Get Out of Town: Check In to the Updated Pelham House Resort on the Cape

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It’s school vacation week and the weather has given us a little taste of summer (wait, I said it too soon, we’re back in winter). Spring temperatures can feel like a rollercoaster, but traveling to Cape Town in the spring before the busy summer season begins is a relaxing way to escape the crowds (Does everyone I know head to Great Wolf Lodge?Don’t be like everyone else I know).

The new update Pelham House Resort in Dennis Port, Massachusetts, is the place to be for those rare, warm days in early spring. It’s a staycation option that’s only about ninety minutes from Providence, and includes private beach access, a fun year-round covered rooftop restaurant, and a lively bar with entertainment. It’s also just minutes from the Cape Cod Rail Trail, where adults and kids alike can cycle along old 19th-century railroad lines once used by vacationers traveling to the Cape from Boston and New York. A coastal bike ride and leisurely beach walking adventure, paired with good food and drink, seems like the perfect way to spend a night at spring school or a romantic getaway as a couple. Add some cellarsand you will be satisfied in no time.

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Steak at the rooftop restaurant.

The Pelham House recently underwent 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 warm weather, the pool and hot tub open, equipped with fire pits and an outdoor poolside bar. There are two on-site dining options, including the rooftop restaurant with views of the beach and crashing waves, and Sea Level, which doubles as a bar and also a private function space (someone did he say wedding? Can I get an invite?) with a beachfront patio lined with year-round fire pits.

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The swimming pool at Pelham House will open in the summer.

It is an ideal place for romantic and family getaways. Couples can drink wine and dine out (get the crispy asparagus fries with sriracha and tobiko mayonnaise followed by any steak and seafood). The Cape scallops are seared and served with jicama salad and mashed edamame and the Cajun halibut is served with mashed garlic plantains. Families can feel comfortable settling down at a table and choosing from kid-friendly options, including pasta cavatelli, grilled cheese and clearly labeled and reasonably priced burgers on the menu with cuts ice cream topped with sweets for dessert.

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The rooftop restaurant at Pelham House.

On the weekends, Sea Level hosts live music from musicians like the Joneses and Dave Hickey, usually from 6-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2-5 p.m. spring stay package available now until the end of May. Guests who stay two nights will receive a $50 dining credit to use during your stay (date restrictions apply). From June, YOga on the Green will take place with Ocean View every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which is free for hotel guests and open to the public.

Pelham House also has two new properties to add to its list of accommodations. Pelham on the Main in West Dennis and Pelham-on-Earle in West Harwich will open the first week of May. A shuttle service will run for guests between the three properties on an hourly basis, so guests can get around and enjoy the pool, beach, and views no matter where they are staying.

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Hit the beach this spring at Pelham House.

Pelham properties are owned and operated by local families, including managing partner John McCarthy, and his friends and family partners Dennis Leary (not just Denis Leary!), Frank Hursey, Kevin Garcia and Mark Gentilozzi. The original Pelham House Resort was run by John McCarthy’s father, Bob McCarthy, who bought it in 1997 because he loved the town where he spent his childhood summers and wanted to create a family vacation destination for that everyone can enjoy it as he did with his family. While Bob McCarthy sold the Pelham House to Boston Group Development in 2007, his son John remained general manager. After Bob McCarthy died in 2017, his son bought the resort with friends and partners and began the full renovation in 2018.

Now the partners are expanding their footprint in the middle of the Cape this spring, giving New England vacationers more options for staying in the place where they themselves have spent so many summers.

Pelham House Resort, 14 Sea St., Dennis Port, 508-398-6076, pelhamhouseresort.com

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