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2008 Guide to the Best of Cape Cod

Tara Donne The Wellfleet Marketplace.

Photo: Tara Donne

From Falmouth to Provincetown, an up-to-the-minute address book helps plot the course to an iconic American vacation on Cape Cod.

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Inspired by: The Best of Cape Cod — by Laura Begley Bloom, Published Jul. 2008

Hotels (15)

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    Cottages at Maushop Village

    The more recently built, privately owned Cottages at Maushop Village, in the New Seabury resort development, are handled by both owners and rental

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    Day's Cottages

    A step up from camping, these accommodations aren’t for everyone; the (nonworking) fireplaces bear graffiti marks from former guests, and the cast-

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    The Mansion at Ocean Edge Resort & Club

    Originally built in 1912 for one of Brewster’s wealthiest residents, the property has 338 recently spruced-up rooms inside a stately stucco mansion

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    Colony of Wellfleet

    The Colony of Wellfleet was originally an art gallery and hostelry for collectors. Ten Modernist cottages with slightly worn Midcentury furnishings

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    Crowne Pointe

    This 19th-century compound centers on a pool and gardens. The clientele is very social (and mostly gay).

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    Cottage Grove

    The hotel's knotty-pine paneling and vintage furnishings channel a Maine camp.

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    A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay

    Little Inn on Pleasant Bay in South Orleans is down the road next to a cranberry bog, and sits high on a hill with fantastic views of the shoreline

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    Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

    On a sailboat-filled inlet, the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, on Pleasant Bay, is Chatham’s other top place to stay. A 1740’s Colonial with lanter

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    Captain's House Inn

    Captain’s House Inn feels like a village unto itself; besides its captain’s cottage, there’s a Greek Revival mansion and converted stables.

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    Belfry Inne

    In the center of Sandwich, the Belfry Inne occupies three restored buildings, including a former church and the Painted Lady, a turreted 1882 Victo

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    Wings Neck Lighthouse

    Once run by the Coast Guard to protect boats navigating the Cape Cod Canal, the Wings Neck Lighthouse, in Pocasset, can now be booked by families o

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    Inn on the Sound

    On a clear day you can see Martha’s Vineyard from the ten-room Inn on the Sound, atop a bluff in Falmouth Heights.

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    Crow's Nest Resort

    Facing the beach and Cape Cod Bay, all 21 bright suites at the Crow’s Nest Resort have kitchens, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and unobstructed views o

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    Chatham Bars Inn

    The clapboard Chatham Bars Inn, in Chatham, was the first luxury hotel on Cape Cod and is still its toniest address, with prices (and a bit of atti

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    Brass Key Guesthouse

    This 19th-century compound centers on a pool and gardens. The clientele is very social (and mostly gay).

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Restaurants (38)

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    Wellfleet Beachcomber

    What It’s Like: The “Combah,” as it’s affectionately called by Cape locals, earned its spot in the annals of destination dining when it opened

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    Mattakeese Wharf

    The local seafood shack has outdoor tables set alongside boat slips.

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    Landfall

    Constructed with wood salvaged from shipwrecks, the structure is built right over the water. Have a drink on the deck, with the water lapping under

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    Sweet Tomatoes

    Fresh dough made daily is part of Sweet Tomatoes, Inc.’s recipe for a great Neapolitan-style, thin-crust pizza. Their location on Route 6A in Sandw

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    Ristorante Barolo

    Straight out of the North End of Boston, the restaurant is a red-sauce restaurant in a hard-to-find office complex courtyard.

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    Buca's Tuscan Roadhouse

    The eatery serves solid—as its name would suggest—Tuscan food like roasted organic chicken with fennel, garlic, sage, and olives.

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    Abbicci

    The renovations at the iconic restaurant set some locals grumbling that it now resembles a gallery in New York City. But the food is still top-notc

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    The Cape Sea Grille

    Although the dining room itself-set in a former sea captain’s house-could use a facelift, the food delivers. Try the seared sea scallops with scall

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    Wicked Oyster

    Wicked Oyster's breakfast and coffee bar (available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is one of the eatery's most popular attractions. The restaurant has hard

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    Catch of the Day

    The fresh seafood at this restaurant on Route 6 in South Wellfleet comes from its very own on-site fish market. Peter and Diane Hall, who also own

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    Terra Luna

    It’s worth the wait for a table at Terra Luna in North Truro, where Raina Stefani serves up creative concoctions like ancho-and-coffee–rubbed New Y

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    Townsend Lobster & Seafood

    Townsend Lobster & Seafood owner, Chris Townsend, runs lobster-catching tours on his fishing boat.

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    Relish

    This pun-loving destination is a high-end but cool bakery and sandwich shop.

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    Lobster Pot

    The neon-lit exterior of the Lobster Pot, in Provincetown, makes it an often-photographed spot. Order the lobster as God intended it—steamed, with

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    Front Street

    Set in the basement of a Victorian house, Provincetown’s Front Street is owned by Donna Aliperti and Kathleen Cotter, who can usually be seen in th

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Activities (60)

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    North Beach

    North Beach is the topic of Henry Beston’s Outermost House and Tim Wood’s Breakthrough: The Story of Chatham’s North Beach. A flat strip of barrier

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    Jules Besch Stationers

    Set in an old Victoria home, the stationary shop has a vast and well-edited selection of cards and journals.

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    Continuum

    The tiny cottage is crammed with every kind of antique lamp imaginable.

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    Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod

    It’s not Napa Valley, but during a tasting you can try some decent wines that are cultivated in the area, plus (for adventurous palates) a special

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    Shining Sea Bike Path

    The four-mile Shining Sea Bike Path, from Falmouth to Woods Hole, follows the ocean and runs through woodlands, marshes, and salt ponds.

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    Sandy Neck Beach

    The six-mile-long, dune-capped Sandy Neck Beach, in West Barnstable and Sandwich, is populated by more piping plovers than people.

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    Race Point Beach

    Onlookers at Provincetown’s Race Point Beach erupt in applause the moment the sun disappears. For the more athletic, bike the 5.2-mile look between

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    The Kite Store

    The colorful display outside the beachfront shop makes for a popular photo spot in P-town.

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    Oolala Home

    The whimsical shop carries affordable housewares and furniture like an Offi birch coffee table for $180.

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    Old Silver Beach

    In North Falmouth, the crescent-shaped Old Silver Beach has calm waters that attract families.

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    Northern Lights Hammock Shop

    This one-room shack carries every kind of hammock imaginable, including crocheted models from Brazil and travel versions that fold up into a backpa

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    Marion's Pie Shop

    Located on Main Street in West Chatham, this little gray cedar, cottage-style shop with a blue awning and front porch has a big customer following

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    Jobi Pottery

    Jobi Pottery, in Truro, has been making its retro pieces, decorated with small black fish, since 1953.

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    Dr. Gravity Kite Shop

    A popular stop for visitors on the way to Cape Cod, this colorful kite shop is located on Route 28 in the village of Harwichport. The windows of th

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    Craigville Beach

    Craigville Beach, the place to see and be seen in Hyannis, is sometimes called Muscle Beach for its concentration of buff beachgoers.

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