'Tis the season to enjoy the Cape without all the traffic. The snowbirds are heading to Florida for the winter and a few of the clam shacks are closed, but there's still plenty to do and see in these parts. Sure, if you aren't a member of the Polar Bear Club the beaches won't do much for you, but they're still nice to look at, especially from the inside of a toasty cottage. Weekly rentals are far more affordable off-season, so mere mortals can shack up in some pretty nice digs. Whether you're looking for a week in December or for the whole winter, we've got you covered. As always, weekly rentals tend to run from Saturday to Saturday, but we noted the odd Sunday to Sunday listing. From $500 to $5,000 a week, on the beach and in town, from Sandwich to Ptown, here's our rental heatmap top ten. Enjoy!Read More
The 2012 Curbed Cape Cod Winter Holiday Rental Heatmap
Falmouth, MA 02540
This three bedroom, two bath in Falmouth sleeps six. It features a living room with a fireplace, a den with a 42" TV and, in case grillin' and chillin' is your thing, the deck has what you're looking for. Asking $2,000 per week.
2. East Sandwich
Sandwich, MA 02537
You can cover multiple holidays with this oceanfront winter rental. Available from December 15 through May 1 for $1,500 per month, the three bedroom, two bath has been recently renovated and offers privacy and "spectacular views from sunrise to sunset."
3. West Barnstable
West Barnstable, MA 02668
"Fun & Funky 1740 Barn for a Family or a Couple of Fun-Loving Couples!" Sounds like the makings of a holiday to remember. Plus, the three bedroom, one a half bath includes access to amenities at the Lamb and Lion Inn for $2,080 per week.
4. Hyannis Port
Who needs a bus tour when you can sleep right across from the Kennedy Compound? This eight bedroom, four and a half bath is within sugar-borrowing distance of one of the Cape's top tourist attractions. For $4,500 per week, you might even catch a glimpse of Taylor Swift.
Hyannis, MA 02601
Here's another winter rental for those wanting to extend their holiday cheer. In the summer, this one bedroom first floor end unit rents for $1,700 per week. The winter rate is $950 per month for panoramic views of Kalmus Beach, Hyannis Harbor and Nantucket Sound.
Harwich, MA 02646
Our most affordable short-term listing, asking $500 per week, comes with a holiday-family-photo-ready white picket fence. Even better, all three bedrooms are located on the first floor, which should cut down on Eggnog-induced accidents .
Chatham, MA 02633
This three bedroom, two bath is located just a few minutes from Ridgevale Beach, perfect if you're a member of the Polar Bear Club. If not, "Enjoy Thanksgiving, Xmas Stroll, New Year's Eve!" by the fireplace here in Chatham for $175 per night.
Orleans, MA 02653
If you're looking to sleep 10 for the holidays, this five bedroom, five bath will do the trick. The renovated hunting lodge on Crystal Lake features a fireplace and "top-of-the-line furnishings." Yours for $2,200-5,000 a week.
Here's a four bedroom, three and a half bath in South Truro offering privacy, wireless internet and what looks like more than one fireplace. Holiday weeks are available for $1800 and the property is also for sale, asking $949,500.
Provincetown, MA 02657
This waterfront four bedroom, two bath luxury apartment sleeps eight and features views of Provincetown Harbor and the lighthouse on Long Point. The $1,600 Sunday to Sunday rental includes parking, wireless, laundry, and is pet-friendly.