You know that you want to ask your partner to marry you and that you want to propose on Cape Cod. Now, you have to decide on the best place on Cape Cod to get engaged. Fortunately, there are many picturesque places on the Cape. For some inspiration, take a look at these romantic places on Cape Cod to propose.
Plan a Cape Cod Beach Proposal
If there’s one thing that you won’t have trouble finding on the Cape, it’s a beach. But, which Cape Cod beaches are the most romantic for getting down on one knee? You could choose a sandy waterfront that has meaning to both of you. Or, you could choose a beach with the best backdrop.
At low tide, Breakwater Beach in Brewster stretches toward the ocean for miles. You can walk among the tidal pools with only the open water and boats in the distance. Then, propose whenever you’re ready.
Skaket Beach in Orleans is one of the most romantic places on Cape Cod to propose at sunset because the sun creates a breathtaking view as it drops into the bay. Like at Breakwater Beach, you can walk for miles on the flats during low tide. You could even do a picnic proposal at the picnic tables or on a blanket in the sand.
Race Point Beach
The Cape Cod National Seashore offers some of the most scenic backdrops for proposing to your partner. One that stands out, though, is Race Point Beach in Provincetown. It has a wide area of sand that stretches around the tip of the peninsula for miles amid sand dunes, wildlife, a lighthouse, and a Coast Guard station.
Visit a Lighthouse or Monument to Propose on Cape Cod
The bases and tops of towers make for some of the most romantic places on Cape Cod to propose, and the options are abundant. In fact, the peninsula boasts more than a dozen lighthouses and several monuments. We think that a few of them are more romantic than others.
What started in 1874 as a tourist observatory, Scargo Tower in South Dennis is a 30-foot tower on Scargo Hill, the tallest in the mid-Cape. The original wood tower was destroyed, rebuilt, and destroyed again. In 1901, the current cobblestone tower opened and offers a panoramic view of the peninsula with Scargo Lake in the foreground.
Nauset Light in Eastham makes for the ideal tower proposal simply because it looks so majestic. This important cultural and maritime landmark is the most well-known and photographed lighthouse on Cape Cod. You can choose between proposing on the ground with the lighthouse in the background or at the top of the tower with an aerial view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Race Point Lighthouse
In Provincetown, Race Point Lighthouse is a romantic spot to get down on one knee. Made of rubble stone, the light tower rests at the tip of the peninsula on Race Point Beach. It makes for a striking proposal destination.
For another place to propose in Provincetown, don’t ignore the 252-foot Pilgrim Monument that towers over this charming town. You can propose with the tower standing over you, but we recommend waiting until you walk to the top. The view is unlike any other that you’ll experience on the Cape.
Plan a Garden or Scenic Adventure Cape Cod Proposal
In addition to beaches, there are several adventure-oriented romantic places on Cape Cod to propose. Whether you’re walking in a garden or biking a scenic trail, you’re doing more than just proposing — you’re spending time together and enjoying the beautiful views.
Heritage Museums and Gardens
Generally a popular place to spend an afternoon, Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich has more than a handful of amazing gardens. From daylilies, rhododendrons, and hydrangeas to meadows, water features, and a boardwalk, all of the beautiful gardens are fantastic proposal spots.
Like a wooden plank bridge over a marsh, the Sandwich Boardwalk looks like something straight out of a movie. The secluded location is very intimate and perfect for watching the sunset. You can plan an entire day around walking the boardwalk, including a walk downtown with some light shopping.
Cape Cod Rail Trail
Featuring numerous romantic places on Cape Cod to propose, the Cape Cod Rail Trail stretches for 27.6 miles through seven towns. You can choose any place along the trail to get engaged because the whole way is full of natural beauty. Also, you have the option of walking, biking, or horseback riding on the route.
Nickerson State Park
In Brewster, you have miles of trails for walking and cycling at Nickerson State Park. The biggest draw, though, is the eight ponds. We recommend packing a picnic with a bottle of wine to celebrate a proposal next to the quiet water.
