Sandwich is on Cape Cod in Massachusetts at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal. It is the oldest town on the Cape, settled in 1637. Sandwich is famous for the glassware produced here in the 1800s. It is also home to numerous gift and antique stores, art galleries, and rare book stores.
Sandwich, is a little more than an hour and a quarter from both Boston and Providence.
- From Boston take I-93 south to Route 3 south to the Sagamore Bridge. (Becomes Rt. 6). After the crossing Sagamore Bridge any of the first 3 exits off Route 6 leads into Sandwich.
- From Providence or points south take I-95 north to I-195 to Route 25 south to the Bourne Bridge (I-495 also becomes Route 25). At the rotary (traffic circle) on the Cape side of the bridge go almost all the way around and travel along the Canal to Route 6. Any of the first 3 exits off Route 6 leads into Sandwich. Rather than taking Route 6, you can continue straight under the Sagamore bridge on Route 6A into town.
- Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway, 17 Elm Av., Hyannis, +1 508 771-6191, . Service to most Cape towns.
- Cape Air, +1-800-352-0714. Regional airline serving Hyannis, Provincetown, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket with service also to the off cape cities of Boston, Providence (seasonal), and New Bedford.
The center of Sandwich is very walkable, but generally a car is the best way to get around.
- Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove St., ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. mid-Apr- mid-Oct 9AM-5PM. The gardens on the 100-acre grounds are always beautiful, with over 1,000 varieties of plants, featuring extensive collections of rhododendrons, hydrangeas and day lilies. Museums have exhibits of antique cars, American history, Native history, folk art (including basket making and scrimshaw), and a 1908 Charles Looff carousel. A windmill built in 1800 is also on the grounds. Various special exhibits, events, programs, performances and reenactments are also scheduled. Gardens Aglow - Thanksgiving to Christmas, 4:30PM-8:30PM. "Hidden Hollow" is the children's interactive outdoor area. New in 2015, an outdoor adventure featuring zip lines through the trees called The Adventure Park at Heritage. This is the only extra charge part of Heritage; all other areas, museums and carousel included. Reservations recommended for the Adventure Park, where fees run from $33 to $43. [ Combo tickets available] which include the other areas. Free handicapped accessible trams with wheelchair lifts can take you between museums on the wooded grounds. Best time to see thousands of rhododendrons in bloom is late May through early June. Summer time features many hydrangeas and day lilies. Adults $18, age 3-11 $7. Under 2, free. Active duty military get in free with up to 5 family members from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of Blue Star Museum program. MTA teachers are admitted free from mid-April to mid-October. AAA discounts available from mid-April to mid-October..
- Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Rd (off Rt. 6A, East Sandwich), ☎ . This non-profit educational is not just for the kids. Some fantastic jams, jellies, relishes and pickles are made and sold here. Preserves are slow-cooked in oldest commercial solar-cooking operation in the country. Try the peaches in brandy.
- Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main St (Corner of Tupper Rd. and Rt. 130), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Summer hours daily 9:30AM-5:00PM, Winter except Jan. W-Su 9:30AM-4:00PM Wed-Sun.. Glass blowing demonstrations here and in many other glass artists around town. Sandwich boasts several other fine glass artists such as David McDermott and Michael Magyar. Michael Magyar is also known around town for his "Giants",large illuminated sculptures seen lining Route 6A during the Christmas season. Another glass blowing operation worth seeing is Pairpoint Glass, located near the Sagamore Bridge. Pairpoint has been in business since the mid-1800s. Adults $9, kids 6-14 $2, 6 & under free.
- Sandwich Art Gallery, 153 Main St, ☎ . Daily Mar-Dec. An antique building houses a variety of paintings and lithographs.
- Nye Homestead and Museum, 85 Old County Rd, ☎ . Jun 15-Sep 15. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM.
- Hoxie House, 18 Water St., ☎ . Open daily 10AM-5PM, Jun to mid-Oct. This house was built in 1637, and is probably the oldest restored house on the Cape.
- Wing Fort House, 69 Spring Hill Rd, ☎ . Jun 15-Sep 15 Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM. Built in 1641, it's the oldest house in New England continuously lived in by a single family.
- Dexter Grist Mill, Town Hall Square, ☎ . Open daily 10AM-4PM in summer, limited hours Sep-Oct. A working 17th-century grist mill on Shawme Pond, which offers tours (with very knowledgable guides) and fresh corn meal. Be sure to fill up your water bottles at the fresh water fountain nearby and feed the ducks on the pond. Watch for the huge turtle.
- Sandwich Fish Hatchery, Main St (Route 6A), ☎ . Daily 9AM-3PM. See the stages of fish and feed them. Run by the State Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. Free.
- Cape Cod Canal, 60 Ed Moffitt Dr, ☎ . The east end of the Canal is in Sandwich and the Canal Visitor Center is there. See the Bourne Wikivoyage guide for a section on the Canal and its recreational uses.
- