Many families rent homes on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, but if you”re searching for a quintessential beach resort in New England, you”re bound to find one on our list of classic properties. These resorts deliver the best accommodations and amenities for families, as rated by our team of experts and other family travelers.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
Chatham Bars Inn Resort & Spa
Opened in 1914, Chatham Bars Inn & Resort began as a semi-private hunting lodge for the wealthy. Today, it"s a family-friendly resort located on a private stretch of sand and surf in Cape Cod. Families enjoy tennis and outdoor pools, as well as complimentary shuttle service to Cape Cod National Seashore. Guests have the option to stay in the resort"s inn or rent private cottages.
The Villages at Ocean Edge Resort & Spa
If you"re planning a trip to Cape Cod with grandparents, aunts and uncles, or cousins -- or all three -- consider a stay at The Villages at Ocean Edge Resort & Spa in Brewster. The one-, two- and three, bedroom villas provide plenty of space for families to spread out, along with fully equipped kitchens and washers and dryers. Families can golf (kids" lessons are offered), bike, swim (there are four pools) and enjoy a meal together at one of the resort"s restaurants (or in the villas, of course).
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
The Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich has it all -- two beaches, two swimming pools, four restaurants and water sports galoreÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and that doesn"t even include the activities specifically offered for kids. Youngsters enjoy dive-in movies and swim, tennis and sailing lessons. The resort also hosts Teen Gaming Nights. Many accommodations feature views of the water.
Sea Crest Beach Hotel
The beachfront location is what draws many families to Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, but when they arrive, they"re happy to find indoor and outdoor pools and an onsite restaurant, as well. The rooms, which are nautically themed, only add to the appeal. Large groups should consider a stay in the three-bedroom cottage.
Green Harbor Resort
Many families spend their days on the private beach at Green Harbor Resort in West Yarmouth -- certainly not for lack of other things to do. The quaint resort also offers a complimentary kids" club, shuffleboard and canoes and kayaks. The hotel"s location near Route 28 -- a main road in the area -- puts families close to local attractions and restaurants, where they can order the catch of the day.
Pleasant Bay Village
Pleasant Bay Village is less of a village and more of an intimate hotel, with just 58 rooms. It has a small, outdoor pool and restaurant, and guestrooms and suites offer mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi. Families also have the option to watch NetFlix when it"s time for a break from the sun. Pleasant Bay Village is located in Chatham.
Anchor In Hotel
Anchor In Hotel has a waterfront location in Hynannis, and offers all the amenities families crave on a vacation: complimentary breakfast, a heated pool and free Wi-Fi. All guestrooms have mini-fridges, and some provide private decks for watching boats dock in the bay.
Surfside Hotel & Suites
In Provincetown, Surfside Hotel and Suites offers family-friendly accommodations April through October. These include traditional guestrooms, suites and one- and two-bedroom apartments. Suites have mini-fridges, and apartments have small kitchens. The hotel provides complimentary breakfast, a swimming pool and best of all, a private stretch of beach.
Red Jacket Beach Resort & Spa
Red Jacket Beach Resort & Spa, as you can guess, is located right on the beach (in South Yarmouth). It features family-specific rooms, each one with a bunk bed or double bed for kids, plus a mini-fridge, free Wi-Fi and a private balcony or patio. There"s also a kids" club, pools (including a zero-entry pool for tiny tykes), an onsite restaurant and spa.
Cape Codder Resort & Spa
It"s not difficult to find a good deal at this resort, located in Hyannis. The Cape Codder Resort & Spa regularly offers themed packages and promotions, and beckons families with an indoor pool complex (practically a water park), plus an outdoor pool, playground and volleyball court. There"s also an onsite restaurant and a spa with services just for kids. Guestrooms have mini-fridges, and some sleep as many as 8 people.
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