2017 Life Annual Guide: Upper Cape
With a rich history, beautiful natural scenery, and a shopping mecca known Cape-wide, Mashpee truly offers something for everyone.
According to the Massachusetts Studies Project, Mashpee is one of just 15 towns in the Bay State with a Native American name. After King Phillips War, many Wampanoag Indians were resettled to a reservation in Sandwich, and in 1870 that area was incorporated as the town of Mashpee. Today, many Mashpee Wampanoag still call the area home, and the tribe maintains its headquarters on Great Neck Road. The Old Indian Meetinghouse is an architectural gem on Meetinghouse Lane, and the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum on Route 130 offers exhibits on the tribe’s history and legacy, featuring tools, weapons, and a canoe.
Near to the museum, Mashpee Community Park is a nice spot for a picnic lunch, and free concerts are performed at the bandstand on Tuesday nights in summer. Nearby, the Lowell Holly Reservation is a picturesque peninsula that juts into and divides Wakeby and Mashpee Ponds. The area features 3-1/2 miles of walking trails as well as Attaquin Park Beach, a peaceful area for swimming, sunbathing, and shooting hoops. South Cape Beach is another popular draw with sandy shores, a boardwalk over the dunes, and captivating views of Nantucket Sound.
With neighborhoods on both sides of Route 151, Mashpee Commons is a collection of more than 100 businesses and it’s always buzzing. Between retail outlets, clothing and accessory boutiques, and home décor stores, one can spend an entire day exploring. The Black Dog, Vineyard Vines, and Maiden Voyage are just a few of the popular stores. Mashpee Commons also has a movie theater, multiple coffee shops, and The Lanes Bowl & Bistro.
Hungry? Try Trevi for flavorful tapas, or savor a glass of red or white from the robust wine selection. Two minutes away, Oak & Ember Whiskey Bar & Grill in South Cape Village has more than 100 varieties of whiskey, scotch, and bourbon, and is known for its steaks, burgers, and seasonal specialties.
Looking for a place to stay?
These stately suites are hard to beat
Situated alongside Ashumet Pond in Mashpee, with white picket fences and paths that meander through peaceful gardens, the Alexander Hamilton House makes for a quiet escape for couples and families.
Guests can choose between two distinctive suites. For a romantic getaway couples often opt for the Carriage Suite, which offers a king-size bed, double whirlpool tub, and wood-burning fireplace. The Family Suite has two large bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed and a single bed, and can accommodate two couples traveling together or a family of up to six. Robes and a continental breakfast are provided.
The B&B also welcomes properly behaved four-legged friends. “We back up to the water with a private beach on the pond, and it’s great for dogs,” says Steve Lefton, who opened the inn in 2006 with his wife, the late Barbara Notarius. For an all-around view, check out the snazzy, 360-degree videos of the guest suites on the B&B’s website.
The Alexander Hamilton House
9 Horseshoe Bend Way, Mashpee
914-434-3075 • alexanderhamiltonhousecapecod.com
~Marina Davalos, Ashley Owen
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