Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast

Few places this side of heaven engender the image of a classic vacation spot as a summer rental spent at a Cape Cod bed and breakfast. Cape Cod! Just the sound of it makes you want to pack a bag and head for the venerable paradise by the sea.

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast

A romantic Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast getaway experience awaits you at The Captain’s Manor Inn. Located in Falmouth Village’s national registry historic district and set on over an acre of meticulously manicured gardens, your getaway offers a choice of 7 guestrooms with private baths, guest common areas including a Café with refreshments, an elegant living room with the original 1849 black marble fireplace and countless areas to relax on the 2000 square foot wrap around veranda. Just a short stroll from The Captain’s Manor Inn you will discover some of Cape Cod’s best restaurants and boutique shops, as well as museums and galleries. For those who love nature there are many options to explore such as Beebe woods, the Shining Sea Bikeway, The Knob and Falmouth’s 12 beaches. We look forward to welcoming you to the wonders of Cape Cod, and The Captain’s Manor Inn.

Built in 1901 as a loving husband's gift to his wife, Palmer House Inn is a natural continuation of its romantic beginnings. Set in the beautiful historic preservation district of seaside Falmouth, the inn enjoys a relaxed and scenic setting that is little changed from those early days and untouched by today's fast pace. Its carefully preserved Victorian ambience and modern subsurface infrastructure keep you comfortable with the comforts and amenities you would expect. Be it tea on the porch, a leisurely walk to the beach, a stroll downtown for freshly made ice cream or a sampling of Falmouth's excellent shopping and restaurants, be it a boat ride to wonderful Martha's Vineyard, an evening spent at a live theatre or musical performance, or a brisk bike ride down our deservedly celebrated Shining Sea Bike Path, your Cape Cod holiday can be as relaxed or as exciting as you would like it to be. Palmer House Inn. Falmouth-by-the-Sea. Cape Cod. Perfect bliss.

Cape Cod’s Best-Rated Boutique Hotel! Top 1% of Hotels in the World for Quality, Service, and Value (TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2019-2021). Award-Winning, Adult’s Only Luxury Inn located in the heart of Cape Cod with easy access to all of the Cape. Beach Access is a short walk or bike ride away. Complimentary bikes for Guest use - bike the Cape Cod Rail Trail! Seasonally heated in ground pool. Gourmet Breakfast (Chef’s Choice) each morning, included. Clean, Modern Design planned with your comfort in mind. Enjoy 1st Class Service & a Personal Concierge to help you live like a local, or just relax. Some rooms with private entrances, private outdoor space, ergonomic desks, gas fireplaces, soaking tubs, fridge and coffee in room. Please call to inquire. Walking distance to dining and shopping. 5 minute drive to the ferry to Nantucket. Centrally located on the Cape - a great place to stay and experience all Cape Cod has to offer. Can accommodate most all dietary restrictions and preferences. Two dog friendly rooms (there are breed restrictions) which must be booked by phone. One room may be split into 2 twin beds. All other rooms have either a King or Queen sized bed. The whole inn may be rented (8 guest rooms) for family or group getaways. Please call to inquire.

A Romantic Bed & Breakfast on Cape Cod Exhale and relax as you experience luxury and personalized service that make you feel like you've just arrived home! Built in 1845 by a wealthy Sea Captain, the historic Captain Farris House has been restored to incorporate luxurious, modern amenities while preserving its distinctive Greek Revival style architecture. The result is a picturesque B&B featuring 10 inviting rooms, an elegant dining room, a lovely parlor, and stunning gardens. Each of the cozy accommodations at the Captain Farris House offers its own charming features along with private en-suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, fluffy bathrobes, soft linens, comfortable beds, and beautiful views. World-class antiques and exquisite window treatments adorn all the rooms. After a wonderful night’s stay, wake to a full breakfast each morning in the elegant dining room or in the sun-drenched courtyard. Be welcomed with the aroma of fresh baked goodies when you walk in the door as you exhale and relax after a busy day. Stroll the gardens, sip tea in the parlor, browse the DVD collection for a cozy movie night, or unwind with an evening refreshment while listening to a variety of soothing music. There are so many fun things to do on Cape Cod, and the Captain Farris House is the best place to stay to experience them all.

