Marty Bruemmel Greater Hyannis Chamver of Commerce President & CEO
The residents, businesses and The Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce welcome you! We invite you to what we call home and cannot wait to share the beauty and our hospitality with you! Our Chamber provides new and returning visitors, prospective businesses and residents as much information, advice and assistance as needed to ensure their vacations, moves or business launches are as seamless and successful as possible.
Stop at the Chamber Visitor Center on the Village Green to get maps, brochures and ask a “local” for beach, dining, art gallery, shopping, transportation, execursion and recreation recommendations.
Family-friendly Barnstable is the Cape’s largest town in both size and population, with seven distinct villages. Hyannis, the most celebrated and renowned, is the transportation, commercial, mercantile and spiritual “heart” of Cape Code. Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis and Osterville lie along Nantucket Sounds. Singular Marstons Mills is an inland village, but it is a special one, indeed. HistoricBarnstable Village and West Barnstable are situated on Cape Cod Bay and Route 6A, the Old Kings Highway. From pastoral byways to sandy crescents of stunning beaches, each village offers its own set of charms and “must-sees” to explore!
Welcome! Enjoy your stay!
Administrative Office: 55 Elm Avenue, Hyannis MA 02601
Visitor Center: 367 Main Street, on the Village Green, Hyannis, MA 02601· Open Seasonally
Office Staff President And Ceo Marty Bruemmel Office Manager And Bookkeeping Ann Marie Brown Visitor Center And Information Specialists Nancy Gold Maureen Harris
Board Executive Committee Members Chairman Todd Deluca Boston Business Tech Vice Chairman Kathy Jensen Cape Cod Rta/Cape Flyer Treasurer Dan Gervais The Gervais Group Secretary Alison Mcsorley Doubletree By Hilton Past Chairman Robert Cody Innoreate
Directors Deana Kayajan Cape Cod Healthcare Matt Pitta The Davenport Companies Rob Reisner Cape Cod 5 Brian Morrison Barnstable Police Department Michael Princi Princi Mills Law
Publisher: Cape & Plymouth Business Media
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A peek at what the Villages of Barnstable have to offer
Barnstable Village The Village of Barnstable is the Town of Barnstable’s most historic village. Set along the Old Kings Highway, here one finds many peri-od buildings, some dating back to the 17th century, and historic sites within the village core. Barnstable Village (which shares its name with the County and Town) is also the site of the County Complex, town offices, courts and Registry of Deeds. Barnstable Harbor is a working harbor as well as a Mid-Cape embarkation point for popu-lar seasonal whale watches. Its small business district near the har-bor includes restaurants, galleries and studios, the renowned Barn-stable Comedy Club, several museums, business services and coffee shops. A number of small, secret beaches with stunning Sandy Neck views can be found along 6A.
Centerville Village Originally called Chequaquet, and named because of its central lo-cation, Centerville is primarily residential, but has a lovely bowered Main Street with elegant homes, quaint shops, museums, steepled churches and popular one-of-a-kind ice creamery. It sits along Nan-tucket Sound on the south side of Town. Several crescents of land-mark white sandy beaches in its Craigville neighborhood, directly opposite lip-smacking clam shacks, are extremely popular. Several beaches are sandwiched between Nantucket Sound and the mean-dering Centerville River, a popular kayaking venue.
Cotuit Village Cotuit is a semi-peninsular coastal buffer between Osterville and Mashpee whose Wampanoag name is derived from “place of the council.” This smallest village — including five square miles with 12 miles of coastline surrounded on three sides by water — was part of a 1648 land purchase negotiated by Plymouth Colony’s Myles Standish. Primarily residential, Cotuit lies on Nantucket Sound and Cotuit Bay, with several smaller beaches such as Ropes, Riley’s, Loop and Oregon beaches. Interestingly, this land purchase was consum-mated in exchange for “one great brass kettle seven spans in wide-ness round about, and one broad hoe,” a fun fact memorialized in the popular Kettle-Ho, a village restaurant and tavern. Many are familiar with delicious Cotuit oysters, which are farmed here. The village con-tains stately homes, historic architecture, Cotuit Center for the Arts and Cahoon Museum. Cotuit’s northwestern edge is called Santuit, a small hamlet at the junction of Main Street and Routes 28 and 130.
Hyannis Village Hyannis (and Wianno, a section of Osterville) derived its distinctive name from Iyannough, a kindly 17th century Wampanoag sachem, or chief, of the Mat- takeese tribe. Its village green is marked by a bronze Iyannough statue. Hyannis is the Cape’s mercantile, transportation and business hub. Its historic mile-long Main Street is perfect for shopping, dining, strolling or people-watching. Buses, seasonal trains, island ferries and air-planes are near Main Street. The nostalgic working harbor is a five-minute walk as are museums and many services. Cape Cod Mall is within two miles of Main and many historic houses and buildings are found here. Several outstanding warm water beaches including Kalmus, a popular wind- and kite- surfing venue, are a short distance from the village center. Nearby, in the iconic hamlet of Hyannisport, JFK maintained a “summer White House” and the Kennedy family has been part of the Hyannis community for nearly a century!
Marstons Mills Village This village, surrounded by Cotuit, Centerville, Barnstable and West Barnstable, is without direct ocean access except via Prince’s Cove, far inland. Settled in the mid-1600s, there was a fulling mill and weaving operation along today’s Marstons Mills River. Today, this largely residential community features many cranberry bogs, lakes and kettle ponds as part of its glacial outwash plain, such as Mystic Lake and Middle and Hamblins ponds, but no salt water beaches. This verdant village is home to Cape Cod’s only grass airport, the circa 1929 Cape Cod Airfield, where bi-plane rides are offered. The 18-hole Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course sits on the site of an old fairgrounds. The pleasing village center, clustered around Main Street, Lovell’s Lane and River Road, offers quaint shops, restaurants and service shops. Burgess Park and its herring run provide enjoyment for residents and visitors, as does the disc golf located there. A lovely pond located at Falmouth Road and Route 149, replete with a long-term resident swan pair, is charming year round.
