Cape Cod’s Pelham trio offers resort getaways and budget getaways
It’s a choice many people face when planning a Cape Cod vacation: are we going to go all out and splurge on a resort town with a private beach and all the amenities? Or should we find a more economical location and enjoy summer fun on a public beach?
Cape Cod’s Pelham House Resort at Port Dennis (pelhamhouseresort.com) offers the best of both.
The popular resort town of Dennisport has added two sister properties to its offerings – Pelham on Earle (in North West Harwich) and Pelham on Main (in West Dennis), both with a lower price per night and both with full access to everything that happens. at the Pelham House Resort and a shuttle to get you there and back.
Both new properties debuted this season. At first the aim was to provide overflow rooms for weddings (The Pelham House is a popular wedding venue). Resort owner John McCarthy and his partners Dennis Leary, Kevin Garcia and Frank Hursey realized they had a greater opportunity: to make the fun and beauty of Pelham Beach accessible to more people.
The two new properties, each with 27 rooms, opened in May. Pelham-on-Main (pelhamonmain.com) is a converted roadside hotel. While there’s no food and drink on-site, it has spacious, beach-vibe rooms (with fridges and microwaves), a pretty lobby, and a gorgeous garden with swimming pool and gardens. Running around $299 a night in mid-summer, it’s an affordable way to access beach fun.
Pelham on Earle is tucked away in a quiet part of Cape Cod on a side street that has a lovely public beach at the end — just steps from the hotel itself. Rooms there cost around $500 in mid-summer, about half the price of a room at the Pelham House Resort.
Stayed here recently and found Pelham on Earle to be beyond charming. POE is in a neighborhood – the kind I like to wander around. Lush gardens with gorgeous hydrangeas (the local festival named after this quintessential New England bud was happening when I visited), white Cape Cod siding, and classic Cape architecture welcome you.
My room – with a cute little patio that overlooks their pool and fire pit – was large, bright, and comfortable. The fridge held plenty of food and drink, and the microwave meant we could snack on leftovers anytime.
There’s coffee and muffins in the morning right now (they’ll be adding some kind of food and drink in the coming year), and the staff are super helpful. They have wagons to use if you want to go to Earle Road Beach.
But what I preferred was the calm.
I packed my beach bag for the day and asked for the shuttle – it arrived (even this very busy summer week) in a heartbeat.
The Pelham Beach Resort has also undergone extensive renovations in recent years. There’s a rooftop restaurant with incredible views, and the addition of Wave’s Sushi and a raw bar.
The pool is in the center of the resort – I met a couple by the pool who love it because they can put their two little ones down for a nap in their adjoining room (maybe 10 paces from their loungers), plug in their baby monitor and enjoy some peaceful pool time while the kids sleep. Great.
There’s a fire pit in the center of the pool — McCarthy said he was inspired to add this after seeing photos of Celine Dion’s pool — and staff serve you food and drink poolside. swimming pool.
I started first on the beach, however. Their private beach is lovely — and also offers food and drink service.
Later I grabbed a spot at the pool and enjoyed the livelier vibe. In the early afternoon the live music by the pool has started and a daily pool party begins. They call it After Sea.
I had dined there the night before, so that day, after hours of fun in the sun, I opted to take that shuttle (which was ready again) and head back to the Earle for a bit.
After an afternoon stroll to the end of the road beach, I sat on my patio and watched the moon rise over the land. I felt like I was staying in the private compound of my very rich friend from Cape Town. A family was playing cornhole on the lawn by the pool and their laughter floated to the top.
It was just the right mix, for me, with the lively vibe of the main hotel.
A note: The Pelham House Resort at the beach closes for private weddings on Saturdays. You can still go on Fridays and Sundays – and Cape Town’s beaches and towns are there for you too.
I think McCarthy and his team have cracked the code. You can have your stay by the beach and afford it too – and even have a place for a quiet getaway.