280 Bradford Street

Cape Colony Inn

Motels were once despised by progressive planners, and with reason. Their sprawling forms and autocentric layouts upended domestic scale, leveled historical fabric and discouraged pedestrian life. But give them this: they helped democratize places like Provincetown by making them palatable and affordable for middle-class travelers. The 57-room Cape Colony Motel was built in 1963 by James Downey and was owned for nearly 30 years by Dennis Still and his wife, Carole Still.

It’s one of the few such places that continues to welcome transients, with a heated pool, a volleyball court and ā€” yes ā€” even shuffleboard. But forget about its being a “motel” any longer. Welcome to the Cape Colony Inn.

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