Need a break from the shopping, the housework or just the daily grind? Yarmouth’s inns and hotels are ready to accommodate you.
When the beach crowds fade each fall, innkeepers and hotel managers look for new ways to fill their rooms – often cutting prices and partnering with other businesses for creative promotions. That means smart shoppers can find some terrific deals – including discount packages with brunches, dinner coupons, brewery tours, spa treatments, and other amenities.
The off-season rates can also spark heart-warming get-togethers. Think about the friends or relatives you’ve been meaning to connect with. Now think about how many times you promised you’d “get together soon.” Booking an off-season package at one of Yarmouth’s inns or hotels can make that visit possible – without forcing you to renovate the spare bedroom.
It’s all about thinking like a winter traveler to figure out what they want, said innkeeper Chris Kennedy, who owns and runs the Inn on Main on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port with his life and business partner, Sarah Bradburn.
One popular package is a local brewery tour with Tap Tastings. Destinations vary depending on the number of participants, but the tours include safe transportation with stops at three or more of the Cape’s breweries. Guests get to sample beers and learn about the techniques used by brew masters at each stop. There’s also appetizers and swag from the Tap Tastings crew, and guests can buy beer and keep it cold until they get back to the inn. Brewery tours are typically scheduled for Friday evenings and include a 20 percent room discount for three-night stays or 10 percent for a two-night stay, Kennedy said.
The Inn on Main will also tailor packages to guests, depending on what they want. Options include massages by Body Sense Day Spa (either at the spa or in your room); gift coupons for dinner at local restaurants (Oliver’s, Old Yarmouth Inn and Grill 43); and arts and theater trips. The inn is currently arranging privately curated art tours and theater packages, Kennedy said, noting that details will be announced in mid-January. If you’ve got a furry friend, the Inn on Main is also pet friendly. Find more at the Inn on Main’s website.
For a decadent treat, try the Inn at Yarmouth Port, which also partners with local businesses to create memorable visits. Owner and Innkeeper Kathleen Larson Day recommends the Relax and Eat Cake package. A two-day stay in one of the historic Inn’s seven luxury rooms comes with a $50 gift certificate toward dinner at The Old Yarmouth Inn or Grill 43. And when you return from the romantic meal, Larson Day will serve you a freshly baked cake for dessert (she’s also a baker and chef). Guests can choose chocolate or vanilla, and there’s even a gluten-free option. The inn also features a gourmet farm-to-table breakfast, along with snacks and beverages that are available 24/7.
She and her husband Chuck Day purchased the 176-year-old sea captain’s house in January of 2018 and spent the next year completing a massive renovation, carefully blending the property’s historic assets with contemporary features.
Prices vary by room, with information and reservations available on the Inn at Yarmouth Port website.
At the Bayside Resort Hotel on Route 28, General Manager Rod Sroczenski says convenience, pricing and the variety of off-season packages all contribute to satisfied customers.
Most of the guests that visit between November and April come from within the Boston, Worcester and Providence area, Sroczenski said. People just want to get away for a weekend, he said, and they find they can do it for a lot less money by booking an off-season stay on Cape Cod. Once they arrive, they also find great deals on so many of the terrific restaurants that make the Cape such a special destination.
The Bayside Resort caters to couples and families, who take advantage of the package deals, but also use the facility’s indoor pool, fitness center, game room and other amenities. Two favorite specials are the Beer Lover’s Brewery Package, which includes tours of local breweries and brews in your room’s refrigerator, and the New Year’s Family Fun Getaway Package, with a New Year’s Eve family pizza party, DJ and dance contests, followed by a countdown and midnight toast (with non-alcoholic beverages, of course). Other popular packages include the Girlfriend Getaway (when one girls’ night out isn’t enough) and trips to explore Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Find more at the Bayside Resort Hotel’s website.
Still looking for more? Check out the YCC’s Member Directory page and scroll through places to stay and places to play, along with dining and shopping options. Descriptions of member businesses include links to the individual websites where you can search for deals.
Andy Tomolonis is a nonfiction author, travel writer and multimedia journalist.