2017 Life Annual Guide: Mid Cape
Bass River • South Yarmouth • West Yarmouth • Yarmouth • Yarmouthport
Yarmouth is a popular community for families and tourists, and anyone looking for a classic Cape experience. The town, which stretches from Cape Cod Bay to Nantucket Sound, offers a variety of attractions and shops, and many great restaurants. Routes 28 and 6A travel east to west through Yarmouth, each offering a wealth of Cape Cod scenery, and there are wonderful beaches—and water views—along both coasts!
Along Route 28 one can take in a round at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, learn about the Cape’s connection to real-life scurvy dogs at the Whydah Pirate Museum, or enjoy an Irish-themed experience at The Cape Cod Irish Village. The Irish Village has 124 guest rooms and the Restaurant & Pub is known for live music and dancing, and great food and drink.
Nearby, The Red Jacket Beach Resort & Spa is a relaxing summer retreat offering parasailing and many other seaside activities. Just across the breakwater, Seagull Beach is a sought-out sunbathing spot with a snack bar, bathhouse, and rinse-off showers. Around town one can also find abundant opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and boating.
A community staple, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on Old Main Street highlights local artistry and performances throughout the year, while the Antiques Center of Yarmouth displays a vast collection of vintage and one-of-a-kind collectibles.
Hungry for more? The Yarmouth House Restaurant offers a delectable dining experience including dynamite food and a giant waterwheel to admire. For an after-dinner treat, head to Cape Cod Creamery for a scoop of Vineyard Vanilla, Bass River Black Raspberry, and other great flavors.
One is likely go get a better sense of the history of Yarmouth (est. 1639) with a visit to the north of town, Yarmouth Port. For starters, the Old Yarmouth Inn dates back more than 300 years—and boasts a historically good Sunday brunch. The titles available at Parnassus Book Service across the street also go back quite a ways, and the Gray’s Beach Boardwalk is a perfect place to reflect on Yarmouth’s history, take in some amazing scenery, and plan your next visit to town.
Looking for a place to stay?
They left corporate world to launch a ‘labor of love’
The Captain Farris House on Cape Cod is sure to make guests feel they’ve embarked on a romantic adventure where past meets present. Originally built circa 1845, this restored Greek Revival home in South Yarmouth, which offers 10 guest rooms, is decorated with world-class antiques including a Waterford chandelier in the dining room. Outside, a path leads visitors from manicured gardens to an attractive gazebo surrounded by lush greenery.
Owners Carol and Jeff Watson bought the inn in March of 2016. “We had dreamed of this for 10 years,” Carol says. “We bought it on a leap of faith.” Carol had worked in corporate America for decades, while Jeff worked in pharmaceutical sales.
Today, the husband-and-wife-team can be found working in the kitchen each day, experimenting with new breakfast offerings. “We don’t just make French toast,” Carol says, “but creme brulee French toast with candied pecans.” She adds that she and Jeff love to make guests feel pampered and special. “It is,” she says, “a labor of love.”
The Captain Farris House on Cape Cod
308 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth
508-760-2818 • captainfarris.com
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