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Take a Stroll on These Cape Holiday Traditions

  After a pandemic-muted 2020 that saw the cancellation of so many traditional events, Christmas on Cape Cod is making a comeback this year. Christmas strolls, caroling, festive harbor lights and holiday fairs have returned, bringing residents and visitors together to celebrate.   One of the most important events takes place on Nov. 27 with […]

Tasty Treats for the Beach

A day at the beach would not be quite the same without a tasty lunch. Whether you’re heading to a beach in Harwich Port or farther down Cape to the National Seashore in Orleans, Eastham, Truro or Provincetown, there’s a unique sandwich shop nearby that will make your sun-splashed day complete. Here are our five […]

What’s So Special About Bank Street Beach?

What’s so special about Bank Street Beach in Harwich Port? We’re so glad you asked! Okay, maybe you didn’t exactly ask, but we’re still going to tell you. Warm Water: Gentle Surf Because of its geographic makeup, Cape Cod has three distinct types of beaches. “Ocean beaches” are those along the east-facing coast, many of […]

What Makes Our Inn by the Sea Different?

Because Cape Cod is within driving distance of so many major metropolitan areas, and we’re known for our plethora of outdoor activities, the summer of 2020 was surprisingly busy. Once restrictions were lifted in June, it was full steam ahead. Assuming (hoping!) the pandemic situation will have abated somewhat by the ’21 season, and with […]

Great Year-Round Shopping on Cape Cod

It’s a new year, yet we’re still mired in pandemic-induced weirdness. With vaccines now being distributed, we have hope, and we really hope the upcoming summer season on the Cape is a great one. We’re of a glass-half-full frame of mind, so we’ve tried to find the good that has come out of what has […]

COVID-Safe Holiday Activities on Cape Cod

 There’s no doubt the holiday season is looking a bit different this year. Fortunately, you and your family can still embrace beloved traditions with seasonal, COVID-safe activities and events all over the Cape. Here are a few ideas for making the season merry and bright, safely: Gardens Aglow: This annual celebration is held at Heritage […]

On Course: Golfing Around the Cape

It’s often been said that as long as the ground remains free of snow, Cape Cod’s golf courses will remain open. Fall is a great time to hit the links. With a windbreaker or a fleece jacket, not even cooler temperatures will stop golfers from patrolling the fairways, especially this year, when the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Things to Do on Cape Cod in the Fall: Explore Hyannis Harbor

With continued concerns about COVID-19, boating was especially popular on Cape Cod this summer. Given that social distancing is pretty much built into boating, this wasn’t surprising. What is surprising is that All Cape Boat Rentals on Hyannis Harbor operates well into November, even later if they’re still getting calls. We know that a great […]

Socially Distant Fall Fun on Cape Cod

We’ve been writing these blog posts for several years. The above is, hands down, the strangest headline we’ve ever composed. Yet as we try to navigate our way through a pandemic, we are all focused on finding ways to have fun, while staying safe. If your question is, “What is there to do on Cape […]

Feather Your Nest in Style: Cape Cod Home Décor Shops

With its wide-open spaces and abundant natural beauty, Cape Cod is proving to be a near-perfect place for vacation in the summer of 2020. Well, as “near-perfect” as one could hope for during the current unprecedented situation. The one certainty that nearly all of us are experiencing in “these uncertain times” (yes, we’re tired of […]

Outdoor Dining on Cape Cod

As of this writing, we are awaiting guidelines for the phased reopening of businesses in Massachusetts, with June 8th currently the target date for opening for many businesses including hotels and restaurants. It is quite possible that the permitted capacity will be reduced, at least initially. While we begin to explore the much-discussed “new normal,” […]

A Virtual Playground of Fun

As the world shuts down, many, many organizations have opened up…virtually, that is. On both a regional and national level, there are all sorts of entertaining diversions you can turn to without ever getting out of your PJs. For a little listening music while you read, click here to hear Berklee students’ incredibly moving rendition […]

