Have you ever noticed that your "11th hour vacations", the ones you take on the spur of the moment, often turn out to be your most memorable?
Whether it's a romantic weekend for two, or a surprise beach getaway for the kids, Cape Cod is the perfect last-minute vacation destination!
Lodgings book up quickly here on the Cape, especially for the prime time weeks in July and August.
Is it possible to find a nice place to stay at the last minute? Sure! Just be prepared to spend a little time online and on the phone.
Before we get into the "how-to's", here are a few things to consider:
Finding accommodations for just one night in mid-summer is the biggest challenge of all.
Minimum stay requirements.
Many hotels, motels and inns on the Cape require at least a 2 or 3-night stay during peak season.
For a single night stay, your best shot for a vacancy will be at a name-brand hotel like the Hilton Doubletree in Hyannis or:
As you might imagine, summer weekends are the busiest time on the Cape. Friday or Saturday night vacancies are scarce.
So, what's the solution for last-minute weekend accommodations?
Better still ...
If your vacation schedule is flexible, come mid-week (Sunday - Thursday).
First, unless you're willing to risk sleeping in your car (which is seriously frowned upon by the local authorities, by the way!) ... don't be tempted to "wing it".
There's a better way. Trust me, there is!
For 11th hour reservations at a Cape Cod hotel, motel, inn or resort, try Priceline. In my experience, they always seems to show more last minute availability than other big travel booking sites.
Even at the 11th hour on a summer weekend, Priceline often has a decent selection of nice places to stay on the Cape - at reasonable rates, too. So I definitely recommend that you do a quick search to see what's on offer.
Just type Cape Cod in the destination box below to find last-minute deals:
Vacation home owners and rental agents are always anxious to fill vacant weeks. So the 11th hour deals on a rental home or cottage can be pretty sweet.
Bed and breakfast inns have a limited number of rooms to rent, so it's no surprise that they tend to fill up early, often before the season begins.
Do you have your heart set on staying at a historic or romantic Cape Cod bed and breakfast?
Enjoy your 11th hour vacation on Cape Cod!