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7 lesser-known stops on Cape Cod

May 11 2020

Can we tell you a secret?

The top spots to visit on the Cape are no secret. They’re what we’re known for — gorgeous beaches, scenic bike paths, awe-inspiring whale watches, fun mini-golf courses — but there are some places that are known by few except the locals. We want to share some of these beloved secrets with you so you can feel like a local yourself!

1.) English Weeping Beech Tree
behind the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, Yarmouthport

Step under the 70’ canopy into an enchanted space of peace and serenity. Nearly 150 years old, this is one of the only of its kind on Cape Cod. While you’re there, be sure to stop into the Captain Bangs Hallet House ­Museum for a peak at the stunning oil painting of our namesake clipper ship The Red Jacket by artist Axel William ­Torgerson.

Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum

2.) Marsh Island & Bass River

Just a short drive from any of our resorts, Bass River separates the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis. Rent a kayak or paddle board and explore this scenic estuary by water. Marsh Island separates the river into two directions. Float quietly and watch the peaceful comings and goings of the native flora and fauna.

3.) Bass Hole Boardwalk, Yarmouthport

Definitely a local favorite, this seemingly endless boardwalk leads out over the marsh toward the sea. The panoramic view and breathtaking sunset will leave you speechless.
* boardwalk may be closed at this time, but the beach and surrounding area are still open.

Bass River Kayaking

4.) Cape Cinema, Dennis

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to where it began! Built in 1930, the historic cinema features independent American and international films, Met and National Theater performances, and live musical performances. Prior to its Hollywood premier, the Cape Cinema was first to preview the beloved Wizard of Oz.
* at time of writing Cape Cinema plans to open; however this may be subject to change.

5.) Taylor Bray Farm, Dennis

Rich in history, the farm was settled in the 17th century as part of Plymouth Colony. Today visitors enjoy seeing a variety of farm animals including sheep and baby goats, walking along nature trails and escaping to a simpler time.

6.) The Knob, Falmouth

A short trail walk through the woods and past a small beach leads to this splendid vista. From atop, the sweeping seascape is simply breathtaking.

The Knob

7.) Judah Baker Windmill, South Yarmouth

Perched at the top of Windmill Beach, this 18th century windmill has been completely restored to it’s original splendor. Relax on the benches and gaze out over Bass River in the shadow of this beautiful structure.

Many of these secret gems are just minutes from our conveniently-located, mid-Cape properties. Whether you’d like your home-base to overlook a beach or a golf course, we have the perfect resort for you. From there, explore like a local and enjoy these little-known treasures.