Ship'S Knees Inn

186 Beach Road , East Orleans, MA 2643 USA (Show map)


Comfortable, individually appointed rooms, wireless internet access, cable TV, refrigerator, AC, & a sumptuous continental breakfast is served daily. Enjoy our swimming pool (in season), courtyard patio garden/gas firepit, & we are located just 1/4 mile up the hill from the famous, sand-duned Nauset Beach, the southern most beach on the Cape Cod National Seashore. We are located close to the best of what Cape Cod has to offer including swimming, fishing-surf casting & deep sea charters, boating including kayaking & canoeing, whale & sea watch cruises, guided beachwalks & bird hikes, movie, music & performing arts theatre, golfing, tennis, art galleries, museums & historical interests & gourmet/fine dining.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Excelent B & B

5 on June 02, 2015

Stayed a couple nights before the summer season started. The innkeepers are very nice and helpful with any questions about the area. The room we stayed in was very comfortable, recently refurbished and nicely appointed. The included breakfast was just what we needed to start the day. We would stay here again and recommend it to anyone.

Excellent Off-Season Get Away!

4.8 on April 30, 2014

We had the good fortune of staying at the Ship's Knees in later April. Couldn't have picked a better spot. Friendly, caring, hospitable, helpful, and all at a very reasonable off-peak price! Peter and Denise were very helpful in getting us oriented and off to good adventures in dining and more. We would go back in a minute--the access to Nauset Beach, the CCRT, and all of Orleans and Wellfleet is superb!

We had a wonderful time !

5 on August 09, 2011

The Ship's Knees Inn is a lovley way to experance Cape Cod. We will return soon.

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3.4 on August 08, 2011

Ship's Knees was a great place to stay in a perfect location. It's about a 5-7 minute walk to Nauset Beach and a short drive to lots of restaurants and shopping in Orleans. The pool was an added benefit with complimentary towels. The room we stayed in was a tad small (no place to lay out suitcases), but that may not be the case for all rooms at the inn. The owners were very welcoming and helpful.

Late Spring Stay

4.8 on July 04, 2011

We stayed at the Ship's Knees Inn in April of 2011, just as the weather began to warm up. It is a charming house, a bit small, but the rooms are comfortable and the decor makes you feel like you are spending a few evenings in a time gone bye. A walk through the upstairs hallway is particularly intriguing. The breakfast was the best we had in our 2 week tour of New England. The scones are to die for. The inn is situated a mile or so from a public beach, 10 minutes from many places to eat, 30 minutes from Chatham (which was one of my favorite towns we visited) and an easy day trip from the upper arm of Cape Cod. Would definitely recommend staying here, and will return again.

I love the Ship's Knees Inn

3.6 on June 27, 2011

I stay at the Inn once a year, usually for a couple of nights, to walk Nauset Beach and go to a couple of Cape League baseball games. Peter and Denise are terrific - welcoming, engaging, helpful. I've stayed in several different rooms, ranging from small to spacious. All wonderful if you like "old Cape" style accommodations. If you like Nauset, you can't beat this location.

Beyond Expectations

4.2 on May 04, 2011

People have a lot of different criteria regarding what they want and need in a vacation lodging. My companion & I wanted something quiet and peaceful where we could spend a few days. Before we found Ship's Knees Inn we had been looking at places in Provincetown, but soon realized that area was quite busy and crowded. We were both so glad to have found this lovely quiet place in East Orleans. We visited in the "shoulder season" (late April in our case) so there weren't a lot of visitors yet either in town or at the Inn. i.e. things were quiet and very peaceful. Our room was sweet and felt very private (we chose rm 4 which has a private entrance) Everything about the place and our stay exceeded our expectations. We have agreed in retrospect we would do it all over again without hesitation and we would certainly choose Ship's Knees Inn again. What a lovely place!

A nearly perfect beach getaway

4.8 on April 15, 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.

thirty years away

3.4 on March 05, 2011

First time back in thirty years,don't know why we waited so long. Spent our honeymoon there in 1981. Really enjoy the way the rooms have maintained that old inn look. Very quiet and relaxing. Denise Butcher was very friendly, made you feel like you were coming home. Continental breakfest was very good. Looking forward to returning in the spring to enjoy the outside patio and fireplace

Would only ever stay at The Ship's Knees Inn!

5 on February 10, 2011

I stayed at the Ship's Knees Inn twice last year and had a lovely time on both visits. It was nice being so close to Nauset Beach - easy walking distance! And Peter and Denise are wonderful hosts. I can't wait to go back again this year. Five Stars!!! Laura Lepine Cape Elizabeth ME

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Rooms & Rates

Deluxe King Bedroom

King Bed with private bath (shower only) Wi-Fi, Cable TV, AC, refrigerator, & continental breakfast

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Deluxe Queen (Main House)

Deluxe Queen with private bath (shower only)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Deluxe Queen Fireplace

These rooms have Queen sized beds and private baths. They also have fireplaces. Wi-Fi, Cable TV, AC

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Deluxe Twin Bedroom

2 Twin Beds, Private Bath (Shower Only), Wi-Fi, Cable TV, AC, Refrigerator & Continental Breakfast

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Standard Queen Bedroom

Queen bedroom with private bath (shower only) North Wing location on main floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town, Village


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 90 miles

Directions to property:

From the Sagamore Bridge take route 6 (Mid Cape Hgwy) 35 miles to the Orleans exit #12. Turn right at the end of the ramp on to route 6A. Follow to next light & take a right on to Eldredge Parkway. Follow thru next light & at 2nd light take right on to Main St. Follow Main St 1 mile to fork in road & bear left on to Beach Rd. Follow 1.2 miles & the Inn will be on your left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Kayaking, sun-bathing, theatre, museums, antiquing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2:00-7:00 PM
  • Check Out:: by 10:30 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: In season (6/18-9/30) & all weekends 2 night minimum
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations for 1 night are prepaid in full. Reservations for over 3 nights require a 50% deposit.
  • Cancellations: Deposits will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received 15 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. There is a $25 processing charge per room for all refunds regardless of reason or amount of notice. An early departure or last minute (less than 15 days) cancellation is subject to the full room charges of the original reservation. If we are able to re-book your room due to last minute cancellation or early departures, your monies will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee.



Peter & Denise Butcher

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About the innkeepers

Denise enjoys crafting projects, interior decorating, reading & cooking. Peter enjoys biking, golfing, bowling, & white mountain backpacking.

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8:00-9:30AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room