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 prime-season 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 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 one of the larger, name-brand hotels 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 Trip Advisor. In my experience, they always seems to show more last-minute availability than many other big travel booking sites.
Even at the 11th hour on a summer weekend, TripAdvisor 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.
--> Click here 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 prime-time dates tend to fill up early, often well before the season begins.
Do you have your heart set on staying at a historic or romantic Cape Cod bed and breakfast?
Don't despair! Have a look here to find the perfect B&B that's waiting for you.
Enjoy your 11th hour vacation on Cape Cod!