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High Pointe Inn

70 High Street, Barnstable, Massachusetts 02668
Innkeeper(s): Debbie & Rich Howard
  • Introduction

    High Pointe Inn, Barnstable MassachusettsCongratulations to High Pointe Inn for being selected as one of the 2013 "Top Ten Romantic Inns!"

    Set in a tranquil location about a mile from Cape Cod Bay and Sandy Neck Beach, the High Pointe Inn offers spacious deluxe ocean-view rooms and casually elegant garden suites with fireplaces and decks. A 75-foot deck runs the entire length of the Inn and provides a relaxing atmosphere for al fresco breakfast dining, afternoon sun bathing, or evening cocktails. All rooms are outfitted with queen beds, private en suite baths, complimentary WiFi access, individual controls for heat and AC, flat screen TVS and DVDs, CD players and music library, refrigerators, hairdryers, and luxurious amenities in the bath. Towels, totes, and chairs are provided to take to the beach.

    Delicious baked goods are served in the afternoon, along with 24-hour hot coffee and tea, and guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary after-cinner drink from the cordials bar in the evening.

    Guests choose breakfast entrees from an expansive menu or indulge in the daily blackboard special. The Innkeepers can assist with dinner reservations, ferry tickets to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, whale watching excursions, or just about anything you need help with to insure a perfect vacation.

    Just over an hour from Boston's Logan Airport, and an easy drive from New York City, the Inn is the ideal location to explore all of Cape Cod, Plimoth Plantation, and the mansions of Newport.

    Perfect in any season, we know the Inn will be the High Pointe of your New England vacation.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Debbie & Rich Howard for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We offer spacious, contemporary rooms with en suite baths; some with a view of Cape Cod Bay, others with private decks and fireplaces. We are located mid-Cape, with easy access to all that Cape Cod has to offer: close to beautiful beaches, great shopping, whale watching adventures, fine dining and great seafood restaurants for local lobster; the National Seashore; scenic Route 6A (the Old Kings Highway), and close to the ferries for a daytrip to the islands of Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are located in West Barnstable, just off scenic Route 6A, the Old Kings Highway, which has been designated as one of the top 10 most scenic byways in America. We also are located in one of the largest designated historic districts in America and home to Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises, Sandy Neck Beach (an 8 mile barrier beach), and the challenging Trail of Tears bike trail

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    We recommend that our guests take a whale watch cruise, which is truly an adventure of a lifetime; hike the trails through the dunes at Sandy Neck Beach; test their mountain biking skills on the Trail of Tears; visit Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, a Massachusetts Audubon facility, where they can walk the extensive nature trails or launch a kayak in Barnstable Harbor, or take an eco-tour of Barnstable Harbor

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Our guests are always impressed with our attention to detail. We try to anticipate our guest’s needs and provide a wealth of amenities and helpful information to insure that they have the best possible stay and enjoy the best of what Cape Cod has to offer, no matter what the season.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The wealth of things to see and do on Cape Cod, no matter what the season, and our close proximity to Boston, Plimouth Plantation, and the mansions of Newport, all easy day-trips from the High Pointe Inn for our guests on extended stays.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    We always recommend that our guests take a whale watch cruise out of Barnstable Harbor (just 15 minutes from the High Pointe Inn), which is truly an adventure of a lifetime; a daytrip to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard (off-shore islands); an eco-tour of Barnstable Harbor for viewing the unique ecosystem of the dunes of Sandy Neck (an 8-mile barrier beach) plus wonderful birding opportunities; a day at one of the beautiful National Seashore beaches; a visit to Heritage Plantation for exquisite gardens and lovely museums, including a fabulous classic car collection housed in an authentic Shaker Round Barn; walk the trails of the Natural History Museum in Brewster to spot the ospreys; take in a play at the Dennis Playhouse, one of the oldest in the U.S., or a concert at the Cape Cod Music Tent; and an afternoon visit to the Chatham fish pier to see the commercial fishermen offload their catch of the day and view the gray seals at play.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We recommend that our guests bring a car, as there is so much to see and do on Cape Cod.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Mattakeese Wharf ($$), located on Barnstable Harbor for a great sunset; the Dolphin Restaurant ($$$) in Barnstable for great seafood and lots of local color; Belfry Bistro in Sandwich Village ($$$$) for its unique setting and romantic atmosphere ; and Seafood Sam's on the canal in Sandwich also for a sunset or just to watch the boats go by ($).

