2018 Cape Cod Winter Survival Guide

We’re once again on a mission to debunk the saying, “There’s nothing to do on the Cape in the winter.” This year, we found spa packages, book clubs, plays, classes, dinners, and oh, the opera! We know you’ll love our lineup, which includes plenty of fun activities and events for all ages.

By Marina Davalos

                    GET OUTSIDE.

Go birdwatching at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Tuesday Tweets
Join expert birder Gretchen Moran Towers as she guides you along the trails in search of the Cape’s finest feathered friends. For beginner or expert birders alike. Bring binoculars and dress warmly. 9-10:30 a.m. on four Tuesdays: Jan. 9, 23 and Feb. 6 and 20.

Birdwatching for Beginners
Gretchen Moran Towers teaches basic skills needed in identifying our avian friends, then takes you into the field to put your new skills to use. 10-11 a.m., Jan. 18 and Feb. 22.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
869 Main St., Route 6A, Brewster
508-896-3867, ccmnh.org

Visit the National Seashore.

There are many opportunities along the Cape Cod National Seashore to get some exercise or just take in the natural beauty around us. Dogs on a leash are allowed on beaches, so bring Fido along for a beach walk. You may even spot a seal or two. Then there’s the hiking trails (some dog friendly, some not—check beforehand). And if there’s snow, some of the roads may be closed. “This offers opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing,” says Sue Moynihan, the seashore’s chief of interpretations and cultural resources. It’s also a great opportunity for bird watching and spotting animal tracks, she adds. The National Seashore offers programs periodically in the winter.

For more information, visit nps.gov/capecod or call the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham at 508-255-3421.


Titcomb’s Book Club

Located on Route 6A in the heart of Sandwich, Titcomb’s book club meets at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month. Titcomb’s announces the title for the following month at the time of the meeting and the group discusses possible questions to ask the author, who sometimes joins in person or by phone.

Upcoming book titles:
Tuesday, Jan. 16: “Ruthless River,” by Holly Fitzgerald

Titcomb’s Bookshop, 432 Route 6A, Sandwich, 508-888-2331, titcombsbookshop.com

Centerville Library Book Friends—
Centerville Library Drop In Book Club

Meets at 5 p.m. the third Thursday each month in the conference room.

Upcoming book titles:
Thursday, Jan. 18:
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” by Jonas Jonasson

For more information, contact Nancy Farrell at 774-521-3903.

Centerville Public Library
585 Main St., Centerville, 508-790-6220, 


Book club meets at 6:30 p.m. every third Tuesday each month.

Titles for this winter include:
Tuesday, Jan. 16: “Only Time Will Tell,” by Jeffrey Archer
Tuesday, Feb. 20: “The Tiger’s Wife,” by Téa Obreht
Tuesday, March 20: “Love Anthony,” by Lisa Genova

Eastham Public Library
190 Samoset Road, Eastham,
508-240-5950, easthamlibrary.org

Most Cape libraries host book clubs—a complete listing of area libraries can be found at clamsnet.org.


Five Bays Bistro dinner specials

$29 prix fixe menu. Three courses Sunday through Thursday through April.

Five Bays Bistro
825 Main St., Osterville,
508-420-5559, fivebaysbistro.com

Taco Tuesdays at Añejo

$3 tacos for lunch and dinner! Popular tacos include the carne asada, with Oaxaca cheese, cilantro and guacamole; and the Baja fish taco, with fried local cod. On Taco Tuesdays, all tacos are available à la carte. Añejo also offers a year-round express menu, featuring burrito bowls, hand-held burritos and lettuce-wrapped tacos, all $14 and under, and Sunday brunch—a departure from their usual menu.

Añejo Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar
188 Main St., Falmouth,
508-388-7631, anejomexicanbistro.com

Two-timing Tuesdays at Flynn’s Irish Pub

Noted for their famous burgers, on Tuesdays you can get two for $12. That’s right, two famous Flynn’s burgers for $12! They go all out with their burgers, with items such as the bacon and pepper jack cheeseburger and the bacon cheddar and honey barbeque burger. Check out “For the Adventurous Types” portion of their menu for unique combinations, such as The Hungry Irishman—a burger with mashed potatoes, corn and peas, topped with house gravy and slices of sharp cheddar cheese.

