Fall in New England brings crisp days, glorious foliage and cool nights that beg for sitting by an outdoor fire pit or snuggling inside next to a roaring fire. With golfing, spa days and delicious dining, these four oceanfront resorts in Cape Cod offer yet more tempting reasons to escape this autumn.
Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa
This resort is everything a Northeastern hideaway ought to be: a gorgeous historic property with amenities galore in the charming seaside town of Chatham, Massachusetts. The main building is a classic beauty with marble floors, nautical touches and twinkling chandeliers.
This fall, opt for an indulgent getaway for two with the property’s Relax, Recharge & Renew package. Start your day with breakfast at the hotel’s STARS restaurant, followed by a 30-minute De-Stress by the Sea massage, a 30-minute in-room mediation session and your choice of complimentary spa products to take home.
Up the luxury ante by booking one of the resort’s 12 spa suites, which feature oversized hydrotherapy tubs, saunas, steam showers, fireplaces and a curated minibar of skincare products, organic snacks and fresh-pressed juices from the property’s onsite farm.
Housed in an early 19th-century building, this romantic 18-room inn is a delightful respite. The charming town’s beach, shops, art galleries, restaurants and other attractions are steps away, though it may be hard to persuade yourself to leave the picture-perfect property.
Unwind in your comfortable room outfitted with linens by Matouk and Company, sit outside by the fire pit or sip on a glass of vino at the widely acclaimed Chatham Wine Bar & Restaurant.
A seasonal Stay & Dine package elevates your escape with an array of culinary delights, including the chef’s extravagant grand breakfast and either a three- or four-course tasting menu of local favorites, such as lobster bisque, blue crab cakes and apricot- and pecan-crusted rack of lamb, come dinnertime.
The Mansion at Ocean Edge
A private beach is just the tip of the iceberg of exclusive amenities you’ll revel in during a stay at this Victorian-style property in Brewster, Massachusetts. The Mansion (the resort’s main building) is an English-manor-inspired house built in 1890 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Set on 429 acres, this coastal treasure provides plenty of room to roam outdoors, including golfing, biking and practicing your serve on one of nine tennis courts.
While there are plenty of ways to keep little ones entertained at this sprawling space, it also makes for an active couple’s sanctuary. Take advantage of the hotel’s Relax & Restore package this fall to receive bike rentals for two, a $200 spa credit, gratis daily breakfast and unlimited rounds on the Cape’s only 18-hole Nicklaus Design championship golf course. Ideal for duos that like to hit the links, the offer also includes golf club storage and use of practice facilities.
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
If you’re looking for Five-Star family fun this autumn, you’ve come to the right place. This 27-acre Chatham property — ideally located with views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Pleasant Bay — boasts a host of amenities to amuse all ages.
If you can dream it, you can do it at the Wequassett, where staff can arrange sailing trips, fishing charters, guided kayak excursions and whale-watching excursions, all from the onsite dock and marina.
When it comes to reserving your room, the resort’s Signature Suites are the most extravagant, with gas fireplaces, stunning marble bathrooms and decks with lovely water views. But for the ultimate in pampering — with room for the whole crew, to boot — book the Round Cove Suite. The three-bedroom unit dazzles with a custom-made bar, a dining table for six, a pullout queen bed and an oversized Jacuzzi in the master bedroom.
Make sure to score a table at the Four-Star Twenty-Eight Atlantic restaurant, where you and your tiny travelers can nosh on well-prepared fresh seafood.