You Have 24 Hours in Mashpee – Here’s What to Do

MashpeeAs Mashpee Commons has grown in recent years, the amount of commerce flowing into the town has steadily increased. But the community that is home to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is also full of opportunities for naturalists, with some of the best hiking trails and waterways around.

Below is a beginner’s guide to spending 24 hours in Mashpee.

8 to 9 a.m. – Breakfast

Two breakfast joints reign supreme in Mashpee: Laura’s Home Cookin’ (440 Nathan Ellis Highway) and Persy’s Place (52 Falmouth Road). Both specialize in similar fare, although Persy’s menu is much bigger.

Laura’s serves up some more uncommon dishes along with standards like benedicts and waffles. Jag, a Cape Verdean beans and rice staple, can be found here, as can homemade corned beef hash and sausage gravy.

Persy’s takes classic hearty American breakfast food and incorporates some south-of-the-border flavor and over-the-top American ingenuity. Take, for example, the hash bomb: a croissant stuffed with corned beef hash, eggs, cheese sauce and two side dishes. Or the choice breakfast of Hemingway himself, huevos rancheros, with salsa, black beans and avocado slices.

9 a.m. to Noon – Something for the Kids

For the kids, visit the Cape Cod Children’s Museum (577 Great Neck Road). The exhibits here immerse children in puzzles, physical and mental exercises and hands-on learning situations. The space features a tree house, pirate ship, submarine, train, post office, diner, castle and more, each with their own learning theme.

KA_Mashpee Commons_asia sushi bar_winter_cloudy_011216_021_004Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch

The Burrito Bistro (13 Greene Street) is not a typical burrito joint. Diners can expect the typical southwestern, “mission” style burrito; but they can also order more specialized sandwiches, such as the Berkley Burrito with black beans, cabbage and ginger soy dressing or the Boston Blue with steak, bleu cheese and grilled onions.

Also in Mashpee Commons: Asia (3 Greene Street). The colorful exterior holds an excellent kitchen within, which provides diners with a sampling of Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese sushi – all of which are particularly well executed.

If you aren’t around the Commons at lunch time, try the Popponesset Marketplace (259 Shore Drive). It’s actually a collection of food providers, including a Country Store, Pizza shop, raw bar, café, ice cream joint and breakfast place. The highly lauded Bob’s Seafood Café and Wine Bar, however, has one of the largest and most celebrated lobster rolls you will ever see.

KA_Mashpee Commons_Market Street Book Shop_cape eye on books_book club_winter_cloudy_011216_025_0441:30 to 6 p.m. – Afternoon Excursion

The easiest way to spend an afternoon in town is to tour the diverse array of shops in Mashpee Commons, a shopping district constructed in the style of classic New England town centers. It features over 90 stores, from art galleries to clothing stores, kitchen suppliers to book shops.

If shopping isn’t your focus, there are plenty of natural escapes in town, too. Try the Lowell Holly Reservation (accessible via South Sandwich Road). Carriage Roads follow the shoreline of Mashpee and Wakeby ponds, both leading to peninsular knolls with stunning views of the water. The area also features arboreal species of trees and an intriguing diversity of plants: the result of not having been tampered with by man for at least 200 years. Wear a bathing suit underneath your clothes and bring along a towel and take a refreshing dip on a hot day.

6 to 7:30 p.m. – Dinner

Wicked Restaurant and Wine Bar (680 Falmouth Road) features brick oven pizza made with a specialty flour crust and creative entrees like Corn Flake Chicken with Macaroni & Cheese and the Black Bean Quinoa Cake Sandwich. And the food isn’t the only part of the menu which will entertain all kinds: the extensive beer tap and wine menu focuses on local craft brews and wines to pair with any meal. It’s an excellent choice for gluten free folks, too.

Siena (17 Steeple Street) is a classic Italian eatery with some specialty plates that are hard to find elsewhere. A great place to meet with a group or dine on a date, Siena offers rustic fare and may be the only Italian restaurant in the region to offer a separate vegan-friendly menu.

For a true night out, try The Lanes Bowl and Bistro (9 Greene Street). This bowling alley offers so much more than nachos and fake cheese. The super modern interior boasts comfortable seats and tables, upon which you may feast on pretzel burgers, flatbreads, dips, sandwiches and chili. Craft cocktails change with the seasons and always awaken the taste buds with homemade sour mixes and fresh juices.

By Adam Forziati

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  1. Where’s the mediterranean food?Any Indigenous Natural food places?
    Thanks.

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