Falmouth, Cape Cod
Coastal Oasis, $$
We all reach a point in the summer when our inner child comes out. We want to feel the sand on our skin and our hair tangled in salt-water knots, and to lose all sense of time until the sun dips into the sea. Falmouth, on the southwest corner of Cape Cod, is a haven for those drawn to laid-back East Coast beach towns. It checks all the desired boxes for summertime: miles of shoreline, warm Gulf Stream waters, ice cream shops on every corner, lobster rolls for every meal, and a pace of life to match the lapping waves. The Coonamessett hotel on Jones Pond adds another checkmark to the list: a timeless coastal inn designed for the modern traveler. Its 29 easy-breezy rooms dressed in nautical whites set the tone for a relaxing weekend near the sea. Beach cruisers at the ready inspire spontaneous rides to chase the sunset. And a cheers with a friendly patron at the lively on-site sailor bar reminds you that we're all beach-bound kids at heart — with the perk that we can toast a picture-perfect summer day with a cold beer.
At a Glance
The Vibe: A classic Cape Cod getaway by the seashore.
Standout Detail: The hotel's ideal location is a hop, skip, and jump to endless summer recreation: Cruise miles of bike paths, hop on a ferry to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, hike and sunbathe along the seemingly endless stretches of sandy beaches and the open Atlantic, taking a big breath of fresh air along the way.
This Place Is Perfect For: Families with young kids and couples who want a relaxed sun-soaked weekend and be swept away by the inescapable nautical charm of the summertime peninsula.
Rooms: Light and airy, the hotel's 29 newly redesigned rooms and suites reflect the Cape's classic maritime aesthetic with a modern twist: summer-hat adorned walls, whitewashed floors, leather poufs, curated bookcases, and rope-braided lounge chairs. Overlooking Jones Pond, the one-bedroom Lark Suite cottage is a haven of its own, with plush white sofas, dining area, a standalone bathtub, and a private patio. The amenities in every room — waffle kimono robes, Tivoli bluetooth radios, and cocktail kits — make it easy to relax and allow life to move at a coastal pace.
On Site: For beachgoers, the property lends umbrellas, chairs, beach bags along with Solé bikes to cruise to the sandy shores. Within the gardens are hammocks in the shade for a nice afternoon snooze. Open year-round, the hotel also has three private function rooms for 70 to 250 guests, perfect for weddings and rehearsal dinners with a private garden room overlooking Jones Pond.
Food + Drink: After a day at the beach, fill up on lobster rolls and fish tacos at Eli's Tavern, the legendary namesake seaside grill that Lark Hotels acquired when they purchased and renovated the inn in 2018. A legendary gathering place of the Cape's community, Lark did little to change the tavern, aside from sprucing up the interiors and adding weekend live music on the waterfront deck. Its important tradition remains: Coined by the namesake tavern regular, Eli, who would drink one beer and pay for two every night, claiming that his second should go to someone who "needs one more than they can pony up for." This spirit lives on as today's patrons can order "a round for Eli," which the bartenders gifts to a future thirsty customer. A welcome routine to bring home to your neighborhood watering hole.
What to Do Nearby
The hotel is conveniently located near the Steamship Authority ferry docks for easy access to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket islands, though there are plenty of seaside happenings in Falmouth. The 10-mile Shining Sea Bikeway is just a short ride and winds along stretches of beaches, marshes, and cranberry bogs. A sunset hike to The Knob in Woods Hole is a must for unobstructed views of the sun setting over Quissett Harbor and Buzzards Bay.
No summer is complete without a sugar cone stacked high with several scoops of ice cream and a stroll along a cute boutique-filled street. Ben and Bills Chocolate Emporium of Cape Cod on Main Street will surely do the trick. Afterwards, head to locally loved Eight Cousins bookshop to pick up the perfect beach read.