Local Attractions


Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard

Traditional and hi-speed ferries depart hourly from Hyannis and travel to both Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard in less than 1 hour. The ferry terminals are less than 10 miles from the Pelham House Resort. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard make for excellent day (or weekend) trips from the Pelham House Resort.

Hy-line Cruises

Steam Ship Authority

whale watching

Whale Watching

Enjoy spectacular whale watching tours on any of the professional charters that depart from historic Cape ports a short drive from the Pelham House Resort. Whale watching crews leave regularly from Plymouth, Barnstable, Hyannis and Provincetown Harbors; most guarantee a sighting. Depending on the port, trips vary in length.

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

Hyannis Whale Watch Cruises

Portuguese Princess Excursions

Captain John Boats

cape cod national seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore

The national seashore comprises 43,608 acres of shoreline; salt marshes; clear, deep, freshwater kettle ponds; uplands; as well as a great diversity of species supported by these habitats. Lighthouses, a life-saving station, dune shacks, Modern and Cape Cod-style houses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs provide a glimpse into Cape Cod’s past and continuing life ways. The Seashore offers six swimming beaches, eleven self-guiding nature trails, and a variety of picnic areas and scenic overlooks

Cape Cod National Seashore

Deep Sea Charter Fishing

Albatross Deep Sea Fishing
Sesuit Harbor, East Dennis

Captain George S. Mabee

Bay Charters
43 New Boston Road, Dennis

Prime Rate Sportfishing
East Dennis

Brandi Ellen

Cape Cod Boats
Route 28, West Dennis

Cape Cod Sportfishing

Captain Roger Vandal
Sesuit Harbor, East Dennis

Captain Todd K. Murphy
South Dennis
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Kimpa Charters
110 Hillside Drive, Dennis

Movie Theaters

Entertainment Cinemas
26 Enterprise Road
South Dennis, MA 02660
3 miles from Pelham House Resort

Cape Cinema
35 Hope Lane
East Dennis, MA 02638
8 miles from Pelham House Resort

Regal Cape Cod Mall Stadium 12
793 Route 132
Hyannis, MA 02601
10 miles from Pelham House Resort


Dennis Chapin

Chapin Memorial

Chapin Beach Road, Dennis, MA
Driving Directions

Four-wheel drive trail off road (Chapin/Crow). Quiet. Tidal pools. With not much of anything surrounding it, Chapin Memorial Beach is the perfect place for those trying to get away from the commotion of everyday life. Equipped with miles of sand for your beach pleasure, Chapin also offers ORV trails for those vehicles with permits. At low tide shallow tidal pools stretch out for what seems like forever – perfect for searching for those cute little sea creatures with your own cute little creatures.

Corporation Beach Dennis

Corporation Beach

Corporation Road, Dennis, MA
Driving Directions

Disabled accessible. Play area. Warm, calm water. Swing set. Crescent-shaped Corporation Beach, hugging Cape Cod Bay, is a popular spot on hot summer days. The curve of the beach forms a tidal pool that’s perfect for children. The warm, calm bay water is great for swimming at high tide. At low tide, the water recedes and reveals huge flats great for exploring and walking. It is near Sesuit Harbor, and beachgoers can pass the day watching pleasure boats sail the bay. Corporation is popular with children and their families, especially during low tide.

Harborview Beach Dennis

Harborview Beach

Harbor Road, Dennis, MA
Driving Directions

Connects with Cold Storage Beach. Private on one side. Nice. Small waves. Clean sand. Next to harbor. About 10 parking spots. Attendant on duty. Short walk to beach. Resident parking only.

On the east side of Sesuit Harbor, Harborview Beach is aptly named. There’s lots of room for plenty of visitors. Gentle waves make it a great place for younger children still learning to swim.

Mayflower Beach Dennis

Mayflower Beach

Dunes Road , Dennis, MA
Driving Directions

Large beach. Connects with Bayview Beach. Pools at low tide. Nice sand. Very popular. All ages. Boardwalk. Large parking lot. Attendant on duty. Short walk to beach. Small waves. Mayflower Beach is a gorgeous beach on Cape Cod Bay that’s great for people of all ages. Children will enjoy the many shallow pools created at low tide, while parents will enjoy the serenity of the a calm beach. Among the most scenic of Dennis’ 16 beaches, it features a boardwalk that stretches from the large parking lot over the dunes to the beach below. This is a favorite spot for families. Mayflower Beach reveals hundreds of feet of tidal flats at low tide.

Dennis Pond Yarmouth

Dennis Pond

Summer Street , Yarmouth, MA
Driving Directions

Special beach sticker needed. Freshwater. Restrooms. Seasonal snack bar. Medium-sized sandy beach. Roped-off swimming area. Near train tracks. Nice view. Small parking right off beach. Families. Not too crowded. Portable restrooms are hidden in wooden structure.

