Cape Cod Accomodations
Cape Cod is a peninsula of great diversity, and that characteristic holds true when it comes to the accommodations it offers its visitors. From elegant waterfront resorts to no-frills economy motels, there is a place for every budget and lifestyle.
Cape Cod has several large contemporary four-star resorts where you’ll be awash in amenities, as well as hotels and motels that are moderately priced and offer fewer amenities, but are perfectly acceptable. Many of the Cape’s resorts, hotels, and motels offer suites in addition to rooms with the standard two double beds or one king-size bed.
For the most part you will get what you pay for on the Cape. Private beaches, spacious rooms, and water views do come with a price. Still, bargains abound, especially in the off-season. Years ago the Cape would shut down after Labor Day but more and more people are discovering the relaxing pace and tranquility of the Cape in the winter, late fall, and early spring, so many hotels, motels, and resorts are stretching out their seasons, with many staying open year-round.
Autumn has become a popular season on the Cape. Visitors can enjoy the Cape’s beauty at substantially lower prices, and there are plenty of packages available to make the Cape even more attractive. Rates at some accommodations can be as much as 50 percent less than summer rates, and the indoor pool is just as refreshing and the outside sights are just as breathtaking in the off-season.
In this chapter we present hotels, motels, resorts, and hostels for your consideration; we also provide a short section on kennels, should you need a place for your pet to stay. If you’re interested in other kinds of accommodations, see our Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns,, Vacation Rentals, and Campgrounds chapters.) We’ve narrowed your search a bit because there are literally thousands of rooms to choose from; in fact, according to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, there are more than 37,000 rooms available for rent on Cape Cod in season between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. . Your best bet is to begin by deciding how you plan to spend your time while you’re here, then pick the area that offers the activities you are looking for.
If you plan on bringing bicycles, there are a number of hotels on or near bike trails, such as the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which stretches from the mid- to lower-Cape, or the Shining Sea Bike Path on the Upper Cape (see our Open Spaces and Hiking/Biking Trails chapters). If you plan on bringing a sailboard, there are a number of excellent hotels on the waterfront near Kalmus Beach in Hyannis, home to world-respected windsurfing and championship events weekly. If golf is your bag, you’ve come to the right place, as many resorts and hotels offer golf packages. To make your choice a little easier, we’ve presented a few Insiders’ Tips throughout this chapter that highlight types of activities found near popular Cape Cod accommodations . Of course, cost is a consideration as well, so we’ve rated each entry for price (see the code at the beginning of this chapter). I It’s best to make reservations before arriving on Cape Cod as the area’s accommodations fill up quickly, not only during the summer season, but also during the weekends in spring and fall. This is especially true if you are planning to visit during special events, such as the Falmouth Road Race weekend or our local sailors’ favorite, Fugawi Weekend. That’s not to say you can’t arrive without reservations and find a great room, it just might take a few stops. In this case, your best bet would be to travel along Mass. Rt. 28 through Yarmouth, an area that has one of the highest concentrations of hotels and motels you’ll find on the Cape.
The Cape’s summer season is not only its busiest season but also its costliest as far as accommodations go. Many of the Cape’s hotels and motels are only open during a handful of months (typically Memorial Day to Columbus Day) and have to reap a year’s worth of income in less than a half-year’s time. The July Fourth and Labor Day weekends are the bookends of what is usually a pretty steady tourist season. Still, June can be a very busy month, too.
Children are welcome at all facilities unless we mention otherwise. You can nearly always expect to pay your bill with a major credit card; we let you know if an accommodation does not accept credit cards. Most facilities offer in-room televisions, telephones, and air-conditioning, but most accommodations do not allow pets. We do, however, make reference to the ones that do welcome pets.
Most motels and hotels try to meet the needs of smokers and nonsmokers with restricted areas and/or rooms, but others have a comprehensive nonsmoking policy. A number of places also have wheelchair-accessible facilities we indicate these in the entries below.
Our price code is based on the average cost of a night's stay in a double-occupancy room during peak season, minus tax and special charges. (State and local taxes add up to about 10 percent of the bill.) Since this is an average, rooms may be had in some places for more or less than what's reflected in our code.
$ - Less than $75
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$$$ - $110 to $175
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Cape Cod Hotels, Motels and Resorts
Bay Motor Inn
223 Main St., Buzzards Bay (Bourne)
Nestled on 3 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, this family-owned and operated motor inn has been providing vacationers with affordable accommodations for 37 years. Bring your bike, fishing rod, and walking shoes because just across the street is the famous Cape Cod Canal with miles of paved trails alongside it. Friendly owners Fred and Irene Carbone will make you feel at home in your air-conditioned rooms, complete with fresh flowers. Popular with families, retirees, and especially fishermen, the Bay Motor Inn offers 17 clean units that include poolside, efficiency, and cottage units. According to Fred, the most popular choice of guests are the Cape “Coddages”, free-standing cottage units complete with cable TV, air-conditioning, phones. and tiled bathrooms. You’ll be close to a wide assortment of attractions and restaurants or you can simply spend the day lounging by the wheelchair-accessible pool, playing tennis at the nearby courts, or just watching the boat traffic on the canal. Pets are allowed, but Fred and Irene ask that guests do not leave dogs unattended during the day (just down the road is veterinary service that will watch your pet for a small fee). The Bay Motor Inn is open from April 1 to Nov. 1.
Best Western Bridge-Bourne Hotel
100 Trowbridge Rd., Bourne
(508) 759-0800, (800) 675-0008
Sites and attractions from Provincetown to Boston are within about an hour’s drive of this comfortable lodging, and the sunsets are stunning over the nearby Cape Cod Canal. Buses to and from Logan Airport in Boston and the Woods Hole ferries to Martha’s Vineyard depart practically from the front door of the hotel.
This 43-room hotel with attractive modern rooms sits high above the Cape Cod Canal and features an indoor heated pool, hot tub, and eight deluxe suites with Jacuzzis and kitchenettes. Function rooms are available for weddings and other events, and the on-site Trowbridge Tavern can chase away any hunger or thirst. Children 16 and younger stay free in their parents’ room. It is open year-round.
Dan’l Webster Inn
149 Main St., Sandwich
(508) 888-3622, (800) 444-3566
One of the Upper Cape’s most distinguished facilities, the Dan’l Webster Inn offers four dining rooms — the Webster Room, the Heritage Room, the Morgan Room and the Conservatory (see our Restaurants chapter)— an English-style tavern, a gift shop, and an outdoor swimming pool, all set in the midst of the historic and beautiful Sandwich Village. This colonial inn is a reproduction of the original tavern, built in 1692, that served as a parsonage and Patriot headquarters during the Revolutionary War. It was patronized by statesman Daniel Webster during the town’s mid-19th century heyday, hence its name.
Guests have their choice of guest rooms and suites at the inn or in two older homes, the Fessenden House on the property and the Quince Tree Inn 1 block away. Furnishings throughout are antiques or period reproductions. Dan’l Webster Inn offers many types of accommodations ranging in style from the formally elegant Daniel Webster Suite with a fireplace and massive canopied bed to double-bed rooms in the Jarves Wing. All guest rooms are individually decorated and feature private baths; some have a Jacuzzi. Pampering includes fresh flowers, chocolates, turned-down beds, and bottled water in the rooms. While staying here, you are within strolling distance of Sandwich’s many museums and other historic attractions, including the Hoxie House and the Grist Mill on Shawme Pond. The Dan’l Webster Inn is open year-round.
On your way to the Cape, you may want to check out the Dan’l Webster’s sister establishment, the John Carver Inn in Plymouth at 25 Summer St., (800) 274-1620 or (508) 746-7100. In the heart of downtown Plymouth, the John Carver is convenient to both the ocean and the many sites around town. The Inn is open year-round and features 79 rooms in addition to its own Hearth and Kettle restaurant and tavern.
Sandwich Lodge & Resort
54 Mass. Rt. 6A, Sandwich
(508) 888-2255, (800) 282-5353
Located in the oldest town on Cape Cod, the Sandwich Lodge and Resort is comfortable for the whole family, and close to nearly all of Cape Cod’s wonders. This affordable full-service hotel along beautiful Mass. Rt. 6A has 68 rooms including four efficiencies, 15 two-room suites and two honeymoon suites. Set on 9 acres, the Sandwich Lodge & Resort offers both indoor and outdoor pools, a laundry, a game room for the kids, a whirlpool, and meeting rooms for those mixing business with pleasure. Table tennis, billiards, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, and shuffleboard fill the void between dips in the pools. In the morning, fresh bakery items await you in the main lobby adjacent to the indoor pool. The lobby offers artwork for sale by local artists. Just down the road is the historic district of Sandwich with its many museums as well as the 76-acre Heritage Plantation. On the grounds of the Sandwich Lodge & Resort is a restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner. Sandwich Lodge & Resort is open year-round.
