Your Guide to 5 Perfect Days in Cape Cod

With the start of summer comes the desire to plan that perfect getaway where you can relax, find fun things to do, connect with nature, and savor the freshest and most delicious food. Whether you’re looking to discover these things in a far-away destination or just craving an escape from the big city of Boston, we have the perfect place for you! Falmouth, Massachusetts provides convenient access to all of those must-have experiences with fewer crowds and a laid-back feel. We’ve even created the perfect itinerary for a five-day Cape Cod vacation, so you can think less and enjoy more!

map of best days trips from Falmouth MA

Day 1 – Arrive and Focus on the Five Senses

Most visitors travel to Falmouth by car, so we suggest you start by soaking up the scenery during the drive and crack the windows to smell the fresh sea air as you roll into town. After checking in, dropping your bags, and relaxing in your room, we propose that you grab dinner at one of the world-class restaurants on Main Street to savor some of the most fantastic food. After dinner, take a short stroll down the beach to listen to the crashing waves and feel the sand in your toes. Let the relaxation set in before heading back for a restful night’s sleep.

Edgartown lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard

Day 2 – Make the Trip to Martha’s Vineyard

Hop aboard the Steamship Authority or Island Queen to ferry across to the enchanted island of Martha’s Vineyard. With several departure times throughout the day, it’s easy to create a schedule that suits your style. If you plan on bringing your own car, then Steamship Authority is your only option, and we suggest you make a reservation well in advance. On the island, you can use their shuttle busses to explore the charming villages at your leisure.

For a full Martha’s Vineyard experience, we suggest you head towards the east side of the island to check out Edgartown, include its lighthouse and beautiful South Beach. If you love being on the water, and the ferry ride in wasn’t enough, then take a sailing tour out of Edgartown for a unique adventure – any of the professional charter companies are great. And, if you can make it happen, we highly recommend a visit to Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge. This barrier island provides a diverse landscape and an unmatched experience with nature. Grab dinner on the island or back in Falmouth – just make sure you don’t miss the last return ferry!

couple enjoying a Cape Cod vacation

Day 3 – Trek to the Tip of the Cape

Take 29 North to Route 6A toward the southeast tip of the Cape. Make a stop for some sightseeing and an early lunch in the aptly named town of Sandwich. Continue on to the charming town of Chatham where you should check out the beautiful Chatham Lighthouse Beach and Chatham Pier. The town is well known for its wonderful restaurants, with options from grab and go to intimate fine dining. If you have the time, head all the way out to the end of the road until you reach Provincetown, MA, and take in all the history and culture that it’s known for.

historic Vanderbilt mansion on Atlantic coast

Day 4 – Enjoy a Big Day with Big Homes

Even though Newport, Rhode Island is a bit of a drive, about an hour and a half from Falmouth, MA, it’s worth the effort! This town is full of history and charm, beautiful beaches, and wonderful shops and restaurants which are connected by cobblestone streets. Take a drive down Bellevue Avenue for easy access to several of the Vanderbilt Mansions, which are open for public tours. If you would like another landmark to put on your to-do list, then visit the Touro Synagogue. This historic site with a unique significance to our country’s religious freedoms offers beautiful grounds and one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings from the 18th century.

beautiful beach in Cape Cod

Day 5 – Finish it Up in Falmouth

We’ve saved the best for last – a day exploring our own small town! Plan as active or lazy a day that suits you. Explore our 68 miles of coastline and beaches or peruse our own local shops and museums. For the more active folks, you can tour the area by bike or sneak in a round at one of our picturesque golf courses.

patio at Palmer House Inn

Stay in a Quiet Location That’s Close to it All

Carve out your piece of the Cape at Palmer House Inn for an idyllic getaway this summer! Our intimate bed and breakfast provides comfortable guest rooms and lovely gardens for all to enjoy, including your four-legged friends. Every stay includes our gourmet breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and parking, plus our gracious hospitality. Come see why past presidents, famous celebrities, and wealthy globetrotters return to this special part of the world season after season, year after year, and generation after generation.

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