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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cape Cod Vacation Planning

This year, 2011, is our ninth year as Innkeepers at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast in Sandwich, Massachusetts. We have enjoyed wonderful guests from all over the United States and many other parts of the world. We have learned that many people who are visiting Cape Cod for the first time are surprised at its size and the fact that it is and island that is separated from mainland Massachusetts by the Cape Cod Canal. To get onto the Cape, you will cross one of two bridges that span the Canal; the Sagamore Bridge to the east and the Bourne Bridge to the west.

Cape Cod is approximately 70 miles from Bourne to Provincetown. At its widest it is about 25 miles, and at its narrowest about 1 mile wide. It is 413 square miles of some of the world’s most beautiful forests, dunes, marshland, and beaches. Cape Cod is made up of many villages and towns, some bordered by Cape Cod Bay to the north, others by Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east. Each village and town has its own unique flavor and charm. The islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are off the coast of Cape Cod.

The Cape is geographically distinguished by three areas:  Upper Cape, Mid Cape, and Lower Cape (shown as Outer Cape on this map), each with its own separate Villages and unique attractions.  The Upper Cape is made up of the towns of Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, and Mashpee and is the part of the Cape closest to the Mainland. The Mid Cape includes the towns of Barnstable (which has 7 villages), Yarmouth, and Dennis. The Lower Cape includes the towns of Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.

We will be blogging about the special points of interest of each of these areas. We hope that you will continue to read our blogs and that this information will be helpful in planning your visit to Cape Cod.

While we often have guests for extended stays, most folks visit the Cape for three or four days. We do our very best to help our guests make the most of their time here so that they take with them wonderful memories of time spent on Cape Cod. One of our best suggestions to those planning a trip here is to purchase a copy of An Explorer’s Guide – Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket written by Kim Grant. It is one of the best guidebooks about our area that we have seen and it can be found in book stores and online from Amazon.

We are offering a number of special packages to enhance your visit to Cape Cod. We hope to be welcoming you to our Sandwich Bed and Breakfast very soon.

Jan and Charlie Preus, Innkeepers at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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