Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich, Massachusetts, is a five-star resort set on 27 acres facing Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The resort features 120 guest rooms, five restaurants, eight meeting rooms — most with water views — four tennis courts, two pools, a private beach and an 18-hole golf course.
“Everything is right here, everything is within walking distance,” said Florence Kiernan, the resort’s director of communications. “It’s a sort of quintessential Cape Cod-style resort.”
The 2,750-square-foot Pavilion, which overlooks the water, is the largest event space and can seat 220 for meals or be divided into five separate rooms. Next to it, the Fireplace and Garden rooms are “almost like living spaces for breaks,” Kiernan said.
The Garden Terrace is a permanent tented structure with accordion-style glass doors that open onto a terrace with expansive views of Pleasant Bay. The Cape Villa Conference Center has three meeting rooms with garden views that can accommodate up to 150 attendees.
The Twenty-Eight Atlantic restaurant offers private dining for 45 guests. The Outdoor Bar and Grille is hopping during the summer, but the restaurant and deck are available offseason for clambakes and theme-style dinners for 120 people.
In addition to watersports, the resort can arrange sailing regattas; fishing charters; seal tours; and lobster tours, in which guests can see how traps are hauled and then eat lobster rolls for lunch. Groups can also visit the Chatham Shellfish Company for tours of the oyster farm, followed by an oyster-and-champagne pairing.
Omni Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
The Mount Washington Hotel opened its doors in July 1902, and for the past 116 years, the grand, white-walled, red-roofed hotel has welcomed guests with the kind of Old World luxury and elegance of a bygone era.
Omni Resorts and Hotels bought the historic 200-room hotel in 2015 after managing the property since 2009. The resort has 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including the divisible 6,900-square-foot Grand Ballroom in the heart of the historic hotel. In 2009, the resort opened a conference center that features a flexible 3,600-square-foot ballroom and three additional meeting rooms.
Perhaps the resort’s biggest draw is its long list of amenities and activities. In addition to skiing at Bretton Woods or riding the nearby cog railway to the top of Mount Washington, guests can take horseback, carriage and sleigh rides; go zip lining, ice skating and snowshoeing; play tennis, golf and disc golf; and try archery, fly-fishing and mountain biking.