Best of Cape Cod 2016

It’s time to toast the winners of Cape Cod Magazine’s sixth annual online reader survey! Listed below are winners of nearly 150 categories, from dining and shopping to beauty and destinations. In addition, our editor’s picks spotlight 10 businesses and organizations deserving of special recognition.
Congratulations to all of the winners!

Text by Lisa Leigh Connors | Photography by Julia Cumes

EDITOR’S PICKS

BEST PLACE FOR COFFEE AND CONVERSATION

Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters

As soon as you walk into Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters, you feel at home. The open seating area, dark-wood interior, friendly baristas, onsite roaster and coffee aroma create the perfect blend to enjoy friends and java. An added bonus: Owner Manuel Ainzuain, originally from Peru, is there every day roasting coffee and serving customers. It’s this personal touch, comfortable atmosphere and passion for coffee that has turned Snowy Owl into a favorite hangout spot among both locals and visitors. Ainzuain and his wife, Shayna Ferullo, brewed up plans to open last September so they could concentrate on the local market and properly train staff. You might even see their two-year-old daughter, Naia, on occasion at Snowy Owl. Her mom says she loves carrying around coffee beans in her pocket.
“She is such the daughter of a coffee company,” laughs Ferullo. Snowy Owl’s blends are available in 10 oz. bags with creative names such as Jaws, Brewster and Captain Crosby. Specials include customer favorites, such as the Jasmine green matcha latte and honey cinnamon Colombia cold brew. Patrons can also enjoy croissants, scones, cookies and muffins from Pain D’Avignon.

2624 Main St., Brewster, 415-640-1912

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Snowy Owl owners Manuel Ainzuain and Shayna Ferullo, with daughter, Naia.


BEST REASON TO PUT DOWN IPODS AND IPHONES

College Light Opera Company

The company’s tagline, America’s premier training ground for young artists, lives up to its name. College-age students selected from around the country refine their craft in musical theater for nine weeks in a beautiful seaside setting. Celebrating its 48th season in Falmouth, the independent company consists of 32 singers and an 18-piece orchestra that produces nine operettas and musicals in the town’s historic Highfield Theatre. Among this summer’s performances are “Guys and Dolls” (July 19-23), “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (Aug. 2-6) and “Beauty and the Beast” (Aug. 16-20). “We include a balanced mix of operettas and musicals and of well-known pieces and lesser-known gems,” says artistic director Mark Pearson. Make the most of the experience by arriving early to enjoy pre-show refreshments and conversation on the patio. New this season: “Off the Cloc,” a free lecture series held at 7 p.m. every Friday night in the summer. Join members and the artistic staff to discuss the history and synopsis of that week’s show. The season runs through Aug. 27.

Highfield Theatre, 58 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, 508-548-0668

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Students from around the country refine their craft in musical theater at College Light Opera Company.


BEST LOCALLY MADE COOKIES

Kayak Cookies

“If it’s not perfect, I’m not going to put it out,” says Terri Horn, founder of Kayak Cookies. “I’d rather do fewer things and do them well.” The former pastry chef’s philosophy explains why you’ll find only five flavors in the Salty Oats line: Original oatmeal raisin, chocolate, chunky chocolate pecan, peanut butter, and peanut butter and chocolate. Horn says her original flavor and most popular one—oatmeal raisin—is something she created at a bakery after college and later revamped it when she moved to Washington, D.C. Developing new flavors takes years, she says, because she doesn’t want to compromise quality. “I know too many bakeries that have exploded and the quality goes down.” It’s a treat just walking into the Hyannis bakery, located in a historic warehouse, where you’ll be greeted by heavenly scents. In the height of the summer, the small staff scoops as many as 10,000 cookies per week. Kayak Cookies is distributed throughout New England, including 31 Whole Foods stores, and local markets such as Hatch’s Produce in Wellfleet. They are also available in three restaurants in Washington, D.C., a place Horn visits three times a year to monitor production and quality. You can also order the cookies online at kayakcookies.com.

