The Inn at Cape Cod
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The Inn at Cape Cod is a romantic Bed & Breakfast Inn providing personal service in elegant surroundings. This former mansion was built in 1830 by Joshua Sears as a wedding present for his wife Phoebe, and is now a Nationally Registered Historic Landmark, with its grand white columns and Greek Revival architecture. The inn has nine luxurious guest rooms and suites, all furnished with antiques, each with private bath, A/C, cable TV and secure WiFi internet access. Several guest rooms, plus the drawing and dining rooms have beautiful working fireplaces to relax or take afternoon tea in front of. The inn's village location means that it is only a short stroll to fine restaurants and shops, and there is also a fresh water beach just a few minutes walk away. It is perfectly placed for island ferries, beaches, museums, nature trails and antique or specialty shopping.
The Inn at Cape Cod is the perfect setting for romantic getaways, honeymoons, anniversaries, birthday celebrations or simply a relaxing break to recharge your batteries. Call today to chat over your requirements, and we shall help you plan your next Cape Cod visit at our very special and most welcoming Inn at Cape Cod.
Breakfast is a Grand Affair at the Inn at Cape Cod.
This magnificent bed and breakfast is close to beaches, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard ferries, golf, boating, entertainment, museums, galleries and antique shopping! Yarmouthport and the surrounding towns of Barnstable, Hyannis, Dennis and nearby towns of Chatham and Provincetown are filled with Cape Cod's finest shopping and more to make this Cape Cod vacation your best yet!
The Inn at Cape Cod is set on over 2 lush acres, abutting 250 acres of conservation land and 50 acres of hiking trails. The Inn is located appropriately on Summer Street off of Historic Route 6A in Yarmouth Port. The Inn at Cape Cod is within walking distance to beaches, hiking trails, galleries, museums, antique stores, gift shops, spectacular restaurants and more! Enjoy a day of golf or biking on one of the many bike paths that cover the Cape. Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard ferries are only 4 miles away. Centrally located, directly in the middle of the Cape's "arm", a day trip to Provincetown, Chatham or historic Sandwich is all within your reach.
There are numerous historic points of interest, museums, antique shops and galleries all within walking distance from the Inn. Visit the The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth for a complete list of historical landmarks and calendar of events! hanks again for everyone’s assistance!
Come join us in the parlor in front of the hearth or out on the veranda on one of our oversized wicker rockers for a cup of tea, scones and cookies just as they did centuries before. Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of this stately mansion and the charming historic district that surrounds us.
Whether you're returning to the Cape or it's your very first visit, Mike and Helen look forward to being your personal concierge and can help you plan your vacation so you see all the best that Cape Cod has to offer!
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Mike and Helen Cassels for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Our inn looks like a mini White House in very beautiful landscaped grounds – it makes them feel special to stay here.
What are you best known for?
Luxurious interior, great personal service and breakfasts to die for, as the guests say!
What makes your inn unique?
The Antebellum architecture in New England.
What do you love most about your inn?
How it looks and its location in historic Yarmouth Port.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
How history and nature are beautifully balanced here.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The Edward Gorey House.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
One day touring Cape Cod, half a day exploring Yarmouth Port, half a day whale-watching, one day either on Nantucket or at Martha's Vineyard.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Three top class restaurants, ice cream parlor and cafes, nature trails, beach, lake, history, museumsand local shops.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Old Yarmouth Inn within walking distance, and Ocean House restaurant, a 15 minute drive from here.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Kim Grant and Cape Cod Travel Guides.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
No, but Lamb & Lion Inn in Barnstable does accept small dogs.
Breakfast at the Inn at Cape Cod is quite an event. All the ingredients are personally selected by Helen, and only the freshest produce is used.
We offer a multi-course “fusion” breakfast, which changes daily – our sample menu gives you an idea of what we serve. We are always happy to accommodate special dietary needs, so please don’t be afraid to mention them to us. Our chef brings to the table an understanding of English, Australian and French cuisine, and with an American influence she creates a unique “fusion” menu. And guests love it!
Selected fine coffees and teas
Your choice of fresh fruit juices
Baked pear with raspberry coulis and fresh strawberries
Home-made cranberry granola
Marmalade and blueberry pancakes and crispy bacon served with real maple syrup
Carrot and walnut muffins
Breakfast is graciously served in our bright, sunny morning room, which overlooks the gardens, and on fine mornings you can choose to eat outside on the shady terrace. Some guests just sit quietly outside for a while before breakfast, listening to the birds, with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and the newspaper. We know you’ll love our Cape Cod Bed Breakfast!
