The Inn at Cape Cod
Welcome to the spectacular Inn At Cape Cod – the perfect base for wonderful Cape Cod adventures, and somewhere very special to relax and renew in peaceful, luxurious surroundings. Here you will find a tranquil escape from everyday life, and you will be thoroughly pampered, whether you are relaxing with a book under the shade of our 300-year old eastern cottonwood, or sipping chilled wine or lemonade on one of the charming porches. The rich history and traditions of the inn will delight and enchant you, making you more than happy to call it “home” during your Cape Cod stay.
History of the Inn At Cape Cod
Located in Cape Cod Bay’s historic district, the mansion was built in 1820 as a private home for Joshua Sears, (1791-1857). Sears, who was born in Yarmouth Port, was a direct descendant of Richard Sears, a pilgrim, who came to the USA on the “Leyden” in 1630. From small beginnings Joshua rose to become a successful business man in Boston, and built this grand home as the main residence within his large country estate. However, for reasons unknown, Joshua handed 4 Summer Street over to his brother Charles, who opened it as the Sears Hotel in 1830.
For many years it was the centrepiece of Cape Cod Bay life, and along with the adjacent tavern, became the stage-coach stop for travelers between Boston and Provincetown. It also served as a venue for professionals such as doctors, dentists and lawyers where locals could pay for consultations, eliminating the need to travel to Boston. As for Joshua, he continued to live in Boston until his death in 1857. By this time he had accumulated a fortune of $1.5 million, which at the time was the largest ever recorded estate in New England. He was laid to rest in Summer Street’s Woodside Cemetery in a large crypt, and is now surrounded by several generations of the Sears family.