Flynn’s Irish Pub
119 Cranberry Highway, Sagamore,
508-833-8626, gotoflynns.com

Locals night on Tuesdays and Live Music on Thursdays at Bluefins Sushi & Sake Bar

Come down to Bluefins on Tuesdays! Locals get 20 percent off all food. Must-try menu items include Korean bibimbop: A mix of rice, chicken or beef, and mixed vegetables served in a stone pot; chicken Katsu; and pad thai. “Plus, we have 15 different appetizers. We’re not just sushi,” says owner Andy Baler. On Thursdays, Bluefins presents live music with Michael Oakland. “It’s a fun place, there’s always something happening,” says Baler. Check the website for upcoming live acts.

Bluefins Sushi & Sake Bar
513 Main St., Chatham,
508-348-1573, bluefinschatham.com

Burger Bar at C Salt Wine Bar & Grille

Offered every night (except Saturday) available only at the bar: An 8-ounce house-ground burger, a blend of ribeye, sirloin and short rib, with caramelized onions, wild mushrooms, gruyere cheese, apple wood smoked bacon, crispy romaine hearts and vine-ripened tomatoes, sesame roll from Maison Villatte in Falmouth and
hand-cut truffle frites. $16

C Salt Wine Bar & Grille
75 Davis Straits, Falmouth,
774-763-2954, csaltfalmouth.com

Old Yarmouth Inn’s prix fixe dinners

A three-course prix fixe menu offered all night Sunday through Thursday and from 4:30-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $25-$30

Old Yarmouth Inn
223 Route 6A, Yarmouth,
508-362-9962, oldyarmouthinn.com

Crisp lunch specials

Personal flatbread and side salad for only $10

791 Main St., Osterville,
508-681-0922, crispflatbread.com


Burns Supper at Highfield Hall

Robert Burns (1759-1796) was (and still is) considered Scotland’s National Bard—or storyteller/poet. Take part in this tradition of whiskey, poetry, haggis and overall mayhem—including bagpipes—at Highfield Hall from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. Snow date: Jan. 27. “It’ll be a fun evening that can undo your winter blues,” says Highfield’s marketing director Janet Morgenstern Passani.

A little trivia: Robert Burns is the author of the well-known New Year’s piece, “Auld Lang Syne.”

Highfield Hall & Gardens,
56 Highfield Dr., Falmouth,
508-495-1878, highfieldhallandgardens.org

Ceraldi Pop-up at Roux

Join chef Michael Ceraldi of Ceraldi’s restaurant in Wellfleet for a seven-course sit-down dinner at Roux, a bed and breakfast in Provincetown. Ceraldi sources all of his ingredients locally, from the Orleans winter farmers market, Nauset Middle School’s greenhouse and Seawind Meadows farm in Dennis. “He’s so connected to the growers and the shuckers,” says Roux’s co-owner Ilene Mitnick. “He always starts with the oysters, and every night there’ll be some kind of new flavor that he uses.” Roux also provides an overnight package for the pop-up event. 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10.

210 Bradford St., Provincetown,
508-487-1717, rouxprovincetown.com

The world is your oyster: Private raw bar parties

Chatham Shellfish Company owner Stephen Wright invites visitors to book a private party for up to 12 people at its private raw bar. Visitors can BYOB, enjoy $1 oysters, and the hourly rate includes a private shucker. “It’s a great weekend pre-dinner or afternoon activity. Great for winter survival,” says Wright.

For more information, call Stephen Wright at 508-241-7503 or visit chathamoysters.com


Live opera in HD at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater and Cape Cinema in Dennis

For opera buffs, watch live performances of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, transmitted via satellite in HD in Wellfleet and Dennis.

The live productions are simulcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, featuring behind-the scenes interviews and previews. “You can just come as you are, you don’t even have to dress up,” says Christopher Ostrom, executive director of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

The 2018 season includes showings of Puccini’s “Tosca,” Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” and Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

Check websites for specific times and showings.

Cape Cinema
35 Hope Lane, Dennis,
508-385-2503, capecinema.com

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
2357 Old Route 6,
508-349-9428, what.org


See a play at Cotuit Center for the Arts

“Richard III”—Shakespeare’s masterpiece, told with puppets! A co-production with Cape Cod Theater Company. Jan. 18-28.

