Historical charm meets modern luxury
Along the stretches of Cape Cod’s iconic coastline, there are numbers of places to stay, from simple tiny beach shacks to grand hotels with bevies of luxe amenities. But the Cape’s natural beauty is always the biggest draw with more than 115 beaches, excellent seaside dining options and a hundred miles of bike paths. The Mansion at Ocean Edge, located in Brewster, is perfectly positioned to enjoy it all.
Composed of two unique styles of accommodations, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club offers The Mansion, a historic Victorian-style property with 90 luxurious rooms (as well as two- and three-bedroom Presidential Bay Collection villas) or the Villages (one-, two- and three- bedroom villas). Ultra-luxurious perks are reserved just for those staying at The Mansion. You have access to the resort’s private beach, with chair, towel and food and beverage service. Another nice touch is the beach bonfires at sunset, an unforgettable way to spend the evening. The resort also has the Cape’s only 18-hole Nicklaus Design championship golf course, and its largest luxury ballroom, where many a wedding is held.
Situated at the southeast corner of Massachusetts, Cape Cod is surrounded by water and is just 20 miles at its widest point. Ocean Edge is in the town of Brewster, a quintessential, picturesque Cape Cod village located almost exactly in the middle of the Cape. It’s filled with antique shops, quaint stores and great restaurants, as well as 5,000 acres of conservation land. There are plenty of walking and biking trails, plus a natural history museum, live theater and historic architecture dating back to the 17th century.
Originally built in 1890, the Nickerson family home, now The Mansion, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It looks just like an English country manor that might make an appearance in some Agatha Christie novel. It’s a blend of Renaissance Revival and Gothic architecture, with lots of wood, leaded glass windows, historic photos from the Nickersons, and a sprawling lawn outside, which begs for a game of croquet.
While the Cape Cod hotel is a historic 19th-century property, the rooms, recently renovated, are thoroughly modern. Rooms all have resort or garden views, custom embroidery on pillows and duvets, Wi-Fi, and charmingly, old-fashioned games and toys like Rubik’s Cubes. Corner suites feature a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed, gas fireplace, flat-screen TV and private bath with whirlpool. The living and dining areas in the suites have gas fireplaces and a full-sized kitchenette and wet bar. The 31 two- and three-bedroom Presidential Bay Collection suites are the height of luxury at the resort, with loads of space and amenities like a stocked kitchen, complimentary wine, lovely views and upscale Cape Cod décor.
Within The Mansion, diners can choose from the cozy Bayzo’s Pub, which looks like a speakeasy from the movies and serves traditional pub fare, or the elegant Ocean Terrance, which has unbeatable views of Cape Cod Bay. Order a plate of local Brewster oysters and locally made beer and sit back to take in the scene. Indoors, there are three small dining rooms, which have been preserved to evoke the turn-of-the-century period of the Nickerson family.
While the luxury hotel doesn’t have a traditional spa, it does have a treatment room in which the hotel can arrange a number of services. Facials, massages and waxing are among the treatments available. The Stress Solution Spa Facial, which involves an aromatherapy oil massage of the face, neck and shoulders, is a nice way to kick off a relaxing getaway.