Great Date Night Ideas on Cape Cod

While summer days on Cape Cod are made for flip flops and fried clams, the destination also sets a romantic backdrop for quality time with your significant other. Here are some romantic (and fun) ideas for a great Cape Cod date.

Table for two
Housed within a renovated church, the stained glass and exposed beam dining room at the Belfry Inn & Bistro in downtown Sandwich is an intimate spot to enjoy a glass of wine paired with one of the Belfry’s creative, seasonal entrees. The Grand Cru Wine Bar at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis is jumping on Friday and Saturday nights with the sounds of live jazz and lively conversation. Over at the Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar in Hyannis, choose a cozy table for two or a seat at the sleek bar to indulge in fresh oysters with your sweetie. For modern seaside elegance, the Ocean House in Dennis offers an extensive menu and cocktail list, stunning ocean views and an outdoor beach bar in season with live music. And award-winning cuisine featuring local ingredients awaits at Twenty-eight Atlantic at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. It’s fine dining at its finest, and the panoramic views of Pleasant Bay are nothing short of spectacular.

Share a scoop
On a hot Cape Cod night, there’s no sweeter treat than ice cream for two. Take a seat at one of the outdoor picnic tables at Polar Cave Ice Cream Parlour in Mashpee and share one of the Eskimo's Kiss signature sundaes. Katie's Ice Cream in Hyannis boasts an ever-changing list of flavors that range from the more traditional (chocolate and coffee) to the unique (salted caramel or rosemary fig). A giant banana split at the Sundae School is a great choice for two, or opt for one of their delicious frappe floats (with two straws.) The Cape Cod Creamery in South Yarmouth and Hyannis exudes old-fashioned charm in a converted Victorian style house. Enjoy a cone together on one of the outdoor adirondack chairs, preferably at sunset.

Get creative
Cape Cod offers great options to think outside the box with your date ideas.Take a whale watch excursion out of Provincetown, Plymouth or Hyannis, zip line through the trees at The Adventure Park at Heritage Museums & Gardens, tee up for a relaxing round of golf, or rent bikes and hit the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Explore a new exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, go antiquing along Route 6A or climb to the top of Pilgrim Monument and enjoy views for miles when you reach the top. Tastings and tours are offered at both Truro Vineyards and Cape Cod Beer. And what says date night better than a summer movie under the stars at the Wellfleet Drive-In?

Catch a sunset
We don’t want to brag, but the Cape is one of New England’s best spots for sunset walks along beaches and trails. Bring a blanket and bask in the dreamy views! Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth offers views across Buzzards Bay to Mattapoisett and West Island, creating a bold backdrop for fiery sunsets. It’s also a favorite spot for evening strolls enhanced by cool breezes. Nauset Light Beach on the Cape Cod National Seashore is easy to access and provides stunning views of the sunset behind the iconic red and white lighthouse made famous by Cape Cod Potato Chips. Race Point in Provincetown is a tranquil escape where you’ll be surrounded only by the sounds of the ocean lapping against the shore. For a full date night experience, take an Art's Dune Tours' sunset tour; you’ll have a front row seat to catch the sun slipping down behind Race Point Light.

Spend a cozy night
For a peaceful retreat at the end of your romance-filled day, consider one of the Cape’s many bed & breakfasts or historic inns. The Palmer House Inn in Falmouth is housed in a Queen Anne Victorian house oozing with charm. The Chatham Inn at 359 Main offers a modern interpretation of classic Cape Cod style, while High Pointe Inn combines comfort with luxury in their elegant West Barnstable space.  The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn in Harwich delivers breakfasts in bed and an atmosphere that mixes the best of boutique hotels and cozy B&B's. For understated luxury, Lands End Inn - perched atop Provincetown's West End - is a picture perfect retreat, and was recently named one of the most romantic inns & hotels in America by TripAdvisor users.

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