Hotel at a Glance: THE VILLAGES at Ocean Edge Resort
THE VILLAGES at Ocean Edge Resort overlooks a Nicklaus Design golf course in the picture-perfect Cape Cod town of Brewster. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Tee off: Guests enjoy 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 clay and hard-surface options.
- Hit the trails: Rent a bike or take a walk along 26 miles of trails. Some of the villas are right on the Cape Cod Bike and Rail trails.
- Take a dip: The resort has five pools, two of which are indoors. Guests also have access to the nearby Crosby Landing Beach.
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 11-mile Shining Sea Bikeway that wends from North Falmouth to Woods Hole.
Brewster is a small town dotted with historical mansions, many of which have been converted to B&Bs. It’s also the site of Nickerson State Park, whose forests and ponds contrast with the marshes and and beaches that mark the rest of Cape Cod.
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. In Eastham, be sure to check out the Nauset Lighthouse, which has overlooked the Atlantic and helped guide vacationing British fish to shore since 1838. This coastal region is also known for whale watching; between April and November, tour boats take passengers out to sea to catch glimpses of humpback and minke whales.