We had a wonderful family vacation to one of the Red Jacket Resorts and can’t wait to plan a trip back.
We recently took our first week-long vacation as a family of six. We started the week out on Nantucket with some of our best friends. It was a great way to start, because we were welcomed into their beautiful home that was also filled with all the gear needed for a baby and toddler, plus bunk beds for the girls! We were truly having the best time and we were sad to say goodbye. I was also a bit nervous to spend the second half of the trip in a hotel that I had never visited before. But, it was time for an adventure! Our boat from Nantucket pulled into Hyannis and then it was a short drive to Red Jacket Beach Resort.
Red Jacket Resorts have 5 locations on Cape Cod and are all very family friendly.
They are right on the beach, have pools, places to eat and tons of amazing family activities. We chose to stay at Red Jacket Beach Resort. From the minute we arrived at the resort, we knew we had picked an awesome spot for a family vacation. There were kids everywhere but it still had a beautiful, relaxing feel to it. We went right to the private beach to check it out. It was much bigger than I expected, with so much space for the kids to run and play.
We checked into our room, which was a “Family Room.” It looked like a hotel room when you first walked in, but had a door that lead to a cute little room with twin beds (plus space for Tommy’s pack n’ play). There was an extra half bath in there too. The girls thought it was so cool that they had their “own hotel room” and set up their toys on the dressers like it was their own space! This room setup made it really easy to have Tommy or Miles still nap. It was also ideal for having 4 kids under 7 sleep in a hotel. I wish more hotels had this feature!
The pools and the dining options were great for families. We spent all day bouncing around to the pools and beach, stopping for a meal whenever we needed. Then, we’d take turns hanging in the room when the boys needed to nap while the other person let the girls explore the beach. Maggie and Alex love the ocean and all the sea shells and creatures they can find. Along the jetties at Red Jacket Beach, we were able to see schools of minnows and see (and catch!) crabs of all sizes. This was probably the highlight of the trip for them. The girls are still talking about all of the crabs (by name) that were their pets while we were at Red Jacket Beach.
In addition to the pools and beach, all of the Red Jacket Resorts offer a kids’ club. You can drop the kids off if they are 5+ or enjoy the activities with them if they are younger. They offer so many cute things for them to participate in and for most of it, they are on the lawn right by the pool, so you can see them the whole time. If you are looking for a resort with a great, safe kids’ club – I would highly recommend Red Jacket Resorts.
As if there weren’t enough awesome things to keep the family having fun all day: pools, beaches, kid’s club, restaurants, etc, there were even more adventures in the late afternoon/evenings! All of the resorts have family activities every day and night. A few of the things we enjoyed while we were there: a balloon and tattoo artist, live music (be sure to see Tommy dancing to the live music on @travelwewill), roasting marshmallows and making s’mores at night, and our favorite activity of the week–making our own kites and flying them.
This was really a memorable part of the trip. I joined the girls (and tons of other kids) in making their own kites. The staff was so patient and helpful in showing the kids how to make their kites. Then we went to get Dad and the little brothers to help us fly them. We took them to the beach and they went right up! It was the first time flying a kite for all of our kids and they were amazed. There were families all over the beach and the resort, flying the kites they made. It was beautiful to see so many in the sky at once. It made me realize that we had truly found a special place to spend our family vacation — a place filled with other families making summer memories right along with us.
The best part about the kid’s club and all of the amazing family activities: they are all included in the stay. Even when the girls got their first caricature drawn — no extra charge. We honestly can’t believe how many activities our family enjoyed while staying at Red Jacket, and everything was included in the price to stay there. This is really key when traveling with a large family.
If you are thinking of staying at Red Jacket Resorts, I recommend calling their booking agents directly. They are all trained to know about all of the different resorts and what they have to offer. You can tell them how many in your party, the type of room you have in mind, perhaps you want a house, etc. They will be able to help you pick the best spot to stay. The best part… they are all on the same road and you are allowed to visit the different locations.
For example, one morning we decided to visit the Riviera Beach location (just a mile from our resort). We had breakfast at their neat outdoor spot and then enjoyed a totally different pool. This pool was smaller and perfect for all of the kids. It went from zero entry to a cute little bridge the girls could swim under. Just like at Red Jacket Beach Resort, their private beach was beautiful. There was an awesome little area when you stepped onto the beach filled with sand toys for the kids to borrow. My kids spent the morning playing with new sand toys and then running back to return them and pick out more. This was a lot easier than trekking our own toys to the beach!
The off season is also a great time to visit Red Jacket Resorts. It’s easy to book rooms then, less crowded on the Cape, and the weather is still nice. I’d love to go back in the early fall sometime. I think it would be such a nice relaxing family weekend.
Red Jacket Resorts was the perfect place for our first family vacation as a family of 6. It was filled with fun and so many memories. As we pulled away, both my husband and I agreed: this is a place we will definitely visit again.