For many years now, I’ve known that Sagamore Beach is the best kept secret on Cape Cod. Sagamore is a private beach that overlooks Cape Cod Bay and is bordered by the Cape Cod Canal on one side. My family loves to watch large ships enter and exit the canal. We also love the sandbar that extends nearly the entire length of the beach at low tide. We watch our young grandchildren play in the small tidal pools created as the tide recedes. In addition to this beach being a jewel, we have also discovered Parker Cottage. This cottage lives comfortable enough for our whole family, but quaint enough where you get the true Cape cottage feel. The owners have done an amazing job decorating each room and appointing the entire cottage with everything from up-to-date appliances to new mattresses to fine linens. And, of course, we love the decks at Parker Cottage. The deck outside the door is so large, perfect for messy lobster dinners and late day naps. The upper deck is nestled among the dunes and is the perfect—and I mean perfect—spot for gazing out at the bay, watching kites fly or catching up with a dear friend. We have already booked again for next year, making it the fourth year in a row my family will wallow in the relaxation that is Parker Cottage.