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10 Photos That Will Make You Think About a Winter Visit to Cape Cod

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It’s no secret that life slows down on Cape Cod during the cooler months of the year, and for some travelers, that’s all the more reason to visit.

After all, while lounging on the beach isn’t quite the same in January as it is during July, beach walks are great year round. With ample room to explore and a number of restaurants and hotels still being open, the Cape is very much an enticing destination for late autumn and early winter trips.

As the old saying goes, though, a picture’s worth a thousand words, and for the ten scenes below, that price would be something of a bargain.

Here are 10 Instagram scenes that will make you think about a little time on Cape Cod before the days start getting longer, if you aren’t already planning on doing so. As always, a major thank you to the folks who are kind enough to share with us and allow us to re-share.

Scudders Lane in Barnstable, MA by @cjsetterlund on Instagram

Scudders Lane in Barnstable, MA by @cjsetterlund on Instagram

Cape Cod Bay of Eastham, MA by @mahikerbiker on Instagram

Cape Cod Bay of Eastham, MA by @mahikerbiker on Instagram

View from the boardwalk in Sandwich, MA by @neevenr on Instagram

View from the boardwalk in Sandwich, MA by @neevenr on Instagram

Race Point Beach in Provincetown, MA by @anamariabell on Instagram

Race Point Beach in Provincetown, MA by @anamariabell on Instagram

Pleasant Bay off Chatham, MA by @__walshie

Pleasant Bay off Chatham, MA by @__walshie on Instagram

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Powell’s Landing in Wellfleet, MA by @kerrycapecod on Instagram

South Cape Beach State Park in Mashpee, MA by @gregc1101

South Cape Beach State Park in Mashpee, MA by @gregc1101 on Instagram

Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, MA by @jordanhuett on Instagram

Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, MA by @jordanhuett on Instagram

Hardings Beach in Chatham, MA by @lisadeyphotography on Instagram

Hardings Beach in Chatham, MA by @lisadeyphotography on Instagram

Provincetown waterfront by @sphinxandfruits_ on Instagram

Provincetown waterfront by @sphinxandfruits_ on Instagram

If you’d like to see more dazzling Massachusetts landscapes like the ones shown above, follow us on Instagram, where we’re sharing some of the best local scenes sent our way, as well as our own favorite images. And when you post, if you’d like to let us take a look, just use the hashtag #visitma.

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Do you have a favorite spot to enjoy during the off-season on Cape Cod? Share it with us in the comments below!

Photo at the top of Wellfleet, MA sand dunes during winter by William DeSousa-Mauk

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  • Melanie Gladden

    And the best thing about the Cape during the off season? No hoards of tourists!

    • MassVacation

      Yes, it’s a much quieter time around there, Melanie 🙂

    • Mike

      If it was not for us tourists what do you think all yhe motels and hotels and businesses would be doing during summer. I hate hearing about the hoards of us tourists when i go to a local restaurant and sit at the bar waiting for a pizza or getting a meal. We are spending alot of money to keep you all in business. You all should be very happy that a spend my hard earned money in your town.

      • Melanie Gladden

        Well, Mike, the tourists would be great if they didn’t leave litter and mess all over the place.

        • Mike

          Are you kidding me. Me and my wife leave the house we rent in better shape than we came into. We never leave a mess anywhere. Maybe some do. We have been comming to Eastham for 40 years. I would love to meet you and chat about this , i know it wont happen but i will continue to vacation in my favorite town on the cape. And trust me i wont make a mess and spend money to keep your businesses afloat.

          • Melanie Gladden

            Then you and your wife are 2 very rare people. Thank you for cleaning up after yourselves, because many people don’t. Unless you live in Denver, CO, we probably won’t get to meet, but I hope you both enjoy your visits to Eastham.

          • Robert

            Mike it is jackwasd like you that are Cape Cod wannabes Take your attitude and your welfare money elswhwer.

  • David @mahikerbiker

    Thanks very much sharing one of my photos. I’m proud to be in this collection with so many other beautiful shots.

    • MassVacation

      Thanks for allowing us to do so!

  • Craig

    We always like Coast Guard Beach

  • Michael

    My brother owns a small little Cape house near Bank Street Beach. My family would all get together each summer there. It was bliss, yes… Even with all the crowds of filthy rich college kids, to the incredible smells of pine and salty air, to the music of the birds and the sea, topped with the sights of whales, and even slowly… Very slowly, year after year… it was in fact a miracle – to witness more and more, sights of mother and baby, surface next to a whale-watching boat… and then turn around to head back home while watching the sun kiss the sky in the most beautiful sunsets.
    The next day, a trip to the Cape Cod Bonsai Studio. What an AMAZING shop, with a huge pond full of Koi… You could feed them by hand! And the timeless beauty of each Bonsai tree – a baby starter Maple, to the ancients that aren’t for sale and look like a thousand years old!
    Well, these are some of my memories of The Cape. Nothing compares. Not even iPhones.
    – Mike from Buffalo NY

  • Jonathan Jodoin

    My wife and I use to live vacationing in Harwichport. But the town charges you for everything from using the beach$ to exorbitant prices for rentals.

  • ed stevens

    Marconi beach in Wellfleet…pure paradise! Throwing a football (12.5 psi thank you very much) and just walking the water-line.

  • Greg Dinunzio

    Family started coming in the forties, and every year since.

    • MassVacation

      Nice, Greg! We’re happy to hear it.

  • swstrvlt

    My wife and I have been taking our getaways for our December anniversary there for a couple of years now. It is fantabulous. We get such a warm welcome from Jill and James and the staff at the Captain’s House in Chatham. BTW, Captain’s House Inn recently won Travel Channels Hotel Showdown; knew we picked a winner:) Everything is so quaint in the winter there and there are so many photo ops up and down the Cape that you just can’t get during the summer and the tourist season. Can’t wait to go back!

    • MassVacation

      That’s awesome! Sounds like we should do a feature on them. Definitely something for us to think about 🙂

      • swstrvlt

        That would be really cool. I know that they were expecting twins when we were there last and i think had three already at home. They kind of run interns from the UK as staff and it is fun to learn about them. Go for High Tea, it is worth the trip. I’ll keep an eye out if you feature them.

  • Jer B

    Melanie…
    And you can say the same thing about Maine!

  • Cool images.

    • MassVacation

      Thanks, Sohan!

  • I’ve never been to Cape Cod but your pictures are absolutely stunning! Thanks for helping me envision myself in Cape Cod during the winter! – Dana

    • MassVacation

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

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