Welcome to the Tern Inn and Cottages offering wonderful coastal themed accommodations for your visit to Cape Cod, MA! Our historic Inn is centrally located on Cape Cod - with easy access to beaches, bike paths, shopping, dining, golf, fishing, and everything else the Cape has to offer.

The Inn At the Oaks is a charming 13 room Inn located in Cape Cod’s historic Eastham, MA. We offer spacious and light-filled accommodations, delicious continental breakfasts, thoughtful amenities, and unfaltering attention to detail that will ensure your Cape Cod vacation experience will be cherished for years to come. We are across from the National Seashore Visitor Center and close to Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Light Beach, First Encounter Beach, the Cape Cod Rail Trail, golf, kayaking, and award winning restaurants.

The Candleberry Inn is a Brewster, MA, bed and breakfast that is ideally situated within the Old King’s Highway Historic District. This local Cape Cod inn is a short stroll from sandy bayside beaches, first class restaurants, and unique artisan shops. The graceful Georgian-style home is a centerpiece in the quaint seaside village and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn is perfectly located in the geographical center of Cape Cod, making it close to everything our romantic, salt-air peninsula has to offer: biking trails, whale watching, kayaking, golfing, fishing, shopping, theatre, art galleries, and our National Seashore Park. Your Innkeepers are more than happy to help you plan your visit so that you may enjoy “the Cape” to the fullest!




Barnstable County, MA, USA

Renovated 1830’s-era house with all the charm of the real Cape Cod, packed with modern amenities and style. Farmhouse-style new kitchen, three baths, well-appointed living room with a bay window and view over Little Harbor. At sunset, settle on your private deck, dine al fresco as the fireflies come out, watch the ferries move slowly across the Sound. You can see Martha’s Vineyard from here and you are right in the middle of all the action of Woods Hole village. The dining room is lined with books. There is an outdoor shower to wash off sandy feet back from the nearby beach. The four bedrooms are made up with clean linens, baths well stocked with new towels, kitchen set up for cooking, a lovely deck off of french doors in the kitchen with a gas grill and teak dining table for warm summer nights. The bedroom configuration is great for a family or a group – three bedrooms upstairs (four twin beds, one king bed) with a jacuzzi bath; one bedroom with a queen downstairs off the dining room with a bath (max occupancy 8 adults). The kitchen has a stove, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, fridge and all the plates/pots and pans needed for cooking. Or dine out at one of Woods Holes many waterfront eateries, all a three-minute walk from your house.

Perched on the edge of Woods Hole Harbor, steps from the Martha’s Vineyard ferry, the Woods Hole Inn is the perfect place to start your Cape Cod vacation. The Woods Hole Inn is in the middle of everything, in the heart of this busy village surrounded by water and packed with shops, waterfront restaurants, fun things to do. From here, hop the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard for a fabulous day trip. Jump on a bike and ride the “Shining Sea” bike path (round trip 20 miles) past the beaches of Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay. Fish some of the best waters in New England. Explore the deserted coves and beaches of the pristine Elizabeth Islands. Watch boats come into the harbor under a real working drawbridge. Visit the free aquarium: check out the submarine that first explored the Titanic. Walk to several beaches that define Cape Cod. Enjoy eating out? Start with our continental breakfast in the sunny room overlooking the ferry. Wander down by the harbor for steamed lobster, raw oysters, real New England clam chowder. Watch the sunset with a lobster taco and Cape Cod draft at Quicks Hole. Go on a world-class pub crawl from the Landfall to the Leeside to the Captain Kidd — so close to the water you can dip your feet. There really is something for everyone in Woods Hole. Birders delight in rare sightings. Artists and collectors enjoy the local galleries and ceramics studios of this committed eco-community. Scientists come for the world-class research and then return for the beaches and amazing water views. Romantics come for the quiet power of the sea. We are an eco-destination. Come stay Green by the deep Blue sea.




