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The Inn Thing

Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend away or a cozy vacation spot, these ten B&Bs are sure to please

Alison Caron

Revere Guest House

If a cozy common room stocked with rich teas and fresh fruit is a sign of a great inn (and it surely is) then the Revere House takes the cake. Located in a beautifully restored sea captain’s house in the heart of town, guests enjoy sunny rooms with hardwood flooring and renovated bathrooms with tile showers. Meet other visitors while relaxing in the common room or keep warm on chilly autumn days next to the outdoor fire pit. Guests can soak in the sun on the private garden’s patio in the summer before walking down to the center of town for shopping or heading to the beach. The inn’s rooms are full of personality and thoughtful amenities such as cozy blankets, fireplaces, and warm oriental carpets. The spacious Captain’s Room (left) has a king size bed, a westward facing view, and a whirlpool tub for two. 14 Court St., Provincetown, 508.487.2292, www.reverehouse.com

Crowne Pointe Historic Inn and Spa

Enjoy the liveliness of Provincetown during the day and return to warmth and luxury at this inn at night. The 140-year-old former sea captain’s home and its additional buildings offer 40 unique rooms and suites that aim to please with honey-hued hardwood floors, spacious bathrooms, and romantic fireplaces. Guests are greeted on the luxurious yet cozy main floor outfitted with a library, intimate lounge and bar area and fine dining restaurant. Enjoy a glass of wine and scrumptious meal, such as lobster ravioli, at the award-winning Bistro. The full service Shui Spa located at the inn is a must for visitors looking for a heavenly Chardonnay Body Scrub or a Vitamin C Infusion Facial. 82 Bradford St., Provincetown, 508.487.6767, www.crownepointe.com

Ashley Manor Bed and Breakfast

Romance abounds at Ashley Manor where six guest rooms, four suites, and two traditional rooms offer quiet luxury. Built around 1699, the inn reflects its early history on Olde King’s Highway while also offering modern amenities such as wireless internet. Each suite has a wood-burning fireplace and full private bath and separate Jacuzzi tub. Innkeepers Vince Toreno and Patricia Martin serve a gourmet breakfast and guests can eat on the patio overlooking the lush two acres of gardens in warm weather or in front of a crackling fire during the winter. The inn’s history adds an additional interesting element to the property, including a secret passageway that was used as a hiding place for Tories (or those loyal to the British crown) during the American Revolution. The inn is open year-round and located just a few minutes from scenic Barnstable Village, the Harbor, and Millway Beach. 3660 Main St., Barnstable, 508.362.8044, www.ashleymanor.net

Ship’s Knees Inn

The Cape has a unique character and this inn certainly reflects it in its long history and sunny rooms. Built in the early 19th century and originally known as the Freeman Snow House, the inn was purchased by the current owners, the Butcher family, in 1970. Not long after purchasing the inn, an old barn was converted into rooming space and an addition was built. Innkeepers Peter and Denise Butcher took over the property full time in 2004 and ensure every guest has a fantastic stay, no matter the time of year. In the family’s 41st year of ownership, the Butchers offer 16 rooms, a suite, and two ocean view guest apartments. Guests can sun themselves on nearby Nauset Beach or enjoy a leisurely morning on the spacious garden patio overlooking lush lawns and the nearby luxurious swimming pool. The inn is open year round and winter specials are often offered. 186 Beach Rd., East Orleans, 508.255.1312, www.shipskneesinn.com

The Penny House Inn & Day Spa

Sometimes the best things in life are off the beaten path. The Penny House Inn is just one example of this as the bed and breakfast is hidden from the main road on two acres of beautiful lawn. Innkeepers Margaret and Rebecca Keith warmly welcome you to their quiet and charming 1690 sea captain’s house turned inn where rooms are named after penny sayings. Beautiful Coast Guard Beach is a short drive from The Penny House and guests have access to both bay and ocean beaches. After a full breakfast at the inn, rent a bike nearby and pedal to one of beaches or enjoy a hot stone massage at the inn’s intimate day spa. The inn is open the end of May through mid-October so reserve a room now for early summer. 4885 State Hwy, Eastham, 508.255.6632, www.pennyhouseinn.com

