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Spring Showers

For visitors who don’t mind light showers, spring can be an incredible time to see first blooming bulbs, ornamental cherry trees, daffodils and the budding rhodies. Victorian sunken gardens at Highfield Hall in Falmouth Massachusetts and Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich have some lovely walks and thousands of different flowers to see. Bebe woods boasts local lady slippers, some of the few wild orchids the north east grows natively in the wild. I personally love the fregrance of Lilly of the valley that come up in May. Whatever your favorites are, there are special surprises everywhere on Cape Cod.

You don’t need beach weather to return to one of life’s simplest pleasures, and to the great outdoors. The Shining Sea Bikeway is in full bloom all the way to Woods Hole…so take that spring bike ride and watch the scenery roll by from miles of local rail trails and bike paths. Meditative hike through Goodwill Park and Long Pond woodlands, salt marshes and cedar forests, coming to life with the sights and sounds of spring. Whale watching season begins in May, breeching whales can be seen from the shoreline of Cape Cod National Seashore from May through June, without have to get on a boat. Spring events to mark on your calendar include the return of the Cape Cod Pirate Festival, Cape Cod Artweek and Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail in June. Spring is also an opportunity to welcome back local artists and artisans to the HyArts Artist Shanties. Be first in line to book a reservation at waterfront dining spots and greet seasonal restaurants re-opening their doors like Landfall Resturant in Woods Hole or The Chartroom in Cataumet. And eat dessert twice now that ice cream shops are back open for business! Ready to get back on the water? Day trip to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket on a relaxing ferry ride that will remind you that half the fun in life is getting there, then tour the islands with plenty of room to stroll.  

There’s no better place to stop and smell the roses than on Cape Cod! Admire the gorgeous blooms and surrounding pastels of spring’s flowers and landscapes at the Rhododendron Festival at Heritage Museums and Gardens and the annual Brewster in Bloom Festival. Or just take a tranquil self-guided tour of Spohr Gardens in Falmouth for a nature walk.

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