Cape Cod Attractions
Attractions & Things to Do on Cape Cod
The Cape is a great place to come in summer of course, but it has lots going for it year round, especially here in Hyannis Port – in the dead center of the Cape on the Ocean side – Cape Cod attractions abound. From here to either end of Cape Cod is a half an hour and another half an hour all the way to the tip. The Simmons Homestead Inn is a half-mile to the Ocean in one direction and a half-mile to Hyannis in the other direction. The Harbor where there are ferryboats to both Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard is two miles away. Probably half the best restaurants on all of Cape Cod are within 5 miles of the inn. The Simmons Homestead Inn is the best of all worlds, and should be your favorite Cape Cod bed and breakfast! Sit out on the back porch at Wine Hour or in a hammock in the backyard looking towards Simmons Pond, and you think you are a thousand miles away from the world.
Cape Cod Bike Trails and Bikes Access
Cape Cod bike trails surround the Simmons Homestead Inn, and we have a shed full of bikes and helmets you can use free. Bicycle guides to nearby trails are here for you to take. Special booklets, handouts, maps given out, so you can get maximum fun out of cycling on the Cape. Serious peddlers who bring your own bikes will get the same handouts and maps, of course. We have about a dozen bikes, including smaller ones for kids, that you can borrow to go to the beaches or into town or just to ride along the harbor and see why Cape Cod trails are so cool and relaxing. For serious biking, we have a couple of bike carriers you can attach to your car or SUV and head out to the many trails that start at our back door.
Golf Courses Nearby
Golf fanatics head to one of the top golf destinations with more than 50 Cape Cod golf courses to choose from. Simmons Homestead Inn is right down the street from not one, but two golf courses on Scudder Avenue in Hyannis Port. Local golf courses include public, semi-public, country club, and private golf courses. Resident golf professionals include Geoffrey Cornish, Rees Jones, Brian Silva and Skip Wogan – today’s biggest golf course architects.
Beaches Nearby – Stuff and Toys
Cape Cod beach-goers will find toy chests in both buildings loaded with towels. Out in the Bike Shed there are light-weight beach chairs, umbrellas for the sun, buckets, shovels and more for the kids, or bored husbands. Town beaches on Cape Cod charge for parking (another reason to use a bike!), but they do have restrooms and snack bars. Local beaches down the street are free. The National Seashore starts about 30-40 minutes from here and is great. Local beaches are flat. The Seashore has big dunes down to the beach and also places you can take a dog year round. We have several Styrofoam coolers you can borrow to take to the beach or out by the hammocks in the backyard.
Electric Stuff – Gadgets and More Toys
We have, of course, Wi-Fi all over everywhere, so you can connect your laptop or smart phone or Kindle or i-Pad and play games, watch TV and Netflix. We also have a wireless printer that you can hook up to any old time you want. We are putting new flat-screen HD TVs in all the rooms and the billiard room and dining room to catch morning news. And of course every room has a clock radio to wake you up or put you to sleep gently.
Paper Stuff – Library Paperbacks
The Lemuel B. Simmons Memorial Free Library on the second floor has a bunch of paperbacks you can borrow. If you have your own and are finished, drop it off and pick a new one. That’s how we get newer ones. Gotta remember that Lemuel read a lot of these books about 150 years ago.
Spas, Gyms, Pools, & Other Stuff that Hyannis Offers
We have working arrangements with several great spas where you can get your mind and body worked over. Hopefully not so relaxed that you forget to come back here. The Conference Center of Hyannis (just up the street) has a gym and pool you can use for $10 or so a day. And of course the Billiard Room in the Annex and the Toad Hall Sports Car Collection (next door and FREE!) are available to you daily. Call 508-778-4999 to book by phone – now!