If the phrase “bed and breakfast” brings to mind lace doilies, creaky floorboards and intrusive hosts wielding bran muffins like weapons, prepare to elevate your expectations. A few years ago, husbands David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea—respectively the former vice president of operations and the lead designer for Morgans Hotel Group, which runs swanky spots like Miami’s Delano and NYC’s Hudson—moved to Provincetown and opened the Salt House Inn. Now they’re building their own boutique brand, Salt Hotels, marrying the quaint charm of B&Bs with the cosmopolitan gloss of high-end design and service. In May, they’ll unveil their second P-Town property, Eben House, aiming to offer spirited lodging to young, reasonably well-heeled visitors to the Cape’s most colorful summer colony. The 1776 sea captain’s estate now boasts 14 rooms and suites outfitted with the best of the old (original moldings and wide-plank floors) and the new (flat-screen TVs and eco-friendly bath products from Los Angeles’ trendy Further). Our favorite design detail: local artist-commissioned oil paintings that put some quirky spins (say, drag queen-style chandelier earrings) on otherwise stately powdered-wig portraits of the late captain’s family.
-Fill up at the Canteen, where craft beers are downed in a buzzy, hipster-friendly backyard alongside gourmet takes on counter-service classics: Think oysters, tacos and meaty sandwiches dressed all fancy.
-Bask in a star-filled season at the Art House, hosting summer stints from Doogie Howser-turned-hottie Neil Patrick Harris, RuPaul’s Drag Race winners Bianca Del Rio and Jinkx Monsoon, and Tony-winning powerhouse Audra McDonald, among others.
-Want to wander farther afield? In May, Salt Hotels also opens the Chequit, a shabby-chic beachcomber on New York’s bucolic Shelter Island, accessible only by ferry.