Take a break out of your Cape Cod holiday, and sit for a while on the terrace or in front of the fire, recharging your batteries with fresh home-made treats and refreshments.
“To partake of a hearty breakfast is to bring joy to one’s soul and fuel to one’s earthly being.” Charles Dickens”Your breakfasts were to die for! So tasty, so well presented, we ate up every morsel!!” Tom & Pat, New York
Here are a few of our favorite ideas of what to do during your stay at our Cape Cod inn:
- A sunset stroll on the magnificent boardwalk which heads out into the Bay at our local Gray’s Beach. The views are stunning from this tranquil nature-lovers haunt. In the spring you may be lucky enough to see the ospreys perched on their nest, and even get a glimpse of the chicks.
- A short walk before breakfast, down our historic, leafy Summer Street, to the beach at Dennis Pond. You may choose to take a cool refreshing dip before returning to the inviting aromas of Helen’s breakfast.
- Take the afternoon whale-watching trip from Barnstable Harbor, a 10 minute drive from the inn, and return to watch the sun set over the Harbor from the deck of the Mattakeese Wharf restaurant, sipping your favorite pre-dinner cocktail.
- Follow the nature trails which abut the grounds of the inn, visiting historic Kelley’s Chapel and Gorham Cobblers Shop en route. Take a well-earned rest over lunch in the tavern of the Old Yarmouth Inn. Afterwards, a five minute walk will take you to the Edward Gorey House and Museum and Captain Bangs Hallet’s House. Complete your afternoon with a visit to Parnassus Book Store, which is right across the street from the inn. There you will find an Aladdin’s Cave of literary treasures to keep you fascinated for hours.
Drive east on the Old King’s Highway to Orleans, taking time to stop at Brewster General Store. As you head up towards Provincetown visit the National Seashore and Visitor’s Center. A few miles further north take a detour to Wellfleet village and harbor. After a walk on the magnificent unspoilt beach treat yourself to lunch at the Wellfleet Bookstore. Sample their much acclaimed oysters and seafood, while looking out over the Bay from your table on the terrace.
- Fly to the island of Nantucket from our local airport, just 10 minutes away, and enjoy stunning views of Cape Cod and the Islands. Spend time exploring the historic cobbled streets and quaint stores of downtown Nantucket before having lunch at The Brotherhood of Thieves restaurant. After lunch relax on the wharf and watch the world go by. An excellent addition to your Cape Cod travels.
- Take in a little salt air while exploring the back streets of Yarmouth Port, which lead down to the Bay. Follow Thacher Shore Road to the bridge, and then wander back along the King’s Highway, visiting the local art galleries, antique and specialty stores on the way.
- Take the early ferry from Hyannis, just 10 minutes away, to Martha’s Vineyard for the day (we’ll pack you an Inn at Cape Cod ”to go” breakfast to enjoy on board). Explore the island’s charming towns by moped, bike or rental car, or simply relax on one of the many beaches.
- Take an afternoon drive to the Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Bone Hill Road, Barnstable, which is only 1.5 miles from the inn. Follow the grassy trails, passing by buttonbush swamp, salt marsh, ponds and other habitats which make this 110 acre sanctuary a haven for many species of wildlife. The trail ends with spectacular views over Barnstable Harbor.
Here are a few of our favorite restaurants – from fine dining to light casual eating, starting with the five in the village:
Within a short walk:Old Yarmouth Inn (508-362-9962) – Amongst the best dining on the Cape, and you can choose between the Tavern or one of the delightful dining rooms. An exceptional dining event with an extensive and carefully chosen award-winning wine cellar. Not to be missed, and all this right next door to us!Lyric (774-330-0000) – Contemporary cuisine in contemporary surroundings. Piano/jazz some evenings, and just half a mile from the inn. In its second season, and very popular with the local community, including ourselves.Inaho (508-362-5522) – Fine Japanese cuisine with a reputation to match. Wonderful atmosphere with sushi bar, inventive makis and excellent sake choices. Only 200 yards from us.Jack’s Outback II (508-362-6690) – Grab a bite here at lunch time with the locals in a friendly ambience. A tasty menu with attentive service.Optimist Café (508-362-1024) – Good food in quirky and charming surroundings. An attractive light lunch menu, or afternoon tea.Only 200 yards from usHallet’s Store (508-362-3362) – A treat not to be missed during your stay. The yummiest home-made ice cream and frappes in charming historic surroundings. Check out Charlie and the bear! Get Charlie talking about the 150 years of this family business.
