Cape Cod Hotels and Lighthouses

For your summer vacation in Cape Cod, check out these family-friendly hotels in a variety of price ranges, and don't forget to visit the Cape's famed lighthouses.

$ budget choice
$$ mid-range
$$$ luxury accommodations

$ Nauset Knoll Motor Lodge

This no-frills motel makes the most of its hillside location above Nauset Beach on the Atlantic. Double rooms are priced at $150 a night. 237 Beach Road, East Orleans; 508-255-2364; www.capecodtravel.com/nausetknoll.

    $$ The Corsair and Cross Rip

    These side-by-side resorts on the beach in Dennisport offer suites with living rooms and kitchenettes -- not to mention ocean views -- from $175 a night in season. Register at The Corsair, 41 Chase Avenue, Dennisport; 800-889-8037; www.corsaircrossrip.com.

      $$ Pleasant Bay Village

      This family-oriented property features ponds, gardens, and an inviting swimming pool. A deluxe room with two queen beds is priced at about $195 a night in season; efficiencies and suites are also available. 1191 Orleans Road, Chatham; 800-547-1011; www.pleasantbayvillage.com.

        $$$ Cape Codder Resort & Spa

        It has a huge indoor wave pool-need we say more? The water slides and dancing fountains appeal to kids; parents can enjoy a full array of spa services. Prices for a family-size loft suite start at $339 a night, and family plans are available. 1225 Iyanough Road & Bearse's Way, Hyannis; 888-297-2200; www.capecodderresort.com.

          $$$ Chatham Bars Inn

          Complimentary programs for children ages 4 and up -- including beach activities, crafts, and treasure hunts -- are offered all summer at this elegant resort above Pleasant Bay. Kids 3 and under and their parents can attend storytimes and sing-alongs together, and babysitting is available. Shore Road, Chatham; 800-527-4884; www.chathambarsinn.com.

            $$$ Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

            This Victorian-style former private mansion listed in the National Register of Historic Places promises to win smiles from parents (18-hole golf course, tennis, luxuriously appointed rooms) and children alike. Summer programs for kids ages 4 and up include sand-sculpting, face-painting, and craft-making, as well as an optional insect safari. Guest rooms in peak season start at $265 a night. 2907 Main Street, Brewster; 800-343-6074; www.oceanedge.com.

              Lighthouses of Cape Cod

              The peninsula of Cape Cod includes more lighthouses than any other area in America. Some have been lost, destroyed, or transferred into private hands, but the following 13-listed geographically from the western edge to the northern tip-can still be viewed as a reminder of the area's maritime history:

              Wings Neck Light, Bourne
              Nobska Light, Falmouth
              Sandy Neck Light, Barnstable
              Hyannis Light, Hyannis
              Bass River Light, West Dennis (now part of the Lighthouse Inn)
              Stage Harbor Light Station, Chatham
              Chatham Light, Chatham
              Monomoy Point Light, Monomoy Island, off Chatham
              Nauset Light, Eastham
              Highland Light, North Truro
              Long Point Light, Provincetown
              Wood End Light Station, Provincetown
              Race Point Light, Provincetown

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