Rich with history and vibrancy, the Cape is sought out for vacations, weddings and events year-round. At these award-winning resorts, you can find that olde Cape Cod feel you may have thought was lost to the past.
Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club proves you don’t have to sacrifice luxury to appreciate an older venue. This mansion and golf course in Brewster was originally owned by Samuel Mayo Nickerson, a descendant of the Puritans. “The history of the mansion and the Nickerson family’s connection to the Lower Cape is fascinating and allows guests to experience authentic Cape Cod while on vacation,” says Maegan Storey, director of marketing.
Guests at Ocean Edge can also make their own family history here. “Generations of families connect at clambakes on the beach, days spent lounging by the pool, and afternoon rounds of golf. Ocean Edge becomes an integral part of a family’s summer memories,” says Storey. What sets Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club apart, Storey says, is in their variety of offerings. “From relaxing days at the spa and an award-winning golf course to lobster rolls with the best view on Cape Cod, you will never want for something more at Ocean Edge.”
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel, tucked away in North Falmouth, has been serving generations of families on the Cape for decades. According to Danielle Barber, director of sales, comfort and convenience are at the core of the hotel’s values. “We are so conveniently located—only 7 miles from the Bourne Bridge, which is a hop, skip and a jump to Boston or Providence. People also don’t realize we’re so close to the Vineyard, so it’s easy for families to take a day trip,” says Barber. And with a such a lovely view on Old Silver Beach, staying put at the hotel for a sunset doesn’t sound too shabby either.
As for that olde Cape Cod feel, the Sea Crest Beach Hotel delivers. At the Sea Crest, guests can enjoy being in the sand, watching the sun set over Cape Cod Bay, eating lobster, and simply creating memories, Barber says. “Tradition is important to us—we’ve been here since the ’70s—and we see families come back over and over.”
The Nantucket Hotel, a historical landmark in its own right, allows Cape-goers to escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland as well as experience an authentic olde Cape Cod vacation. The hotel was originally built in 1891. “It’s all been brought up to date, so it’s designed with a modern standard but has the tradition of a hotel from 1891,” says owner Mark Snider. “It is the only surviving grand hotel from the 19th century on the island; it has so much charm, which is what people expect when they come to Nantucket.”
Upon entering the hotel, Snider hopes guests will experience a warm, gracious arrival and a sense of being at home. Since the hotel reopened in 2012, Snider says he’s seen new traditions forming. “The majority of people we see are repeat guests who come back year after year.”
Mary Anglin is an intern for Cape Cod Life Publications.