Shady Nook Inn
14 Mass. Rt. 6A, Sandwich
(508) 888-0409, (800) 338-5208
One of the closest motels to the Shawmee Forest and minutes away from Heritage Plantation, the immaculate Shady Nook Inn, run by Jim and Sharon Rinaldi, showcases colorful flower beds, well-manicured lawns, and a lovely pool area. The 30 immaculate rooms, including seven efficiencies, offer king- and queen-size beds and doubles, cable TV, and full baths. All rooms are also spacious and have refrigerators. You will want to take a look at Jim’s display of Coca-Cola memorabilia in the office area. Convenient to historic Sandwich village and nearby beaches, the Shady Nook Inn is open year-round.
Spring Hill Motor Lodge
351 Mass. Rt. 6A, East Sandwich
The Cape Cod style Spring Hill Motor Lodge has exceptionally well-maintained grounds spotted with colorful junipers. Over the past 15 years, owners Trevor and Regina Aldhurst, have given the lodge a resort atmosphere. Its 24 comfortable, spacious rooms are equipped with all the modern amenities—color cable TV, direct dial telephone, coffee makers, refrigerators, and individually controlled heat and air-conditioning. The lodge also features a beautiful heated pool, privately nestled among the pines and surrounded by a large deck ideal for sunning; a lighted “tournament quality” tennis court; and a separate basketball hoop and picnic area with tables. Bright new one- and two-bedroom contemporary cottages have recently been added.. These lovely accommodations feature custom kitchens, cathedral ceilings, French doors, and bay windows overlooking the manicured grounds. Guests may take advantage of the Mass. Rt. 6A antique, craft, and gift shops as well as beaches, fishing, and golfing which are all close by. Spring Hill Motor Lodge is open from April to November.
Spring Garden Motel
578 Rt. 6A, East Sandwich
(508) 888-0710, (800) 303 1751
A place of solitude and beauty, the Spring Garden Inn is located along a quiet section of the Old Kings Highway at the east end of Sandwich. Set on a hillside overlooking a tranquil 2,500-acre conservation area, the inn offers marvelous views of marsh stretching out toward the Scorton River . Guests feel like they’re experiencing the Cape as it was when the first settlers arrived—except for the amenities. Pine-paneled rooms with beam ceilings are comfortable and clean with private baths, coffee makers, refrigerators, cable TVs, private phones, and air conditioning and heat. The motel also features a two-room suite in the original living quarters of the inn, built in the 1940’s, and two garden efficiency apartments. The efficiency studio features a queen bed, pull-out sofa and a full-size fully equipped kitchen. The one-bedroom efficiency apartment has a kitchenette, dining table, and leads to a garden patio area. Families will enjoy the swimming pool and a spacious backyard for the children. Scorton Creek is a great spot for canoeing and fishing. Owners Stephen and Elizabeth Kauffman serve a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Flower beds accent the grounds and window boxes are bright with with red geraniums and white petunias. The motel is open from the beginning of April to the end of November.
The Earl of Sandwich
378 Mass. Rt. 6A, East Sandwich
(508) 888-1415, (800) 442-EARL (3275)
Built in the Olde English tradition around a tranquil duck pond in a country setting, the Earl of Sandwich surrounds you with lush gardens. Their 24 rooms are immaculate, homey, comfortable, and private. You’ll enjoy the gracious Old English Manor style with exposed beam ceilings. Many rooms have canopied beds, most with air conditioning and refrigerators, all with private baths, color cable TV, and telephone. A warm, fresh complimentary continental breakfast is included with your stay. In the lobby, owner Brian Clifford displays some of his impressive handcrafted reproductions of antique brass and copper lanterns. The Earl of Sandwich is located within a short drive from area beaches, shopping, and the many historical sites in nearby Sandwich . Rates are reasonable, especially during the off-season. Be sure to call ahead if you plan on bringing the family pet. Pets are welcome but with some restrictions.
Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort & Conference Center
350 Quaker Rd., North Falmouth
(508) 540-9400, (800) 225-3110
This is Cape Cod as you’ve dreamed it could be. With a view as lovely as an artist’s canvas come to life, this exceptional resort/conference center has 684 feet of pristine white-sand waterfront on sparkling Buzzards Bay. The Sea Crest offers you the opportunity to indulge in your favorite activity from tennis to swimming, dancing to dining. From May through late October kayaks, sailboards, and sailboats are available to let you explore the inlets of the bay at your leisure. Windsurfing instruction is also offered during the summer months.
The Sea Crest offers waterfront dining in the Oceanfront Dining Room, and Surf Lounge or near the lobby, relax in the ambiance of the Piano Bar . Eat in more casual attire around a heated indoor pool and an outdoor pool at the Cabana Bar (which serves up pool and beachside beverages). In addition, an exercise room, a game room, a whirlpool, a sauna, and two all-weather tennis courts round out the resort’s amenities. During July and August, the day camp staff holds activities for children. Many of the 266 rooms here have been recently renovated; with double, queen-, and king-size beds, irons, cable TV, telephones with data ports, some have water views and balconies . Available space is sometimes limited by conferences. Guests may wish to take advantage of special programs that include meals in the cost of their stay. The resort has 14 conference rooms for those who have to work for a living. For those who can tear themselves away from the meetings and the gorgeous beachfront, Falmouth’s downtown and harbor are about a 10- to 15-minute drive away. Sea Crest is a year-round facility.
Nautilus Motor Inn
539 Woods Hole Rd., Woods Hole (Falmouth)
(508) 548-1525, (800) 654-2333
This motor inn rests atop a hill overlooking Woods Hole Harbor where ferries and oceanographic research vessels motor in and out. The views here are spectacular (yes, that’s Martha’s Vineyard you see across the water). Situated close to Falmouth and the village of Woods Hole, which has great restaurants and marine-science attractions, this 54-room facility has a nice outdoor pool, a spacious sundeck, and tennis courts. All rooms have balconies or patios, some with lovely views of Vineyard Sound. The geodesic Dome Restaurant and Lounge (see our Restaurants chapter) is on the grounds. Your morning coffee at the Nautilus is complimentary. The inn is open from April through October.
The Admiralty Inn
51 Mass. Rt. 28, Falmouth
(508) 548-4240, (800) 341-5700
The Admiralty Inn of Falmouth has it all—an outdoor pool with a bar and barbecue area, an indoor heated pool, a whirlpool spa, a courtesy van, and an on-site restaurant. Its central location makes it convenient to the beaches of Falmouth and the various island ferries that leave from Falmouth Harbor and Woods Hole. Open year-round, the Admiralty has 98 air-conditioned rooms including 28 townhouse suites. Eight of the rooms are wheelchair accessible. Rooms and suites feature private baths and include a wet bar, refrigerator, and coffeemaker, while the two-story townhouse suites offer two bathrooms, two TVs, a VCR, and a Jacuzzi.
Best Western Falmouth Marina Tradewinds
26 Robbins Rd., Falmouth
(508) 548-4575, (800) 341-5700
The views you’ll have of Falmouth Harbor are outstanding. From your room you can watch sailboats making their way in and out of the busy harbor and the big, white Island Queen ferry pulling away from her slip bound for Martha’s Vineyard. Harbor views, a swimming pool with a special quiet area, and proximity to restaurants and attractions all make this large facility a popular one with visitors to the grand ol’ town of Falmouth. From its 63 rooms, choose a double room or suite with a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and have coffee makers. The facility is open mid-April through October. During the off-season in September and October, room rates are about half those you’d pay in summer. The world-renowned Falmouth Road Race in August passes right by this property (see our Sports and Recreation chapter).
311 Gifford St., Falmouth
The tradition and charm of a New England Inn is yours at the Coonamessett. Long adored by the locals for it’s beauty and grace overlooking Jones Pond, The Coonamessett has been for decades a Falmouth favorite for weddings, special occasions and dining out. Known more for its fine restaurant (see our Restaurant Chapter), The Coonamessett also offers spacious suites decorated with country pine and paisley that are comfortable and inviting to visitors as well. Splendid views of gardens and the grounds meet you each morning. And the enchantment on Jones Pond adds enrichment to the evening. The inn is located near all the beauty and adventure the Cape has to offer. This graciuos and glorious inn is open year round.
824 Rt. 28, Falmouth
(508) 540-2500, (800) 255-4157
One of Falmouth’s larger hotels, the Falmouth Inn is a single-floor facility catering to those who seek value as well as convenience. Located in the center of Falmouth on Main Street, The Falmouth Inn offers 123 spacious rooms that include color TV with free HBO, direct dial telephone, year-round temperature control, indoor corridors, game room, and an outdoor courtyard. The retractable roof of the heated indoor-outdoor pool is really unique for Cape Cod. You may enjoy the soothing pleasures of a sauna. On-site is a restaurant and cozy lounge. Falmouth Inn is near all of Falmouth’s marvelous assets, including Main Street shops and restaurants, beaches, Falmouth Harbor and the Island Queen ferry. In the fall and spring the hotel offers rates that are nearly half that of summer rates as well as special-rate packages that include two meals. The inn is open year-round and welcomes pets. There is no charge for children under 18.
