How to Find the Perfect Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast

July 10, 2012
Belfry Inn

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Let’s be honest: there are hundreds of B&B’s to choose from when planning your Cape Cod getaway. Each one is so different and has so much to offer, so it can definitely get a big overwhelming. So how do you know which B&B is right for you and your family? How do you avoid those inns that just don’t seem to work out?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

1. Is it really a B&B?

When it comes to lodging option on the Cape, there are all kinds of places to choose from: hotels, motels, inns, B&Bs, guest houses- you name it. While it might be easy to assume they’re all the same, there are reasons why they all prefer to use different names.

Hotels/Motels: Personal space, private bathroom, no curfews, no set rules, no meals included, corporate feeling

Inns/B&Bs: Personal space, private OR shared bathroom (depending on specific inn/B&B), some minor courtesy rules (leave some doors locked after a certain time, stuff like that), breakfast included, feeling of “home”

Guest Houses: Personal room, shared bathroom, lots of house rules/curfews, “mom’n’pop” feel

It’s important to consider your own habits and behaviors before booking a stay. Check in with the innkeeper no matter where you stay to know house rules and policies up front before signing on the dotted line.

2. Do the rooms fit your lifestyle?

If you’re used to 5-star suites and private indoor swimming pools during your vacations, you should know up front that Cape Cod inns and B&Bs are usually very old-fashioned and do not have the modern-day, 21st century ammenities. Since so many of the B&Bs are in old houses (or if you’re at the Belfry, an old cathedral), the rooms are small and each one is different. Make sure to consider the following:

  • Is the room big enough for my entire family? How many beds are there? Is an adjoining room available for extra space?
  • Does it have a private bathroom? How many sinks and showers are there? Are there any spa facilities?
  • Is the inn close to the attractions I want to visit? Will I have to factor in extra travel costs?

3. What will you eat?!
While it’s a given that your average B&B will offer a complimentary breakfast, it’s always a good idea to double check to see what dining options are available- especially if it doesn’t state specificially that it’s a B&B.

Ask yourself:

  • Is there a restaurant attached? What are the room service hours?
  • If no, what restaurants/grocery stores are in the area?

Be proactive and ask questions when planning your Cape Cod vacation! Don’t let desperate innkeepers talk you up and let you buy into something you don’t want.

…or you could stop by the Belfry to enjoy, clean, comfortable rooms complete with a full breakfast, gourmet food, and dozens of attractions in the area. Your choice!

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