Family-Friendly Hotel Close to Cape Cod Attractions
Cape Cod is both a peninsula and an island—while it uncurls into the Atlantic Sea from Massachusetts, the base of the peninsula was cut through by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1914. Today, Cape Cod is technically separated from mainland Massachusetts by the 480-foot-wide Cape Cod Canal. But visitors can still easily access the Cape by driving over the Sagamore or Bourne Bridge to enjoy more than 500 miles of coastline. Located in Cape Cod’s West Yarmouth (about an hour’s drive from Provincetown), Bayside Resort Hotel offers a front-row seat to the Lewis Bay.
The hotel is situated close to waterfront seafood restaurants, quaint shopping areas, and numerous golf courses. Inside the family-friendly inn, you’ll find kid-pleasing amenities such as an expansive indoor pool and a large arcade and game room stocked with video games, billiards, and air hockey.
Private sun decks on bay-view rooms let guests soak in views, while Jacuzzi suites have a romantic feel—a two-person tub is set just a few steps away from the king-size bed.
In the morning, a complimentary continental breakfast awaits in the dining room. Menu items include fresh waffles, hard-boiled eggs, and pastries. At the resort's Moby Dick Pub (open on Fridays and Saturdays), bartenders pour draft beers and mix cocktails beneath a Ceiling Hall of Fame thick with dollar bills bearing messages scrawled by regulars past and present.
West Yarmouth, Massachusetts: Year-Round Amusements Along the Water
Set on the southern shore of the cape, West Yarmouth is a small waterfront town renowned for its 1816 lighthouse, Point Gammon, which presides over the entrance to Hyannis Harbor. The main industry in the town is tourism—especially in the summer. But there’s plenty to do all year round. Elegant waterfront restaurants and upscale boutiques are scattered throughout West Yarmouth, and there’s excellent antiquing to be had, particularly at the Antiques Center of Yarmouth, where more than 150 dealers operate out of a grand brick building near Mill Creek.
More than 20 golf courses lie within a 20-minute drive of Bayside Resort Hotel, many of which open in the spring. Families can keep themselves busy with bowling alleys, movie theaters, and the ZooQuarium, where a petting zoo, daily live bird shows, and an aquarium teach kids about Massachusetts wildlife. The Cape's bevy of charming seaside hamlets, including Provincetown and Falmouth, are easily accessible for day trips.
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