The Ocean Edge Resort on Cape Cod offers a rejuvenating retreat
Have you taken time for yourself lately? It has been difficult to relax this year, but taking care of yourself, recharging your batteries and simply celebrating the gift of being alive has become more important than ever. If it’s been a minute, maybe it’s time to plan a retreat at Ocean Edge Resort.
The 300-acre Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club is a tranquil and luxurious escape from civilization
This luxury resort offers a unique escape from civilization in the heart of Cape Cod, where there are 300 acres of beaches and tidal pools. Just a 45-minute drive from the gay mecca of Provincetown, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club resides in the charming coastal town of Brewster, Massachusetts, where it has eight of these beaches.
Beach of the pines of the bay
I’m always a little anxious when I travel as a Southern black gay, so it was heartwarming to see pride flags on churches alongside “Black Lives Matter” written on the city marquee. Discover a bike at the resort and start your day with a breezy ride around town. Make sure to walk around local places like the Brewster store for some lovely trinkets and stop by Apt for a deliciously light brunch.
Blueberry Pond Kayak
There’s a peaceful trail from which to explore much of the 429-acre resort that features five on-site pools, its own private beaches, and access to kayaking and paddle boarding.
Escape from humanity and commune with nature on a Hyannis Whale Watching Cruise. The 130-foot, three-tier Whale Watcher runs for about an hour on the high seas. Seeing the land barely shrink was a little terrifying for a city boy like me, but also exhilarating, admittedly. Our naturalist guides pointed out seals as we passed but the excitement was palpable when someone finally spotted two whales.
There really is nothing quite like the majesty of the humpback whales, and they got so close to the boat that at lower levels it felt like we could almost reach and touch them. I named the two thick queens Cardi and Megan, an unofficial designation admittedly, but one that made me feel even closer to these marine mammals.
The resort’s private golf course
Back on land, the private 18-hole Ocean Edge golf course seemed intimidating enough for someone who has never set foot on anything larger than a watered putt-putt course. The resort supports you and offers private lessons with a PGA professional, whether you want to make your first swing or hone your skills.
The Beach House Spa will pamper you
Then head to the Spa beach house for a deeply relaxing cocooning session. While filling out the first forms to meet my massage therapist, I noticed an option to select my pronouns, which made me even more comfortable.
My parents are from Louisiana and Texas so they know a thing or two about seafood, but Cape Town’s selections are beautifully fresh and unique to New England. You absolutely must order a lobster roll at the hidden little restaurant in Ocean Edge, Linx Tavern. Full of flavor and so fresh!
Check out the tide tables, because when it comes out you’ll want to explore Brewster Flats, one of North America’s largest flats, and just steps to the beach from Ocean Edge. We had the chance to make a Visit of the oyster beds with shriveled guide Bud, who has worked in the oyster business for decades, but his enthusiasm continued. Thousands of oysters are farmed on this section of the Flats a few hundred feet from the bay. Bud shells fresh oysters for guests who want to try farm-to-mouth. Seafood is no fresher.
The author has a drink at the Beach Bar of the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
We drove around the same spot seven hours later to find that the oysters we visited that afternoon were now covered in 10 feet of water. On the beach, the resort had set up a fire pit in the sand, complete with bindings and s’more skewers. As I sipped one of the The beach bardelicious signature cocktails, I looked over the water. The High Tide cocktail was the perfect complement to the setting, with complex notes of peanut butter and pineapple ginger whiskey. An assortment of oranges and blues painted in the sky as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. I couldn’t help but smile. After the year we’ve all been through, it feels good to celebrate the endings, even if it’s just the gentle end of another day here at the end of the world. It’s like a new beginning.
This coin appeared in print, see our full digital version of Traveler Number 25 here.