Awesome Cape Cod Family Resort in Dennis | Fun for All

Sesuit Harbor House Lodging

We explored the charming town of Dennis, Massachusetts and discovered miles of soft-sand beaches, delicious fine and casual dining options, and a friendly New England community within Barnstable County. We stayed at Sesuit Harbor House, a Cape Cod family resort that was a pleasure to call home for the weekend.

Where is Dennis, Massachusetts?

Dennis is central to many Cape Cod locations, with coastal frontage on both the bay and the ocean sides of the Cape. Settled by the English as part of Yarmouth in 1639, it comprises five distinct villages: Dennis (including North Dennis), East Dennis, South Dennis, West Dennis, Dennis Port.

You’ll find Sesuit Harbor House in East Dennis, just down the road from gorgeous bay-side beaches and picturesque Sesuit Harbor.

Pro Travel Tip: “Sesuit” is pronounced “seh-SOO-it.” It was the name given to the northern part of Dennis by the original Native American inhabitants of the region.

History of Sesuit Harbor House

Sesuit Harbor House is a familiar place for locals and visitors alike.

The Main House, a stately white colonial dating to 1735, graces Old King’s Highway, which was once the original Native American trade route. It is one of the first large estates in Cape Cod.

From 1837, the property served as a family-owned shipyard known for shipbuilding excellence as Shiverick Shipyard.

The Main House is a stately white colonial dating back to 1735.

Fast-forward to the 1960s, when owners built two motel-style buildings and converted the carriage house into apartment-style suites. Known as the Sesuit Motel for several decades, its prime location on the Cape and sparkling pool made this well-respected motel a favorite for families.

In its most recent incarnation, Sesuit Harbor House’s continued commitment as a Cape Cod family resort shines under new owners Phil and Sylvia Baxter. The couple has an extensive background in hospitality and is a welcome addition to the history of this unique bed-and-breakfast.

Cape Cod Family Resort in Dennis

This 21-room bed-and-breakfast located one mile from Sesuit Harbor and a 10-minute drive from Mayflower Beach offers free WiFi, an in-ground pool with lounge chairs, a roaring fire pit surrounded by cheerful Adirondack chairs, and serves a free daily breakfast.

Guests may choose from four lodging options, at Sesuit Harbor House, some named for regions in Cape Cod:

  • The Main House – Two comfortable rooms restored with original details and outfitted with luxury bedding and period furnishings
  • The Upper Cape – Deluxe Queen and Efficiency rooms overlooking the lush front or rear gardens; some equipped with petite kitchens
  • The Cape & Islands – Deluxe Queen, King rooms, and second-floor apartment-style suites
  • The Lower Cape – Standard Queen and King rooms

Availability of in-room refrigerators, sofa beds, and outdoor seating varies by room.

Tip: Check-in for your stay at The Main House, and be sure to say hello to Thumper, the inn’s sweet little dog.

Sesuit Harbor House in Dennis MA - Cape Cod Family Resort
Sesuit Harbor House bed-and-breakfast in Dennis, MA is one mile from Sesuit Harbor and a 10-minute drive from Mayflower Beach.

Martha’s Vineyard Room Sleeps 5+

Of the 21 rooms at Sesuit Harbor House, we stayed in a 2nd story suite called “Martha’s Vineyard.” It’s one of the apartment-style spaces in the converted carriage house—and it was much bigger than necessary for the two of us. However, it was great to spread out in this adorable space.

It’s easy to envision a family with children comfortably settling into these quarters for a weekend or an extended family vacation down the Cape.

A large bank of windows and skylights fill the area with natural light, giving view to the fire pit and spacious grounds. An airy nautical theme follows throughout, and every inch is absolutely immaculate.

Tour of Accommodations

Besides two full beds tucked into the back of our suite, this space includes a fully equipped kitchen with eat-in dining and a skylight; a comfortable living room with plenty of seating and flat-screen cable-equipped television; and a large, spotless bathroom. The bedroom is semi-private.

The kitchen is warm and inviting, where any family could make fond memories in Cape Cod.

The kitchen is warm and inviting, where any family could make fond memories, whether preparing a home-made meal or ordering from nearby takeout and delivery options. I can not emphasize enough that this kitchen has everything needed for hosting meals, from pots and pans, measuring cups, utensils, small appliances, dishes, barware and serving plates–and of course a lobster pot.

