Calling All Wizards! April Vacation Week Getaway
Have you ever dreamed of disembarking the Hogwarts Express train at platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station? If the answer is yes, April vacation’s Wizarding Week at Cape Cod’s Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster is the ultimate family destination. Whether you stay for one night or the full week, this is a destination that promises a splendid night’s sleep and plenty of adventure both indoors and outside for every one of your Muggles. Upon arrival, the flying envelopes straight from Harry Potter’s acceptance to Hogwarts movie scene will enchant you. The grand lobby and fireplace complete the reverie, and from there you will be sorted into a house—which you can win points for later by participating in activities!
The Mansion Wing Guestrooms are spacious and amenity-filled with a private balcony or patio where you can sit and enjoy the sounds and smells of a long awaited springtime. No need for a jacket as you walk straight downstairs to the Bay Pines indoor heated pool for a family swim. And when they say heated, they mean heated—at 85 degrees there’s no excuse for everyone not to jump in! Surprise your kids and stash some dive toys in your suitcase along with the goggles and maybe they’ll let you parents take turns in the hot tub or adjacent fitness room. Across property, the family-designed Villages at Ocean Edge offer all the comforts of home with dining and living spaces complete with a kitchenette. You’ll find the resort’s second indoor pool located here along with the golf course, tennis courts, and easy access to the Cape’s historic Rail Trail—no room for your bikes in the car? Ocean Edge has you covered at the rental shop! Plan on breakfast at the mansion’s Ocean Terrace restaurant after a gorgeous beach stroll, and lunch or dinner at Bayzo’s Pub where your kids will be delighted to order off the Wizarding Menu.
If a daily dose of magic is what you’re looking for, the spellbinding activity schedule delivers. Take-away crafts such as create your own wizard wand and cloak continue the fantasy at home. Could be the beginnings of a Halloween costume! The mansion’s magnificent great lawn is the perfect turf for Quidditch practice, and for playing catch or soccer with any ball you might have rolling around your trunk. The games continue with a Tri-Wizard tournament and Horcrux Hunt, and Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit of course. Don’t worry, there are matinee and evening showings of all the Potter movies to warm you up! Think of a fun family wager on the drive down—there’s Ping-Pong and air hockey in the game room if you need to recoup your losses. Wizard golf school and yoga make for a well-rounded sorcerer, and the Harry Potter photo booth is a must visit.
Ocean Edge Resort, 2907 Main Street, Brewster, 508-896-9000, www.oceanedge.com