Ramada on the Square
40 Rt. 28, Falmouth
(508) 457-0606, (800) 676-0000
In a town with so many long-established accommodations, this relative newcomer has a lot to offer, including an indoor heated pool and a dining room and lounge area (Captain Scott’s, which is open to the public). The dining room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This Ramada is close to the Bonanza Bus Line terminal and the Shining Sea Bikepath, as well as the many shops, museums, and restaurants of Falmouth. A nice plus is van transport to local beaches and to the island ferries at Falmouth Harbor and Woods Hole. The wheelchair-accessible inn has 72 attractive rooms and suites. Most rooms have double beds and some of the suites have Jacuzzis. Housed in two buildings, the Ramada on the Square is open year-round.
Shoreway Acres Inn
59 Shore St., Falmouth
(508) 540-3000, (800) 352-7100
In a classic New England setting along Shore Street with its colonial homes and centuries-old elm trees, rests Shoreway Acres Inn. At one end of the street and only a few minutes walk away is the picture-perfect Surf Drive town beach where you can look out across Vineyard Sound to Martha’s Vineyard. The street’s other end empties onto Main Street where you will find, well, everything.
The accommodations at Shore Way Acres are as unique and varied as Cape Cod itself. If you enjoy the cozy comfort of a country inn, you’ll feel very much at home in one of the fully restored 18th century Sea Captain’s houses with their traditional furnishings and yesteryear charm. If you appreciate the style of a conventional hotel, you’re sure to feel pampered in a tastefully appointed room in one of the contemporary buildings. Whatever your preference, traditional or contemporary, all guest rooms include private bath, telephone, cable TV, and individual air conditioning and heat control. Many rooms offer special features such as a full kitchen, decorative fireplace, coffee maker, refrigerator, sitting area, balcony, and private terrace.
There’s a lot here to keep you busy. Besides a sauna, an outdoor and an indoor pool (enclosed with large windows overlooking the beautiful grounds), there are also badminton, croquet, and volleyball courts; lawn swings; Victorian gazebo; umbrella tables; and barbecue grills on-site. Nearby you’ll also find tennis courts, golf courses, horseback riding, fishing, and bike-riding facilities. You can get discounted ferry tickets in the lobby, and the desk staff will help you make arrangements for group activities. Excellent value packages for weekends, honeymoons, and reunions are offered at the Shoreway Acres with meals provided. The inn is open year-round.
Green Harbor Waterfront Motor Lodge
134 Acapesket Rd., East Falmouth
(508) 548-4747, (800) 548-5556
If you like to be close to the water, you’ll like Green Harbor’s beachfront accommodations. This East Falmouth fixture rests on the Green Pond inlet, which eventually leads into Vineyard Sound and is an ideal location for visitors with plans to kayak or canoe. Green Harbor has 40 pleasantly appointed units, . Each waterfront guest room offers one queen and one double bed, a private full bath, cable TV, telephone, microwave, refrigerator, and individually controlled heat and air conditioning. Waterfront vacation cottages, more like small homes, feature three bedrooms, working fireplace, full kitchen, and yes, three televisions. In all, about half of the accommodations feature a full kitchen. The family-run facility, which caters to mostly families, has an outdoor pool as well as a one-foot-deep kiddie pool. There are docking facilities available for your use if you plan to arrive on your own boat. Other on-site amenities include volleyball and shuffleboard courts, charcoal grills and a boating beach. Rowboats and paddleboats are also available for guest use. The lodge is open from May to November. Green Harbor allows pets as long as they are not left unattended in the room.
New Seabury Resort
Rock Landing Rd. (off Great Neck Rd. S.), Mashpee
(508) 477-9111, (800) 999-9033
Established in 1962, this exclusive oceanfront resort with 3 miles of beach frontage is one of the premier resorts on Cape Cod. More than 100 one bedroom/one bath or two bedroom/two bath condo villas are available, some offering fantastic ocean views. New Seabury is an adults’ playground with two great golf courses, one of which is one of the best in New England, two outdoor pools, numerous tennis courts, and miles of biking and hiking trails. They’ve also got a restaurant, a lounge, and an on-site marketplace, which is layed-out with paths of crushed clam shells adding to the ambiance of being at the seashore. . There are also programs for the children. Open from March to the end of October, New Seabury offers one wheelchair-accessible unit.
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Cape Cod Hotels, Motels and Resorts
Centerville Corners Motor Lodge
1338 Craigville Beach Rd., Centerville
(508) 775-7223, (800)242-1137
A short walk from the delightful warm water of popular Craigville Beach on Nantucket Sound, Centerville Corners Motor Lodge is ideally located in the lovely, whaling Captain’s Village of Centerville. From here you are within minutes of the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport, the ferry boats to the islands, elegant restaurants, and the Main Street historic district of Hyannis. Kayakers will delight in paddling the nearby Centerville River. Bring your bikes; from the motel you can peddle into Osterville or Hyannis with relative ease.
This 30-year old lodging blends colonial charm with gracious, modern amenities. Your host, Jeff Komenda has been in the hospitality business most of his life and it shows. Each spacious room is equipped with color cable TV, direct dial telephones, two double beds, newly tiled baths, and individually controlled air conditioning. Each day, in season, a bountiful continental breakfast is served in the motel’s coffee shop. Their indoor heated pool and saunas overlook the large, private grounds which Jeff encourages you to use for picnics, barbecues, croquette, badminton, or just relaxing with your favorite book.
Additionally, Centerville Corners Motor Lodge is right across the street from the legendary Four Seas ice-cream parlor and just a short stroll to the 1856 Penny Candy Store and the Centerville Historical Society Museum. Dogs are permitted with prior approval. Golfers should ask about the motel’s package deals.
Trade Winds Inn
Craigville Beach Rd., Craigville (Barnstable)
(508) 775-0365, (877) 444-7966 (toll free)
Set upon a hill that runs down to Craigville Beach on one side and Lake Elizabeth on the other, this inn on 6 acres provides some of the very best views of Nantucket Sound. You can choose from three buildings housing 35 rooms—the Ocean View in the main building offering (you guessed it) spectacular ocean views, and the Sea Breeze and Sea Shore buildings without ocean views. All the rooms at this motel-with-a-bed-and-breakfast-feel have air conditioning, and a good many of them come with a patio or balcony.
Tucked away along the east end of Craigville Beach, it is just a five-minute drive to the fine restaurants of Hyannis, the Cape Cod Melody Tent (see our Arts chapter), the ferries to the islands, and Hyannis’ Main Street shops. The inn serves a continental breakfast in season and a patio with umbrella tables. Enjoy Trade Winds’ private beach on Nantucket Sound (complimentary beach chairs are provided), putting green, and outstanding, friendly service. Open from April to the end of October, the inn’s off-season rates are nearly half of summer rates.
1 South St., Hyannis
You can’t get much closer to Hyannis Harbor than this! The Anchor-In offers a great location with outstanding views, super rooms, immaculate grounds and a delightful staff. Just 60 feet from the water’s edge in downtown Hyannis, the Anchor-In is within walking distance of restaurants, island ferries, excursion boats, and shopping. Hyannis Marina, many boats, and a public boat launch are within sight. Most of the 43 rooms, whether economy, deluxe, or executive, have a private deck and a harbor view and sleep four comfortably. Four executive rooms can accommodate six, and two of those executive rooms also feature Jacuzzis. All rooms are spotlessly clean, comfortable, and attractively furnished; two rooms are fully wheelchair accessible. A large private pool and lawn, complete with a huge grounded anchor to support the inn’s name, overlook the harbor. Owners Rex and Pat Arnett have operated the inn for close to two decades (Pat’s parents built the motel back in the 1950s), and the couple continually updates the decor and furnishings.Open year-round, the Anchor-In caters to international guests from around the world (primarily the UK, Germany, France, and Canada) who are often surprised and delighted to see their country’s flag flying from the Anchor-In poolside flagpole —just one more added touch of hospitality. Children under 10 stay free.
867 Route 132, Hyannis
(508) 771-6100, (800) 368-4667
Open from mid-February to the end of November, this 99-room Days Inn offers a central location convenient to shopping, restaurants, and the airport. Just down the road in one direction is the Hyannis Golf Course; in the other direction is downtown Hyannis with its Kennedy Museum and Memorial. On-site are two pools (indoor and outdoor), a whirlpool, and an exercise room featuring treadmill and Nautilus. Of the rooms here, five are wheelchair accessible. An on-site coffee shop serves complimentary coffee from 7 to 10 AM. A complimentary continental breakfast is also served. The inn is adjacent to the Cape Cod Mall and is a favorite accommodation for families as well as business travelers. Off-season rates drop significantly and the Days Inn also participates in several discount programs.
