Cape Cod Hotels

Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast

  • 75 Fort Hill Rd. Map It
  • Eastham
  • Fodor's Choice


  • Pastoral setting
  • Close to nature trails
  • Private and elegant lodging


  • Not for those traveling with children

Published 07/14/2016

Fodor's Review

Gordon and Jean Avery run this enchanting, adults-only B&B in an 1864 Greek Revival farmhouse nestled in the tranquil Fort Hill area—the only lodging within the National Seashore. The location is perfect: minutes off busy Route 6, but steps away from quiet, secluded trails that wind through cedar forests, fields crisscrossed by old stone fences, and a red-maple swamp. Two very large and cozy suites in the main house, tastefully decorated with period pieces and antiques, share a living room with fireplace. The crown jewel, however, is the light and airy Nantucket Cottage, with stone floors, a gas fireplace, and a classic white-and-blue Cape Cod bedroom loft. Breakfasts are superb, with offerings like oven-poached pears in sweet cream.

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75 Fort Hill Rd., Eastham, Massachusetts, 02642, USA

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Hotel Details:

  • Closed mid-Oct.–May
  • 2 suites, 1 cottage
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 07/14/2016

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May 30, 2016

The Plains of Nauset

Bring a copy of Thoreau's Cape Cod (Princeton Classic Edition if you can find one) and sit under the cedars while you read about Eastham in "The Plains of Nauset." Thoreau composed his journal entries with an eye toward delivering a series of lectures at the Lyceum in Concord. Parts of the lectures were later reprinted in 1855 in Putnam's Monthly. Putnam ceased serialization when it became clear that Thoreau's love of nature and natural

history was coupled with an arch sense of humor and a less than enthusiastic opinion of Mankind in general and the religious in particular. Like the Cape itself, the writing is quirky and beautiful and strange and puzzling and a complete delight. Fort Hill B&B sits in the heart of the plains at the southern end of the National Seashore, land through which Thoreau trudged during a stormy October. In May, however, the weather was perfection, the appointments soothing, and the breakfast witchcraft.

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