Cape Cod, Massachusetts
A converted lighthouse brightens the island.

From the March 24, 2003 Issue of New York

Beach-cottage rentals? No thanks. Grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning the kitchen should not be in your vacation vocabulary. You can do all those things without leaving home (and for a lot less money). Cape Cod’s Lighthouse Inn, owned and run by the Stone family since 1938, is a low-key, kid-friendly, full-service resort. It’s also a working lighthouse, built in 1855. The dining room—where guests gather for generous buffet-style breakfasts, light lunches, and New England–style dinners such as creamy clam chowder, steamed lobster, and prime rib—has memorable views of Nantucket Sound. From late June through August, the West Dennis inn offers daily supervised activities for children 3 and up. The private beach, heated swimming pool, miniature-golf course, and game room are great for kids. Dads will like the five public eighteen-hole golf courses nearby. And the whole family can take the ferry from Hyannis to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket, or drive past Chatham to the National Seashore for beach-combing, sand-castle building, and swimming.
— Sandy Soule

U.S. Airways offers nonstop flights to the Hyannis airport (800-428-4322;; from there, it’s less than a 30-minute drive to West Dennis. The drive to West Dennis from Manhattan takes about five hours. Lighthouse Inn (doubles from $230; 508-398-2244;

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Related Websites
Cape Cod Online - Official town newspaper; entertainment guides.

Photograph: Courtesy of the Lighthouse Inn