Participants are responsible for their own lodging. You will find an abundance of accommodations nearby at a range of prices. Early reservations are advised.
Many Institute participants choose housing on the basis of price and nearness to the Institute. The guidance below is based on evaluations of those who attended the Institute.
The Institute is held in the town of Eastham, which is a short drive from the adjoining towns of Orleans and Wellfleet, not far from Truro and Brewster, and within reach of Chatham and Provincetown. Our section of Cape Cod contains more unspoiled wilderness and less commercial development than other parts of the Cape, because it is regulated by the National Park Service. Large luxury hotels may be farther afield, but Atlantic surf, calm Bay waters and freshwater ponds are all within a few minutes' drive.
Those who rent a house or cottage generally give high ratings to their choices. Martie Cunningham of Peters Real Estate (508-255-2329) has found housing at all price levels for many participants in previous years. Among cottage colonies, Cranberry Cottages received favorable ratings.
Small Lodging Places
The following inns received favorable ratings: Midway Motel & Cottages (800-755-3117), Nauset House Inn (800-771-5508), Inn At The Oaks (877-255-1886), Parsonage Inn (508-255-8217), Ships Knees Inn (888-744-7756), and Even'tide Resort Motel & Cottages (800-368-0007). A list of B&Bs is available here.
There are several large and affordable motels nearby, including the Captains Quarters (800-327-7769).
The following sponsoring establishments received high ratings in 2016:
Captains Quarters, Eastham. Clean 1 king & 2-double rooms on 7 acres; quiet, park-like setting. Ideal location - Near Cape Cod Institute, bike trail, beaches & restaurants. www.myCaptainsQuarters.com
Cranberry Cottages, Eastham. Sunny studio & 2-bedroom housekeeping units on 5 acres; quiet, park-like setting. Ideal location - near bike trail, beaches, shopping & restaurants. Weekly rentals starting at $650. www.capecranberrycottages.com
Even'tide Resort Motel & Cottages, Wellfleet, 800-368-0007. Voted "Best Motel on Outer Cape Cod" for 18 years! Rooms, suites, and 1-4 bedroom cottages on 6 acres. Huge indoor pool, on bike path, hike to Marconi beach, barbecue area, basketball, shuffleboard, mini-golf, ping-pong, guest laundry, exercise room, free WiFi. www.eventidemotel.com
Midway Motel & Cottages, Eastham, 800-755-3117. Spotlessly clean and comfortable accommodations situated on a tranquil wooded property on bike trail. Highly rated on TripAdvisor! Only 1.3 mi. from Nauset HS. TV/HBO, A/C, in room coffee, free WiFi. www.midwaymotel.com
Nauset House Inn, an intimate country Inn just a short walk to Nauset beach. Rooms from $90 includes full breakfast, rated highest among course goers for 30 yrs! "Guests feel as if they are staying with good friends." Box 774, Beach Rd., East Orleans, MA 02643, 800-771-5508 www.nausethouseinn.com
Parsonage Inn, 202 Main St, P.O. Box 1501, East Orleans 02643. 508-255-8217, 888-422-8217, 8 rooms/pvt baths, AC, TV, free WiFi, Gourmet breakfast, walk to restaurants. Near Nauset Beach, walking & hiking trails. Highly rated by Trip Advisor. www.parsonageinn.com
Ship's Knees Inn, 186 Beach Rd, East Orleans MA 02643, 888-744-7756 Enjoy the warmth and charm of a 180 year old restored Sea Captain's home, just up the hill from Nauset Beach. Daily continental breakfast. Pool on premises. 1 or 2 bedroom ocean view apt w/kitchen rented Sat to Sat. www.shipskneesinn.com