Provincetown, located at the tip of Cape Cod, has always been a bit scruffy (in a good way). Now, NYC-based hotel veterans Kevin O'Shea and David Bowd up the ante in Provincetown with Salt House Inn, a Hampton's-worthy bed and breakfast located in a shingled cottage.
Located in a 19th century building, which once housed the island's salt-mine workers, the B & B was completely overhauled by O'Shea (a Starwood Hotels interior designer) and David Bowd (C.O.O. of Andre Balazs properties). The couple, who split their time between New York and Provincetown, used their own travel experiences as a guide while designing the hotel. Custom mattresses, luxury bed linens, walk-in showers (with rain shower heads), and flexible check-in times are among the perks guests can expect during their stay. For more information, go to Salt House Inn.
Photographs via Salt House Inn, except where noted.
Above: Salt House Inn is housed in a traditional New England cedar-shingled building that dates to the 19th century.
Above: The check-in desk with shiplap paneled walls.
Above: The suites feature cathedral ceilings with exposed wooden beams and claw-foot tubs.
Above: The shiplap paneling continues in the guest rooms; in this one, rusted pulleys serve as wall art.
Above: With its bright white interiors, the hotel has a feel of Cape Cod beach cottage gone modern.
Above: A vintage lamp illuminates a corner.
Above: Whimsical curiosities are hung on the bedroom walls, all found at New England antiques shops.
Above: A seating area in one of the bedrooms with a display of red oil lanterns.
Above: The bathrooms are tiled in white with gray grout, and the walls are half painted in gray and white. If you like the painted wainscot look, see our roundup of Half-Painted Walls in Bold Colors. Photo by Map & Menu.
Above: Breakfast is prepared by co-owner O'Shea and served at a communal table.
Above: The daily menu and weather forecast are written on a black chalkboard.
Above: Guests can enjoy the outdoor terrace during the summer months.
Check out our City Guide to explore more East Coast hotels. And if you like white-painted paneling, our post Expert Advice: The Enduring Appeal of Shiplap is worth a read. On Gardenista, have a look at Architect Sheila Bonnell's Kitchen Garden on Cape Cod and learn How to Make Cape Cod Beach Plum Jam.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 29, 2013 as part of our Into the Wild issue.