We at Pretty Picky Properties have learned a few things over the years we have been in the vacation rental business on Cape Cod. We have learned what colors make people feel comfortable, we have discovered the best spots to eat lobster, and we have learned that some things work best because they are better together! Better Together also just happens to be the name of one of our more popular vacation sanctuaries, a 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath cottage located just minutes away from a private beach in Brewster. (Only members of the private association and rental guests get to enjoy this beach’s pleasures.) If your life journey is bringing you to Cape Cod for a vacation of a lifetime, this charming cottage can become an integral part of your vacation experience, and we are proud to be able to present a little glimpse into your vacation future!
Find Your Joy
Dormer windows, clapboard siding, and a garden of colorful hydrangeas lined up along the wood railing that separates the grass from the sidewalk greet guests and hints at a vacation escape filled with classic New England vibe and all the comforts of a family home. Inside, our journey begins as most journeys do with a visit to a living room filled with light, comfort, and a brick fireplace that is destined to be where many happy memories are created. Sink into the plush blue sofa placed in front of the picture window looking out over the front yard and spend a few minutes of downtime watching the state-of-the-art television hanging over the mantle or snuggle into the colorful overstuffed chair and ottoman topped with striped red and white fabric and read a book that you may have taken from the bookshelf next to the chair. A second seating area in the back of Better Together provides extra seating and another television to be enjoyed by guests who reside within.
The dining area, extending off the spacious farm style kitchen offers many different purposes, providing a place to play games, eat meals, or relax with a glass of wine on a rainy day with the bottle staying cool in the wine cooler that is conveniently placed nearby! Better Together is designed for up to 8 guests to live comfortably under its roof, and the long wood table is surrounded by 10 wicker and rattan chairs, so feel good about inviting a new friends to join you for a dinner handmade by you. The kitchen is an updated space, the property was recently purchased by new owners and is in the midst of more than a few improvements, and offers granite countertops, white painted custom cabinets, and stainless-steel appliances that would look right at home in the kitchen of a professional chef. Multiple dishwashers make short work of kitchen chores, a coffee maker ensures that every guest will be properly caffeinated, and the Cape Cod décor enables guests to never forget that they are living out their vacation dreams!
The large backyard is destined to be the spot that becomes the focal point of family fun, offering a propane grill, (Grilled lobster will make you happy, but there is a lobster pot in the kitchen if you prefer the more traditional way of preparing our state’s most popular seafood dish!) multiple seating areas, and an outdoor wood-burning fireplace that guarantees that all time spent out here will be fun, romantic, and warm. This yard also features a firepit surrounded by a combination of Adirondack rockers and Adirondack chairs, offering hours of comfortable ghost story telling and marshmallow roasting for guests who agree they are better together. As we stated earlier, the beaches are within walking distance, and an outdoor shower will help keep the inside spaces virtually sand free, while the garage is furnished with another flat-screen television and a ping pong table for hours of entertainment, no matter what the weather is like outside.
The bedrooms of Better Together are built for comfort, peace, and serenity, with each room offering something that makes it stand out in a crowd. Four-poster beds, smart TVs, and cozy beds tucked under angled eaves will ensure that your sleep will be deep and your dreams will be happy. A desk placed in front of a window peering out through the trees will serve as the ideal spot to attend virtual meetings at the office, offering a large monitor to ease any eye strain and a wicker rocking chair with ottoman that will help infants and toddlers be rocked off to sleep on restless nights. Every night will be your favorite night when spent under the roof of Better Together, and every day will begin with our guests feeling wide awake and refreshed. Reserve this beautiful home! Contact us today!
You will have lots of opportunities for luxury and fun when you choose Pretty Picky Properties’ Cummaquid Retreat 334-Ba for your vacation sanctuary. Offering 3 beautiful bedrooms, 3 spacious baths, and a heated saltwater pool that will provide hours of entertainment options during your summer escape to the Cape, this Barnstable home is definitely a popular choice for travelers! Located close to the restaurants and shops that make Cape Cod special, we can’t say that you won’t want to get out and explore the towns and villages that make up America’s summer playground, but we can guarantee that you and 7 of your favorite people will want to pencil in at home time on your itinerary! This guide to Cummaquid Retreat and all its charms will make the decision to book one of the easiest decisions you will have made this year! (Especially when you discover that the beautiful Milway Beach is just 8 minutes away!)
As you make your way up the gravel treelined driveway, you may already be realizing that this vacation escape is going to be unlike any others you have ever experienced before! The farmhouse-style property resembles a family compound with a whimsical carriage house adding interest to the retreat. Outside, the style is simple featuring white siding and a contrasting country blue door, and inside? A world of beauty awaits each visitor who steps over the threshold!
The theme of white continues with the walls inside, keeping the open-concept floor plan light and bright, while lightly stained wood floors add character and interest. The living room provides the ideal spot in which to hang out, relax, and maybe take a nap on a lazy Tuesday afternoon. Offering plush sofas, and a state-of-the-art television, the simple décor is charming and serene.
The dining room will be the center of many family-fun nights, anchored by a rustic wood table surrounded by modern leather slingback-style chairs. Here is where board games will be played, meals will be taken, and conversations, both deep and casual will take place and as it is located just steps away from the fully equipped kitchen, we suspect that many cups of coffee will be enjoyed here as well!