“A Few Good Men”—Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. Jan. 25-Feb. 11.

“On My Way to You”—Donna Scheer in a cabaret performance of songs and stories. Feb. 8-25.

Cotuit Center for the Arts
4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit,
508-428-0669; cotuitcenterforthearts.org


Learn the Rumba!

Rumba with Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss
Deepen your understanding of Latin rhythms. Known for its sensual, flowing motion, the Rumba, aka the “dance of love,” is distinguished by its romantic feel. Bring a partner and let loose! Four Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. beginning Jan. 9.

Learn digital photography

Introduction to Digital Photography with Julia Cumes
Whether you are a novice or a more experienced photographer and want to hone your skills, this workshop is for you. This class introduces photographers to technical and creative skills. Subjects will include aperture, shutter speed, focal length, composition, portraiture and storytelling. Assignments will offer participants the opportunity to practice techniques and approaches they learn during the workshop sessions. Access to a digital SLR camera and computer are required. 6-8 p.m., five Tuesdays beginning Jan. 9.

Paint the sea!

Seascape Construct with Lance Walker
Learn to “construct” seascapes in oils. This class will cover all aspects of the construction of a painting through a series of studies. All levels are welcome! This class meets in Lance’s Studio on the upper level of the Education Wing. 6-8 p.m., six Thursdays, beginning Jan. 11.

Fiddlin’ fun!

Sparrow Blue in Concert
Sparrow Blue is a fiddle and acoustic guitar duo from southeastern Massachusetts, playing American folk, roots and classic country music. Featuring Todd Nickerson (of the band 6 East) on guitar and vocals and Katy Boc (of The Jones River Band) on fiddle and vocals. The duo recently released their first album, “Mabel.” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27

Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, 508-394-7100,



African-Brazilian dance meets martial arts. This sensation has been sweeping the globe and instructor Andre Lima brings it to life on Cape Cod. But it’s nothing new—it was invented hundreds of years ago in Brazil. African slaves weren’t allowed to practice martial arts, so in the confines of their quarters they would play music, practicing the martial arts in secret under the guise of dancing and chanting. Lima, originally from Brazil, has been teaching this unique form of dance/martial arts for 16 years. Intrigued?

Find out more by contacting Andre Lima at 774-208-1874, or email alimabrasil@gmail.com.

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Orleans Bodystrong Fitness, 21 Old Colony Way, 508-237-3861, bodystrongfitness.net

10-11 a.m., Saturdays, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., Wellfleet, 508-349-1800, wellfleetpreservationhall.org

Buti and Barre at Wellbeloved Wellness

These two unique classes will get you toned, in shape, and feeling good. Buti is an Indian term meaning, “the cure to something that’s been hidden away or kept secret.”

Buti yoga incorporates power yoga, cardio and tribal dance — a must try for anyone seeking something different! And speaking of dance, ballet-inspired Barre classes incorporate moves from ballet, yoga, and Pilates for a full-body workout. Check Wellbeloved’s website for weekly Buti yoga and Barre classes, including Barre fusion and Barre bootcamp.

Wellbeloved Wellness, Windmill Square
3821 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills
508-419-1053, wellbelovedwellness.com

Yoga Sculpt

This class incorporates weights with a traditional yoga practice, giving a nice, balanced workout. Instructor Tricia Diamond developed the technique on a whim. “Someone asked me once if I could sub for a Pilates class, but I wasn’t a certified Pilates instructor,” says Diamond, “so I tried yoga with weights and I developed it from there.” Diamond emphasizes that while using the 1 to 3 lb. weights gives you a good workout, she maintains the integrity of yoga. “It’s still breathing and meditation-oriented,” she says.

8-9:15 a.m., Wednesdays; Centerville Yoga and Wellness, 1600 Falmouth Road, Centerville, 508-775-1422; centervilleyoga.com


Beach Plum Spa & Med Spa

With two Cape locations, the Beach Plum Spa has plenty of packages to choose from. The “Girls Time Together” includes a facial, massage, pedi and more, plus a cosmo. The “Mermaid” package offers an oxygen facial, an anti-aging eye treatment and a warm seashell massage. The Beach Plum Experience boasts a mud wrap, lunch with a glass of wine, and even a Beach Plum robe to take home.

