Dennis is a popular and picturesque seaside town located on the Southern Nantucket Sound. Beaches, kayaking, art galleries, boating, restaurants, deep sea fishing, theatre, and biking trails all draw vacationers looking for a respite from hectic lives. Located 1 hour from Boston this centrally located mid Cape town, truly is the Cape’s best kept secret. Unspoiled beaches well known as the best on the Cape, trendy restaurants, coupled with a small town feel, drawn visitors back year after year.
Dennis, named an All American Town in 1978, combines its traditional New England heritage with modern day conveniences. The villages of East Dennis, Dennis and South Dennis feature scenic historic districts hailing back to whaling days, while tranquil tree-lined streets meander through Dennis Port and West Dennis. Sixteen inviting beaches lie on the warm waters of Nantucket Sound to the south and on the crisp refreshing waters of Cape Cod Bay to the north. Numerous recreation trails offer healthful relaxation, and well developed business districts throughout the villages provide ample goods and services.
Whether you're traveling solo or with your family, you'll find plenty of things to do to occupy your body and mind. Sun bathe on numerous gorgeous beaches, take in an exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and Enjoy Music & More Concerts and the independent film series at our world renowned Cape Cinema. Stroll among Art galleries and marvel at the artisans creative talent along historical scenic Route 6.
The Cape Playhouse, in northern Dennis, is one of the oldest summer theatres in the United States, and among the best known. The actress Bette Davis was "discovered" while working there as an usher. Other famous Dennis residents include the author Mary Higgins Clark and actress Amy Jo Johnson, who grew up in Dennis.
The public beaches in Dennis are owned by the town. The Northside beaches are located on Cape Cod Bay, while the Southside beaches are located on Nantucket Sound. On the Northside, Corporation Beach and Howes Street Beach are on the same strip of public beach. Other famous beaches such as Mayflower Beach (aka Bayview* Beach), and Cold Storage* Beach (aka Sea Street Beach), Chapin Beach and Harborview* Beach are all pristine and tranquil. On the Northside, the Dennis town also owns two beaches on Scargo Lake: Scargo Beach and Princess Beach.
The area of Scargo Lake and Scargo Hill in Dennis are associated with ancient Native American folklore. When viewed from Scargo Tower atop the hill, Scargo Lake appears to be in the shape of a fish. There are several legends about the creation of the lake. One says that an Indian named Maushop dug out the pond, and then lit his pipe. The smoke from the pipe attracted dark clouds from which rain fell and filled the pond. More commonly heard is the story of a princess who was given three fish in a pumpkin by a young brave going off to war. He was gone so long that the fish began to outgrow the pumpkin. She then had the women of the village dig out the pond so the fish could survive.
The dirt the women dug out became Scargo Hill. Today it is the highest hill in the mid-Cape area. A stone tower commemorating Thomas Tobey, who settled in Dennis in 1678, was built in 1902. The Tobey family gave the tower to the Town in 1929.
The Southside beaches are Glendon Beach, Haigis Beach, Inman Road Beach, Maycroft Beach, Metcalfe Memorial Beach, West Dennis Beach, South Village Beach, and Sea Street Beach.
All of the public beaches in Dennis are free to walk on. However, every beach (except those with a *) charges a non-resident parking fee of $20-$25 per day or $75 per week. Residents (Dennis taxpayers) can buy beach parking stickers with proof of residency for $30 for the season. At resident-only beaches (marked with a *), non-residents may not park at all.
Location of the Lodge
Quietly set back from pastoral Route 6A on the mid-cape's ethereal 'north side', Starlight Lodge Cape Cod is perfectly centrally located along one of 'America's Scenic By-ways, "Old King's Highway".
Route 6A is famous for its dotted seaside villages, beaches, shops, galleries, and restaurants and afterwards, our terrific location in the heart of it all, welcomes you home!
The Cape Cod Playhouse--one of America's oldest summer stock theaters is only a few minutes down the road along with the Cape Cod Art Museum, The Cape Cod Natural History Museum and other wonderful points of interest and beauty.
From native algonquins and pilgrims to 'Jackie O', Presidents, celebrities trolling in convertibles, beach lovers, antique and gallery mavens, or fishermen & folks from all over, Old King's Highway (Route 6A) has been traversed by visitors from far and near for hundreds of years and Starlight Lodge welcomes new guests exploring here for the first time or coming back year after year!