Things to do on Cape Cod: beaches, biking, and so much more.

Looking for things to do on Cape Cod? East Orleans is the ideal location to explore the whole of the Cape. Whether it’s local restaurant, day trips, seal or whale watching, bike rentals, or theatre tickets (the Academy Playhouse is just a 10 minute walk from us), you’ll have a wonderful stay in Orleans.

Enjoy breakfast on your private patio, or choose one of the many breakfast restaurants (Whisk and The Rail are just a two-minute walk from us), then head for Nauset Beach, one of Cape Cod’s main attractions only 1.6 miles from the Parsonage – miles and miles of dunes and golden sand, look out for the seals. Bike along the many trails that criss-cross the Cape, through forests, over sand dunes or by glacial ponds. Explore the art galleries, craft and antique stores in Orleans, along Route 6A, Old King’s Highway or in neighboring towns. Round off the evening with dinner at one of many Orleans outstanding restaurants. There’s so many things to do on Cape Cod, you may want to stay longer

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Increasingly Cape Cod and the Lower Cape is becoming an all season destination.  For many the Fall, the Holidays, and Spring are the best time to visit the Cape.  With so much going on year-round, plan a trip to our wonderful beaches, glorious walks, delicious restaurants, beautiful local artisan shops, and activities galore.

Our Beaches

Nauset Beach:

Just a 2 minute drive from the Inn, this very popular public beach, with miles of white sand, is located on the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer season the beach offers lifeguards, restrooms, outdoor showers, changing rooms, bike racks, benches, picnic tables, and beach equipment rentals.  On Monday evenings during July and August enjoy a free outdoor concert in the Gazebo at Nauset Beach. Check out Nauset Beach Camera to view today’s conditions.

“Nauset Beach is nearly perfect. It looks like a football field of sand, and then another, off into the distance. The sand itself is grainy, with enough heft for a preteen to produce world-class seashore architecture to last for generations, or at least until the waves roll in. Eiders alight, their heads white and chests puffed out, then take flight again with a brief rustle. Nauset gets crowded, but it’s a Saturday-afternoon-at-the-park kind of crowded, not Coney Island on Independence Day. There’s always room for touch football. Weekdays are better than weekends, late August or June better than July.” National Geographic Explorer

Skaket Beach:

Just a five minute drive from the Inn, this public beach on Cape Cod Bay has warm clear waters and is ideal for families who prefer calm water, perfect for children to play in the tidal pools. At low tide, you can walk for miles on the flats. The sunsets at Skaket Beach are legendary! Skaket Beach offers restrooms, bike racks, lifeguards, outside showers, benches, picnic tables, a snack bar and is handicap accessible.

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