Spring is Festival Season on Cape Cod

  There’s little doubt that summer is prime season on Cape Cod. But there are plenty of reasons to visit in spring, when the crocuses, tulips and daffodils are blooming, many restaurants offer prix fixe menus and half-price appetizers, and there are festivals galore from Bourne to Provincetown. We also offer a great deal at […]

Celebrate 400 Years of History in Plymouth

We realize that it might feel counter-productive once you’re made it to Cape Cod to head back over the Sagamore Bridge before your getaway is over. But a visit to Plymouth, which is only about a 30-minute drive, is well worth to effort for anyone who wants to soak in our nation’s history. This year […]

Splurge-Worthy Excursions on Cape Cod

We all need to pamper ourselves once in a while. It’s fine to be budget-conscious most of the year, but every so often, it’s good for the soul to give common sense time off, especially when we’re on vacation. As Miles Dalby said to Joel Goodson in Risky Business, “Sometimes you gotta say ‘What the […]

Rooms That Suit Your Needs

Slipping away for that long-awaited romantic weekend? Escaping with a sizeable group of family or friends? Traveling as a small family and want to be together in the same room? Whatever your dynamics or demographics, the Seadar Inn by the Sea has a room to accommodate you. All our rooms are well appointed, each with […]

Splurge-Worthy Things to Do on Cape Cod

Fall means many things. The changing colors of the leaves, comfortable sweaters, logs on the fireplace, and for parents, much-needed peace and quiet. With the kids back in school, fall can be couples time, when romance can take center stage for frazzled parents who spent the summer doing laundry and chauffeuring the kids here, there […]

Wellfleet: Lively and Eclectic All Year Long

Thinking of a taking a day trip without venturing too far afield? Wellfleet is one of Cape Cod’s most eclectic towns, with a thriving artist community, National Seashore beaches, scenic walking trails, oceanside restaurants and historic houses. Although some locations close after Labor Day, many attractions and restaurants continue into the fall and even throughout […]

Instagram-Worthy Spots on Cape Cod

From the moment you cross the Sagamore or Bourne bridges until you reach the tip of Provincetown, Cape Cod offers a multitude of opportunities to test your mettle as a photographer and capture Instagram-worthy images that will forever serve as a reminder of your visit to this special peninsula. With that in mind, here are […]

Day Tripping to Martha’s Vineyard

Once the summer season kicks into high gear, we’re all work and no play, so we always try to take a day that’s all play and no work sometime beforehand. This year we decided on Martha’s Vineyard, and we’re so glad we did. A midmorning Hy-Line ferry out of Hyannis Harbor got us into the […]

Comfort Food on Cape Cod

When staying at the Seadar Inn, you won’t need to travel far to enjoy some comfort food while catching a sporting event and rubbing elbows with locals in a relaxed setting. There are numerous nearby pubs, where the atmosphere is casual and the conversation is usually lively, that feature mouth-watering burgers, savory chowders, crispy fries and, […]

Newport, RI: Day Trip Back to the Gilded Age

It might be difficult to leave the Cape once you’re ensconced at the Seadar Inn, but if you’re looking for a day trip over the bridges, while still being on the water in a beautiful seaside community, the 90-minute drive to Newport, Rhode Island is as good as it gets. Museums, mansions and music. It’s […]

Finding Family Time: Things to Do with Kids on Cape Cod

A Cape Cod family getaway wouldn’t be much of a vacation without ample activities for the kids. When staying at the Seadar Inn, there are numerous nearby family friendly attractions that will keep everyone entertained, even mom and dad. Whether it’s a leisurely round of mini golf, a fishing excursion, a visit to an inflatable […]

A Day in the Life Along Historic Route 6A

There are few rides that are more peaceful, historic and intriguing than the stretch of Route 6A that winds its way along the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod. You’ll pass through some of the oldest villages in America on a tree-shaded road that includes historic homes and churches, antique shops, art galleries, museums, […]

