Staying On The Cape - There's Some Place Perfect For Everyone!
Cape Cod has a wide variety of lodging options to suit the requirements of every vacationer. From luxury resorts to camping; from chocolates on your pillow to walking to the bathroom facilities - you can select the level of service and cost that you desire - and most importantly - that fits your wallet!
There over 400 places to choose from to stay at on Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Hotels and motels account for about a half of this number, with bed and breakfasts making up about 35%. At the time we wrote this, we found 23 campgrounds plus quite a few luxury resorts. The rates varied as widely as the variety of accommodations. And, of course, you can expect to pay top dollar during "high season" in June, July and August. Since more and more people travel in the late spring and early fall these days, we have noticed that rates have for those times are not as low as they used to be, but they are still quite a bit cheaper than prime summer time.
The traditional standard Cape Cod hotel is widely sought after lodging for families wanting a reasonably priced vacation place to stay. You can expect your accommodations to include a reasonably sized room with one or two beds, private bathroom, television and telephone. Amenities may include complimentary breakfast, a pool, internet access and/or a restaurant on site. Generally speaking, the more amenities and the closer to the waterfront, the higher the cost. Most rooms will accommodate 4-6 people, with at least one person being 18 or over and owning a credit card. With costs ranging from $85 on up in the summer and $60 and up during off-peak times, there is something affordable for every budget.
Some people like the anonymity of staying at a Cape Cod hotel, but for others, a more intimate and quaint setting represents the perfect vacation. There are over 140 Bed and Breakfasts on Cape Cod and the islands that can satisfy this desire. Each has its own unique character and special history and offer the selective traveler a different kind of vacation experience than a hotel can. The first difference you will notice is price as they are almost always more expensive. The other differences you will notice are attention to personal service, limited number of rooms available, the beautiful and unique decor of the rooms, and the delightful, homemade breakfast that is prepared for guests. Interacting with the owners is also often mentioned as one of the highlights of a stay at a B&B. On Cape Cod many B&Bs are old ship captains' houses that have been converted. The original beauty of these old buildings has been maintained, and the furnishings and decor enhance the history and unique background of each. You can tell that the owners take a special pride in caring for their residence and caring for their guests. A stay at a Cape Cod bed & breakfast is a relaxing and delightful way to experience a bit of New England history on your vacation.
Luxury resorts on Cape Cod, though few, are everything that the upscale traveler could ask for. With tennis, golf, spas, fine restaurants, children's programs, exceptional service, and excellent accommodations - not to mention high cost - Cape Cod resorts offer all the amenities the most discriminating person might desire. Resort prices can range up to $1,500 per night, but generally cost is not a factor to those seeking these luxury accommodations.
Camping on the Cape also has many choices. From large campgrounds with over 450 sites to small ones with less than 80, you can find a place that suits your family. Most offer many more amenities than years ago - a few even have internet cyber booths! Just be aware that most campgrounds charge extra for more than 2 adults & 2 children, day guests, extra vehicles, etc. The cost can add up, but is still almost always less expensive than staying in a hotel. We advise you to inquire before making a reservation.
As you can see, Cape Cod offers something for everyone when it comes to where to stay. From camping to the finest luxury resort, there is a place to fit your family's budget and needs.
** This is a revision of the original article titled "Cape Cod Hotels" and published in June 2009.