Hotel at a Glance: Tidewater Inn
You’ll find Tidewater Inn amid Cape Cod’s iconic lighthouses, close to the National Seashore and the ferries that motor back and forth between the Cape, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. The inn’s green-shuttered windows look out on scenic grounds just a stone’s throw from the shore.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms come with either a balcony or patio, as well as a refrigerator and coffeemaker.
- Go for a swim in the indoor pool.
- Backyard fun: The spacious lawn out back features a kids’ playground and a small pond.
- Rec room: Head to the rec room to test your skills on the foosball and ping-pong tables.
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 mid-Cape’s southern shore, is one of three seaside villages that make up the larger town of Yarmouth. English settlers began colonizing the area in the mid-17th century, and historical traces are still visible. Mills dot the countryside, and coastal bluffs are festooned with lighthouses including the privately owned Point Gammon Lighthouse and the Sandy Neck Lighthouse. Waterfront restaurants and upscale boutiques can be found throughout West Yarmouth, and 20 golf courses lie within a 20-minute drive.