Barnstable County, MA, USA

Join us at the Cottage, your escape from it all on Cape Cod. This wonderful hideaway is in Woods Hole, a gateway to Martha’s Vineyard, surrounded by water and packed with great shops, summer restaurants and tons of fun things to do. This cottage is a three-minute walk into the middle of Woods Hole and the ferry terminal, and a short walk to several wonderful beaches (Nobska Beach, Stoney Beach, Surf Drive Beach). It is also a stone’s throw from the start of the famous Shining Sea Bike Path, an 11 mile adventure of dedicated path for bikes only that offers views of Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay on it’s way to North Falmouth. This charming one-bedroom has a living room, dining area, galley kitchen, private bath with tub and shower, fireplace and broad front porch with water views of Little Harbor and Martha’s Vineyard. Furnished and well stocked with towels, high-end sheets, kitchen equipment, lovely porch furniture. Queen size bed in private bedroom, pull out couch (opens to a full-size bed suitable for kids) in the living room. Max Occupancy 4. Pets OK with additional deposit. Parking on the property for one vehicle included in rental rate. Additional parking can be arranged at a market rate per calendar day.

Vacation, relax and unwind at our waterfront inn with its beautiful, sun drenched, sandy private beach overlooking the warm tranquil waters of Nantucket Sound on Cape Cod in Harwich Port, MA. The Inn is centrally located on Cape Cod and is within an hours drive to Provincetown at the tip of the Cape to the East and Woods Hole/Falmouth to the SouthWest. Enjoy our pristine beach and, from your comfortable vantage point along the water’s edge, watch the sailboats racing in the weekly regattas from neighboring harbors. Try our quaint beachfront Inn. It has been the destination for many families over the years who are looking for a low key beach vacation to escape their hectic day to day schedules. 2021 Weekly Rental: Book 6 nights, get the 7th night free With a six night stay we are happy to offer you an extra night Free during the 2021 season: April 15th to Nov 1st 2021. Discounts cannot be combined. All 7 nights must be consecutive.




Barnstable County, MA, USA

Make yourself comfortable in our lovely studio apartment, with a full-sized bed, private bath with a shower that includes a New York-style kitchenette. This charming studio sits on Woods Hole Road on the ground floor of an 1830's Farmhouse, overlooking Little Harbor. The living room has a couch that pulls out to a twin bed. The living room also has a small table and chairs, plus the television with free cable and wifi. This cozy space is a close 6-minute walk to all of the shops and restaurants of Woods Hole, two beaches, and the Steamship Authority Martha's Vineyard ferry.

The Old Manse Inn, an antique sea captains manor located in the heart of historic Brewster, MA, Cape Cod…the “Sea Captain’s town.”

This Chatham, MA bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Massachusetts. Enjoy Complimentary Full Breakfast, and Daily Housekeeping, and Concierge Services. Our bnb in Chatham provides Indulge in first-class Spa Services and the Evening Port and Sherry Offering without sacrificing quality or service. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next romantic escape in Chatham, Massachusetts

Handkerchief Shoals Inn offers clean and comfortable Cape Cod Lodging. And Harwich and Chatham offer some of the best options for a fun and memorable stay on Cape Cod! Swim or sun yourself on one of our many beaches. Catch that fish, rent a boat or even rent a canoe. Visit our fine antique and gift shops, galleries and museums. And Handkerchief Shoals on Cape Cod is happy to have your pet stay with us in one of our Pet Friendly guestrooms!

Immerse yourself in luxury at the Bursley Manor, an old dairy farmhouse built circa 1670 in the quiet and peaceful village of West Barnstable in Cape Cod. Traditional American craftsmanship and hospitality makes The Bursley Manor a truly special place.

