Aside from being the oldest and most historic village on Cape Cod, it is as the real estate slogan says; location, location, location. When staying in Sandwich, it is so easy to take day trips to any of the Cape's other villages and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. The rich history here, fabulous restaurants (some on the water), beaches, great shopping, museums galore, hiking and biking trails, rivers and marshes for kayaking. What more could one hope for?
|Aqua Grille Waterside Patio|
We have antiques shops with some of the most affordable antiques shopping on the Cape, art galleries galore, and shops with divine gift items and lovely treats for yourself. We have shops that feature local artisans and crafts people and we have the very special Spotted Cod with the most beautiful gifts and home decorating items you will find anywhere....shades of Coastal Living. We have three glass blowing studios producing world class items. After all, Sandwich is known as the ''Glass Town' with a glass making history that dates back to the 1800s when Sandwich was the world center for pressed glass making. You can learn all about that era at the Sandwich Glass Museum, just across the street from our inn.
|Dexter Grist Mill|
Located on Grove Street, and just up the hill from our inn, is one of the crown jewels of Cape Cod, and southern New England's largest public garden, Heritage Museums & Gardens. That in itself could be a day trip. In addition to the most amazing floral and tree covered grounds, this 100 + acre horticultural garden is home to three museums, including an auto museum with one of the finest antique American auto collections in the world. It is housed in a reproduction, round, stone Shaker barn. Housed in another museum is an antique carousel that has been fully restored. Be sure to take a spin back in time.
Before you leave Heritage Museums & Gardens, check out the Maze and the Labyrinth. If you are there in early summer, you will have the pleasure of walking the trails where 10,000+ rhododendrons will be in resplendent bloom. Don't miss Hidden Hollow and its tree house, believe me it's not just for kids.
Another part of Sandwich's history is that Thornton Burgess, famed children's story book author, lived here. Homage is paid to this environmentalist at the Thornton Burgess Museum and at the Green Briar Nature Center. At Green Briar, is possibly the oldest operating jam making kitchen in the country. If you love making homemade jam, you may want to schedule your visit here to include one of their jam workshops.
If you are like me and really enjoy visiting old cemeteries, we have several here in the village. Go for a morning walk and stop by the Old Town Cemetery just up the street, which dates back to the 1600s. The feeling that you have just stepped back in time is palpable there.
If that isn't enough to keep you happily engaged, how about an afternoon kayaking along Mill Creek and Scorton Creek or biking along the Cape Cod Canal Bike Path. You can bring you own bike or kayak or Justin at EcoTourz would be happy to rent you one and you can even schedule a kayak tour with him. There are also many trails to hike and beaches to stroll. Folks love to search our beaches in hopes for finding some small pieces of beach glass, perhaps even a particle of the illusive Sandwich glass.
As I have said, Sandwich is the perfect place to call 'home' while you are visiting Cape Cod. We will give you maps and direct you to other parts of the Cape for great day trips and adventures. We can also help you plan your visit to the other islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. We hope you will come stay at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast and think of it as your seaside retreat while you are here.
Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts