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A Look at Some of Dennis Port's Best Patios
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Thursday, May 20, 2021

Visiting Cape Cod in the summer often means spending large chunks of your time outdoors. There's a good reason for staying outside, as the region usually has lovely weather in the warmest months of the year with more than enough beaches, bike paths, and hiking trails to keep you occupied.

There's more good news, too, as the Cape has an active patio scene in the summer with all types of restaurants getting in on the action.

In Dennis Port, there are outdoor dining areas everywhere, thanks mainly to the community's location overlooking Nantucket Sound.

Here's a look at some of the community's most popular patios that you might want to check out during your Cape Cod vacation.

The Ocean House Beach Bar

One of the more scenic patios anywhere on Cape Cod is the Ocean House Beach Bar. This venue sits directly on Nantucket Sound, offering unobstructed views over the ocean that few other bars or restaurants can match. The bar area has televisions, too, if you want to catch the game in style.

After arriving at the Beach Bar, you'll find an extensive drink menu featuring craft cocktails, local beer, and a decent selection of wine. You can order food from the Ocean House Restaurant, too, if you're in the mood for a meal.

The Sailing Cow

Also overlooking Nantucket Sound is The Sailing Cow, a Southern-style restaurant sitting across from Glendon Road Beach. This restaurant is a great place to head for lunch if you're spending your day by the sand, and it has daily specials on things like chicken wings, oysters, margaritas, and draft beer.

The patio at The Sailing Cow isn't the area's most prominent, but its views of the water make it well worth a visit. It's also worth noting that the venue has live music on weekends, so you can spend your afternoon on the patio before venturing inside to catch a band in the evening.

The DogHouse

Following Glendon Road north from The Sailing Cow takes you to The DogHouse, a unique takeout counter specializing in hot dogs. You'll find pretty much any type of hot dog you can imagine at The DogHouse, and they have varieties that you've probably never heard of before, as well.

In addition to hot dogs, you can grab hamburgers, lobster rolls, tacos, salads, fries, and chicken at this roadside vendor, and its patio is full of picnic tables that create a unique atmosphere as you enjoy your food. They have local beer and iced coffee, too, so you can grab a drink while you soak up some sun.

Cleat and Anchor

The Cleat and Anchor is a tavern and restaurant on Lower County Road with a lively patio that turns into a beer garden experience on summer nights. Locals and visitors alike gather in the outdoor area for bar games, drinks, and a festive atmosphere.

As for the menu, you'll find an extensive tap list that focuses on craft beer at the Cleat and Anchor, in addition to wine, cider, and cocktails. The dinner menu has a bit of everything, including house-smoked BBQ dishes, sandwiches, pasta, steak, chicken, seafood, soups, salads, and burgers.

If you're looking for a weekend brunch, you can stop by the venue between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Saturday or Sunday for quiche, crepes, eggs benny, chicken and waffles, and breakfast burritos.

It's never a bad time on the patio at the Cleat and Anchor, which is perhaps why its outdoor area is so popular.

Clancy's Restaurant

The patio at Clancy's Restaurant is far more serene than at the Cleat and Anchor, but it's incredibly scenic and a calming location to stop for a meal or a couple of drinks. That's because the venue's outdoor area overlooks the Swan Pond River, making it a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.

The menu at Clancy's is massive, offering a selection of American-style classics like burgers, sandwiches, and chicken wings. There's also some Cape-style cuisine, such as fried clams, baked scallops, a raw bar, and fish and chips, and you can even grab a lobster roll, lobster salad, or lobster dinner at the restaurant.

You can choose between a beer, some wine, or a craft cocktail, including some frozen options, at Clancy's, too, which is a nice touch if you're looking for a patio in the sun to enjoy a drink or two.

Checking Out Some of Cape Cod's Patios

Dennis Port is a popular destination with the Cape's guests because there's so much activity in the area. The patio scene is a significant part of this activity because it provides the opportunity to stay outdoors while enjoying some food and drinks at a high-end restaurant.

There's likely a patio that's easily accessible from your Cape Cod vacation rental, so search around and find the ideal one to visit.

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Where to Go for a Jog on Your Cape Cod Vacation
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Jogging on Cape Cod

Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you have to take a break from fitness. Luckily, Cape Cod has some of the country's most scenic places to jog, giving you all kinds of options when heading out for a run.

