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Beach lovers, take note.
Dennis has the most beaches of any town on the Cape, according to Terri Bunce, a 40-year resident and town clerk for the past 13 years. Dennis boasts 20 beaches, stretching along Cape Cod Bay to the north and Nantucket Sound to the south.
“I think we have everything that a vacationer would want, whether it be beaches, golf, ice cream parlors — which is one of my favorites — amazing restaurants, amazing views at the beaches,” Bunce said.
There are five villages in Dennis: Dennis; Dennis Port; East Dennis; South Dennis; and West Dennis. The town’s central location on the Cape makes it a great home base for day trips to lower and upper Cape towns, Bunce said.
Ahead, Bunce shares her picks for what to see and do in Dennis.
When Bunce wants to relax, she spends time on Corporation Beach, which is known for more than its sand and surf.
“It’s a hot spot for people to go to watch the sunset,” she said.
She enjoys walking the beach with her daughter.
“It has a natural charm and beauty,” she said. “It’s best at low tide when there is more beach to walk on.”
Another beach worth checking out is beautiful Mayflower Beach, popular with tourists and where the town’s annual Sand Sculpting Contest takes place, she said.
Last year, Boston.com readers named three Dennis beaches among the best beaches in Massachusetts: Cold Storage Beach, Mayflower Beach, and West Dennis Beach.
“The Cape Playhouse I’ve been to many times to see different musicals or plays,” she said. “You go in there and there are all of these beautiful wooden seats. It’s very quaint.”
The playhouse has attracted famous actors such as Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers, Betty White, and more. The 23-acre Cape Cod Center for the Arts campus also includes a cinema, art museum, and restaurant.
Bunce enjoys meeting friends at The Lighthouse Inn, a beachfront resort and restaurant located on Nantucket Sound.
“Nantucket Sound is just absolutely stunning,” she said.
Diners can eat inside, with water views through the restaurant’s many windows, or outside on the restaurant’s oceanfront deck and lawn. The food is delicious, said Bunce, who enjoys the shrimp scampi.
“It’s just a very quaint atmosphere,” she said. “I love sitting on their outdoor deck overlooking Nantucket Sound.”
The Lighthouse Inn celebrates its 84th anniversary next month and features West Dennis Light, formerly known as Bass River Light, which was built in 1855. Bunce has officiated weddings at the scenic spot.
Visitors can tour the saltbox home of minister Josiah Dennis, who the town was named after, at the 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum.
“It’s an absolutely stunning house,” she said. “Of course, the rooms are all set up the way they were many years ago.”
The property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes a one-room schoolhouse, a spinning and weaving exhibit, gardens, and a maritime wing.
What readers recommend in Dennis:
For food and beverage:
Bandera’s Market & Deli — @amy_righter, @spaghetti_beach, @ptkb6, @capecodbeachcottage
Captain Frosty’s Fish & Chips — @azratahria, @mrshairbear
Chapin’s Bayside — @johng_iii, @amy_righter
Clancy’s Restaurant — @jenniferhardwich
Cleat & Anchor — @astpierre157, @capecodbeachcottage
Devil’s Purse Brewing Company — @joercee, @elizabethgyoung, @anncapecod
Encore Bistro & Bar — @suzannebair
Grazing Cape Cod — @rachelrotunno
Grumpy’s Restaurant — @theruthbradshaw
Ice Cream Smuggler — @kwalsh_._, @brooke._t, @suzannebair, @ndig789, @sarahdansreau, @jmds1982, @mmcunningham2018
Joey’s Pizzeria — @pm.belmont
Kender & Sisters — @marbleoc
Knockout Pizza — @letsgetglued
Kream ‘N Kone — @emuns07
Lost Dog Pub — @mmcunningham2018
Red Cottage Restaurant — @luke_sundstrom
Red Nun Bar & Grill — @elizabethgyoung, @letsgetglued
Sesuit Harbor Cafe — @bosfoodgirls, @amy_righter, @kitkathh15, @eshaps44, @capecodbeachcottage, @windmilllane, @emilygoldilocks, @lil_kat_hil
Southside Cantina — @astpierre157
Sundae School Ice Cream — @memillin, @creedonnick, @jeneralpsych, @cattesq, @elizabethgyoung, @capecodbeachcottage, @luke_sundstrom, @shermthegerm
Sundancer’s — @jaymadden502
Swan River Restaurant & Fish Market — @philnoirjp
The Breakfast Room — @debahl, @jeneralpsych
The Doghouse — @amy_righter, @oneil1313, @andrey.ismailzade, @capecodbeachcottage, @pm.belmont
The Lighthouse Inn — @jenniferhardwich, @lindazalo
The Merc — @suzannebair
The Ocean House — @capecodbeachcottage
The Oyster Company — @ptkb6
The Pheasant — @jyldeering, @emilygoldilocks, @letsgetglued
The Sand Bar — @ptkb6
The Sand Dollar Family Restaurant — @amacattack12
The Summer Shanty — @capecodbeachcottage
The Wee Packet Restaurant & Gift Shoppe — @jenniferhardwich, @ptkb6, @seankelleher3
The Wooden Shoe Restaurant & Pub — @jenniferhardwich, @chris_c871
Three Fins Coffee — @ptkb6,
Woolfie’s Bakery — @dorian_elyse, @capecodbeachcottage
Chapin Memorial Beach — @amy_righter
Cold Storage Beach — @amy_righter
Corporation Beach — @dorian_elyse, @ndig789
Cuffy’s of Cape Cod — @jeneralpsych
Dennis Pines Golf Course — @melcock18
Eden Hand Arts — @t_lesieur47, @cassief1029
Fritz Glass — @tommac43
Howes Street Beach — @cassief1029
Josiah Dennis Manse Museum — @mim.may, @annaleemay_
Mayflower Beach — @matt.faria, @karlaone3, @laurshortall, @jeneralpsych, @luke_sundstrom, @johng_iii, @jeffx74, @pastakitties, @jeanneguerard, @kyliemenendez, @kmlaw13
Pelham House Resort — @johng_iii, @will66donoghue, @mmcunningham2018
Scargo Tower — @annna_mikaela
Sun Retreats Cape Cod — @skaza00
The Cape Playhouse — @suzannebair
West Dennis Beach — @steve_parziale, @jeneralpsych, @pm.belmont
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