Thursday, April 05, 2012

Springtime on Cape Cod and the Islands

Spring on the Cape brings wonderful moments like daffodils lining 6A, whales off the beaches of Provincetown, beautiful sunsets over the salt marshes, and the promise of the summer to come.  Many towns on Cape Cod and the Islands celebrate spring with fun events that make spending time here before the height of the season worth planning.

 The best known of the spring events is probably Nantucket's Daffodil Festival.  This year marks the 33rd annual festival on Nantucket running from April 27 - 29.  The festival includes a craft show, the children's parade - with the traditional delights of decorated bikes, wagons, baby strollers and any other wheeled transport kids love to ride, and of course the annual "daffy hat" pageant for young and old alike.  The crowning events on April 28 are the antique car parade followed by the tailgate picnic! For lodging on Nantucket, check out AllNantucket lodging page.

If you want to stay on Cape Cod and still celebrate spring then join the crowd at Brewster in Bloom also April 27 - 19.  Events kick off on the eve of the event with BREWSTER IN BLOOM Kick-off Party at Ocean Edge Resort.  Several galleries and antique shops are offering Brewster in Bloom sales for the weekend.  The Friends of Brewster Elders will have an old fashion ice cream social at the Council on Aging that Friday afternoon.  That night there will be concerts at various venues.  Saturday kicks off with the 5K Bloom Run and Kids Fests at both Drummer Boy Park and at the Laurel School - face painting, arts and crafts, and kite flying.  On Sunday start your day at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast to get yourself charged up for the Fine Arts and Crafts show on Main Street and the KOA Media Music Festival at Drummer Boy Park.  Oh and don't miss the Brewster in Bloom Parade on Main Street as well!  Go to our Brewster Lodging page for great places to stay.

Wishing to see whales?  Spring bring the largest grouping of the endangered Right Whale into Cape Cod Bay.  Often they can be seen right from the beaches of Provincetown.  They have arrived early this year, and scientists say they will stay as long as their food source stays in the Bay.  You best bet to see whales is to take one of the Whale watch boat tours available - The Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown and the Hyannis Whale Watcher are two of the most popular and you can create a whole vacation package around whale and seal watching through Vacations Made Easy.  One word about the whale watch trips in the spring, the ocean water is still cold so time on the water will be much chiller than on land - dress in layers!  And if you want to know exactly where the whales are - there is an App for that!  The free Whale Alert App was just release today (April 5) for iPhone and iPad.

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