A January 2003 trip
to Cape Cod by bmesser
Quote: A short visit to the Cape in winter. Cold but the scenery is still beautiful.
Winter is a great time to scope out the area before peak season traffic hits.
We made notes of the places we wanted to return to in the warmer weather. Now we won't waste time in the car driving to places we could have skipped. Peak time in the Cape has to be well planned due to the traffic.
Southcape Resort was a great place to stay. Centrally located but off the main drive. The view of the woods revealed by the sliders to the back deck made us feel secluded. This would be a great place for sunbathing. Just not in January!
The week we were there was Superbowl weekend. Southcape Resorts was a great roomy place to relax and watch the big game.
We fully enjoyed the jacuzzi in the master bath. Although it was a single (maybe two) person hot tub, it has three powerful jets and was very relaxing.
Maintenance was very prompt in replacing a light bulb that I mentioned needed to be replaced "at some time." Linens are exchanged mid-week, towels twice a week. This unit shared a washer and a dryer located in the basement, which both operated for $.50 each.
My husband and daughter enjoyed the indoor pool and tennis courts. There is a small charge for the indoor tennis courts. During the warmer weather, there are outdoor courts as well that are free, plus an outdoor swimming pool and a children's playscape and shuffleboard.
We fully enjoyed our stay and regretted that we didn't have enough vacation time to spend a full week this year. Next year, I am planning a "women's retreat week" for our winter stay.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2003
Southcape Resort and Club
950 Falmouth Road
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Falmouth Fish Market
157 Teaticket Highway (Rt 28)
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02536
Restaurant | "Dino's Sports Bar (pizza)"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 2, 2003
Dino's Sports Bar
401 Nathan Ellis Hwy
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02649
At Christmas time they hang a large wreath on the lighthouse. A short walk from Nauset Light are the Three Sisters Lighthouses which were replaced by Nauset Light using one of the lenses from the Three Sisters.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2003
Cape Cod National Seashore
Marconi Site Road
Wellfleet, Massachusetts 02667
+1 508 349 3785
We started in Chatham with Chatham Light off Route 28, next we followed Route 6 towards Provincetown and saw Nauset Light in Eashtam (see my Cape Cod National Sea Shore entry) and Cape Cod Light in Truro, also known as the Highland Light. There is also a lighthouse in Provincetown, but we were running out of time and didn't look for that one.
There is a monument at the Cape Cod Light in memory of the steamer Portland that sank seven miles from shore on November 27, 1898. None of the 176 passengers survived.
There is a great website, Cape Cod, that has a link to the Cape Cod lighthouses. The actual site is here. They offer directions and a history of each lighthouse. All were closed at this time of year, but some are open to the public in season.