With a location that can’t be topped, this adults-only B&B is the only lodging within the Cape Cod National Seashore. Gordon and Jean Avery offer three suites in their 1864 Greek Revival farmhouse and cottage nestled in the serene Fort Hill area. It is mere minutes off busy Route 6, but steps away from quiet, secluded trails that take you through cedar forests, fields crisscrossed by old stone fences, and a red-maple swamp.
YOU SHOULD KNOW No children allowed.
There are two very large and luxurious suites in the main house, decorated with period pieces and antiques. The suites share a living room with fireplace. The crown jewel, however, is the standalone Nantucket Cottage, which features stone floors, a gas fireplace, and a classic white-and-blue Cape Cod bedroom loft. It also has a private patio and garden.
Music lovers take note: the Emma suite has a piano.
All suites have private bathrooms.
The comfortable guest living room has a working fireplace and is stocked with Cape Cod guide books, menus, the local paper and maps.
Breakfasts are excellent, with dishes like oven-poached pears in sweet cream, baked apples with raspberry-cider glaze or Grand Marnier French toast. The inn has its own vegetable and perennial garden, which it uses for food and flowers for the B & B.
To get to restaurants and beaches, you’ll need your car.
Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar (5-minute drive) is a classic Cape Cod seafood spot, with fresh seafood (much of it fried, of course), plus mini-golf and ice cream. For a fine dining experience, ABBA (9-minute drive) is one of the nicest restaurants on the Cape, serving dishes like poached lobster, duck breast with gnocchi, and pan-seared salmon, in a lovely setting.
The Tavern at the Fairway Restaurant (6-minute drive) is a casual place to get a drink. Local Break Restaurant & Bar (6-minute drive) prides itself on its creative cocktails, homemade sangria and a large selection of local beer.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Secluded, yet close enough to Chatham, Orleans, Wellfleet and Provincetown to enjoy restaurants and other attractions, this comfortable B&B is like staying at a friend’s home. With Nauset Marsh, Coast Guard Beach and the Atlantic Ocean close by, it’s a romantic and gorgeous place to relax. The innkeepers go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need and are ready with advice on where to go, eat and play, if you want.