Harbor House Inn
119 Ocean St., Hyannis
You will enjoy the best of everything that Hyannis has to offer at the Harbor House Inn. They are directly across the street from Hyannis Harbor, Cape Cod’s most scenic waterfront area. All the units at the Harbor House are mini-suites, each with either two full, two queen, or a king-size bed. Large, light, and modern, Each unit also contains a separate full kitchen, remote-control color TV, and individual heat and air-conditioning. Interestingly, each suite also has windows with screens and a screen door should you wish to enjoy the salt breeze off the harbor—you don’t find that too often on Cape Cod. The inn is also a 100 percent nonsmoking accommodation. A continental breakfast is offered each morning. Within a short walk of the inn is downtown Main Street with its great shops, boutiques, fine restaurants, and lounges. It is also a very short walk to the ferries to the islands. Your hosts, Pam and Ken, are both long-time Cape Codders and are more than happy to recommend area attractions or anything else that will make your stay more enjoyable. The inn is open April – November.
Hyannis Harbor Hotel
213 Ocean St., Hyannis
(508) 775-4420, (800) 676-0000
Breathe in the salt air, bathe in the sun, and watch the boats sail in and out of Hyannis Harbor while you relax on the sundeck by the beautifully landscaped outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. If it’s raining, how about a dip in the heated indoor pool or a workout at the spa? At the Hyannis Harbor Hotel, you’re directly across Ocean Street from picturesque Hyannis Harbor, just steps from the island ferries to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard as well as fishing charters and sightseeing excursions. You are also only a short walk to Veterans Beach, the JFK Memorial, JFK Museum, downtown shopping, and many harbor side restaurants.
A lot of effort has gone into ensuring that each of the 108 rooms has a Cape Cod style. Airy and open, many of the rooms offer balconies overlooking the scenic harbor and the inviting outdoor pool area. Open from early May to late October, the hotel allows children 18 years and younger to stay free when accompanied by an adult.
447 Main St., Hyannis
(508) 775-3000, (800) I-GO-HOJO
This year-round 40-room inn is about halfway down Main Street, Hyannis, where restaurants, entertainment, and shopping opportunities are just footsteps away. The harbor and the ferry to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyardare no more than a leisurely half-mile stroll (and there’s plenty to do and see along the way). In the other direction is the Cape Cod Melody Tent (see our Arts chapter), is a 15-minute walk. Ideal for both families and couples, the inn has an indoor heated swimming pool and a whirlpool where you can relax after a day on the golf course or at any of the nearby beaches. The rooms have one or two double beds. Meals are available until early evening at the on-site Duck Inn Pub cocktail bar. Business guests can use the meeting facilities.
Hyannis Inn Motel
473 Main St., Hyannis
(508) 775-0255, (800) 922-8993
The Hyannis Inn Motel is located right in the center of downtown Hyannis. Family-run for more than 42 years, this motel is a good choice for active visitors who want easy access everything Hyannis has to offer. With its reasonable rates and comfortable accommodations, it also appeals to visitors looking for an inexpensive Cape Cod vacation. Everything you will need is within walking distance—shops, attractions, island ferries, excursion tours, and whale watching—while beaches are but a few miles away. The 77 rooms are clean, well-maintained, and all feature what you would normally expect, like remote-control cable color TV, direct dial phone with data ports for your computers and voice mail, individual climate controls, and outside decks. They also have larger, deluxe rooms with sofa and refrigerator. For your special enjoyment, there are a limited number of whirlpool rooms. Swim a few laps in the heated indoor pool, enjoy the sauna, and relax on the sun deck. You can start your day at their Bluebird’s Restaurant, which serves breakfast and unwind later in the day at the Elbow Room Cocktail Lounge serving good cheer. They do have a wheelchair-accessible room. Children younger than 14 stay free. The motel is open from the beginning of February to mid-November.
Hyannis Travel Inn
18 North St., Hyannis
(508) 775-8200, (800) 352-7190
With 83 rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, and an oversized whirlpool (large enough for all your friends and then some), this well-maintained 31-year-old Hyannis facility is a good value for couples and families who want to be close to the many Hyannis attractions. Mini golf, the Cape Cod and Hyannis Railroad, shops, restaurants, beaches, and the John F. Kennedy Museum are all within a five-minute walk. Slightly longer walks will get you to the island ferries, the Hyannis waterfront district, and the Cape Cod Melody Tent (see our Arts chapter). Amenities include a continental breakfast with coffee, muffins, bagels, and juice plus discount coupons for area restaurants. The motel is closed for 10 weeks between Thanksgiving and February.
662 Main St., Hyannis
How does a cuddle and bubble sound to you? We suppose that would depend upon who’s asking the question. Described as the most romantic accommodation in the Hyannis area, the International Inn is as centrally located as it is romantic: You’ll find it at the west end of Main Street, just a short stroll from the Cape Cod Melody Tent (see the Arts chapter) and all the shops and sites along the popular main drag of Hyannis. A favorite spot for couples celebrating wedding anniversaries, the Inn’s Cuddle and Bubble Plaza Suite is a sought-after getaway around Valentine’s Day. This three-room suite includes a romantic king-size canopy bed, a wet bar, and an even wetter 5-by-7 foot sunken Jacuzzi. Besides bubble-laden Jacuzzis, the International Inn boasts the Gazebo Garden Room Restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and saunas for men and women.
Ramada Inn Regency
1127 Mass. Rt. 132, Hyannis
(508) 775-1153, (800) 676-0000
A member of the Cape Cod Remington Hotels (which include five hotels in Hyannis, Falmouth, and Yarmouth), this 196-room Ramada features a lovely glass-walled indoor pool area visible from the front lobby. Right off the pool is an inviting lawn with lounge chairs and an attractive dining room that hosts dinner theater and live entertainment. The inn is centrally located along Mass. Rt. 132, so shoppers can hit the nearby Cape Cod Mall and the numerous other plazas and shops along this route. Those not in the shopping mood will enjoy the Ramada’s convenient location, near just about everything else in Hyannis. The Ramada, which is open year-round, offers 16 efficiency units and 20 townhouse loft suites. Rooms have double or king-size beds. Saunas and a steam room are available for guests, and there’s a game room for the kids. A restaurant and lounge are on the premises, and a large number of restaurants are within a mile radius. The Ramada Inn’s prices vary based on occupancy.
Tara Hyannis Hotel & Resort
West End Rotary, Hyannis
(508) 775-7775, (800) 325-3535
It is safe to suggest that the Tara Hyannis Hotel & Resort is the premier hotel accommodation in Hyannis. Directly across the street from the Cape Cod Melody Tent (see the Arts chapter), it is a convenient accommodation for the Tent’s star performers. This topnotch resort is considered one of Massachusetts’ premier golf resorts featuring an 18-hole par 54 executive golf course—the Tara Woods (a spectacular 2600 yard course). If you’re a golfer, look into their golf packages featuring unlimited use of the course. A full-service hotel/conference center, Tara Hyannis offers everything from concierge and shuttle service to a beautiful 60-foot indoor pool and Seafood Cabana serving lunch and refreshments. Most of the Tara’s 224 rooms have views of the golf course or an attractive courtyard, and offer double, king, or suite units. On premises you’ll enjoy the Silver Shell Restaurant as well as the Yacht Club lounge featuring entertainment on the weekends. On-site is a health club, which has free weights, Nautilus equipment, step and pool-aerobics classes, a sauna, and massage. Off-season midweek rates are about half the in-season amount. Ask about their holiday and weekend packages. It is open year-round.
Americana Holiday Motel
99 Mass. Rt. 28, West Yarmouth
(508) 775-5511, (800) 445-4497
Conveniently located along Mass. Rt. 28 in West Yarmouth, near the Hyannis line, is the Americana Holiday Motel. This completely renovated motel has 153 rooms, all newly decorated, each with a full-size private bath and air conditioning. A dozen or more beaches are close by, yet the Americana boasts three (yes, three) swimming pools—one indoor and two outdoor. The motel also has a sauna, steam room, and whirlpool bath to help you unwind. There’s an on-site putting green and shuffleboard court for the adults and a game room and playground to keep the kiddies entertained. This family-owned and operated establishment also has a coffee shop on-site serving free coffee all day and a continental breakfast each morning (which, during the off-season, is free with your stay). The Americana’s attractive rates become incredible during the off-season (from the beginning of April to mid-June and from early September to mid-November) when they dip down into the high $20s and low $30s! Dinner discounts are offered at select local restaurants and the first two children in your party younger than 12 stay free. The Americana is open from the beginning of April to mid-November.
