Cape Cod Fall Festivals

Autumn on Cape Cod

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and that leaf peeping season is almost upon us!

We know that when you think of Cape Cod you think about sun bathing on the beach, enjoying a ferry ride to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard or strolling down Main Street in your flip flops licking your Four Seas ice cream cone. And although we love the summer and all of the activities summer brings, autumn is a special time of year here. If you ask Cape Codders and wash-a-shores (those of us who were not born on the Cape!) what their favorite season is, about 90% would say Fall is their favorite season (but shhh – please don’t tell too many people!)

Fall is such a wonderful time on Cape Cod: you get to enjoy all the natural splendor without the traffic; you get to dine at all of the fabulous restaurants without having to wait in line; and you get to enjoy being outside under the beautiful autumn sky without worrying about sunscreen and beach umbrellas to shield you from the sun.  And of course…you get to wear your favorite Cape Cod sweatshirts!

There are tons of fun activities and festivals on Cape Cod to enjoy this fall. If you love to be outdoors, there are lots of biking pathshiking trails and beaches to walk.

And did you know that there are 27 public golf courses (and 15 private clubs) on the Cape? Best of all, because of the mild climate you can usually golf all year round.

Here are a few of our favorite fall festivals:

Annual Cape Cod Brewfest – September 21, 2019

This 8th annual event celebrates American craft brewers.You can sample over 300 beers from over 100 breweries. There will be live music and food vendors to guarantee a memorable event. To purchase tickets and for more info,click here.

Vinegrass Music Festival – September 29, 2019

It’s a full day of boot-stomping fun and live music at Truro Vineyards. Sample local wine or cocktails from Twenty Boat Rum and Dry Line Gin and enjoy savory snacks from Blackfish food truck. To check out the line-up of bandstand for ticket info, click here.

Yarmouth Seaside Fest – October 12-14, 2019

If you are looking for something fun to do Columbus Day weekend, check out the 41st annual Yarmouth Seaside Fest: live music, pie-eating contests, kayak and canoe races, sand sculptures & fireworks! If that’s not enough there’s an art sale featuring over 125 artists and crafters.  Click here to check out their website for more info.

Wellfleet Oyster Fest October 19-20, 2019

If you love these famous Wellfleet oysters then this is an event you won’t want to miss. Enjoy cooking demos, live music, arts & crafts sales and beer & wine vendors while devouring oysters, clams and other traditional New England fare. And maybe you’ll win the annual shuck-off competition! for more info, click here.

And there’s more . . . 

There are lots of other fall activities: you can take in a show or a cooking class or go to a wine tasting or take an art class. On Cape Cod, there is something for everyone, so whether you are a solo traveler, or a couple or a group of friends, this is the place to visit! If there is something specific you would like to do on a fall weekend getaway, give us a call and we can help customize a special weekend just for you!

Long Dell Inn should be Experienced

So if you are looking for an autumn adventure, the Long Dell Inn is perfect place to stay.  Long Dell Inn is a historic sea captain’s house with a total of seven guestrooms all with en-suite bathrooms.  Located in the quiet seaside village of Centerville – frequently called one of the prettiest village on Cape Cod – we are just minutes from a great beach, delicious dining, fabulous shopping, ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and easy access to all your Cape Cod adventures.  Check out our accommodations and book your fall getaway today!  If you have questions, or prefer to book your getaway over the phone, give us a call at (508) 775-2750.

Best Cape Cod Beaches

Best Beaches on Cape Cod

Cape Cod is surrounded by water and thus there are a lot of beaches to choose from when you visit the Cape. When you look at a map of Cape Cod and you see

Picture of Craigville Beach

 that it is surrounded by water, you think that the Cape is an island. But it’s not! The Cape is considered a peninsula because it was connected to the mainland until 1916 when the Cape Cod Canal was completed to shorten the trade route from New York to Boston.

Cape Cod is surrounded by four bodies of water – the Nantucket Sound on the southern coast, Buzzard’s bay on the western coast, the Cape Cod bay on the northern coast and the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern coast. Many people are surprised to learn that the coastline is more than 400 miles! Each coast of Cape Cod is very different and thus the beaches of Cape Cod are very different.

So when guests ask us which Cape Cod beach is the best, we have to find out what they are looking to do before we answer.

If you want to spend the day sitting on the beach working on your tan, take a long stroll on the beach while looking for sea shells, or take a dip in the warm water, we recommend going to Craigville Beach in Centerville, on the Nantucket Sound. This is one of the largest beaches on the Cape, where you’ll find a lifeguard, a bath house with restrooms and showers, and a couple of food shanties across the street. You can spend the day sunbathing, take a dip, and go for a walk along thePicture of sunset at Craigville Beach. beach out to the tip of Long Beach and can walk around to the Centerville River side then walk back to the beach while viewing some beautiful Cape Cod beach homes.

For the best sunsets on Cape Cod, we suggest going to Chapin Beach on the northern coast overlooking Cape Cod Bay. The northern coast is a rockier coast and has an extreme tidal shift. When low tide and sunset coincide, the result is magical! At low tide you can walk about about a mile and see what the tide leaves in it’s wake – lots of swirls and tide pools – you’ll feel like you walked into a different world.

On the western coast of Cape Cod, you will find Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth. This beach has plenty to offer: the sand is fine and white; the water is clear, calm and warm; and the sunsets over Buzzards Bay are beautiful!

If you are hoping to see some seals and rougher waves, then you should head off to the Cape Cod National Seashore on the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern coast of the Cape. There are several beaches that make up the National Seashore. With its giant sand dunes, Cahoon Hollow Beach, located in Wellfleet, is a popular beach for those in their twenties and thirties (as is the Wellfleet Beachcomber seaside restaurant and bar!) Coast Guard Beach, known for its awe-inspiring vistas and Nauset Light Beach, located in Eastham are also popular beaches.

The large waves make it ideal for swimming, boogie boarding and surfing. The water temperature in the Atlantic is a bit cooler. You may find some seals along the coast or in the water but beware, where there are seals, there are sharks.

These are just a sampling of the MANY beaches on Cape Cod. We are always available to discuss with our guests which beach best fits their needs.

Picture of the beach entrance up in Wellfleet.

Before you head off to find your favorite Cape Cod beach, remember to take along your beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels from the Long Dell Inn! 

To find out more about the Long Dell Inn and to book a stay, visit our website at