Inn at the Moors (Formerly the Moors Motel)
Here, commanding a natural panorama that may be rivaled only by the dune shacks, is the motel that played a key role in perhaps the most glamorous rendezvous in modern Provincetown history: that late August evening in 1961 when the new First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, came secretly to town to meet her stepfather’s stepson, Gore Vidal, who was staying at the Moors Motel. History does not record whether their meeting occurred here or downtown. (And the moment they walked into the Playhouse-on-the-Wharf to take in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, it was no longer a secret.) But it’s fun to think of Vidal, ensconced in a room like the one shown above in a vintage post card, preparing for a night on the town with Mrs. Kennedy, which ended when the Ace of Spades, 193A Commercial, denied her admission because she couldn’t produce an ID card.
The motel was constructed in the late 1950s by Maline N. Costa, proprietor of the nearby Moors Restaurant, 5 Bradford Street Extension. Part of its new roof was ripped off during Hurricane Donna in September 1960, blowing over to Hawthorne Bissell’s property at 21 Bradford Street Extension. When Bissell complained to Costa about the debris on his tennis courts, Costa shot back, “I thought you wanted them roofed over!”
The Costa family, in the person of William S. Costa, sold the motel property in 1992 for $600,000 to Diane Daren and Loretta O’Connor of Brookline. They have since run it as the Inn at the Moors, with 30 rooms plus the A-frame penthouse, built in 2002, where Daren, a retired teacher, and O’Connor, a retired nurse, spend their summer months. The general manager of the motel for the last 15 years of her life was Elizabeth “Liz” Mosimann (±1944-2003), Swiss by birth, whose passion was long-distance cycling. • Map • Assessor’s Online Database PDF ¶ Posted 2013-08-06