And, everything needed for cleaning up, too. The stainless sink is set up with fresh sponges and assortment of cleaning products.

In addition to the setup for drip coffee and tea, complete with sugar and creamers, a refreshing bottle of drinking water awaited our arrival on the kitchen’s gleaming granite countertop.

The comfortable living room has plenty of seating and a flat-screen cable-equipped television.
Two full beds tucked into the back of this suite, plus a sleep sofa, make this space ideal for a family.
A large, spotless bathroom with an extra chest of drawer is light and bright.

Other bonuses in the Martha’s Vineyard suite include a writing desk outfitted with regional guides and magazines, and a walk-in nook by the front door with two luggage racks and cubbies. I could easily envision these cubbies occupied with an assortment of little shoes, beach hats, and all the fixings for a fun-filled family day in Cape Cod.

Additionally, guests in this suite enjoy a semi-private outdoor seating area with table and chairs.

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Thoughtful Touches

Several extra hospitality touches enhanced our experience at Sesuit Harbor House.

For instance, a vase of brilliant yellow sunflowers in the bathroom looked so perfect I thought they were silk—until I realized they were a fresh bouquet!

Also in the bathroom, I found plenty of fluffy white towels; a black makeup towel; blow-dryer; a full line of eco-friendly Further soaps, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and bath gels (with more under the counter); and an extra chest of storage drawers.

Fresh sunflowers and an assortment of Further products allow for a little extra pampering while away.

Off the living room, a large closet held an assortment of extra pillows, extra blankets, hangers, a fan, an iron and ironing board, and a beach bag.

I usually bring my pillow when I travel but forgot it. Feeling like Goldilocks, I scouted out a pillow from the selection that was just right for me.

An assortment of neatly stacked books and travel magazines under the TV and beside the bed reminded me to take full advantage of the opportunity to relax.

I found that the in-room information binder was carefully researched and prepared with loads of useful information, including dining recommendations and all kinds of interesting facts and references about the area. As a writer, I really appreciated the effort that went into preparing that resource.

Welcome Basket

Finally, our hosts filled a welcome basket to the brim with locally made treats… and included a handwritten card with a personal note. This was such a thoughtful touch that went a long way to really making us feel special. Sometimes, it’s the smallest gesture of hospitality that leaves the best impression.

Phil and Sylvia filled our gift basket with local chocolates, handmade soaps, flower seeds, cookies, Cape Cod chips, saltwater taffy, and other candies. It was an assortment of goodness that we took home that extended our memories beyond our stay.

While I loved each of the samples, I especially enjoyed the Cranberry Toffee candy from Robin’s Toffee by the Sea in Yarmouth, and the Lavendar Rosemary Soap by Hyannis-based Summer House Natural Soaps.

A thoughtful welcome basket made us feel special.

The Historic Main House

Since I love historic homes, Sylvia gave me a peek inside the Main House. I adored the wide pumpkin pine floors, fireplaces, and Colonial craftsmanship of this 18th Century treasure. Such charm!

Wide-planked pumpkin floors add charm to the Sesuit Room of the Main House

Beautifully Landscaped Grounds

Beautiful perennial gardens designed to bloom throughout the season in an array of colors accent The Sesuit Harbor House grounds. No doubt you will want to enjoy relaxing within this lush 2-acre property.

From taking a dip in the pristine swimming pool and playing outdoor games like Cornhole, to having coffee, wine, or making S’mores around the newly constructed fire pit, the outdoor community of this family resort is integral to the experience.

While I could have easily retreated to the comforts of our suite, what I most enjoyed about this trip was getting to know other guests and our hosts, Phil and Sylvia, within this green gathering space.

The grounds at Sesuit Harbor House provide both intimate spaces and places for gathering.
A large in-ground pool with lounge chairs compliments the beautifully landscaped grounds.
The newly constructed fire pit makes an excellent gathering space.

Complimentary Breakfast at Sesuit Harbor House

One of my favorite things was spending cool Autumn mornings having breakfast around a crackling firepit. Alternatively, you might decide to have breakfast in the Main House, sunroom, outdoor patio, pool deck, picnic tables, or even on your own patio.

Breakfast is served from 7:30 am to 10:00 am from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, and choices change daily.

Our breakfast featured “Jaws” coffee made from Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters specialty beans (Brewster, MA) and a selection of tasty pastries from Underground Bakery in Dennis. I helped myself to both the fresh-baked pumpkin cream-cheese muffins and the delicious scones.