225 Main St., West Yarmouth
(508) 775-5669, (800) 243-1114
The Bayside Resort hotel is one of Cape Cod’s newest additions to the Mass. Rt. 28 line-up in West Yarmouth. Each comfortable room has been completely redecorated. Refrigerators, cable TV with free in-room movies, and movies on demand make you feel at home. Many of the rooms have a sundeck and overlook Lewis Bay, where you can view one of the most beautiful inlets on the Mid-Cape. They also offer romantic Jacuzzi suites for two that would make for a super getaway with that special someone. There is an oversized whirlpool and sauna in the indoor pool area that also boasts a fully equipped fitness center. Bayside has the advantage of a pub, especially one within steps of the indoor tropical pool. Outside, the picturesque pool area has a great view of Lewis Bay and they have filled the large deck area with plenty of lounge chairs for your relaxation. They have also created the ambiance of the beach without leaving the resort with an outdoor beach volleyball court and a sandy beach park, a perfect place to both start and end your day. Bayside Resort is open year-round.
476 Mass. Rt. 28, West Yarmouth
(508) 778-1500, (800) 323-9505
Centrally located along West Yarmouth’s popular Mass. Route 28, the Cape Point is an attractive accommodation with pretty flower gardens and reasonably priced rooms for families and budget-conscious travelers. A waterfall in the lobby greets you upon your arrival. The facility includes a lovely outdoor pool, a regal indoor pool with a balcony overhead, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, exercise room, and video game rooms to keep the kids entertained. This family-oriented facility offers discounts if you’re traveling with children. Standard rooms have 2 queen-size beds, cable TV, refrigerator, and telephone. Deluxe rooms offer the same amenities but are approximately one-third larger and have a love seat-sofa that pulls out to a single bed. They also seemed to be located closer to the indoor pool. Two-bedroom family suites offer an extra special touch without taking an executive-size bite out of the family budget. Wheelchair-accessible accommodations are available. Open year-round, the inn also has a coffee shop and a lounge, the Sports Loft, on-site.
182 Baxter Ave., West Yarmouth
(508) 771-1126, (800) 547-4733
Since it is surrounded by saltwater on three sides there’s really no sense in mentioning the wonderful water views (oops! we just did). Almost as beautiful as the water views are the lovely 8-acre grounds of grass and sand and gardens bursting with flowers. As for the accommodations, the 50 units here range widely in style from a single room with a kitchenette to a four-bedroom suite with a fireplace and full kitchen. Some units are in separate cottages; others are in the main motel building. Some rooms have decks and patios while villas have decks overlooking the ocean. An oversize outdoor pool and deck offer a change of scenery for those who have been spending time down on the private beach. An on-site mini golf course keeps the kids in the swing of things, while bikes, canoes, and rowboats are all available. The angler in you will enjoy the jetties off the beaches. Or just pull up a chair and relax watching the tide rise and fall. Green Harbor is open May to mid-October.
573 Mass. Rt. 28, West Yarmouth
(508) 771-7887, (800) 445-4050
This is a Cape golf resort of the most unique kind. You see, the golf portion of the package includes a challenging nine-hole mini golf course. A putter is all you need, and that’s provided. So are the golf balls. And the cost for a round is minimal, much less than the other miniature golf courses in the area. As for the motel itself, it has 100 clean, air-conditioned rooms with in-room refrigerators and safes for all the valuable sand dollars you’ll find combing the beaches of Nantucket Sound. At the Mariner you’ll also find a 50-foot heated indoor pool, a 55-foot heated outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, saunas, and a barbecue area. Yarmouth’s Sea Gull Beach is only a five-minute drive away, and Hyannis (and the island ferries) is no more than 10 minutes down Mass. Rt. 28. There are numerous dining opportunities within a couple of miles, from casual to fine dining. The Mariner is open from early February to early December.
135 Mass. Rt. 28, W. Yarmouth
(508) 775-6322, (800) 338-6322
A well-respected 100-room motel, the Tidewater is on 4 acres bordering a conservation area overlooking Mill Creek Bay and Mill Pond. One mile east of downtown Hyannis, it provides a location central to the many attractions of Yarmouth, island ferries and the airport. Ideal for families and couples, this lodge has amenities that include a large indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool, hot Vita spa, sauna, coffee shop, and a game room that has table tennis, darts, and board games. Beaches are a short drive away, as is just about everything else, from movies, mini-golf, and restaurants to outlets and shops. A large outdoor grassy area has picnic tables, a recreation area with volleyball net, sandbox, swings, and play equipment for kids. The rooms feature remote control cable TV, with movies, telephone, and individually controlled heat and air conditioning. Enjoy one of their new deluxe Jacuzzi rooms as your day comes to an end. The rooms, which have two double or one king-size bed, are clean, nicely furnished, and have refrigerators. Most of the property is nonsmoking. Wheelchair-accessible rooms as well as bed-and-breakfast packages are available. There is no charge for children younger than 12 staying with an adult. Tidewater is open year-round.
All Seasons Motor Inn
1199 Mass. Rt. 28, South Yarmouth
(508) 394-7600, (800) 527-0359
Voted the “Best Mid-Cape Motel” seven years in a row by the readers of Cape Cod Life, this high-quality resort has earned its reputation for excellent service. All 114 rooms have remote control color cable TV with VCR’s, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair-dryers, and individually controlled air conditioning and heat. Many of the rooms have private balconies or patios that overlook the outdoor pool and garden courtyard, and all rooms are now smoke-free. An indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, exercise room, game room, and solarium are all accessible from your room through indoor corridors. You can also enjoy breakfast in their skylight dining room or greenhouse. Poolside lunch is available in season. All Seasons’ location allows for easy access to many of the Cape’s favorite attractions. Warm-water–sound beaches and fine dining are close. The popular golf courses of Yarmouth and Dennis are within a short distance. The All Seasons Motor Inn has a spacious 3-acre setting with gorgeous gardens and well-manicured lawns. Six wheelchair-accessible rooms are available. A year-round facility, the inn offers low off-season rates.
Best Western Blue Rock Motor Inn and Golf Course
Off Great Western Rd., South Yarmouth
(508) 398-6962, (800) 237-8887
This is like dying and going to golfers’ heaven. We’ve golfed here dozens of times and still we’ve yet to master this devilishly tricky par 54 course with a number of water holes. The Blue Rock Golf Course has 18 holes, a pro shop, golf school, driving range, and putting green (see our Golf chapter for more information). The Blue Rock is a 40-room motel with either double or deluxe king accommodations. Rooms have temperature control and panoramic views of the golf course. After you’ve hit the course you can hit the heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, Grille Room restaurant, or on-site lounge. While you’re waiting for your tee time, enjoy some tennis or a good book on your private patio or deck. Off site you have access to a nearby private beach and biking paths. The inn is open from April to the end of October. There are golf packages (and other packages) available.
S. Shore Dr., South Yarmouth
(508) 398-2288, (800) 367-9393
At this oceanfront hotel you can choose from among two swimming pools, a putting green, a tennis court and, of course, the comfortably warm waters of Nantucket Sound. This facility has a dining room lounge that serves breakfast and lunch and offers entertainment. Rugosa roses and sand dunes enhance the attractive well-kept grounds. The 83 units include clean, attractive rooms with two double beds, some efficiencies, three cottages, and a house with an in-room whirlpool. Some units are wheelchair-accessible. During the summer Blue Water offers children’s activities. Ask about the Blue Water’s terrific package deals throughout the year.
The Dunes Motor Inn
170 Seaview Ave., South Yarmouth
(508) 398-3062, (800) 237-5070
Resting just 300 yards from the beach, The Dunes is a hidden Cape Cod treasure. The facility has 34 guest rooms, all decorated in Cape Cod scenes, and two cottages. The rooms have two double, king-, or queen-size beds, private baths, air conditioning, cable television, and in-room phones. Efficiency units have two double beds along with a full kitchen set-up and there’s even a two-bedroom family suite. An on-site coffee shop serves a continental breakfast for a minimal charge. There’s a heated outdoor pool available and if that’s not enough, the refreshing waters of Nantucket Sound are just a short walk away. The Dunes enjoys a high volume of repeat clientele during the summer and off-season. Speaking of the off-season, they offer a three-night package including breakfast for only $99—that’s a tough one to beat! The Dunes Motor Inn is open from May to Columbus Day.
Gull Wing Suites
822 Rt. 28, South Yarmouth
(508) 394-9300, (800) 676-0000
Offering a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, saunas, and an outdoor pool is the Gull Wing Suites, one of five Cape Cod Remington Hotels. Gull Wing has 136 rooms, one of which has been modified to accommodate wheelchair users or sight-challenged individuals. There is a seasonal coffee shop on-site and a game room for the kids. For the adults, the mini suites are equipped with a refrigerator and wet bar. A dinner package is available that, with a two-night stay, allows you a $30 dinner discount at one of three local restaurants (Christine’s, Yarmouth House, Roadhouse Cafe). Open year-round, Gull Wing Suites welcomes children age 18 and younger free when they accompany an adult.
1313 Mass. Rt. 28, South Yarmouth
(508) 394-4000, (800) 341-5700
This Motel 6 offers 89 rooms including standard and poolside rooms with two double beds and king rooms with one king-size bed. Large indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, and whirlpool are the amenities you’ll find here. There is even an on-premises restaurant and lounge with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. All rooms here have air conditioning and cable TV. Three public golf courses are just a five-minute drive away—Bass River, Bayberry, and the par 54 Blue Rock. A slightly longer drive (perhaps 20 minutes) will get you to two Dennis courses—Dennis Pines and Dennis Highlands. Public beaches are close by. Motel 6 is open year-round.
