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Spring on the Cape & Islands!


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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Spring is a special time of year on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. From food tastings to art shows to welcoming the local blooms, the arrival of the new season is celebrated in a number of creative and fun away across the region. To cure even the worst cases of spring fever or to plan a blissful weekend getaway, here’s a look at what’s ahead in April and May.

Cape Cod

On April 5th, join Sandwich as the town celebrates its 375th season at the Boardwalk Ball. Enjoy a silent auction, photo booth, and a disco-themed dinner and dancing at the premier Ridge Club.

On May 15th, savor the finest dishes from the best of Harwich’s restaurateurs, wineries and distilleries at this year’s Toast of Harwich. The event also includes a VIP Champagne toast, and a delicious preview of what you can expect on the menu this summer.


Photo: Pleasant Bay in Harwich, MA via MOTT

On May 17th-18th, the Cape Cod Art Association will host the Art in the Garden festival in Hyannis. You’re invited for a weekend of music, food, and family fun, plus demonstrations on how to get the most out of your garden and patio this spring.

While you’re in the area, be sure to get plenty of rest during your stay! Indulge in a stay at the Allen Harbor Breeze Inn & Gardens, which is conveniently situated in Harwich Port and offers easy access to the surrounding area. Or, tempt your kids with the famous indoor wave pool and treat yourself with a spa package at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa.

Cape Codder

Photo: The Cape Codder Resort & Spa via MOTT.

Martha’s Vineyard

Much like Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard also has plenty of ways to entertain anyone in need of a springtime pick-me-up.

A day before Easter, on April 19th, get a little rustic at Sheepapalooza with The Farm Institute. Bring the family to enjoy a cheese tasting, fiber art displays and a glimpse at herding techniques.

On May 10th, join the Featherstone Center of the Arts in Oak Bluffs for the 5th Annual Garden Party Tea & Fashion Show! Spend the day admiring the latest blooms and trends with an exclusive look at this year’s Art of Flowers show.

Oak Bluffs

Photo: Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard via MOTT

And throughout May 9-11, Edgartown will host its 3rd Annual Pink & Green Weekend, a Mother’s Day celebration that promises to be a good time. The weekend features the famous Pink & Green Ball, the 2nd Annual Bartender’s Drink Contest, brunches, sales, and more.

If you’re staying the weekend, consider pampering yourself and the mothers in your life with a night at the Fallon of Edgartown, a boutique Victorian treasure overlooking this storybook locale. The Island Inn, another fine option, sits between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, giving easy access to both.


On Nantucket, spring is about returning scenery and fine refreshments.

On April 25, Nantucket Daffodil Festival, an island favorite, gets underway! This signature three-day event features the Antique Car Parade, a showcase of more than 100 vehicles embellished with vibrant daffodils. Also on tap: a Children’s Family Beach Picnic, a 5k, and plenty of attractions fit for the entire family.

Daffodil Festival

Photo: Nantucket Daffodil Festival via MOTT

From May 14th-18th, embrace your inner oenophile at the 18th Annual Nantucket Wine Festival. The festival features some of the best wines from around the world, and this year’s event will no doubt offer a truly premier wine tasting experience.

With so many welcoming options to extend your visit, there’s no need to take the ferry twice in one day. Try the charming Brant Point Inn for reasonable mid-season rates starting on April 25th, or lounge in the sand at the Beachside at Nantucket after a full day at the wine festival.

And there you have it! The Cape & Islands offer plenty before peak season arrives, so if you’re looking for a low-key getaway, spring makes for the perfect opportunity. For more on the Cape & Islands, click here. To find more fun events all across Massachusetts and where you can stay while you enjoy them, click here and here.

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  • jamie dixswell

    Cape cod is gay

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