Osterville Village As you might have surmised, this quiet village was once a center for oystering. Its original Native American name was Cotacheset. It remains a relatively obscure village that has a stupendously charm-ing Main Street enclave of white clapboard buildings housing an upscale collection of shops, boutiques, galleries, eateries and banks. Cape Cod Academy, a private school, calls the village home. Along its shady byways are some of Cape Cod’s most impressive and lavish homes. Many of these, and yet larger estates, remain unseen within a gated community at Oyster Harbors as well as Seapuit, Wianno and other parts of the village exclusively the domains of wealthy seasonal residents. Osterville has two private country clubs, the Wianno Club and Oyster Harbors, both featuring 18-hole golf courses, tennis facilities and beaches. Crosby Boat Yard, port to renowned Crosby catboats and Wianno seniors, is lo-cated here. The latter was a favorite of President John F. Kennedy. Dowses Beach is the only semi-public, resident-only beach. This lovely beach fronts Nantucket Sound and rears up to tranquil East Bay, a favorite of families with children.
West Barnstable Village This historic seaside village of just more than 3,000 residents in the town’s northwest corner, sitting along Cape Cod Bay and astride Route 6A — Old Kings Highway — is quintessential Cape Cod. Originally settled as a farming community, today it is mainly resi-dential with pockets of shops, a few bed & breakfasts, glorious pe-riod architecture, cranberry bogs and the renowned and popular six-mile Sandy Neck barrier beach. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an influx of Finnish immigrants settled here; the vil-lage’s east side is sometimes called “Finn Town.” The magnificent signature 1717 West Parish meetinghouse at the village crossroads reaches for the heavens it invokes. A nostalgic train station marks a stop on the Cape Cod Railroad, replete with stationary train cars, plus village and feed stores, an art gallery and furniture crafters. The village comprises: Great Marsh, Sandy Neck and several smaller beaches; 1,100-acre West Barnstable; Bridge Creek; Otis Atwood and Jenkins Wildlife Sanctuary Conservation Areas; Cape Cod Community College; Cape Cod Conservatory of Music, Art, Drama and Dance; plus pockets of residential and mercantile properties.
DID YOU KNOW Since 1874 senators, dignitaries and presidents including President Ulysses S. Grant, President Grover Cleveland and, of course, President John F. Kennedy have visited or called Hyannis home.
BEACH,BABY Best beaches to see and be seen
The Town of Barnstable has more than 100 miles of splendid beaches, including Craigville Beach, the largest in the Mid-Cape area, and Sandy Neck Beach with its nationally renowned hiking trails! Our world-famous beaches are perfect for long walks, finding seashells, swimming, snorkeling and surfing. Many beaches are equipped with rest rooms and snack bars/mobile canteens. So pack your sunscreen, towel, lounge chair, books, and toys for the kids, and get ready for a fun-filled, relaxing day at the beach!
Beach stickers can be obtained at the Community Youth Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis Monday-Saturday, 9am-4-pm, Sunday 9am-noon. (508) 790-6345 Beach locations can be found on map on pp 44-45.
The best way to explore the Cape’s varied terrain is on foot, and walking trails are abundant on the MidCape. Walk along beaches and salt marshes and through pine-scented woodlands. Don’t forget binoculars as the area is great for birdwatching! Download trail maps on towns’ or organizations’ websites. TOWN OF BARNSTABLE TOWNOFBARNSTABLE.US DEPARTMENTS CONSERVATION
BARNSTABLE GREAT MARSH Route 6A, West Barnstable A 1.5-mile network of five trails meanders through forest, pond and marsh habitats with foot bridges, old rock walls and a cabin. Managed by Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary.
BRIDGE CREEK CONSERVATION AREA Route 149, West Barnstable A collection of five trails that provide glimpses of an abandoned cranberry bog, streams and stone walls. The North Trail also offers a marsh view that’s great for bird watching.
CROCKER NECK CONSERVATION AREA Santuit Road, Cotuit This area offers a 1.5-mile woodland walk that presents marsh and beach habitats. Picnic tables available.
LONG POND CONSERVATION AREA Santuit-Newtown Road, Cotuit This 37-acre expanse includes two miles of trails traversing through fields and woodlands with two observation decks overlooking the pond. The interpretive trail includes 30 stops highlighting the vegetation, ecology and geology of the area.
LUMBERT POND Lumbert Mill Road, Centerville Approximately 36 acres, with nearly ¾ mile of trails that wander through pitch pine/oak woodland, wooded swamps and along the eastern edge of Lumbert Pond.
OLD JAIL LANE CONSERVATION AREA Old Jail Lane, West Barnstable Well-marked, mostly upland trails through woodlands including a glacial mound that makes for challenging hiking.
OTIS ATWOOD CONSERVATION AREA West Barnstable Road, Osterville A 1.5-mile loop travels over hilly terrain through a pine and oak forest mixed with holly and white pines. A spur connects to West Barnstable Conservation Area Trails.