Locally-sourced breakfast by the fire, including coffee from freshly-roasted beans and delicious pastries.
A warm fire roars on a cool morning.

Best Beaches in Dennis MA

Beaches are one of the best attractions on Cape Cod. We enjoyed sampling a few beaches during our stay at the Sesuit Harbor House, but have many more to visit. That’s because there are eighteen (18) beaches in Dennis!

Sixteen (16) of the beaches in Dennis are on the ocean and two (2) are on freshwater.
(*=handicap facilities)

  • Beaches in Dennis on Cape Cod Bay (bay side): Bayview, Chapin Memorial, Cold Storage Corporation,* Harbor View, Howes Street, Mayflower,* Scargo,* Sea Street, Princess
  • Beaches in Desnnis on Nantucket Sound (ocean side): Depot Street, Glendon Road, Haigis, Inman Road, Raycroft, Sea Street, South Village, West Dennis*
  • Freshwater Beaches in Dennis: Scargo Lake, Princess Beach
All of the public beaches in Dennis are free to walk on.

Note: During the week, most beaches charge a non-resident parking fee of $20 on weekdays, $25 on weekends. Bayview, Cold Storage, Harbor View, and South Village parking is for Residents Only.

Pro Travel Tip: In winter, nobody checks for beach stickers.

Dining Out in Dennis

During our stay at Sesuit Harbor House, we enjoyed excellent food and drink at three great dining venues:

  • Sesuit Harbor Cafe: A classic Cape Cod clam shack with picnic benches overlooking the Marina. Delicious Lobster Rolls. (Note: Cash Only, ATM is on premise.)
  • The Pheasant: Refined American cuisine with French influences in a 250-year-old farmhouse. Don’t miss the amazing, creative cocktails.
  • Encore Bar & Bistro: Tasty, innovative dishes served in the dining room or tavern. Perfect date night, located alongside the Cape Cod Art Museum and the Cape Playhouse.

Tip: Look for upcoming reviews on Enjoy Travel Life about each of these fine dining establishments.

Natural Encounters at Sesuit Harbor House

This peaceful retreat in Dennis offers additional natural encounters, should you be so inclined. At the rear of the Sesuit Harbor House property lives two little goats, Lola and Brownie. Phil will gladly show you to the large fenced in area and perhaps even give you a chance to feed them.

I have to admit, the goats were far more gentle than I ever imagined they would be. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them climb up on their house, feeding them treats, and patting their coarse but silky coat. They were so friendly and entertaining!

You’ll also find an apiary in the back of the property, where honey bees are working hard. While just learning the art and science of beekeeping, Phil and Sylvia hope to serve their sweet harvest as part of Sesuit Harbor House’s breakfast and share their honey with local restaurants. They may even offer souvenir samples for guests wanting to bring honey home as a parting remembrance.

This is just one of many ways Sesuit Harbor House focuses on sustainability.

Lola the goat! I was so surprised at how gentle and endearing these pets are.

Green Practices & Sustainability at Sesuit Harbor House

I’ve stayed at hotels and inns that are minimally invested in green practices. They may give you the option to skip housekeeping or reuse your towels—and that’s a step in the right direction.

As someone concerned with my carbon footprint on the earth, I was happy to find Sesuit Harbor House also takes seriously the importance of sustainable travel.

You’ll find they are proactively engaged in green practices that conserve energy and water, reduce waste, and support social commitment. They also encourage their guests to join their commitment to reducing the inn’s carbon footprint. You can read more about their Green Practices here.

A Great Cape Cod Family Resort

Somehow, a visit to Cape Cod always clears my head and helps me re-focus on what’s important.

This time was no exception, in fact, better.

Sesuit Harbor House afforded us the perfect environment to slow an ever-frenetic pace and re-connect with each other, with nature, and with some new friends in a thriving Cape Cod community. It was a welcome moment of renewal where we chatted with like-minded people around the fire-pit, and laughed at a silly goat.

It’s easy to understand why this Cape Cod family resort is so well-loved. You can bet we’ll be coming back to Sesuit Harbor House again; perhaps next time with a car-full of kids.

Wouldn’t you?

