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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sandwich, Cape Cod - Great Vacation Destination

The hidden lanes, winding pathways, and quaint streets of Sandwich Village lead visitors to wonderful historical discoveries and new adventures. Whether you are searching for a unique Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast for your vacation, some of Cape Cod's best local cuisine, recreation opportunities, or just want to relax and enjoy a good book on the beach, Sandwich has it all. Many distinctive boutiques, restaurants, museums, walking and biking trails, rivers to kayak, and museums and historic sites await your visit.

Located just across the street from our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast is the Sandwich Glass Museum. With displays of more than 6,000 glass pieces, the museum tells the story of the towns’ greatest contribution to the American Industrial Revolution. The Boston & Sandwich Glass Factory, the first of its’ kind in the country, made its’ mark with an innovative method of pressing glass in a mold. This brought down the price of glass significantly, making it more affordable.

One of our favorite exhibits at the museum is the Hannah “Rebecca” Burgess Dining Room. This replica circa 1880 dining room is the Sandwich Glass Museum's newest exhibit and is an important addition to the Museum. It displays many glass objects that were made right here in Sandwich and shows visitors how they were used in daily life during the Victorian Era. Through the use of technology and special lighting, the glass objects come to life. Visitors are able to spend a few moments with “Rebecca” and learn a bit about this charismatic woman.

The museum is open daily for visitors to tour the amazing exhibits, watch glassblowing and pressed glass exhibitions, enjoy the Multi-Media Theater and visit their gift shop. During the summer months, the Sandwich Glass Museum sponsors walking tours of Sandwich that feature the town’s quintessential examples of American architectural styles from the colonial period to the early 20th century. It showcases people who lived in the village with amusing anecdotes relating to the famous and not so famous former residents. Check the museum’s website for the tour schedule.

A unique aspect of our lovely Village is the Sandwich Boardwalk. It’s a short from our Inn in the village to the 1,000 foot-long Sandwich Boardwalk which spans Mill Creek and its’ marshes and leads you to a lovely public beach on Cape Cod Bay. Each plank in the boardwalk is a memorial to someone who has ties to Sandwich. Several years ago after a hurricane destroyed the boardwalk, it was rebuilt by planks that were donated by local residents. Each person who donated a plank had an inscription carved into the plank. The new boardwalk was completely funded by these donations. Some pay tribute to loved ones, both two legged and four legged, others commemorate a wedding or anniversary, one says simply “Slippery When Wet.” Part of the fun is reading the inscriptions as you stroll down the boardwalk and over to the beach.

Whether at low or high tide, the view across the marsh grass to the sand dunes and water of Cape Cod Bay is breathtaking. At high tide it is common to see kids, young and old, jumping from the bridge into the creek. It is also a popular place for children to catch crabs. It is an easy walk from our Inn to the boardwalk. We are happy to provide you with beach towels or a couple of sand chairs.

Through our blog we will continue to share with you some of our favorite things about our quaint and lovely Sandwich and about Cape Cod and why so many people love to vacation here. Some  folks say, “If you are lucky enough to live on Cape Cod, you are lucky enough.”

 Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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