Luxury Resorts: There are so many places to stay on Cape Cod but finding an outstanding property that exudes exemplary service and first rate accommodations combined with a spectacular dining experience can be somewhat of a challenge unless you are staying at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club.
This four-diamond resort located between Chatham and Orleans on Pleasant Bay is surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens on the Cape. The most recent addition to the pool area includes a fire pit where you can gather at night for a beautiful view of Pleasant Bay and Round Cove.
"We are pleased with the response we have received to the renovations to the pool area," said Maggie White, director of public relations for Wequassett. "We added a fire pit, fountain and boardwalk. We are breaking ground on 12 new premiere waterfront rooms that will be ready for the 2008 season."
There are 104 guest rooms here but the property does not offer traditional guest rooms. Each is designed more like an individual cottage or villa with either garden or water views. Our room was located just steps from the water and minutes from the main check in area. While our room had an indoor gas fireplace, the adjacent cottage had a beautiful outdoor one, ideal for those cool nights while relaxing on the patio. The oversized bathroom also had a luxurious rain shower and separate tub for soaking after a day at the beach.
That night before dinner, we headed over to the casual dining restaurant, Thoreau's, for a drink. Located in the same building at 28 Atlantic, Thoreau's is a cozy and relaxing alternative to the more formal 28 Atlantic.
"Twenty-eight Atlantic offers new American cuisine and Bill Brodsky, our executive chef, who is also the director of food and beverage, has been named one of the best chefs in the world by James Beard," White said. "The restaurant is the only one on Cape Cod to receive four stars and was recently voted to have the best cuisine on the Cape. On the Cape, there aren't too many restaurants that sit literally on the water so we really wanted to showcase this with the large windows that overlook the water."
The on-site restaurant, 28 Atlantic, is in a class of its own not only because of its exemplary service but delicious cuisine. Offering such dishes as a trio of tartare and unique entrees such as black cod, Chef Bill Brodsky, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has created a menu that highlights both the region's fresh native seafood and seasonal ingredients.
We were seated next to the beautiful fireplace, which remained unlit since it was such a warm evening but we imagined it to be gorgeous. Brunch is served here in the morning and consists of an all-you-can-eat buffet of traditional staples such as scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, Danish, muffins and bagels as well as freshly cooked omelets, waffles and pancakes and fresh salmon and chives.
What makes this property so outstanding is its attention to detail and service. While there is a fixed 18% gratuity added onto each dining bill, the servers here were so friendly and professional that it actually seemed an amenity to add the service charge on and not have to worry about tipping throughout our stay.
The name Wequassett means "crescent on the water" and the property was discovered by the Wampanoag Indians more than 400 years ago where they swam and fished in the bay. The land was later sold to William Nickerson, who settled in the town of Chatham. The property opened its doors to guests in 1925 and the current owners acquired the property in 1977.
The 22-acre resort offers a host of activities as well, whether you are looking to play tennis, go sailing or play a round of golf. The staff offers tennis lessons at the on-site tennis courts. Not too far away is the 18-hole Cape Cod National Golf Club located where guests enjoy exclusive privileges to this challenging course.
"We are affiliated with Cape Cod National Golf Course, which was recently voted #1 golf course on Cape Cod and #13 in the state of Massachusetts by Golf Digest," White added. "The only way to play there is to be a guest of Wequassett or by being a member of the club itself."
This beautiful seaside resort offers magnificent views of the bay and is the perfect retreat for a weekend escape.
For LxM Kellie K. Speed