Where to Bake: Cape Cod


We take our clambakes all over New England. But we always love coming home to Cape Cod.

Here’s where we were born and bred to do clambakes the traditional way. And it was here we first experienced the joys of celebrating the short summer season with an annual clambake party. We learned the ins and outs of building beach fires, boiling lobsters, and shucking oysters. And we had fun finding the best clambake spots, too.

Over the years, we’ve sent crews to cook clams from Sagamore all the way to Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown—the outermost beach on Cape Cod. And we are not exaggerating when we say there are hundreds of places that are pretty much perfect for a good old-fashioned clambake.

It’s hard to pick favorites. But with the season ahead of us, we thought we’d share a few.

One place we like a lot on the Upper Cape is the Beach Breeze Inn. It’s located right on the water, so it provides a picture-perfect backdrop for a Cape Cod wedding. And since it is an inn, you can have your guests stay right there. The Beach Breeze can accommodate from 50 to 150 people. Keep in mind they host weddings only before and after the high summer season.

On the Mid-Cape, the Wequaquet Lake Yacht Club is another spot we really like for an off-season wedding. They host events from after Labor Day until mid-June.

The Lower Cape offers lots of good places for parties, too. The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn in West Harwich was recently sold to new owners, so they’ll be starting fresh this year.

Meanwhile, the Holden Inn in Wellfleet has a long history as a place for special events. Owners Patricia and Fred Young go way back as party hosts—they’ve been at it for 45 years. We’ve worked with them for more than 10 years. They have plenty of room for both a reception and an on-site wedding, and lodging for your guests.

The Crosby Mansion in Brewster is another excellent location for a clambake. It’s a historic inn with sweeping views of Cape Cod Bay. When we do clambakes there we notice guests are mesmerized by the setting. It’s a magical place for a Cape Cod wedding.

We’ve got a lots more favorites to tell you about—don’t miss our full list of venues.

Maybe you’ve got the perfect location already. To be honest, great clambakes can happen in surprisingly simple settings, including backyards.

Wherever you decide to have your party, a tent is a good idea. If you need one, we’ve got you covered. We handle chairs, tables, and dance floors, too.

What about all the other things that will make your party special? We’ve got plenty of friends—bakers, photographers, DJs, and more—who can help. Be sure to check our list of the local businesses we count on to help make our clambake weddings and other parties great.

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