Cape Cod Inn with Bay Views and 1950s-Inspired Diner
You’ll find Tidewater Inn amid the lighthouses of Cape Cod, close to the National Seashore and the ferries that motor back and forth between the Cape, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. The inn fits right in with its quaint surroundings. The building's green-shuttered windows look out on 4 acres of scenic grounds situated just a hop, skip, and a jump from the shore.
Among other offerings, the property boasts a hot tub and an indoor pool. The spacious lawn out back features a kids' playground and a small pond. For breakfast, head to the 1950s-inspired Helen’s Diner for homestyle cooking that can be enjoyed at a pink-and-sea-foam-green table or on a counter stool (Helen's is open only on the weekends until spring). After breakfast, you can reflect on the ephemeral nature of blueberry muffins on your king or double room's private balcony or patio that overlooks Lewis Bay to the south.
West Yarmouth, Massachusetts: Historical Sites and Maritime Adventure
West Yarmouth, on the southern shore of the mid-Cape region, 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.
Take to the National Seashore to explore 40 miles of beaches, marshes, and uplands abounding with wildlife. The seashore became a nationally protected area in 1961 at the direction of President John F. Kennedy.