Awaken to the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee, sizzling bacon, one of our many delightful pastry items, and a different entrée every day. View the gardens on our brick patio or from the indoor dining area, while enjoying your first meal of the day. After a full Cape Cod day of exploring, bicycling, swimming, and shopping, end your afternoon with a visit to the new Spa and remove any tensions that you brought to the Cape with a massage, swim or workout. Book your date and time when you make your room reservations, or enjoy a moment in nature in the gazebo. Enjoy your vacation to the fullest at The Whalewalk Inn & Spa.

This Harwich, MA bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Massachusetts. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next getaway in Harwich, MA.

This Provincetown, MA bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Massachusetts. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast, and individual climate control, including air conditioning and heating, and private bathroom with shower.Our bnb in Provincetown provides solar-heated pool, available seasonally and the indoor Jacuzzi and sauna that operates year-round without sacrificing quality or service. Book your stay today!Click our link above to Book Direct for your next romantic escape in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Enjoy Cape Cod in a new and refreshing light. We combine timeless details of this historic area with a modern twist and just a short stroll from the beach. Parker Beach Lodge is your perfect New England beach getaway.

Nearby Properties

The Colonial Inn is a gorgeous Cape Ann bed & breakfast in charming Gloucester, Massachusetts. The grand Georgian-style home was built in the 1850s, and features 8 comfortable & cozy guestrooms. It's just a two-block stroll to Niles Beach, and Rocky Neck Art Colony, the oldest active art colony in the country, is also nearby. Other local attractions include the Gloucester Stage Company, and numerous fine restaurants and shops.

A stay at the Bertram Inn, a premier bed and breakfast, in Brookline, MA offers one the opportunity to step back into another era. Situated a couple of miles from the the city center and one block from public transportation, guests can stay close to the cultural and business centers of Boston yet return to the tranquility and privacy of a bed and breakfast.

The Delano Homestead Bed & Breakfast in Fairhaven, Massachusetts is a historic New England inn just a short walk from the beach, fishing piers, parks, restaurants, and shops. Once the residence of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's family, the B&B is now an elegant lodging option great for special events, business travel, and weekend getaways. We offer 3 charming rooms with private baths.

A Beach House Oceanfront is a unique Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Enjoy the casual elegance of this charmingly decorated home, featuring panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay and the land beyond. This oceanfront Bed and Breakfast (the only one in Plymouth) features three bright, comfortable rooms and gourmet breakfast prepared by a professional chef.

Brimblecomb Hill Bed & Breakfast in Marblehead, Massachusetts, is a lovingly restored antique home. Marblehead Harbor and various beaches and parks are within an easy 5-minute stroll. Brimblecomb is the perfect getaway no matter the occasion - romance, girlfriends getaways, you name it. We offer 3 charming rooms - two share a bath while one has a private bath. The quaint town of Marblehead offers galleries, shops, and fine eateries.

This Portsmouth, RI bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Rhode Island. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next getaway in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Located in the heart of Cambridge, walking minutes from Harvard Square and the T, Parkside Bed and Breakfast welcomes guests whether visiting for business, school, family get-together, or weekend getaway. Explore the attractions of Harvard Square and Boston including the theater, concerts, historic points of interest and scenic walks along the Charles River. Parkside's guest suites offer private baths, traveler and business amenities and pleasant views from the rooms.

Just a 1 minute walk to Harvard Square & Subway to MIT, TUFTS and Downtown Boston. A Friendly Inn at Harvard is the intelligent choice for those who want their brains stimulated and not their wallets.

A Lady Winette Bed & Breakfast Cottage is in a quaint seacoast town 17 miles north of Boston. We feature a charming cottage, with harbor views from a private deck and front porch overlooking picturesque Marblehead Harbor.

Century House is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Historic Nantucket, MA. We are very close to a lot of shopping, restaurants and beaches. Discover the Freedoms of Nantucket! Top 5 Eastern US Summer Destinations" forbes.com (2005)"

Our romantic hotel in Marblehead, MA offers quick access to the harbor, shops and galleries, historic homes, and a variety of restaurants. Tour our beautiful rooms by clicking on the different styles to see the variety and quality of our accommodations. All of our room rates include a full breakfast buffet each morning for two and free onsite parking. To make your stay more special, you can preorder a bottle of wine from our premium wine list or fresh flowers to be in your room upon arrival. We can also prearrange a single or couple’s massage in your room, for a getaway to remember.

