The Captain’s House Inn of Chatham — a traditional, elegant, Greek Revival beauty — sets the gold standard for similarly high-minded inns in New England. (Nothing really comes close on Cape Cod to this Chatham gem.) The inn has a charming historic quality, a cadre of UK hotel-school staffers, and exquisitely appointed rooms. Set on two acres of gorgeously tended grounds and formal gardens, the inn also boasts a lovely pool and exercise room.
It’s nearly impossible to choose favorites from among the 12 antique-filled rooms and four splendid suites.
That said, the Captain’s Cottage in particular – with its wood-burning fireplace, walnut paneling, and pumpkin-pine flooring – has a look and feel of a bygone era while still feeling as light, bright, clean, and airy as today.
Full breakfasts are served on exquisite china, with silver and linen. And whatever you do, don’t miss the high English Cream Tea in the afternoon.
Despite the formal-sounding nature of some elements, it’s still the kind of place where you are encouraged to wander into the kitchen for an evening snack and/or enjoy a glass of port in the library. And for those hanging around during the day (and why not!), lunch can be served poolside or fireside with a little notice.
The enthusiastic owners, Jill and James Meyer, and their expert staff run a tight ship.