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Friday, March 20, 2015

2015 Cape Cod Tourism Season

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off To Work We Go

It's time to say goodbye to warm days, white sand, and the turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico. As we pack up the flip-flops and turn our tanned and re-energized selves north towards the feet of white snow blanketing Cape Cod, we begin looking forward to our 2015 season.
pink and yellow sky over water of Cape Cod Canal
Sunset on Cape Cod Canal

It is difficult to get our heads around the fact that we are starting our 13th season as innkeepers. However, starting April 10th, 2015, we will be open for business at the inn and looking forward to some warm weather and visits from the fabulous folks that we have become accustomed to having as guests.

The Cape is larger than many first-time visitors expect. There is so much to do and see in Sandwich, the other villages of Cape Cod, and the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard - all easy daytrips from the inn. Many of our guests also like to spend a day in Boston or Newport, Rhode Island. We do our best to provide information to folks who stay at our inn that, we hope, will help them get the most out of their time with us.

As in past seasons, we are offering specials and packages to help guests in planning their visit to Cape Cod. We have a whale watching special, a special for visiting each of the islands, and a special for folks who want to stay 7 days that gives the 7th day for just $17.50 and substantially lowers the average daily rate of your stay.

This year, we are offering a new special that lots of folks have already booked. Because of the extremely competitive market we are in, it has become necessary to list our inn with Online Travel Agency sites like Booking.com and Bedandbreakfast.com. This year, we have added a special that lets folks save $10 per night by booking their stay directly from our website or by calling us. When booking online, be sure that you are on our website at www.innatsandwich.com and not on a site that advertises the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center.

In appreciation to our loyal, returning guests, we are continuing the special rate of 10% off during the high season months of June, July, August, September, and October.

As Sandwich enters its' 376th year, it continues to have much to offer visitors. In addition to the Cape Cod Bay beaches, fabulous restaurants, quaint shops, and galleries, our village exudes historic charm. All within walking distance are the circa 1600's Dexter Grist Mill and Hoxie house and the 1800's Town Hall. Enjoy the continually changing exhibits at the Sandwich Glass Museum and new and exciting happenings at Heritage Museums and Gardens.

In future blogs this season, we will be sharing upcoming events and exhibit details taking place throughout Sandwich and Cape Cod. We hope you will come for a visit this year.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Heritage Museums & Gardens 2015 Season

I never tire of visiting the lovely gardens and museums at Heritage or writing about my visits there. Each year brings new and exciting exhibits in the museums and, as always, the verdant gardens offer vibrant and fragrant blooms for each season of the year. We are fortunate to be able to walk there from our historic bed and breakfast.

green grass and red brick sidewalk leading to car barn
Heritage Museums & Gardens will be opening for the 2015 season on April 18th. This season brings several particularly exciting exhibits and events that you will not want to miss. Among them, an international conference, an exhibit featuring one of America's most well-known family of artists, an outdoor nature exhibit, and an "aerial" adventure.

The much anticipated show, The Wyeths: America Reflected, will open on June 6th and will include paintings from three generations of this famous American family of artists. You will have the opportunity to view the works of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth.

Each year Heritage features an outdoor exhibit that combines the work of artists with the natural beauty of the gardens. This year, also opening in early June, will be Secret Shelters. These structures were designed by artists and architect for the purpose of meditation, contemplation, and creation in a natural setting. They will be tucked in among the flora and fauna in hidden places throughout the gardens. Half the fun will be finding them all.
pink and white flowers

Most folks are very familiar with the Heritage rhododendrons that are truly resplendent in the early summer months. In recent years, working in concert with the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, the hydrangea collection is expanding and has become increasingly popular with visitors to the gardens. This seems a befitting trend as the climate on Cape Cod is particularly suitable for growing hydrangeas. As the peak blooming season is in July, Heritage will host an international conference on July 14, 15, and 16 featuring this magnificent bloom. There will be lectures, tours, and displays by major hydrangea suppliers. Local nurseries will have hundreds of hydrangeas available for you to see and to purchase. Contact Heritage for details and to register for the 3-day conference.

A new outdoor exhibit with an aerial feature will open this spring on four acres in the area where Charles Dexter created hundreds of varieties of rhododendrons. It will surly offer a new perspective of the famous Dexter Rhododendrons. While wearing safety harnesses, visitors will explore five aerial trails with various degrees of difficulty, and a truly spectacular view of the gardens that has not been previously available. I hope to be one of the early explorers and will post a blog with video at a later date.
black iron gate shaped like antique auto grille
In the always popular auto museum you will find "Driven to Collect", an exhibit of some of the finest antique automobiles in the Heritage collection.

We are looking forward to many trips to Heritage Museums & Gardens this year and hope to meet you above the treetops. Come stay at our bed and breakfast and spend a day at the gardens.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sandwich Giants Aglow for the Holidays

 As the holidays approach, our thoughts begin to lean towards readying our bed and breakfast inn for the season. It is a time when folks reminisce about seasons past and give thought to building traditions for the future.

We all have fond memories of holiday traditions from our childhoods. I used to look forward to watching old Christmas themed movies that ran only during the Holidays. One of my favorites was a vintage Laurel and Hardy film called "Babes in Toyland". In this movie, the comic duo mistakenly made windup wooden toy soldiers in giant proportions. At first considered a disaster, the giant soldiers saved the town and the Christmas holidays for the villagers. And they all lived happily thereafter.

lighted giant glassblower sculpture
The Glassblower
We villagers in Sandwich are also now graced by giants that have become a tradition in the town center and along Route 6A. The Sandwich "GIANTS" are larger than life light sculptures that rise up during the holidays to add a festive glow on the long winter nights. The steel rebar frames are created by the local, renowned glassblower and artisan, Michael Magyar, at his Glass Studio on Cape Cod. He forged his first GIANT, the Glassblower, as a Holiday celebration to brighten the night with hundreds of colored lights that accentuate the sculpture and make it come alive.


Giant lighted Crow sculpture
The Crow at Crow Farm
Since this first GIANT in 1998, the family has grown both numerically and structurally. Individuals and businesses approached Michael to design and build GIANTs that highlighted their interests or identified their business. The unique creations range from the almost literal representations, like the CROW at Crow Farms and HONEY BEES at the Bee-Hive Tavern on Route 6A, to the whimsical OLD MAN WINTER attached to the top of The Weather Store on Main Street.

Lighted giant sculptre of a Chef
The Waiter at Momo's Food Emporium
Today, throughout the holiday season, over 40 GIANTs, all larger and brighter than the first GLASSBLOWER, will twinkle after sunset
along Route 6A and on the streets of the village. 

Come stay with us at our Sandwich bed and breakfast and you can look out the window to see the beautiful DOLPHIN CANDLESTICK in front of our neighbor, the Sandwich Glass Museum. We’ll give you a map locating all the GIANTs, many of which are just a stroll away in the village.

Sandwich Village has always been a special place at the holidays and the GIANTs are a great new tradition. If you decide to escape to Cape Cod for the holidays, we hope to see you.