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Ship's Knees Inn
Ranked #3 of 5 East Orleans B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 May 2011

Marcia and I had a delightful week here on the Cape at Ship's Knees Inn. The evening mist floating between the trees and buildings, and making hazy halos around the lampposts was mysteriously beautiful. The weather reminded me of conditions in the movie, "Ghost Writer" but I didn't mind because grey days made our cozy suite, and the coffee and breakfast room even more enjoyable to relax in.

Doug and Marcia Carlson, St. Paul, MN
P.S. I wish I had a stone bench entry of my own

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

The Ship's Knee Inn offered the perfect Cape experience. It is located a very short walk to Nauset beach and in a quite neighborhood. The room was very comfortable, beautifully decorated, with all the amenities and immaculate. Chatham is next door and Provincetown is a short ride. Don't ignore Orleans village either. The national seashore and all the most interesting sites the Cape has to offer are all nearby. Morning breakfast was delicious and fun. The Innkeepers are interesting and entertaining people - perfect hosts. We cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 May 2011

My husband and I were in Providence, RI for a family wedding and decided to take a side trip to Cape Cod. What a find this inn was! We couldn't have been happier with our stay there. Our room was clean and cozy, and we loved the beach cottage-y decor. The continental breakfast was very good, lots to choose from. The location can't be beat (just 1/4 mile from Nauset Beach!), and Denise is a wonderful hostess. The only problem with our stay was that it was too short! We definitely recommend Ship's Knees Inn, and hope very much to return before too long.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

I don't know if the management at the Ship's Knees can be held accountable for the glorious spring weather and abundant blooms of narcissus, tulips and forsythia littering yards and roadsides everywhere in Orleans during our recent visit - but certainly our stay at the Knees was a complement to the natural beauty of the Cape. We celebrated my mother's birthday in the apartment unit. It was perfect for my husband and I and my Mom because everyone had privacy, but we were together. In the mornings we were fortified by a delicous self-serve continental breakfast (scones especially yummy as were the fresh fruit cups) and then enjoyed a breezy walk on Nauset Beach. One night we ventured out to the 'Ho (favorite local haunt) and the next night we stayed in munching for hours on fresh lobsters (from the place next to the birder's shop). A friend from town stopped by to visit us in our apartment - and we couldn't have felt more at home in the living room catching up, drinking wine and kicking back. Orleans is a fine place to come and relax and the Ship's Knees is a fine base. Peter and Denise Butcher take pride in the Ship's Knees and really wanted to make sure we enjoyed our stay - from the reservations, to the recommendations, to the directions, every interaction was delightful.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Ship's Knees B&B in Orleans for two days in March and loved it. We had a downstairs room with a fireplace (we love fireplaces in old inns), and we liked everything about it. The price was reasonable, the fireplace drew well, the furniture was attractive, the continental breakfast was bountiful and the hosts, Peter and Denise Butcher, were welcoming and very nice. We will stay there again. And, March is a great time to go to the Cape -- no lines, no crowds. After years on the Cape in the summer, we were able to finally view Provincetown. The Ship's Knees is well situated for walks on Nauset Beach and meals at great restaurants.

Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2011

We go to the Ship's Knees Inn in February to celebrate our birthdays and Valentine's all in one long weekend. We have told our friends about it, and now enjoy the Cape off season with them there as well. We have hit some unseasonably warm days this year and last year, too, which makes walking around Chatham even nicer. We enjoy the Lost Dog Pub, Chatham Squire and the Yardarm for local good food . Provincetown and Brewster are always a nice drive and we get moonlight pictures of Nauset Beach when we can. Peter and Denise give us new ideas of places to go and are always friendly to talk to. We have been going here since the 80's and look forward to continuing our tradition. We always hate to leave! Jeff and Cari Duigou

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2011

This was our second trip to Ship's Knees. It's very quaint and the rooms are very warm and welcoming. Great central location, and walking distance to the beach (weather permitting...it was really cold in February). We toured nearby Chatnam village, where most of the stores were open (off season). Ate several times at Lost Dog (4/5 star), and they have entertainment on the weekends, starting at 10:00.

There is a nice breakfast area, supplied with muffins, bagels, cereal, fruit and drinks. I would definately recommend Ships Knees...especially in the summer. Since it was cold outside, it would have been nice to have a place to relax or play games. We had a nice big room with a mini sofa, but we came with friends, so there was no where to really hang out together in the evenings...except at the bars. In the summer, it's probably not an issue since it gets dark so late, and you're exhausted from being at the beach all day.

Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Ship's Knees Inn

Address: 186 Beach Road, East Orleans, MA 02643
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > East Orleans
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in East Orleans
Price Range: £135 - £196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ship's Knees Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the warmth and charm of a 190 year-old restored Sea Captain's home, just 1/4 mile up the hill from the world famous Nauset Beach. 17 individually appointed rooms, 15 with private bath, and 1 or 2 bedroom fully equipped ocean view "Captain's Quarter's" guest apartment. Our newest accommodation (2010) the "Nauset Suite" has a king bed, private bath and private entrance. ... more   less 
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