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The Perfect Day in Barnstable

From a full array of great shopping choices to secluded beaches and creative dining options, to the Cape’s transportation and commercial hub, the seven unique villages that make up Barnstable have the diversity of an entire region packed into a single community.


Barnstable • Centerville • Cotuit • Hyannis • Hyannisport • Waquoit • Marston Mills • Osterville • West Barnstable


Some things are worth waking up early for, like breakfast at the Sea Street Café (508-534-9129) in Hyannis. French toast, pancakes, eggs, and all the best breakfast dishes are made-to-order. Once you’ve had your fill, walk to the John F. Kennedy Museum (508-790-3077) on Main Street, which showcases the place JFK treasured most. Then cross the street to shop at Puritan Cape Cod (508-775-2400), offering hard-to-find designer fashions and famous coastal lifestyle lines by purveyors like Vineyard Vines.


Stroll up the sidewalk and stop in at award-winning Alberto’s Ristorante (508-778-1770), where there are two outdoor cafés featuring Italian favorites like Mussels Marinara, Amalfi Salad, and Tuna Caprese. Just up Route 28, the Centerville Pie Company (774-470-1406) earned national recognition in 2010 when Oprah called the pies one of her “Ultimate Favorite Things.” Savory, fruit, and cream pies here are unbeatable and that’s just the start. Craigville Beach is close by, and even at high tide, there’s plenty of room for everyone on the expansive sands.



There’s no shortage of entertainment at Hyannis’s Cape Cod Melody Tent (508-775-5630) all summer long. Performers from Don Rickles to Dizzy Gillespie have graced the stage in the Melody Tent’s 62-year history. Either before or after the show, head to the nearby Brazilian Grill (508-771-0109) for traditional and delectable Brazilian barbecue. Cuts of beef, lamb, pork, and chicken are slow-cooked over a wood fire, served on skewers, and carved right at the table.

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Main Street Hyannis, looking east, toward the depot