Once upon a time, before motels and Naugahyde, cottage colonies were the most personal and prevalent lodgings available on Cape Cod. Now, though a dying breed, there are still a few clusters of cabins that haven’t been banished to condo purgatory. Cottage Grove in Eastham maintains every drop of retro charm while pampering guests with every contemporary comfort.

Tucked away on the Outer Cape, Cottage Grove is like a four-star summer camp for grown-ups. Eight nestling cottages have been fully refurbished without being stripped of authentic flavor. Rustic exposed-beam construction and warm knotty pine interiors outfitted with down pillows and duvets, antique furnishings and modern textiles as well as TV/DVD and data ports (if you absolutely must). Innkeepers Greg Wolfe and Chris Nagle have created an unparalleled experience for honeymooners and adventurers as well as small group retreats – the hub of the Grove is an amazing breakfast room/meeting house dressed in rich leathers and aged soapstone.

Cottage Grove’s primo location is near 30 miles of pristine beaches, biking and hiking paths, mouthwatering seafood spots and quaint seaside nooks. The only amenity it doesn’t offer is a pool, but a dip in the Atlantic or the Cape Cod Bay is right around the corner.