Within 10-20 minutes drive:Mattakeese Wharf (508-362-4511) – Spectacular sunsets and glorious harbor views from this great family waterfront restaurant. High quality seafood dishes with a warm and friendly welcome – try the lobster pie for a real treat. A Cape Cod experience not to be missed.Ocean House (508-394-0700) – Exquisite waterfront dining in sophisticated contemporary surroundings. Creative and inspired fusion cuisine and wonderful attention to detail make the Ocean House fine-dining to savour. One of our personal favourites. You may need to book early, often a day or so in advance during season. It is so worth it !Red Pheasant (508-385-2133) – Creative and classic cuisine in the charm of a 200 year-old barn. “Enchanting, intimate and delicious”, with an impressive wine cellar. Good to combine with a visit to the Cape Cod Playhouse.Blue Moon Bistro (508-385-7100) – Chef/owner Peter Hyde presents superb Mediterranean cuisine in an intimate atmosphere of comfortable sophistication. Outdoor dining in season.Chillingsworth (508-896-3640) – A Modern American multi-course menu served in the charm and elegance of a Colonial home. Also offers more casual dining in its Greenhouse Bistro.Brewster Fish House (508-896-7867) – Great seafood in a cozy setting – VERY popular so come early!Naked Oyster (508-778-6500) – A bistro-like environment with Raw Bar. Organic produce with fresh daily catch dishes, including Wellfleet oysters.Cape Cod Central Railroad (end March to end October) (508-771-3800) – An award-winning elegant dinner train. Unique dining entertainment while traveling through some beautiful scenery and glorious sunsets.Brazilian Grill (508-771-0109) - Great fun with the emphasis heavily on a variety of tasty spit-roasted meat. This is authentic Rodizzio from Brazil. Fixed price menu.Roadhouse Café (508-775-2386) – Live jazz on some evenings while you dine in a fantastic atmosphere. Several dining rooms if you prefer a quieter meal. Good food and friendly service.Centre Stage Café (508-385-7737) – In the grounds of the Cape playhouse. A light bite or dinner before or after the show.Sesuit Harbor Café (508-385-6134) – Another Cape Cod institution not to be missed. Choose a warm summer’s evening to dine al fresco while watching the very spectacular sunset as fishing boats come and go. BYO.Borsari Gallery & Tea Rooms (508-385-3434) – Enjoy traditional afternoon tea with cakes, sandwiches, and even scones with Devon clotted cream, all in a wonderfully restored historic barn. Also home to the Borsari Gallery, with great ambience and beautiful, evocative art-work.
Further afield:Twenty-eight Atlantic (800-225-7125) - European style sophistication in a waterfront location overlooking Pleasant Bay, Chef Bill Brodsky creates a distinctive menu with native & seasonal ingredients. Highly recommended for a special occasion.Chatham Bars Inn (800-527-4884) – Good food, service and magnificent ocean views, in colonial setting.Wellfleet Bookstore & Restaurant (508-349-3154) – A seafood cafe overlooking Wellfleet Bay. Sit upstairs if you can with your dozen Wellfleet oysters, some say the best they’ve ever tasted! Not to be missed.
Beaches:Cape Cod is renowned for some of the finest beaches in the world, including the unspoilt 40 miles of beach of the Cape Cod National Seashore. We have some beautiful beaches within minutes of the inn and the following are just a few of these:
- Dennis Pond is a fresh-water lake in a beautiful setting, and has a fine sandy beach with lifeguard (in season), and clear warm water. It is only a 5 minute walk along our leafy Summer Street.
- Grays Beach is our nearest salt-water beach with its magnificent boardwalk stretching out into the Bay. It is a nature lovers paradise, and the sunsets from here are not to be missed.
- Dennis Beaches are within 10 minutes drive. They comprise Chapins, Mayflower, Corporation and Howes Street beaches. They are all very pretty and ideal for swimming.
- Atlantic Ocean Beaches are on the south side of the Cape, and many are within 20 minutes drive. They are typically steeply sloping and straighter beaches, with more surf.
Nature preserves and trails:
- International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) – Mike & Helen are delighted to have IFAW’s international headquarters just a mile away at the other end of Summer Street, and hope that guests will take the time to visit their new Visitor’s Center to appreciate the incredible work IFAW does around the world.