97 S. Shore Dr., South Yarmouth
(508) 398-2633, (800) 248-MIST
The Ocean Mist is so comfortable that when we recently visited this lovely oceanfront resort we didn’t want to leave. You can feel the tension slip away as you look out at the open expanse of blue water before you, where sailboats 5 miles away appear to perch on the very surface of the water. The warm waves of Nantucket Sound lap at the shore outside your door as you awake in the morning to another fun-filled day on Cape Cod. The beautiful view is perfectly complemented by the quality of this clean, attractive motel where summer memories are made. Its 63 rooms are either deluxe or loft suites. The beautiful, contemporary deluxe rooms feature wet bars or efficiencies. All have individual heat and air conditioning controls and remote-control cable television. Their loft suites feature dramatic cathedral ceilings and wet bars. Most have skylights and two private balconies with panoramic views of the ocean. Ocean Mist has a heated indoor pool and a coffee shop. Restaurants are close by, and Hyannis shopping and dining, golf courses, and historic sights are within a few miles.
Red Jacket Beach Motor Inn
S. Shore Dr., South Yarmouth
(508) 398-6941, (800) 672-0500
An award-winning resort, the Red Jacket takes its place among a select group of the Cape’s premier resorts know for exceptional accommodations and service. Located on a fabulous sweep of private Nantucket Sound beach, the Red Jacket has everything, including a 1,000-foot sandy waterfront beach as well as frontage on Parker’s River salt marsh. Water views are everywhere: from the dining room, outside swimming pool, and of course, the rooms, some of which are practically on the beach.
If it’s land sports that you prefer, their tennis courts and basketball and volleyball courts are sure to please. Their jogging route provides an excellent view of the oceanfront as you wind past a lovely garden gazebo during your workout. A great place for families, the resort offers a supervised children’s program of sports and activities.Kayaks are available for rent. In addition to their private beach, both the outdoor and indoor pools are heated. They also have a whirlpool spa and sauna to add to the enjoyment of your stay. You can also elect to stay in one of 13 cottages.
107 S. Shore Dr., South Yarmouth
There’s nothing better than taking your vacation right on Nantucket Sound. The Surfcomber provides peace and quiet right by the water’s edge. Sunbathing and swimming will be your occupation for the week, yet if you ever tire of saltwater swimming, there is a heated outdoor swimming pool within earshot of the ocean waves. Four rooms look right out over the water. Many rooms offer private balconies overlooking the well-maintained grounds and pool, and approximately half of the rooms are efficiencies with a sink, fridge, and four-burner stove. The staff is friendly and often know the guests by name since so many visitors return year after year. Surfcomber is open from May to Columbus Day.
Colony Beach Motel
413 Old Wharf Rd., Dennisport
With its charming Colonial architecture and Cape Cod allure, this motel right on the sound is a perfect place to start the summer. You can choose from 47 rooms including oceanfront and ocean view efficiency units with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, motel units, or non-efficiency suites with a living room. Among the amenities are a private beach and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Children 3 years of age and older are welcome. It’s open mid-May to mid-October.
The Corsair and Cross Rip
41 Chase Ave., Dennisport
These two Dennisport motels, resting side by side on Nantucket Sound, form a family-owned and operated oceanfront resort on 3 acres of prime Nantucket Sound real estate. Together, they offer an abundance of amenities including two outdoor pools (one at each facility) and two large sun decks overlooking the ocean. Recreation buildings across the street feature an indoor pool, a game room, a toddler area with plenty of toys, a barbecue area, and an outdoor play area for the kids.
There are many types of rooms from which to choose. All rooms at the Cross Rip, except for the economy units, have kitchenettes. You may want to go for a two-room oceanfront suite. The Corsair offers mini suites with two double beds and a galley kitchen, and ocean view suites featuring two rooms, a galley kitchen, and two baths (in the Captain’s Suite). Open from late March through October, the complex also offers a pair of four-bedroom houses for rent across the street with access to all the amenities.
117 Old Wharf Rd., Dennisport
(508) 398-6987 no credit cards
At The Garlands along quiet Old Wharf Road, just off Lower County Road, the waves of Nantucket Sound curl and crash right below you. In fact, the front-facing units are a few feet away from the water, and as you stand upon the private wooden deck of your VIP unit it is not too difficult to imagine yourself aboard a ship at sea.
The Garlands offers 20 rooms, four of them right on the ocean. Those are the VIP suites, with unsurpassed views of Nantucket Sound. All the rooms have color cable TV, full kitchens, and daily maid service—all at very reasonable rates considering the proximity to the ocean. After Labor Day you can get some great bargains here—even the waterfront units drop into the low- to mid-$$ range! Children 6 years of age and older are welcome. The Garlands is open from mid-April to mid-October.
The Edgewater Beach Resort
95 Chase Ave., Dennisport
You can’t help but hum Patti Page’s ode to Cape Cod as you stroll along the sandy path through swaying beach grass to the warm waters of Nantucket Sound. Memories of summer vacations past come rushing to mind, bringing a smile to your face and telling you that more memories are about to be made. Situated on more than 5 acres of waterfront at the farthest reaches of Dennisport, The Edgewater offers 89 units, all with balconies and views of either the ocean in all its glory or the attractive central courtyard and putting green. Some of the units have kitchenettes, but, for those staying in the other 73 units, there are many fine restaurants within a 10- to 15-minute drive. The Edgewater has, arguably, the finest pool in the area, a magnificent oversized indoor-outdoor pool, complete with a whirlpool and sauna. A note on the pool: Half of it is glass contained with a sliding glass door that cuts the inside portion off from the outside portion in the event of inclement weather. Also on-site are a fitness center and two shuffleboard courts. Ask about their Indian summer packages. The Edgewater Beach Resort is open from early March to mid-November.
Pelham House Resort Motel
14 Sea St., Dennisport
(508) 398-6076, (800) 497-3542
For more than 60 years, the Pelham House has been a fixture at the end of Sea Street creating wonderful memories—the reason being it has everything you want in a Cape Cod vacation: a beautiful, private sandy beach on the warm waters of Nantucket Sound, 35 modern oceanview rooms with private decks, a large saltwater swimming pool, tennis, free breakfast, and warm hospitality. There’s also a bar for poolside or before-dinner cocktails. All rooms include color cable TV, individually controlled heat, private baths, and refrigerators. Most rooms have two double beds. King and queen-size beds are available in standard and deluxe rooms , the penthouse, and in suites.
The owners, the McCarthy and Hutchinson families, pride themselves on the individual attention each guest receives. In particular, Bob McCarthy Sr. makes sure that each day is a “new” production at the Pelham House Resort. The passion he exudes for his resort is infectious. You’ll almost feel like part of the family immediately.
The resort is ideal for family reunions, conferences, meetings, and especially, weddings in the spring and fall. In true Cape Cod fashion, a large tent is erected for these happy occasions on the resort’s expansive lawn on a knoll overlooking the sound. Open April to November, rates vary with season. Ask about their seasonal packages which include full breakfast buffets.
79 Chase Ave., Dennisport
A huge complex right on the water, the front section of its main building is distinguished by Colonial architecture accented with four Greek Revival Doric columns. The Soundings has two swimming pools to complement its 360 feet of waterfront—one a heated indoor pool and the other one actually on the beach with a poolside snack bar to boot (boy, life is tough!). Other amenities include sauna, Jacuzzi, a putting green where you can loosen up before playing Dennis’ two 18-hole golf courses (see our Golf chapter), and an on-site coffee shop serving breakfast to start the day off right.
This oceanside facility has 100 rooms, each with individually controlled air conditioning. Room options are plentiful: You can choose from pavilion rooms at the inner courtyard, deluxe oceanview, and deluxe on-the-ocean rooms, efficiency units, and a penthouse with a full kitchen. The Soundings’ season runs from May 1 to mid-October and families are, of course, most welcome. During May, June, September, and October, the Soundings offers customized golf packages.
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Cape Cod Hotels, Motels and Resorts
Ocean Edge Resort
2660 Mass. Rt. 6A, Brewster
(508) 896-9000, (800) 343-6074
Truly a landmark resort, Ocean Edge is distinguished by the impressive Gothic and Renaissance Revival stucco mansion and stone carriage house standing tall and stately beyond a beautifully manicured lawn. Once part of the vast Roland Nickerson estate, the main 400-foot-long building is the Ocean Edge Conference Center, and is every bit as grand inside as out, with carved wood-paneled walls and oriental rugs. The resort takes up 380 acres on both the north side (where the mansion is) and the south side along Mass. Rt. 6A. Attached to the main building by enclosed walkways is a 90-room hotel that offers room service among other amenities. Behind the main building, beyond the tennis courts and pool, are condominiums, some of which have ocean views. Across the road is the Villages, a huge residential and rental condominium community with a golf course, pool, Mulligan’s Restaurant (see our Restaurants chapter), and the Reef Cafe at its center. You can book anything from suites to three-bedroom condos; some rooms have fireplaces and all have cable TV and phones.
