We had a fun, spring break adventure this week at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, MA on Cape Cod! Ocean Edge invited us to come experience their school vacation week activities and enjoy all the awesome food, drink, and recreation options they have to offer. We had visited before as guests of a wedding and have been a few times for drinks on their beautiful hotel terrace when we’re on the Cape in this summer, but this was our first visit as a family, so we were excited to try it out! We arrived in the late afternoon and checked into our room in the mansion, a spacious double room with a balcony that looked out onto the property. You could see the edge of the water through the trees on a clear day, and I love a hotel room that has a balcony or sitting area that’s slightly separate when you’re traveling with kids so that adults can hang out and relax after bedtime. The room was a great size for our family of 3 – with two big beds, a very big bathroom with a separate sink and vanity area so you could get ready while someone else was in the shower, and plenty of seating with a lounge chair and a desk that functioned as a dining table too. There was the option to have adjoining rooms if had a larger family, and there are tons of townhouse options around the property for bigger traveling groups.
One piece of advice I’d give if you were traveling with younger kids and had strollers or lots of traveling gear, is to ask about accessibility of your room – there are lots of stairs around the main mansion since it’s built into a hill. There are also separate parking areas depending on which side of the building you’re staying in, so leave your bags in the car when you check in and the front desk will direct you to the closest access entrance.Our room was lovely, but we actually made a lot more use of the beautiful common spaces around the mansion, like the gorgeous open ocean terrace that looks out over the trees and ocean in the distance. We also checked out a lounge area with firepits before dinner one night, and Jane was eager to play board games in the library in front of the fireplace (she was convinced the library and ornate lobby staircase were straight out of Beauty and the Beast!).
We were also busy with the activities that Ocean Edge had planned for the April school vacation week. They had a packed schedule of options for all ages, and we jumped at the chance to take a family pickleball lesson. Shout out to Marcus the awesome instructor at Ocean Edge who give us an incredibly comprehensive, informative, and most importantly FUN introduction to the sport. We were hooked after our immersion into pickleball, and I was ordering us all paddles on our walk back from the courts. In the same area where the golf course and pickleball courts are, there’s a pretty lake overlook and a big wooden boat playground that was fun for Jane to explore before we headed to lunch at the golf club! In addition to our pickleball lesson, we signed Jane up for the bear factory where she got to make her own teddy bear. We also saw archery lessons taking place on the front lawn (Jane missed the age cut off for this, but I’d love to come back and try it when she’s older!).
We lucked out with unseasonably warm weather for April and got to try one of the heated outdoor pools, and because one can never have too many hours of hotel pool fun when you’re 6 years old, we also did some swimming in the indoor pool as well. As is true with almost all of our travel experiences, Jane found swimming in the hotel pool the highlight of the long weekend! We spent most of the rest of our visit at Ocean Edge trying out all of the food and drink options at the various restaurants and bars on property. There is a cozy pub in the mansion where we had amazing clam chowder (seriously, we’re clam chowder snobs and this was so good we ordered it twice), and my husband gave the fish and chips two thumbs up. They play live music down in Bayzo’s Pub most nights, and we got to catch a performance at the end of our dinner the first night. The Ocean Terrace was open for drinks and bites, and we grabbed cocktails outside at sunset with some appetizers – the view and ambiance is A+! We also tried the restaurant Linx at the golf club and I had a delicious chicken sandwich. The Roscommon room is where you can get daily breakfast at the hotel, and we ate dinner there on our last night. I was excited to try the lobster fritters (yum), and a selection of *very* local oysters that were harvested just down the beach from where resort is located.
The Ocean Edge service was great – anyone that has visited a seasonal destination in the off season knows that it sometimes comes with staff shortages, but I was so impressed with all our experiences from activities to dining. I was also incredibly grateful that the resort staff was so accommodating towards family travel. The kids menus in each restaurant were a step above the usual chicken nuggets; each restaurant had at least 5-6 diverse options on their kids menu. Jane’s meal always came first (any parent will know what a godsend it is to have a warm plate of French fries hit the table when your kid is exhausted from a long day of vacation fun!) and they also had different coloring books at every meal for rotating entertainment. It was a very nice family-friendly travel experience without feeling like you’re sacrificing the elevated resort experience that most adults want on vacation. We had so much fun at the resort, we didn’t do much exploring outside the property on this trip! I do have a few local favorites though from our summer trips to Cape Cod if you find yourself visiting Ocean Edge. The Brewster Bookstore is close by, right before you enter the resort, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a rainy day on vacation than by exploring a small local bookshop. There’s also a special coffee shop, Snowy OwlCoffee Roasters, a few doors down and they have great coffee, pastries, fresh flowers and lots of outdoor picnic tables. We grabbed coffees for our ride home after a great long weekend at Ocean Edge Resort!
Please note: Ocean Edge Resort hosted us for this experience, all images, opinions and content are my own.
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