5 Charming Bed and Breakfasts in Cape Cod

by Paul Joseph  |  Published January 17, 2023

Home to quaint villages, seafood shacks, lighthouses, and ocean beaches, Cape Cod caters to visitors with a number of charming Bed & Breakfasts.

(Photo: Captain Farris House)

The hook-shaped peninsula of Cape Cod in Massachusetts is a popular summertime destination, as well as a jumping off point for trips to the resort islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. For those planning to stay in Cape Cod, there are a wide number of accommodation options available, including several delightful B&Bs that exude New England charm. Here are 5 of the best.

Captain Farris House

Built in 1845 by a wealthy sea captain, this historic inn, situated in the southern borders of the historic town of Yarmouth, has been beautifully restored to incorporate modern amenities while preserving its distinctive Greek Revival-style architecture. The result is a picturesque property featuring ten inviting guest rooms, an elegant dining room, a formal parlour, and stunning gardens. Guests can wake up to the aroma of a homemade breakfast. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served in one of the elegant dining rooms and evening cordials are served in the parlour. Guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom, and some also have a balcony with garden views. Convenient to beautiful beaches, Cape Cod attractions and great restaurants, Bass River Beach is less than a five-minute drive.

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The Old Harbor Inn

(Photo: The Old Harbor Inn / Courtesy

Situated in the seaside town of Chatham, a few minutes’ drive from the Cape Cod National Seashore, this charming B&B oozes character and charm with its harmonious blend of classic and contemporary furnishings and décor. Comfort and convenience is augmented by flat-screen TVs in guest rooms and a gym available for communal use – the latter an unusual feature in a modesty-sized B&B. Guests can also enjoy daily breakfasts and help themselves to drinks from the public refrigerator. The shops and restaurants of Chatham Village are within walking distance, and a mile away is Chatham Light House, where visitors can watch fishing boats depart and even help the fishermen unload their catch.

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Somerset House Inn

Centrally located in Provincetown, a bohemian seaside town on the northern tip of Cape Cod, this stylishly-designed B&B is one of the most upscale options on our list. Guest rooms come with cable TV, a mini-fridge, and a private bathroom, and some also offer scenic ocean views. Elsewhere in the property, there’s outdoor and garden seating, and breakfast is served daily, including hot food, baked goods and fresh fruit. Whydah Pirate Shipwreck Museum is within easy walking distance and Herring Cove Beach is reachable in about 5 minutes by car.

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Inn on Main

(Photo: Inn On Main / Courtesy

Well positioned for visiting both the Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound shorelines, this B&B in historic Yarmouth is quintessentially New England in both its look and feel. Stylishy appointed guest rooms have flat-screen TVs and a private bathroom, and daily breakfasts are served each morning in the relaxing dining area. There’s also a pretty garden where guests can socialise or unwind after a long day’s sightseeing. Watersports fans can partake in windsurfing, diving and snorkelling in the ocean nearby.

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Belfry Inn and Bistro

Another B&B located in Sandwich, the 3-star Belfry Inn is spread over three buildings, each hailing from different historic periods. The Abbey is a converted church, offering a restaurant downstairs and guest rooms upstairs, with some rooms featuring the original stain-glass windows. The Painted Lady is a beautiful Victorian home and the Village is a quaint colonial building. Breakfasts, lunch and dinner are served daily and there’s also a business centre and free on-site parking. Sandwich Glass Museum is just seconds away on foot and Heritage Museums & Garden is less than a mile away.

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