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Our 20 BEST OF Years…and Counting!

Best of Years

This summer,  Cape Cod Life is celebrating the 20th anniversary of our Best Of Readers’ Awards poll.

Since 1992, we’ve reached out to our readers for their Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket favorites. In our first Best Of issue, voters mailed back paper ballots with hand-written choices for attractions, beaches, and restaurants in just 16 categories. This spring, the voting is completely digital and the categories have expanded considerably to include 50 categories for everything under the sun.

Part of the fun of working for Cape Cod Life is that we frequently hear from longtime readers who tell us that they have saved every single copy of Cape Cod Life since our first issue hit the streets in 1979. Just two weeks ago, we received a new collection of magazines, all carefully piled in liquor store boxes.

We also have received some fun vintage Cape Cod Life Best Of items  this year, including—believe it or not—a paper ballot from a saved 1995 issue (shown left), carefully filled in with pink ink. George Eckstrom of Cataumet’s Post Office laughed when he handed the paper ballot to Judy Shortsleeve, our publisher’s wife.

“You won’t believe what came in the mail for Cape Cod Life,” said George, who graciously said that Cape Cod Life did not have to pay for the postage due on a long expired postal permit.

As part of our annual Best Of issue, we also showcase our Best Of Photography winners. This year we had so many digital entries in all three Seascapes, Cape Characters, and Photographer’s Choice categories, that it took our art director weeks just to separate the photographs by category. It is always a real pleasure for us to see the beauty that photographers from around the country have captured on visits to the Cape and Islands. 

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About

Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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