Exploring the Charms of Yarmouth Port, MA: A Must-Visit Destination

Discover The Village of Historic Yarmouth Port

Yarmouth Port, nestled on the beautiful shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is a captivating destination that seamlessly blends history, natural beauty, and small-town charm. From scenic vistas to cultural gems, this idyllic village offers a variety of attractions for visitors to enjoy. And when it comes to finding a place to stay that embodies the essence of Yarmouth Port, The Inn at Yarmouth Port is the perfect choice—a sanctuary of comfort and luxury.

Once you’ve booked your stay at The Inn at Yarmouth Port, its time to start exploring the area. Here’s a quick guide of places to visit as you discover this enchanting sea side historic village and its surrounding towns.

1. Edward Gorey House:
Step into the whimsical world of artist and author Edward Gorey at his former home turned museum. The Edward Gorey House showcases his distinctive artwork, eccentric collections, and glimpses into his creative process. Art enthusiasts and fans of the macabre will find this experience truly captivating.

Cape Cod's Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port

2. Gray’s Beach & Bass Hole Boardwalk:
Take a leisurely stroll along the serene shores of Gray’s Beach, known for its picturesque beauty and calm waters. The beach offers breathtaking views, especially during sunset. Pack a picnic and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this hidden gem. Embark on a nature adventure along the Bass Hole Boardwalk, a scenic wooden pathway that winds through salt marshes and offers breathtaking views of the marshland and Cape Cod Bay. It’s an excellent spot for birdwatching and the best spot to catch a Cape Cod sunset.

3. Historical Society of Old Yarmouth:
History buffs can delve into the rich past of Yarmouth Port by visiting the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. This charming museum showcases artifacts, exhibits, and documents that highlight the area’s past. Learn about the town’s maritime heritage, famous residents, and significant events that shaped its identity. Check hours online.

4. Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum:
Discover the Captain Bangs Hallet House, a meticulously preserved 19th-century sea captain’s home that provides a fascinating glimpse into Yarmouth Port’s maritime history. Explore the period-furnished rooms, admire the antique collections, and imagine life during that era.

5. The Cape Playhouse:
Experience the magic of live theater at The Cape Playhouse, a beloved institution in nearby Dennis Village. This historic venue has been hosting captivating performances since 1927 and continues to delight audiences with its diverse repertoire of plays, musicals, and performances.

Cape Cod Playhouse

6. Cultural Center of Cape Cod:
Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Located in South Yarmouth, this community-driven venue hosts art exhibitions, workshops, live performances, and cultural events that showcase the talents of local artists, musicians, and performers.

7. Hallet’s Ice Cream

Step back in time into this iconic soda shop virtually untouched since the 1800’s. A family run business for generations, their homemade ice-cream and luncheon sandwiches keep visitor coming back year after year.

8. Parnassus Book Service

Just steps from the Inn, this antique book store will delight you from the moment you walk in the door. Rows of your favorite childhood books dotted with aged collections of historic significance. Grab a few treasures then head back to the Inn, grab your freshly baked afternoon treats, make a cup of tea then dive into your new read.

9.Scargo Tower:
Take in panoramic views of Yarmouth Port and beyond from the top of Scargo Tower. Climb the steps to the observation deck and witness breathtaking vistas of Cape Cod Bay, Dennis, and the surrounding countryside. It’s especially captivating during the fall foliage season.

10. And in the heart of the Village, stands The Inn at Yarmouth Port built by Captain James Bacon Crocker (1804-1883) in 1843. This historic Cape Cod inn is a living example of Greek Revival architecture and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Although it has seen many renovations throughout the years, many of the original appointments remain intact. The century-old wide plank pine floors, beautiful moldings, and fireplaces are reminders of the gentility and graciousness of times past. Our Captain Crocker was not only a well-known ship’s captain but also owned a general store. The site of his original store became the modern-day site for the first Christmas Tree Shop, a famous New England store chain. In later years, Captain Crocker presided over the courthouse that was located on the first floor of this historic Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast. The Innkeepers discovered large beams thought to be from the Captain’s ships during recent renovations. Crews also discovered etchings on the beams, many hand forged nails, wooden spikes and other building artifacts of the period. The award winning Inn is a must when visiting Yarmouth Port. Its placed in the Top 10% of hotels world-wide by Trip Advisor, the winner of Cape Cod B&B of the Year for 2021, 2022, & 2023, and a winner of Cape Cod Life’s “Best of Cape” awards for Mid-Cape also three years in a row. Book your stay today!

The front of The Inn at Yarmouth Port at twilight

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