any of the activities above and unwind and relax at the Parsonage.

  • During the shoulder seasons, January-June, and September–November, book one of our three guest bedrooms, and enjoy the Cape’s off-season delights. 

Located in East Orleans, and just minutes from both the ocean (Nauset Beach) and bayside beaches (Skaket and Rock Harbor), the Parsonage is opposite one of the best Farm shops on the Cape and walking distance to local gift shops and restaurants. We look forward to welcoming you to East Orleans Cape Cod soon.

Reserve your room today, we look forward to welcoming you.