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We recommend the Cape Cod Travel Guide website to our guests for complete coverage of things to do, places to eat, shopping etc.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have two ocean-view deluxe rooms; two garden suites with fireplaces and deck.

    Do you accept pets?

    We are not pet friendly but we can recommend a local kennel for our guests who travel with pets.


  • Breakfast

    High Pointe Inn breakfast

    Breakfast is our favorite meal and after having one of Rich's fabulous cooked-to-order entrees or specials, it will be yours as well. The best "B" in B&B! Served From 8:30 to 9:30 AM daily either on the deck, weather permitting, or in the candlelit dining room.

    Guests choose from a full menu that includes:

    • Farm fresh eggs
    • Texas-style crispy French toast
    • Plain or blueberry pancakes served with real maple syrup
    • Fresh fruit parfait with creamy yogurt and granola
    • Savory breakfast muffin

    Rich creates some pretty interesting daily specials as well. Depending on the season he might feature his famous bacon jam, pumpkin pancakes, eggs benedict with homemade hollandaise, or flaky biscuits with sausage gravy.

    Breakfast always begins with something sweet from the oven like lemon ginger scones, light and airy blueberry muffins, or popovers.

    Fresh brewed coffee and an extensive selection of teas accompanies breakfast along with a selection of juices.

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  • Area Information

    High Pointe Inn-beach nearby

    The Area

    Much more than "sand dunes and salty air" Cape Cod has been described as indescribable. with so much to see and do, you may want to add extra days to your stay.

    • Beaches: A listing of many of Cape Cod's finest (and not necessarily most popular) beaches
    • Biking: Here you will find detailed trail listings for both Cape Cod road and mountain biking
    • Cape Cod Playhouse: America's oldest professional summer theater 
    • Cape Cod Railway: Named one of the top ten scenic train rides in the country by USA Today 
    • Fishing: The source for outdoor information on Cape Cod. fly-fishing, striped bass, charters, etc.
    • Golf: A listing of Cape Cod’s golf courses, by town
    • Kayaking: A selection of kayaking programs exploring the many kettle ponds and streams of Cape Cod
    • Museums: Here you will find a comprehensive guide to museums on Cape Cod and the Islands
    • Walks/Hikes: A comprehensive guide to walks and hikes on the Cape
    • Whale Watching: Whale-watching trips from Barnstable Harbor
  • How To Find Us

    From the Sagamore Bridge

    1. Take Route 6 (the Mid-Cape Highway) to Exit 5 (Route 149)
    2. At the end of the exit you will approach a rotary. Follow the rotary 3/4 of the way around, which will put you onto Route 149 north towards Barnstable
    3. At the intersection of Route 149 and Route 6A, turn left and proceed for 1 mile
    4. Bear left onto High Street. The High Pointe Inn will be on your right (#70)

    From the Bourne Bridge

    1. After crossing the bridge, go three-quarters of the way around the rotary (do not take Route 28 South) until you see a sign for Route 6A East
    2. Turn onto 6A East and continue for approximately 3.5 miles until you come to a set of traffic lights
    3. Turn right at the lights and go up the hill where you will merge with Route 6 East, which is the Mid-Cape Highway
    4. Take Route 6 to Exit 5 (Route 149)
    5. At the end of the exit you will approach a rotary. Follow the rotary 3/4 of the way around, which will put you onto Route 149 north towards Barnstable
    6. At the intersection of Route 149 and Route 6A, turn left and proceed for 1 mile
    7. Bear left onto High Street. The High Pointe Inn will be on your right (#70)

    Driving Time Estimates

    1. From Boston's Logan International Airport: One hour estimated driving time without traffic delays.
    2. From Providence Rhode Island Airport: One hour and 15 minutes estimated driving time without traffic delays.
    3. From JFK International Airport in NY: Four hour estimated driving time without traffic delays.
    4. GPS Location for the High Pointe Inn: North 41° 43.025' West 70° 23.368'