People flock here for the world-class golf (see our Golf chapter), tennis schools and clinics (fees are in addition to room rates, but golf and tennis packages are available), and for the abundance of other recreational activities. The resort has six pools, four outdoor and two indoor, and a 1,000-foot private beach for guests to use. Ocean Edge also offers children’s activities in summer and year-round concierge services to help you plan activities. The elegant mansion is home to the comfortable, wood-paneled downstairs Bayzo’s Pub, which serves light fare, and the adjacent Ocean Grill for fine dining.
Handkerchief Shoals Motel
888 Mass. Rt. 28, South Harwich
This motel with the curious name (taken from shoals found on nearby Monomoy Island) offers 26 up-to-date, clean accommodations, furnished with such amenities as cable TV, refrigerators, microwave ovens and courtesy phones—all at bargain prices. Cribs are free. Lawn games and a sparkling outdoor pool will keep the young and young-at-heart busy for hours. You’ll get more than your money’s worth from this single-story property set back from the road on well-maintained grounds. It’s close to shopping, sporting activities, and the beach. Handkerchief Shoals is open April 15 through October 15.
767 Mass. Rt. 28, Harwichport
(508) 432-1434, (800) 432-1434
A great place for a family getaway, Wychmere Village, formerly known as the Moby Dick, is a casual, family-style compound of 24 comfortable units tucked away on 3 acres of pine groves and gardens. Your hosts, Larry and Judy, are more than gracious. They in fact invited us to kick off our shoes and take a swim in their pool while we were their, but we had to decline. The motel features a spacious sun deck, picnic area with a charcoal grill, and badminton and shuffleboard courts. The beaches are two minutes away, and Saquatucket Harbor, with its boats, ducks, and geese, is a mere 200-yard jaunt. Choose from a variety of room types including traditional motel units, efficiencies, two-bedroom suites, and a two-bedroom cottage. All rooms have a country decor, are air conditioned, and feature cable TV, refrigerators, and complimentary maid service. Nonsmoking units are available. Wychmere Village is open from early April through December.
Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Rd., Chatham
(508) 945-0096, (800) 527-4884
Built in 1914 as a hunting lodge by a wealthy Boston family, this resort still maintains its elegance and grandeur. The inn’s impressive main house, which looks out over the water, has 40 rooms, with another 137 in buildings just outside the main house and across the street along the shore. All the rooms are inviting and purposely understated—decorated with lots of wicker and floral prints and fabrics—and nearly all of them have a balcony which offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Pleasant Bay. The 22 acres of grounds boast every conceivable sport from tennis to shuffleboard, along with a private beach and a heated outdoor pool. How about a game of volleyball? There’s a concierge available daily in summer and on weekends in the off-season to help you plan excursions and other activities. Three restaurants complete the idyllic picture. The Chatham Bars Inn offers a number of off-season packages.
Pleasant Bay Village Resort Motel
1191 Mass. Rt. 28, Chatham
(508) 945-1133, (800) 547-1011
Painstakingly renovated over the last decade by innkeeper Howard Gamsey, this 58-room facility is set on 6 acres of beautiful grounds, with Japanese and other stunning gardens, waterfalls cascading into an ornamental pond of koi fish, and private woodland. This resort feels as though it’s on some exotic isle, a million miles from civilization, yet it’s only a couple of miles from downtown Chatham, and offers every amenity a guest could want. Pleasant Bay Village’s efficiencies and suitesare furnished in impeccable comtemporary style. Original art from some of Cape Cod’s well-known artists adorns the walls, and every accommodation, from rooms to two-bedroom suites, is comfortable, private, and quiet. One room is wheelchair accessible. Wake up to not just beautiful surroundings, but also complimentary morning coffee and newspapers. Full breakfasts are available, as is lunch beside the outdoor heated pool and, in summer, dinner for guests. Children are welcome, and the facility, open from mid-April through October, is nonsmoking.
The Seafarer of Chatham
Mass. Rt. 28 and Ridgevale Rd., Chatham
Owners Don and Lynn Cahoon say they offer “the privacy and comfort of a modern motel with the charm of a country inn.” The Seafarer, situated along Chatham’s historic district, has one of the Cape’s loveliest (and quietest) settings, where welcoming lounge chairs and old-fashioned Adirondack chairs nestle among lavish flower gardens.
Each of the 20 ground-level rooms in the blue-trimmed, brick building have been hand-stenciled in the authentic Colonial manner with decorative borders and have tiled baths. Coffee and tea service are offered. Children are welcome at the Seafarer, which is open April through November.
Mass. Rt. 28 at Pleasant Bay Rd., Chatham
(508) 432-5400, (800) 225-7125
This resort is almost a village unto itself. The 22-acre estate, which takes its name from a Native American word that means “crescent on the water,” actually comprises 20 buildings, including one built in 1740. Each of the 104 rooms and suites has views of Pleasant Bay, Round Cove, or the woods and is furnished in Early American or country pine. So exquisite is the decor that many rooms have won national design awards.
Tennis buffs can stay in one of three villas, just steps away from four all-weather tennis courts. The inn also has its own dock and offers a sailing program for novices to salty-dog sailors. (The inn even has a rental fleet of Hobie Cats and Sunfish.) If you’re not in the mood for saltwater, take a dip in the awesome 68-foot heated pool.
Golfers will be happy to learn the Wequassett is affiliated with the new, nearby Cape Cod National Golf Club, allowing guests to arrange for tee times at the private course. The staff here is attentive but far from stuffy, and a concierge is available to help you with everything from dinner reservations to fishing excursions. One of the area’s best restaurants, the Eben Ryder House, is on the premises (see our Restaurants chapter ). The Wequassett is open from mid-April to mid-November.
13 Mass. Rt. 28, Orleans
(508) 255-1203, (800) 343-2233
The sparkling waters of Town Cove lap at the shore of this attractive year-round complex, which features beautifully landscaped gardens and patios, a heated outdoor pool and, of course, terrific water views. Many of the 47 rooms have views of Town Cove, and many have private decks. All are equipped with heat and air conditioning, queen- or king-size beds, private baths, phones, TVs, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Nonsmoking rooms are available, and children are welcome. Book a waterfront room or, for an extra-special stay, a room at the Inn at the Cove. It has 10 rooms and suites (eight with fireplaces, some with full kitchens), all warm and cozy with Shaker-style furnishings. Visit the waterfront gazebo, where you can commune with the terns and gulls, and watch sailboats tack by. An added bonus: Guests get a free 90-minute boat tour around Town Cove, an experience not to be missed!
Nauset Knoll Motor Lodge
237 Beach Rd., East Orleans
Resorts can boast that they are located on the water, but only a few can say they are located on the ocean—except the Nauset Knoll Motor Lodge. Situated on a knoll overlooking Nauset Beach and the Atlantic, every room commands a superb view of the ocean. Here you can relax with the rhythmic sounds of the Atlantic Ocean’s crashing surf. Four acres of manicured grounds assure privacy. The Nauset Knoll consists of 12 spacious rooms, all on ground level, pleasantly cooled by the constant sea breeze. Each room has an 8-foot picture window facing the ocean, ceramic tiled bathroom with tub and shower combination, color TV, and baseboard hot-water heat. Operated under the supervision of the National Park Service, the Nauset Knoll is the only motel on the Atlantic Ocean within the Cape Cod National Seashore. What more could you want? Well, if you need more, the lodge is just a short drive to fine dining and the attractions of the lower Cape. We’ll give you an Insider Tip about this place: Try to plan a fall stay at the lodge and you will have the beach all to yourself, you’ll enjoy the warm fall waters which have heated all summer, and if you’re a birder, you’ll enjoy the best birding of the year along the dune uplands. Children are welcome at Nauset Knoll, which is open from mid-April to late-October.
Orleans Holiday Motel
Mass. Rt. 6A, Orleans
(508) 255-1514, (800) 451-1833
Open year-round in Orleans, the Orleans Holiday Motel has 45 contemporary, clean rooms in a great location just outside of town. The motel offers several different types of accommodations with either two double beds, one queen-size bed or two queen-size beds. Rollaway beds and cribs are also available. Each room is fully carpeted and includes air conditioning, heat, bath with tub and shower, direct-dial phone, color cable TV with HBO, and a refrigerator.
During the summer months, this is a great place to stay. The pool has an extra shallow section for children. The nicely landscaped backyard area is ideal for barbecues and picnics. It’s close to family dining—across the street from a Chinese restaurant and next door to The Egg and I breakfast spot and the local favorite, The Lobster Claw Restaurant. A complimentary continental breakfast is served in the motel lobby every morning from 8 until 11 AM. Most rooms are nonsmoking.
