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. But you can still easily access the Cape by driving over the Sagamore or Bourne Bridge. Located in Cape Cod’s West Yarmouth (about a 1.5-hour drive from Boston), Bayside Resort Hotel offers a front-row seat to Lewis Bay. With this deal, jetted tub suites come with rose petals, chocolates, and champagne—not to mention a two-person tub.
The hotel is situated close to waterfront seafood restaurants, quaint shopping areas, and numerous golf courses. There are also kid-friendly amenities, such as an expansive indoor pool and a large arcade and game room stocked with video games, billiards, and air hockey. Guests retiring to deluxe or bay-view rooms can watch the news on a 32-inch flat-screen TV or surf the Internet using the complimentary WiFi.
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 weekends), 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. On weeknights, guests can head to Red Face Jack’s Sports Pub to watch a game on one of their TVs while enjoying a drink and traditional sports pub eats. The optional romance package for this Groupon includes two welcome drinks at Red Face Jack’s Sports Pub for weeknight stays, or two welcome drinks at Moby Dick Pub for weekend stays.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Quaint Villages, Protected Beaches, and Miles of Shoreline
In the late 19th century, Cape Cod began to blossom into a summer vacation destination as visitors swapped crowded coastal cities for the sandy shores of eastern Massachusetts. Today, the arm-shaped peninsula encompasses a string of idyllic fishing villages, 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.
But there’s also plenty to do in winter, when the crowds are a lot smaller. 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. Farther south, the Woods Hole Science Aquarium houses 140 marine animals native to the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region. You might even see marine biologists feeding the seals in the aquarium’s outdoor enclosure.
West Yarmouth, on the southern shore of the cape, is known for its 1816 lighthouse, Point Gammon, which presides over the entrance to Hyannis Harbor. Elegant waterfront restaurants and upscale boutiques are scattered throughout the small town. Antiquing is a popular pastime, particularly at the Antiques Center of Yarmouth, where more than 150 dealers operate out of a grand brick building.