At the Brass Lantern Inn, you will experience traditional Nantucket hospitality in a classic setting. Our Nantucket bed and breakfast is perfectly located in the Old Historic District on cobblestone North Water Street, just a short walk from the ferry terminals, the Whaling Museum, and the restaurants and shops of Town. Exceptional Nantucket lodging awaits with 17 completely renovated rooms, you will enjoy your Nantucket holiday in a fresh, up-to-date setting – with a soothing decor and style that is uniquely ‘Nantucket’.

Elegant accommodations and turn-of-the-century grandeur are combined at A Cambridge Hotel Inn Bed & Breakfast to provide you with all the modern hotel conveniences you've come to expect. The inn’s perfect location is just minutes from Harvard Square and the Red Line subway to Boston.

Located in one of Salem's historic districts, two blocks from the harbor.

Located in the stylish South End adjacent to restaurant row, the Clarendon Square Bed and Beverage is really a small boutique hotel in Downtown Boston MA. Our 1860's historic property allows you to experience life as a true Bostonian by living in a classic six-story townhouse. Our property is Victorian, but our style, service and knowledge are all contemporary. You will find comfort in spacious and well appointed guest rooms that offer a unique view into Boston architecture and life. Our owner is a true local and descendant of Mayflower passenger Stephens. We knowledgeable of current happenings and happy to help you choose the best restaurants, museums or other experiences during your time with us. Clarendon Square is perfect for those who have not been to Boston before while many return to us year after year to celebrate birthdays, engagements or anniversaries. It is also a popular choice for business travelers who are looking for an intimate and unique setting separate from a large hotel. The property has Frette' sheets, towels and bathrobes, along with all new marble and tile bathrooms in 2021. You will not want to miss the very memorable roof-top hot tub with Boston skyline views. We thing the perfect stay in Boston is 4-5 nights, allowing time for museums, history and dining. We hope to see you soon.

Explore Bed and Breakfasts in Cape Cod

Sticking out into the ocean from the Massachusetts mainland like an exaggerated leprechaun boot, the Cape Cod National Seashore was still a couple centuries away from existing as a sanctuary for vacationers after the first pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. In those days people had other more pressing priorities than vacationing – they were trying to eke out a living while forging the foundation of a new nation. Over time, however, descendants of the early settlers recognized the great potential the New England coast possessed in its bountiful seafood, whaling enterprises, and the commercial interests that supported these industries.

Once a measure of stability was realized, culturally and economically, those with the time and financial resources began looking for places to build a new home, a second home, or spend time at the seashore pursuing other activities besides work. It was these early homes, these restaurants, and hotels that set the stage for the leisurely bed and breakfast inn to take hold.

There are endless choices for bed and breakfast inns across this historic region. Many inns are located on the waterfront at the shore or close to an inlet. Thousands more exist blocks or miles inland, each with their unique style, history, menus, and amenities. Some are classic New England and have been around for a century or more. Others have a modern sheen to them with the latest in design and décor. And still others have experienced one or more renovations to keep up with the times.

Working your way out from the mainland, Falmouth is located at the “heel” of the boot, Chatham is midway around the boot, almost peninsular in its isolation, and Provincetown at the very tip of the boot, curling back on itself to produce a rather perfectly-formed bay. Race Point Beach is located at the apex of the curl and faces the Atlantic Ocean.

There are many outstanding points of interest between these three towns and plenty of B&Bs from which to choose. Being almost equidistant from one another, these seafaring beach communities are large enough to provide all the necessities of modern-day life while still small enough to maintain their historic charm.

