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Skip the Marriott. Opting for a cozy B&B when traveling gives you a taste of local hospitality (though in our case, the delightful innkeepers were actually imported from abroad). The Platinum Pebble Inn, an old sea captain’s house circa 1830’s, is a gem tucked away on a quiet residential street of Harwich, Mass. A completely renovated interior means floral wallpaper and frilly curtains were swapped with clean whites and modern decor that to us felt very much like home. With our own penchant for interior design, we appreciated the details of Annabelle and Simon’s work – from the unique lighting fixtures to the different tile selected for every bathroom. I also died for the dark wood floors and striped wallpaper. On our arrival we were delighted to find we’d automatically been upgraded to the two luxury superior rooms, which boasted cathedral ceilings and private patios for nibbling breakfast treats. The bedding and towels were some of the plushest I’ve ever felt, and I confess I even became entranced by their fresh scent. (Yes, I am that detail oriented. I like things that smell nice, so I may have poked my head into the laundry room to ask what detergent they use…and now I know.) Annabelle and Simon were gracious hosts, and we looked forward to chatting and laughing with them every evening on our return from exploring the Cape, while sipping wine and enjoying tiny bites of cake. She may be a city girl with a London accent, but don’t let her fool you, Annabelle can cook. She and Simon also have impeccable taste in restaurants, recommending not one but three top-notch culinary experiences: The Ocean House, Del Mar Bistro and The Oyster Company. If only we could go back for every anniversary.

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Some of my earliest memories are family trips to Cape Cod during the summer. It’s easy to romanticize such distant recollections, but on a recent trip to the area, my first time back in over 20 years, I found beaches and New England towns just as idyllic and charming as I remembered. And I was reminded of why we often made the five-hour trek from NYC: it’s worth it…worth it enough to take a long weekend, in fact. When you do, follow this guide to make the most out of your four-day New England excursion.
A bit older and wiser this time around, I came to understand why my father would anxiously mobilize the family to pack into the car and make a mad dash for the Cape in the predawn hours. I encourage you to do the same as you set off on your four-day weekend. Hit the Bourne Bridge, which crosses Cape Cod Canal from mainland Mass too late on a sunny day or a weekend, and prepare to be stuck in gridlock…for hours. A rotary on the other side of the bridge paralyzes traffic – you’re better off leaving the house bleary-eyed in the wee morning hours on a Friday, as painful as it may be. Almost every area of Cape Cod is going to offer beautiful waterfront, so stay in Dennis Port for your first night, if not for its strategic location. Cape Cod is like a flexed arm and the town is near the elbow, offering convenient access in both directions and also to ferries that make the journey to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Dennis Port’s waterfront has resorts and restaurants that offer drink and dining options, but stay at The Platinum Pebble just up the street, a new boutique inn that features a hard to find blend of Cape quaintness with more sophisticated design and amenities. The inn sports a simple black and white color palette and clean, uncluttered spaces that are like a crisp complement to the nautical atmosphere and the Cape’s simple beauty without appearing stark or too modern. Though the inn’s proprietors, Simon and Annabelle, have essentially gut renovated the place since buying it last year, they have also embraced the over 200-year-old property’s history, restoring some of its old furniture and preserving original floors and moldings. Its comforts and aesthetics are a pleasant addition. A leather couch, stocked bar and a flat screen television – as well as a glass tray of fresh butter cookies – make the main house’s living room a fun place to hang out after a day at the beach, and though its crystal blue pool just outside may seem like a sidebar to the ocean shore that beckons only a short distance away, its water is far warmer for a dip.


So in a shocking turn of events, Meghan located the bed and breakfast that we called home during our time on Cape Cod.  This would usually be the province of either Lauren or me, so we were all impressed Meghan found what turned out to be such an aweseome place.

The Platinum Pebble in Harwich, MA has got to be the most outstanding, nontraditional bed and breakfast ever created.  Owners Simon and Annabelle are world travelers who have currently landed in Cape Cod and decided to become innkeepers.  The B&B just underwent a MAJOR renovation, which only completely wrapped up a few months before we arrived.  In fact, the grand opening was scheduled to occur just a day or two after our departure.  The Platinum Pebble has amazing decor and furnishings, terrific service, and comes with owners with awesome British accents at no extra charge.  (Check out that super-cool red iPod speaker in the slideshow.  Yeah, I need one of those.  Click here to purchase it for me.)  If you’re going to Cape Cod, you’ve simply got to book a few days at The Platinum Pebble.

One Comment

  1. Sam says:

    Excellent articles. I live on Cape Cod and must say Harwich is one of the most beautiful places. Things have changed lots since I hung around town. The harbor for one has changed and for the better.
    Thanks for the great info