The Tern Inn

91 Chase Street , West Harwich, MA 02671 USA (Show map)


The Tern Inn is one of the special places you will visit one time, and return again and again. We are not a luxury inn, just a friendly, comfortable place for your visit to Cape Cod. We are located in a quiet residential neighborhood, on two beautifully landscaped acres, and just a 3 block walk to Nantucket Sound. We offer a swimming pool, basketball court, children's playground, picnic tables, and gas grills. Our inn guest rooms are freshly decorated, and all with private baths, AC, color TV, and room refrigerators. All inn rooms include a delightful buffet breakfast in our dining room. Our cottages are seasonal, and rented weekly. They are fully equipped, the perfect place for your extended stay. Visit our web site today, and see "Cape Cod as it should be!"



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  • Guest room3.8
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining3.9

Cape Cod visit

4.8 on October 11, 2013

Great central location to see the Cape. Our Inn Keepers were awesome,waking up early to serve us breakfast so we could make the ferry. Super friendly..would go back in a minute if we could. If you want value along with super this Inn. Your friends from Florida the Simmons stayed first week in October and the weather was fantastic.

Great Vacation

4.4 on September 06, 2013

Can't say enough about the friendly staff, service, location. Easy walk to beach, near all activities. Just great. Will definately stay there again.

charming B&B

4.4 on August 19, 2013

The owners are very nice and welcoming

The Tern Inn

4.2 on August 09, 2013

The Tern Inn was a delightful place to spend a few nights. The room was spotless and comfortable. The property is very attractive with lawns and flowers. The owners of the Tern Inn are very welcoming and helpful and will try their best to meet your every need. I highly recommend the Tern Inn and will happily stay there again during my next visit to the Cape.

A perfect location for travelling around the Cape

3.0 on August 04, 2013

The innkeepers do a great job of offering good value in an expensive part of the U.S. Rooms in the Upper Carriage House were a little outdated but very clean and comfortable and the bathroom, in particular, offered excellent space and storage. Breakfast was simple but tasty, and included bread, muffins, cereal, fruit, juice, coffee/tea and one or two hot offerings. The innkeepers, Joan and Dave, were delightful and offered helpful advice re: things to see and do. Based on overall comfort, value,and location we would stay at the Tern Inn again.

Outstanding B&B

4.2 on July 30, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised at the well manicured property and the layout of the buildings. The owners were extremely pleasant and made us feel comfortable right away. Great value and I would recommend to anyone.

too pricey for a one night stay

2.4 on July 25, 2013

beautiful grounds and reputedly a good breakfast BUT we only stayed one night and went out for breakfast with a friend so this was wasted on us. The room was miniscule, the air conditioner necessitated crawling on the floor to adjust and the room was furnished with two VERY uncomfortable chairs and the bill with taxes was $181.00.

Enjoyed our stay at the Tern Inn

4.0 on July 02, 2013

Well kept grounds, satisfying breakfast, comfortable bed. Our room was small; we went on a hot deal. David and Joan are very helpful innkeepers who aim to please and they go out of their way to share with you the local treasures of the Cape. On checking in we were given a thorough review of the local beaches, places to eat and see. We so enjoyed their recommendation for dinner on our first night that we went back on our second night. Really enjoyed being able to walk to a free beach. We will return

Cozy and Friendly

4.2 on June 27, 2013

We were impressed with the property, its hosts, and its location. We were lucky to be on the Cape before the crowds and enjoyed the quiet within the compound. The cottage was clean and comfortable and we had everything we needed to cook at home once in a while.

Anniversary weekend away

4.8 on June 22, 2013

We are so glad we found the Tern Inn! The inn-keepers, Joan and Dave, were the nicest, down to earth people you could possibly meet, and they were wonderful in their recommendations for our trip activities. Our room was immaculate, and very quiet... perfect for a weekend get away!! We would highly recommend staying at the Tern Inn, and will definitely be back!

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Rooms & Rates

Carriage House Room 4 with Queen Bed

This room has a queen bed, new whisper quiet mini split AC/Heat unit, a flat screen TV. Perfect for a short or long stay on Cape Cod. Breakfast is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Carriage House Room 3 with Queen Bed

This room has a queen bed, new whisper quiet mini split AC/Heat unit, a flat screen TV. Perfect for a short or long stay on Cape Cod. Breakfast is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Main Inn Room 7 with Private Entrance and King Bed

Room features a king bed, new whisper quiet mini-split AC/Heat technology, flat screen TV, room fridge, microwave and a Kuerig coffee maker. This is an extremely comfortable, clean, spacious room. Perfect for a short or long stay on Cape Cod. Breakfast is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Carriage House Room 1 with Queen Bed

This room has a queen bed, new whisper quiet mini split AC/Heat unit, a flat screen TV. Perfect for a short or long stay on Cape Cod. Breakfast is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Residential Neighborhood, Oceanview, Small town


Providence, RI (PVD-T.F. Green State) 80 miles

Directions to property:

From points outside of Cape Cod: Take Mass Pike to Rt. 495S, following signs for Rt.6, Cape Cod. After crossing canal: Follow Rt. 6 East to Exit 9A At end of ramp,turn right onto Rt 134S. Make a left at 3rd traffic light onto Upper County Rd. Continue approx. 1.5 miles to traffic light, (Mobile Station on your right). Proceed through lights, onto Rt. 28 (Friendly's on your right) Follow Rt 28 for 1 mile to Weatherdeck Rest. on left. Directly across from restaurant, turn right onto River Rd. At end (very short road) turn right again. We are just ahead on the left.

Area Attractions

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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Internet Service, Piano, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Basketball Court, In ground lap pool, picnic area, gas grills, play ground

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Cape Cod National Seashore, Theatre, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 PM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking permitted outside
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 3 night minimum on holiday or seasonal weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Cottage Rentals : 50%
Inn Room Rental: 1 night rate for 3 night visit or less
 50% on 4 nights or more
  • Cancellations: A $25 service charge will be applied to all canceled room reservations. A $100 charge will apply to cottage cancellations. If notice of cancellatons is received 14 or more days prior to your scheduled arrival, the balance of your deposit will be promptly refunded. On notice of less than 14 days, the deposit is refunded only upon the resale of the entire reservation.
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Dan and Sue Edwards

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About the innkeepers

Former restaurant owners, now enjoying our current career as innkeepers. David is an experienced carpenter, and Joan an accomplished pastry chef. Both continue in these fields, as well as entertaining inn guests. 2014 will begin our 14th season as innkeepers. Hope you will join us!

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive

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