About this property
New for Summer 2021! Immaculate home in a private location with beautiful water views. Tastefully decorated and spotless, this 1600 square foot home sleeps 6 with 2 queen bedrooms on main level and a loft space with a double and a twin bed. The main level includes a sunny fully equipped eat-in kitchen ...
Find your ideal Orleans vacation rental today
The population of this Lower Cape town swells during the summer for good reason. Orleans has easy access to so many things that people booking vacation rentals covet. We have an outstanding selection of vacation houses perfect for adventure-seeking travelers. One of the best and most underrated parts of staying in Orleans is the easy access via route 6 to Outer Cape spots like Eastham and Wellfleet, as well other Lower Cape spots like Chatham. But you don't have to leave town if you book a vacation rental in Orleans. Let's have a look...
Orleans, MA travel advice
Summer in Orleans, Massachusetts is great, regardless of where your rental is located. But perhaps better than most places, "shoulder season" (meaning Spring and early Fall) in Orleans is a treat. Most of the restaurants, shops, and boutiques in Village Center stay open during shoulder season. And the town has some great trails for walking and biking, plus the town reduces the restrictions of having dogs at the beach. So, it's easy to see why people book vacation rentals in Orleans during the summer and the surrounding shoulder season months, as well.
Activities and beaches
Get your tide chart ready because Orleans has some of the Cape's most diverse bodies of water as well as some of its best beaches. Skaket Beach and Rock Harbor sit on Cape Cod Bay -- so if book a vacation rental near here, but sure to catch a sunset!
While on the west end of town there's Nauset Beach and Mill Pond. Nauset Beach is on the south end of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which attracts travelers from around the country and the globe. Parking is $20/day the last time we checked but if buy admission to one beach on the CC National Seashore, you can visit them all without paying.
You can't miss Pleasant Bay and Little Pleasant Bay which are accessible to the east of Route 28. This is a water-lover's paradise with everything you could ever want in one place, including some diverse wildlife.
There's a great local art scene here, too. Vacationers and year round residents love the galleries dotted around Route 6A nad Main Street including Trove Art Gallery & Boutique, the Frying Pan Gallery, Left Bank Gallery, and Coastal Craft Gallery.
Outdoor activities rule in Orleans! There's something for all vacationers in this Lower Cape town. Ever heard of renting a catboat? You can try that or rent a kayak or paddleboard to navigate Orleans's waterways. Some of the best include Cape Kayaking, Arey's Pond Boat Yard, Goose Hummuck, or Pleasant Bay Community Boating, all town favorites.
If deep-sea fishing is your idea of the perfect vacation activity, try Dragonfly Sportfishing for a a fishing charter -- hopefully you'll see striped bass or bluefin tuna!
There are boating centers, and yacht clubs in Orleans too. If you book an Orleans vacation rental, check out Blue Claw Boat Tours. Captain Rob will help you do it right with a tour from Orleans to Chatham Harbor. Definitely on our list of "musts".
Recommended food and restaurants
Many of Orleans's top restaurants are clustered just south of the rotary connecting route 6 and route 28. There is something for most travelers for sure, so here's the deal on a few of our recommendations:
Land Ho! -- first off, classic name for a pub and grub place on the Cape. This spot right on Main Street is great for a beer and for some laid back apps and main dishes. It's popular with locals and seasonal visitors staying in vacation rentals, alike. Plus, it just turned 50!
The knack is one of the first restaurants you see as you get off the Orleans rotary from Route 6. It's known for its modern airy accommodations, burgers, and lobster rolls -- or as the locals say "lobstah rolls".
If you want more of a bar scene on your vacation, try Mahoney's Atlantic Bar & Grill. It's styling but not upscale and it has a vibrant bar scene (by Cape standards!) and is a good dinner spot with a full menu.
For some people, it's not a vacation until you've had a rockin' breakfast. For that, check out the Hole-in-One on route 6A, which has great donuts and coffee. But the show here are the muffins -- mocha fudge is a must!
We're calling right now: the best coffee joint on the Cape is Sunbird -- pretty great logo too. The lunch is sneaky great (esp for families) at this local favorite. They've made a great transition during/after the pandemic too so it's easy to order online and pick up outside.
A list of restaurants in Orleans wouldn't be complete without mentioning Hot Chocolate Sparrow on Old Colony way. Its got ice cream, coffee, espresso, sweets and, um, hot chocolate for days...
Orleans vacation rentals on Cape Cod Vacation Rentals
Booking Orleans vacation cottages and homes is super easy on CapeCodVacationRentals.com. You can save significantly over booking a hotel or an inn. Plus, you'll have all the comforts and space of home in your vacation rental. Our inventory of houses in this Lower Cape town can't be beat. Happy planning!