A November 2004 trip
to South Yarmouth by bmesser
Quote: The morning we left, our computer crashed. I was hoping that was not a harbinger of things to come! On top of that, we were headed to the Cape in the first real snowstorm of the season. Plus, I forgot my camera!
Hotel | "Ocean Club on Smuggler's Beach"
Even though our room was at the end near the check-in office, we still had a view of the ocean. That is the advantage of this resort. There are not a lot of timeshares that actually sit right on the beach at the Cape. It was wonderful this time of year, once the snow/rain stopped. Resort Experience:I knew it was small, but my first thought was that this was truly a studio. It was a small entryway, with the bathroom on your right and a small walk-in closet, a Jacuzzi, and a queen bed across the room, with just enough room to get by. There was a row of drawers along the wall from the Jacuzzi to the kitchen/living wall.
There was a partial kitchen with a mini-refrigerator. The kitchen sink is very small. They provide a small container of dish soap and a dish rack, but there is very little counterspace; I could not imagine doing dishes all week. Dishes, glassware, and silverware are available for four people.
The couch folds out to a double with a gas fireplace across from it. The TV is in the bedroom, and the wall is angled so you can't watch from the couch. The kitchen table has two chairs and bench seats. There is a very small deck off the kitchen.
The activity room has sliders to a large deck w/tables and chairs and the lower part has lounge chairs. There are glass walls to enable you to enjoy the view but be sheltered from the ocean winds.
A small section in front is private for resort guests only and a public beach is to the left as you face the ocean. Arm bands are required in season to use the pool and beach area. There are three gas grills in the pool/deck area. The pool is glassed in and has ceiling panels that open in the summer. There is also a hot tub at the pool. Downstairs from the pool is an adequately equipped exercise room.
We took walks along the beach. Many parts are private, so you probably couldn't walk it in the summer, but off-season, no one minded. The public beach had cars rolling in and out throughout the day, where people would drive in to just enjoy the view.
They had a few activities even during the off-season. We had just enough to play Bingo. That is the only activity we did, although they had hot dogs for sale one day at lunch and a movie night. They have free movies you can sign out for the VCR in your room, plus games you can sign out. There was a table set up with a puzzle going and a stack of other puzzles next to it.
Towels can be exchanged daily in the morning; they come in on Tuesdays to service your room. Trash you can put outside your door in the morning, and they will pick it up. Extra bags are in the bottom of the trash cans.
The bathroom is small, with a shower stall but no tub and no vanity. We found the unit to be fine for two people, I can't imagine having four in here. A drawback for staying a whole week is the partial kitchen. You aren't supposed to cook in your unit, although some do. There is a kitchen in the activity room that you can use.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2005
The Ocean Club on Smuggler's Beach
329 South Shore Drive
South Yarmouth, Massachusetts 02664
Restaurant | "Jillians"
We almost missed it in the dark, and it appeared closed, but fortunately it was not. They had fantastic food and large portions. The price was reasonable for what you got. They have daily specials, but we ordered from the menu. I had the seafood scampi with shrimp, lobster, and scallops. It was loaded with seafood. Usually you get a couple pieces of each, but my plate was loaded with seafood.
I can't remember what my husband got. Lazy lobster, I think. We loved it all, from the crackers, cheese, and rolls at the beginning through our meals. We were too stuffed to even think about dessert!
Make sure Jillian's is in your plans if you're in the Falmouth area.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2005
Junction Rtes 151 & 28a
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 02556