Wunderground® Travel Planner: Nantucket, MA
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The Highland Golf Links
(Lighthouse Rd., North Truro. Tel. 508/487-9201), a 9-hole, par-36 course on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic and Highland Light, is unique for its resemblance to Scottish links.
Chequessett Yacht Country Club
(680 Chequessett Neck Rd., west of Downtown Wellfleet. Tel. 508/349-3704) is a semiprivate club (public use on space-available basis) with a 9-hole golf course and five hard-surface tennis courts by the bay. Lessons are available.
Chatham Seaside Links
(Seaview St., West Chatham. Tel. 508/945-4774), a 9-hole course, is good for beginners.
Cranberry Valley Golf Course
(183 Oak St.Tel. 508/430-5234. www.cranberrygolfcourse.com) has a championship layout of 18 well-groomed holes surrounded by cranberry bogs.
Harwich Port Golf Club
(South and Forest Sts., Harwich Port. Tel. 508/432-0250) has a 9-hole course that's great for beginners.
The Captain's Golf Course
(1000 Freeman's Way, east of Rte. 6. Tel. 508/896-1716 or 877/843-9081) is an excellent public facility with two fine 18-hole courses—Golf Digest
has named it one of the leading public courses in the nation.
Ocean Edge Golf Course
(Villages Dr., off Rte. 6A, East Brewster. Tel. 508/896-5911), an 18-hole, par-72 course winding around five ponds, has Scottish-style pot bunkers and challenging terrain. Three-day residential and commuter golf schools are offered in spring and early summer.
Blue Rock Golf Course
(Off Great Western Rd., South Yarmouth. Tel. 508/398-9295) is a highly regarded, easy-to-walk 18-hole, par-3, 3,000-yard public course crossed by a pond. The pro shop rents clubs; reservations are mandatory in season.
Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort
(Scudder La., West End rotary, Hyannis. Tel. 508/775-7775) has a beautifully landscaped, challenging 18-hole par-3 course called Twin Brooks; it's open to nonguests. You may bump into some famous faces; many performers from the Cape Cod Melody Tent tee off here while they're in town.
The Country Club at New Seabury
(Shore Dr., New Seabury. Tel. 508/477-9111) has a superior 18-hole, par-72 championship layout on the water as well as an 18-hole, par-70 course. Both are open to the public October through May, depending on availability; reservations two days in advance are recommended, and proper attire is required.
Sandwich Hollows Golf Club
(1 Round Hill Rd., East Sandwich. Tel. 508/888-3384. www.sandwichhollows.com) has an 18-hole, par-71 course that's open to the public.
The red-and-white-striped beacon overlooking the sea on one side and the Scottish-looking links of the private Sankaty Head Golf Club on the other is one of New England's many endangered lighthouses. It's not open to the public, but you can approach it, via a seashell gravel road.
225 Main St. (Rte. 28)
West Yarmouth, MA 02673
A bit more upscale than most of the properties along Route 28, but still with extremely reasonable rates, the Bayside overlooks pristine salt marshes and, beyond them, Lewis Bay. Although it's not right on the water, there is a small beach and a large outdoor pool with a café (there's also an indoor pool). Rooms have contemporary light-wood furnishings, and several have cathedral ceilings, whirlpool tubs, and views toward the bay. Many members of the staff have worked here for years, which helps to explain the resort's family-friendly vibe. The Bayside Resort also offers a number of package deals related to everything from golf to day trips to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Pros:
Ideal for families with children (organized kids' programs available), close to attractions of busy Route 28, reasonable rates, some water views, lots of specialized package deals.Cons:
Beach is more like a sandy tanning area; no swimming, not for those seeking quiet and intimate surroundings. www.baysideresort.com. 128 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: bar, pools, gym, beach. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
476 Main St. [Rte. 28]
West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Families flock to this sensibly priced miniresort, taking advantage of the many amenities, large rooms, patient and friendly staff, and the fact that kids are nearly always certain to find plenty of other playmates here, especially in summer. Rooms contain simple but updated modern furniture. The poolside Cabana Grill serves lunch in July and August (it's open until 4:30). Once you've stayed here once, you're eligible to receive the Cape Point's unbelievably low-priced off-season specials. The hotel puts together some great golf packages with a number of local clubs, and the same owners run the Mariner Motor Lodge and the even more affordable Town 'N Country Motor Lodge. Pros:
Great for families with kids, reasonable and attractive golf package deals, close to all area attractions and restaurants.Cons:
Not for those looking for a quiet retreat, no beachfront or water views. www.capepointhotel.com. 116 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pools, gym. Credit cards accepted.
