Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2020

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www.summerguidecapecod.com 118 Your visit to Cape Cod is incomplete without a visit to Mashpee Commons. The Commons, as it's affectionately known to locals, reflects the new urban main street of America. Brick walk- ways and festive gardens delight visitors from near and far. Hosting more than 90 shops and restaurants, movie theatres, community events, services and housing, the open air town square has something for everyone. This award win- ning urban community is a unique step into the future with a careful eye on the past. You never know what you'll find around the next corner. Whether you want to shop in any of the national or locally owned specialty shops, dine alfresco in one of the many cafes, or google on a park bench courtesy of the free outdoor pub- lic internet access, you'll be enchanted by the elegance and careful attention to detail that has made Mashpee Commons an internationally recognized model for regional development. Prior to 1980 the town of Mashpee was largely undeveloped. The bustling town heart that is Mashpee Commons today is the result of a carefully planned vision. In the late 1970's Arnold Chace Jr. and Douglas Storrs, principles of Mashpee Commons L.P., saw potential in a strip mall built in the 1960's. The task of trans- forming the mall required careful planning and painstaking research. Chance and Storrs trav- eled throughout New England, searching for the details which reflect New England's inimi- table charm. The duo dreamed to capture that unmistakable charm while creating a neo tradi- tional mixed use lifestyle. Enter world renowned architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater- Zyberk, pioneers known for their work in new urban design. Duany and Plater Zyberk had expertly designed Seaside, an icon in Neo traditional urban living located on Florida's Gulf Coast. Since the cre- ation of the Florida community, Seaside living has become a term commonly associated with the lifestyle afforded by carefully planned new urban communities. The task of bringing this lifestyle to Cape Cod was underway. The master plan for the core of Mashpee Commons began in 1986 with work to trans- form the existing strip mall. Years later it is evi- dent that Chace and Storrs have accomplished if not surpassed their dream. Today, the captivating seaside community includes residential units, a library and a post office. The eclectic retail shops include Pot- tery Barn, Banana Republic, The Gap, Williams Sonoma, and numerous Cape Cod specialty stores. Alfresco dining is an elegant component to any Cape Cod evening, and here you'll have many choices to please your palette at any of the gourmet restaurants or cafes. Plan your visit carefully, to enjoy one of our community events. You'll feel welcome when you take the opportunity to drop by the Commons. You'll be delighted not only by the pedestrian friendly spirit, but the convenience and safety of this little village. As you stroll along the red brick path- ways, rest assured you have become a part of this unique community and you'll want to return.• MASHPEE COMMONS Shop, Dine and Play By Kathy Palmer Photo courtesy of Mashpee Commons

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