The “Cultural Cape” abounds with a variety of music, theater, and fine arts. From chamber music to jazz, to Broadway musicals and contemporary art and pottery, you’ll find just about any type of experience all within a few miles of our Cape Cod inn. Performances are scheduled all year round and the venues range in size from large contemporary theaters to small black box stages in century-old theaters. You may even find an event held in the parlor of the Inn itself so check the special events pages for more details and dates. Enjoy walking outdoors? Self-guided historic walking tours through Yarmouth Port Village will give you glimpses into times past. Antiques showrooms of all varieties from furniture to fine porcelain are accessible up and down Route 6A, an official National Scenic Byway. This is the Cultural Cape.
Music and Theater
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is one of the most engaging and accessible cultural organizations in the region. The mission of the Center is to serve the entire Cape community and visitors to the area by offering instruction, entertainment, and exhibition in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Programming at the Center reflects real needs and priorities and is echoed by its motto: All the Arts for All of Us. You’ll find concerts, art classes, dance lessons, yoga and more.
Fun Fact: The Steinway Grand piano in the parlor at The Inn at Yarmouth Port was the performance piano for over ten years at The Center until it was relocated to the Inn in 2018 by the new Innkeepers.
The Cape Playhouse
For over 90 years, the legendary Cape Playhouse has been bringing professional summer theatre to Cape Cod. Often referred to as the “Birthplace of the Stars,” The Cape Playhouse has attracted a long litany of famous actors since its inception in 1927. From Bernadette Peters, to Tallulah Bankhead, Bette Davis to Henry Fonda, the stage of the Cape Playhouse has been graced by some of the greatest talent in the American theatre.
The Cape Symphony
The Cape Symphony started in 1962 and today is one of the largest orchestras in Massachusetts. Its Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak leads 75 professional musicians and enlists emerging world-wide talent to bring the joy of music to Cape Cod and its visitors year-round. All concerts are held in the 1400-seat Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis, MA. During the summer, the orchestra performs to thousands of residents and vacationers at outdoor events.
Harvest Gallery and Wine Bar
The Harvest Gallery and Wine Bar is one of our favorite places on Cape Cod. Kick back and enjoy the gourmet menu featuring fresh local ingredients and some of the best local musicians around. The décor features the works a local Cape Cod Contemporary Artist on a rotating basis.
Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival held in August
The Provincetown Jazz Festival has been an annual event since 2005. Provincetown itself is considered the oldest Continuous Art Colony in the United States. The event will feature Jazz Artists from around the globe.
Historic Cape Cod and Antiquing
Parnassus Book Service
Since 1956 the Muse family has operated the legendary Parnassus Book Service, an antique bookstore in the heart of the Village of Yarmouth Port and within walking distance from the Inn. If you like searching for the perfect book that you can’t find anywhere else, this is the place for you. Featuring fiction, Americana, history, maritime, art and more.
Edward Gorey was an American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer. In 1979, he purchased an historic Yarmouth Port home at 8 Strawberry Lane once owned 200 years ago by a prominent local sea captain. After Gorey’s death in 2000, the house became a museum, dedicated to Gorey’s life and work and his devotion to animal welfare. The house and its exhibits are open to the public from April through December.
Captain’s Mile Walking Tour
The Inn at Yarmouth Port is one of the stops along the Captain’s Mile Walking tour. Black and gold schooner plaques identify more than 50 sea captains’ homes along a self-guided walk in Yarmouth Port. Enjoy an easy stroll around the village past these historic homes which commemorate a pivotal part of Yarmouth’s history. More than 300 sea captains called Yarmouth home during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Antique Center of Cape Cod
The Antique Center of Cape Cod is located a short distance from the Inn right on Route 6A. It features the largest area showroom of antiques from furniture to Art, to Books, glass and pottery. Appraisal service are available.
Art and Pottery on the Cultural Cape
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Located just a few minutes down the scenic road in Dennis, the Cape Cod Museum of Art is a wonderful place to spend several hours admiring the 7 art galleries housing permanent and rotating exhibits, outdoor sculpture garden and Museum shop. The Museum is front and center in a walking area that houses some wonderful shops, cafes and restaurants.
Displayed throughout the Inn is a collection of pieces from Chatham Pottery in the Hydrangea pattern. Be sure to view the Inn’s Hydrangea wall, a 16-tile masterpiece, custom made for us by the artist herself, Margaret Grey. The gallery shop is in Chatham on Route 28 and is a must stop destination during your Chatham visit.