Get Outta Town: Check Into the Updated Pelham House Resort on the Cape
The recently renovated Pelham House Resort in Dennis Port, Massachusetts, is the place to be on those rare, warm early spring days.
It’s school vacation week and the weather has given us a slight glimpse into summer (wait, I said it too soon, we’re back to winter again). The spring temperatures may feel like a roller coaster, but traveling to the Cape in the spring before the busy summer season starts is a relaxing way to escape the crowds (Is every family I know heading to Great Wolf Lodge? Don’t be like everyone I know).
The newly updated Pelham House Resort in Dennis Port, Massachusetts, is the place to be for those rare, warm early-spring days. It’s a staycation option that’s only about ninety minutes from Providence, and it comes complete with private beach-walking access, a fun covered, year-round rooftop restaurant and a lively bar with entertainment. It’s also just a quick ride from the Cape Cod Rail Trail where adults and kids alike can enjoy bicycling along nineteenth-century former railroad lines once used by vacationers traveling to the Cape from Boston and New York City. A coastal bike ride and quiet beach-walking adventure coupled with good food and drink sound like a perfect way to spend a spring school vaca overnight or romantic couple’s getaway to me. Add on some wineries, and you’ll be blissed out in no time.
The Pelham House has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and the thirty-three rooms and suites all have views of Nantucket Sound and are designed with breezy blue and green decor to resemble the ocean. In warmer weather, the pool and jacuzzi open up, equipped with firepits and an outdoor poolside bar. There are two onsite dining options, including the Rooftop restaurant with views overlooking the beach and crashing waves, and Sea Level, which serves as a bar and also a private function space (Did someone say wedding? Can I get an invite?) with an oceanfront patio lined with year-round fire pits.
It’s a great spot for both romantic and family getaways. Couples can wine and dine at the restaurant (get the crispy asparagus frites with sriracha mayo and tobiko followed by anything steak and seafood). Cape scallops are pan-seared and served with jicama slaw and edamame puree and Cajun halibut is served with garlic mashed plantains. Families can feel comfortable settling into a table and selecting from kid-friendly options including cavatelli pasta, grilled cheese and burgers clearly labeled and fairly priced on the menu with candy-topped ice cream sundaes for dessert.
On weekends, Sea Level welcomes live music from musicians like the Joneses and Dave Hickey, usually 6-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2-5 p.m. There is a spring stay package available now through the end of May. Guests who stay two nights will receive $50 dining credit to use during your stay (date restrictions apply). Starting in June, Yoga on the Green will take place overlooking the ocean every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which is complimentary to hotel guests and open to the public.
The Pelham House also has two new properties to add to its roster of accommodations. Pelham on Main in West Dennis and Pelham on Earle in West Harwich will open the first week in May. Shuttle service will take place for guests between all three properties on the hour, so guests can hop around and enjoy the pool, beach and the views no matter where they are staying.
The Pelham properties are owned and operated by local families including managing partner John McCarthy, and his family friends and partners Dennis Leary (not that Denis Leary!), Frank Hursey, Kevin Garcia and Mark Gentilozzi. The original Pelham House Resort was run by John McCarthy’s father, Bob McCarthy, who purchased it in 1997 because he loved the town where he spent his childhood summers and wanted to create a family vacation destination for all to enjoy like he did with his family. While Bob McCarthy sold the Pelham House to Boston Group Development in 2007, his son John stayed on as a general manager. After Bob McCarthy died in 2017, his son repurchased the resort with friends and partners and began the extensive renovation in 2018.
Now the partners are expanding their mid-Cape footprint this spring, giving New England vacationers more options to stay in the place where they enjoyed so many summers themselves.
Pelham House Resort, 14 Sea St., Dennis Port, 508-398-6076, pelhamhouseresort.com