When traveling to a new destination, it’s always nice to learn a little bit about the area where you are staying. If you are heading to Cape Cod and making a stop at our Hyannis inn, the following facts might be of interest.

1. Our Historic Hyannis Inn Is One Of A Kind
When one thinks about a proper New England vacation, one might conjure up an image of a romantic, historic inn. While there are a multitude of lovely historic inns throughout New England and Cape Cod, our Hyannis inn is actually the only historic lodging within the village of Hyannis. The Simmons Homestead Inn is more than 200 years old, and not only are we the only historic Hyannis Inn, we are also the only Cape Cod inn (or perhaps the only inn on Earth) that houses a classic car museum on the premises. Inn guests enjoy free admission to the Toad Hall Classic Car Collection, which includes more than 40 classic sports cars.

2. We Are One Of The Few Cape Cod Dog-Friendly Hotels
If you are searching for historic ambiance and wish to bring your dog along with you on vacation, your choices are limited. There are several modern motels and hotels that allow pets, but we are one of the very few historic Cape Cod dog-friendly hotels. When you factor in our centralized location and affordable rates, we believe that Simmons Homestead Inn is the ideal option for all types of travelers but especially those with dogs or children.

3. Hyannis Is A Village Inside A Town
That might sound like an odd statement, but many people are confused about the organization of towns and villages throughout Cape Cod. Hyannis is a village, and it is one of the seven villages that make up the Town of Barnstable. To make it even more confusing, one of the villages in the Town of Barnstable is a village called Barnstable. The other villages include Centerville, Cotuit, Marstons Mills, Osterville and West Barnstable.

4. Hyannis Is Barnstable’s Largest Village
You might think that the village of Barnstable would be the largest village within the Town of Barnstable, but it is actually our own village, Hyannis, that is the largest. In addition to being the largest village in Barnstable, Hyannis also serves as the transportation hub for most of Cape Cod. This is one of the reasons why we recommend that visitors to Cape Cod consider booking a stay at our Hyannis inn. We are a great midpoint from which to enjoy all that the Cape has to offer, and the inn is just minutes from the ferries that will transport you over to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard.

5. The Pilgrims Landed Here First
While Plymouth is the town synonymous with the Pilgrims, the Mayflower actually was first anchored in the area of Cape Cod, now known as Provincetown Harbor. It was about a month after the Pilgrims anchored in Provincetown that they sailed over and began settling the Plymouth Colony, as they found an old deserted Wampanoag village that seemed to be an ideal place to set up a community.

6. Endless Summer? Ask Doug The Quahog
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, visitors flock to Cape Cod to enjoy our beautiful beaches. While the season kicks off prior to the official first day of summer, shopkeepers, innkeepers, restaurateurs and visitors alike enjoy the summer season for as long as the warm weather holds. If you are making plans to visit Cape Cod later in the season but aren’t quite sure whether it will be warm enough for sun and seabathing, you might rely on the authority of meteorologists and centuries of compiled weather data when you could simply invoke the wisdom of Doug the Quahog, who every year predicts the number of sunshine-filled beach days one can expect in Cape Cod.

You might wonder, “How can a quahog predict the weather?” Of course, you might also be wondering, “What is a quahog?” For the second question, we have an answer. A quahog is a type of hard-shelled clam common to Cape Cod. As to the first question, we don’t really know how Doug the Quahog predicts the number of sunny days, but he does so each year on June 21, the first official day of summer. If you are at our Hyannis inn on June 21, we recommend checking out Cape Cod Quahog Day and the special ceremony where Doug the Quahog predicts the weather.

7. Cape Cod Used To Be Attached
Back in the olden days, prior to 1914, Cape Cod was attached to the mainland. However, it is now separated from the mainland by the Cape Cod Canal. This canal was built to serve as a shortcut between Boston and New York. The canal was built by private companies, but since 1927, the canal has been owned by the United States government and maintained and managed by the Army Corp of Engineers.

These are just a few fun facts about our Hyannis inn Cape Cod, but you can learn more about this amazing destination by booking a Cape Cod excursion. If you are searching for some historic Cape Cod charm and also need to find Cape Cod dog-friendly hotels, keep the Simmons Homestead Inn in mind. Dogs of all sizes love visiting our inn, and there are plenty of pet-friendly activities to enjoy here in Cape Cod.