SANDY NECK Off Route 6A, West Barnstable A 6-mile long barrier beach offers glimpses of vast dunes, vernal pools, maritime forests and salt marsh through a network of trails. Keen observers may find rare and endangered birds, plants and wildlife along the way. Limited trail parking available. town.barnstable.ma.us/ SandyNeckPark
SANTUIT POND PRESERVE 117 Main Street, Santuit This 287-acre property abutting the town of Mashpee provides protected habitat for fish and wildlife conservation and passive public recreation on three miles of walking trails. Habitats include pine-oak forest, beech-holly forest, maple swamps, wet meadows and vernal pools. Rare animals include the Eastern box turtle, spotted turtle, spotted salamander and worm-eating warbler.
SKUNKNETT RIVER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 345 Bumps River Road, Osterville Explore a mile of trails on this former mill site that includes views of West Pond, where you might spot black-crowned night-herons, osprey and migrating ducks; an Atlantic white cedar swamp and a trail with American holly and a vernal pool. massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlifesanctuaries/ skunknett-river/
MARY DUNN TRAIL Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis 6-miles to roam along a rocky path with a view of Mary Dunn Pond.
HATHAWAY’S POND Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis An approximately one-mile trail with a view of the pond. Restrooms and picnic tables available at this location.
EAGLE POND SANCTUARY Putnam Avenue, Cotuit Managed by the Barnstable Land Trust, this 152-acre spot offers two woodland loops, a 1.5-mile trail with a pond view and an outer loop, just over three miles. blt.org
LONG PASTURE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY 345 Bone Hill Road, Cummaquid This Mass Audubon Sanctuary includes a 2.5-mile trail with views of Barnstable Harbor and Sandy Neck. A boardwalk traverses the marsh. Look for native wildflowers and lots of birds. massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/ wildlife-sanctuaries/long-pasture
WEST BARNSTABLE CONSERVATION AREA Access from different points including Crooked Cartway, Popple Bottom Road, Farmersville Road or Prospect Street. Three marked trails for beginner to advanced hikers located on a 1,100-acre woodland property popular with birdwatchers. The Trail of Tears includes a challenging north and south loop for more advanced hikers. Big Ring Trail is a rocky, 2.8-mile loop for all skill levels; also popular with horseback riders and mountain bikers.
WHELAN CONSERVATION AREA Stage Road, West Barnstable A 1.5-mile easy trail meanders through sandplain grasslands.
Cape Cod Baseball League is Back in 2021!
The Cape Cod Baseball League is looking forward to getting back to baseball in 2021. “Having missed out on 2020, we’re excited to get back to the ballpark and watch the cleats hit the dirt,” said league Commissioner Eric Zmuda. Longtime president Chuck Sturtevant shared that sentiment: “I’m looking forward to this year, and going to a baseball game again like I’ve been doing for the last 34 years.” The opportunity is equally exciting for the players on the field, and many expect the league to showcase some of the best on-field talent in years. Sturtevant agrees, saying that he hopes the league will “open up like gangbusters in 2021 because of changes to the MLB Draft, which will incentivize more players to spend another year in college and on the Cape to improve their draft stock.” The Cape League has been represented by the first overall pick in the MLB Draft for three consecutive years: Casey Mize (Wareham ’16) by the Detroit Tigers in 2018, Adley Rutschman (Falmouth ’17) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2019, and Spencer Torkelson (Chatham ‘18/’19) by the Tigers in 2020. Torkelson was one of 13 Cape League alumni selected in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft. In total, 71 former Cape League players heard their named called throughout the five rounds of the MLB Draft. The Cape League’s prestige carries beyond the draft, as numerous players go on to become stars in Major League Baseball. More than 1,400 Cape League alumni have appeared in a MLB game throughout the league’s history, including a record 330 alumni appearing in a game during the 2019 MLB season. The Cape League was well represented throughout the 2020 MLB season as well, with Kyle Lewis (Cotuit ’14 / Orleans ’15) winning the American League Rookie of the Year and Shane Bieber (Y-D ’15) being named the American League Cy Young. The World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodger’s roster featured nine Cape League alumni, including Walker Buehler (Y-D ’14) and A.J. Pollock (Falmouth ’08). With baseball returning to Cape Cod, the next wave of future stars will begin their journey here across the Cape League throughout the 2021 season. The Cape League’s most high-profile event, the annual All-Star Game will return to Spillane Field in Wareham after missing out on the opportunity in 2020. The game will be played July 24th with the first pitch at 6pm and the Home Run Contest and autograph signings happening that afternoon. The All-Star game also features vendor booths and food trucks for fans who want to grab some ballpark food and a baseball cap. The Cape League is back with velocity in 2021, and there is no denying that it is shaping up to be one of the best seasons ever!
We are a community created around the ocean. If there is a way to enjoy it, our Chamber members have perfected it.
Time on the water is always time well spent. With the sun on your face, the wind in your hair and the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean, even an hour at sea is our remedy to the rigors of everyday life.
CAPE CODDER RESORT & SPA 1225 Iyannough Road, Suite 1, Hyannis, MA 02601 555-861-4370 · www.capecodderresort.com Cape Codders Resort & Spa’s 30,000 square foot indoor / outdoor waterpark features two 160-foot “Stars and Stripes” water slides, stormy river and kiddie pool.
DOLPHIN FLEET WHALEWATCH 307 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657 508-240-3636 · www.whalewatch.com Originators of whale watching on the East Coast. Scientists on every trip to act as field guides. Tour group discounts, family affordable, 3-4 hour trips.
HY-LINE HARBOR CRUISES 138 Ocean Street, Hyannis 508-790-0696 · www.hylineharborcruise.com Relax and enjoy the views as your guide explains the various points of interest. It’s a fascinating (and sometimes comical) history that includes aspects of our maritime history and the people who established our waterfront community. Kids ride free on morning trips all season.
