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Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall on Cape Cod

With the Autumnal Equinox on September 21st, Fall has officially arrived. With it comes mild days and cool nights and perfect weather for outdoor activities in Cape Cod. We are looking forward to beautiful leaf color this year and lots of visitors at our bed and breakfast inn.

Fall is such a wonderful time to visit Sandwich. The Sandwich Glass Museum has some great exhibits for those rainy days and Heritage Museums and Gardens is still open where you can enjoy the colorful foliage. There is still time to see "Driving our Dreams: Imagination in Motion". Strolling the 100+ acres of the botanical gardens is a joy in the fall.

All of the restaurants in Sandwich are open and, for your dining pleasure, not nearly so crowded as they are during the summer months. You will find everything from the superb fine-dining a the Belfry Bistro to the casual setting at Seafood Sam's. The Sagamore Inn is still open and serving great Italian food and fresh seafood. Their lobster roll remains, in Charlie's opinion, one of the best on Cape Cod. The Aqua Grille has changed hands and has a terrific new seafood menu. There is still time to sit in one of their Adirondack chairs on the lawn overlooking the marina and enjoy a cocktail. In the early evening, dinner on the patio is nice as they have a fire pit for warmth.

 The Brown Jug has just installed their fire pit out on the patio for the season. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Gregg Harper's dulcet tones can be enjoyed with a tasty cheese platter and wine or you can ask Michael to prepare a warm drink for you.

There is no better way to enjoy the fall than a visit to Sandwich. As you stroll about out quaint, historic village, you will catch the aroma of logs burning in antique fireplaces, fall wreaths adorn many of the front doors of homes that are 200+ years old, and the trees are sporting their fall attire. Take a walk through Old Town Cemetery for a history lesson of the town's founding families. Stop in at the Dunbar Tea Shoppe for a pot of tea, served the English way, and one of their succulent treats.

All around Sandwich there are hidden paths to hike, rivers and streams to kayak, and trails to bike. Come for a visit and we will provide you with maps and directions to wherever you would like to go.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday The 13th and All is Well on Cape Cod

It may be Friday the 13th but, so far, no black cats or ladders around anywhere. Fall is pushing its' way in and the weather is perfect for outdoor activities. There are lots of fun things to do on Cape Cod this time of the year. In Sandwich, everything is open and everyone is taking advantage of the cooler weather and smaller crowds.

Provincetown begins Ten Days of Art Festival which will run until September 22nd. The kickoff is Friday, September 13th from 5 - 8pm at the Town Hall. For 10 days, more than 30 Provincetown artists will be performing and exhibiting their work. This is the third year for this now annual event and it is entitled "The Hidden Treasures of Provincetown". This event is being done in conjunction with the Center for Coastal Studies to bring awareness to the hidden treasures that surround the area.

photo of a cranberry bog before harvest
 The Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival is Saturday and Sunday, September 14th and 15th. Enjoy work by artists and artisans from Cape Cod and southeast Massachusetts in the beautiful setting of Brooks Park at the corner of Main and Oak Streets. The Cranberry Jam music festival will feature a number of performances from 2:30 - 8:30 pm in the parks ball field. There will be lots of food vendors serving gourmet hotdogs, ice cream, and more. More information is available on their website.

For nature enthusiasts, the Long Wild life Sanctuary is holding the 4th Annual Cape Cod Wildlife Festival on Saturday, September 14th from 10 am - 3 pm. The are located at 345 Bone Hill Road off Route 6A in Cummaquid. There will be wildlife experts on hand to answer questions and lots of food and activities. Rain date is Sunday, September 15th and admission is free. Call 508-362-7475 for more information.

For bird lovers, the first ever Cape Cod Bird Festival is being held in Brewster at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Birdwatching is second only to gardening as the most favorite hobby in the United States. On Sunday, September 15th, Family Day is a wonderful free event. Enjoy craft projects, ask the expert sessions, and bird exhibits.

Other fun awaiting visitors to the Cape are:
--Tours of the Cape Cod Brewer at 11 am daily except Sunday. The brewery is located at 1336 Phinney's Lane in Hyannis. The tours are free and you can get more information by calling 508-790-4200.
--Walking tours of historic Sandwich Village from 10 - 11:30 am on Saturday from the Sandwich Glass Museum on Tupper Road. Donations are welcome and you can contact them at 508-888-0251.
---Lighthouse tours of Nauset Light in Eastham 1 - 4 pm on Sunday, the Three Sisters Lighthouses at the National Seashore in Eastham from 4 -5 pm on Sunday and Tuesday, and Chatham Lighthouse at Coast Guard Station in Chatham from 1 - 3:30 pm on Wednesday.

If you are planning a get-away to Cape Cod, we hope you will come stay with us and have some fall fun.