Where to Stay on the Cape

Old Jul 17th, 2008, 01:57 PM
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Where to Stay on the Cape

I'e been reading about Cape Cod and having a hard time figuring out where is the best town/village to stay. We'll be there maybe 3-4 days in the Fall and would like to be centrally located so we could explore the Cape from the one location. We will have a rental car to drive around. May also consider taking the ferry over to MV for a day. Would love a B&B with a water view, but an intown location would be fine too. any suggestions on towns to stay? B&B or hotel recommendations would also be appreciated. Thanks!
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The Mid-Cape area including the towns of Barnstable (Hyannis) Yarmouth and Dennis would be your best bet.

There are several B&B's & Motels on Ocean street in Hyannis that are right across the street from Island ferries.

Some other suggestions: Cape Codder Resort Hyannis; RedJacket Resort - South Yarmouth, & Chatham Bars Inn.
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Commodore Inn-West Harwich-not on the water but seconds from the water
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Old Jul 17th, 2008, 07:42 PM
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Chatham would be your best bet right in the middle of the Cape. If you can afford it stay at the Chatham Bars Inn however there are others right in town.
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Eastham is mid-way between Provincetown and Hyannis (30 minutes from each) and is within 20 minutes of Truro, Wellfleet, Brewster, Harwich and Chatham. We choose to stay there because it is the beginning of the National Seashore with glorious beaches and bit more peace and quiet than some of the mid-cape and lower-cape towns.

You didn't say what your budget is but our favorite B+B is the Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast in the National Seashore. The Fort Hill Area is preserved with walking trails and scenic views over nauset Marsh to the Atlantic Ocean. Although it is only a minute from the main road with easy access to restaurants, theater, shopping and day-tripping, it is one of the most peaceful locations we have found to stay on the cape. The place is small, with only 3 accommodations and it fills up fast. We like the cottage with ocean views and its own fireplace because it is totally private and almost new. But if you budget can't stretch that far then one of the suites in the house would also be nice.

Fort Hill is not an in-town location since you would need to drive a few minutes to shop or dine. But keep in mind that even in a town like Chatham, many of the B+B inns are a fair distance from the town center. Still, if you decide to stay in-town, then Chatham would be your best bet.

Both Eastham and Chatham will be an hour+ drive to the MV ferry in Woods hole. However, if you decide to go to Nantucket you can leave from Hyannis, a 30 minute drive from Eastham and Chatham. The fast ferry to Nantucket takes about 70 minutes.
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Old Jul 19th, 2008, 07:15 AM
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Thanks all for your helpful descriptions and suggestions. I will check out your recommendations.

I'm still confused where we would get the ferry to go to MV? Does it leave from Woods Hole and/or Hyannis?

Already looked at Chatham's Bar Inn and it looks great, but it's out of our price range. We'd like to keep lodging around $250-$275 if we could.
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You might want to take a look at a map to see why it is best to take the fast ferry for Nantucket from Hyannis or Harwich and the regular ferry for MV from Woodshole. As I recall, the MV ferry takes about 45 minutes while the fast ferry to Nantucket takes 70 minutes. If you were to take a slow ferry to Nantucket from Woodshole (something we did only once and will never do again!) it will take 2+ hours.

You can check out the individual links for ferry travel or go to the Smart Guide first. http://www.smartguide.org/

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We love the Captain's House Inn (www.captainshouse inn.com) in Chatham, and they do have rooms in your price range. Chatham is close to Harwich, for an easy day trip to Nantucket.
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Great .. great time of year to visit the Cape ... Rates will be much more reasonable during the fall as well .. You can take the ferry to MV from Woods Hole (30 minutes or less)or from Hyannis (twice the time)... Dennis has much to offer along the 28 side .. with some hotel/motels right on the beach ... I would contact the Dennis Chamber of Commerce .. they have much info to offer .. I would consider Harwich and Brewster as well ... An earlier posting mentioned Chatham ... a lovely town you should see or stay as well .. There are some less expensive B & B's in any of the towns I have mentioned .. Visit the websites or chambers for each of towns .. Let us know the names of the places that seem most appealing to you .. Try the Brewster Fish House in Brewster.. (for lunch if you can .. difficult to get in for dinner) ... The Marshside in East Dennis .. pretty views for lunch or dinner ..Sesuit Harbor Cafe for breakfast .. lunch or dinner .. right on the water .. very casual .. Lots more to suggest once you have your hotel/motel/B&B chosen ...
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