HY-LINE CRUISES 220 Ocean Street, Hyannis · 508-778-2600 · www.hylinecruises.com Hy-Line Cruises of Hyannis welcomes you aboard our family of highspeed ferries to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard! Offering online reservations, nearby parking, and on-board food service featuring local beer, wine and spirits, we’ll whisk you away to the islands in one hour, from one convenient location.
CAPE COD MARITIME MUSEUM 135 South Street, Hyannis MA 02601 (508) 775-1723 (508) 775-1706 www. capecodmaritimemuseum.org Cape Cod Maritime Museum showcases the nautical heritage of Cape Cod with a variety of interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Fun and educational programs include classes, lectures and workshops for the whole family. Discover, explore and learn!
STEAMSHIP AUTHORITY 69 South Street, Hyannis MA 02601 (508) 477-8600 · (800) 352-7144 · (508) 457-4518 www.SteamshipAuthority.com The Steamship Authority is the largest ferry service to the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket from Cape Cod. We offer the lowest fares and the most frequent daily departures for passengers, automobiles, groups and trucks.
If golf is your game, consider these Mid-Cape courses on your Cape Cod vacation
Hyannis Golf Course sits at the geographical center of Cape Cod, just minutes from downtown Hyannis, the Barnstable Airport and the ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. This course is a par 71 with 18 holes and the area’s best practice facility, which include a 55-station practice range and two practice greens. Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds was formerly home to the Barnstable County Fair, which is what gives it its name. The course first opened in 1992 and quickly became one of the most popular in the area. Along with Hyannis, it is one of two municipal courses in the area for members to enjoy. This Mark Mungeam gem continues to be on the “must play” list of avid golfers each year. This walkable layout in the country features four sets of tees, ample landing areas, and large receptive, well bunkered greens. There is a large spacious clubhouse that houses a well stocked golf shop and restaurant with a deck overlooking the course and neighboring grass airport.
BLUE ROCK GOLF COURSE 48 Todd Road, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 508 398-9295 · www.bluerockgolfcourse.com Blue Rock Golf Course in South Yarmouth is Cape Cod’s championship level Par 3 course, ranked “Best Golf Course” on Cape Cod by the readers of the Cape Cod Times and “Best Mid-Cape Golf Course” by Cape Cod Life. Join us fro a fun and friendly round of golf!
Cape Codders often joke that it never rains on Cape Cod in the summer! The truth is, of course it does. Which begs the question, what to do if it rains? We have some great ideas for a rainy day in each of the seven villages. BARNSTABLE VILLAGE offers a variety of rainy day fun including the U. S. Coast Guard Heritage Museum, Cape Cod Art Center, Barnstable Pottery, and Nirvana Cafe. You can also enjoy breakfast and lunch at Buttercup Cafe, lunch and dinner at The Dolphin, and dinner at Mattakeese Wharf and the Tuscan . CENTERVILLE provides some rather famous stops for a rainy day including the 1865 General Store (which literally has something for everyone) and nearby Centerville Library. Four Seas Ice Cream just around the corner offers lunch, dinner and their world famous ice cream! Centerville Pie (one of Oprah’s favorite things) is located on Route 28. COTUIT offers up the Cotuit Center for the Arts, where something is always going on, and it’s always fabulous! The Chapman Art Gallery and Cahoon Museum also call Cotuit home and help pass a rainy day. Stop into the Cotuit Market for great coffee and atmosphere. For local fare, the Kettle Ho for lunch or dinner is always popular. HYANNIS offers up so much rainy day fun that you may need several days to enjoy them all! Pick up the Cape Cod Central Railroad at the east end of Main Street, Hyannis for a beautiful ride from the Mid-Cape to Cape Cod Canal and back. On South Street you can visit the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, then stroll over to Baxter’s where you can dine on the water and watch all the boat traffic. Even on rainy days the ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket come and go regularly. You might even spot a celebrity at Baxter’s now and again. Around the harbor, the summer shanties always house great artists and the boardwalk connecting them makes it an easy trip. Great restaurants also line Ocean Street where the shanties are. Stop in for a cocktail, snacks or a really great meal at The Black Cat, Spanky’s, Bluewater Grille, Harborview Restaurant, and The Raw Bar, just to name a few! Across the harbor you’ll find Tugboats, Trader Ed’s, and the Dockside. Main Street, Hyannis offers up the JFK Museum, Spilt Milk Tattoo, and great shopping and eateries for every time of day. Flashback offers up old-time video games in addition to a unique spin on pub fare. Foodies are in for a treat because from the amazing Alberto’s Ristorante on one end of Main, to the fabulous The West End where Main Street comes to an end at the West End Rotary (and next to The Melody Tent). There are TOO many great restaurants to mention, but might we suggest breakfast at the Original Gourmet Brunch or The Daily Paper; lunch at the BBC or Columbo’s Cafe. Cocktails and Tapas at Embargo, and for beer aficionados, the Tap City Grill. If it’s pizza you’re looking for be sure to head to Pizza Barbone or Palio’s Pizza. Katie’s Ice Cream and Kandy Korner offer plenty of sweets and fun for all ages. If its shopping you want, you’ll find more than enough on Main Street from Cape Cod Jewelry to quality clothes and Cape Cod style at Puritan Cape Cod. Perhaps a spa day is in order – look no further than Solstice Day Spa and Just Breathe Salt Spa, both located on Main Street. Beach Plum Spa is located at the Cape Codder Resort on Route 132.