The Palmer House Inn

Looking for a winter staycation or a reason to road trip to the region? Then head to The Palmer House Inn for the charm and elegance of the Victorian era. The Queen Anne-style bed and breakfast boasts stained glass windows, beautiful woodwork and shining hardwood floors. Antique furnishings add a precious charm to the sixteen rooms and one suite. One of the rooms is even ADA handicapped accessible, making a stay at this inn possible for everyone. Innkeepers Pat and Bill O’Connell are attentive to each guest’s needs and serve a full breakfast (to classical music, no less) as well as afternoon refreshments. Borrow one of the inn’s bicycles and explore Falmouth on the Shining Sea Bike Path. 81 Palmer Ave., Falmouth, 508.548.1230, www.palmerhouseinn.com

A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay

Let all your cares slip away when you enter the drive of this beautiful inn overlooking picturesque Pleasant Bay. Situated in the “elbow” of Cape Cod, innkeepers Pamela Adam, Sandra Arnold, and Bernd Zeller welcome you with the service and hospitality of a grand European hotel. Many of the nine renovated bedrooms have bay views and all have private bathrooms. Enjoy 5 p.m. sherry hour while admiring the seemingly endless views from the sun-filled lounge on the first floor of the main house, built in 1798. Linger over coffee and breakfast in the mornings as you plan your day or find a cozy spot to enjoy a pot of tea and a good book. 654 South Orleans Rd., Orleans, 508.255.0780, www.alittleinnonpleasantbay.com

Sea Pines Inn

Guests appreciate the quiet charm of this inn nestled among trees along Brewster’s picturesque Main Street. Used as an elite girl’s boarding school in the early twentieth century, the innkeepers have preserved the turn of the century personality that makes this an ideal place to rest your feet after a day of biking or shopping. The first floor lounge is the perfect place to unwind and listen to a fellow guest tickle the ivories on the inn’s piano. Cozy rooms with plenty of natural light have charming names reflecting the inn’s history, such as “Petticoat Tree” and “Elder Brewster.” In addition to suites and family units, the six-room, modern North Cottage sits behind Sea Pines. 2553 Main St., Brewster, 508.896.6114, www.oldseapinesinn.com

Annabelle Bed and Breakfast

Plan a romantic getaway to the Annabelle Bed and Breakfast where old world charm meets modern comfort. Innkeepers Brian and Paula Murphy go out of their way to make each guest feel welcome to their six-room luxury inn. Guests can choose from rooms with whirlpool tubs, balconies, or fireplaces. Built only nine years ago, the inn was designed in a similar style to the 1759 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House in Cambridge and fits in well with its historic and picturesque surroundings. The Murphys serve a delicious gourmet breakfast with mouthwatering options such as Crab Soufflé, Crème Brulee Croissant French Toast, and Belgium Waffles with seasonal fruit. The inn is open year round so book a Valentine’s Day stay and enjoy the beautifully appointed and cheery rooms with names like “Morning Glory” and our favorite, “Endless Summer.” 4 Grove St., Sandwich, 508.833.1419, www.annabellebedandbreakfast.com

Nauset House Inn

Traveling down Route 6A in Orleans, it’s impossible to miss this rustic and comfortable inn, not far from its namesake beach. The 1810 farmhouse inn, which has been family owned and operated since 1983, welcomes visitors with a cozy sitting room and 14 charming guest rooms. Gracious innkeepers John and Cindy Vessella and Diane Johnson serve a complimentary full breakfast each morning with a number of delectable choices, including homemade granola topped with low-fat vanilla yogurt, fresh cut fruit, and the popular omelet-of-the-day. After biking through the nearby towns or sunning on the beach, indulge in the inn’s early evening complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a glass of white wine or cranberry juice. The sunshine-filled glass conservatory, built in 1907, is the perfect place to relax and read a book at any time of day. The Inn is open mid-April through mid-October. 143 Beach Rd., East Orleans, 508.255.2195, www.nausethouseinn.com
 

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