Your adventure will include tickets to The Night Market, the Cork'd Grand Tasting, dinner at Hakkasan, lunch at Italian Rao's with the Pelligrino's, Cirque du Soleil's MJ One and $1,500 in spending money.
Savvy summering on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, means striking a balance between location and price. Luckily, you can find a few gems on the Cape Cod shoreline that combine beauty with value. Here are 5 completely unique Cape resorts that'll put you in the middle of the action without breaking the bank.
The Belfry Inne and Bistro in Sandwich, MA, is a Cape resort like no other, providing a nearly religious experience for its guests. This small campus is composed of 3 buildings: The Abbey, a former Catholic church; the Village House, a fully-restored 1882 Federal-style home; and the Painted Lady, an 1872 Victorian structure adorned with pink shingles and once used as the church rectory. The Abbey, a majestic brick structure, is a soaring space with rooms named for the days of the week. The most dramatic -- the Tuesday Room -- features an oversized, circular stained glass window at the head of the king-size 4-poster pineapple bed. The Bistro, a striking space with stained glass windows, white linen, a grandiose fireplace and an intimate atmosphere, offers creative contemporary American cuisine. The menu features local fare -- seafood plucked from day boats just in from the cold Atlantic -- and changes with the seasons. The Belfry Inne and Bistro is an hour's drive from Boston, just over the Sagamore Bridge.
The Race Point Lighthouse in Provincetown, MA, transports guests back to classic Cape Cod. This rustic, somewhat isolated accommodation offers guests 2 options: the Keeper's House or the Whistle House. The Keeper's House has been restored to its original 1950s decor, and features a full kitchen, living room and covered porch -- perfect for whiling away a Cape Cod summer. The Keeper's House has 3 second-floor bedrooms. The Keeper stays in the bedroom on the first floor. The Whistle House offers a little more privacy, with vaulted ceilings, 2 bedrooms and a full bath. Guests staying at the Whistle House will need their own 4-wheel-drive vehicle to get to this brick-exterior structure situated just yards from the Atlantic Ocean. Catch the sunset from the top of the nearby lighthouse, try your hand at surfcasting or just keep an eye out for whales, seals or dolphins just offshore. Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod, is a 2-hour drive from Boston.
The Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster, MA, is an active vacationer's heaven. Stay at the Villages side of the resort and play at the only Nicklaus-designed course on the Cape. This 380-acre section of the Ocean Edge Resort boasts 11 tennis courts, 3 outdoor pools and 1 indoor pool, 2 fitness centers, a basketball court and easy access to a 26-mile-long Cape Cod Bike and Rail Trail. Stay at the Mansion section of the resort and be transported back in time to classic Cape Cod summers. The Mansion, originally constructed in 1890, is a Victorian-style structure that resembles an English country manor with both Gothic and Renaissance Revival themes. Activities for the kids make it an ideal choice for families. Hip hop for kids, teen night out, croquet on the lawn and a s'mores family beach fire are among the choices geared for youngsters in the group. Rooms range from guest singles to expansive villas. Brewster is an hour-and-one-half drive from Boston.
The Four Gables has a message for visitors: Make sure to pack Rover and head for the tip of the Cape. That's where you'll find the only guest property in Provincetown, MA, specifically designed for travelers who prefer to bring along their furry family members. The Four Gables provides visitors with 1940s-style Cape Cod cottages just a 7-minute walk from the center of bustling Provincetown, and a 15-minute walk to the beach. Choose from among 6 cottages: Hemingway, TreeTop, Cookies, GreenBrier, Daisy-Mae and CasiCielo. The DaisyMae cottage is a favorite of pet owners, thanks in no small part to its shaded front porch and fenced-in front yard. The TreeTop Suite, named for its views and vibrant gardens, offers a sun deck, fireplace and elegant furnishings. Bring up to 2 pets to help you laze your way through a Cape Cod summer day. Guests can also enjoy free pick-up and drop-off from the ferry and airport.
The Cape Codder Resort and Spa is the destination for visitors who can't get enough surfing in during the day. A massive indoor wave pool will keep the water churning until even the most ardent bodysurfer has had enough. Located in Hyannis, MA, the Cape Codder Resort has single rooms, loft suites and 2- and 3-bedroom residences. The on-site Beach Plum Spa will soothe aching muscles, while 3 restaurants provide ample opportunities to indulge in fresh Cape fare. Come for the weekly specials at the Grand Cru Wine Bar and Grill, but stay for that indoor pool. Free to resort guests, the pool boasts 8,200 square feet of waterslides, waterfalls, a 24-person whirlpool, fountains, saunas and wave pool. Hyannis is on the Nantucket Sound side of the Cape, and is a 1-hour-and-20-minute drive from Boston.
About the Author
Bill Burke is an award-winning humor columnist and writer with 20 years experience in the newspaper and magazine industry. He is the author of Mousejunkies (Travelers' Tales 2009) and Mousejunkies: Second Edition (Travelers' Tales 2011) --a humorous look at Walt Disney World addiction.