Welcome to Cape Cod, an outstanding year-round New England vacation destination. Sandwich was settled in 1637, making it the oldest town on Cape Cod. Indeed, several homes in Sandwich date to the 17th century and many others date to the 18th and 19th century. Sandwich is conveniently located near the Mid-Cape Highway, allowing easy exploration of all attractions on the Cape & Islands, as well as having easy access to off-Cape attractions such as Boston, Plymouth, New Bedford and Newport. Our Inn is located in the original village and it is within walking distance to many fine restaurants, shops, antique centers and museums
To learn more about the history of our town, start out with a walking tour of historic homes and points of interest. After that, you can visit many of the unique museums in Sandwich Village and Sandwich, such as the:
Hoxie House is the oldest house on the Cape (1675) and restored in the 1950’s
Dexter Grist Mill is a functioning restoration of the original village mill providing milling demonstrations and offering freshly ground corn meal.
Sandwich Glass Museum, operated by the Sandwich Historical Society, documents the Sandwich glass industry, which was central to the growth of Sandwich during the 1800’s. This museum offers multi media exhibits, glass blowing demonstrations and exhibits of Sandwich glass as well as exhibits by contemporary artists. The Glass Studio on Cape Cod and McDermott Glass Studio are examples of two local extraordinary artists carrying on the Sandwich Glass tradition.
The Thornton W. Burgess Society is a non-profit educational organization founded to carry on the pioneering conservation work of author/naturalist Thornton W. Burgess (1874 - 1965). Mr. Burgess was born and grew up in Sandwich and went on to achieve national and international recognition for his children’s stories that teach lessons of conservation and love of wildlife. The Society operates two facilities, the Thornton Burgess Museum, located in the village and the Green Briar Nature Center a few miles east of the village. While many of the programs sponsored by the Burgess Society are aimed towards children, the Society also has an extensive set of adult programs including guided birding and nature walks and astronomy presentations, and several festivals (Herb, Strawberry, Blueberry, Cranberry) throughout the summer and fall.
The Nye Family Association operates the Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum, built in 1681.
Heritage Museums and Gardens offers an amazing array of exhibits, such as an antique car museum housed in a reproduction of a round stone Shaker barn features over thirty antique American automobiles, an American History Museum, the Cape Cod Baseball Hall of Fame, an Art Museum, an antique, hand carved functional carousel, a windmill built in 1800 and one hundred spectacular acres of trees and shrubs, beautiful flowers and sweeping lawns. The Heritage is especially well known for its vast collection of Dexter Rhododendrons.
Plymouth (America’s Home Town) is just a short 20 mile ride away and is the location of the Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II.
The Cape is also known for its antique stores; two of our favorites, Seaside Antiques and the Sandwich Antique Center are right around the corner from the Inn. There is also the Sandwich Auction House that holds weekly auctions where you can usually find some great deals! Auctions are Saturday night, 6:00 pm during off season and Wednesday nights, 6:30 pm, July and August.
OK, after a day or two checking out museums, are you ready for some outdoor fun? Cape Cod is know for its many beaches and Sandwich has several, both salt and fresh water, including Town Neck and Horizons Beach, both within walking distance from the Inn. Cape Cod also has many hiking trails and biking trails and paths
Cape Cod is also known for its golf courses, including three 18 hole courses in Sandwich.
Massachusetts Bay has wonderful whale watching. Boats leave from Barnstable, Plymouth or Provincetown harbors.
For the water enthusiast - kayaking is a wonderful means to explore the fascinating bays and estuaries, either self guided or guided tours. One our favorites is ECO tourz, located just around the corner from the Inn.
The Cape Cod Canal is the widest sea level canal in the world. Originally proposed by Miles Standish in the 1600’s, the canal was not opened until 1914. Service roads which parallel both sides of the Canal are available for bicycling, jogging, roller blading and walking. Each service road is approximately 7 miles long. The canal area also offers hiking trails, camping, fishing and has a Visitor Center at the Sandwich end of the canal.
The Cape Cod Baseball League, one of the premier summer leagues in the country, plays throughout the Cape in June, July and August. The Cape Cod Baseball League is open to college players with at least one year of eligibility, nearly one out of six major league players have played in this league.
Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard offer great day-trips. Ferries to both islands are just a short drive away. We recommend either Hy-Line or the Steamship Authority out of Hyannis or Freedom Cruise Line out of Harwich to Nantucket and the Steamship Authority out of Wood’s Hole or the Island Queen out of Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard.
Cape Cod has several wonderful professional and amateur theater groups including the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod Theater Project and the Cape Playhouse, the oldest professional summer theatre in the country. Also, check out the Cape Cod Melody Tent and see who might be in town. Reo Speedwagon, B-52s, Chicago, BozScaggs, Lyle Lovett, Melissa Etheridge, Steve Miller, The Temptations, and Buddy Guy are a few of the artists scheduled to appear during the summer of 2013.