There’s always something new happening on this North Eastern peninsula. This summer, a new boutique hotel in Wellfleet opens its doors, a chef with a checkered history (and popular memoir) sets up shop, and the 13th annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival brings big names.
Where to Stay
Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club
This summer, the iconic property in Brewster, with a 90-guestroom mansion and 31 beachside villas, offers new activities for guests, like kayaking and paddle boarding at nearby Blueberry Pond. Culinary initiatives include a new onsite herb garden and a partnership with oyster farmer Brian Daley, who leads guided tours of the nearby oyster farms. A new guests-only canopy bar, located on the dunes of Bay Pines Beach, serves regional twists on classic cocktails and bar snacks, like mojitos with cranberry vodka and lobster roll sliders. 2907 Main St.; 888-509-4600; oceanedge.com.
The Wagner at Duck Creek
Husband and wife duo Leo and Erica Wagner took ownership of this three-house, 25-room property earlier this year. Adding to the rustic-chic decor and farm-to-table tavern are a gym, events series with local artists and wineries, and a bike storage barn—all in early stages with plans to expand. The next few months will also see the addition of a pool, spa, and canoe rental. 70 Main St.; 508-349-9333; thewagneratduckcreek.com.
Where to Eat
A brand-new restaurant in Falmouth, run by the notably erratic-but-brilliant chef Brandon Baltzley (Alinea in Chicago, Nora in Washington D.C.), 41-70 serves up clever, creative New England fare. 71 Water St.; 508-457-3100; the4170.com.
Water Street Kitchen
A dimly-lit kitchen and public house in Woods Hole, Water Street Kitchen serves inventive (and seasonally appropriate) dishes, like garlic naan with smoked bluefish pâté or “rhubarbecued” pork shoulder for the summer. Sophisticated cocktails and local microbrews are also on offer. 56 Water St.; 508-540-5656; waterstreetkitchen.com.
The Mad Minnow
Opened in June 2016, low-key bistro in Harwich Port serves popular fare with gourmet flourishes. Think deviled eggs with shaved asparagus, crab cake tater tots, and a daily catch flavored according to chef Michael Lynard’s whim. 554 Main St.; 774-209-3977; madminnow.com.
What to Do
South Hollow Spirits Distillery Tours
Small batch rum distiller South Hollow Spirits opened the doors to its 2,000-square-foot space in Truro in the summer of 2015 for tours and tastings. The first legal distillery on Cape Cod since Prohibition, they offer two expressions of their molasses-based booze, a Twenty Boat Cape Cod Amber Rum and Twenty Boat Hand-Crafted Cape Cod Spiced Rum. This May, they debuted Dry Line Cape Cod Gin, made from locally sourced botanicals like Red Cedar juniper berries and angelica root (grown in a compost of leftover grape skins from nearby Truro Vineyards). 11 Shore Rd., Route 6A, North Truro; 508-487-6200; southhollowspirits.com.
Cape Cod Jazz Festival
On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings until August 31, the 13th annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival takes place on the Garden Terrace of the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Performances begin at 8:30, with cocktails and a light menu available for accompaniment. wequassett.com.