239 Main St. (around the corner on Pleasant Street), Hyannis, 508-827-7358

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Farmer Willie’s Ginger Beer

When I tell people how much I love Farmer Willie’s Ginger Beer, I get interesting reactions. Some people tell me they love it, while others scrunch up their nose and say, “Not so much!” The alcoholic ginger beer, created by Truro goat farmer Willie Fenichel, has a light, crisp citrus and soft ginger taste. With the help of Brown University students Nico Enriquez and Max Easton, Fenichel began to market and distribute his ginger beer to liquor stores and bars across the Cape last summer. Crafted from a recipe of fresh, hand-ground ginger, ginger juice, lemon juice, molasses and nutmeg, this refreshing beverage deliverers a distinctly real and natural flavor. The tagline, “Ginger with Soul,” printed on the label of every can, embodies the personal touch characteristic of the product.

Farmer Willie’s is available in select bars, restaurants and liquor stores throughout Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, the South Shore, Metro Boston, Providence and Newport, R.I. 


BEST PLACE TO SPREAD YOUR ART WINGS

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

The cultural center’s motto: “All the arts for all of us.” With the addition of the cultural center’s new education wing, there’s even more classes and workshops to choose from, including cooking, painting, photography, pottery and creative writing. Where else can you find a recording studio and a commercial kitchen in one building? The upper level is divided into five brightly lit studios for resident artists who pay monthly rent and teach classes in their studio spaces. Off the main level, wander outside to the Owl Café, where you can enjoy coffee and pastries while sitting at one of nine tables near a water fountain made out of driftwood and copper, created by Sandwich sculptor Stephen Lynch. “Artists are happy here,” says Amy Neill, director of education at the center. “It’s hard peeling myself out of here. The vibe is just fun all the time.”

307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, 508-394-7100

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Amy Neill, director of education at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod


BEST PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT MARINE LIFE

Center for Coastal Studies

Stormy Mayo, one of the founders of the Center for Coastal Studies, can’t believe the center is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. “I remember when it was just me, in a tiny house on the waterfront,” jokes Mayo. Today, the organization has grown from a $1,000 annual operating budget to $3 million. In 1984, the Center for Coastal Studies was one of the first organizations to form a disentanglement team. Since then, they have freed more than 200 large WI Breach_Robbins-NOAA-MONAH cropped creditwhales and other marine animals from life-threatening entanglements. The research at the center ranges from right whales and humpbacks to seals and water quality. There is also a strong emphasis on its educational programs within the community and at local schools, including whale camps and seal walks in the summer. Check out its Sea Space Marine Discovery on Commercial Street, where kids can learn about marine life in Provincetown Harbor. This summer, 40th anniversary events include sunset whale watches at MacMillan Pier.

115 Bradford St., Provincetown, 508-487-3622


BEST PLACE TO EXCITE YOUR PALATE

Lola’s Local Food Lab

Lola’s Local Food Lab is a wonderful alliteration that rolls off the tongue, says owner Kim Shkapich, whose kitchen is located under the Lighthouse Restaurant, on Main Street, in Wellfleet. “Even my friends and husband call me Lola now,” laughs Shkapich. While the name is fictitious, she uses her mother’s portrait on her products to honor the woman who taught her to cook with her senses. Inside her kitchen/retail shop, colorful bottles of shrub vinegars line the shelves, including flavors such as blueberry basil, blueberry lemon, cucumber dill, rhubarb shrub and black cherry. Shkapich allows visitors to sample all of the available flavors when they visit her shop, where she also sells rubs, jams and other locally made products. The shrubs are all natural, made with vinegar, fruit or vegetables, and sweetened with organic evaporated cane sugar. The flavors change with the season, depending upon what is available locally. Shkapich, who regularly wears a red-and-white polka-dot apron, explains that people use the shrubs as salad dressings or drizzle them on fruits and cheeses. You can also mix them with sparkling water or prosecco to make a really great cocktail. Her addictive fountain soda and cold brew iced coffee are definitely worth the visit! The products are only available at her food lab in Wellfleet.