- Historical Society of Yarmouth Nature Trails ramble through 100 acres of nature preserve, and adjoin the grounds of the inn. You may follow them down to Dennis Pond.
- Massachusetts Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary: Trails with spectacular views of Barnstable Harbor, and is only 1.5 miles from the inn.
- Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has miles of salt marsh, sandy beach, pine woodland, fresh water pond, and rare heathland attracting a wide array of wildlife, especially songbirds and shorebirds. There are scenic trails and a beautiful butterfly and hummingbird garden.
- Cape Cod’s Natural History Museum, Brewster, has many fascinating exhibits and offers educational workshops on nature’s ecosystems. There are also many trails to explore.
- Cape Cod National Seashore comprises 43,557 acres on Outer Cape Cod. There are fine ocean beaches, historic landmarks, nature trails and two Visitor’s Centers with exhibits.
- Nickerson State Park has woodland, trails and eight crystal clear fresh water ponds. You can hike, bike, canoe, swim and birdwatch.
- Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge provides important nesting and feeding habitat for migratory birds. It has an amazing diversity of wildlife and plant species.
Bike Trails and Rentals:
- Cape Cod Rail Trail: 26 miles of paved surface with relatively few hills. A tapestry of cranberry bogs, pine groves and ocean views.
- Chatham Bike Trail: an 8-mile extension of the Rail Trail.
- Nickerson State Park: a further 8 miles of trail connected to the Rail Trail.
- Bike Rentals:
- Cape Cod Rail Trail Bike & Blade (508-896-8200)
- Barbara’s Bike & Sport Equipment (508-760-4723)
Kayaking:There are a number of guided and self-guided tours, as well as kayak rentals, available at many locations on Cape Cod. These are some of them:
- Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures (508-240-1211)
- Bass River Cruises/Howie’s Kayaks (508-362-5555)
- Castaways Marine (508-255-7751)
Boating & Charter Fishing:
- Bass River Charters (508-737-3162)
- Cape Cod Sailing Charters (508-398-0638)
- Hyannis Marine (508-790-4000)
- A-1 Sportfishing – Malsie-B (508-362-9719)
- Aquarius Fishing Charters (508-362-9617)
- Blue Fish Charters (508-385-7265)
- Cape Cod Bay Charters (508-362-1249)
- Cape Cod Family Charters (508-776-0350)
Golf:Cape Cod has more golf courses located within half an hour’s drive of each other than any other US destination, with the exception of Myrtle Beach. The following are all within 15 minutes of the inn:
- Kings Way Golf Club (508-362-8870) Par 59
- Bass River Golf Course (508-398-7079) Par 72 Rating 69.3
- Bayberry Hills Golf Course (508-394-5597) Par 72 Rating 71.7
- Blue Rock Golf Course (508-398-9295) Par 54 Rating 56.4
- Dennis Highlands Golf Course (508-385-8347) Par 71 Rating 70.4
- Dennis Pines Golf Course (508-385-8347) Par 72 Rating 71.9
- Hyannis Golf Club (508-362-4551) Par 71 Rating 69.4
Shopping & Antiquing
Just a stroll from the inn is Peach Tree Designs (508-362-8317), an exquisitely presented upscale store offering high quality furnishings, accessories, lighting and gifts. This is a favorite haunt of ours and a highly recommended stop on your tour of Yarmouth Port Main Street. Indeed, several of the lovely accent pieces in the inn were purchased at Peach Tree Designs.Cape Cod Shopping Mall, which is only 10 minutes from the inn and Mashpee Commons are the two main areas to attract the serious shopper. Stores like Macy’s, Sears, Barnes & Noble and Banana Republic are represented… personal remark from Helen “Shoppers Heaven!” Also, on the Main Street of each Cape Cod town you will find quaint and fascinating stores to tempt you to dive into your pocketbook.
There are 5 antique shops in our local main street, just a few minutes walk away. These are:
- Town Crier Antiques
- Stem to Stern Estate Sales
- Lil-Bud Antiques
- Design Works
There are a further 7 antique shops within a 10 minute drive, which are:
- Antiques Center of Cape Cod
- Antiques Center of Yarmouth
- Audrey’s Antiques
- Antiques 608
- Curtis Leslie Antiques
- Laura’s Attic
- Village Peddlar Clock Shop
Theater, Music and Art
- Cape Cod Center for the Arts (508-385-3618)
- Cape Playhouse (877-385-3911) The legendary Cape Playhouse has been bringing professional Broadway actors to Cape Cod for 80 years. Often referred to as “The birthplace of the stars”. “Where Broadway goes to summer” New York Times!
