Guests of Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Chatham, Massachusetts, will feel as if they’re visiting a friend’s beach house, well, actually a luxury beach house with an excellent “household staff.” And like any good host or hostess, Wequassett’s little details and personal touches help to create a vacation with everlasting memories.
The four-star/four-diamond resort in Cape Cod embodies Americana with white-washed buildings and clapboard cottages set throughout its 27 acres. The views from select guestrooms and the outdoor main pool look out over Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It first opened in 1944 and a $40 million 2-year renovation and expansion was completed in spring 2010.
The welcoming experience begins at check-in at the cozy self-contained reception area, which offers a small bed and breakfast living room feel. The resort has a bit of a nostalgic aura to it, providing a feeling that guests are returning to a better, simpler time.
The 120 guestrooms and suites are spread throughout the property, accessible via meandering brick walkways that are lined with classic Cape flowers, such as hydrangeas and azaleas. Walkways also lead to the main recreation and dining buildings, also featuring the classic Cape Cod-style architecture.
The new Signature Collection guestrooms completed in 2009 offer true luxurious decor and touches. They are oversized with custom-designed king or two queen-size bedding, sitting areas facing marble fireplaces and large decks facing Pleasant Bay. The large marble
bathrooms feature double sinks, garden tubs, separate showers and separate toilets. Other accommodations choices include Cape Cod Cottages with two, three and four bedrooms with patios and
porches, and traditional Villa style rooms with king or two queen beds. All come with porches or patios. For larger families, entire residences can be booked for a beach house-style vacation, with access to resort amenities.
The staff here have been trained and empowered to fulfill guests’ needs and wishes. The resort even has a staff “Memory Maker” whose sole job is to find out guests’ interests and “dazzle them.” Examples of this magic can be as simple as securing a copy of a book that a guest mentioned they wanted to read or creating a surprise birthday party. Frontline employees are also given authority to do whatever they can to make guests happy. We experienced this first hand. We liked the public restroom hand lotion so much that we asked at the resort store if they stocked it for purchase. Though the answer was no, it was followed up with a promise that the store manager could see what he could do. Later that day, two full-size hand cream bottles beautifully delivered in gift bags at no charge were sent to our room.
More touches that create memories for all include a vintage Good Humor Ice Cream-style truck from the 1950s. The bell rings each afternoon at the main pool and everyone lines up for complimentary ice cream. Another special amenity is the complimentary Pillow Pet program. Children fill out a form at check-in choosing from the resort “Pillow Pet” menu and a Pee-Wee sized pillow pet is delivered to their guestroom in a pet carrier on day one of their vacation.
The circular main pool, the resort’s family pool, overlooks Pleasant Bay and Round Cove. An elevated Brazilian wood boardwalk that wraps around the pool has cabanas available for an extra fee. It’s pure relaxation to spend the day here, where a staff member is available to take care of needs such as suntan lotion, drinks and food. An adult pool by the tennis center does not offer a view, but is a true quiet respite.
A small non-distinct beach is accessible from the main pool, but a better beach experience can be found at the Outer Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. It’s accessible via boat launch from Wequassett’s dock. Guests should spend some time on a boat whether or not they head to the beach, just to view the magnificent shoreline. Among the offerings is a sunset cruise that can include champagne, martinis and hors d’oeuvres. Other recreation at the resort includes four tennis courts, a fitness center, and golf at the 18-hole neighboring Cape Cod National Golf Club.
Dining at the property is a major activity in itself with four restaurants and bars. The twenty-eight Atlantic fine dining restaurant focuses on local seafood and produce and authentic Cape Cod dishes with a slight twist such as the delicious caramelized day boat scallops with black quinoa and cantaloupe. The food and service continue the Wequassett’s personal touch policy with great attention, and the dining room brings the surroundings in with floor-to-ceiling windows that offers views of Pleasant Bay. Suggest clients dine during sunset to get the most from their setting. Outdoor Bar and Grille offers alfresco dining with a view, where the sea breezes are paired with casual cuisine. The Pleasant Bay Terrace next to the pool not only serves lunch and dinner in the summer, but is the place for special dinners including Monday night seasonal clam bakes and Wednesday night family BBQs.
Additionally, the resort’s Children’s Center provides programs for ages 2 to 12 and features an aquatic playground and a center with high-tech game fun. And this summer, the resort launched the Chef for a Day program, where kids harvested vegetables from the Wequassett Children’s Garden and prepared something delicious with one of the resort’s chefs. Wequassett is also home to the annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival, held Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in July and August.
Off-property, guests can explore the Village of Chatham with its quaint restaurants, boutiques, galleries and antiques. Complimentary transfers are available to the village. The Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 36-mile bike path, is a good option for active guests. Day trips can also be taken to nearby Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as whale watching April-November.
Rates start at $205 per night in low season. The 3-night Chatham 300 package for $300 per night is available September-November 2012 and commemorates the town of Chatham’s 300th anniversary. It includes a $3 signature cocktail, 3-course dinner at twenty-eight Atlantic, and his and hers gifts from Vineyard Vines.
The resort is about 90 miles from both Boston’s Logan International Airport and Providence’s TF Green Airport. Transportation can be arranged to the resort from all airports, or cars can be rented.
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Wequassett Resort and Golf Club: (800) 225-7125; wequassett.com