Don’t let the name mislead you, Dennis Pond is indeed in Yarmouth. This freshwater pond with a medium-sized beach has calm waters and soft sand. It’s a good family beach and it’s not too crowded. There are restrooms and a seasonal snack bar.

Scargo Lake

Dr. Lord Road, Dennis, MA
Driving Directions

Restrooms. Ideal for children. Roped-off swim area. Small parking lot. Attendant on duty. No walk. Shady. Closes at 9 p.m.

For freshwater swimming, Scargo Lake has two beaches with restrooms, playgrounds, and a picnic area. The sandy-bottom lake is shallow along the shore, which is ideal for children. It is surrounded by woods and is stocked for fishing. This is the perfect beach for older kids who want to go to the beach without their parents.


Cape Sea Grille

31 Sea St. (off Rte. 28), Harwich Port

Cherished as a “favorite splurge” for a “sophisticated” dining experience, this “beautifully appointed” Harwich Port “treat” set in a “quaint country house” may be “as good as any swanky joint in Boston”; providing a “welcome escape from all the rustic fried foods on the Cape”, it features an “exceptional”, “innovative” New American menu (“who needs a view with a meal like this?”); be forewarned, however, that the service can be “ slower than midsummer traffic on Route 28.”

Chatham Bars Inn

279 Shore Rd. (Seaview St.), Chatham

Evoking a “wonderful feeling of long-ago luxury”, this “grand lady on the hill” – a “captivating” “beauty” set in a tranquil resort perched high on a bluff “overlooking the ocean” in Chatham – “makes you remember why you sit in traffic to get to the Cape”; along with the “exceptional view”, patrons are served “well-prepared” Electic dishes by a “formal” staff, making for a “sophisticated culinary experience”; N.B. jacket required.

Clancy’s of Dennisport

8 Upper Country Rd. (bet. Rtes. 28 & 134), Dennisport

“There’s something for everyone” (including the kids, despite a logo that specifies “Ladies and Gents”) at this tavern “overlooking the Swan River” in Dennisport, which may explain why the “casual” room is “always a mob scene” in season; the Irish fare that once dominated the menu has mostly been replaced by Traditional American grud bhat may deem “good” if “plain”, though a few call it downright “boring.”


787 Main St./Rte. 28 (Julien Rd.), Harwich Port

It’s “easy to miss” this “hidden jewel” in Harwich Port as “traffic whizzes by on busy Route 28”, which may explain why it remains “one of the Cape’s best-kept secrets”; owned by a “husband-and-wife team”, it achieves the “perfect marriage of classic French cuisine and Cape Cod seafood”, turning out “incredible”, “artfully presented” dishes; habitués who simply swoon “oui, oui, oui” bet that “once you visit, you’ll return often.”

Naked Oyster Bistro & Raw Bar

20 Independence Dr. (Rte. 132), Hyannis

One of the “best raw bars this side of the canal” lurks in this “New York-swank” Hyannis “meeting place” that “doesn’t look like much from the outside” (it’s “tucked in a nondescript building”); inside, the menu showcases “lots of seafood choices”, all “fresh” and “outrageously good” and paired with a “delightful selection of wines by the glass.”

Ocean House

Depot St. (Upper Country Rd.), Dennisport

“So close to the water” “you’ll think you’re on a cruise” rhapsodize “romantics” about this airy, elegant bistro in Dennisport that boasts an “incredible view of Nantucket Sound” through its endless windows; the “adventurous chef” prepares “outstanding” New American fare with “flair”, but some grumps grouse that “you’re mostly paying for the amazing” setting; N.B. there’s live jazz in the lounge.

Red Pheasant

905 Main St./Rte 6A (Elm St.), Dennis

“Delicious, delightful, de-lovely” sums up this “quant”, “very New England” “gem” set in a 200-year-old barn in Dennis that’s particularly “inviting” if you nab a seat “next to the fireplace”; wherever your table, you’ll be treated to an “inventive” New American menu “filled with interesting choices” and delivered by an “informed, approachable” staff; a “real comfort zone”, it provides a “perfect escape from all the claim shacks and lobster shanties” around.

Sosumi Asian Bistro

14 Chatham Bars Ave. (Main St.) Chatham

“How refreshing” to find this “wonderfully funky addition to stuffy downtown Chatham”, where the “very fresh” sushi and “imaginative” Asian Fusion fare, all “beautifully presented”, make for a “nice break from the ubiquitous American seafood on the Cape”; while most appreciate the “creative” menu (“so good we wish this place were in Boston”), critics contend that the “unresponsive” staff can be “slow” or downright “rude.”

All restaurant reviews are from Zagat Survey, 2004/05 Boston Restaurants


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