Hotel at a Glance: Villages at Ocean Edge Resort
Recently designated 2013's Best Resort Hotel in Cape Cod by Boston magazine, Villages at Ocean Edge Resort overlooks a Nicklaus Design golf course in the picture-perfect Cape Cod town of Brewster. The property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, recently underwent a $50 million renovation—and it's never looked better.
- Tee off: Guests enjoy semi-exclusive access to a Nicklaus Design golf course.
- When hunger strikes: The resort has several restaurants and bars to choose from.
- Serve it up: Eleven tennis courts include Har-Tru clay courts, Plexipave courts, and hard-surface courts.
- Hit the trails: Rent a bike or take a walk along 26 miles of seaside trails.
- Take a dip: The resort has five pools, two of which are indoors.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Historic Towns and Miles of Protected Beaches
In the late 19th century, Cape Cod blossomed into a summer vacation destination as visitors swapped crowded coastal cities for the sandy shores of eastern Massachusetts. Today, the arm-shaped peninsula, located 60 miles south of Boston, encompasses 15 idyllic towns, rolling dunes, and 300 miles of sandy shoreline—and it’s still the place where many East Coasters choose to spend their leisurely summer days. Popular attractions include fresh-seafood restaurants, quaint stores, and bicycle trails, such as the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail that wends through Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet.
On the uppermost tip of the Cape, the free-spirited art colony of Provincetown attracts visitors year-round. This is one of the best places to head for a vibrant nightlife scene—there are cabarets, bars, and lounges aplenty. Pop into the Provincetown Art Association and Museum to check out local artwork, both historical and contemporary.
Along the Lower, or Outer, Cape, the 44,000-acre Cape Cod National Seashore stretches from Orleans to Provincetown and features six swimming beaches, wild cranberry bogs, and miles of walking and biking trails. Set on what's affectionately known as "the warmer side of the Cape," the town of Brewster should provide some more pleasant days for outdoor exploration before winter sets in.