Splurge-Worthy Excursions on Cape Cod

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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 …’”

In that spirit, we offer you some ideas for throwing caution to the wind for a day, and yes, maybe more money than you might ordinarily, and live like a one-percenter.

Imagine a warm summer day cruising Cape Cod in a Porsche Boxster, Mercedes SL550 Roadster, Corvette or Ferrari. Now, that’s sweet. Go Rentals in Hyannis has more than a dozen luxury vehicles for rent, also including Bentleys, Audis and Cadillacs.

Want to really step it up a notch? Charter a yacht for a day. The International Yacht Company has an office on Nantucket and offers an unmatched selection of the world’s best luxury mega yachts for charter, with every type of yacht imaginable to choose from and for groups of all sizes. Once you have settled on your ideal yacht, consultants will then work with you to put together a tailor-made itinerary that is customized to your exact wants and needs.

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Wequassett Outer Bar

Okay, maybe that’s a bit more than splurging. Instead, why not rent a boat for a day or half day at Nauset Marine East in Orleans and cruise along Pleasant Bay? Boats range from 19 to 22 feet and are equipped with Coast Guard-required safety equipment, life jackets, GPS navigation and local charts. Enjoy the day on the Outer Beach or dock at the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Harwich for a fabulous lunch at the oceanside, open-air Outer Bar & Grille.

You could take in the Cape from a higher perspective with a sightseeing plane ride. Imagine the thrill of flying 1,000 feet up in a 1930s-style open cockpit biplane. P-town Air Tours in Provincetown and Stick’n Rudder Sightseeing Tours in Chatham both offer spectacular rides in a two-passenger Waco biplane or a three-passenger Cessna. See the dunes, beaches, lighthouses, the Pilgrim Monument, Truro, Wellfleet Harbor, Chatham and Orleans from a unique and breathtaking viewpoint.

Art's Dune Tours (via website)

Art’s Dune Tours (via website)

Prefer to remain more “grounded?” Check out Art’s Dune Tours in Provincetown, where you can choose from a variety of tours that will take you through the dunes of the National Seashore, while also stopping to head onto Pilgrim Lake in a kayak for a closer look at the various geological and ecological aspects of this intriguing saltwater “old harbor.”

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Race Point Lighthouse (via website)

There is an art tour, where you’ll learn about dune shacks, and the history and culture of Provincetown artists, and even take a watercolor painting class in the dunes with a local artist. The Race Point Lighthouse tour provides a unique view of this Provincetown landmark, and, of course, there is an eye-popping sunset tour.

So, as you’re pulling out your wallet and perhaps feeling that you’re being slightly irresponsible, remember what Miles told Joel. “Saying ‘What the …’ brings you freedom, and that brings you opportunity.”