Stepping away from Main Street over toward Route 132, you’ll find the Massachusetts Air & Space Museum, Cape Cod Beer (tastings and brewery tours), Ryan’s Ten Pin Eatery & Arcade which includes bowling alleys, escape rooms, laser tag, and a big arcade. This area also includes some great shopping and restaurants with too many to mention in full but just a sampling of local favorites includes Gannon’s Tavern, Sam Diego’s, The Hearth N Kettle, The Grand Cru wine bar, and Bamboo! MARSTONS MILLS is another of the seven villages that make up the greater Hyannis area. No visit to “the Mills” as the locals call it would be complete without stopping at The Plum Porch! If you need a gift for any occasion, a toy for a child, or looking for a cute summer dress, The Plum Porch has it all. While in the village stop in to Fig Tree Cafe or the Morning Glory Cafe for lunch or breakfast. Looking for dinner? Check out Saga Fusion just off of Route 28. OSTERVILLE is a beautiful, quaint village which offers great shops including Gone Chocolate, Oyster Island Emporium, and Coastal Style just to name a few. Osterville Village Library is one of the most technologically advanced and progressive libraries on Cape Cod! Great dining stops include AMIE Bakery and Earthly Delights for breakfast and lunch, and Crisp, Five Bays Bistro and Wimpy’s for dinner. WEST BARNSTABLE village on scenic Rt 6A provides historical beauty and charm aplenty at the 1217 Meetinghouse. Take a stroll back in time! You can also pick up the Cape Cod Central Railroad for a tour of cranberry bogs, sand dunes and more at the West Barnstable train station and museum (but tickets are CASH only). Along Route 6A you’ll also find great shopping at Claire Murray, Whippletree, Pastiche, and Tumbleweed Quilts and Fabrics. Amy Dowd is a 40+ year “washashore” and the owner of Coastal Marketing Solutions which helps local businesses and organization with marketing strategy, engagement marketing and content development. She can be reached at www.coastalmarketinggeek.com.
The Greater Hyannis area has much to offer, including easy access to many of Cape Cod’s most popular destinations. Don’t miss out on these top five day trips.
CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE [24.8 MILES] Henry David Thoreau famously wrote in the 19th century that on Cape Cod, “A man may stand there and put all America behind him.” Today, this national seashore (established in 1961) includes 40 miles of pristine, big-surf sandy beaches, marshes, ponds and uplands, all of which support diverse animal, bird and plant species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past and continuing ways of life. Bike and walking trails are available. For more information visit the Seashore’s three visitor centers (Salt Pond, Eastham; Marconi, Wellfleet and Race Point, Provincetown), all of which are accessible off the Cape’s main thoroughfare, Route 6. www.nps.gov/caco/index.htm
PROVINCETOWN [47.6 MILES] It’s about an hour east of Hyannis, but a day trip to the Cape tip is worth the journey. Walk along quirky Commercial Street, where local shops and restaurants abound; visit MacMillian Wharf, where you can book a whale watching trip or hike up towering Pilgrim Monument, which commemorates the landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown Harbor in November 1620. After the monument, be sure to peruse the exhibits at Provincetown Museum that highlight the arrival of the Pilgrims, the town’s rich maritime history, the early days of modern American theater in Provincetown and the building of the monument. If you have time, drive or bike to Race Point Beach, within Cape Cod National Seashore. www.ptownchamber.com
CHATHAM [19.4 MILES] An iconic Cape Cod town, Chatham offers a walkable Main Street filled with local shops and restaurants, including the iconic Chatham Squire and the intimate Chatham Orpheum movie theater. Check out scenic overlooks on Shore Road and at Chatham Fish Pier, where you can see the long and battered outer beach beyond and observe fishermen unloading their catch. The Atwood House Museum is a great place to learn about the local history of the area, including Chatham’s storied fishing heritage and a Coast Guard rescue that was made into a movie “The Finest Hours.” www.chathaminfo.com
HERITAGE MUSEUMS & GARDENS [15.5 MILES] Roam the 100 acres of gardens and grounds and view fascinating exhibits of Americana including an exhibit of antique automobiles and an 1908 carousel. Special exhibits this year feature sculptures highlighting the interconnected relationships between the plants and animals seen at Heritage; the roots of many of America’s most beloved toys and games; and a full-scale reproduction of a Wetu, a traditional Wampanoag structure. A great place to take the whole family. www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org
THE WHYDAH PIRATE MUSEUM [2.6 MILES] Check out the booty recovered from the shipwreck of the pirate ship Whydah off the coast of Wellfleet at this state-of-the-art facility in West Yarmouth. The museum combines artifacts of the slave trade and the pirate’s life, early maps of the Atlantic and the Caribbean, and imagery of the 18th-century world, through the largest collection of pirate artifacts recovered from a single shipwreck anywhere in the world. www.discoverpirates.com
There is no better way to understand a community than through the people, places and things that provide inspiration.
