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Inn at Cape Cod

Cape Cod’s stagecoach history and how our inn played its part.

Cape Cod’s Kings Highway, now Route 6A, meanders it’s way for some thirty miles through several beautiful villages, which were all settled during the seventeenth century. Our charming village of Yarmouth Port is situated on Cape Cod Bay about halfway along this tranquil and leafy historic district. Visitors who choose to spend time here, are often surprised by how much there is to explore on foot during their stay, and particularly the rich history of the village, which is so very much in evidence.

The Old Yarmouth Inn nextdoor to our Bed and Breakfast, was built in 1697 and later became an important stage coach stop for Cape Cod. In 1830, our magnificent building, originally built as a private residence, opened as the grand Sears Hotel, providing accomodation for weary travelers on their way to Boston, Provincetown and Chatham. The above painting portrays how things might have looked in the 19th century, with the stagecoach in front of the Sears Hotel and the tavern to the left of it. Both these properties remained under the same ownership until the late 20th century, and still continue to serve the public : The Old Yarmouth Inn is now a much acclaimed restaurant, whilst we endeavour to continue the tradition of fine hospitality nextdoor at our Inn, albeit under the changed name of The Inn At Cape Cod.

When our guests are looking for a break from the beach this summer, many will spend a morning or two on a self guided tour of our quaint little village. From art galleries to antiques and gift shops, from museums to historic sea captains homes, there is much to see. And for those guests at our inn who may be light sleepers despite all the day’s exhausting adventures, we have the perfect rooms to offer them, Sears and Caudalie, as both are equiped with second doors so that guests are not disturbed by the noise of the stagecoach!

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