Trip Report: A Long Weekend on Cape Cod

Cape Cod National Seashore

Despite having lived in Massachusetts for over a decade, I had never visited either of the most luxurious resorts on Cape Cod, Chatham Bars Inn and the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to stay for two nights at the former, and one night at the latter.

The weather was quite chilly during my trip in early June. You can expect the summer temperatures to be around 10 degrees lower than what is forecast in Boston, and vice versa in the winter.

However, the pools at both resorts are heated and have glass fencing to protect them from the wind. Therefore, it is completely feasible to lay out or swim, even if the outside temperature is only in the mid-60’s.

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn

This is a large resort across the street from a beautiful stretch of private beach. The main building feels much like the simple grandeur of the National Parks lodges in the West – tea or cocktails on the veranda, an afternoon spent gazing out at the view from an Adirondack chair, local cuisine served in a cozy pub.

The summer months are busy here with lots of families on vacation and couples getting married. For a more relaxing experience – a romantic long weekend or girl’s spa getaway – I would recommend visiting in either autumn or spring.

Chatham Bars Inn Pool

The spa facilities are fabulous, but there are only five treatment rooms so make sure you book in advance.

Chatham Bars Inn Spa

You can walk to town from the resort to do a little shopping, get some ice cream or candy, or have a meal. It takes about 15 minutes and there are sidewalks the entire way.

All Virtuoso Guests Receive:
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
    • in restaurant
  • Spa Amenity in room on arrival
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • Champagne and seasonal food amenity in room on arrival

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club

Wequasset Resort

An exclusive enclave on the beach in Harwich, guests have access to play the famous and private Cape Cod National Golf Course. The resort has a main pool and hot tub located on the beach with full food and beverage service, as well as a heated adults-only lap pool and hot tub located near the tennis courts.

Wequassett Resort

The resort has an amazing Children’s Center that includes an outdoor splash area and pirate ship. Indoors there are fun and educational games for both younger children and teens.

Wequassett Children's Center

The resort does not currently have a spa, but they can arrange spa services for you with a local provider. They do have a nice fitness facility which is located near the main pool.

All Virtuoso Guests Receive:
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit,
    • to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

Considering a Cap Cod vacation? Get in touch and let me help you select the right resort and the perfect room category!


Canyon Ranch Lenox Group – February 28 to March 02, 2014


Group Information

Please join me on a three day, two night trip to Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts for a weekend of fun and relaxation February 28 to March 02, 2014!

Your Canyon Ranch all-inclusive per person package includes:

  • Gracious accommodations with thoughtful amenities to surround you in comfort
  • Three meals daily – fresh gourmet creations combining great taste and nutrition
  • Full use of spectacular facilities
  • Fitness, yoga and meditation classes – more than 40 each day for all levels and interests
  • Seasonal selection of outdoor sports activities
  • Presentations by our wellness experts and Lunch & Learn in our Demo Kitchen offered daily
  • Generous allowance toward spa, sports or integrative wellness services
  • Round-trip transfers from Hartford, CT or Albany, NY airports or Albany train station
  • All taxes | Canyon Ranch is a no-tipping resort

Special, All-Inclusive Deluxe Group Rates Per Person:

Single Occupancy $1,750
Double Occupancy $1,250
Service Allowance $140

The above rates represent a savings of up to 25%.

Deposits need to be made by December 15th! Please get in touch with any questions or concerns, or if you are ready to book. Gift certificates are also available.

Rates are per person based on deluxe accommodations. Rates and services are subject to change without notice. Space is limited. A deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking. Full deposit refund if cancelled 30 or more days prior to scheduled arrival. Deposit held for one year toward a future stay with cancellation made 8 to 29 days prior to scheduled arrival. Deposits are forfeited for cancellations made 7 or fewer days prior to scheduled arrival.


Do we spend time together as a group?

There is no requirement to spend any time with the other group members. However, if you’d like to get together I would be happy to arrange something.

I am not a twenty-something size two yoga expert. Will I fit in?

There are people at Canyon Ranch of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels. Guests are friendly. Everyone is there to try something new.

Are guys welcome at Canyon Ranch?

Definitely. Approximately 30% of the guests are men.

How is the food?

The food is wonderful. I promise that you will enjoy it and not go hungry. In addition to regular meals, snacks are also included in your rate.

Do they have alcohol?

No, alcohol is not served at the Canyon Ranch in Lenox and is not allowed in any public spaces.

When should I plan to arrive and depart?

You can check in as early as 10:00AM. Your room will likely not be ready so bring a bag of items you will want for the day – gym clothes, swimsuit, your special bath products. You can stay until 5:00PM on your day of departure, but you will need to be out of your room by 12:00PM. Lunch and dinner are included on your first day. Breakfast and lunch are included on your last day.

Can I extend my stay?

Sure. Please let me know what dates you would like and I will check on rates and availability for you.

I can’t make this weekend, are other dates available?

Please contact me with your preferred dates and I will check rates and availability.

Is Canyon Ranch in Lenox a Virtuoso hotel?

Yes, but please note the amenities do not apply to group rates.

The complimentary Virtuoso amenities are as follows:

  • One-level upgrade at time of booking with double occupancy
    • (upgrade for single occupancy will be based on availability at time of arrival)
  • All meals already included in rates
  • $50 credit to use toward a Health & Healing service

I want to go to Canyon Ranch in Miami or Tucson. Can you help?

Of course. Get in touch with your preferred dates and I will check rates and availability. These properties are also Virtuoso hotels.

How do I decide what classes to take?

I am happy to answer questions about the classes prior to making your reservation. Once you have booked your stay please get in touch with Program Advising. They will be happy to help you select your activities, as well as schedule spa appointments.


I look forward to seeing you all at Canyon Ranch in February! 



Luxury Travel Deals: Four Seasons Boston [exclusive]

Pool, Four Seasons Boston

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Want to take a romantic weekend getaway to Boston this winter? Or perhaps a family trip for ice skating on Frog Pond, museums, and swimming in the indoor pool?

Contact me today for an exclusive offer of a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking. Rates also include continental breakfast daily for two guests and a one time lunch credit of $100 (excluding gratuities, tax, and alcohol).

Treat yourself to a room with a view of the Public Garden, or spread out with the family in a suite. Enjoy the delicious cuisine, amazing service, and warm fireplace at The Bristol Lounge. It truly is “Boston’s living room”!