Senior editor Felicity Long spent a weekend at Ocean Edge
Resort & Golf Club on Cape Cod last summer. Her report
BREWSTER, Mass. -- For most visitors to New England, Cape Cod
needs no introduction, especially in the summer months.
The area, known for its beaches, quaint cottages and antique
shops, draws so many tourists each year that it is almost more than
the Old King's Highway -- known nowadays as Route 6A -- can
We set out last summer to visit a resort that has been around in
various incarnations since 1890 as a private summer house and, most
recently, as a vacation and conference property.
Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club is situated on 429 acres
overlooking Cape Cod Bay.
The main building is a Victorian-style mansion and carriage
house in which guests check in and where conferences and events are
held in its various public rooms. Visitors should be aware that
there are no guest rooms in the mansion itself. The 90 guest rooms
are in accommodations adjacent to the mansion as well as in
executive-style condominiums spread out over the acreage.
The two- and three-bedroom Bay Pines Villas are located within
walking distance of the private beach, tennis courts and swimming
We stayed in a one-bedroom condominium at the Golf Course Villas
complex, which is a five-minute drive from the mansion and on the
opposite side of 6A from the beach. We found a swimming pool and
restaurant within walking distance of our villa but to reach the
beach or the mansion, we relied on free shuttle service or our own
Our villa was modern, if somewhat anonymous, with a
well-equipped kitchen, dining area and balcony. Families staying
for more than a day or two might want to consider a ground floor
condominium, since the footsteps of our normal, active children
were enough to disturb the guests in the rooms below us.
Accommodations start at $235 per night; $1,400 plus tax for seven
nights in a one-bedroom villa.
During our short stay, we managed to swim at the beach and three
of the resort's six swimming pools, all of which met with the
approval of our children. Activities include biking on the 26-mile
Cape Cod Rail Trail, which cuts through the property; tennis at any
of 11 courts; two fitness centers, and an 18-hole golf course.
Croquet, badminton, lawn bowling and a variety of indoor games
also are available at the property. The concierge can arrange
off-property excursions, such as horseback riding, whale watching
Low-key dining is available at the Reef Cafe, situated next to
one of the swimming pools; Mulligans, known for its expansive
Sunday brunch, and the more elegant Ocean Grille in the
Bayzo's Pub, also in the mansion, offers pub food, and room
service is available.
There is a supervised children's program for kids ages 4 to 14
available daily and some evenings during the summer months. Private
baby-sitting services also are available.
Although the property is inundated with vacationers during the
summer, many of whom book villas a week at a time, conference and
meeting facilities draw visitors year-round.
The hotel staff includes a conference planner who can assist
with a variety of preparations. Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club,
Phone: (508) 896-9000 or (800) 343-6074