317B Main St., Wellfleet, 508-349-1700

A selection of shrub drinking vinegars are photograph at Lolaís Local Food Lab in Wellfleet, Ma. 07/15/15 Julia Cumes for the Boston Globe


BEST STATE-OF-THE-ART LOCAL MEDIA RESOURCE

Cape Cod Community Media Center

BestofCCEditorsPicks-027TVStudioResidents of Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich and Chatham: Do you know you have access to a state-of-the-art media center? Formerly located on White’s Path in Yarmouth, the media center moved to its current Shad Hole Road location in 2011. For only a $30 membership fee, residents can sign up for training courses in studio and field production, analog and digital editing and graphics. Learn how to plan and produce a talk show or how to capture audio and video and export into SD and HD file formats! Membership in the media center is not only open to residents, but to organizations and businesses as well in the five towns listed above (membership costs vary). The programs aren’t limited to adults, either. During the first two weeks in August, video production camps will be offered for sixth to 12th graders. Paula Hersey, host of five different shows and director of outreach and special projects, says the center’s mission is to give a voice to the public. “We are a production piece of the community,” she says. “People who can’t get to specific events will have a chance to see it on TV or on our website.” The center’s public-access station can be found on Channel 99 for Comcast customers.

17 Shad Hole Road, Dennisport, 508-394-2388


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Dunbar House Restaurant & Tea Room

If it’s been a couple of years since you’ve visited the Dunbar House Restaurant & Tea Room, you might not recognize it when you first walk through the front door. The gift shop once overflowing with teapots has been replaced with a beautiful wine bar and tavern, featuring a tapas menu Fridays and Saturdays. “It’s amazing how many people like wine better than tea,” says Jim Hegarty, who has owned the Dunbar with his wife, Paula, since 1999.  In some instances, says Jim, when customers discover we serve wine, they say, “Hold that tea. I’m going to have a Chardonnay.” But the charming restaurant, which has been renovated and expanded over the years, still very much caters to people who want to enjoy leisure afternoon tea time with traditional sandwiches and scones. Patrons not only come for the top-quality food, but they also enjoy stocking up on their favorite loose tea—Dunbar has nearly 200 varieties to choose from.

1 Water St., Sandwich, 508-833-2485


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Caffé Gelato Bertini

“Everything in the shop is Italian except for us!” jokes Cindy Duby, who owns and operates Caffé Gelato Bertini with her husband, Tom. The charming yellow building with a porch out front, tucked down Pearl Street in Hyannis, is worth seeking out. With a rotating lineup of 100 flavors made from scratch, the daily offerings include 24 flavors, which vary with the seasons and customer requests. When I visited recently, I loved digging into the sea salted caramel (the perfect blend of sweet and salty) and the hot chocolate chipotle (sweet at first, then the spice kicks in). You can choose to enjoy your gelato in a cup or a cone, or grab a hand-packed pint or quart to go. More options include frappes and affogato (three scoops of gelato doused with espresso and whipped cream), as well as cappuccinos and lattes. “It’s really a happy business,” says Cindy. “We don’t get a lot of cranky customers. It’s a magical place.” Indeed, it is.

