Ocean Edge: Upscale, down home on Cape Cod By Felicity Long / September 03, 2004 Share 1 -- BREWSTER, Mass. -- A stay at the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club on Cape Cod Bay enables guests to feel equally comfortable dressed to the nines for dinner, outfitted for a day of golf or barefoot carrying a pail and shovel. But the key to helping the resorts affluent clients get the most from their visit is to match them with the right accommodations, said Jeff David, resident manager.The 335-room property, built in 1890, lends access to a 700-foot private beach and offers beach villas suited to the high-end market.Many of the resorts guests are unabashedly high-end, according to David, who said the propertys guests include celebrities and dignitaries.The Bay Pines villages are situated just steps from the beach, the spa and the propertys stately red-roofed mansion, a central venue that houses a reception area, a small lobby, an upscale restaurant, a pub and a concierge desk.A three-bedroom beach villa has three bathrooms, a living room with entertainment center and fireplace, a dining area with glassed-in sun room and a full kitchen.Contributing to a luxurious vacation are the resorts upscale amenities, which include private fitness activities like Pilates and yoga, arranged by fitness coordinator Heidi Van Amburgh, star of the MTV work-out video, Grind Workout: Tai Funk Aerobics.Private chefs provide en suite dining in the villas, and the concierge can hook up guests with local fishermen or arrange for a chef to cook the guests own catch, David said. Other upscale offerings include salsa dance parties, with a gourmet buffet.A mix of rooms, suites and multibedroom villas, spread over more than 400 acres, make up the resorts total offerings.Villages host executive-style condos (also called villas by Ocean Edge), and hotel-style guest rooms are connected to the mansion by outdoor, covered walkways.Because the property also targets golfers and business travelers, particularly in the off-season, many of the accommodations are adjacent to the golf course across Route 6A, a historic byway that once was the main route through Cape Cod.Arbor Village, Edinborough Endicott Village and Britterige Village also have their own swimming pools and recreational facilities, several restaurants and access to Cape Cods bike trails as well as free shuttle service to and from the mansion and the beach.Dining options include the casual Reef Cafe, serving such traditional Cape specialties as Pleasant Bay steamed clams and native scallops; Linx Tavern, near the golf course, where guests can enjoy boiled lobster; and, in the mansion, the more tony Ocean Grille, the hotels signature restaurant, which offers a mix of traditional New England cuisine with French-Asian fusion.Bayzos Pub, located next to Ocean Grille, has an English-tavern ambience, complete with billiards and a large-screen TV.Also on tap on Thursday nights in season is a bonfire on the beach.Active guests can play tennis at the Bay Pines Tennis Complex (there are clay and plexi-pave hard courts throughout the property), swim in one of four outdoor or two indoor, heated swimming pools or unwind with yoga at the fitness center.Golfers can play at the 18-hole PGA championship course, where they also can arrange for private lessons or attend clinics run by golf professionals.Whale-watching, antiquing, tickets for Cape Cod Summer League baseball games and a host of other outings can be arranged by the concierge or at the time of booking.The property offers programs for children during the summer season. The Ocean EdgeVentures program, designed for children ages 4 to 12, offers activities for two groups: Voyagers (ages 4 to 7) and Explorers (ages 8 to 12).Among the activities are building sand castles and playing golf and tennis. Kids also can take part in hip-hop dance classes, relay races with soccer balls and lessons in stilt-walking.Counselors are certified in CPR and first aid. Advance registration at the EdgeVentures Clubhouse is required. Childrens programming is available for $35 for a half day; $65 for a full day with lunch.Families can find a myriad of things to do together, most notably biking on the 26-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail that cuts through the property. Bike rentals are available at the property, with many childrens bikes and helmets in the inventory.Even guests with limited time can rent bikes and ride to a roadside eatery for ice cream and fried clams, while those with more time can continue on to Orleans for a day of antiquing and sightseeing.Guests at two- and three-bedroom villas typically stay for a week -- from weekend to weekend -- although shorter stays are sometimes available. Other accommodations, such as Arbor Village nearer the golf course, offer shorter stays.The resort requires a two-night minimum stay on weekends, David said. The rack rate for seven nights in high season for a two-bedroom Bay Pines Villa is $4,850; $5,400 for three bedrooms. The rack rate for the Arbor Villas is $2,195 a week.About 5% to 10% of bookings are through travel agents, according to David. Agents are welcome to visit the property on fam trips. To book, call (800) 343-6074 or visit www.oceanedge.com.To contact reporter Felicity Long, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.