Day-Tripping to Nantucket

It’s not necessary to own a multimillion-dollar mansion or have a large enough bankroll to book a vacation home to enjoy Nantucket. All the pleasures of the island that’s called the “Grey Lady” can be enjoyed without taking out a second mortgage. The answer: Day-tripping. For guests at the Seadar Inn, the journey to Nantucket […]

Things to Do on Cape Cod in Spring

When people think of Cape Cod, they usually think of summer. Lazy days lounging on the beach. Saltwater taffy and fried clams. Golfing and fishing. But spring is a wonderful time to visit. You probably won’t be dipping your toes into the ocean, but the traffic is minimal, the off-season rates for lodging and golf […]

Retail Therapy in Harwich Port

No vacation is complete without a little shopping (or maybe a lot of shopping—we’re not here to judge). Whether you’re a window browser or seasoned shopper, you’ll have plenty of retail therapy options during your stay with us in beautiful Harwich Port. Wondering where to shop in Harwich Port? We’ve got your back. Sativa is […]

Cape Cod Boat Excursions

It goes without saying that any visit to Cape Cod will probably include some sort of water activity. It should also come as little surprise that the Cape offers a wide variety of family-friendly boating excursions, from fishing cruises and educational tours to sunset, sightseeing and even a cruise where you get to make your […]

Waterfront Restaurants on Cape Cod

It should come as no surprise that Cape Cod offers a number of casual and romantic waterfront dining experiences that feature spectacular views and sunsets, along with the freshest seafood and fish, premium steaks, burgers and, of course, fried clams. Best of all, you won’t need to travel far from your base at the Seadar […]

Christmas on Cape Cod: Holiday Happenings

While Cape Cod summers are always memorable, there’s still plenty to do on the Cape during the colder months. If you’ll be visiting the Cape over the holiday season, you’ll find no shortage of exciting activities. Several Cape Cod villages put on festive Christmas strolls, complete with Main Streets decorated for the season and plenty […]

No Shortage of Attractions on Cape Cod in the Fall

Fall can be the best time to visit Cape Cod. The traffic is gone, the lodging rates have decreased by a substantial amount, parking is readily available, and the weather is cool and spectacular. Although the Cape quiets down, that doesn’t mean you must resign yourself to hours of reading or taking long walks on […]

Dining Around: Restaurants in Harwich Port

Harwich Port has become one of Cape Cod’s hottest, hippest places to eat, and you don’t have to travel far from the Seadar Inn to take in the restaurant scene. From casual neighborhood restaurants serving gourmet pizzas and eclectic pubs perfect for taking in a big sports event to fine dining in a sea captain’s […]

Walk on the Wine Side

No need to travel beyond Cape Cod to find homegrown grapes of the Gods. Oenophiles probably don’t think of Cape Cod as a wine destination. But connoisseurs of the grape might be slightly shocked to learn that there are three Cape Cod wineries, and all are within convenient driving distance of the Seader Inn. In […]

Cape Cod’s Craft Beer Craze

Part of the allure of Cape Cod is that change comes slowly to our beloved sandbar; you can still find a good cup of chowder at virtually every restaurant and a proper clam shack in nearly every town. So you may think that the craft beer craze is years away from gaining any traction on […]

Living la Vida “Local”

Cape Cod is a different animal during the winter. The traffic is gone, beach parking is free and readily available and there are many peaceful spots for reflection and relaxation. But even though much of the Cape quiets down when the calendar flips to January, that doesn’t mean visitors must resign themselves to hours of […]

Cape Cod Kayaking is a Paddler’s Nirvana

A lot of families start making summer vacation plans when they’re all gathered together over the holidays. If your family includes kayakers, plan on coming to Cape Cod.  With protected ocean routes on both Vineyard Sound and Cape Cod Bay, and innumerable rivers, marshes and ponds, you could spend an entire summer kayaking here and […]

