Massachusetts is home to probably more quality lodging than anywhere else in the United States. The great thing about bed and breakfasts in Falmouth, MA, is you’re right smack in the middle of it. Big-city Boston is a short 1-hour drive away, but you also have the peace and solitude of Cape Cod National Seashore right up the scenic Highway 6A as well. Other world-class destinations such as Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard, and Plymouth are some of New England's most visited locations.
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.
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.
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.
<b>Inn on the Sound</b> is a Cape Cod oceanfront Bed & Breakfast The Inn sits 45 feet up on a bluff, with panoramic ocean and Martha’s Vineyard views. Just 70 miles south of Boston and one hour from Providence, the Inn is perfectly located for sightseeing throughout Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Newport and Plymouth.
The Captain Lawrence Inn is located at one of Cape Cod's most desirable addresses, a short walk from charming and historic Falmouth Village. The former estate home of a well known whaling captain, the Inn has been updated with a clean, Scandinavian design aesthetic. Come experience authentic Cape Cod, and relax and share in our casual, coastal beach vibe.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places this romantic Cape Cod bed & breakfast inn sits on a quiet lane in the peaceful village of West Falmouth, MA. The Beach Rose Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a convenient location for exploring Cape Cod and the Islands - an idyllic setting for the perfect getaway vacation.
The Seven Sea Street Inn is the perfect Nantucket Bed and Breakfast. With 11 elegant guest rooms you are sure to find your perfect getaway. Located a short walk from Main Street Historic District, and less than five minutes from Children's Beach, and Steamboat Wharf. Guests also enjoy visiting our Whaling Museum, or watching the waves break on the jetties at Brant Point and the Brant Point Lighthouse. Whether this is your first time to Nantucket Island or your first time to a Nantucket Inn the innkeeper at Seven Sea Street Inn is ready to welcome you. Amenities include free wi-fi, private baths, air conditioning, 600 count eco-friendly linens, and a continental breakfast served in your room or in our breakfast area. Highly rated on Tripadvisor and a member of the bnbfinder Diamond Collection. You are guaranteed to feel the heart of Nantucket experience! Check our website for updates on Massachusetts COVID-19 safe travel guidelines and our check-in procedures. Guests who book direct will also qualify for Ferry discounts to Nantucket!
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’.
Ashley Manor, circa 1699, is one of the most gracious estates on Historic Old King’s Highway, scenic Route 6A. The Inn is centrally located in the Historic Village of Barnstable minutes from Barnstable Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. The properties mid-cape location is just minutes away from the Hyannis Ferry for those day trips to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Rich in history, you’ll find the delightful village of Cape Cod easy to reach from Ashley Manor’s front door. For your visit to Cape Cod, Ashley Manor offers six spacious guest rooms from which to choose. Four luxury suites with wood-burning fireplaces, private en-suite baths and over sized Jacuzzi tubs. Additional suite features include individual ductless air and heat, HDTV and King or Queen sized beds. Two deluxe guest rooms offer en-suite baths and all of the traditional amenities. There is a private balcony for the exclusive use of the Phinney's Terrace room. The home was once believed to be a "safe house" during the Revolutionary War as well as one of 6 hotels to be a stop on the Underground Railroad. Today, Ashley Manor's 17th Century charm is carefully blended with modern luxury. It is no surprise that the New York Times called Ashley Manor, “One of the nicest on the Cape” and recently named 2021 B&B of the Year - Cape Cod by LUXlife magazine! Stay at Ashley Manor and indulge in a multi-course chef inspired gourmet breakfast each morning. During warm summer mornings, breakfast is served on the brick patio overlooking the spacious 2-acre park-like gardens. When the weather chills down, service moves inside to the formal dining room with glowing wood burning fireplace. Guests have full use of the onsite Tennis court with recently added Pickle ball lines.
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.
Cape Cod’s Best-Rated Boutique Hotel! Top 1% of Hotels in the World for Quality, Service, and Value (TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2019). Award-Winning, Adult’s Only Luxury Inn located in the heart of Cape Cod with easy access to all of the Cape. Everything is included in your rate, there are no hidden fees. Beach Access is a short walk or bike ride away. Complimentary bikes for Guest use - bike the Cape Cod Rail Trail! 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 live like a local, or just relax. Some rooms with private entrances.
Welcome to Gabriel’s, a Provincetown hotel, situated on the tip of Cape Cod, in the heart of Provincetown, Massachusetts. You'll enjoy being in close proximity to many activities and attractions like Bas Relief Park and the Pilgrim Monument Memorial Park. We are just steps from the bustle of Commercial Street, but our garden oasis offers total seclusion - the best of both worlds! We offer a variety of accommodations ranging from guest rooms, to suites, to spacious apartments. Children and pets are welcome for a nominal fee in selected rooms - please inquire. For over 30 years, Gabriel’s, a Provincetown hotel has offered a quiet oasis of luxury accommodations. Located in the heart of Provincetown, MA, this New England getaway is comprised of four beautiful historic buildings. Guests will enjoy the variety of spacious, elegantly appointed guest rooms, suites, and apartment units. There are also charming common areas to relax in, like the garden courtyard and sun decks. Located on the tip of Cape Cod Gabriel’s, a Provincetown hotel is nearby many seaside activities and attractions. Enjoy an afternoon sailing, swimming, or whale watching. There is an array of seafood restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, and cabarets to enjoy while visiting our charming hotel.
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. 2019 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 2019 season: April 15th to Nov 1st 2019. Discounts cannot be combined. All 7 nights must be consecutive.
