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Where to Stay: A Travel Guide for Cape Cod Winter Getaways

Oh, winter in New England. Daylight hours get shorter, the air gets chillier, and the last thing on your mind is a trip to the beach. Though we wouldn’t recommend donning a bikini and diving into the ocean between November and March, a trip to Cape Cod in the winter isn’t out of the question. Taking advantage of seasonal hotel specials can make a trip more affordable and fun — plus, less traffic on those Sagamore and Bourne bridges is a true Cape travel perk to celebrate. Finding hotels in Cape Cod outside of the tourist season can feel tricky. To make it simple to decide where to stay for Cape Cod winter getaways, we’ve rounded up some hotels that remain open for all — or most — of the winter season.

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Sandwich, Mass.

Sandy Neck Beach in Sandwich, Mass.
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To get that Cape Cod experience without traveling too far up the hook, stay at The Belfry Inn and Bistro in Sandwich. Your home-away-from home will be one of 22 beautifully decorated guest rooms, spread out between three unique buildings. Winter visitors can take advantage of a relaxing and romantic atmosphere, made even better with The Bistro’s fine wine selection.

West Barnstable, Mass.

High Pointe Inn
Relax by the fire at High Pointe Inn

Stay close to Cape Cod Bay with a visit to High Pointe Inn, a quaint year-round B&B in West Barnstable. The convenient mid-Cape location puts visitors in the prime spot for scenic drives to nearby villages like Hyannis or Chatham. At the inn, winter getaways can include delicious farm-to-table breakfasts and three-course dinners.

Falmouth, Mass.

Falmouth, Cape Cod sunset
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The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth remains open on weekends year-round, making it a great destination for short Cape Cod winter getaways. Guests have direct access to a private stretch of Old Silver Beach on Buzzard’s Bay, wide open for stunning views without the summer crowds. Since colder weather can be harsh on the skin, a rejuvenating visit to Bellezza Salon Medspa in historic Falmouth Village is a winter activity to keep in mind.

Provincetown, Mass.

Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, Mass.
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It’s more affordable and easier to get a room in this popular spot during the off-season. With less hustle and bustle along Commercial Street, visitors can peacefully explore downtown Provincetown and dine at several year-round restaurants. A stay at The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s is ideal for intimate getaways, where visitors can trade the ocean for a Jacuzzi or get cozy in front of a fire instead of under the sun. The best tastes and smells of the season are available with breakfast, cookies, and hot cider on-site. Sage Inn and Lounge Also open during the winter in P-Town is the Sage Inn & Lounge. Promoting the spirit of Provincetown, the folks here keep their guests up-to-date on arts-oriented public events, such as theatre or film screenings, and also offer private dinner options.  

Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa
photo: Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa

Experience an adults-only winter escape at the Crowne Point Historic Inn & Spa, a restored Cape Cod Sea Captain’s Estate.  Indulge with a visit to their award-winning exclusively Kiehl's spa and a romantic dinner at The Pointe Restaurant. After shopping and walking the beach, take the chill off with a luxurious soak in your private whirlpool tub. Find peace with a visit to Cape Cod in the winter and take the guesswork out of finding year-round hotels to stay in during the quieter season. Use our guide to plan your Cape Cod winter getaways!