Miles of pristine beaches, historic towns, and upscale restaurants make Cape Cod an idyllic getaway for couples. Here are the area’s most romantic places to stay, from a hundred-year-old hot spot to a pretty bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Provincetown.
The Red Inn has been wowing politicians, celebrities, and locals since 1915. These days, the historic inn remains a staple in the Provincetown scene, thanks in part to its hugely popular restaurant and lively waterfront bar scene. But it's still plenty relaxing, with beautiful water views from the restaurant and all eight of the attractive, beach-chic rooms. The property is also for adults only, a policy that helps maintain the serene vibe. Overall, the inn's small size, historic nature, and rooms with gorgeous water views mean that it sells out fast -- so book early.
Glitz and glamour mingle with history and charm at the Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa, a local institution for over a century. Set on 25 acres of waterfront property, this inn is still as much an architectural beauty as it was at its inception. Thanks to extensive renovations, the inn's rooms retain their original glamour while offering modern perks such as flat-screen TVs, Bose Wave radios, central air, and free Wi-Fi. Hotel features are as outstanding as the rooms -- these include a beautiful spa, a fine-dining restaurant, large pools, private chartered boats, classic clay tennis courts, and, of course, a scenic beach. This hotel is a big hit with families (read: lots of kids every where you look), so couples looking for a quiet, romantic stay would be best off booking the adults-only Signature Spa Suites, complete with a private relaxation pool at The Spa, or looking into The Red Inn, which only allows adult guests.
The historic 1912 Nickerson Mansion now houses the Mansion at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, an upscale estate with a vast lawn and a private beach. Even the smallest of The Mansion's 121 rooms is spacious, and all come with sitting areas, balconies or patios, and roomy bathrooms. (Note that rooms are not located in The Mansion itself, but in the two adjoining wings.) The property's sprawling facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, volleyball and tennis courts, an 18-hole championship golf course, and four on-site restaurants. But the spa can only accommodate two people -- Chatham Bars Inn's spa is much more luxurious, with a relaxation pool and Zen garden.
The adults-only Carpe Diem Guesthouse & Spa is an intimate bed-and-breakfast property away from the party scene of Provincetown -- but it's still close enough for those who feel like getting out and joining the fun. Each guest room is named for a writer, and individually decorated in a nautical, New England fashion. All come with flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. Perks such as a delicious free breakfast, free wine and cheese hour, and a full-service spa are also draws for the adult crowd. For a hotel with an on-site, water-view restaurant, consider one of our top three picks.
The upscale Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn provides a modern and upscale inn experience in the setting of a historic Cape Cod home. There are some great perks, too, including the daily in-room breakfast, afternoon tea, and free parking at the Earle Beach. The grounds are lovely, with a patio and fireplace, along with a seasonal outdoor pool. (No restaurant, though -- a feature found at Red Inn, Chatham Bars, and Ocean Edge.) The eight rooms are among the island's most stylish, and some come with fireplaces and soaking tubs. Though this property isn't on the water, the beach is still within walking distance.
Like many inns on the Cape, Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa has a main building that was originally built as a sea captain’s house. (Ghost hunters, take note: legend has it that the old captain roams the halls of his old home.) For the most part, this upscale inn and spa is charming and attractive -- but room size and decor are underwhelming when compared to Carpe Diem or the Platinum Pebble. (Crowne Pointe's standard rooms come in at under 200 square feet.) Those not on a budget would do well to book the more spacious higher-level rooms, which also come with added extras such as fireplaces, decks, and whirlpool tubs. The main amenity here is Shui Spa, and guests can access its facilities -- the mineral soaking tub, steam room, and sauna -- for free.
Originally built in the early 20th century, Old Harbor Inn is a tiny bed-and-breakfast with cozy, classic New England charm. The 12 homey rooms are individually decorated and come with mini-fridges, comfortable beds, and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms have cozy fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. While Old Harbor Inn lacks the leisure facilities found at our top three picks, it does serve a free made-to-order (and enthusiastically reviewed) breakfast in a quaint dining area overlooking the garden. The inn also provides coffee, tea, and snacks throughout the day, and has a large outdoor porch that acts as the hotel’s main social space. Travelers looking for a pitch-perfect, three-pearl New England inn will find little to complain about.
The historic Chatham Gables Inn fits in perfectly with Cape Cod's scene of total relaxation. It's located in a quiet, residential neighborhood -- not on the waterfront -- and has just eight charming rooms, all with great design and an incredible attention to detail. Some rooms have extra special amenities including fireplaces, private entrances, and one room has a private porch with rocking chairs. Beyond the quiet vibe and sophisticated decor, the outstanding feature here is a full breakfast served each morning in the sunny garden room.
This charming bed-and-breakfast is an upscale pick in the heart of Ptown. A friendly staff and the daily, made-to-order breakfast give the property a down-to-earth vibe, while large and contemporary rooms with beyond-the-norm amenities like fireplaces make it a more luxurious option over some other downtown bed-and-breakfasts. Travelers looking for a quaint option in Chatham could consider The Old Harbor Inn or Chatham Gables Inn.