A five minute walk from the Steamship Ferry and the harborside Village of Vineyard Haven is the Crocker House Inn. Relax on the wrap-around front porch sipping iced tea and eating scrumptious Crocker Chip Cookies. Enjoy the quiet of the residential neighborhood, only steps away from the shops, art galleries and restaurants of town. AAA three diamond award.
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There is a B&B just waiting for you that will act as your home away from home as you explore these historical places. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway to relax and unwind, a home base for a family reunion, or that unique wedding venue, there is no shortage of fabulous inns to suit your every desire.
From the maritime to the sublime, the diversity and extravagance available in every direction provide you with myriad options. In addition to the first-rate lodging available, there are more galleries, museums, historical venues, shops, and restaurants in Falmouth and the surrounding area than you can possibly get to in one visit. Great reason to come back again, yes?
Falmouth’s history stretches back to the late 1600s. The town takes its name from Falmouth, England, home of the first European explorer to arrive in the area. Industries that started out as small fishing and boat-building businesses evolved and grew into more substantial whaling and shipbuilding enterprises by the 1800s.
Other industries grew as well, such as harvesting salt from the seawater. And how amazing is this - the fertilizer trade was spawned from the droppings of Pacific island’s seabirds. All that dodo dung was shipped back to Woods Hole for processing. Seems like a long way to go for bird doo!
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 in the Falmouth area that depended on the cetacean’s perceived endless numbers were struggling to survive and needed a new commerce source.
As ships grew bigger, Falmouth needed a new port. Dredging operations began in the early 1900s to accommodate the larger vessels now delivering goods such as wool from the Falmouth Heights sheep farmers, glass, onions, and fertilizer to more distant ports farther up and down the east coast and beyond.
Eventually, wealthy business owners from Boston and New York built vacation homes on the Cape in the post-war years. 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.
Located on the “heel” of the Cape Cod boot-shaped peninsula, Falmouth is perfectly placed to provide endless summer activities such as swimming, boating, water skiing, para-sailing, and deep-sea fishing. These are just the beginning of a long list of ways to enjoy the beauty of the sand and surf. Laze on the beach and soak in the sun, or stroll 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. Animal lovers will want to check out Yarmouth Port, home of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), one of the world's largest animal welfare charities.
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 fascinating 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 qualifies as a real sea “voyage.” Ahoy Matey! There’s also an express ferry to Nantucket that will get you there in an hour.
Because Falmouth is on the doorstep of the ocean, you can expect the weather to be a bit milder during the winter months and a little cooler during the summer. Thunderstorms frequently arrive from the mainland or the rogue system coming in from the sea. Expect humid and breezy conditions year-round with a significantly salty composition.
Summer highs are tempered with the cooling sea breezes, with July being the hottest month of the year and June 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 or higher than 85.
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.
Except for Cape Hatteras National Seashore off the coast of North Carolina, there is probably no piece of land on the eastern seaboard 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 prominent feature in the area is Woods Hole, locally referred to as Woods Hole Passage. 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 at 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 and Science Aquarium. Marine scientists worldwide come to this venerable research center to learn, lecture, and further their science of the seas.
A visit to Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and White Cedar Swamp makes for a day of discovery with its easy 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. During the hot summer months, the shade keeps things cool but bring the insect repellant – it is the swamp!
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.
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, 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 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.
Falmouth’s dining scene has forever centered around seafood such as fried clams, grilled lobster, clam chowder, and a heaping pile of sides 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 across the Cape region, 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. Hey, anybody got an extra napkin!
The classic choice of landlubbers and locals as well is, of course, New England clam chowder. Enjoyed as an appetizer or as the main meal, this creamy white broth served with clams, potatoes, and spices is a meal all of its own.
In addition to the customary selection of beer on tap and bottled, try the local Naukabout or Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery. Choice seasonal brews round out the menu and will go with any grilled or steamed dish.
For wine lovers, the Cape Cod Winery in East Falmouth might become your next best friend. Located just three miles from the ocean, they offer nine different varieties to please your palette. 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.
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 choice. However, there are also mass transit options that serve various segments of the peninsula from Falmouth to Provincetown and points in between. Check with Cape Cod Transit Authority (CCRTA) for routes and fares. Catch a Whoosh trolley for a fun way to make the rounds and new friends too.
If you choose to drive, Route 6A runs the length of the peninsula from the mainland to Provincetown as it winds its way through some of the oldest villages in America. This drive can make for a grand day as you can 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 have a stroll 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.
Staples of your B&B stay will run the gamut from comfortable beds, spacious rooms, or a guest house in some of the newer properties to a cozier feel in some of the more historic inns within walking distance of Main Street. Those that welcome pets and private hot tubs in the guest rooms are increasingly in demand, and some will even host elopements.
Many feature private baths 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. And all necessary pre-cautions are being taken against the spread of covid.
While Falmouth’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 cancellations (with advance notice), 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. Free parking is one item to double-check due to space limitations at many seaside properties.
For decades the Falmouth bed and breakfast scene remained somewhat of a cottage industry and a 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 a short walk away from the main home.
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 and breakfast Falmouth 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.
A vacation at a Falmouth 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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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. How's that for some zing in your marriage?
Captain’s Manor Inn, located in Falmouth Village’s National Registry Historic District, and Inn on the Sound, which overlooks the sea with spectacular cliff side views just steps from your room, are billed as two of the best Falmouth bed and breakfast inns. And the 5-Star Frederick William House is a luxury boutique hotel that grants all your wishes in advance with their outstanding concierge service.