(Originally published: Connextions Magazine Issue 15 - excerpt from Making Massachusetts Memories)
Picture the resort atmosphere in the Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey movie Dirty Dancing, then you can imagine the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Cape Cod. If golf, private stunning white-sand beaches, legendary seafood and famous clam chowder, countless kid and family-friendly activities are on your list of vacation must-haves, then the Sea Crest Beach Hotel is the place to visit.
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel, set on a private beach in Cape Cod’s legendary North Falmouth has recently completed a 15 million dollar renovation. Surrounded by traditional New England cottages, the Sea Crest has 264 guest rooms and suites, some with fireplaces and private water-view balconies, and a three-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to eight of your favorite family members or friends. This resort-style hotel is ideal for families seeking a fun beachfront setting and couples looking to experience the
romance of the Cape. Do yourself a favor and request a room with a view of the beach, the sunsets are simply breathtaking.
What began as a summer playhouse in the 1930s, hosted, at the time, aspiring actors such as Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, was destroyed by a fire in 1936 and a hurricane just two years later, but the locals did not give up. In 1942, Lou Walters opened the Latin Quarter, a hotel and dinner theater, paying homage to the original summer stage. Lou's daughter, Barbara Walters, grew up here and by 1971, the venue was converted to a year-round family resort.
Today, the Sea Crest continues to welcome new and returning visitors from around the world with the beauty, hospitality and magic of Cape Cod. The Sea Crest offers the largest Cape Cod conference facilities under one roof, with over 30,000 square feet of flexible function space to choose from, with magical beach views. Red’s restaurant, named for legendary Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach, serves a delightful menu including their world famous clam chowder.