Hotel at a Glance: Seaside Cottages
All of the charming cottages at Seaside Cottages have easy access to a stretch of well-maintained private beachfront overlooking Nantucket Sound. Since they’re all individually owned, each unit has a slightly different setup. They boast kitchens or kitchenettes and red adirondack chairs outside.
- Studio cottages are stocked with fresh towels and linens and include daily housekeeping.
- Cozy up by the fire: Many units have fireplaces.
- Have a cookout at one of the property’s barbecue areas.
- Best spot to hang out: the communal great room, which has a fireplace, TV, games, and books
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 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.