Innkeeper’s Ali Pitcher and Tommy Dott, along with their long-time assistant Eileen Stanton, have been in business since 1999. Over the past 18 years, the Lamb and Lion Inn has seen constant business growth each year, with improvements being made to the 1740 property yearly as well. In addition to a refurbished pool and courtyard, the inn has added amenities to improve tourist traffic and stretch their business year round, including the rehabilitation of 5 wood-burning fireplaces, the addition of 5 gas stoves, solar heating panels for the pool, a year-round outdoor hot tub named “Barry White” and a communal wood-burning fireplace. The inn has also added guest comforts not common to smaller properties, such as a wellness studio which features massage rooms, a yoga studio, life coaching, psychic readings and Reiki.
An amenity exclusive to the Lamb and Lion Inn which benefits other small businesses from Hyannis to P-Town, and Chatham to Woods Hole are their customized “self-guided driving tours”. These free tours are sheets of paper given to every guest, which helps each guest find the Cape’s best hiking trails and most tucked away beaches, but more importantly guides guests from point A (the inn’s driveway) out to the best locally owned places–from where to eat the meatiest lobster roll or lap up the sweetest ice cream, to where to purchase the most beautiful blown glass or find the zaniest antiques. To further entice the guests to walk through local merchant’s doors, they’ve reached out to many of the other businesses for value added coupons or perks to include along the ride. In this aspect, the inn has been a real asset to other small, local businesses throughout the Cape Cod region.
Prior to owning the Lamb and Lion Inn, Ali and Tom owned and operated a 4-Diamond inn and restaurant that was awarded the prestigious Relais & Chateaux designation. The Inn was located in New York’s Hudson Valley region where they didn’t just highlight local farms, local cheese makers and neighborhood wineries throughout their menus, they encouraged their diners to go out and tour these facilities–this was before the “farm-to-table” concept became a movement. Bringing that spirit to Cape Cod, the Lamb and Lion Inn inn offers visitors a chance to get off the beaten path in the form of “Culinary and Agricultural Adventures”, which can vary from a tour of a cranberry bog to an afternoon working along side a local oyster farmer. And their celebration of all things local does not stop there. What isn’t made in-house for breakfast is sourced locally, including local jams, jellies, honey and coffee, and the inn offers locally-infused room packages, including romantic baskets highlighting Truro Vineyards wine and all locally-sourced wine-friendly munchies, to the ever popular “Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love” package which puts together a Cape Cod Beer beach picnic like nobody’s business.
Ali and Tom they feel that showcasing other local businesses and attractions is an extremely important component to their success. There’s a symbiotic existence created by sending guests out to experience other businesses–who in turn create a life long memory for the their guest–who then return back to the inn completely knocked out by the experience, and return year after year (or even better, blog about their Cape Cod experience online). When businesses on this side of the 2 bridges reach out to the Lamb and Lion Inn for help, the inn is almost always happy to donate rooms to raise money for a cause. Over the years the Lamb and Lion has donated countless over night stays to help raise money for businesses and institutions they think are paramount to our region, including the Cape Cod MSPCA, Riverview School, Sea of Hope, Children’s Cove, the Barnstable Historical Society, Cape and Islands United Way, the Barnstable Police and Fire Departments, and many others. Of course, most importantly they have donated rooms to support the Greater Hyannis Chamber’s Father’s Day Car Show, Vintage Motorcycle Show and Annual Dinner (haha). On several occasions, Tom has answered the call, donating his time by donning his now legendary Elvis jumpsuit for fundraisers, appearing for a short but unforgettable live show, and often with “Priscilla” by his side—but that’s a whole other award.
They also act as our region’s concierge. The Lamb and Lion Inn is often asked by a Chamber of Commerce or the Mass Office of Travel & Tourism to host a travel writer coming to our region to report back to the rest of the world what awaits them on Cape Cod and the islands, and the inn rarely refuses to upon a room or two. Ali and Tom feel that the Lamb and Lion Inn and its historic 6A location are a perfect starting point to showcase the best of Cape Cod, and many people on the other side of the bridges concur. Within the last few years the inn has been named “One of the Top 10 B&B’s on Cape Cod” by The Travel Channel, “One of the Best Places to Take a Bite out of Cape Cod” by ABC TV, “One of the Top 5 B&B’s in Coastal Massachusetts” by Boston.com, “One of New England’s Best Destinations” by Yankee Magazine, and “One of the Top 12 Pet Friendly Destinations in the World” by CNN.
Whether they are acting as tour guides to the press, or a young couple who saved up enough to enjoy their first Cape Cod experience, or returning visitors wanting to toast their 50th wedding anniversary in front of a Sandy Neck sunset, Ali and Tom never take their position as Cape Cod ambassadors for granted. Their basic philosophy, and the biggest component that drives them, is this: Ali Pitcher and Tommy Dott believe that the best memories any of us have in our lives almost inevitably include our vacations–from very early memories of the family piling into the back of the Country Squire, to more recent memories with our own children and loved ones. Each day they feel blessed to be in a position to not just be able to create an ever-lasting memory, but to navigate their guest’s time, so that their stay on Cape Cod forever lives in the forefront of their memories.