Taking a vacation is always a great idea, but one of the few drawbacks is leaving your furry friends behind. Fortunately, if you visit the Simmons Homestead Inn, you don’t have to find a sitter or a kennel for your beloved dog as we accept well-behaved dogs both large and small. We do have a $25 extra clean-em-up charge for the pup.

Over the years, we have welcomed a wide array of the critters to our dog-friendly Cape Cod Inn. If they are crate trained, drag it along and they will feel right at home here. Also make sure they are currently treated with Frontline, Advantage or other flea and tick treatment. The dog will have to be on leash when here on in town. If they can be ‘trusted’ to come back, they can go off on their own in the back yard after 4 when the cats are all in, and there a a couple of fenced in dog parks on the Cape.

Only place the dogs can’t go here at the Inn are the cat’s home room or the breakfast table. But rooms 9 & 10 have fenced in decks where you can bring back breakfast and eat with the pup. Likewise there are 3 tables on the side porch where you can take your breakfast and share with your young ‘kid.’

Then in the summer you can take a dog on most walking trails and on certain beaches both right near the Inn or out on the National Seashore and in a couple of towns like Wellfleet which has an actual dog beach. Off season the pup can go on any old beach he/she wants, but ‘generally’ on a leash. There are dog parks in nearby Yarmouth and in Provincetown and a couple of other places. You can take a dog to both Nantucket and the Vineyard and Hyannis Harbor Cruises on the ferries, and on the Dolphin Whale Watch out of Provincetown.

You can take a dog to outside seating here on Main Street and in many other towns anywhere with outside seating. You can also leave the dog in your room while you are out to dinner or send out or bring back dinner and eat with the dog on the back porch or in the common room. If you can ‘convince’ the hosts that yours is a seeing eye dog, you can go inside, but you have to be able to stumble around and bump into furniture to help convince them your dog is a necessity 🙂

Once you get here we will give you our written sheet on what to do with the dog and lists of place and maps and other handouts for walking, beaching and just having fun together.