    Things to Do

  • When the weather goes south and a day at the beach is out of the question, there are many exciting alternatives. At the top of many sightseeing lists are the Cape Cod lighthouses (a ‘Light’ in local parlance). At last count there were 14 of them so you’ll be at it a while if you plan on seeing each of them.

    Popular pinnacles to check out are Race Point Light at the tip of Provincetown and the northern-most on the Cape. Initially built in 1816, the current house was constructed in 1846 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is a bit of effort involved in reaching it, requiring either a 45-minute walk on the beach or renting a 4-wheel drive. Inquire about an overnight stay and enjoy the ultimate payoff for your determination.

    Nauset Light is a popular destination in Eastham and is accessible by private tour. Now a fully-automated navigation aid, it was originally built in 1877. This eastern-most lighthouse is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

    When you’re up for a good long walk or bike ride, spend a day on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Stretching just over 25 miles in length, it’s a splendid way to see the Cape from a different vantage point. It’s paved and courses through many of the villages and towns, so there’s ample opportunity to stop for breaks.

    The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is another destination to be added to your must-see list. Re-discover the life and influence this dynamic statesman brought to our nation before being tragically cut short. The Kennedy clan is on full display through lectures, interpretive exhibits, and historical documentaries.

    Want to see where America got its start? Head over to the mainland and up the coast just a bit to Plymouth, as in Rock. Come and see the spot where the pilgrims landed in the New World and began the experiment that would become the greatest nation on earth.

    If you’re looking for a place to call home for the summer, Sea Captain’s Row in Hyannis may be the perfect spot. Just minutes from main highway US 6, you’re in the heart of Cape Cod where everything to do and see is a short drive away.

  • History

  • By the mid-18th century and after decades of relentless pursuit, the whaling industry was coming to a close as the behemoth’s numbers began to fade. The towns and villages of Cape Cod’s peninsula that had depended on the cetacean’s perceived endless numbers were struggling to survive and needed a new source of commerce.

    In 1848 the first train service began operating between Boston and Sandwich. Piece by piece, the rail line completed its path to Provincetown by 1873. Tourism was here to stay, but much more had to be developed in the way of infrastructure to handle the demands of a fast-growing industry.

    By 1930 when three bridges were completed (two for auto traffic, one for rail), the tourist deluge was underway. It grew again in the 1950s with the construction of the Mid Cape Highway (US 6A). With transportation arteries now operating at full capacity, it wasn’t long before the small towns that were formerly somewhat isolated began to explode with new homes, new businesses, and thriving commercial interests.

    Wealthy business owners from Boston and New York in the post-war years built vacation homes on the Cape at a feverish pace. Inns, restaurants, and hotels flourished. Even those who didn’t have the resources for a second home by the sea could at least enjoy a break from city life by renting beachside lodging.

  • Activities

  • Surrounded on three sides by the sea, Cape Cod and its towns and villages are a veritable playground. Swimming, boating, water skiing, para-sailing, and deep-sea fishing are just the beginning of a long list of ways to take in the sand and surf. Laze on the beach and soak in the sun, or hang out on the boardwalk for some people-watching.

    For those interested in whale watching, Hyannis is the place to go for a tour that is sure to introduce you to these gentle leviathans. Harwich has three harbors and will provide plenty of photo ops for that classic harbor scene. Both small port towns are located on the south side of the Cape peninsula. Animal lovers will want to check out Yarmouth Port, home of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), one of the largest animal welfare charities in the world. Yarmouth and its neighbor to the west, Barnstable, are on the north side and a bit more inland.

    Museum enthusiasts will want to find their way to Brewster to check out the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Located just west of town, it’s an exciting display of marine life that also features the art of beekeeping, a butterfly house, and the Mudflat Mania. Perfect for kids of all ages!

    Whether you arrived at Cape Cod by plane, train, or automobile, add the adventure of a ferry ride and head over to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Island for the day. Martha’s Vineyard is just a short hop while the float to Nantucket can take up to two and a half hours. It’s a great way to relax and get to see the sea up close and personal. There’s also an express ferry to Nantucket that will get you there in an hour.

