After six year of vacationing in the Outer Banks, we decided to try something different this year. Cape Cod will be our "go to" from now on! Baxter Beach House is absolutely adorable. It's bright and airy, beautifully decorated, and well-appointed. I contacted Judi before our arrival to ask about things to bring, and she told me not to pack any of it because it was all here. She wasn't kidding! We walked in to find a bowl of fresh water, treats, toys, and waste bags ready for our dog. We love to cook and found the kitchen to have even the items you seldom find in a rental, such as a microplane, meat mallet, and garlic press. There is a new gas grill on the porch, and we grilled up some delicious chicken and burgers. The pantry was even stocked with cooking oils, condiments, spices, and baking basics. My kids were delighted at all of the toys and games here for them - board games, coloring books, puzzles, trivia cards, and books. Although working on vacation tends to be a "no-no," my husband and I are currently working from home and appreciated the two workspaces (living room and loft area).
The house location is ideal. We could walk to Baxter Beach (but often drove because it was easier with little kids and the dog - parking was easy). The beach is fantastic - quiet, uncrowded, and calm enough to give us peace of mind while the kids played. This was our yellow lab's first time at the beach, and he wore himself out daily by playing in the surf and sand. Back at the house, the outdoor shower allowed for everyone (including the dog) to get cleaned up before coming in the house. The house is quite close to Hyannis, which has an adorable Main Street with shops and restaurants. Every meal we had in town was delicious, especially Sea Street Cafe for Sunday brunch and Tap City Grille (about two dozen beers on tap and 90 more in bottle - you must try the poutine!). The Cape Cod Rail Trail was a short drive and a great place for a run or bike ride; I also enjoyed several runs around the neighborhood and adjoining streets. We took the kids on a pirate adventure from the harbor area. It was a fantastic experience - the staff was personable, fun, and engaged both of our kids (ages 6 and 3).
Judi was a delight to work with. She was truly interested in getting to know our family to ensure we'd have everything we needed for the best vacation possible. She even offered to stop by to walk our dog if we decided we wanted to take a day trip to Martha's Vineyard or Provincetown. She was always available by email, text, or phone to respond to any questions we had.
As we pack up on our last night here, we are torn with what to do about next year's vacation. We love Cape Cod and Baxter Beach House and would love to come back...but we would also love for some of our extended family to come enjoy all that Cape Cod has to offer, which would require more bedrooms. Either way, I'm sure it'll be a win!
Thank you, Judi, for everything! :)