Cape So Hard: The Ultimate Cape Cod Vacation Home
Massachusetts is my home state, and no visit is complete without making the drive to Cape Cod, the hook-shaped peninsula that extends out into the Atlantic. A popular summer vacation destination, the Cape has a very particular charm that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Gorgeous beaches line the coast, and they get more and more beautiful and rugged the further you drive. There are cute shops, loads of fantastic restaurants (who likes seafood?!), lots of boating and fishing, historical sites, and the houses are so darn cute that the “Cape” style is very much a thing even outside of Massachusetts.
This year, I took my mom to South Yarmouth for a mother-daughter weekend getaway and stayed in a beautiful Airbnb that has been dubbed the “Cape So Hard” house. The house is a family home, passed down to a very sweet woman named Andrea by her grandparents. She took a beautiful, traditional Cape house and transformed it into a space where modern meets comfort, complete with the nautical trimmings and blue and white color palette that you would expect from a coastal vacation home.
The house features three bedrooms that look like they came straight out of a Pottery Barn catalogue. The large master bedroom has a queen bed, a bed that I should mention was one of the comfiest I’ve ever slept in. The ensuite master bath is also impressive- with high ceilings and a massive Jacuzzi bath. The master bedroom also has direct access to a wrap around porch- perfect for lounging and enjoying a glass of wine.
There are two more bedrooms, one queen room and one with two twin beds. The finished basement also has a pull out couch that can accommodate an additional two guests. Every room was lovely, but the living room…it stole my heart. The extremely comfortable L-shaped sectional surrounds a gas fireplace, which, by the way, comes alight at the push of a button. The ginormous HDTV doesn’t hurt either. There’s lightning fast Wifi and cable in every room with a TV, too. I know it’s tempting, but don’t get stuck inside too long! If you want to feel outside but be inside, the sunroom is also a great place to hang out. Lastly, a Cape house wouldn’t be a Cape house without an outdoor shower, perfect for washing away sand after a day at the beach.
The home’s location in South Yarmouth is also ideal- you’re close to some amazing restaurants, and only a few minutes from West Dennis beach. If you’re looking for food recs, here are a few of my favorites both near and a short drive away:
Grumpy’s – my favorite breakfast/brunch/lunch spot on the whole Cape. You’ll find a small town diner feel and charm with some ridiculously good food. The eggs Benedict and strawberry cream French toast are a real treat. Comfort food at its finest.
Chapin’s – located close to Mayflower Beach in Dennis, Chapin’s has been my go-to for drinks (mudslides!) and food for years.
Hearth & Kettle – Just two minutes down the road from the Cape So Hard house, this restaurant offers a variety of food in a warm, country atmosphere.
Colombo’s – Delicious Italian food in the heart of Hyannis.
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to explore other areas on the Cape, take a ride out to Chatham, Hyannis, or Grays Beach. If you’re feeling REALLY adventurous, head out to Wellfleet or Provincetown!