Seashore Park Inn
Canal Rd., Orleans
(508) 255-2500, (800) 772-6453
Centrally located, this 62-room, family-oriented facility features a large indoor pool in a huge glass-walled room that you may have a hard time tearing the kids away from. That is, until they realize how close this property is to area attractions. The Seashore Park Inn is close to shops, restaurants, beaches, and the Cape Cod National Seashore. It is near the bike trail, and guests may rent, at a discounted rate, any of the inn’s fleet of new mountain bikes. Guests also get discounted beach stickers for parking at Orleans beaches. A continental breakfast is served each morning in the sunny breakfast room overlooking the pool. Half of the rooms are efficiency units, with refrigerators, stoves, and a second room for dining in. All the rooms have two full-size beds, telephones, and televisions, and the efficiencies have two TVs. Most of the rooms offer balconies or patios, and many are newly redone as part of an extensive renovation that took place in early 1998. The facility is completely nonsmoking, although guests can light up outdoors. Open from early April through the end of November, the Seashore Park offers tempting off-season rates as well as money-saving weekly rates any time of year; call for details on package plans.
Captain’s Quarters Motel and Conference Center
U.S. Rt. 6, North Eastham
(508) 255-5686, (800) 327-7769
With 70 rooms, tennis courts, an outdoor heated pool, and access to the bike path, this family-run facility has a lot to offer. Rooms all have wall-to-wall carpeting, air conditioning and heat, refrigerators, phones, color cable TVs, and queen-size or double beds. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the lounge area, which features a delightful hand-painted mural of nearby Nauset Light Beach. You can also help yourself to fresh popcorn later in the day. Families find this is a good place to to make their home base as they explore the Outer Cape, and they’re equally attracted to the fact that children younger than 12 stay free. For businesspeople, the Captain’s Quarters offers conference facilities. It’s open from April to November.
Eagle Wing Motel
960 U.S. Rt. 6, Eastham
All 19 rooms in this little gem, located near the Cape Cod National Seashore, have been completely redone and have private baths, air conditioning and heat, refrigerators, cable TV, and phones. The rooms are crisp, clean and the majority of the rooms furnished with King-sized. Most have a king- or queen-size bed. Owners Mary and Gerry Orris added a back deck that stretches the length of the building so that guests can enjoy the quiet backyard, which borders a wetland sweet with birdsong in spring and summer. There’s an outdoor pool, and morning coffee is available. This place is an exceptional property for couples and adults looking for quiet, clean, and comfortable surroundings. The Eagle Wing is operated like and delivers the feeling of a quest house or inn while offering the amenities frequently found at larger properties The motel, which is completely nonsmoking, is open May through October.
Four Points Hotel
U.S. Rt. 6, Eastham
The Four Points Hotel, part of the Sheraton chain, has 107 guest rooms, including two suites, all beautifully appointed. The indoor atrium and pool are a soothing, steamy balm at the end of a long day (there are also men’s and women’s saunas and an outdoor pool). The fitness room is stocked with up-to-date equipment for those who like to keep up their fitness regimen while away. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast and dinner (daily in summer, but weekends only in the off-season) and the Regency Lounge is open for late-night cocktails. There’s also a tavern by the indoor pool. Four Points is open year-round and is great for families or business travelers.
Midway Motel & Cottages
5460 U.S. Rt. 6, North Eastham
Right on the scenic 25-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail bike path, in the heart of the Cape Cod National Seashore and close to the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, this homey complex is made up of four separate buildings, nicely spaced and set back from the road. There are a total of nine motel units, an efficiency, a three-bedroom cottage that can sleep six and a one-bedroom cottage that can accommodate two to four people. All rooms have full baths, cable TVs, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, coffee makers, refrigerators, and microwave ovens. The 3-acre property has a play yard for children, and, for all ages, badminton, horseshoes, and shuffleboard. Complimentary coffee is served each morning in the cozy common room. The Midway is open March through October.
650 U.S. Rt. 6, South Wellfleet
(508) 349-3410, (800) 368-0007 (Mass. only)
This friendly, family-owned motel is set so far back among the woods that you may feel like you’re vacationing in the middle of a forest—if forests came complete with a 30-by 60-foot indoor pool. All the rooms at this year-round facility come with a refrigerator, cable TV, clock radio, coffee maker, and heat and air-conditioning controls. The most popular units are the queen-size rooms with their pretty custom-made oak furnishings. Eight cottages, five of them A-frames with wood stoves, are also available, and most have decks. Biking enthusiasts take note: The Cape Cod Rail Trail runs right through the back yard. An outdoor play area beckons children, while adults will appreciate the sundeck. The Even’Tide has added a gift shop where you can get handcrafted items.
Mainstay Motor Inn
2068 U.S. Rt. 6, South Wellfleet
(508) 349-2350, (800) 346-2350
The Mainstay is convenient to everything. Tennis courts are within walking distance, the Cape Cod National Seashore is a scallop shell’s throw away, Wellfleet Harbor’s marina is practically in the front yard and whale-watching boats in Provincetown are a few miles away. When you’re tired of sightseeing, relax by the Mainstay’s indoor pool, or soak in the new Jacuzzi. Each of the 30 rooms here has a king- or queen-size bed or two double beds with a full bath, refrigerator, and outdoor deck. Some rooms are efficiencies with microwave ovens as well, and there is also a three-room cottage available for rent by the week in season. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily in the coffee room, which also houses the Mainstay’s free lending library. It’s open year-round.
Wellfleet Motel & Lodge
U.S. Rt. 6, Wellfleet
(508) 349-3535, (800) 852-2900
With a total of 65 rooms, all recently renovated, the Wellfleet Motel & Lodge is right on the Cape Cod Rail Trail bike path, and just across the street from Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary (see our Parks and Recreation chapter). All the rooms—40 in the lodge and 25 motel units—are equipped with refrigerators and coffee makers, and microwave ovens are available for a small fee. There’s both an indoor and an outdoor pool, with a barbecue beside the latter. Choose from seven different types of rooms including suites. The lodge has a coffee shop with a full breakfast menu, and the facility is open year-round.
209 Shore Rd., North Truro
This two-story motel, right on Cape Cod Bay and surrounded by conservation land, enjoys incredible views. Choose from a total of 33 units: beach front motel or efficiency units with stoves, sinks, refrigerators, and microwave ovens, or poolside rooms with views of the landscaped grounds. Beachside rooms have private balconies overlooking the private beach, which is raked daily , and the outdoor pool is surrounded by chaise lounges and picnic tables. You can get breakfast all day at the poolside eatery, Harbor Lights, (see our Restaurants chapter), along with lunches and a Friday night fish fry. Run for 27 years by the Silva family, this well-kept facility is the only beachfront motel in the area with its own restaurant. Topmast is open May 1 to mid-October.
Best Western Chateau Motor Inn
105 Bradford Street West, Provincetown
(508) 487-1286, (800) 528-1234
High atop a hill at the west end of town, this 54-room facility enjoys sweeping views. It’s also run by the Gordon family, and it’s as meticulously kept as their Beachfront property. The rooms are all newly done in classic Cape decor, and each has a large TV, refrigerator, and air-conditioning. Some rooms are even equipped with private safes. There’s a large heated pool, restaurant, and lounge, lovely gardens and a number of decks overlooking the water. Again, kids stay free, and here, guests get complimentary morning coffee and muffins. It’s open from early May to mid-October.
Best Western Tides Beachfront
837 Commercial St., Provincetown
(508) 487-1045, (800) 528-1234
The Gordon family, which has owned this two-story chain motel for many years, devotes its considerable experience and energies to the care of the tidy, comfy, oceanfront motel and its guests. (The lawns alone—greener than we’ve ever seen—will be your first clue to the staff’s special care of the motel.)
The 64 rooms are several notches above your standard motel fare, clean and comfortable, with air-conditioning, heat, and cable TV. Almost half the rooms literally sit at the water’s edge, so you can wake up in the morning and walk through the sliders to the surf. The motel also has a fenced-in pool, badminton courts, plenty of free parking, and an on-site restaurant (open to the public) that serves breakfast and lunch only. A boon for families: Children younger than 18 stay free! Best Western Tides Beachfront is open from early May to mid-October.
Horizons Beach Resort
190 Mass. Rt. 6A, North Truro
(508) 487-0042, (800) 782-0742 outside Mass.
In a quiet, rural setting just a short drive away from the shops, restaurants, and attractions of Provincetown and only a mile from the Cape Cod National Seashore, Horizons Beach Resort offers 75 efficiency units, some right on the beach and the rest a short stroll away. All have air-conditioning, heat and cable TV; some have full kitchens and all have refrigerators and coffee makers. Beachfront units have private decks with stunning views of Cape Cod Bay. Relax on the 480-foot, private beach on Cape Cod Bay, or take a dip in the beachside pool. Horizons is open from early April to early November, and also offers two-room condominium units with fireplaces.
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