Go on a Self-Guided Tour of Cape Cod Lighthouses
Whether planning a vacation with your girlfriends or your family, there’s no better destination than Lighthouse Inn. This oceanfront hotel and resort in West Dennis is the perfect home base for any getaway. Not only will you have a cozy place to call home, but adventures are all around you. For a unique way to explore the Cape Cod region, set off to discover the lighthouses that dot the landscape.
A Guide to 5 Local New England Lighthouses
Thanks to its coastal location, the lighthouses on Cape Cod were important in ensuring mariners could safely make it to shore. Today these structures are a way to get a glimpse into the past while teaching visitors about the region’s history.
From 1855 to 1914, the Bass River Lighthouse, also called the West Dennis Lighthouse, served as the marker to the Bass River entrance. Today, the original lighthouse and keeper’s quarters are a focal point of our Cape Cod resort. Spend time taking in this local landmark while listening to the U.S Lighthouse Society podcast about its legacy, which features owner Greg Stone.
Also referred to as the Lewis Bay Lighthouse, the Hyannis Harbor Light started as a hanging lamp in the window of a cottage. The lighthouse was constructed in the mid-1800s to help guide sailors reach Hyannis, which was a busy commercial and fishing port.
Head to nearby Chatham to visit the Chatham Lighthouse, known as Twin Lights before 1923. The 48-foot tall structure overlooks the Chatham Bar and still operates 24 hours a day. During the summer months, the lighthouse is occasionally open to tourists free of charge.
Another historic lighthouse near Chatham is the Monomoy Point Lighthouse. Established in 1823, it was eventually deactivated in 1923. Today, the lighthouse is part of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. While the tower is closed, you can still see it while hiking the refuge trails.
For a day trip option, drive to West Barnstable to visit the Sandy Neck Lighthouse. Found at the entrance of Barnstable Harbor, this structure went into service in October 1826. The lighthouse is now privately owned, so the grounds and tower are closed. However, you can see it on a Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises tour.
Unwind in Your Cape Cod Home Base
There’s nothing better after a day of discovering Cape Cod lighthouses than retreating to your home away from home. At Lighthouse Inn, we strive to bring you everything you need for an unforgettable vacation. In addition to incredible accommodations, our resort has several exceptional on-site amenities.
Enjoy a delicious meal at The Waterfront Restaurant, known for being a relaxed oceanfront dining experience. See who comes out on top playing one of our numerous games like mini golf or basketball. We even have an outdoor pool and private beach. Call 508-398-2244 to learn more about what you can expect from our resort.