• Kate Ivers

How to Shop Safely on Cape Cod This Summer

Shopping isn’t just a fun way to spend a cloudy day, but an essential part of the Cape’s tourism industry. COVID-19 has brought unpredictable devastation to our local shops, restaurants, and business owners, so it's amply important that we support them. Just like throughout the rest of Massachusetts, all Cape Cod restaurants must adhere to the social distancing seating and walkway guidelines laid out by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. But there's another way to take precautions: open-air shopping spaces. If you want to shop, choosing outdoor, open-air destinations is the safest measure to take during the pandemic. We've compiled a list of four open-air retail locations that we recommend you visit.

1. Mashpee Commons - Mashpee, MA

Mashpee Commons is a New England-style shopping area with over 50 stores and over 20 dining and entertainment destinations. The award-winning mixed-use neighborhood also features a movie theater, supermarket, 77 apartments, and CapeSpace, a shared workspace environment.

COVID precautions: In light of the conventional movie theater, Mashpee Commons has launched a drive-in movies series to safely bring events back to the district. Click here to reserve free tickets to various movies throughout the summer. Proper sanitation, mask-wearing, and guided social distancing are also concrete in the shopping center’s COVID protocols.

Our top selections here are the steak tips at Bobby Byrnes, fresh produce at Rory’s, dog treats at Hot Diggity, some cool “locals” gear at MOCEAN, and of course, facials at SeaSalt Spa. Also, be sure to check out Cape Camo, which is opening its first retail location here.

2. Main Street - Hyannis, MA

Known as the “Hub of the Cape,” Hyannis Main Street offers pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and crosswalks. The strip also houses 40 restaurants and cafes featuring a broad range of cuisines, 150 locally-owned shops, and a walkway to the sea of Hyannis Harbor.

COVID precautions: Here is a list of stores and restaurants with their new protocols (and promotions!), and a list of takeout and delivery options on Main Street.

Our recommendations on Main Street are the burgers at KKatie’s Burger Bar, local art from Red Fish Blue Fish, fish tacos at The Black Cat, music and records at Spinnakers, and an all-you-can-eat special at Brazilian Grill.

3. Main Street - Chatham, MA

Chatham is one of the walkable towns on Cape Cod. It’s also one of the most charming, combining a classic “Main Street” ambiance with a modern flair. Chatham’s downtown area is an upscale shopping destination with boutique clothing, award-winning inns, and a variety of dining options.

COVID precautions: Stores and restaurants on Main Street are strictly adhering to all COVID-mitigation practices outlined by the CDC. Here is a list of open restaurants and their updated policies and hours.

Our recommendations are sandwiches at Chatham Cookware, craft beers at the Squire, sweets at Chatham Candy Manor, and cute gifts from Fisherman’s Daughter.

4. Commercial Street - Provincetown, MA

Commercial Street is a bustling yet quaint shopping, dining, and entertainment district at the very tip of the Cape. Adorable bed and breakfasts, art galleries, and boutique shops are scattered throughout this historical fishing district.

COVID precautions: Restaurants along Commercial Street have updated guidelines in lieu of COVID-19. Check out our ultimate P-town pub crawl, which includes these measures, to safely enjoy Commercial Street with your loved ones.

Our top things to do are the Pilgrim Monument (you can even climb it!), and eating oysters at Mac’s Fish House, and getting a massage at Crowne Pointe Spa.

Be On the Cape This Summer

In bleak times, it’s comforting to know we still have the places that make life fun. Updated community guidelines are sweeping the nation, and have been very well received by the Cape Cod community, so you can have peace of mind when you visit. And, when you come here, you’re contributing to our local economy. But, of course, if you are feeling unwell, please stay at home.

We can find the perfect rental if you’re looking to visit any of these sweet locations, Call us at (857) 222-9043 to learn more.

If you go to any of these places (or take us up on any of our recommendations), let us know by tagging @downthecapetravelguide on Instagram and Facebook.