Life on Cape Cod for the engaged resident, business networker and social seeker stays busy year round. But, the influx of visitors seems to officially die after Columbus Day (the new Labor Day?), leaving a brief lull of quiet ahead of the holiday frenzy. Before Thanksgiving hits there are a few weeks of much desired hibernation. You can still hunker down while also getting out and enjoying your local.
Toast to the off-season by ponying up to the intimate bar at Flynn’s Irish Pub in Sagamore, which seats just 42 patrons and try one (or three?) of the 42 beers on tap. Specializing in craft beers and serving arguably the best burger on Cape, Flynn’s feels like an authentic Irish pub and is a great place to warm up.
Love the Irish feel but need a fire to get toasty? Head to Dennis, where the fireplace at O’Shea’s Olde Inne is one of the best around. Listen to amazing live music while soaking in the log cabin coziness and neighborhood feel.
Looking to go a little fancy? Some of the Cape’s best menus can be found in a warm ambiance and are a perfect choice on a chilly night. Try the fireside bar or piano lounge at the Roadhouse Café in Hyannis or head all the way to the tip of the sandbar to Jimmy’s Hideaway, where a bustling dining room hides behind a quiet façade tucked under Provincetown’s Commercial Street…expect to wait and grab a seat by the fire if you can.
Wanna skip the booze and warm up with a hot maté or bowl of homemade soup? Common Ground Cafe, with its custom built wooden booths and soothing music, makes for a wonderful hibernation spot.