Two Virtuoso hotels on the Cape make it easy to enjoy everything that’s special about the area without having to stray very far from your pool chaise – or private beach. That’s helpful in avoiding the throngs.
Harwich’s Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is a breezy beach colony on Pleasant Bay with five restaurants, two pools, two beaches, boating and water activities, tennis courts, and 18 holes of golf. There’s a morning boat ride to visit seals and free daily ice cream at the pool. Children ages 4 to 12 have access to an acclaimed Children’s Center with its own pirate ship and water park. “There’s also an evening program so parents can enjoy dinner alone if they so choose,” says Cunningham. And why wouldn’t they? Twenty-Eight Atlantic, the resort’s signature restaurant, consistently ranks among the Cape’s best, with menu standouts that include local day-boat scallops with char-grilled tuna and New England Family Farms’ beef tenderloin. Virtuoso travelers receive a welcome amenity, breakfast daily, and a $100 resort credit.
Around the bend on Chatham Harbor, Chatham Bars Inn combines old-school charm with conveniences such as hydro-therapy tubs and Bluetooth audio systems that came out of a recent $100 million renovation. The former hunting lodge, built in 1914 for wealthy Boston families, has a main lodge and cottages across an expanse of beachfront that makes the place feel like a village community rather than a hotel. Pools, bikes, tennis and croquet courts, an extensive spa – they’re all central to the Chatham Bars experience, though it’s tempting to do nothing, too, in one of the private beach cabanas or aboard the inn’s custom-designed 18-person Bar Tender boat. Via the inn’s partnership with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, guests can even join an Atlantic research expedition to observe and potentially tag great whites. Virtuoso travelers receive welcome amenities and breakfast daily.