Alberto's Ristorante, Caleb Haynes

Photo by Charles Sternaimolo

Make your next reservation . . . on Main Street

Hungry? If so, Main Street has a lot to offer. We enjoyed a great kick-starter breakfast at The Egg & I, coffee at Rendezvous Café & Creperie, and a lobster-roll lunch at the Federated Church of Hyannis, which was celebrating its 58th year of Fridays-in-summer fundraisers. There, we met two Hyannis residents, Geri Brown and Betsy Hendricks. “I like the improvements that have been made [to Main Street], Brown says. “I think it’s very welcoming, not just to tourists but to families as well.”

Hendricks says she loves the flowers on Main Street, and the food at Alberto’s Ristorante. Taking her lead, we dined at Alberto’s that night, savoring some sangria, chicken and eggplant Parmesan, and the attractive views from the patio.

All along the waterfront

A brief walk through the Village Green, or down Ocean, brings us to the lively Hyannis waterfront. Here, travelers hop on ferries to both Nantucket and the Vineyard and it’s a busy, exciting scene. We met Allan Hansen of Chicago, who had just returned from Nantucket, and was happy as a clam. “Just like the brochure said it would be,” he says.

The area has much to offer within walking distance of the ferries, including great seafood restaurants, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, the pastel-colored HyArts Artist Shanties, and Aselton Park. On Tuesday and Friday nights in July and August, free concerts are performed in the park. We took note—for we were in town on a Friday.

A couple of Cape Cod characters

Simply put, there are many fun and interesting folks on Main Street. At Cape Cod Harley Davidson, we met Karen Luby-Drew. She says the store draws visitors from around the world. “They want the shirts that say ‘Cape Cod’ on them,” she says. “It’s very nice to meet people from all over—we have all kinds on Main Street.”

Across the street at the Joke Shop, we met employees Grant Sherman and Cameron Pierce. They modeled the store’s popular “Billy Bob” hat featuring wild “Billy Bob” hair. “The joke shop is unique,” Cameron says, “because it brings in all walks of life.” Grant adds that in 2015 a group of monks stopped in and tried on a few masks, and that was quite a sight.

These guys really took us for a ride

While on Main Street, we regularly observed and heard the Cape Cod Duckmobiles tour going by, so we had to try it. On the entertaining and informative tour—which brings passengers along Main, down Ocean Street to the water, into and around the harbor, and back—driver Paul Frongillo and narrator Amanda Ross were a comedy team rivaling Laurel and Hardy. “Let’s see if this old duck starts,” Frongillo said while turning the key. “Yes! Once again into the breach!”

En route, Ross informed us that Main Street boasts 242 shops including 42 restaurants. As the boat entered the water, she announced that “emergency snorkels” were available up front. “And,” Frongillo added, “there’s just about enough for everybody.”

A nightcap at the Beech Tree—and Behram Haliti

Busy during the day, Main Street really comes alive when the sun goes down. We stopped at the Beech Tree Cantina and sat at the one-of-a-kind outdoor bar that’s built around and below a magnificent beech. What a spot—and the margaritas were tasty, too.

Moving on, we saw a crowd outside Wackenhammer’s Clockwork Arcade & Carousel. In summer, the place is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and we noticed the colorful carousel was never short on riders. Vendors were set up nearby, including Behram Haliti of Kosovo, who was selling colorful bubble makers. Here for the summer, Haliti said he was enjoying his time in Hyannis; meanwhile, a dog passing by was fascinated by the bubbles, and did his best to have them for dinner. The point of playing real money casino games is to play at the best real money casino sites online, hoping that you can somehow win some cash.

Main Street Hyannis Photo Gallery

Photography by Charles Sternaimolo

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