Hotel at a Glance: Cove Bluffs Inn
Cove Bluffs Inn is located near many of Cape Cod’s most popular attractions, including Coast Guard Beach, the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail, and quaint towns. After a day of exploring the Cape, watch the sun set over the pines surrounding the inn while you barbecue on a grill or lounge in a hammock.
- Have a warm cookie and coffee in the gazebo every afternoon.
- Rustic accommodations: Each spacious room is equipped with a flat-screen TV and high-speed Internet. Studio and two-bedroom suites also offer dining rooms and fully equipped kitchens.
- Go for a swim in the outdoor pool.
- Harbor access is available in town for kayak launches.
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.