Here’s to the friends who make life fun—even when the car breaks down, the dinner-party chicken is still frozen in the oven, or the babysitter is a no-show. They’re the magicians who turn tears into laughter and make workday woes vanish.
You don’t need to wait for a milestone birthday or special occasion to celebrate the magic of friendship. Let Cape Cod inspire your next girls’ getaway! Houdini would agree: Friends are the greatest escape.
You can’t put off that to-do list forever, but there’s something about sipping a post-sugar-scrub martini with friends while wrapped in a Turkish robe that makes reality a little easier to face. Retreat to Brewster by the Sea for the water-heated stone massage with green-tea steamed towels and a lime oil rub, or indulge in the ocean-salt scrub at The Spa at Chatham Bars Inn and find your Zen in the Japanese garden.
At Shui Spa at Provincetown’s Crowne Pointe Inn & Spa, you can add a healthy lunch to enjoy before or after your Kiehl’s facial, body wrap or restorative massage. Beach Plum Spa (with locations at the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich, John Carver Inn in Plymouth and Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis) offers an indulgent Girl’s Time Together facial-scrub-massage-pedicure package, plus a kid’s menu with chocolate and strawberry manis and pedis for your littlest besties.
If getting away from it all means not having to plan any of the activities, the annual Girls’ Cape Escape Weekend at the Red Jacket Beach Resort in South Yarmouth (redjacketresorts.com) means you can bliss out at the Otis Cole Spa in between dance parties, yoga sessions on the beach, mobile boutique shopping, or fortune and aura readings. (Note to your future self: You never know what will happen when someone else plans the activities).
And sometimes, nothing is more blissful than staying in: Rent a cottage and let Mobile Massage of Cape Cod bring the benefits of reiki or a hot stone massage straight to your doorstep.
Stay & Play
Here’s the thing about golf: When your game is on point, enjoy it while it lasts. The scenic courses of the Cape provide a stunning setting for savoring every moment, starting with the sweeping ocean views at Nicklaus-designed Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster and the cranberry-bog-lined fairways at bayside Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich. At both, you’ll stay-and-play in resorts as spectacular as the scenery.
For both beginners and seasoned players, the Cornish-designed Blue Rock Golf Course in South Yarmouth is a picturesque gem, and their 9-holes tee time special means you can quit while you’re ahead. After eighteen holes at Twin Brooks at the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, take advantage of the on-site spa.
Another thing about golf: If it’s not your day, the next round begins with a toast at the clubhouse bar.
Time with friends can make you feel like a new person, so spend a day browsing for the home décor, wardrobe, or accessories to match.
A stroll along the main streets and village centers of the Cape’s 15 towns will turn up any number of gift shops, boutiques and eateries, but don’t miss out on some detours along the way. In Osterville, the playful vibe at With a Twist will brighten your day, as will their lovely selection of home accents, handmade jewelry, beach bags, scented soaps and colorful scarves. In Chatham, earn good closet karma at Changing Tides by consigning your barely worn Kate Spade flats before snapping up a near-new Tory Burch blouse.
The Plum Porch in Marstons Mills (plumporch.com) is one of the rare gift shops where the bride won’t mind if it’s not on the registry; the stylish inventory of housewares, accessories, and jewelry is so enticing, you may find yourself shopping for occasions that haven’t happened. (Someone will move into a house someday, and those salt-and-pepper shakers will be perfect.)
For women on a mission, divide and conquer among the mini-village of local boutiques and upscale chains at Mashpee Commons. After you shop to your heart’s content, you’re steps away from some of the Cape’s trendiest restaurants, including the French bistro Bleu and Siena Italian Bar & Grill.
There’s nothing like friends to break you out of a rut. Start at SUPfari Adventures, where floating paddleboard yoga or a sunset paddle atop illuminated boards are an ode to that best friend, who, as far as you’re concerned, walks on water.
Good friends stand by each other: Up to six adults can share the 18-foot paddleboard at Adventure Chatham, and group windsurfing and paddleboard lessons can be arranged through Cape Cod Windsurfing. Inflatable board rentals from Anywhere SUP also make it easy to explore. Once inspired, head to the Cape Cod Art Bar in Mashpee Commons and gift each other with creative masterpieces to take home.
When there’s friends, there’s a lovefest, and the annual Love Yoga Festival each August in Aselton Park in Hyannis is a blissful time-out.
At cocktail hour, who needs Napa when the fresh-from-California harvest can be found at First Crush Winery in charming Harwich? The locally-inspired cran blanc is tailor-made for a picnic overlooking nearby Pleasant Bay. On a tour and tasting at Truro Vineyards, gaze out over the fields and be reminded why the beauty of Truro is second to none.
You and your friends may have been through high school proms, weddings, and the births of children (and grandchildren) together, but you haven’t seen anything until you’ve taken one of Art’s Dune Tours out over the Province Lands to Race Point Beach to watch the East Coast sunset. Snap a group photo by the shore as the glowing sky casts its light and see for yourself:
Friends are golden.