Located on Upper Cape Cod just over an hour's drive from Boston, North Falmouth offers a sleepier side of the Cape that allow families to enjoy the sand and surf without the crowds and distractions. (See a map of Cape Cod.)
For families looking for a mid-priced place to stay with many amenities and a great location right on the water, Sea Crest Beach Hotel is a great choice. Located on North Falmouth's Old Silver Beach, the Sea Crest is blessed with gentler waters than you typically find on the Atlantic side.
Old Silver Beach is one of the few on the Cape that face west, which means guests are treated to amazing sunsets every evening. Beach butlers are on hand to set you up with beach chairs, towels and umbrellas, and there are also roaming waiters taking beverage orders on the sand. If you like, you can also rent paddleboards, Jet skis, kayaks, and other water toys.
Considering that it's a 15-minute drive to the bustling village of Falmouth, the Sea Crest Beach Hotel is the kind of place where most guests come to relax and stay put. From family movie nights to a daily roster of kids' activities, the hotel does a lot to keep families happy. There are small saltwater outdoor and indoor pools, a fitness center with daily classes (including aqua aerobics and yoga on the beach), and an on-site ice cream shop your kids will want to frequent multiple times a day.
For lunch and dinner, Red's—named for Celtics legend Red Auerbach, one of the winningest coaches in NBA history and a former part-owner—offers seating in a lovely ocean-facing screened dining room and a menu that runs the gamut from lobster and steak to burgers and sandwiches.
Room rates start at around $149 a night in shoulder season but double in high season. Parking is free for guests but there's a $15-a-night resort fee. For breakfast (not included in the rate), the hotel offers an extensive hot-and-cold buffet and also a lobby cafe where you can pick up coffee, croissants, and other lighter items. Be sure to check the resort's web site for special offers.
Best rooms: Rooms are well appointed and very comfortable, with a fresh, beachy decor, high-quality bedding, and a small wet bar with a Keurig coffeemaker and mini fridge. There is a variety of room categories, ranging from motel-style rooms and standard doubles without a view to ocean-view and oceanfront rooms with balconies. There is free wi-fi throughout the resort and flatscreen TVs with cable in every accommodation.
Best season: Sea Crest Beach Hotel is open year-round (weekends only in the winter), with high season falling during the summer. Due to its proximity to Boston, the Upper Cape can get very crowded on summer weekends, so midweek visits can be more chilled out. Deal hunters should consider the fall shoulder season.
Visited: July 2015
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