Cape Cod Guide 2010: Where to Eat, Stay & Play

 

BEST PLACE TO SHOP
Old King’s Highway
The stretch of Route 6A from Sandwich to Brewster offers many of the finest antiques shops, art galleries, and gift stores on the Cape. Some are nestled in old ship captain’s houses along the scenic route; others cluster around points of interest, like the Cape Playhouse in Dennis Village. Highlights include Titcomb’s Bookshop, the Glass Studio on Cape Cod, Gallery Gourmet, and Painted Daisies in East Sandwich; Harvest of Barnstable in Yarmouth Port; Armchair Cottage and Barn & Co. in Dennis; and Lemon Tree Village and Countryside Antiques in Brewster.

BEST SEAFOOD SHACK
Arnold’s
If you’re looking for a harborside hole in the wall, this isn’t it. There’s an ever-present line out the door, an ice cream stand out back, and (clam shack purists, cover your ears) a mini golf course. But Arnold’s has lasted 30 years for good reason, namely the perfectly fried clams, giant lobster rolls, and craveable crisp onion rings. (And we mean craveable: Arnold’s serves 2,000 pounds of rings each week.) Go before you’re actually hungry, wait out the line, and be rewarded with heaping baskets of summery deliciousness. 3580 State Hwy. (Rte. 6), Eastham, 508-255-2575, arnoldsrestaurant.com.

BEST PLACE TO RIDE A BIKE, UPPER CAPE
Shining Sea Bikeway
Falmouth went native when it named its bike path for a line in "America the Beautiful," which was written by hometown daughter Katherine Lee Bates. The paved and blessedly hill-free route does indeed run right along the "shining sea," and has long been a fave of both residents and visitors. Last year the trail got even better, with an expansion that tripled its length: It now runs a total of 10.7 miles, from northwest Falmouth throughthe town center and down into a parking lot at the Steamship Authority’s docks in Woods Hole. Free parking at County road lot, just off RoUTE 151, North Falmouth.

BEST GOLF COURSE
Ocean Edge
Although many of the Cape’s noteworthy courses — Eastward Ho, Wianno, New Seabury, Hyannisport, and Woods Hole, to name a few — are not open to the public, there are great public courses for weekend visitors to enjoy. If you simply want majestic views, check out Highland Links in North Truro or the Brookside Club in Bourne. But serious golfers will love the new, Jack Nicklaus–designed course at Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster. It is formidable terrain, from the undulating hills and deceptive doglegs to the unforgiving deep bunkers. Bring plenty of balls. 2907 Main St., Brewster, 508-896-9000, oceanedge.com.