Two Cape locations:

Cape Codder Resort, 1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, 508-534-5501

Dan’l Webster Inn, 149 Main St., Sandwich, 508-833-3211, beachplumspa.com

Relax & Renew Day Spa

Now in her 16th year, owner Andrea Winget is grateful for her local clientele. “I appreciate everyone so much,” says Winget. With so many packages to choose from, grab some girlfriends and head down to the spa in West Falmouth. Here is a sample of cleverly named packages offered at Relax & Renew:

West Falmouth Wrapture—a detoxifying algae wrap, marine modeling facial

Waquoit Hand and Feet Retreat—a mani and pedi, plus massage to arms, hands, legs and feet.

Buff up on Bristol Beach—a full-body exfoliant, massage, plus mani and pedi.

Relax & Renew Day Spa
635 Route 28A, West Falmouth,
508-540-7775, relaxandrenewdayspa.com



This Hyannis day spa offers up much for the winter. Come by for a cupping treatment to relieve tension to the muscles, done by LMT Barbie Clemons. “It’s a good detox for January,” says Solstice co-owner Sheryl Baba. In February, join Solstice’s annual fundraiser for Independence House. Buy a $10 raffle ticket and choose from 30 different prizes, including a massage, a hair color or foil or a lava shell massage! In March, shed the winter doldrums with an exfoliating sugar scrub “body glow polish.”

Solstice Day Spa
408 Main St., Hyannis,
508-775-7400, solsticedayspa.com


Visit the Woods Hole Science Aquarium

The aquarium is open year-round, with lots of opportunities to interact with sea creatures. Activity sheets for all ages can be downloaded from the website, to print and bring along for the visit. They include scavenger hunts, where kids have to find creatures such as an anemone, a sea robin or a toadfish, while learning about endangered species in the process.

Woods Hole Science Aquarium
166 Water St., Woods Hole,
508-495-2001, aquarium.nefsc.noaa.gov

Nature Games at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Bring your kids over February vacation! With indoor and outdoor activities, kids will learn all about what animals do in the winter, meander through garden paths and make crafts. More information available on their website.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 19-23.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
869 Main St., Route 6A, Brewster,
508-896-3867; ccmnh.org

Kids’ classes at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Beginners Bronze Metal Clay with Kim Rumberger
Kids ages 8-14 learn to use metal clay to sculpt and build jewelry or other items that are fired in a kiln to become solid pieces of bronze. Days 1 and 2 are spent learning how to handle the clay and create the pieces, and on Day 3, kids will finish and assemble the items. From 10 a.m.-noon, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 19, 20 and 22. To register, visit cultural-center.org or call 508-394-7100.

Cupcake decorating with Kim Rumberger
Who doesn’t love a cupcake? And how much better does it taste when you decorate it yourself? In this workshop, kids ages 8-14 learn how to make frosting and use pastry bags with various tips to decorate mini cupcakes, which will be shared with visitors and staff at the cultural center. To register, visit cultural-center.org or call 508-394-7100.

Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth,
508-394-7100, cultural-center.org


“Grandparents RULE!”

The Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis has a cool new program for kids and their grandparents. “Grandparents RULE!” is an overnight package designed so that kids and their grandparents can spend some quality time together. The one-night package includes accommodations, welcome gifts, meals, arcade vouchers and admission to the Cape Codder’s indoor water park. Need we say more?

Cape Codder Resort & Spa
1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis,
855-861-4370, capecodderresort.com


A “Clean Kit” from The Local Juice

The Local Juice in Hyannis offers a three-day “reboot” meal kit, with all items made in-house using locally sourced ingredients. The kit comes with three days of healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items. Manager Rachel Gillis explains the contents: “It comes with three of our cold-pressed juices, three smoothies, three grain cups with rice or quinoa and in-season veggies with a protein, and three of our homemade energy burst snacks.” The total daily caloric intake of the gluten-free kit? A healthy 1,200 calories.

The Local Juice Bar + Pantry
539 South St., Hyannis,
508-775-5552, thelocaljuice.com

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