Hotel at a Glance: The Queen Anne Inn & Resort
The Queen Anne Inn & Resort has sat on Chatham’s Queen Anne Road since 1840. But the structure was in disrepair in 1979, when current innkeeper Guenther Weinkopf and his wife Dana bought it and began to return the inn to its original splendor. Today, the house is full of historical touches: antique furniture that dates back to the mid-19th century, braided rugs made by guests in 1918, and an etched-glass window that depicts what New England looked like in 1680. The Weinkopfs still run the show; they’re experts on what to see and do in the surrounding towns on Cape Cod.
- Guest-room amenities vary depending on the room but can include fireplaces and private balconies that overlook the inn’s gardens.
- Kid-friendly swimming: onsite heated outdoor pool or Oyster Pond Beach, just a few blocks away
- Tee off: The inn offers early-reservation privileges at five nearby golf courses.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Historic Towns and Miles of Protected Beaches
In the late 19th century, Cape Cod blossomed into a summer vacation destination as visitors swapped crowded coastal cities for the sandy shores of eastern Massachusetts. Today, the arm-shaped peninsula, located 60 miles south of Boston, encompasses 15 idyllic towns, rolling dunes, and 300 miles of sandy shoreline—and it’s still the place where many East Coasters choose to spend their leisurely summer days. Popular attractions include fresh-seafood restaurants, quaint stores, and bicycle trails, such as the 11-mile Shining Sea Bikeway that wends from North Falmouth to Woods Hole.
In the center of Chatham, you’ll find historical homes and eclectic shops. It’s one of the oldest villages on the cape and is home to a historic lighthouse that dates to the late 19th century. On the uppermost tip of the Cape, the free-spirited art colony of Provincetown attracts visitors year-round. This is one of the best places to head for a vibrant nightlife scene—there are cabarets, bars, and lounges aplenty. Pop into the Provincetown Art Association and Museum to check out local artwork, both historical and contemporary.
Along the Lower, or Outer, Cape, the 44,000-acre Cape Cod National Seashore stretches from Orleans to Provincetown and features six swimming beaches, wild cranberry bogs, and miles of walking and biking trails. In Eastham, be sure to check out the Nauset Lighthouse, which has overlooked the Atlantic and helped guide vacationing British fish to shore since 1838. This coastal region is also known for whale watching; between April and November, tour boats take passengers out to sea to catch glimpses of humpback and minke whales.