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The Perfect Day in Mashpee

Long before vacationers came stampeding over the bridges, the Wampanoags called Mashpee home. This community—with more wooded and undeveloped space than any other on Cape Cod—still has a significant Native American presence.



Tucked away in the woods along South Sandwich Road in Mashpee is the Lowell Holly Reservation. Four miles of trails meander through woodlands straddling Mashpee Pond and Wakeby Pond. Visitors can take an eye-opening dip in either pond or drop in kayaks for an early morning paddle. For an energizing breakfast, make your way over to Persy’s Place (508-477-6633) along Route 28. Boasting “New England’s Largest Breakfast & Lunch Menu,” this hearty fare will set you up for any Cape Cod day.


Just off Route 28 you will discover Mashpee’s South Cape Beach (508-457-0495). With clear views of Martha’s Vineyard and miles of beach and trails to walk, it’s easy to lose track of time. Kettle ponds, woodlands, dunes, and a salt marsh make up a vibrant ecosystem. Take a break from the sun at Popponesset Marketplace (508-477-8300), just minutes away in the village of New Seabury, where seashell walkways and window boxes provide a quintessential backdrop for seafood, pizza, and ice cream goodness. Next, stop into the Rebecca O’Donnell Art Gallery (508-477-8057) for seaside works to treasure.



Mashpee Commons (508-477-5400) has long been the town’s upscale commercial center. Fine local shops and sophisticated national retailers provide superlative shopping, the movie theatre is perfect on rainy days, and exciting events draw huge crowds year after year. Fabulous restaurants like Bleu (508-539-7907), Trevi (508-477-0055), Siena (508-477-5929), and Bobby Byrne’s (508-477-0600) bring flavors from all around the world together in this truly one-stop town center.

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The Old Indian Church, Mashpee, Cape Cod, Mass

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