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Dennis

Dennis Village • Dennisport • East Dennis • West Dennis • South Dennis

Things to do

The Cape Cod Museum of Art (www.ccmoa.org, 508-385-4477) celebrates the glorious Cape landscape and the artists who interpret it. The museum has come a long way from its early days in a rented storefront to the regional art center it is today. Lectures, classes, film programs, and a variety of changing exhibits make the museum a special place to visit any time of year. Upcoming exhibits in 2011 include Silvestro Pistolesi’s Frescoes of the Church of the Transfiguration, a collection of the detailed drawings, and colored sketches of the Orleans church’s frescoes Pistolesi created.

For a sweeping view of Cape Cod Bay, climb the stairs of Scargo Tower, located off Scargo Hill Road. The 30-foot cobblestone tower perched on the 160-foot-tall Scargo Hill dates back to 1901. It sits above Scargo Lake, which has a wide shelf of shallow water, making it a popular spot for fly fishing.

Beach it

Chapin Memorial Beach, on the north side of Dennis on Cape Cod Bay, has calm water and tidal flats that stretch seemingly forever, making it an ideal spot for clam digging and four-wheel driving. Fishermen love it at high tide, when striped bass move in to feed along the marsh grass. This is Cape Cod beaching at its best.

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Donna Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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