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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cape Cod is for Book Lovers

 Books, Books, Books

With the Nook and Kindle now ubiquitous, there are some who still like the feel of the paper, the smell of the ink, and the sound of the page turning. For those die-hards, there are some unique book stores on Cape Cod in which the smell of paper and ink will send your tender heart thumping. I know the feeling well, as I am one of the afflicted.

Not far from our Cape Cod bed and breakfast, nestled into the scenic beauty of Route 6A, is one of my favorite book sellers, Titcomb's Bookshop. For over 40 years, the Titcomb family has been selling antique, new, and used books, games, puzzles, and cards. This lovely little book store has been recognized by the International Booksellers Federation as one of 50 unique bookstores in the world and we are so fortunate to have it in our lovely village.

Throughout the year Titcombs holds events with notable authors that include book talks and book signings. Their many book clubs offer something for just about everyone including one for men and one for knitters.  They have many events for children to encourage reading. They feature a Children’s Storytime with notable children’s book authors where kids are able to listen to the author read from their publication and then they can get their book personally autographed. Who knows, this could encourage a budding future author.

Some of the notable authors they have featured include: Gail Tsukiyama whose books include The Samurai’s Garden and Women of the Silk; Heidi Jon Schmidt who wrote The Harbormaster’s Daughter and The House on Oyster Creek;  Ron Anderson author of Long Taters: A baseball Biography of George “Boomer” Scott; Steven Raichlen writer of Island Apart; Frances McNamara author of Death at Woods Hole;  and Liza Klaussman, great-great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville who spoke about her debut novel Tigers in Red Weather.

The events at Titcomb’s Bookstore have included such delights as a Mother/Daughter American Girl Craft-Tea, a Food and Book series, and a Find Waldo in Sandwich event that involved 20 Sandwich business and celebrated Waldo’s 25th anniversary.

The folks at Titcombs will impress you with their expertise and their passion for books and you will find the customer service unsurpassed. Be sure to sign up to receive their newsletter. Their staff recommendations for books will keep you in reading material all year long. Pick up a good beach book. What better time to relax with a good book than when you are vacationing on Cape Cod.

Titcomb's Bookshop is easy to find. As you are driving along scenic Route 6A in East Sandwich, you will see their statue of a colonial man standing along the road. Just turn in there and prepare for a few hours of eternal bliss.

Titcomb's Bookstore
432 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA  02537

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

Saturday, July 14, 2012

50 Reasons to Stay in Sandwich

Whether you are planning a holiday or a quick get-away to Cape Cod, Sandwich Village is the ideal location for a visit. After all, Cape Cod begins here. Aside from the fact that this is the oldest and quaintest of the Cape’s villages and the most historic, Sandwich has it all. There are so many interesting places to visit and amazing things to do and to see when you come stay at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast. Here are 50 of them.

1- Bike the Cape Cod Canal bike path,
2- Visit our newly restored Town Hall, one of the first built after the separation of church and state,
3- Ride the carousel at Heritage Museums & Gardens,
4- Play mini golf at one of the Cape’s oldest and most charming mini golf courses,
5- Stop by Titcomb’s Book Shop and browse through the new and used books,
6- Check out the 1903 jam kitchen at the Green Briar Nature Center,
7- Sit on the patio at the Brown Jug and have a cool pitcher of their delicious Sangria,
8- Go to Town Neck Beach and search for sea glass,
9- Watch glass being blown at the Sandwich Glass Museum and learn about the history of Sandwich,
10-Explore the Olde Town Cemetery with stones dating back to the 1600s,
11-Visit the swans in their natural habitat on Shawme Pond,
12-Go for a long beach walk at Sandy Neck Beach,
13- Visit the Sandwich Boardwalk, voted one of 10 most beautiful in the world by National Geographic,
14- Jump off the boardwalk at high tide,
15- Kayak along the river
16- Visit the Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center & Museum and explore the many exhibits,
17- Stop by the 1600s Dexter Grist Mill and watch how corn was ground by the early settlers,
17- Visit the Hoxie House, the oldest on the Cape (Circa 1640) and experience life in the 17th-century,
18-Peruse the Norman Rockwell: Beyond the Easel exhibit at Heritage Museums & Gardens
     (Summer  2012),
19- While at Heritage, visit the tree house at Hidden Hollow,
20- Try the Queen’s Tea at the Dunbar Tea Shop (one of the top 10 in the country),
21- Play golf,
22- Visit the Pairpoint Glass studio to watch glass blowing,
23-Kayak Scorton Creek,
24- Visit East Sandwich Beach for a beach walk or to work on your tan,
25- Go in search of all the Whimsical Garden Gates at Heritage M&G,
26- Take a guided walking tour of Sandwich Village on Wednesdays in July & August and on
       Saturdays in September,
27- Rent a stand-up-paddle board and give it a go,
28- Go hiking in Briar Patch at the Green Briar Nature Center,
29- Go hiking, or canoeing at the East Sandwich Game Farm,
30- Visit the Fish Hatchery,
31- Have an ice cream at Twin Acres or Ice Cream Sandwich,
32- Hike Talbots Point and find the fresh water spring,
33- Visit Maple Swamp for the most dramatic topography on Cape
34- Visit Muckwood for an unparalleled panorama of salt marsh, bog,
       and barrier beach,
35- Canoe, kayak, or Stand-Up-Paddle along Mill Creek and the beautiful marshes near the Boardwalk,
36- Play tennis,
37- Sit by the Cape Cod Canal with a good book and watch the boats go by,
38- Go for a swim in the fresh water of Wakeby Lake or Snake Pond,
39- Kayak or canoe along the shores of Shawme Pond,
40- Take a walk up beautiful Grove Street, one of the most picturesque in Sandwich,
41-Watch the sun set over the Cape Cod Canal,
42- Waterfront dining on the Sandwich Marina at the Aqua Grille and on Cape Cod Bay at Hemisphere,
43- Dine in a restored church, the most unique restaurant on Cape Cod,
44- Fish off the rocks at the Cape Cod Canal but be sure to get your permit,
45- Visit Sweet Caroline’s for an oh so good, so good, so good  tasty treat,
46- Chew and the Brush: Visit Café Chew and then step next door to Brush gallery,
47- Explore historic Town Hall Square and the Sandwich Heritage Trail,
49- Have a refreshing drink of water at our artesian well,
50- And, of course, stay at a fabulous bed and breakfast. We hope you will choose ours.

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