The autumn season is my favorite time of the year: it’s beginning to get cool enough for long sleeves, jackets, and pants. The leaves begin to change colors, creating a colorful scenery that you can only find in New England. My favorite seasonal beverage, pumpkin spice, is available this time of the year. There’s absolutely nothing that comes close in comparison to autumn and I wish the weather would stay like this all throughout winter! October brings about the Oktoberfest and many other fun seasonal activities.
This weekend is a long weekend with Columbus Day, and the Mashpee Commons is holding their annual Sidewalk Sale from October 8th to 10th. The various shops throughout the Commons will be displaying their merchandise at a reduced price and this is a perfect opportunity to get a head-start on that holiday shopping! I know, I hate it when people talk about the holidays before Halloween, but it’ll be December before you know it. Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday we were ringing in 2016?
While you are in the Mashpee Commons, make sure you check out the diverse shops from Woodruff’s Art Center to Marathon Sports. Each of the shops provide just a bit of something that will suit your fancy, there’s no doubt about it! Come take advantage of what a lot consider to be the end of the summer season on Cape Cod. However, the Mashpee Commons never closes and there are some fun holiday activities coming up in November and December!
If you’re hungry after a day of shopping, there’s no need for you to go home straight away. There are plenty of sit-down restaurants that call the Mashpee Commons home, so stay a bit longer and make the day last by enjoying some of the delicious food and beverages these establishments provide. If you’re planning to visit the Mashpee Commons on Sunday, be sure to stop by the Organic Market between Noon and 4 PM. The Organic Market will be hosting its Farmer’s Market, which features fresh produce grown locally, prepared food, as well as live music. This is definitely something you don’t want to miss!
Check out these local restaurants:
Asia – Asia at Mashpee Commons offers a variety of Asian food such as Chinese and Vietnamese. They also have a sushi bar, where you can pick from a selection of this delicious Japanese cuisine. It is located near CVS, on Greene Street.
Bleu – Bleu was opened by an expat from France, who wanted to bring delicious French cuisine onto the Cape. It has won several prestigious awards and the food is delicious. I had lunch here last year right before the holidays, and the food was incomparable. Unique, but it’s definitely something worth trying!
Bobby Byrnes Restaurant & Pub – Bobby Byrnes is one of my favorite restaurants in the Mashpee Commons, along with Siena’s. Bobby Byrnes has a variety of delicious food, from steak to fish. I definitely suggest going here after you’ve finished your day of shopping.
Estia Taverna and Bar – Estia Taverna and Bar features authentic Greek cuisine and pizza.
Siena’s – The atmosphere at Siena’s is welcoming, and you have the option to sit either at the bar on the second floor or in the main restaurant on the first. Siena’s provides seasonal food and beverages, so there’s bound to be something delicious. Maybe a martini and a meal most suitable for the autumn?
Trevi Café and Wine Bar – I have never been here, but my parents have been here on dates. It’s a lovely restaurant dedicated to European cuisine and provides a intimate atmosphere, which is perfect if you want to go on a date with your partner.