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resort towns: Mid Cape Cod

Mid Cape Cod

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Antiques Center of Cape Cod

Main Street, also known as Route 6A, is the most scenic—and landmarked—drive in the Cape (it wraps all the way up the coast). It's littered with antique shops (one at almost every driveway) that would take several days to visit, at the least. Antiques Center of Cape Cod, a multi-vendor, multi-warehouse establishment (and conveniently next door to Captain Frosty's, a famously delicious fish and chips stand), has everything from gigantic statues to paintings, taxidermy, and vintage jewelry.
243 Main St. Dennis 508-385-6400,

Design Works

While this dry goods store—housed in a cheerful yellow barn—is positioned as an authority in Scandinavian modern design, the shelves inside indicate a much deeper range. The Iittala glassware shares space with batiked Kerry Cassill quilts, gorgeous intaglio rings, and shell-encrusted jewelry boxes from the 1800s.
159 Main St. Yarmouth port 508-362-9698

Main Street Antique Center

It's not huge, but it's definitely affordable (prices hover at near-flea-market levels), which makes this out-of-the-way spot worth a stop. Don't miss the piles of $5 and $10 jewelry.
691 Rte. 28 Dennis Port 508-760-5700

Maxwell & Co.

Perhaps the most fashion-conscious boutique on the entire Cape, this easy-to-overlook spot has a surprisingly vast selection of big-ticket labels (Dries van Noten, for one), along with a comprehensively extensive array of Kiehl's products. The T-shirt selection—Trea-tee, James Perse, Inhabit—is also spot-on.
200 Main St. Falmouth 508-540-8752,

Sandwich Antiques Center

This maze-like, multi-vendor antique space is nestled at the base of the Cape (which makes it a good pit stop on the way home). The floor-to-ceiling jewelry cases at the front are the highlight.
131 Rte. 6A Sandwich 508-833-3600,