1338 Craigville Beach Rd.
One of the few mid-Cape motels that's not on a traffic-choked, crassly developed road, this attractive redbrick and shingled motor lodge is in the heart of peaceful Centerville Village, facing the wonderful Four Seas Ice Cream parlor. Although the rooms are dull and the furnishings are dated, you can't beat the location. Golf packages are available. Pros:
Good location; about ½ mi to Craigville Beach, affordable, off-season golf packages.Cons:
Outdated decor, most rooms have a view of the parking lot. www.centervillecorners.com. 48 rooms. In-room: kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Closed Nov.-Apr. Rate includes: Breakfast.
35 Scudder Ave.
Hyannis, MA 02601
As chains go, it's hard to beat this low-slung compound, with its beautiful grounds, extensive services, and superior resort facilities, including a popular golf course open to the public and a top-notch spa. The lobby is elegant; the rooms, if unremarkable in decor, feature private balconies or patios and particularly comfortable mattresses. Far from traffic and close to downtown and the water, Four Points has the best locale of any Hyannis chain property. Pros:
Ideal for those who prefer the amenities of dependable chain hotels, easy access to bustle of downtown.Cons:
Not for those seeking a regional lodging experience. www.sheraton.com. 224 rooms. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, golf course, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa. Credit cards accepted.
573 Main St. (Rte. 28)
West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Although crowded Route 28 is more commercial than serene, it's also home to several value-packed hotels. The Mariner is a good family lodging and a bargain. Although the rooms are standard-issue motel—think basic furnishings such as floral bedcovers and carpets that can take a direct hit from a spilled soft drink—the outdoor pool is heated and large, and a heated indoor pool, with an oversize whirlpool hot tub, is great for rainy days. Also on-site are a miniature-golf course and vending machines for snacks. Kids stay free, and weekday rates are reduced. Pros:
Ideal for those traveling with children, great golf packages, reasonable rates, close to attractions and restaurants.Cons:
Not for a quiet retreat, no beachfront or water views. www.mariner-capecod.com. 100 rooms. In-room: safe. In-hotel: restaurant, pools. Credit cards accepted.
2907 Main St. (Rte. 6A)
Brewster, MA 02631
One of the Cape's few full-service resorts, Ocean Edge is a luxury beachfront community where accommodations range from hotel rooms in the conference center to one- to three-bedroom condominiums in the woods and two- to three-bedroom beachfront villas. Condominiums have full kitchens and washer-dryers; some units have fireplaces, and many have ocean views. All rooms and condos have balconies or patios. There's also a championship 18-hole golf course and tennis courts. Clambakes, concerts, and tournaments take place throughout the summer. Pros:
Great for golfers, many rooms on Cape Cod Bay side with beach access and water views, full-service resort.Cons:
Not for those looking for intimate lodging experience. www.oceanedge.com. 292 condominium units, 90 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pools, tennis courts, gym, beach, children's programs, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.
181 Faunce Corner Rd.
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
This comfortable extended-stay Marriott is near shopping and golf; Horseneck Beach is 12 mi away. The spacious suites have full kitchens, high-speed Internet access, and separate sleeping and living areas; some units have fireplaces. There's a complimentary full breakfast, and you can order in from local restaurants through a delivery service. Pros:
Good for those who need a lot of space with a kitchen, a favorite for business travelers and families; free, light dinner offered Monday to Thursday evenings (5 to 7 pm).Cons:
A long drive to the beach. 96 suites. In-room: kitchen, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, gym, laundry facilities, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
2173 Orleans Rd.
Harwich, MA 02633
Twenty Cape-style cottages and an attractive hotel make up this traditionally elegant resort by the sea. Set on 22 acres of shaded landscape partially surrounded by Pleasant Bay, the Wequassett is an informally upscale resort. An attentive staff, evening entertainment, fun in the sun, and golf at the exclusive Cape Cod National Golf Club are just a few of the benefits you can count on at Wequassett. Chef Bill Brodsky's creative globally inspired cuisine graces the menus of the three restaurants—the star being the sophisticated 28 Atlantic ($$$-$$$$), which is one of the top destination restaurants on the Cape, serving such stellar creations as yellowfin and salmon tartare, and caramelized skate wing with beet-daikon-horseradish salad and watercress jus. The Pool Bar & Grill serves cocktails, beverages, snacks, and light lunch fare poolside. After a day at the beach or on the links, retire to your spacious room and relax amid fresh pine furniture, floral bedcovers or handmade quilts, and overflowing window boxes. Or, sip a cocktail on the lawn outside your private cottage-style room overlooking Pleasant Bay. Pros:
Full-service resort in idyllic, waterfront setting, activities and programs for all ages, babysitting services on-site, elegant surroundings.Cons:
Rates are very steep, not an in-town location. www.wequassett.com. 115 rooms, 7 suites. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, tennis courts, gym, water sports, children's programs. Credit cards accepted. Closed Nov.-Mar. Rate includes: All meals.
