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    Welcome to Barnstable Village

    Barnstable’s village is quaint and surprisingly diverse locale to enjoy the history, culture and nature of the Cape.  The tiny village center is home to Barnstable County’s government complex including courts and the district attorney’s office, as well as the Cape Cod Commission.

    Beyond the village, there are sanctuaries, dunes, harbors and easy access to Cape Cod bay for boating or whale watching.  And there also is a haunted house to visit.

    If you’d like completely personalized custom recommendations for your own Day & Night in Barnstable (specific to your individual interests), don’t forget to utilize our Ask the Concierge function. We’ll be back to you within the hour.

    Wake up call


    long-pasture-stone-wall_largeStart your morning with a calming walk through at the Long Pasture Betsy Wildlife Sanctuary, owned by Mass Audubon. This gem is home to a variety of scenic trails, some with a breathtaking view of Barnstable Harbor and surrounding dunes. Or consider the Butterfly Mosaic trail and see these beautiful creatures while getting exercise.

    These gentle, varied trails, measuring a total of 2.5 miles, lead to what some have called a “million dollar view”— with Barnstable Harbor flanked by the dunes of Sandy Neck Barrier Beach.

    The sanctuary features live animal exhibits representing local rare species conservation projects in the nature center; seasonal kayak programs, aquatic exploration cruises, tours of Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands, Barnstable Harbor excursions, and other water-based programming.

    There are groves of tupelo, holly, red maple, and large oak trees, which are close to the trails in several locations.

    You also can kayak in the sanctuary.


    Coast Guard Heritage Museum

    coastguardmuseumTour maritime history at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum, a non-profit organization that preserves the vast history of the Coast Guard.

    The museum has two floors dedicated to exhibitions that display artifacts relating to the inception of the Coast Guard, along with brass lanterns and other items used during the oil era of lighthouses, Coast Guard small boats, and aviation exhibits.

    You can even see the Revenue Cutter Service captain’s uniform, which dates all the way back to 1790. The complex also is home to the oldest wooden jail in the country, as well as a working blacksmith shop that hosts daily demonstrations.


    Old Village Store


    Old village store 1For lunch, head to the heart of West Barnstable for a sandwich at the Old Village Store, whose history dates back more than 100 years.

    Purchased by the Schofield family in 2008, the Old Village Store has seen a revitalization over the past five years, returning the complex to its former glory. Despite this, none of the history and old world charm that makes the building and company unique has been sacrificed

    This quaint shop sells a wide variety of home-made sandwiches like your classic chicken salad and meatball sub, as well as wraps like Caesar, Greek, Veggie, and Pesto Chicken. They also feature a selection of original recipes such as the Scorton Creek made with cranberry walnut chicken salad, Shark City, and the Gobbler, among others.

    This old-fashioned store also carries many products that are made right here on the island including Cape Cod Beer and Cape Cod Coffee Roasters.


    Sandy Neck Beach

    SANDY NECK pstcrd copyAfter a pick-me-up from the Old Village Store, head down the road to Sandy Neck Beach, conveniently located just minutes from the store, for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

    Sandy Neck is one of the Cape’s most famous (and longest) beaches, with its spaciousness, expansive sand dunes, and numerous off-roading trails. Spend the afternoon sunbathing, swimming or exploring all of the natural wildlife this unique beach has to offer.

    If you have access to a boat, enjoy Sandy Neck from Cape Cod Bay and navigate into Barnstable Harbor. Here’s a recommended tour from our Luxx captain, Harvey Wright of Freedom Boat Club.


    Coffee break


    nirvanaStop for expresso, cappuccino, latte, chai or just an excellent cup of coffee, along with scones or a Panini at Nirvana Coffee Company on Route 6A, voted the #1 coffee house in the mid-Cape by “Cape Cod Life” magazine.

    Complete with a full coffee bar that is made from organic beans. If you like it, you can buy a pound of two of the custom blend. Intimate seating inside and out, along with Wi-Fi.

    If coffee isn’t your drink of choice, Nirvana also sells Mighty Leaf Teas.  






    Mosees 1Mosees Handmade Fashions and Gifts is a new shop on Main Street. in Barnstable that sells handmade goods from more than 80 artists, many of whom are from the Cape or other parts of New England.

    The store is home to an assortment of items including women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, and handbags, in addition to nautical stationary, tote bags, and even paintings. They also sell paintings and household accessories such as pillows and soap dishes.

    A short drive down Rt. 6A to West Barnstable is Pastiche of Cape Cod. This is a go-to stop to embellish any room in your house, from the bedroom to the kitchen. Explore a different styles that reflect your own personal tastes like New England Country, Bohemian, and Modern Minimalist, along with Cape Cod coastal and cottage.



     A Whale Watch


    Barnstable whaleMake the day a little more interesting with a whale watch with the Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises.

    You will venture out to Stellwagen Bank, a popular habitat for whales like the Humpback, Minke, and Finback, as well as dolphins, making for an unforgettable experience.

    Your roughly four hour trip will be led by an experienced captain, with a professional naturalist detailing the wildlife surroundings. Fleets leave as early as 7:45 a.m. and tickets range from $28 – $49.

    Check the schedule for daily trips. They vary based on tides.


    Dinner on the harbor on in the village


    lobsterplateThere are two excellent options for dinner (or a sit-down lunch) in the village.

    Mattakeese Wharf, right on the harbor, offers a plethora seafood from stuffed quahogs and steamers to their Mattakeese baked oysters and crab cakes.

    The menu also has a variety of salads, steaks, chicken and Cape Cod classics such as clam chowder, clam strips, and fish and chips. Enjoy a glass of wine, beer or cocktail while overlooking beautiful Barnstable Harbor, making for an authentic Cape Cod evening.

    In the village, there is the Dolphin Restaurant, which has a reputation as one of the best seafood restaurants on the Cape. Try the Sole a la Dolphin, a seafood dish consisting of egg battered sole with mushrooms, capers, and sun dried tomatoes, Scallop Carbonara, Jumbo Shrimp, and Dolphin fish fry, amongst a variety of other seafood plates. Delight in an array of red and white wines, in addition to sangria, champagne, martinis, and beer. The menu includes poultry and meats.


    A ghostly evening



    Cap the night off with a Haunted & History Walking Tour and features more than 10 stops, many of which bestow ghost stories, as your guide informs you of the conflicts amongst the Loyalists and Patriots many decades ago.

    Points of interest on the tour include Cobb’s Hill Cemetery and the Barnstable Tavern & Restaurant, where a mysterious visitor may inhabit the dining room.  The tour ends with a peek into the old jail, dating back to 1690, which is believed to be haunted to this day.


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    July 28, 2014