2013 Best of Cape & Islands Winners

The BEST of Cape Cod & the Islands - Cape Cod Life 2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winners....

Since 1993, Cape Cod Life has dedicated the pages of our June issue to answering one enduring question: Where can you find the best? And every year since, we have been humbled by the response from our readership.

After much tallying and tabulating, here are the results: the best restaurants, the best shops and boutiques, the best places to buy a special gift, and the best places to enjoy the natural gifts given to all of us on the Cape and Islands.

We’re glad so many of our readers shared their favorites with us and made their voices heard. After all, when you’re surrounded by the best, what’s the point in keeping it a secret?

2013 Photo Contest Winners



Gold  | Sandwich Antiques Center, Sandwich

Silver | Antique Asylum, Bourne


Gold  | Cupcake Charlie’s, Mashpee

Silver | Pie in the Sky, Woods Hole


Gold  | Old Silver Beach, North Falmouth

Silver | Falmouth Heights Beach, Falmouth

Bed & Breakfast/Inn

Gold  | Belfry Inne&Bistro, Sandwich

Silver | The Palmer House Inn, Falmouth

Bike Store

Gold  | Art’s Bike Shop, North Falmouth

Silver | Corner Cycle, Falmouth


Gold  | Titcomb’s Bookshop, East Sandwich

Silver | Eight Cousins, Falmouth


Gold  | Marshland Restaurant, Sandwich

Silver | Moonakis Cafe, East Falmouth

Candy Shop

Gold  | Ghelfi’s Candies of Cape Cod, Falmouth & Mashpee

Silver | Ben&Bill’s Chocolate Emporium, Falmouth

Children’s Shop

Gold  | Caline for Kids, Falmouth

Silver | Kaleidoscope Toys, Falmouth


Gold  | Quahog Republic, Falmouth

Silver | Chart Room, Cataumet

Coffee Shop

Gold  | Coffee Obsession, Falmouth

Silver | The Daily Brew Coffee House, Cataumet

Day Spa

Gold  | Beach Plum Spa, Sandwich

Silver | Epiphany Skin Spa, Sandwich

Ethnic Restaurant

Gold  | Añejo Mexican Bistro, Falmouth

Silver | La Cucina Sul Mare, Falmouth

Family Dining 

Gold  | Wicked Restaurant and Wine Bar, Mashpee

Silver | Bobby Byrne’s Restaurant & Pub, Mashpee

Farm Stand 

Gold  | Crow Farm, Sandwich

Silver | Jack In the Beanstalk, Falmouth

Fine Arts Gallery

Gold  | Osborn & Rugh Gallery, Falmouth

Silver | Jan Collins Selman Fine Arts, Falmouth

Fine Dining

Gold  | The Glass Onion, Falmouth

Silver | Bleu, Mashpee

Flower Shop

Gold  | Verde Floral Design, Mashpee

Silver | East Sandwich Flower & Gift, East Sandwich

Fried Clams

Gold  | Clam Shack of Falmouth, Falmouth

Silver | Seafood Sam’s, Sandwich

Garden Center

Gold  | Mahoney’s Garden Center, Falmouth

Silver | Scenic Roots, East Sandwich

Gift Shop

Gold  | Uncle Bill’s Country Store, North Falmouth

Silver | Painted Daisies, East Sandwich

Golf Course

Gold  | The Country Club at New Seabury, Mashpee

Silver | Ballymeade Country Club, East Falmouth

Gym / Wellness Center

Gold  | Fitness Directions, Falmouth

Silver | The Fitness Company for Women, Mashpee

Hair Salon

Gold  | Headlines Salon and Day Spa, Falmouth

Silver | Great Lengths Hair Salon, Sandwich

Ice Cream

Gold  | Twin Acres Ice Cream Shoppe, Sandwich

Silver | Somerset Creamery, Cataumet

Kid’s Activity

Gold  | Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee

Silver | Dramafun!, Sandwich


Gold  | Café Chew, Sandwich

Silver | Chart Room, Cataumet

Men’s Clothing

Gold  | Puritan Cape Cod, Falmouth

Silver | MOCEAN, Mashpee


Gold  | Tides Motel of Falmouth, Falmouth

Silver | Earl of Sandwich Motel, Sandwich


Gold  | Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich

Silver | Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich


Gold  | Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub, Falmouth

Silver | Courtyard Restaurant & Pub, Cataumet

Outdoor Dining

Gold  | Chart Room, Cataumet

Silver | Flying Bridge Restaurant, Falmouth

Park or Nature Area

Gold  | Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich

Silver | The Knob, Falmouth

Picnic Spot

Gold  | Cape Cod Canal

Silver | The Knob, Falmouth


Gold  | Paul’s Pizza & Seafood, Falmouth

Silver | Wicked Restaurant&Wine Bar, Mashpee

Place for Cocktails

Gold  | Chart Room, Cataumet

Silver | Añejo Mexican Bistro, Falmouth

Place for a Wedding

Gold  | Popponesset Inn, Mashpee

Silver | Coonamessett Inn, Falmouth

Rainy Day Activity

Gold  | The Lanes Bowl & Bistro, Mashpee

Silver | Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich

Raw Bar

Gold  | Marketplace Raw Bar, Popponesset

Silver | Falmouth Raw Bar, Falmouth


Gold  | Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Falmouth

Silver | The Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa, Sandwich

Restaurant Reachable by Boat

Gold  | Chart Room, Cataumet

Silver | Flying Bridge Restaurant, Falmouth

Romantic Restaurant

Gold  | Belfry Inne & Bistro, Sandwich

Silver | Trevi, Mashpee


Gold  | Café Chew, Sandwich

Silver | Uncommon Cafe, Mashpee

Seafood Restaurant

Gold  | Seafood Sam’s, Sandwich

Silver | Lobster Trap Co., Inc., Bourne

Shop for Arts & Crafts

Gold  | Woodruff’s Art Center, Mashpee

Silver | Collections Gallery, Sandwich

Shop for Jewelry

Gold  | Robert E. Guertin Jeweler, Inc., Sandwich

Silver | Heart of Stone, Sandwich

Shop for the Home

Gold  | Casabella, East Sandwich

Silver | Paine’s Patio, Bourne

Sunset View

Gold  | Old Silver Beach, Falmouth

Silver | Cape Cod Canal


Gold  | Peking Palace, Falmouth

Silver | Asia Sushi Bar & Asian Cuisine, Mashpee

Walking or Bike Path

Gold  | Shining Sea Bike Path, Falmouth

Silver | Cape Cod Canal

Waterview Restaurant   

Gold   | Flying Bridge Restaurant, Falmouth

Silver | Chart Room, Cataumet

Wine List

Gold  | Bleu, Mashpee

Silver | Trevi, Mashpee

Women’s Clothing 

Gold  | Maxwell & Co., Falmouth

Silver | MOCEAN, Mashpee

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