Some of the more popular places to jog include the Cape Cod Rail Trail, the Shining Sea Bikeway, and the Cape Cod Canal. While there's nothing wrong with these scenic, paved paths, there are countless other locations that allow you to explore areas you otherwise wouldn't see.

Here are some highly recommended places to go for a jog on the Cape.

Two Runs Near the Dennis Waterfront

Dennis has a couple of great places to run, starting with Old Wharf Road in Dennis Port. You can start your trek at the municipal parking lot on Chase Avenue before heading to Old Wharf Road and following it to Haigis Beach. The entire run is along the ocean, and there's a nice shoulder the whole way to keep you safe. The jog is about five miles round-trip, and there's a beach at each end where you can cool off.

It's also worth checking out Davis Beach Road in West Dennis. You can begin your journey on Old Country Road, taking Lighthouse Road through a salt marsh before reaching West Dennis Beach. Davis Beach Road extends along West Dennis Beach and continues to the Bass River's mouth, providing a scenic lookout and some trails to explore. This run is also about five miles long.

Five Miles in Hyannis

Downtown Hyannis is a must-see for any visitor to Cape Cod, if for no other reason than its history with the Kennedy family. There's a tremendous five-mile jogging loop through the heart of this vibrant area that takes you past the JFK Hyannis Museum, Veterans Park, and a couple of great beaches.

You can start your run on Main Street, taking the Walkway to the Sea through Hyannis Village Green and getting onto Ocean Street. Once on Ocean Street, you'll follow it past Veterans Park to its endpoint at Kalmus Beach. You can then turn around and retrace your steps before turning onto Harbor Bluff Road, just north of Veterans Park.

You'll then follow a track with stretches on Old Fish Hill Road, Bay Shore Road, Daisy Bluff Road, and Channel Point Road, bringing you to the Hyannis Inner Harbor.

You can then dash around the Harbor before returning to Main Street at the end of your run.

This jog is excellent because it takes you through the bustling village center, some residential neighborhoods, and some beaches, giving you a nice cross-section of life in Hyannis.

Falmouth Waterfront

Falmouth is a great place to jog because it's home to the Shining Sea Bikeway. However, if you want to explore a different location, Falmouth has you covered.

One great jogging track starts at Nobska Beach in Woods Hole and ends up at Surf Drive Beach near downtown Falmouth. It's three miles each way, but it's well worth the journey because of the beautiful terrain you'll cover. 

Starting from Nobska Beach, you'll run on Church Street and Nobska Road along the ocean. From there, you can enter the Shining Sea Bikeway for a short distance before coming to Surf Drive near Falmouth Beach. The jog along Surf Drive is incredibly scenic because it's entirely along the water.

Another great run in Falmouth is on Grand Avenue and Menauhant Avenue along Nantucket Sound. You can begin this run at Falmouth Heights Beach and complete it at Menauhant Town Beach, passing marinas, ponds, and residential neighborhoods along the way. This route is nearly seven miles round-trip, so it'll take you some time to finish.

Downtown Chatham

You'll surely want to visit Chatham during your time on the Cape, and going for a run through town allows you to cover a lot of ground.

Starting on Main Street, you can head north on Shore Road, taking you past the Chatham Fish Pier, with its North Beach Island views. From there, you'll turn south on Old Harbor Road, which goes back through the heart of town, before taking Bridge Street and Morris Island Road out to a residential area where you'll experience views of Monomoy Island.

This run is great because it'll take you through historic neighborhoods and plenty of scenic waterfront locations, helping you to see much of Chatham in a single day.

Province Land Dunes

The Province Land Dunes make up one of the more unique landscapes on the Cape. There's a multi-use trail through the heart of the area that runs through dunes and forests and past cranberry bogs before finishing up at Race Point Beach on the Cape Cod National Seashore.

You can pick the pathway up at various points, but if you choose to jog the entire course, it's 5.5 miles long. The spectacular view of the ocean at the end of the run is reason enough to give this section of paved pathway a try on your Cape Cod vacation.

Plenty of Places to Run

This list is just a starting point for the beautiful places to jog on Cape Cod. Your options are endless, as many visitors choose to run on the beaches or through the trail systems surrounding the region's kettle ponds, as well.

