Bluegreen's newest additions to its wealth of resorts can be found in Cape Cod, New England's most coveted vacation destination. Among the wood-shingle roofs, storm shutters and lobster traps are beautiful breezes, friendly, happy people and excellent seafood. The Breakers Resort and The Soundings Seaside Resort are waiting for your visit and hoping you enjoy the views, moods and foods as much as they enjoy having you.
If you consider yourself an angler (or fisherman/woman if you prefer), there are literally hundreds of species of fish swimming in the salty waters off Cape Cod. So what can you catch? How about the Cape’s namesake: the cod. This mild tasting, firm-textured fish is not normally found in shallow waters. That means if you want to catch one, you’ll need to charter a boat to get to the deep end. Feel free to reel in cod year round as there are no closed seasons. Other native fish include the flavorful sea bass; the lively mackerel; the aggressive bluefish; and what some consider the prized sport fish—the striped bass. Cast out your line and fish from the piers, rocks and shores. Or simply watch as the fish boats come back to the docks to unload their catch of the day.Whale Watching
You could say it's a ton of fun. Actually, it’s more like 40 tons of fun, but who’s counting? These magnificent mammals swim in herds, pods, mods and gams to feed on krill, herring and other schooling fish in the fertile waters off the coast of Boston.
The best time to get a glimpse of these majestic mammals breaching and spouting is from April to October. Be sure to bring your camera because the World Wildlife Fund lists Massachusetts as one of the top 10 whale watching locations in the world. For a whale of a good time, be sure to contact Dolphin Fleet for an up close and personal charter boat tour.Birdwatching
When you get done making a splash with the whales, fly away to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge for a bird watching tour. This 7,604-acre habitat for resting, nesting and feeding migratory birds extends eight miles past the edge of Cape Cod. Numerous species of seabirds, shorebirds and waterbirds call this island refuge home, including the federally protected piping plover and roseate tern.
Before the days of GPS systems and hi-tech nautical navigation equipment, sailors relied on lighthouses for safe travels at night. These tall beacons would shine a guiding light to ships at sea, warning them to steer clear of dangerous areas. Cape Cod was once infamously dubbed the Graveyard of the Atlantic because there were more than 3,000 shipwrecks in 300 years. At one time, there were more than 200 lighthouses along the shores of the Cape. Today, fewer than 10 lighthouses remain fully functional, but many remain standing as a symbol of their protective past. Some landmark lighthouses to see on your vacation to Cape Cod include: Nobska Point Light House (Woods Hole), Stage Harbor Light, Chatham Light and Monomy Light (Chatham), Nauset Light and Three Sisters Lighthouses (Eastham), Highland Light (Truro), and Race Point Lighthouse (Provincetown).
Travel down America’s Most Scenic Highway, Route 6A, for one-of-a-kind antiques, gift shops, specialty bookstores and outlet malls. Looking for sea-related crafts? Then you’ve come to the right place. After all, what else would you expect from a place so heavily influenced by seafarers? Here, you can browse, buy and listen to fish stories from local merchants. In all, you’ll find in excess of 2,300 places to buy souvenirs in and around Cape Cod. It may just be the very best place to shop on the east coast.
Bluegreen has two Cape Cod resorts with a variety of amenities to satisfy every member of your family.The Breakers Resort
The Breakers Resort, which is less than 100 feet from the fabulous shores of the Nantucket Sound, space to cool off or warm up (dependent upon the season) in one- and two-bedroom villas. Start the day feeling right at home with a cup of hot coffee brewed fresh from your in-room coffee maker while you watch the day rise from your beachfront balcony. After a day of sightseeing, return to the resort and fire up the BBQ grill. While you’re cooking, the kids can go for a swim in the heated pool or head to the playground for an afternoon of fun. If you need to relax, you can return to your villa to unwind in the Whirlpool bath.The Soundings Seaside Resort
With more than 100 beautifully furnished rooms and an unmatched view of the Nantucket Sound, The Sounding Seaside Resort is the perfect choice for a Cape Cod vacation. Studio units feature balconies/porches, cable TV, refrigerators, stovetops and microwaves. One- and two-bedroom villas feature all those amenities plus fireplaces, DVD players and dishwashers. The resort also offers an oceanfront pool, indoor heated pool and putting green along with an on-site coffee shop.
So what else can you do? Watch sunsets on the beach, treat your family to an authentic lobster boil or clam bake, play a round of championship golf or take in a Cape Cod League baseball game. You can even put some crunch in your vacation by experiencing the #1 tourist attraction on the Cape: the Cape Cod Potato Chips factory tour. These kettle-cooked potato chips are all natural and hand-stirred.
Your Cape Cod vacation can be all that—and a bag of chips, too. Make plans to escape to the Cape today!
Written By: Keith Johnson