Resources:

Sesuit Harbor House
1421 Main St & Route 6A
East Dennis, MA 02641
Telephone: (508) 385-3326
Toll Free: (800) 359-0097
Make Reservations

Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane
Dennis, MA 02638
508-385-4477

Encore Bistro and Bar
Route 6A in Dennis Village
On the grounds of the “Cape Playhouse”
Telephone: 508-385-8500
Email: [email protected]

Robin’s Toffee by the Sea
12 Whites Path
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
Telephone: 774-280-0965
Email: [email protected]

Sesuit Harbor Cafe
357 Sesuit Neck Road
Dennis, MA 02638
Telephone: (508) 385-6134
Note: Cash Only, ATM on premise.

Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters
2624 Main Street
Brewster, MA 02631
Telephone: (774) 323-0605

Summer House Natural Soaps
1336 Phinneys Lane
Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA 02601
Telephone: 508-827-4145

The Cape Playhouse
Cape Cod Center for the Arts
820 Main Street, Route 6A | P.O. Box 2001
Dennis, MA 02638
Box Office: 508.385.3911 | Offices: 508.385.3838
Email: [email protected]

The Pheasant
905 Main Street (Route 6A)
Dennis, MA, 02638
Telephone: 508.385.2133
Email: [email protected]

Underground Bakery 
780 Main St. Rt 6A
Dennis, MA 02638
Telephone: 508 385.4700
Email: [email protected]

Cape Cod Family Resort in Dennis MA


This article is part of a sponsored collaboration. Special thanks to Quinn PR  and Sesuit Harbor House for their support on hosted stay; and to Encore Bistro & Bar, Sesuit Harbor Cafe, The Pheasant, and Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters for their hospitality. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

34 thoughts on “Awesome Cape Cod Family Resort in Dennis | Fun for All

  • November 3, 2019 at 11:58 am
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    I have never heard of Cape Cod. Good to know about Sesuit Harbor House as well. The welcome pack looks great and the personal touches always make stays so memorable. The place is not only accessible to the beaches but I also liked the fact that they follow green practices.

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    • November 3, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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      Very happy to introduce you to a beautiful destination!

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  • November 2, 2019 at 3:57 pm
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    I have heard a lot about Cape Cod but only in television shows. I have always wanted to visit it. Sesuit Harbor House Lodging looks so adorable and so nice about the gift basket! I can imagine sitting about the fire outside 🙂

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    • November 3, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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      Cape Cod is even better in real life. I hope you get a chance to visit in person!

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  • November 2, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    As someone who likes to stay in historic properties, I’d love to stay here, since it was built a 3 centuries ago. Interesting to know about the history of the town.
    I love how the interiors also have a vintage feel to them – everything from cupboards to chairs!
    Recently I’ve been loving stays with kitchen attached so I can cook for my baby. This is perfect in that aspect as well. Breakfast by the firepit sounds so so so nice! I want to experience that!
    I’ll definitely look into this property when I visit Cape Cod.

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    • November 3, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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      This would be a perfect fit, then. Thanks for keeping it in mind!

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  • November 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    This is a great post for me Jackie, as I’ve a very good friend who’s from Cape Cod. Sesuit Harbor House looks like a great place to stay here, for all types of travelers. I especially like decor of the house and rooms. You’re so right about it being inviting. I also never knew about the villages in Massachusetts; the beach in Dennis looks wonderful!

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    • November 1, 2019 at 11:14 pm
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      There a quite a few villages in Cape Cod to explore, many with interesting stories, too. Maybe dig a little deeper into that when you visit your friend. 😀

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  • November 1, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    Absolutely loved the post!! Really easily readable and really comprehensive. It looks like an amazing spot for family vacations and the Sesuit Harbor House resort looks really nice and the best part of all of these is that it has more of a touch of a house rather than a hotel. I love to get one of those complimentary gifts from the resort, they look really great too.

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    • November 1, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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      Haha, everybody loves that gift basket! Thanks for your kind words, Daniel. The Sesuit Harbor House feels like a little family community rather than an impersonal hotel, that’s for sure. As you say, great location, too.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    That is a great place to stay and you gave us such detailed information to make a good decision when going to Cape Cod. I love the outdoor fire. I think I would stay there for hours. It would be so difficult to tear me away and I’m jealous of the goodies packed into that Welcome Basket!