Day Tripping: Charming Chatham (Part II)

With its postcard-perfect beauty and endless array of world-class dining, lodging and shopping, Chatham, Massachusetts has earned a reputation for being the very embodiment of the quintessential Cape Cod village. It’s just a 10-minute drive from Seadar Inn by the Sea, so a daytrip – or even a ‘half-daytrip’ – is very doable when you’re […]

Day Tripping: Charming Chatham (Part I)

Although we’re huge fans of Harwich Port, our hometown, we also think nearby Chatham, Massachusetts is pretty special too. Since it’s just a few miles away from the Seadar Inn, why not take a quick daytrip and check out this charming little seaside village? There are so many things to do in Chatham that we’ve […]

Cape Cod Lighthouses: An Enduring Symbol of Safety

With even the most basic ocean-going boats now having onboard radar, the practical purposes of many of the lighthouses on Cape Cod is waning yet millions of dollars have been spent moving the lighthouses of Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, inland away from our eroding shores. We’re not sure if it’s the history […]

Oh, For the Love of Golf

If you’ve got golf on the brain, you’re going to fall in love with ‘old Cape Cod,’ where you’ll find many of the best golf courses on Cape Cod are located within minutes of Seadar Inn. Closest to the inn, just a mile away, is the Harwich Port Golf Club which bills itself as a […]

Biking the Trails of Cape Cod

Whether you have a variety of tots and tykes in tow or you’re seriously considering competing in the next Tour de France, you’ll find a biker’s paradise on Cape Cod. Since the opening of the Cape Cod Rail Trail in 1976, Cape Cod has been at the forefront of creating safe bike routes which are […]

Whales, Seals & Sharks: You’ve Got to See It to Believe It!

When you’re deciding what to do on your Cape Cod vacation, make a smart decision and opt for whale watching or seal watching. And in case you haven’t heard – it has actually made national news…many times – there are sharks in the waters off Cape Cod which means that shark watching is also now […]

Striped Bass Fishing on Cape Cod

Is spending quality time with your family your idea of a great Cape Cod vacation? Do you have someone in the family who has an unfulfilled hunter-gatherer need? Do you absolutely love the ocean? Or seafood? If you answered “yes” to any – or all – of the above, put a striped bass charter fishing […]

Where is Cape Cod?

As far as we’re concerned, Cape Cod is as close to paradise as you’ll ever get, but it’s quite possible we’re slightly biased. And while we may think ‘Everyone knows where Cape Cod is!’ that’s not necessarily true. There are two ways to approach the very simple question of ‘Where is Cape Cod?’ – from […]

What is the Best Time to Visit Cape Cod?

It’s a question we’re often asked at Seadar Inn by the Sea and, really, the answer depends on your idea of the perfect Cape Cod vacation. Our Cape Cod beach hotel is open from late April through late October, so naturally we’re partial to spring, summer and fall! But this isn’t about us. It’s about […]

Day Tripping: Provincetown

Located about an hour from Seadar Inn by the Sea, Provincetown is a bastion of beautiful beaches, colorful people, and shopping and dining. If you’ll be on Cape Cod for a few days, plan on spending one of them in this world-famous art colony. What to Do: Whale Watching: Provincetown is the whale watching capitol […]

Would You Like to Go for a Walk?

Because the water surrounding Cape Cod stays fairly warm well into the fall, late autumn days tend to be a tad toastier here than in other parts of Massachusetts and southern New England. With sunny days often well above 50 degrees, it’s a great time to get outside and take advantage of some of the […]

Within Walking Distance: 5 Exceptional Eateries

Whether it’s to savor the setting sun and a little people watching, or because you’d like to enjoy an adult beverage or two, being able to walk to a great selection of restaurants while you’re vacationing on Cape Cod is just one of the benefits of staying at the Seadar Inn by the Sea. As […]