Hotel at a Glance: Beach N’ Towne Motel
Beach N’ Towne Motel puts you in the middle of all of Cape Cod, but guests don’t have to leave in order to have a full vacation. The motel is surrounded by 2.5 acres of peaceful grounds. That gives you plenty of space to go for a walk, grill hamburgers, or spread out and have a picnic.
- Start the day with a light breakfast as well as complimentary coffee, tea, and newspapers in the lobby.
- Head to the water: More than 50 beaches stretch across the Cape Cod area. One of the closest, Bass River Beach, is about 1 mile away and entices guests with its warm Nantucket Sound water.
- Stay active: Shoot billiards, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or let the kids climb over the onsite playground.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms come with free WiFi and extra-large showers.
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.
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.