  • Natural Features

  • With the exception of Cape Hatteras National Seashore off the coast of North Carolina, there is probably no piece of land on the whole eastern seaboard that is as exposed to the elements of the open ocean while still being influenced by landmass weather.

    After the beaches, dunes, and surf of the coastal areas, which are an endless source of fascination all by themselves, perhaps the most well-known feature in the area is Woods Hole. Usually, a geographic “hole” refers to a valley or open terrain surrounded by mountain peaks. The maritime version describes a strait or navigable waterway between two pieces of land. In this case, it is the channel of water that separates the southwestern-most point of Cape Cod (Falmouth) from the Elizabeth Islands.

    There is nothing remarkable or unusual about this strait other than the fact that it is home to the world-renown Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Marine scientists the world overcome to this venerable research center to learn, lecture, and further their science of the seas.

    A visit to Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary makes for a day of discovery with its walking trails, wildlife viewing, and tidal flats. Arrive early in the day for captivating light that enhances the beauty of the salt marshes—also an excellent spot for sunset watching.

    White Cedar Swamp is an easy stroll for all ages where you can experience a different kind of beauty, albeit tree-covered and quiet. During the hot summer months, the shade keeps things cool but bring the insect repellant – it is the swamp!

  • Weather

  • Because Cape Cod is a peninsula projecting into the middle of the ocean, you can expect the weather to be consistent throughout the year. However, it is susceptible to sudden thunderstorms from the mainland or the rogue system coming in from the sea. Expect breezy and humid with a significant salty composition. Overall though, owing to the proximity to the Gulf Stream, you can expect warm to mild temperatures throughout spring, summer, and fall.

    Summer highs are tempered with the cooling sea breezes with July being the hottest month of the year and June being the driest. Winters are typically frigid, wet, and very windy, making it uncomfortable to be outside for any length of time. Annually, temperatures usually range from lows in the mid-20s Fahrenheit to highs in the low 80s. Rarely do the extremes run below 15 degrees F, or higher than 85 degrees F.

    It pays to maintain weather vigilance all year round as low-pressure systems and hurricanes that pummel the southeast and Mid-Atlantic states often continue wreaking havoc up the seaboard to the New England coast. And don’t be caught off guard during the spring and autumn shoulder seasons as powerful storms can roll in from the North Atlantic at any time.

  • Food and Drink

  • Cape Cod’s dining scene has forever centered around seafood such as fried clams, grilled lobster, and a heaping pile of side fixings all washed down with sweet tea or a cold beer. Menus today are much more upscale and diverse. Although the old staples are present on every menu worth its salt on the Cape, high-end plates that represent the best cuisine available are just as prevalent now and can be pricey.

    Raw bars offering fresh locally-sourced oysters are always popular. And mid-summer, keep an eye out for grilled fish specials with a side of garlicky steamed mussels. A favorite for the non-New Englander is the “lazy man’s lobster,” that is, lobster prized from the shell, grilled or steamed with spices, and then loosely returned to the shell for presentation.

    Another favorite of  “in-landers” and locals as well is, of course, New England clam chowder. Enjoyed as an appetizer or as part of the main meal, this creamy white broth served with clams and potatoes is a meal all of its own.

    In addition to the customary selection of beers on tap and bottled, try the local Cape Cod Beer Red or IPA offerings. Over a dozen seasonal brews round out the menu and will go with any grilled or steamed dish. From clam shack and a cold beer at lunchtime to a high-end Boston-style bistro and a fine white wine for dinner, you’ll always have the fresh bounty of the sea to make the meal a special one.

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast FAQ

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  • Why stay at a bed & breakfast in Cape Cod?

    For decades the Cape Cod bed and breakfast scene remained somewhat of a cottage industry and bit sleepy, if comfortable in its own skin. Many still offer this downbeat ambiance as a selling point. But new money and a more refined business approach often drive today’s havens of upscale hospitality. Boutique guest rooms are sanctuaries in their own right at high-end B&Bs, while some even offer a carriage house for a unique experience.

