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 Inn 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 Inn and Bistro is an hour's drive from Boston, just over the Sagamore Bridge.
The Race Point Lighthouse
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.
Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
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 Bayside Resort Hotel in West Yarmouth, MA, provides guests a true family getaway with the look, feel and charm of Cape Cod without missing any amenities. Enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast every morning, where the fresh waffle-making stations are a big hit for both parents and kids. The resort overlooks Lewis Bay, which makes for a perfect view when lounging at the outdoor pool by day or roasting marshmallows at the fire pit by night. While the adults delight in tropical and frozen drinks at the poolside Tiki bar, Bellyfloppers Bar & Grill, the kids can play beach volleyball or retreat from the sun in the game room. Located right inside the resort, Moby Dick Pub offers a place to watch sporting events or enjoy late-night cocktails. West Yarmouth is a 1-hour-and-16-minute drive from Boston.
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.