What's New on Cape Cod

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New restaurants, updates on where to stay, and not-to-miss happenings in Cape Cod.

There’s always something new happening on this North Eastern peninsula. This summer, a classic resort debuts an expansive spa, the 14th annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival brings big names, and more.

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 the Beach House Spa, a 4,600-square-foot space offering services and treatment options including facials, manicures and pedicures, and massages as well as acupuncture, meditation, and yoga. On-site restaurant Ocean Terrace debuts an expanded patio, fire pit, and a new raw bar, and will host clambakes throughout the season. Multi-bedroom villas from $425; 2907 Main St.; 888-509-4600; oceanedge.com.

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club
The 5-star property has been a Cape Cod classic for years, thanks to its 120 luxurious rooms and suites, four top-notch restaurants, and its reputation for excellent golf. This season, the hotel launched Cape Cod Curators, a collection of seasonal experiences offered to guests such as picnics on the beach, brewery tours, baseball outings, oyster expeditions, cranberry bog tours, and more, plus a summer culinary series that will feature dinners with guest chefs throughout the season. 2173 MA-28, Harwich; 508-432-5400; wequassett.com.

Where to Eat

Buffalo Jump
After leaving restaurant The 41-70 in mid-2016, chefs Brandon Baltzley and Laura Higgins-Baltzley started this popup focused on native New England ingredients like clams, wild arugula, and purslane. The cooking combines influences from their work in fine dining and English, Portuguese, and Native American cuisines. In its second season this year, the multi-course dinner runs Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at 6:30 through the summer season. 277 Hatchville Rd, East Falmouth; 508-361-2361; thebuffalojump.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 lamb steak with eggplant and parsley pesto. Sophisticated cocktails and local microbrews are also on offer. 56 Water St.; 508-540-5656; waterstreetkitchen.com.

The Mad Minnow Bar + Kitchen
Opened in June 2016, this low-key bistro in Harwich Port serves popular fare with gourmet flourishes. Think deviled eggs with shaved cucumber, crab cake “tater tots,” and a daily catch flavored according to chef Michael Lynard’s whim. 554 Main St.; 774-209-3977; madminnow.com.

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Things 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 three expressions of their sugar cane-based booze, an amber rum, a spiced rum, and a white rum. In 2016 they also debuted a Dry Line Cape Cod Gin, made from locally sourced botanicals like Eastern Red Cedar juniper berries and angelica root (grown in a compost of leftover grape skins from nearby Truro Vineyards). 11 Shore Rd.; 508-487-6200; southhollowspirits.com.

Cape Cod Jazz Festival
On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from June 28 through the end of August, the 14th 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. 508-430-3000; info.wequassett.com.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
The museum dedicated to the legacy of President John F. Kennedy and his relationship with Cape Cod and Hyannis Port opened “JFK at 100: Life & Legacy” this summer in honor of late president’s 100th birthday. This special exhibit features rarely-seen photographs, artifacts from the collection of the family’s decorator, and other ephemera from JFK’s life. 397 Main St.; 508-790-3077; jfkhyannismuseum.org.

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