Caffé Gelato Bertini, 20R Pearl St., Hyannis, 508-778-0244


READERS’ PICKS

FOOD & DRINK 

Family Restaurant
Hearth & Kettle
Various locations

Date Spot
C Salt
Falmouth

Lunch Spot
Café Chew
Sandwich

Deli
Lambert’s Rainbow Fruit
Centerville

Sandwich Shop
Café Chew
Sandwich

Sunday Brunch
Old Yarmouth Inn
Yarmouthport

Coffee Shop
Nirvana
Barnstable Village

Italian
Buca’s Tuscan Roadhouse
Harwich

Thai
Bangkok Cuisine
Dennis, Orleans, Hyannis and Mashpee

Chinese – TIE
Tiki Port
Hyannis
Peking Palace
Falmouth

Sushi
Bluefins Sushi & Saki Bar
Chatham

Outdoor Dining
Sesuit Harbor Café
Dennis

Late Night Hangout
Chatham Squire
Chatham

Steak
Pate’s
Chatham

Chowder
Captain Parker’s
Yarmouth

Wine List
Harvest Gallery Wine Bar
Dennis

Bakery
Cottage St. Bakery
Orleans

Burgers
Flynn’s Irish Pub
Sagamore

Pizza
Crisp
Osterville

Ice Cream
Sundae School
Harwichport, Dennisport

Sports Bar – TIE
Kelly’s on Main
Hyannis
Portside Tavern
Hyannis

Irish pub
O’Shea’s Olde Inne
West Dennis

Mexican
Añejo
Falmouth

Seafood
Brewster Fish House
Brewster

Lobster Roll
Sesuit Harbor Café
Dennis

Fried Clams
Kream ‘N Kone
West Dennis

Dessert
Colombo’s Cafe
Hyannis

Cocktail Bar
Wequassett Outer Bar
Harwich

Appetizers
C Salt
Falmouth

Soup
Lambert’s Rainbow Fruit
Centerville

Ribs
Big Dogs BBQ at Orleans Bowling Center
Orleans

Hot Wings
DJ’s Family Sports Pub
Hyannis, Falmouth

Raw Bar
Naked Oyster
Hyannis

Margaritas
Añejo
Falmouth

Martinis
Bluefins Sushi & Saki Bar
Chatham

Fish & Chips
Kream ‘N Cone
Chatham

Tapas
Embargo
Hyannis

Bagels
Cape Cod Bagel Café
Falmouth

Breakfast
Jack’s Outback Restaurant
Yarmouthport

Donuts
Hole in One
Orleans, Eastham

Wait Staff
Mahoney’s
Orleans

Chef
Jeremiah Reardon
Brewster Fish House

Bartenders
Kelly’s on Main
Hyannis

Scenic View While Dining
Ocean House
Dennis

Beer Selection (Restaurant)
Tap City Grille
Hyannis

Beer (Store)
Luke’s
Various locations

Juice Bar
Ring Bros.
Dennis

Restaurant for Kids
Friendly’s
Hyannis

Ladies Night Out
Embargo
Hyannis

Men’s Night Out
Kelly’s on Main
Hyannis

Ambience
Ocean House
Dennis


DESTINATIONS & ACCOMODATIONS

Reception Venue (large)
Wychmere Beach Club
Harwichport

Reception Venue (intimate)
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
Harwich

Invitations
M. Smith & Co.
Chatham

Concert Venue
Melody Tent
Hyannis

Theater
Cape Playhouse
Dennis

Place for Kids’ Parties
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Mashpee

Radio Station (FM)
Newsradio 95 WXTK
Hyannis

Radio Personality
Dan & Stephanie in the Morning
106.1 WCOD

Resort
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
Harwich

Hotel
Chatham Inn at 359 Main
Chatham

Motel
Anchor In
Hyannis

Bed & Breakfast
Chatham Inn at 359 Main
Chatham

Golf Course (public)
The Captains Golf Course
Brewster

Golf Course (private)
Eastward Ho! Country Club
Chatham

Zumba Studio
YMCA Cape Cod
Hyannis

Dance/Ballet Studio (tie)
Beth Walsh Dance Studio
Osterville
Dance Designs
Centerville

