By Jim Hammond 07/05/2022
AdvertisementHARWICH, Mass – When you visit a 5-star resort you expect prompt service when you check-in. At Wequassett Resort and Golf Club the service starts in the parking lot. I was looking for a parking spot when a tall man approached my car “Good Morning, my name is Bill and welcome to Wequassett. May I have your name please?” He pointed out a convenient spot and accompanied me to the front desk. My room was not ready, but the staff offered to store my luggage.
Bill pulled up in a golf cart and whisked us off to the pool area. At the children’s area there’s a pool with a pirate ship and water slides (Oh, to be a kid again) and adults have a large pool that rests on a bluff overlooking the bay. You can stretch out on a chaise lounge, or your own private cabana that is on an elevated platform to give you an unobstructed view of the bay.
If you prefer to explore the area in a more intimate way, there are a variety of sailboats and kayaks available for rent. A sandy beach is available to all guests and, unlike most Cape Cod beaches, never seems to be crowded.
The pool area is a great place to unwind. Fountains, flowers and firepits make for a beautiful and tranquil space to enjoy the evening. One concierge suggested sitting on the beach. He would get the chairs and he would construct a fire pit for songs around the campfire and toast some smores.
The Wequassett Resort & Golf Club has everything you need for a luxurious stay, but if you need more you can grab a complimentary boat to shuttle you to a beach on the ocean side of Pleasant Bay. Since it is only available by boat, you can be sure there is plenty of room for all. The resort will also provide chairs and towels for the beach.
It was time to check in, and we were escorted to a signature water view suite. Floor to ceiling windows framed the view of the harbor in this 658-square foot room. A king size bed, fireplace, his and hers bath with air jet soaking tubs, and an exclusive patio with a propane fire pit just outside our door.
I had set aside a time to play Cape Cod National Golf Club in Brewster, a private club open to guests of Wequassett. Some resorts provide a golf course for their guests that are not difficult so golfers of all skill levels can easily post a good score. But Cape Cod National is a very challenging course. From the back tees the course is over 6,900 yards long with plenty of sand traps demanding accurate shots to both fairways and greens. It is a special course that has hosted events like, the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier. In order to host events like that you know Cape Cod National is indeed a quality and demanding track.
Back to Wequassett for dinner. There is a great variety of restaurants for your dinning pleasure. Twenty-Eight Atlantic is the epitome of elegant dining. The Twenty-Eight is a five-star restaurant review awarded by Forbes Travel guide. There are only 78 restaurants in the world to receive the five-star award.
If you want to dine in an open-air setting the Outer Bar and Grille pairs delicious food with panoramic views of Pleasant Bay. Enjoy the best seafood, like Lobster Bisque and, New England Clam Chowder, as the sun set over Pleasant Bay. Or for casual inside dining try Thoreau‘s Tavern. Items like Lobster Carbona, Korean Chicken, and the classic Cape Cod dish of Fish and Chips are available. LIABYation’s is a beachfront bar, offering drinks and items from the Outer Bar and Grill menu.
I was only staying for one night, but when I was checking out the staff told me to leave my luggage at the front desk and still have full access to the beach and pools. I took advantage of their offer and simply did not want to leave.
When staying at the resort, Chatham and Orleans are only a few miles away from Harwich. Both have unique shops to visit. Orleans is also the home of the Orleans’ Firebirds, a Cape Cod Summer baseball league team that plays its home games at the Eldredge Park. Some of the greatest Major-League Baseball stars like Carlton Fisk played in this league so you are seeing a preview of possible future big league players. And it is free. Just bring a lawn chair and cheer along teams like Harwich Mariners, Chatham Anglers and the Brewster Whitecaps.
Next time you visit Cape Cod be sure to maximize your enjoyment with a stay at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club! It’ll create a memory you’ll never forget!
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