Cape Cod Rotary
I’ve been visiting Cape Cod for my entire life. Cape Cod is technically an island in Massachusetts, albeit a man made one. The Cape Cod Canal was built in 1914 and is approximately 7 miles long. It connects Cape Cod with Buzzards Bay. The Cape has a rich history of fishing, tourism, and historical figures. Cape Cod incorporates all of Barnstable County, which comprises: Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Harwich, Dennis, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown. “The Cape”, as it is most commonly referred to by the folks that frequent it, is a beautiful landscape filled up some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. People from all over the world, come here during the summer months to get a feel for the gorgeous oceans, fresh and delicious seafood, oh, and of course amazing cocktails.
Beginning when I was around 5 years of age, my parents had a mobile home in a town called Dennis on Cape Cod. I spent my summers here, and every single subsequent summer till I was about 15 years old. Looking back on it as an adult, it was a pretty cool way to spend a summer. We would ride bikes, go to the beach daily, and then use the pool to round out the afternoon. As I got older and made friends back home, and began playing sports, it was harder and harder for me to enjoy what the Cape offered. I’ve recently bought my own home in the same town on The Cape and have been having a ball exploring what all the Cape has to offer. Some of the topics I want to cover in this blog are my favorite restaurants, beaches, and places for live music, all of which can be found on Cape Cod.
The beaches in the town of Dennis are some of the best you will find. Dennis is the only town on the Cape where there is a beach on either side of town. So if you drive to the northern part, you will be able to access the bay side beaches, and if you drive across town to the southern tip, you will access the beaches located right on Nantucket Sound. 2 places I will say are an absolute must. The first is Crowe’s Pasture (https://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XMR016-018) which is located on conservation land. You can drive your 4×4 vehicle right onto the beach! Once the tide rolls out, I can guarantee you one wouldn’t be able to tell whether they are on Cape Cod or a Caribbean island. It is THAT spectacular. Keep your eyes open enoughh and there is a good chance you could see a seal or 2 swim by. The second beach is Mayflower beach which resides on the northern tip. The white sand, calm water, and amazing views make this one of the best beaches in all of New England. Once here, you will find a sunset that is unlike anything you have seen. Beach goers often stay until well past 8pm in an effort to soak up as much of the outdoor beauty as they can!
I’m located in West Dennis which resides on the sound. If you find yourself in West Dennis, stopping by the Sand Bar (https://www.facebook.com/The-Sand-Bar-at-West-Dennis-Beach-261271973981662/), which is located about a quarter mile from West Dennis Beach, is an absolute must! The decor will bring you back to a simpler place in time. Upon entering, you’ll notice the old school wood paneling which is reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s. The Sand Bar sits right on Swan River so the views are spectacular while you enjoy an ice cold beverage, and of course take full advantage of the raw bar located right on the outside patio. Some of the best Oysters I have had in my life, I have ordered right from this bar. If you are here anytime Thursday-Sunday, you can enjoy the live music being put on by a man and his guitar. You’ll hear the classic summer music everyone likes to sing along to from Zac Brown to Jon Bon Jovi. If you see Joey playing the guitar with his patented white beach shirt, tell him you know Danny and want to sing “Livin’ on a Prayer” with him. You won’t regret it!!
After departing The Sand Bar, one final stop you must make is at one of the best kept secrets in Dennis. It’s called Bandera’s Market (https://www.facebook.com/Banderasmarketanddeli/) Upon walking in, ask for Dolly and make sure to order a SMALL meatball sub. Why a small? because the small bread comes on Dolly’s homemade french brad that is simply delectable. Dolly makes her meatballs on a daily basis and they are out of this world. She makes them with part beef, veal, pork, and cheese. A great take for heading to the beach or looking for a quick bite.
Check back again next week as I continue to write about some other hidden gems on Cape Cod and celebrate all things summer!!
Beach goers enjoying summer at Crowe’s Pasture in Dennis,MA