Splurge-Worthy Things to Do on Cape Cod

Cape Cod Boat Rentals

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 and everywhere. hot stove (2)

So, why not splurge a little and pamper yourself?

What better way to start than by renting a limo from Cape Destinations and letting someone else be the chauffeur? Journey back to your youth in a big, black Cadillac by taking in the “local color” of the Cape on a pub crawl to the Hot Stove Saloon (at right) in Harwich Port, the Chatham Squire and the Land Ho! in Orleans.

You could also still be at the wheel, but on a bicycle as your cruise along the 25-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail that stretches from Dennis to Wellfleet. Or maybe go horseback riding along the beach.

Searching for something more relaxing? How about a couple’s massage at the Chatham Bars Inn, where you can unwind side-by-side in oversized treatment rooms with private showers, saunas and hydrotherapy tubs.

Outer Bar at Wequassett as seen from the water.

Outer Bar at Wequassett as seen from the water.

Or perhaps you’re anxious to spend time on the water? Why not rent a boat at Nauset Marine East and head off on a private cruise? All of their boats are equipped with GPS navigation, local charts and Coast Guard-required safety equipment. Along the way, dock at the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club and order lobster rolls at the oceanside Outer Bar and Grille.

You could also see the Cape from a bird’s-eye view in a two-passenger Waco Biplane departing from Chatham Airport. Stick’n Rudder Sightseeing Tours will take you over the National Seashore, Pleasant Bay, Monomoy Island, the Provincetown Monument and numerous other historical points of interest. You’ll see lighthouses, seals and maybe even a great white shark, all from the safety of a few thousand feet above.

Flying high with Skydive the Mills. Photo via website.

Flying high with Skydive the Mills. Photo via website.

Instead of flying in a plane, you could truly embrace your adventurous spirit by jumping out of one. Skydive the Mills, located at the historic Cape Cod Airfield in Marstons Mills, offers tandem skydives seven days a week through September. The drop zone provides breathtaking views of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and even the Boston skyline. The view is especially stunning in fall as you look down upon working cranberry bogs, golf courses and lakes.

Once you catch your breath following your dive, you could head across the street from the airfield and get in 18 holes of golf at Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course, one of the Cape’s premier public layouts. Afterward, relax with a cocktail on the outdoor deck and watch the planes land at sunset.

Undoubtedly, you’ve worked up an appetite by now. After changing for dinner, head to Chatham and wind up your day of indulgence with a romantic dinner at Stars, located at Chatham Bars Inn. Settle into a window table and savor the panoramic views of Chatham Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean as you dine on seasonal entrees, with many of the ingredients sourced directly from the inn’s own farm. You could also choose the inn’s charming and cozy tavern, the Sacred Cow.

Stars at Chatham Bars Inn. Photo via website.

Stars at Chatham Bars Inn. Photo via website.

As you sip your evening nightcap and gaze out at the moon, you might even forget for a moment that you even have kids!

Top photo: Stage Harbor Light as seen from the water.

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