ARTIST SHANTIES Browse among the colorful shanties and meet Cape Cod artists and artisans who work and sell their wares right from their “seaside studios” in the heart of Hyannis’ working waterfront; follow the Walkway-to-the-Sea from Main Street to Hyannis Harbor. Artists change weekly. Both shanty locations are beautiful and breezy spots to visit at all hours to take in the sights and sounds of a working waterfront. Open daily May- October. 180 Ocean St., Bismore Park and 51 Ocean St., Hyannis Harbor Overlook. www. artsbarnstable.com/hyarts-shanties
BARNSTABLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY The society moved the Old Jail to the grounds of the Custom House and now oversees those sites as well as the Blacksmith Shop (available for tours by calling 508-280-3864). The Barnstable Historical Society, across the street from the Sturgis Library on Route 6A, houses a virtual treasure chest of history providing research assistance to schools, authors and the public. www.barnstablehistoricalsociety.org
CAHOON MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART Artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon lived and worked in this Colonial Georgian home built between 1775 and 1782, which houses their American primitivestyle work as well as work of other artists and a stunning collection of sailors’ Valentines. 4676 Route 28, Cotuit, 508- 428-7581 www.cahoonmuseum.org
CAPE COD ART CENTER This contemporary building along historic Route 6A in Barnstable houses the Cape Cod Art Association, a non-profit group that has continuously operated since 1948. Member artists’ work is on display, and the center also offers art programs, instruction, exhibits and events year-round. 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable, www.capecodartcenter.org
CAPE COD MARITIME MUSEUM Local maritime history, boat building, yachting and nautical art are featured in this museum near Hyannis Harbor. Book a sail on Sarah, a replica of an 1886 Crosby catboat. The museum has the largest publicly displayed scrimshaw collection on Cape Cod and brings in speakers from all over on various maritime topics of interest. 135 South St., Hyannis, www.capecodmaritimemuseum.org
CAPE COD MELODY TENT One of only two continuously operated tent theaters in the round in the United States (the other is Cohasset’s South Shore Music Circus), the Melody Tent books a variety of performers from multiple musical genres each summer. 21-41 West Main St., Hyannis, 508-775-5630, www.melodytent.org
CAPE COD SYMPHONY The professional orchestra of Cape Cod tackles the works of the classical masters as well as the popular tunes of the modern era. www.capesymphony.org
CAPE COD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY “Cape Cod’s Nature Place” is a unique destination for families to explore nature and regional wildlife. Tour collections-based exhibits, including whales and birds, aquaria with live marine creatures, a butterfly house and honey bee hive. Nature programs for adults and children. The grounds have three trails and a wildflower garden. 869 Route 6A, Brewster, 508-896-3867, www.ccmnh.org
COTUIT CENTER FOR THE ARTS This dynamic arts and cultural hub features live theater on two stages, concerts, exhibits, workshops, classes and special events. 404 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, 508-428-0669, www.artsonthecape.org
HYARTS CAMPUS The Hy Arts Campus is a collection of town-owned properties featuring the Guyer Barn, a studio and community art space for exhibitions, classes, workshops, meetings and performances; 50 Pearl Gallery, an ever-changing art space and in the detached garage on the property is Fussy Goose Studio, a small batch candle and design studio. Studio 46 is a renovated and restored 1920 Colonial Revival style bungalow, purposely converted for an artist to rent a professional working studio and gallery space in downtown Hyannis. Corner of South and Pearl streets. 387 Main Street, Hyannis, 508-862-4990. www.artsbarnstable.com
Hours: June, July & August: Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-4p.m.
Admission: Seniors (62+) $11 · Adults (18-61) $13 · Youths (6-17) $7 · Students with ID $7 · Children 5 and under free · Blue Star Families Free admission to all active military for themselves plus five additional guests (six people total) between Memorial Day and Labor Day Visitors from around the world flock each year to this small museum to learn about President Kennedy and his family and his deep connection to Cape Cod where he enjoyed many summers with family and friends in Hyannis Port. Kennedy is revered as one of the nation’s most beloved and iconic presidents. His presidency, though short (1961-63) was filled with major events from the establishment of the Peace Corps, the Civil Rights movement and advancements in the Space Race. The United States in the 1960s was filled with revolution, war, and uncertainty. Different galleries explore his life and legacy. There’s behind-the-scenes images of the 35th president, his wife Jacqueline and their children Carolyn and John, taken by Kennedy’s personal photographer Jacques Lowe. “JFK at 100: Life & Legacy” celebrates the centennial anniversary of the late president through more than 80 photographs, text panels, video and artifacts, with a focus on the years he spent on Cape Cod. The Cape was the one place Kennedy could relax and feel at home, even while bearing the weight of the world. Step into the unforgettable Hyannis Port days of the 1960s when a beloved president and his family brought joy and hope to a nation.
Special exhibit commemorates Robert F. Kennedy “RFK: Ripple of Hope,” was assembled in collaboration with RFK Human Rights Foundation. This exhibit begins with Robert F. Kennedy’s early years within the Kennedy family, including rarely seen images of his time on Cape Cod. The focal point of the exhibit however, covers his time serving as the U.S. Attorney General, his election to the U.S. Senate, and culminating with his inspirational presidential campaign, which began on March 16, 1968 and ended with his death on June 6, 1968. One particularly poignant part of the exhibit highlights an impromptu speech he gave before a large group of distraught onlookers the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April 1968 just weeks after Kennedy announced his bid for the presidency. The exhibit includes 45 images and excerpts from Robert Kennedy’s speeches that convey the boundless energy he showed on the campaign trail, often with Ethel and his children at his side.There is also an eight-minute video narrated by two of his 11 children, Kathleen Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy III. The exhibit will be on view through 2022. Visit the museum store for a selection of commemorative Kennedy souvenirs including cards, prints, books, t-shirts, bookmarks, scarves and more.
