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Cape Cod, MA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 156
Total Sleeping Rooms 19,000
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $104
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $380

Cape Cod, MA Meeting Planning Overview

Cape Cod is a swathe of land resembling a curved arm that reaches out from mainland Massachusetts into the Atlantic Ocean. A big draw for the area is the Cape Cod National Seashore, with 559 miles of shoreline offering dramatic sand dunes, cliffs, and seemingly infinite stretches of beach. Framed by the ocean and Cape Cod Bay are 15 towns and an assortment of villages, each sporting Cape Cod event venues with quaint historic character. The 65-mile-long Old King's Highway is a winding road that is the nation's largest historic district.

Cape Cod is accessible from virtually anywhere in the world! Hundreds of direct and connecting flights, high speed and traditional ferries, and bus and passenger train service to the region help travelers get to the cape quickly and easily. Cape Cod & Islands ferry schedules and Cape Cod & Islands flight schedules help visitors navigate to and from the beach town, and local transportation options are available once you cross the bridges, including taxis, car-rental companies, livery service, and in-town buses and shuttles. The Hyannis Transportation Center in downtown Hyannis is Cape Cod's transportation hub, hosting Cape Cod rail/ground transportation/bus lines. Here are some helpful travel tips for driving to and around Cape Cod.

It's quick and easy to get to the Cape & Islands by air, with frequent flights offered to and from the region. The recently renovated Barnstable Municipal Airport on Cape Cod is a state-of-the-art facility, which readily accommodates corporate aircraft and offers scheduled service between New York, Providence, Boston, and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Several years ago, JetBlue began operating daily seasonal flights between Barnstable Municipal Airport and JFK Airport in New York City.

Hotel venues in Cape Cod account for 19,000 guest rooms in a variety of properties, from a luxury resort or a country club style complex, to an historic landmark inn or a coastal lodge. We are proud that Wequasett Resort & Golf Club has earned its coveted fifth star from Forbes Travel Guide. Enjoy historic gems like the 217-room Chatham Bars Inn and Spa, which can accommodate a meeting of up to 250, or the 335-room Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, with 21,000 square feet of meeting space and a brand new Beach Bar, the only true hotel beach bar on Cape Cod. Sit back and relax on this 32-seat covered bar that sits atop the dunes of their private Bay Pines Beach; The Crowne Pointe Historic Hotel, Inn & Spa of Provincetown, centrally located downtown, is a restored Cape Cod Sea Captain's estate. This boutique Provincetown hotel is comprised of 40 rooms situated in six large architecturally-restored historic buildings, with a spacious main mansion; the 80-room John Carver Inn & Spa, with meeting space to handle a group of 180; the 48-room Dan'l Webster Inn & Spa, which has the capacity to host a meeting of 150 people; and the 80-room Lighthouse Inn, which can also host 150 for a meeting and is set on nine oceanfront acres that include a real working lighthouse.

Venues on Cape Cod also include Seacrest Beach Hotel with 263 rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting space; the 232-room Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis, which has 30,000 square feet of meeting space; the 260-room Cape Codder Resort & Spa, with 18,000 square feet of meeting space and a new 30,000 square foot indoor/outdoor Water Park. National chain alternatives on Cape Cod include the newest hotel on Cape Cod - The Fairfield Inn & Suites Cape Cod with 120 rooms; Doubletree By Hilton Cape Cod with 160 rooms and 13,000 square feet of meeting space; the 196-room Holiday Inn Hyannis, with 6,000 square feet of meeting space; the Marriott Courtyard Cape Cod Hyannis with 2,400 square feet of meeting space; the Four Points by Sheraton Eastham with 8,000 square feet of meeting space and 107 rooms; and the Hampton Inn and Suites Cape Cod with 136 rooms.

We are thrilled to be introducing the White Elephant Village Ballroom & Conference Center in fall 2016; the ballroom and conference center will be an extraordinary gathering spot for your next meeting, wedding, event, reception, or milestone celebration. The Ballroom, Reception, and Executive Boardroom spaces are designed for flexibility, accommodating meetings and events from 6 to 250 guests. You can also plan a small meeting at the Nantucket Inn with 100 rooms and 3,900 square feet of meeting space.

Cape Cod offers a mix of special event venues that emphasize either the sea or the history of the area, and sometimes both. From May through October, groups of up to 175 can savor a gourmet dinner while riding the rails on the Cape Cod Central Railroad, or sail with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises, which offer a group of 56 a private cabin or 400 people a full ship charter. Heritage Museums & Gardens can offer groups of up to 180 a number of different settings, from a replica of a round Shaker barn that houses an antique automobile collection, to 100 acres of gardens and a full-size carousel located in its own custom-made building. The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth with a special exhibition: JFK at 100: Life & Legacy, opening May 29, 2017. The exhibition will tell JFK's story through the lens of his years at the Cape: time with parents, brothers, and sisters; entertaining friends; summers with his wife, Jacqueline, and their children; political campaigns; and above all, the Presidency. Experience the new Whydah Pirate Museum for a special event or an interactive science museum tour featuring some real pirates and treasures. A must-see attraction for all ages, where you will touch, see, and interact with the world's only authenticated pirate treasure, discovered in 1984 off the coast of Cape Cod in Wellfleet.

Eating is an experience on Cape Cod, where funky crab shacks, family-style fish houses, and sleek raw bars serve up the bounty of the nearby sea. Many restaurants offer live entertainment, from classic rock to jazz, and a good number offer private function rooms for groups from 15 to 150 people. Some of the best in local fare will be found at restaurants such as Napi's, a Provincetown landmark where diners eat surrounded by the works of local artists; The Flying Bridge, which is located at the mouth of Falmouth's bustling harbor; The Lobster Claw, called the best family restaurant on Cape Cod; Joe's Bar & Grill at the Barley Neck Inn, which is located in an old sea captain's home; and the Sea View, with a room for private functions on the second floor that is famous for its panoramic view of the Cape Cod sunset.

Because the Cape's beauty and history have long attracted musicians, artists, actors, and writers, there is a distinct artistic temperament to the peninsula. A wealth of galleries, art studios, and museums are tucked into historic buildings, and there are local theater stage productions and performances of the local symphony orchestra year-round. Consistently named among the top destinations for beaches and whale-watching, Cape Cod also has an extensive 114 path trails and 42 golf courses, some of which are rated among Golf Digest's top 50 courses.

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