The fifteen towns of Cape Cod and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, are world-class, year-round destinations. Surrounded by 559.6 miles of coastline, Cape Cod has options to fit everyone's desire and meeting budget. Picture-perfect towns, sea coasts and lighthouses are plentiful along the routes that take your meeting attendees to a historic and iconic destination, that boasts 5-star and 4-star resorts, brand properties, seaside inns and unique venues.
Expect to find plenty of fresh seafood, whether you are eating at one of Cape Cod's fine-dining restaurants (try some of our famous Cape Cod or New England Clam Chowder), or at a humble roadside shack. The local waters are a cornucopia of clams and oysters, lobsters and scallops, tuna and cod.
New on Cape Cod:
- Wequassett Resort and Golf Club earns coveted Five-Star Hotel Recognition by Forbes Travel Guide
- New Whydah Pirate Museum opens on Cape Cod
Cape Cod is accessible from virtually anywhere in the world. Click here to learn more! Cape Cod by the numbers:
|* 19,000 guest rooms * 115 pristine beaches * 42 premier golf courses * 53 harbors * 14 historic lighthouses||* 83 museums * 475 art galleries * 2,400 places to shop * 1,100+ places to dine * 114 miles of bike trails|
Fun Facts about Cape Cod:
- First landing of the Pilgrims in the New World on November 11, 1620 (the Pilgrims stayed five weeks in Provincetown before sailing across Cape Cod Bay to Plymouth). The Mayflower Compact, the first written 'constitution' written and ratified in the New World, an agreement whereby a free people would self-govern, was drafted in Cape Cod Bay. It is from this historic document, signed during the Pilgrims five-week stay in Provincetown, that the fullness of America's liberties would eventually emerge.
- Provincetown's Pilgrim Monument, at 252 feet high, is the largest all-granite structure in the nation. It was built to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrims' first landing on the shores of what would eventually become the United States. Though Plymouth Rock gets all the attention in the history books, the truth is: The Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown in November 1620.
- There are 14 lighthouses spread out throughout the Cape, more lighthouses on Cape Cod than any other county in America. From Bourne, all the way to Provincetown, lighthouses can be found at all key marine navigation points across the Cape.
- Cape Cod Potato Chips are arguably the best potato chips in the country. The Cape Cod Potato Chip factory in Hyannis where visitors can tour the facility and see first-hand how these homemade potato chips are made - from the hand-stirring of the potatoes to inspection before the iconic chips are shipped out to stores, restaurants, and hotels across the U.S.
- The first square bottomed paper bag was invented in 1872 by Luther Childs Crowell in the Cape Cod town, Dennis. Although there are multiple credited inventors of the paper bag, it was Crowell who was granted the patent for a machine to create them.
- Cultivation of cranberries in bogs originated in Dennis on Cape Cod. In 1815, retired Dennis sea captain Henry Hall observed that wild cranberries seemed to flourish in areas where the sand blew over them. He is widely considered to be the first individual replicating such conditions as a preferred way to cultivate the tart berries. Once a whaling port, Harwich went on to pioneer the cranberry industry in 1846 and it was in this small town that the first commercial cranberry bogs in the nation were established. Harwich is still a leading grower of cranberries because of its ideal soil conditions and extended growing season. The cranberry is now Massachusetts' leading agricultural product.
- Cape Cinema, the 92-seat theater on the grounds of the Cape Playhouse, with its 6,400 square-foot Art Deco ceiling mural of Prometheus opened July 1, 1930, world-premiering The Wizard of Oz.
- Most people are unaware that local Harwich boy Caleb Chase co-founded Chase & Sanborn coffee in 1878. Try our Cape Cod Coffee - delicious.
- Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich owns and exhibits one of the most impressive collections of American antique automobiles in the United States. The Automobile Gallery has vehicles dating back as early as 1909. The exhibition also showcases a variety of cars from private collectors, including a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster owned by Gary Cooper. The cars are housed in a replica Round Stone Barn, situated amid the gorgeous grounds and gardens on a tract of land donated by the famed pharmaceutical Lilly family.
- The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole - a village in the town of Falmouth - is a private, non-profit research and education organization established in 1930. It's the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the United States. WHOI's next-door neighbor, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is another world-class research institution, making Woods Hole one of the primary and most prominent marine science centers in the world.
- Route 6A, the Old King's Highway, at 39 miles long, is the longest contiguous historic district in America and contains four centuries of architecture. Along a two-mile stretch of Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, there exists an eclectic array of structures housing private residences, B&Bs, antiques shops, restaurants and galleries, not one of which was built in the 20th or 21st century. Depending on where you start, Route 6 in Provincetown is either the beginning - or end - of a highway that stretches from the tip of Cape Cod to California.
- Coast Guard Beach in Eastham is regularly named to Conde Nast Traveler's Top Ten Beaches in the US.
Wherever you want to go, Cape Cod has you covered and can provide the ultimate experience to excite and entertain your guests. Leave the stress of event planning to the professionals. Contact one of the Cape's expert planners or [email protected] and relax with the knowledge that your event will go swimmingly!