TOAD HALL CLASSIC SPORTS CAR MUSEUM From the famous “Wind in the Willows,” Toad was fascinated by the then-new motorcar, and all of the cars in his collection were red. In this museum at the Simmons Homestead Inn in Hyannis Port, which started out as a few sports cars housed in a shed, the collection now includes more than 50 cars, including Lotuses, MGs, Triumphs, Jaguars, Ferraris and Austin Healeys. And yes, all the cars are red. 288 Scudder Ave, Hyannis, 508-778-4934, www.toadhallcars.com
ZION UNION HERITAGE MUSEUM The Zion Union Heritage Museum celebrates the history of people of color on Cape Cod, including African-Americans, Cape Verdeans and the Wampanoag people, as well as groups that arrived here more recently from Brazil and the Caribbean. 276 North St., Hyannis, www.zuhmi.org
Welcome to Cape Media Center! We are a nonprofit community media center and the public access TV station for the towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, and Chatham. Our mission is to build community through media, enhance democratic communication, and facilitate free expression by providing our five towns with a state-of-the art media resource center. For a small annual fee, members can become trained in our video and audio equipment, produce their own media content, and see it aired on Comcast channel 99 and our website. Your content belongs to YOU, and you can share it however you’d like! Your content MUST be noncommercial, and members must provide the Media Center with a copy of any content they create using our facilities and equipment. A membership includes training classes; access to our field equipment, studios, and facility; and airtime on channel 99. Podcasters and music producers can share their content on our website.
Cape Media News is a hyperlocal television news broadcast that covers issues that matter to Cape Cod. Launched in April 2017, Cape Media News has covered thousands of local stories on housing, the economy, water quality, local politics, the opioid crisis, education, environmental issues, community events, public safety, quality of life, and so much more. Our reporters are Cape Codders who have a deep love for the region and a commitment to providing honest, educational, informative news to residents and visitors alike. News Director Gabrielle Rosson joined the Cape Media News team in 2018, and has since helped CMN develop and strengthen its brand as a trusted, non-commercial, news source in the community. Emily Tullock became CMN’s lead reporter and social media manager in 2019. We hope our viewers find value in our individual segments and newscasts, and watch weekly to stay connected to the region. We hope that the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come to Cape Cod find value in our newscasts, and take us back home to stay connected to the region. You can watch new episodes of Cape Media News every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30, 7, and 11 p.m. on Cape Media Channel 99 and CapeSpan 98. Watch Cape Media News any time on Youtube and Facebook. Have a news tip or a story to share? Email us: email@example.com.
A late night snack, classic seafood dishes, a picnic for the beach… no matter what you are craving we are certain one of our many diverse establishments will hit the spot and fit the bill.
Restaurants give us so much more than a snack or a meal. They are the places where families celebrate a great day at the beach, a wedding or anniversary and the joy of spending time together or a night without cooking. We have a restaurant for every occasion and taste.
BRAZILIAN GRILL 680 Main Street, Hyannis MA 02601 (508) 771-0109 · braziliangrillrestaurants.com The Brazilian Grill is a family-owned restaurant, established in 2000 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. We offer an authentic dining experience featuring homemade recipes from southern Brazil, passed down from generations.
MATTAKEESE WHARF WATERFRONT RESTAURANT 271 Millway West Barnstable MA 02630 (508) 362-4511 · (508) 362-3594 · www.mattakeese.com Mattakeese Wharf Waterfront Restaurant is seasonal, open early May till late October. We offer a wide range of seafood dishes including baked stuffed lobster & bouillabaisse along with various steak and pasta dishes at reasonable prices. Fabulous sunsets from open decks.
Beer that’s brewed locally is a big draw for craft beer lovers everywhere and Hyannis has two to explore.
CAPE COD BEER 1336 Phinney’s Lane, Hyannis · 508-790-4200 · www.capecodbeer.com Founded: 2004 by Todd and Beth Marcus Cape Cod Beer is Cape Cod’s original microbrewery that offers IPAs, stouts, porters, plus seasonal and special edition beers. Their fresh, craft beer is self-distributed and is available on draft and in cans from Pembroke to Provincetown. Available now is Cape Cod Summer Ale, a traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen (wheat beer) that is pale, spicy and a little fruity. This beer style is unfiltered and known for its unique banana and clove flavors, which come from the special German yeasts used in fermentation. It is light and wonderfully refreshing during the hot days of summer. The brewery is open five days a week with special events including live music, a dog friendly Yappy Hour, and guided brewery tours. Tours are on Saturdays at 11 a.m., $10 per person with one beer included for those 21+ (with an ID). Tickets via advanced reservations required.
BARNSTABLE BREWING 485 West Main St., Hyannis · 774-470-6989 · www.barnstablebrewing.com Founded: 2017 by Peter and Ann Connor Peter Connor’s foray into beer making started with home brewing but his business was jump-started after he won the Samuel Adams “Come Brew With Us” contest in 2012. The Connors’ son, Mark, attended the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany where he became a certified Brew Master and helped to refine some of Barnstable Brewing’s most successful recipes that can be tried in their tap room (check website for hours). Current brews include porters, IPA, stouts and pale ales such as Double Examen #19, a double New England IPA; Cape Crusher, a Helles light lager; Blueberry Ale, Amerihop, American pale ale, Jesuit Juice, New England IPA; and Raspberry KDub, a German wheat beer with raspberries. In autumn, return for a pint of Wobbly Jack, made with organic pumpkin. The company also created a beer called Civic Lager last year to benefit the local Housing Assistance Corporation’s efforts.
TAPTASTINGS 508-280-6671 www.taptastings.com Book a bus tour to some Cape Cod tap rooms, with variously priced packages offered. Some include a food item and up to 32 ounces of beer. Besides the above breweries, tour stops can include the following craft breweries: Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, East Falmouth; Devil’s Purse Brewing, South Dennis; Father’s Kitchen and Taphouse, Sandwich; Finn’s Craft Beer Tap House, Hyannis; Hog Island Beer, Orleans; Naukabout Beer, Mashpee; Provincetown Brewing, Provincetown; Tree House Brewing in Sandwich.
