A Valentine’s getaway (or even a winter weekend) on Cape Cod is a perfect way to take in a cooler side of the Cape while still staying warm at fire-lit restaurants, soothing spas and cozy inns. So bundle up and head to the seashore for a little romance and fun.
Cozy Date Nights
Tuck into an intimate dinner at some of Cape Cod’s most celebrated restaurants.
Savor favorites like seared ahi tuna, lobster risotto or the signature oyster stew amidst the sleekly elegant backdrop of The Naked Oyster in Hyannis. Modern Greek with a twist is on the menu at Estia in Mashpee Commons, where you can split small plates like lamb sliders or grilled octopus with your special someone, or opt instead for the lamb loin chops for one. Falmouth’s Soprano’s Casino by the Sea features traditional Italian dishes like veal marsala, chicken parmesan and linguini with clams. And we won’t blame you if you get lost in Soprano's sweeping views of Nantucket Sound when not meeting the gaze of your date.
Make a reservation at The Mews in Provincetown for equally impressive sea views with even more splash – they’ve got an much-touted wine and cocktail list, and the modern American menu boasts specialties like roast duck and mammoth burgers. The Pheasant in Dennis shines with local, seasonal specialties, from freshly caught seafood to inventive veggie dishes. And whether you come to the Chatham Wine Bar (pictured above) for a pre-dinner toast or a full meal, there’s plenty that stands out – from the extensive wine list and intimate setting to the gourmet dining experience with a modern bistro menu.
Grab a sitter (for the kids or the pets) and make a reservation for a pampered weekend for two. Cape Cod in February may be quieter than fourth of July, but that also means more privacy in one of the area’s most coveted hotels and inns.
Get breakfast in bed at the adults-only The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn, which is offering Valentine’s packages that include a couple's massage, chocolates and champagne in their trendy, boutique setting. The Crowne Pointe Inn & Spa in Provincetown is a slickly-styled escape minutes from Commercial Street's shops and restaurants. Make an appointment for pampering at Crowne Pointe's Shui Spa, offering a range of treatments and access to the Himalayan salt sauna and mineral tub.
The Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich exudes historic charm, and the crackling fireplace in its cozy tavern is the perfect spot to celebrate Valentine's Day, as is their on-site Beach Plum Spa. At Falmouth’s Captain’s Manor Inn, old world style rules with handsomely appointed rooms with floor to ceiling windows overlooking manicured lawns (or cool snow-scapes). Valentine’s Day is extra special with a package that includes flowers, gourmet chocolates from Cape Cod Chocolatier and champagne.
If you book the Romantic Getaway Package at Chatham Gables Inn, you're in for a treat. Seasonal flowers and champagne will greet you when you check in to this beautifully restored 1830's sea captain’s mansion. as will a welcome basket filled with local truffles, jams and cheeses, Massages at a nearby day spa, a gift card for dinner out, and breakfast by candlelight also await.
The Perfect Valentine
One-of-a-kind finds on Cape Cod are a great way to show your love. Chatham Jewelers' unique line of nautical jewelry will be a daily reminder of the laid-back seaside life; their Silver & Gold Scallop Shell Bracelet and Ruby Lobster Claw Necklace are among the exquisite pieces in the collection. The Cape's gorgeous starry nights and sandy landscapes were the inspiration for Ross Coppelman's Starry Night/Gold Dust Collection, which includes handcrafted bracelets, rings, necklaces and pendants, on display in his East Dennis boutique.
If jewelry isn't the way to their heart, try chocolate! Homemade fudge, taffy, sea salt caramels and chocolate-covered strawberries from Kandy Korner in Hyannis are the cure to any winter blues. Over at Chatham Candy Manor, pick up an assortment of handmade chocolate turtles, truffles or the staff's favorite picks (don't forget some chocolate-covered cranberries on the side).
At the end of the day, remember that time spent together is the best gift of all. So make time on your Cape getaway to drive to any of the Cape's beautiful beaches and enjoy a winter walk just the two of you. After all, it's the little things. :)