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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Time for Kayaks, Bikes, and Hikes

 Now that the weather is vastly improved, folks are looking to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine. This is a great time of the year to visit Cape Cod. Here in Sandwich Village, all of our wonderful restaurants are open as are most of the museums. The snow is gone from the bike paths and hiking trails and the rivers and streams are navigable by canoe or kayak. It's time to get out and enjoy the fresh sea air and shake off the vestiges of winter.

Sandwich Boardwalk
Ecotourz is open for the season with kayaks ready to take to the water. Begin at the picturesque Sandwich Boardwalk and travel along Mill Creek and into the village marshes or out to Cape Cod
Bay. You can also head over to Scorton Creek when the tide is coming in and make your way along the creek and under the bridge at Route 6A and out into the marshes to meander deep into the estuary and explore the wildlife and plant life there. You can rent kayaks by the hour or check with Justin about one of his 2-hour guided tours of the Sandwich estuaries. He offers per person and per couple rates.

Shining Sea Bike Path
Bring your bike or rent one from Ecotourz and head for the Cape Cod Canal Bike Path. The 6 to 7mile ride along the canal will re-energize you mind, body, and spirit. If that isn't long enough for you, the head of the Shining Sea Bike Path is just up the road in North Falmouth. There is plenty of parking there and you can bike all the way to Falmouth or on down to Woods Hole if the spirit moves you. The path is 10 miles long so just make sure you have the legs to make your way back to where you parked.

If kayaks or bikes are not your cup of tea, there are wonderful hiking trails in Sandwich and East Sandwich. Murkwood in East Sandwich is just a mile and a half long and loops through woods and along the salt marsh. This is a great trail for beginning hikers or for the first outing of the season as it is fairly flat. It will only take you about an hour and then you will be ready for a hot cup of coffee and a brownie at Momo's on Route 6A.

Sandy Neck Beach
If you are hale and hearty and looking for a longer trek, head over to Sandy Neck for a hike along the beach. This barrier beach offers wonderful views of Cape Cod Bay as you make your way through the dunes. If you choose to hike along the back side of this spit, you will have beautiful views across to Barnstable Harbor. Stop by the Brown Jug in Sandwich Village and pick up sandwiches and snacks before you head out and be sure to dress warmly this time of the year because the wind off the bay can be quite cool.

After a day exploring, your will be ready for a hearty dinner and a good night's rest. Come stay at our inn and we will be happy to help you plan your outdoor adventure and are make reservations for you to enjoy dinner at one of Sandwich's great restaurants.

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

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