With over 500 miles of coastline, Cape Cod has become synonymous with the idyllic New England escape. Populated with beautiful beaches, flourishing wildlife, lush golf courses, and overflowing with old town charm, Cape Cod is a picturesque spot to vacation in the summertime.
Conveniently located in the town of Brewster lies Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, a sprawling estate with a plethora of places to stay, and plenty of things to do. Situated on over 400 acres of land, the resort, which is divided into two sides—the mansion and the villages—has 337 guest rooms and suites. Perfect for families or larger groups, the villages boast more than 200 villas, ranging from one to three bedrooms, complete with a kitchenette, patio or terrace, washer/dryer, and lots of space. Those looking for a more traditional hotel stay can set up shop at the mansion, which was originally built back in 1912 by Samuel Nickerson following a fire that took out the original estate built in the 1880s.
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With so much land at your disposal, you can bet that the resort has curated a seemingly endless array of activities for guests to take advantage of. From its pristinely manicured 18-hole Nicklaus-designed golf course (where you can also opt for private lessons from a pro), to Blueberry Pond, where you can try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking, there’s not only something for everyone here, but enough to keep you from ever getting bored. Hit up the private beach, practice your swing on one of Ocean Edge’s nine tennis courts (or even attempt pickleball), or rent one of the property’s bicycles and explore the 26-mile long Cape Cod Bike Trail (it’s wondrous!).
If you need a break from all of the fun in the sun, rest your weary bones at the Beach House Spa, which offers an array of treatments that will have you feeling relaxed in no time. And, if the salty waves aren’t your speed, the resort also has a handful of indoor and outdoor pools for you to get your “Life Aquatic” on. A daily shuttle service makes it easy to get around, and the staff ’s attention to detail and spirit to please will make this a getaway you won’t soon forget.
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Another private experience you can book during your stay is a beach fire pit, com-plete with s’mores, chairs, and your own personal beach attendant. Once you catch the sunset like this, there’s no going back.
Ocean Edge Resort offers guests numerous ways to enjoy their stay, including a handful of private experiences that can be booked in advance. Among them is a private oyster tour (for up to 10 people), where you can get hands-on with the Cape’s beloved bivalves. Tour guides will take you to look at the property’s own oyster beds, where you will learn all about the shelling industry and local delicacies. (Did you know oysters have feet?!) You might even find yourself up close and personal with some other seafaring animals like crabs and snails along the way!
There are seven spots for visitors to get their grub on at Ocean Edge Resort, from the more casual Linx Tavern, Shark Bah, and Beach Bar, to the more upscale Bayzo’s Pub and Ocean Terrace. Try the resort’s own Bayzo’s Brew, an exclusive pale ale made by Cape Cod Beer just for the property, and pair it with any number of their fresh seafood dishes for an unforgettable experience.
With all of the fresh seafood on the Cape, you would be remiss not to head off property to try out some of the local hot spots. Luckily, nothing seems to be further than a short walk, ride, or drive away. Snowy Owl Coffee Roastersis the place to go for your morning pick-me-up. Its charming barn appeal is known for lines out the door, but don’t worry—they move quickly! Known for its tasty coffees and indulgent pastries, stop in to pick something up and go for a stroll in the café’s herb shop and gardens.
Do breakfast at Apt Cape Cod, a farm-to-table restaurant that has a little something for everyone, including its famous rosemary bread. The backyard seating is the idyllic setting to start your morning. Down the street you will find the Brewster Fish House, a cozy bistro-style restaurant whose lobster bisque will haunt your dreams (in a good way). Serving up meticulously prepared local seafood, along with fresh cocktails, this little spot should definitely make your list.
While you could certainly spend the majority of your time on the sprawling resort, there’s much to discover around the quaint town of Brewster. Begin your tour about town with a visit to the infamous Brewster General Store. The building, which was originally erected as a church in 1852, now stands as a general store full of history, knick knacks, and treats for locals and visitors to enjoy. Good old-fashioned penny candy, fudge, and toys will delight the kiddos, while branded clothing, kitchenware, jams, puzzles, and other gifts will keep your eye wandering indefinitely.
Next door, The Brewster Scoop offers a much-needed way to cool off with ample homemade ice cream flavors to choose from and a long history of serving the town. And nearby, the independently-owned Brewster Book Storegives bibliophiles a welcome reprieve from the summer sun with an impressive array of books and gifts, including a fun section dedicated to local authors and stories about Cape Cod. If you plan your trip right, you might even have the opportunity to check out one of their many events or book signings.
In the nearby town of Hyannis, you can hop aboard a boat with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruisesfor a chance to see some ocean life in action. With both indoor and outdoor seating, sun decks, and a full-service snack bar, the tour is narrated by an on-board naturalist, who will help you spot whales, dolphins, and maybe even seals. Typically running between three and a half to four hours long, there’s plenty of time for you to spot some wildlife and witness some quintessential Cape magic.
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