The Candleberry Inn lush gardens are another romantic spot to propose on Cape Cod. In fact, it has been done by guests before, with the picturesque backdrop of colorful flowers and trees. He or she can’t help but say, “Yes, I’ll marry you!!”
Romantic Places on Cape Cod to Propose: The Wine Country
Spending time in the wine country is already romantic with the serene landscape and glasses of wine. You can make it even more romantic with a proposal. Cape Cod has three vineyards and wineries — Cape Cod Winery in Falmouth, First Crush Winery in Harwich, and Truro Vineyards in Truro. No matter which one you choose for popping the question, you’ll already have wine there to celebrate!
Propose Over Dinner at a Romantic Restaurant on Cape Cod
If you’re more of a traditional couple, Cape Cod has an array of restaurants where you can get engaged. We’ve picked out a few that we think are the most romantic places on Cape Cod to propose.
A boutique chic restaurant, Spinnaker in Brewster is located on historic Route 6A in the heart of this quaint town. The menu changes with the season, but it always has a charming ambiance.
Osteria La Civetta
Celebrating Italian food, wine, and hospitality, La Civetta combines fresh and local ingredients in its menu of housemade pastas and Italian wines. The ambiance of the wood-beamed ceilings and Bolognese owners lends to its authentic Italian atmosphere.
In Harwich at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Twenty-Eight Atlantic is a signature restaurant in an 18th-century sea captain’s home. You can enjoy predinner cocktails on the outdoor terrace before having a romantic meal in the main dining room while overlooking Pleasant Bay.
For a full, 7-course dinner served in elegant style, go to CERALDI in Wellfleet. The chef takes you on a culinary journey that includes house-crafted soft beverages and reserve wine pairings. It’s the ultimate proposal experience.
The Red Inn Restaurant
Built in 1805 by Captain Freeman Atkins, the beautiful and historic Red Inn restaurant overlooks Provincetown Harbor with views of Cape Cod Bay, the lighthouses of Long Point, and the sandy cliffs along the outer shores of the Cape adding to its intimate atmosphere, making it a perfect place for a proposal on Cape Cod.
Take a Cape Cod Day Trip & Propose on Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket
A short ferry ride from Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket offer several romantic places to propose. Looking out over the water during the ferry ride is enough to set the tone. However, we’ve picked two places on these islands that are ideal for getting down on one knee.
On Martha’s Vineyard, the Aquinnah Cliffs are one of the most photographed areas. Commonly called the Gay Head cliffs, the rainbow clay formations were carved by ancient glaciers and rise more than 100 feet above sea level. You can visit the overlook for a panoramic view of Buzzards Bay from above and the Gay Head Lighthouse, or you can spend time on Aquinnah Beach at the foot of the cliffs.
A short car ride away is the small fishing village of Menemsha, where you get some of the freshest lobster around at one of the fish shops there. You can order your lunch and eat outside on the pier with the fishermen!
Brant Point Light House
For a spot to propose on Nantucket, Brant Point Light is an iconic landmark. It’s believed to be the second-oldest lighthouse in the United States. Although the current tower was built in 1901, the original tower was erected in 1746. The lighthouse and Brant Point beach area are an absolutely lovely backdrop for getting engaged.
Propose on a Romantic Cape Cod Getaway at Candleberry Inn
If you prefer more privacy and intimacy than the above romantic places on Cape Cod to propose, stay at Candleberry Inn. Our luxury amenities and well-maintained lawn and grounds mean that you don’t have to leave our property to find an awesome proposal spot.
The Carriage House on our property has an eclectic beach cottage environment. It houses two guest rooms and our Garden Suite, which has a soaking tub for two, a private patio, and outdoor lounge seating. No matter which room or suite you choose, you can make your stay even more romantic and memorable with a variety of enhancements — flowers, sweet treats, a bottle of wine, etched wine glasses, and in-room massages.
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