A Quick Stop at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel
For nine years my family of five has driven to Falmouth, then hopped on the Steamship Authority ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, all in one day. This year, we decided to do something different and spend the night at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, MA, then take the ferry early the next day.
We arrived, and the valet immediately hustled over to put my newborn’s pack n’ play on a cart, and to his credit, he even gave the boys a ride to the lobby! We were put in a room in one of the wings of the hotel that isn’t attached to the main building. I wasn’t in love with these detached rooms, because they felt more 1960’s motel than upscale beach inn. The nice part is that you can open the door and stroll right onto the beach (literally) and catch killer sunset views right from your balcony. The hotel has 263 rooms, and many have the option to open up a wall to accommodate larger travelling families. Each room has been recently renovated in a lovely beachy decor.
I loved the main part of the hotel which was once Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart’s summer theater. There is a Starbucks, which becomes an impromptu meeting place each morning, as well as Red’s Restaurant & Lounge. The restaurant boasts a cute takeout window for when kids (ahem) throw a major tantrum in the restaurant, and you have to take your meal outside.
The next morning we ate breakfast in the Ocean View room. The buffet was great, and the kids loved the made-to-order omelette station. When finished, we had to walk just five or ten feet out onto Old Silver Beach where lovely college kids set you up with an umbrella and chairs. The beach immediately struck me as special; the water was warm, and there was soft white sand that stretched a long way out, perfect for the under-five crowd. The boys enjoyed both playing volleyball with other visiting families, as well as taking part in the pirate adventure activities run by the cheerful employees at the hotel. Another nice thing about the hotel is that the employees seemed to really care that the guests were enjoying themselves. When I said “Good morning,” to one, he replied: “I really hope it is a good morning for you, after all you’re on vacation!”
With prices into the $400’s during the high season, I recommend this hotel just on the shoulder of September, when they drop into the 200’s. The water will still be warm, and the food delicious! We were thrilled to visit the Sea Crest and the feasibility of driving five minutes down the road to get on the ferry to start our Martha’s Vineyard vacation can’t be topped.
Our guest poster this week is Kate Rockland. Kate lives in New Jersey with her husband and three unruly children. When she’s not making forts out of pillows or begging people to buy one of her two novels, she loves traveling through New England.
Find Kate here: http://www.katerockland.com
photos courtesy Kate Rockland and Sea Crest Beach Hotel