No matter what type of running you're into, the Cape has a location for you. Pack your running shoes, shorts, and mp3 player because you're sure to cover some new ground on your next vacation.

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Which Cape Cod Towns Have the Best Nightlife?
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, September 23, 2019

Cape COd Nightlife

Taking a vacation on Cape Cod means plenty of time in the sun, great dining options, and access to some of the country's most scenic oceanside areas.

But what do you do at night?

If you're into hitting the town during your vacation, you'll have plenty of options all over Cape Cod, as the area has plenty of bars that cater to all tastes.

Here are some of the towns that have particular lively nightlife scenes for you to enjoy.


Provincetown Has Everything

The race for the best nightlife on Cape Cod isn't really much of the contest, as Provincetown is the undisputed leader in this regard. Pretty much everything in Ptown is situated on Commercial Street and Bradford Street, and despite the area's reputation, there is something for everyone here.

If you're into having a quiet pint or two, stop by the Nor'East Beer Garden or Provincetown Brewing Company, both of which serve craft beer.

For a wilder time, the Crown & Anchor is an entertainment complex with multiple bars, including a piano bar, pool bar, cabaret, and nightclub. Places like Joon Bar, Aqua Bar, and the Harbor Lounge offer elegant atmospheres and sophisticated cocktail menus. They also provide great views of the water. There are also dive bars like the Old Colony Tap and The Underground, and karaoke at Governor Bradford Restaurant. Provincetown has something for everyone, which is why it's the top nightlife location on Cape Cod.


Live Music in Dennis

Those who aren't staying near Provincetown and still want to get out and enjoy their evenings will have options up and down the Cape. Dennis, for example, has a few great places to visit, starting with Sundancer's, which sits on Main Street in West Dennis. Have a look at the calendar of events at Sundancer's because there is live music every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer, and sometimes on other nights, too.

Dennis Port is home to The Improper Bostonian, which is another live music venue offering concerts throughout the week. They also feature a popular happy hour in the evenings, and karaoke whenever they don't have a musical act. Also in Dennis Port is the Sand Dollar Bar and Grill, which offers live entertainment seven days per week, and features karaoke for kids between 5 and 8 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Across the street, you'll find the Cleat & Anchor, a tavern with music every night of the week.

If you're looking for live music, Dennis is the place to be on Cape Cod.


Various Bars in Chatham

In Chatham, the Chatham Squire is a local meeting place that you'll want to check out. This venue is a restaurant during the day, but at night it comes alive with music, karaoke, or a DJ until late at night. Chatham Squire feels like a bit of a dive, but it's a lively place to spend a night during your Cape Cod vacation.

Chatham Wine Bar & Restaurant is a quieter place with an elegant dining room and a bistro terrace with fireplaces. The terrace is a relaxing place to hang out after dinner with a glass of fine wine from the bar. Chatham Wine Bar isn't a party venue, but rather a tranquil place to finish your day. The Red Nun offers a pub-style menu and has an outdoor dining area that is a hit with guests. You'll find live music and karaoke here on weekends, and they always have the game on if you're looking for somewhere to watch the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, or Celtics.


Hyannis For a Night

The heart of downtown Hyannis on Main Street is one of the busiest areas on Cape Cod, so it should come as no surprise that there is some nightlife there, as well. The British Beer Company, Embargo, and Torino are steps from each other, and all offer nightly entertainment throughout the summer.

At the British Beer Company, you'll find a pub-style menu, along with a diverse beer list and live music. They also have open mic nights, karaoke, musical bingo, and trivia at this trendy venue.

Across the street is Embargo, an elegant restaurant that turns into a nightclub with a DJ and dance floor at night. There are also tapas, martinis, and live jazz at this venue. Torino is a popular place to head for dinner and some drinks in the evening, but the party lasts well into the night thanks to its live entertainment. The outdoor bar is also incredibly popular in the summer because you can enjoy some drinks while remaining part of Main Street's bustling atmosphere.


Lots of Choices on the Cape

Can't make up your mind on where to go tonight? Well, you have time to try a few of Cape Cod's top nightlife destinations during your time here. Have a look at each venue's events calendar to figure out when the best time to visit is, and make your choice based on what you feel like doing.

The great news is that you'll never be short on nightlife options, no matter where you're staying on the Cape

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