Fitness Center/Gym
BodyStrong Fitness
Chatham

Martial Arts Studio
Hyannis Mixed Martial Arts
Hyannis

Yoga
Power Yoga of Cape Cod
Harwich

Pilates Studio
Joe’s Place True Pilates
Harwich


HEALTH & BEAUTY

Day Spa
Solstice Day Spa
Hyannis

Facial
Solstice Day Spa
Hyannis

Wax
Salon 700 & Day Spa
Hyannis

Manicure
Mia’s Nail Design
Brewster

Pedicure
Lovely Nails
Harwich

Massage
Hands-on-Health
Harwich

Eyebrow Shaping
Salon 700 & Day Spa
Hyannis

Hair Color
Salon Justine
West Dennis

Haircut (women)
Salon 151
Mashpee

Haircut (men)
Monument Barbershop
Provincetown

Makeup Selection
Macy’s
Hyannis

Chiropractor
Dr. Kevin Lowey
Orleans

Orthodontist
Dr. Warren Woods
Sandwich,
South Yarmouth

Cosmetic surgery
Cape & Islands Plastic Surgery
Hyannis


SHOPPING & SERVICES

Gift Shop
Oyster Bay
Provincetown

Gourmet Food Shop
The Brown Jug
Sandwich

Wine Shop
Luke’s Super Liquors
Multiple locations

Produce
Whole Foods Market
Hyannis

Jewelry Store
Hannoush Jewelers
Falmouth, Hyannis

Shopping Center
Mashpee Commons
Mashpee

Bookstore
Titcomb’s Bookshop
East Sandwich

Women’s Clothing
Puritan Cape Cod
Hyannis, Mashpee, Chatham, Falmouth

Lingerie
Bedroom I’s Boutique
Osterville

Baubles and Beads
Heart of Stone
Sandwich

Women’s Specialty Store
SeaBreezes Clothing
Hyannis

Men’s Clothing
Puritan Cape Cod
Hyannis, Mashpee, Chatham, Falmouth

Consignment Shop
Consigning Women
Harwich, Brewster

Fitness Wear – TIE
Marathon Sports
Yarmouth, Mashpee
Innerglow Yoga
Mashpee

Framer
Marjon Print & Frame Shop
Hyannis

Art Gallery
Left Bank Gallery
Wellfleet

Children’s Clothing
Kid & Kaboodle
Orleans

Music Store
Charlie’s Music
Hyannis

Candy Store
Chatham Candy Manor
Chatham

Toy Store
The Red Balloon Toy Shop
Orleans

Pet Specialty Store
Hot Diggity
Mashpee, Dennisport

Dry Cleaner
Centerville Cleaners
Centerville, Osterville, Hyannis, Sandwich

Sporting Goods
Butler Sporting Goods
Hyannis

Department Store
Snow’s Home & Garden
Orleans

Winter Gear
Eastern Mountain Sports
Hyannis, Bourne

Stationery Shop
Jules Besch Stationers
Truro

Cookware Shop
The Cook Shop
Brewster

Golf Store
Golf Fore Less
Hyannis

Bike Store
Bike Zone
Hyannis

Bath and Body Shop
Sativa
Harwichport

Outdoor Adventure
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Sandwich

Organic Grocer
Organic Market
Chatham, Dennisport, Mashpee

Prepared Meals-to-Go
Ring Bros.
Dennis

Fish Market
Chatham Fish & Lobster
Chatham

Nutrition Store – TIE
Cape Cod Nutrition Corner
Hyannis
Organic Market
Chatham, Dennisport, Mashpee

Cleaning Services
CleanGreen
Barnstable

Marine Supplies
West Marine
Falmouth, Hyannis

Daycare
The Learning Garden
Orleans

Limo Service
Kon Limousine Service
Cotuit

Builder
Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders
East Harwich

Real Estate Agency
Kinlin Grover
Multiple locations

Architect
Patrick Ahearn
Edgartown

Interior Design
Siemasko + Verbridge
Chatham

Kitchen Designer
Classic Kitchens & Interiors
Hyannis

Landscape Services
Joyce Landscaping
Marstons Mills

Tile Store
Cloutier Supply Company
Hyannis, Harwich

Antique Shop
Antiques Center of Cape Cod
Dennis

Garden Shop
Mahoney’s
East Falmouth, Osterville

Hardware Store
Ace Hardware
Multiple locations

Lighting Shop
Granite City Electric
Yarmouth

Rug Store
RPM Carpets & Floor Coverings
East Harwich

Kitchen Accessories
Snow’s Home & Garden
Orleans

Furniture Store
Barbo’s Furniture
Dennisport, Falmouth

Home Accessories
Diesel & Lulu’s
Sandwich

Outdoor Grills
Breakaway
Centerville, Mashpee and South Dennis

Outdoor Furnishings
Paine’s Patio
Pocasset

Appliance Store
KAM
Hyannis

Pool & Hot Tub Store
Cape Cod Aquatics
Harwich

Wedding Dress Shop
Sposabella Bridal
Hyannis

Tux Shop
Mr. Tux
Hyannis

Occasion Cakes
Cottage St. Bakery
Orleans

Florist – TIE 
East Sandwich Floral and Gift
Sandwich
Flowers by Mary
Orleans

Caterer
The Casual Gourmet
Centerville

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