The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Explore parts of the Cape Cod National Seashore with your pup
Explore parts of the Cape Cod National Seashore with your pup | © Ronald Wilson Photography / Getty Images
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14 May 2021

Who said Cape Cod was no place for a critter? This Massachusetts peninsula is a great getaway for visitors of every breed. Quaint towns, delicious food and the breezy New England weather make it perfect for seaside walks and photo ops with man’s best friend. From Provincetown to Nantucket, here’s our pick of the best pet-friendly hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.

Surfside Hotel and Suites

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Surfside Hotel and Suites sits, unsurprisingly, on the Provincetown shore, but its private beach isn’t the only thing that’s got our tails wagging. This proud LGBTQ hotel welcomes pets with special treats and people with Cape Cod cocktails at the Lighthouse Bar. Big dogs will love the variety of nearby trails that will send you both racing through dunes, forests and preserves. Grab some doggie waste bags and hike over to the Dune Shacks Trail, Beech Forest or Fox Run.

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Inn at Swan River

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Late-night arrivals in Dennis? Give you and your pup a rest at the Inn at Swan River. Right on Main Street and a short drive from the Barnstable Municipal Airport, you’ll be unpacked and ready for bed within minutes. Add a bed for Fido to your packing list, as dogs are welcome to stay, just not on the furniture. At sunrise, take your pick of 16 nearby beaches for morning walkies.

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Queen Vic Guest House

Bed and Breakfast
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They say Queen Vic Guest House is adults-only, but we have a feeling they won’t card your pooch at check-in (two pets are allowed per room). This B&B knows how to show guests a good time with old fashioneds and cosmos at the bar – maybe that’s why each suite has blackout curtains to stave off the sun. No matter what time you roll out of bed, a home-made breakfast, including German pancakes, french toast and quiche, is warm and waiting downstairs.

Harbor Hotel Provincetown

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With an open-door pet policy, Harbor Hotel wants your pup to join in with the P-Town fun. Hang together poolside during the dog days of summer, or get cozy around the firepit when the seasons start to change. If this relaxed side of Provincetown gets a little too leisurely for you, roll down to Dog Gone Sailing Charters at the MacMillan Pier and watch your dog’s ears sway in the breeze.

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Frederick William House

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With bike rentals included with your stay at Frederick William House, bicycle rides alongside your best friend are even better in Cape Cod. Dogs that weigh 20lb (9kg) or less are invited to stay and encouraged to join you on your ride through Falmouth. Ride across the street for a lap around Goodwill Park, or head down near the beach where you’ll find the pet-friendly Black Dog Heights Cafe.

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  • Brass Key Guesthouse

    Hotel, Guesthouse
    4.7/5 (75 Reviews)
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    The Brass Key Guesthouse, a pet-friendly P-Town cottage, is just as lovely as it sounds. Let your pup relax for the afternoon while you hop from the mineral tub to the Himalayan salt sauna after a deep massage. Mingle with other dog moms and dads at the evening wine-and-cheese reception or in the 15-person hot tub. The Pilgrim Bark Park nearby will put you on the scent of all the other dog-friendly hotspots in Provincetown.
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    The Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin

    4.5/5 (77 Reviews)
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    Bailey, the brittany spaniel-black lab mix, is the concierge who will welcome your dog into the Woof Cottages. Upon arrival, your pup will receive a welcome bag of treats, chew toys, a bed, bowls and a personalized pet tag. Doggie turndown and walking services are also complimentary. You and your dog will be wagging your tails long after you leave, which is why you should enter it into the Cottages’ Top Dog Contest to win a two-night stay.

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    Faraway Nantucket

    Boutique Hotel
    4.3/5 (51 Reviews)
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    Though settled peacefully into the Nantucket Downtown Historic District, the Faraway will make you feel miles away from the worries of the world. Bring a few beers and a bag of treats out to the courtyard lounge to watch the clouds roll by. Feel free to wander around downtown, letting the smell of the sea guide you to the wharf. When you return, let go of the leash and lose track of time snuggled up with your pup.

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    Greydon House

    Boutique Hotel, Luxury
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    Hand-painted Portuguese tiles, custom marble counters and specially designed beds – your dog might not appreciate the refined details in every Greydon House suite, but you certainly will. However, it’ll surely enjoy any Italian-ish leftovers you bring back from Via Mare. Perhaps the sweetest treat that both of you can enjoy is the insider Nantucket knowledge the staff here is happy to divulge, including where the hidden local beaches are on the north and south shores, so far from the beaten path that we wouldn’t dare mention them here.

    These recommendations were updated on May 14, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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