Have you picked up a copy of our 2019 Cape Made Field Guide yet? Each email issue we’ll be publishing one of our of #capemadefieldguide town guides. Follow along on our journey as we explore the unique and charming towns of Cape Cod, picking up after last month’s spotlight on Sandwich, we are exploring neighboring Mashpee.
Mashpee may be one of the smaller towns on the Upper Cape, but it is still jam-packed with things-to-do, fun sunning spots, and also plays a central role in our nation’s history.
Mashpee is where the Cape’s Native American history is the strongest, as it is home to the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum, the Mashpee Archives and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe who host their annual Powwow the first weekend in July every year.
The area is also where you will find the hubs of some Cape Cod craft beverages like Cape Cod Coffee and the Naukabout Brewery, where you can sip on a beer, listen to local live music and snack on food from their rotating cast of food trucks.
You can also find fine dining establishments like Bleu, Trevi and Estia, more casual lunch spots like Wicked Pizza and Bagel Haven, along with treat factories like Washashore Bakery, Ghelfi’s Candies, and The Chocolate Rose.
On rainy days you can take the family to the Cape Cod Children’s Museum for kids activities and interactive exhibits or to the Riddle Escape Rooms where you need to find your way off of a pirate ship or out of a dragon’s den. When the sun is out sign up with Rideaway Adventures for a kayak or SUP tour or head to South Cape Beach where you will find over 3 miles of ocean and bay beaches, sand dunes coastal ponds and salt marshes, as well as plenty of opportunities for picturesque hiking.
There are plenty of local shops to peruse Mashpee Commons like Hot Diggity, One21, Mocean, Fox & Kit, Cape Kids and Innerglow Yoga. Popponesset Marketplace also offers outdoor cafes and colorful boutiques like the Cranberry Collective. Or pop over to Deer Crossing to see J Miller Pictureframer & Gallery, where he can help you preserve and display your family heirlooms and sports memorabilia and you can check out the gallery of local artists.