- Cape Cinema (877-385-3911)
- The Melody Tent (781-383-9850) presents up to sixty top national and international performances each summer.
- The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Art GalleriesThe first two of the following art galleries are within a walk of the inn, and the remainder are within 10 minutes drive.
Museums and Historic Places
Yarmouth Port is one of the oldest settlements in New England, and its historic sites and museums are only a few minutes walk from the Inn at Cape Cod, which is itself listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 19th Century, the inn was known as the Sears Hotel, and was a stagecoach stop for travelers from Boston, Provincetown and Chatham.We invite you to experience the same warm hospitality that has been a tradition here for years, and explore other historic locations during your Cape Cod travel.
- The Edward Gorey House and Museum (508-362-3909) “A curiously delightful place about illustrated stories, animals and the man who loved them both”. The life and works of the late Edward Gorey, an American author, illustrator, and playwright are wonderfully preserved and celebrated in his former home. The home honors Gorey’s passion for animals, raising awareness about local and national animal welfare issues. This is quite simply an essential and heart-warming part of any visit to our inn.
- Captain Bangs Hallet House (508-362-3021) is the primary museum of the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth.
- Kelley Chapel
- Benjamin Gorham Cobblers Shop
- Thacher House
- Winslow Crocker House
- Parnassus Bookstore (508-362-6420)
- John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum (508-790-3077) is a multi-media exhibit designed to open a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod. The exhibits span 1934-1963.
- Cape Cod Museum of Art (508-385-4477) Enjoy the rich diversity of Cape Cod art, past and present.
- Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (508-896-3867) exhibits flora and fauna of Cape Cod, including whales, indigenous birds, crustaceans, fish and reptiles. There are also nature trails to explore.
- Cape Cod’s Maritime Museum (508-775-1723)
- Coast Guard Heritage Museum
- Daniel Davis House & Museum (508-362-2982)
- Heritage Museums & Gardens (508-888-3300) feature three distinctive museum buildings set within 100 acres of beautiful gardens: the JK Lilly III Automobile collection; the American History Museum; the Art Museum.
- Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution (508-289-2663) is the world’s largest non-profit oceanographic institute and welcomes visitors April thru December to its Ocean Science Exhibit Center. The Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the earth system.
The IslandsThe ferries and the airport for journeys to and from Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are only 10 minutes drive away.
Nantucket:Allow a minimum of half a day to enjoy the best parts of this wonderful island. A 14-minute scenic flight with breathtaking views of Cape Cod and the Islands is our favorite way of reaching beautiful Nantucket. Flights using Island Airlines are frequent, and the service is friendly (508-228-7575). The other fun way to get there is by fast ferry, which takes an hour:
- The Steamship Authority (508-495-3278)
- Hy-Line Cruises (508-228-3949)
Martha’s Vineyard:You should plan to leave before breakfast and allow yourself a full day to explore this interesting island gem. Unlike Nantucket, you will need a means of transport once on the island. You can use the good public transport, or rent a car, moped (FUN) or bike to get around. There is a fast ferry service from Hyannis which takes an hour:
- Hy-Line Cruises (508-778-2600)
- Or you can travel to Wood’s Hole (50 minutes from the inn) and take the 45-minute crossing. Please note that parking may be difficult in July and August. The Steamship Authority (508-477-8600)
Whale-Watching ExcursionsNo trip to the Cape is complete without seeing whales in their natural habitat. There are normally two 4-hour excursions a day April through October, from our local Barnstable Harbor, just 10 minutes from the inn.
- Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises (508-362-6088)
- Hyannis Harbor: Hy-Line Cruises (508-790-0696)
- Sunset cruises: Hyannis Whale Watch Cruises (508-362-6088)
- Cape Cod Central Railroad (508-771-3800) offer a variety of excursions, many combining excellent meals with glorious panoramas of the countryside and coastline between Hyannis and Bourne
- Cape Cod at your Service (508-775-5940) will customise your guided tour in a luxurious air-conditioned hi top van. Choose between full day, half day, or two-hour tours. Can include a fascinating “Kennedy Country” tour
- Once on Cape Cod take Rte 6 (towards Hyannis & Provincetown) to Exit 7.
- Turn Right off the ramp onto Willow Street.
- Go to the end of Willow Street (about one mile) then turn Right onto Rte 6a.
- Go for approximately half a mile, then turn Right onto Summer Street.
- The Inn is immediately on the left, enter by the second driveway.