When you think of luxury on the Cape, the off-season doesn't immediately spring to mind. But if you're coming from cities like New York or Boston where space and time are your ultimate luxury, then Wequassett Resort & Golf Club is a crown jewel on the Eastern Seaboard. Though the resort is packed in the summer due to its reputation for views, fine dining, cocktails and all the amenities of a fully loaded luxury resort, the shoulder season is when you're best able explore it to the fullest extent, devoid of summer madness and cape traffic. Not to mention at a much lower price.
According to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the national seashore saw 1,003,740 visits at its in peak in August of 2016, which sharply dropped to 554,245 in September, 351,234 in October and 198,476 in November of 2016.
Which helps explain the 2018 price lists for rooms at Wequassett - their most expensive suite drops from $3125 to $1250, or a signature water view cottage drops from $1650 to $495 in the off-season. That's the fun kind of math that makes you want to take a trip to the beach. Especially when the suites not only have indoor remote controlled fireplace, but also a remote controlled fire pit outside, conveniently located next to your jacuzzi.
When I took the trip with a friend in mid-November, it was too late in the season to go on a cranberry bog tour, beach plum picking or oyster expeditions, and we instead spent our time hanging around the resort's private beach and heading to the larger Chatham and then ultimately Wellfleet beach, where we were mostly alone save for a few families that also didn't mind bundling up against the chill.
In addition to (mostly empty) beaches, a few minute's drive away is the main street of Chatham, complete with New England-themed shops and bars. The typically packed tourist destinations were relaxed and speckled with natives, instead of summer throngs jostling for caftans or martinis and oysters by the dozen.
We spotted seals and whales both days we hiked along the dunes and arrived back at the resort eerily calm and collected before dressing up at dinner at either Twenty-Eight Atlantic, the resort's fine dining establishment, or Thoreau's, its more refined casual dining space and bar. We also spent an afternoon at Hog's Head Brewery, a local brewery that brews its own beers on the premises and serves as a gathering spot for both tourists and locals alike.
In short, wearing a warmer coat is well worth enjoying the height of luxury when you need a break from your family over the holidays.
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