Visiting Cape Cod in May


May is a fantastic time to visit Cape Cod. While many visitors wait until peak season, others are discovering the charms of May and early June, and here are a few reasons why.

Flowers are in bloom all along scenic Route 6A. The ocean is a beautiful blue green and beaches are quiet: perfect for reading, napping and taking long romantic walks or invigorating hikes. Try Sandy Neck, a six mile long barrier beach that features a long, picturesque shoreline, miles of dunes and a back trail along the salt marsh. It is only a few miles away from our historic inn.

Birdwatchers will enjoy the rich birding to be found in this month of migration. Wood warblers and many other songbirds travel through the Cape on their way north. Ashley Manor is close to several wonderful nature areas that offer prime bird watching. Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Sanctuary is only a few miles down the road and for those willing to make an hour long scenic drive to Provincetown, Beech Forest is one of the hottest birding spots in Massachusetts.

The endangered northern right whales are frolicking in Cape Cod Bay this week and can be seen from many local beaches. The Hyannis Whale Watch Cruises leave from Barnstable Harbor daily. You can have close up views of humpback, fin, minke and right whales if you’re lucky. You might even spy a basking shark or a pod of dolphins.

One of the pleasures of Cape Cod in the spring is watching everything get spruced up. Pleasure boats are being painted and put in the water, fishing boats and lobster boats are busily coming and going, and most seasonal restaurants are open and taking advantage of the fresh seafood that is delivered daily, offering tempting specials. Try Mattakeese Wharf right on Barnstable Harbor for a great meal with a view. It’s just down the street from us.

Please ask about other activities and events that you might find on Cape Cod in May. Don’t forget that we have our own tennis and pickleball courts, too.

And, we have special pricing available for those who choose to visit before the full summer season begins. Give us a call at 508-362-8044 or email us at stay@ashleymanor.net for details.

 

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