Let’s address the 800-pound gorilla in the room right from the get-go. After Memorial Day, traveling to Cape Cod can be an excruciating exercise. There’s just no way around it. Ever a popular destination, the Cape swells to crazy numbers during the summer, when world-weary visitors try to find their escape, only to run headlong into other visitors with the same exact idea.
Even by conservative estimates, the Cape’s summer population balloons 50 percent in the summer months, to roughly 500,000 from an offseason total of 215,000. Ugh! Now add day-trippers and all those extra vehicles, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a king-sized logjam on the roads, at the beaches and in the restaurants.
Given that scenario, it’s all the more important to find little pockets of peace and quiet, simple corners of blessed relief. My suggestion? Book a stay at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, a AAA Four Diamond-rated property. This magnificent resort, voted “Best Resort, Cape Cod” by Boston magazine and one of the “Top 25 Resorts in New England: Readers’ Choice Awards 2019” by Condé Nast Traveler, is set on 430 acres that includes numerous lodging options, miles of coastline, tennis courts (rentals and lessons available), a 26-mile bike trail and five pools (including two indoor), access to the private Bay Pines Beach, almost countless on-site activities, and an outstanding Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.
Yet, despite all the options that guests have at their beck and call, perhaps the greatest pleasure found at Ocean Edge is its subtle, soothing sense of serenity, and even solitude. And it’s hard to put a price on that.