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    • November 1, 2019 at 11:18 pm
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      Thanks, Chef! They just put the fire pit in this season. I can’t think of a better place to pass the hours than by the fire…

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  • October 31, 2019 at 8:05 am
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    We have always wanted to visit Cape Cod. The Sesuit Harbor House looks exactly like the kind of place I expected to find on Cape Cod. It is great for families that most of the rooms come with a kitchen. Saves a lot of money. So nice that they put sunflowers in the room to bring some cheer. Hubby would have been all over those chocolates in the gift box. We definitely need to visit and check out the beaches.

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    • October 31, 2019 at 9:45 am
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      You are on point! You would have plenty of beaches to check out in Dennis. (And BTW, those chocolates didn’t last long with us, either!)

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  • October 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    Sesuit Harbor House in Cape Cod is exactly the type of place I would stay when I am traveling! The rooms look so homey and cozy and the garden beautiful. Perfect for a family like us! Cape Cod looks like a great family getaway with beautiful beaches (although I find the parking a bit expensive!!!) and seems like many places to grab something to eat.

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    • October 30, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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      Absolutely, that about sums it up! On the parking, you can save some money by going in the shoulder season: before Memorial Day or after Labor Day, or by buying a weekly pass for $75 in season. (Note that the week is considered Saturday-Friday.) Hope this helps!

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  • October 30, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    Anywhere that gives you a welcome basket of goodies is a winner. Plus they are an eco-friendly resort which is also impressive. Cape Cod Sesuit Harbour Resort sounds like a great place to stay with the family.

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    • October 30, 2019 at 9:11 am
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      You bet! I was especially impressed by the eco-friendly initiatives, too. Great family place.

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  • October 29, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    I’ve never been to Cape Cod, but have always wanted to visit. Sesuit Harbor House seems like an ideal place to stay. I agree that it is always little gestures that mean the most. It’s so nice that the hosts provided a welcome basket, fresh flowers and a well-stocked bathroom. It sounds really nice being able to have breakfast around the fire-pit too.

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    • October 30, 2019 at 9:12 am
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      Having breakfast around the fireplace might have been one of my favorite memories, Elizabeth. Such a relaxing way to ease into the day!

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    Most tourists, including us, go all the way up in Cape Cod. Like you, one of our most memorable hotel stays was in a hotel at the Southern end of Cape Cod, in Hyannis, not too far away from Dennis.

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    • October 29, 2019 at 10:31 am
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      We’ve been all over and have found each part of the Cape offers unique experiences. We love Hyannis, too!

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    Hey Jackie,
    Oh my! I absolutely love this place. I could easily spend my vacation there. I love the little touches everywhere, they make things special. Well, needless to say, I bookmarked your post for future reference.

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    • October 29, 2019 at 10:32 am
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      Thanks, Anna. Sesuit Harbor House really is special. I’m glad you’ll keep it in mind!

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    Sesuit Harbor House seems a splendid place to be and I am totally up for a welcome basket too.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 7:37 pm
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    Looks fun! We recently visited Cape Cod, but we stayed in Falmouth. Loved it!

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    • October 29, 2019 at 10:36 am
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      Falmouth is awesome, too. We go there a lot and love the downtown and Woods Hole. This time, I enjoyed being centrally located on the Cape in Dennis; it was nice to be a little closer to Provincetown for a day trip, too! 😀

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  • October 28, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Sesuit Harbor House looks like a lovely place to relax. It’s great to hear that they take the green credentials seriously so you can feel less guilty for that bit of luxury! 🙂

    The beaches look fantastic too – great for family fun!

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    • October 29, 2019 at 10:38 am
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      Absolutely! Sustainability and carbon footprints are always a concern for me as a traveler. Sesuit Harbor House relieved my worry in that regard.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    Sesuit Harbor House looks a wonderful place to stay. It is a good gesture on part of the property owner to welcome the guest with a gift basket. These small little things leave the everlasting impression. And the goat is super cute. By looking at its beard, I wonder if that is a mountain goat.

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    • October 28, 2019 at 9:57 am
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      LOVED my gift basket of goodies! I don’t know a lot about goats, Nitin, but Lola and Brownie sure were entertaining!

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  • October 28, 2019 at 8:25 am
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    This looks like the perfect spot for our family as my kids love the beach. The resort really went above and beyond to ensure that you had a great stay – the small things definitely count!

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    • October 28, 2019 at 9:55 am
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      Great place for kids, especially because it’s near to so many beaches in Dennis. You are so right: Sesuit Harbor House really did give attention to all the fine details. It made all the difference.

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