Ours is a charming, quintessential Cape Cod cottage - a beachfront cottage on Eel Pond in Monument Beach, in a residential neighborhood - peaceful, serene beauty awaits you! There are two bedrooms w/double beds, a futon in the den for additional sleeping (dble), and sofabed in the main room. The cottage can sleep 8, but is just right for 4-6 persons. The den has a fireplace w/stove insert. Fully equipped kitchen, bathroom w/shower. Outdoor shower (h/c) to wash off after enjoying a dip in the bay, or using the three kayaks at the cottage (2 single, 1 double) or the canoe. The cottage has central AC/heat, and lovely summer cross-breezes off the bay provide ample fresh air, even on the warmest days. Housekeeping/linen service is provided prior to your arrival. A laundromat is conveniently located, just a mile away.
Our cottage is a perfect vacation home for a family with children! The kids can spend an entire day right on our beach, exploring all sorts of beach life at high and low tide, swimming, kayaking, and playing on the sand, while parents enjoy a glass of lemonade or iced tea on the screened porch that faces the beach, just 30 feet away.
Enjoy leisurely mornings on the bay-side screened porch, watching the water and the many sea and land birds as you sip your morning coffee. Dinners on the porch are equally delightful. The cottage comes equipped with a "kettle" charcoal grill, perfect for evening gatherings, and a firepit for evening marshmallow roasts! We have three kayaks for guest use (1 dble/2 sgle), and you can swim in the bay from our private beach. Eel Pond is a tidal bay, with twice-daily high tides. Our bay leads out to another bay that boasts a large resident population of osprey. From the kayaks you can glimpse the fledgling osprey in their nests. Egrets, swans, and cormorants abound. Both bays are "no wake" waterways – no jet skis or motorboats will disturb the tranquility of your days at the cottage. If you venture a little farther out the interconnected bays, you can kayak right out to Buttermilk Bay and the Monument Beach marina. The town beach is a short walk down the road, about 1/4 mile, and just across from one of the best ice cream parlors on the Cape! Home-made ice cream, freshly made each day.
Monument Beach is a quiet village on the Cape's south shore, just minutes from the Bourne Bridge. Once over the bridge, you are there! With our cottage as your home base, you have many tourist options -- exploring the side roads and beautiful scenery on both sides of the Cape, or venturing off the Cape to Plymouth, Boston, or Newport RI. We are 20 minutes by car from Falmouth, where you can catch a ferry to the Islands (Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard) easily. Their quaint main streets boast many fine restaurants and great shops. Woods Hole, home to the world-renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, is just down the road from Falmouth. The Cape Cod National Seashore is a quick drive down Route 6 where you can enjoy a whole day at one of their famous beaches with stunning sand dunes and impressive Atlantic Ocean surf. Shopping is close by in Mashpee or Sandwich, a very picturesque village – one of the oldest on the Cape. Be sure to visit the Sandwich Glass Museum, where you can watch a master craftsman demonstrate how glass is blown. A leisurely drive down Route 6a, which begins in Sandwich, will reward you with many shops and views of Cape Cod Bay.
We shop for our groceries in Sandwich at Fresh Market, but there is a great fish store & restaurant (the Lobster Trap) within walking distance of the cottage, with fresh daily catches of swordfish and other local fish for sale. Plenty of good inspiration for using the grill at the cottage! And you can always get fish&chips to go.
If you want to venture off-Cape for more sights and events, Plymouth is just 20 minutes north on Rte 3 with Plimoth Plantation, a living-history site, and the famous Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower, an authentic replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1670. If you head a bit farther north on Route 3 you can take the "T" train from Quincy (about 40 minutes from the cottage door) into Boston's city center for a history-filled day on the Freedom Trail. Just south of the Cape is Newport, Rhode Island, with its notable tours of the luxurious mansions of the fabled American industrial barons - the Vanderbilts, the Astors, etal. Or visit New Bedford, with its first-class whaling museum, and Fairhaven, with its intriguing warship museums and great outlet stores.
In short, there is much to see and do on the Cape and just off the Cape - and our cottage can be your oasis of calm after a busy day full of events and sights. There is just something very special about our charming cottage. It has soaked up all the wonderful experiences of our many guests over the years, and its character and beauty will work its magic on you, as it does with everyone who stays there!
Our cottage is located in a residential neighborhood, right on an inland tidal bay. It is very safe - away from traffic and noise, and very peaceful. We have a private beach where you can swim or kayak right from our back yard. There is a great little restaurant within walking distance - very informal, The Lobster Trap, that serves deliciously fresh fish and chips, and also fresh-caught fish at their market for home grilling at the cottage, too. Pharmacy, convenience stores, and other small eateries and shops within a mile of the cottage, and larger grocery stores about 5 miles down the road by car. The cottage is very close to the Cape Cod Canal, just over the bridge to Cape Cod. You can take bikes to the canal bike path, about a quarter mile away - or fish from that access area at the canal. There's lots to see nearby if you are a history buff - including Aptuxet Trading Post, just a mile away. We like to sit on the screened porch and watch the many birds that come to the feeders all summer long, or kayak from our bay into the next one and then out to Buttermilk Bay, just off the entrance to the canal.
The cottage is a perfect start for explorations both on and off the Cape - close proximity to the bridges makes exploring towns off-Cape easy: Plymouth, New Bedford, Newport, or a day trip to Boston are favorite towns to visit. Using our cottage as a home base makes exploring villages on the Cape easy, too, meandering up the side roads through Sandwich, Barnstable, or Cataumet, Quissett, Falmouth, and Woods Hole, all the way out to the National Seashore beaches and Provincetown, the outermost town on the Cape, a little more than an hour's drive there, out to the very tip of the Cape..
Transportation: Closest airports to the Cape are Boston, MA Logan International or T.F. Green Airport, Providence, RI. You can catch a bus from either airport (Peter Pan Bus service) to a bus terminal just 1.5 miles from the cottage, but we do recommend having a car for transportation once on the Cape. There is an Enterprise car rental facility in Buzzards Bay, just across the bridge from Monument Beach, if you want to pick up a car at a cheaper rate than at the airport in Boston, MA or Providence, RI.