Fall is just days away and, with the crowds of Summer gone, there’s no better time to explore charming New England. Vibrant foliage, seasonal fun, and a private stretch of Old Silver Beach on Buzzard Bay await you at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in legendary North Falmouth, Massachusetts. Sea Crest has been voted “Best of the Cape & Islands” in the Cape Cod Life Reader’s Choice Awards five years in a row.
It began as a summer playhouse for aspiring actors, including Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, and Margaret Sullivan. The original structure succumbed to a fire, followed by a hurricane, within a few short years, but the locals and loyal visitors didn’t give up. In 1942, Barbara Walters’ father, Lou, opened the Latin Quarter as a hotel and community theater. The celebrated interviewer had a cherished childhood in the festive atmosphere that turned into one of most popular places on the Cape. By 1971, Red Auerbach, famed Boston Celtics coach, purchased the venue and made it a year-round destination for families. When Scout Real Estate bought the property in 2010, it revitalized it with modern amenities, and refined every detail to make it one of the finest hotels on Cape Cod.
With 263 contemporary guest rooms and suites featuring nautical décor, some with fireplaces and ocean-view balconies, there is an array of options. Families planning get togethers can rent the three-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to eight. The Nauset Center, at 11,800 square feet, is the largest meeting and events space on Cape Cod providing event and wedding planners an expansive space with which to work.
Rent jet skis, take a fishing excursion, windsurf, go or paddle boarding or simply soak up the sun. The hotel also offers activities including beach volleyball and aqua Zumba in the outdoor saline pool. Head out for a run or bike ride through the Cape Cod Rail Trail or the Shining Sea Bike Trail to enjoy the colors of Autumn. If you are traveling with fido, the dog package comes with treats, toys, and a travel snack bag to please your favorite canine.
During Summer, savor sunset shore dinners of fresh lobster dipped in drawn butter, local steamers, and East Coast mussels on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The onsite sports bar and restaurant, Red’s, serves up delightful American fare amidst incredible sea views.
If you are visiting this Fall, don’t miss the scarecrow competition, where you can stroll down Main Street and Queen’s Buyway to admire creative entries. Since there’s no better place than New England for seafood, don’t miss the 47th Annual Scallop Festival. Beer lovers can enjoy a wide variety of libations, live music and food at the Cape Cod Brew Fest in October.
Whether you visit for the beach or the crisp leaves, you’re bound to have a delightful time at this classic Cape Cod escape.
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