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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.

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.

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!

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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.

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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.

48 Todd Road, South Yarmouth, MA 02664
508 398-9295 ·
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!


In Every Village
By Amy Dowd

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.


From Hyannis

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.


There is no better way to understand a community than through
the people, places and things that provide inspiration.

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.

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.

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

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,

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,

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,

The professional orchestra of Cape Cod tackles the works of the classical masters as well as the popular tunes of the modern era.

“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,

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,

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.

Tour this 18th century Colonial filled with antique furniture reflecting a number of early American styles and accented by colorful hooked rugs, ceramics and pewter. 250 Main St., Yarmouth Port,

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Beer that’s brewed locally is a big draw for craft beer lovers everywhere and Hyannis has two to explore.


Smith Family Popcorn
545 Main St., Hyannis · 508-827-7815 ·

Founded: 2018

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


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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!

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