    The B&B innkeepers go the extra mile to ensure all the modern amenities, and then some, are included in your stay. And for good reason – the bed & breakfast market is a competitive one. Although hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the area each summer, innkeepers do all they can to make their properties as inviting as possible. Naturally, the guests benefit.

  • What type of amenities can I expect when booking a Cape Cod bed and breakfast?

    Staples of your B&B stay will run the gamut from comfortable beds and spacious rooms in some of the newer properties to a cozier feel in some of the more historic inns. Many feature private baths and rain-style outdoor showers where the finest linens, towels, robes, bath & body, and spa products are de rigueur. Of course, the prerequisite air conditioning is a must to chase off the ever-present humidity. Some inns will offer a full breakfast menu, while others include a continental breakfast with your stay.

    While the Cape’s B&Bs are never far from the shore, for the ultimate romantic getaway, book a seaside inn. You’re sure to capture a lifetime of memories with classic views of the seashore and all it has to offer.

    Free wifi, free parking, and other amenities are included at many of the inns. However, it’s always a good idea to confirm before check-in which ones offer free versus paid add-ons so there are no surprises at checkout. Parking is one item to double-check due to space limitations at many seaside properties.

  • How can I get around Cape Cod?

    Whether you’ve arrived from Boston and/or the mainland by car, or flown into one of the private airfields, getting around by car is usually the best option. FLEX bus lines and Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway serve various segments of the peninsula from Provincetown (Outer Cape) to Hyannis to Boston and points in between.

    Speaking of Provincetown, Commercial Street is the place to be to see all that a vibrant seaside town has to offer. From bars to bistros and art galleries to specialty cafes, there is plenty of action and activities for everyone to enjoy. Your visit to the Cape isn’t complete until you’ve hit P’town!

    If you choose to drive, Route 6A runs the length of the peninsula from Provincetown all the way to the mainland as it winds its way through some of the oldest villages in America. This drive can make for a grand day as you frequently catch glimpses of the bays and inlets between tree-shaded sections of The Old King’s Highway.

    If your chosen B&B is within walking distance of town, you might decide to rent a scooter, maybe a bike, or walk and save the hassle of finding parking during the crowded summer months. It’s also an excellent way to see the sights often missed when driving. Also, check with the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce for car-free options of getting around.

  • What are the different types of B&Bs in Cape Cod?

    A vacation at a Cape Cod bed and breakfast on the beach is one of those bucket list items. Classic seaside scenery, salty tang in the humid breeze, and somebody somewhere close is grilling lobster! Does it get any better?

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    Depending on your taste and whether you are looking for a pet-friendly bed and breakfast in Cape Cod or something that caters to kids, adults-only, or inns for the disabled, there is an endless number of choices sure to meet your need.

    Woods Hole Inn is in the heart of this end-of-isle village and a short walk from the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry. Check out the free aquarium and the submarine that first explored the wreck of the Titanic. Another Falmouth favorite is the romantic Palmer House Inn. The owner built this lovely getaway as a gift for his bride in 1901! Dating even further back to 1699, Ashley Manor is the classic Cape Cod inn but with all the modern comforts.

    Brewster is home to the delightfully-named Candleberry Inn, central to Cape Cod and close to everything. Inn on the Beach in Harwich says it all. Arrive, forget about life’s demands, and revel in the beautiful beaches just steps from your room.

    Two of the best bed and breakfast Cape Cod has to offer are the Lamb and Lion Inn in Barnstable and Captain’s House Inn in Chatham. Lion Head Inn has operated for 70 years and has the feel of a small, luxury hotel. Captain’s House Inn is the perfect setting to experience quintessential Cape Cod hospitality.

    Travelers choose B&B lodgings for many reasons besides host-friendliness and charming interior. Romantic Cape Cod bed and breakfast inns are really quite plentiful. The stunning sunsets, beaches built for long walks, and a hot tub by the fireplace are already here. The scene is set - we invite you to bring the spark!