The sleek and modern kitchen continues with the white color scheme, only this time, shades of gray are added as well. Cabinets the hue of a stormy day blend well with the white stone countertops and marble backsplash above the gourmet gas range. A center island gives the cook of the day more room to spread out the ingredients needed for food prep and the apron sink located under a window that peeks out into the backyard helps parents keep track of their kids while they complete necessary chores.
Even with the simple décor of this special retreat, we at Pretty Picky Properties still manage to provide some extras that will be enjoyed by all occupants. A separate seating area with plush sectional and super-sized television may be the prime hangout for teens and tweens or could be used when multiple families travel together, giving each family their own private chill space. An office space in a room filled with windows gives hardworking travelers a quiet room in which to take part in virtual meetings, perhaps while watching the fun going on outside!
The backyard of Cummaquid Retreat offers its own magic with a crystal clear pool as its centerpiece! Surrounded by multiple seating options that include chaise lounges for sunning, a dining table to be enjoyed at the family barbecue, and even providing a stone firepit with Adirondack chairs tucked away in one corner of the yard, this outdoor space will obviously be the prime attraction of this absolutely beautiful escape! Mature trees help provide shade on sunny days, as does a large shade umbrella tucked between two of the loungers.
Serene and Tranquil
After a long day of Cape Cod adventures, slipping away to the comfort and privacy of our cozy bedrooms will be something you look forward to every night of your stay. The primary suite of Cummaquid Retreat is a serene space, offering a king bed, a private entry to the office space (and yard just beyond), and a state-of-the-art television. Its ensuite bath features a walk-in shower tiled with marble tiles and updated fixtures and the same tranquil feeling as the bedroom. The second bedroom is anchored by another king bed and offers close proximity to the second bath while the third bedroom, filled with two sets of twin over twin bunks, is a haven of fun for the littles in your traveling party!
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As summer draws ever closer to its natural conclusion, we at Pretty Picky Properties are already starting to feel more than a bit melancholy. Cape Cod is a beautiful place to live and play, no matter which season we are in, but summers are when it really comes alive. Soon the crowds will thin, the beaches will empty, and some summer-oriented businesses will close for the season and quite frankly, we aren’t ready for that to happen! Fortunately, there is still one last summer holiday, a weekend that attracts visitors in droves, as people from all over the country arrive at our shores ready for a long weekend (or more) of doing nothing they HAVE to do and everything they have always wanted to do! If your summer journey brings you to Cape Cod for a stay in our holiday hideaways and all the exciting adventures our cape home offers in the season, this guide to spending Labor Day 2023 on Cape Cod will help you fill every minute with fun, relaxation, and more fun! (Because you deserve a double dose of FUN!)
Farmers Markets on Cape Cod
There is something quintessentially summer about spending a couple of hours exploring the aisles of a Farmers Market and Cape Cod offers plenty of opportunities to do just that, many of which will be close to your holiday hideaway! The Orleans Farmers Market, located at 19 Old Colony Way and open from 8 am until noon on Saturdays, is known for its fresh produce and small-batch vendors that also provide some very excellent sunscreen for buyers! Although Labor Day is on a Monday (September 4th this year) chances are you will be here on Tuesday as well and the Chatham Farmers Market, located at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Chatham, is open on Tuesdays from 3-6 and its selection of fresh produce, homemade baked goods, and arts and crafts is unparalleled!
This Way to the Beach
A Cape Cod vacation will always revolve around the beach and that includes your Labor Day escape to the Cape. Offering the peace of the sea, sandy beaches to bury your toes in, and on many of our beaches, charming lighthouses that can be explored or can be used as a backdrop to your family pictures, life at the beach is laidback, relaxing, and important to the success of your getaway! Many of you will rent some of our oceanfront homes, reluctant for the sea to be out of sight for more than a few moments at a time and as you walk along the shore’s edge at sunrise, lounge on colorful beach towels with earbuds playing your favorite tunes and the sun warming your soul you will know that THIS is what a holiday weekend should be all about.
Labor Day Festival of the Arts, September 1- 3, Drummer Boy Park in Brewster
Looking for something specifically Cape Cod to bring back to your plant waterer, dog sitter, or mail gatherer? Look no further than this fun festival, the Labor Day Festival of the Arts held in Brewster from 10 AM to 3 PM. We especially love the jewelry you will find, including necklaces with lobster charms, but we can assure you that everything you find will be something you won’t be able to live without! And if you do stick with the smaller jewelry items, you don’t have to worry about finding room in your overstuffed suitcase upon your return to real life! South Yarmouth is holding its own Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival on September 2 and 3 at John Simpkins Field, so you might want to plan on a little road trip if you really love artsy gifts that exemplify the Cape Cod vibe!
At Home with Pretty Picky Properties
The best moments of your Labor Day adventures may just be the ones spent in the Pretty Picky Properties home-sweet vacation home of your choice. Family pool parties are expected in our homes with private pools, offering more opportunities for relaxation and many are heated for your comfort. Barbecue grills will help feed the group and as the smell of fresh grilled seafood wafts through the air you may be surprised at just how quickly you become ravenously hungry. State-of-the-art televisions offers clear pictures that will make guests feel as if they are sitting on the sidelines of the MLB game being watched on Labor Day. All our homes will make you feel relaxed and spoiled, providing comfy furnishings, modern conveniences, and all the comforts of home and if you aren’t careful, you may find yourself looking into the possibilities of returning year after year after year on this same glorious holiday weekend! Contact us and reserve your favorite Cape Cod escape today and start a new Labor Day tradition!