Friday, April 30, 2010

Cape Cod’s Best Feature

If you’re looking for a place to go on vacation this summer, take a trip to Dennis, Massachusetts. Dennis is a great part of Cape Cod where you can go to relax, go to the beach, find some delicious restaurants, and even do a little shopping. Just make sure if you’re going during the summer months to pack your sunscreen!

If you’re planning on staying in Dennis, there are plenty of hotels in Cape Cod but one that truly stands out is the Dennis Inn at 25 Scarsdale Road. Although it is a bit pricey, the location is convenient and the feeling is authentic Cape Cod with its ocean paintings and “beachy” accents.  When you wake up the next morning, smell the fresh salt air and go to the beach! Cape Cod is home to many but one that is clean and convenient is the Mayflower Beach. However, make sure to get there early in the morning if you want a spot by the ocean. Also, feel free to spread your things out because people do get a little close as the beach fills up later in the day. On the way home from the beach, don’t forget to stop at Sundae School. Although you won’t find a Bible here, Sundae School is home to Cape Cod’s best homemade ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream. It is unbelievable. There is seating inside, but sitting outside at the tables and enjoying the weather really makes the experience perfect. I do suggest going during the day as opposed to at night because it gets crowded after dinner. 

After your ice cream keep treating yourself and go do a little shopping. Dennis has many unique shops including Eden Hand Arts located on Route 6A. It is here that the popular Cape Cod ball bracelet is made and they actually fit it to your wrist for you. They also have other pieces of jewelry and pottery as well. Many other jewelry places have tried to copy their design, but this is the original location of where the bracelet got its start. Just be aware that they are only opened Wednesday through Saturday.

If shopping doesn’t sound like fun, there are also other fun activities such as miniature golfing at Holiday Hill in Dennis Port and Go-Karts at Cartwheels in South Dennis. Now that you’ve gone to the beach and done a little shopping, go have some seafood at Kream ‘N’ Kone in West Dennis on Route 28. With a menu full of seafood options, burgers, and chicken as well as 27 different ice cream flavors, you really can’t go wrong. 

My personal favorite is the fish and chips!

If you’re looking for something a little bit more upscale and feel like dressing up, try Clancy's in Dennisport. Clancy’s was voted Best Family Dining (Mid-Cape Area) in the Cape Cod Life Readers Poll, 1996 thru 2009, Clancy's in Dennisport. Just about 10 minutes out of Dennis, Clancy’s is located on Swan River, which provides a beautiful backdrop for your dining experience. According to Clancy’s website you can, “enjoy signature dishes such as baked Stuffed Shrimp…and Prime Rib on Friday and Saturday nights. On warm weather days enjoy a cocktail or meal on the deck overlooking the Swan River. A beautiful location for Sunday Brunch!”

Whether you want to spend a day or a week in Dennis, there is always something fun to do or see. I suggest going during July or August in order to get the warmest weather. A tip for traveling would be to leave early on a Friday morning and head home later on Sunday evening if you want to spend a weekend but beat the crowd. Although there are other parts of Cape Cod that are fun to visit, Dennis is a place you can go to relax in peace while getting an authentic experience. Visit Dennis, Massachusetts for your next vacation. You won’t be disappointed. 

Directions and links to places mentioned in the article:

Dennis Inn:

25 Scarsdale Road
Dennis, MA 02638
Mayflower Beach:

Rt. 6A to Bayview Rd to Dunes Rd (Dennis)

Sundae School:

381 Lower County Rd.
Dennisport, MA 02639

Eden's Hand Arts:
See Website


11 South Gages Way
S. Dennis, MA 02660

Holiday Hill Miniature Golf:

352 Rte. 28
Dennisport, MA

Kream 'N' Kone:
961 Main Street
West Dennis, MA 02670

8 Upper County Road
Dennisport, Massachusetts 02639

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