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Paul Sharff

Don’t-miss dining

It’s hard to top the view or the easygoing atmosphere at Clancy’s of Dennisport (, 508-394-6661). The restaurant sits along the Swan River, which meanders peacefully nearby. Clancy’s offers a varied menu with generous portions at reasonable prices, making it an ideal family destination.

For a special night out, head to the Red Pheasant (, 508-385-2133) on Route 6A, where chef owner Bill Atwood has been cooking classic New England cuisine with his creative spin for decades. Housed in a 200-year-old barn, the elegant restaurant features such creations as Duck Confit Shepherd’s Pie and Sautéed Dayboat Scallops with Wild Mushroom Risotto.

For real Cape Cod fun and flavor, don’t miss Captain Frosty’s (, 508-385-8548), also on Route 6A. The fried food, like the hand-cut onion rings, doesn’t weigh you down, leaving room for a luscious soft-serve ice cream from the dairy bar.

Insider’s tip

Perhaps you’ve heard about the variety of theatre productions put on at the Cape Playhouse (, 877-385-3911), which celebrates its 84th season this year, but did you know that some truly legendary stars have walked across its stage? Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, Lana Turner, Gertrude Lawrence, Ginger Rogers, Helen Hayes, Tallulah Bankhead, and Julie Harris all have appeared at the theatre located on Route 6A—with Davis first working there as an usher.

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Donna Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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