Inspiration: Summers in Ocean City, Maryland, strolling the boardwalk where vendors sold tins of popcorn.
Idea Behind The Business: Dan Smith, an architect, and his wife Kim, a pediatric nurse, started making caramel popcorn (in their small Boston apartment) to give to friends and families as gifts. “We were at the age where we were getting invited to all kinds of parties and we got tired of bringing cheese and crackers,” Dan recalls. “We also started giving our caramel popcorn as gifts and it just snowballed from there.”
What They Sell: Small batch, hand-crafted popcorn available in 14 different kinds of flavors in three sizes including tins that can be refilled for a discount.
Fun Flavors: Sea Salt Caramel (top seller), Tuscan Joy, flavored with extra virgin olive oil, basil and salt; Taco; White Cheddar Jalapeño; Birthday Cake; Chesapeake, flavored with Old Bay Seasoning; Cape League Mix, a “better” Cracker Jack, made with lots of chopped peanuts. Special themed varieties.
Philanthropy: Five percent of the sales benefit nonprofits that customers choose at checkout.
“It’s a family operation and we want it to feel like it when you walk in. People can buy some popcorn and feel like they’ve helped out the community.”a
Relax, we’ve got you covered.
One of the best parts of a vacation is enjoying all of the comforts of home, without any of the responsibilities of home. We are proud that our lodging members are so, well, accommodating. Whether you are looking for a family friendly environment, an elegant weekend away or a place where Rover is welcome as a part of the family, we are certain you will find a a new home away from home.
ANCHOR IN On Hyannis Harbor, One South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 508-775-0357 · www.anchorin.com Your travel plans for Cape Cod fun have never been easier. Make Anchor In your Cape Cod vacation choice for a few days, a week or more in any season. Our heated outdoor pool and deck area are perfect for a swim or lounging and enjoying the harbor activity. Manicured landscaping featuring several varieties of ornamental sea grasses surround the extended pool deck where “Old Glory” flies.
BUS PLYMOUTH & BROCKTON BUS 508-746-0378 · www.p-b.com Daily year-round service from Hyannis to Sagamore, Plymouth, Kingston, Rockland, Boston – South Station and Logan Airport; Hyannis to Harwich, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.
PETER PAN BUS 800-343-9995 · www.peterpanbus.com Service from Hyannis to Barnstable, Sagamore, New Bedford, Fall River, Boston, South Station, Logan Airport, Providence, RI and New York City.
CAPE COD REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY 215 Iyannough Road (Rt. 28) Hyannis MA 02601 (508) 775-8504 · (508) 775-8513 · www.capecodrta.org Public transportation service serving all of Cape Cod. Service includes local bus routes, summer shuttles, demand response transit, Boston hospital and human service transportation.
FERRIES HY-LINE HARBOR CRUISES 138 Ocean Street, Hyannis 508-790-0696 · www.hylineharborcruise.com Relax and enjoy the views as your guide explains the various points of interest. It’s a fascinating (and sometimes comical) history that includes aspects of our maritime history and the people who established our waterfront community. Kids ride free on morning trips all season.
STEAMSHIP AUTHORITY 69 South Street Hyannis MA 02601‚ (508) 477-8600 · (800) 352-7144 · (508) 457-4518 www.SteamshipAuthority.com The Steamship Authority is the largest ferry service to the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket from Cape Cod. We offer the lowest fares and the most frequent daily departures for passengers, automobiles, groups and trucks.
TRAIN CAPEFLYER 215 Iyannough Road (Rt. 28) Hyannis MA 02601 (508) 775-8504 · www.capeflyer.com Summer service to Boston from the Hyannis Transportation Center, 215 Iyannough Rd., Hyannis.
Consider a coworking center as your ‘work-ation’ office.
So you’ve booked the perfect vacation property this summer or maybe you’ve opted for a quaint bed and breakfast inn or even a hotel stay. You’re planning, however, to work between the beach, dining out and other excursions. Work beckons, even on vacation. You could take your laptop with you to the beach, or set up at the dining table, but chances are you might need some tranquility or privacy while you’re staying in a vacation property with limited space. And is there even WiFi at your favorite beach? It is possible to have a “work-ation” on Cape Cod this summer. Coworking centers are popping up in resort areas around the globe, offering the workationers functional, flexible workspace with all the amenities of the modern office, complete with Starbucks coffee and high speed internet. In the greater Hyannis area, check out CapeSpace in Hyannis and Mashpee, which offers flexible workspaces and meeting spaces. Hourly and daily rates accommodate the summer work-ation employee. Safely-spaced work stations and conference rooms (with seating from six to 10) equipped with whiteboards are well-appointed and sleekly designed. CapeSpace is an amazing space for meetings, solo work and even corporate events. “I have always been aware of the term ‘working holiday’ but I did not realize until recently that the working holiday is more than just a concept,” said Robbin Orbison, founder and president of CapeSpace. “More recently, the term ‘work-ation’ is emerging, and presents an enticing option for today’s workers who increasingly feel that the truly disconnected vacation is no longer feasible. CapeSpace has implemented a number of health and safety measures, including ventilation and filtration systems (medical grade HEPA air purification units), mandating social distancing and face masks, daily professional cleaning and utility stations containing hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and paper towels. There’s also a gym-like policy of wiping down common surfaces before and after use. Since so many of us can work from anywhere, why not do it in a beautiful place close to leisure activities you enjoy? Check out CapeSpace today!