A break for energetic children pent up in a car for too many miles, Cartwheels 2 has a go-kart track, bumper-boat lagoon, 18 holes of miniature golf, 25-foot Super Slide, batting cages, kiddie rides, laser tag, a roller-skating and blading rink, and an arcade with snack bar. Check the Web site for discount coupons. www.cartwheels2.com. Hours: Apr.-Oct., call for off-season hrs; July-early Sept., daily 10am-11pm.
Truly a breathtaking sight, Highland Light, also called Cape Cod Light, is the Cape's oldest lighthouse. It was the last to become automated, in 1986. The first light on this site, powered by 24 whale-oil lamps, began warning ships of Truro's treacherous sandbars in 1798—the dreaded Peaked Hills Bars alone, to the north, claimed hundreds of ships. The current light, a white-painted 66-foot tower built in 1857, is powered by two 1,000-watt bulbs reflected by a huge Fresnel lens; its beacon is visible for more than 20 mi.
One of four active lighthouses on the Outer Cape, Highland Light has the distinction of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Henry David Thoreau used it as a stopover in his travels across the Cape's backside (as the Atlantic side of the Outer Cape is called). Erosion threatened to cut this lighthouse from the 117-foot cliff on which it stood and drop it into the sea; thanks to a concerted effort by local residents and lighthouse lovers, the necessary funds were raised, and the lighthouse was moved back 450 feet to safety (while remaining surrounded by the Highland Links golf course). Twenty-five-minute tours of the lighthouse are given daily in summer. Children must be at least 51 inches tall to climb the tower. www.trurohistorical.org. Admission: $4; $6 for combo admission with Highland House Museum. Hours: Mid-May-mid-Oct., daily 10-5:30.
3488 Rte. 6A
Nickerson State Park's 1,961 acres were once part of a vast estate belonging to Roland C. Nickerson, son of Samuel Nickerson, a Chatham native who became a multimillionaire and founded of the First National Bank of Chicago. Today the land is open to the public for recreation. Roland and his wife, Addie, lavishly entertained such visitors as President Grover Cleveland at their private beach and hunting lodge in English country-house style, with coachmen dressed in tails and top hats and a bugler announcing carriages entering the front gates. Like a village unto itself, the estate gardens provided much of the household's food, supplemented by game from its woods and fish from its ponds. It also had its own electric plant and a 9-hole golf course by the water. The enormous mansion Samuel built for his son in 1886 burned to the ground 20 years later, and Roland died two weeks after the event. The grand stone mansion built to replace it in 1908 is now part of the Ocean Edge resort. In 1934 Addie donated the land for the state park in memory of Roland and their son, who died during the 1918 flu epidemic.
The park consists of acres of oak, pitch pine, hemlock, and spruce forest speckled with seven freshwater kettle ponds formed by glacial action. Some ponds are stocked with trout for fishing. You can swim in the ponds, canoe, sail, motorboat, bike along 8 mi of paved trails that have access to the Cape Cod Rail Trail, picnic, and cross-country ski in winter. Bird-watchers seek out the thrushes, wrens, warblers, woodpeckers, finches, larks, Canada geese, cormorants, great blue herons, hawks, owls, ospreys, and other species that frequent the park. Occasionally, red foxes and white-tailed deer are spotted in the woods. Both tent and RV camping are extremely popular here, and nature programs are offered in season. A map of the park is available on-site. www.mass.gov/dcr. Admission: Free. Hours: Daily dawn-dusk.
U.S. 6 and Rte. 28
As you head east toward Cape Cod, a wet-and-wild adventure for the kids awaits at the Water Wizz Water Park, with a 50-foot-high waterslide complete with tunnels and dips, a wave pool, a river ride, three tube rides, two enclosed water-mat slides, a children's slide, a pool, miniature golf, and food. The enclosed Black Wizard waterslide descends 75 feet in darkness. www.waterwizz.com. Admission: $29. Hours: Mid-June-mid-Aug., daily 10-6:30; mid-Aug.-early Sept., daily 10-6.
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