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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sandwich, MA for Christmas

 Sandwich Village is all decked out for Christmas. Last weekend residents, visitors, and quests at our Sandwich bed and breakfast hailed the lighting of the town Christmas tree. All year long this huge, natural spruce next to the Sandwich Town Hall shades the Civil War memorial across the street from the Inn’s driveway. Now, adorned with festive multi-colored Christmas lights, it casts a warm glow over all of Town Hall Square Historic District.

The "Holly Days in Sandwich" annual celebration starts with caroling in front of the First Church of Christ and the tree lighting, and continues through Christmas. Visitors can enjoy creative and beautiful decorations throughout the Village and along historic Route 6A, the Old Kings Highway of Colonial days. Sandwich merchants have extended hours on Thursday night and are open all day Saturday, and some have limited hours on Sunday for the shoppers convenience. While shopping, note the festively outfitted store windows and the doors of many neighboring homes. Most likely they are participating in the Chamber of Commerce’s “Stores and Doors” decorating contest. New this year, shopper can vote for their favorites on Facebook.  No, you cannot vote for the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center this year, but yes we have been an official ‘winner’ a few times and I think our door this year is still a winner.

Sunday is the Holly Days Home Tour with over a dozen antique homes opening their decorated doors to the public. A great chance to see how Christmas may have looked hundreds of years ago. Our Cape Cod B&B is not on the tour this year, but as always, we fully adorned inside and out. Even if you miss the Home Tour, you can get the flavor of a very historic Holiday by staying with us. We have an “In the Spirit’” special and other packages still available between now New Years.

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

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