Two days in Dennis—a Cape Cod photo essay
In the village, we bumped into brothers-in-law Steve Bober of South Carolina and Ken Roberge of Dennis Port, who were chatting while waiting for their wives. “I think it’s unique and lovely,” Bober says of Dennis, “and I love the seafood.” Bober says he’s especially keen on the Lobster Roll Cruises offered in Sesuit Harbor. “I’ve been to Dennis three or four times,” he says, “and I’ve been on a Lobster Roll Cruise three or four times.” Roberge, who moved to Dennis in 2003 to better enjoy the beaches and golf, cited a few of his favorite eateries in town, including Kream ‘N Kone and Clancy’s Restaurant. “Grumpy’s Restaurant,” he adds, “has the best lunch—and they have the largest breakfast menu I’ve ever seen.”
Many locals we met also recommended The Marshside, so when dinnertime came we headed right for it. For an appetizer, we tried the Sesuit Sassy Shrimp, and for an entrée, the Chioggia Beet Salad. The food was delicious and attractively plated, but best of all were the stunning views of the marsh that patrons can enjoy through the large windows. At sunset, the grasses were a palette of light greens and burnt yellows, and we watched as a crane attempted to find its own meal. Also of note, The Marshside’s staff was amiable and accommodating. “I love Dennis, are you kidding me,” says Barbara Robinson, the restaurant’s front-of-house manager. “It’s a nice community. There’s a lot of culture in this town.” Staffer Nicole Terasconi adds that when compared to Yarmouth, she thinks Dennis has the better golf courses and beaches.
We’ll leave that for readers to decide. What is beyond dispute, however, is the beauty and serenity one can enjoy at West Dennis Beach. Located at the town’s southwestern tip, the beach is long and thin, and there’s plenty of room to spread out. One couple we spoke with who chose to remain anonymous—we’ll call them Dennis and Denise—rattled off a list of the beach’s charms: the parking lot is large, they said, and you can usually find a space; it’s a nice spot for families and seniors because you can park close to the beach; it’s a wonderful area for walkers; and it’s known for its cool breezes and manageable surf. As a result, West Dennis Beach is a popular spot for kiteboarding, and we were happy to observe a few 20-somethings riding the wind across the waves.
Wrapping up our time in Dennis, we steered our way to The Ocean House, where co-owner Janet Hart-Barbato gave us a tour of the property. She showed us the restaurant with its magnificent views of the Sound, and the outdoor beach bar where we watched a bartender prepare blueberry lemon drops and other summery cocktails. In the courtyard, the staff was preparing for a rehearsal dinner, and the guests began to congregate. A long Tuscan-style table was set with attractive lights and seating for 100. It was warm, and the breeze coming off the water made it a perfect setting to dine, relax and celebrate al fresco
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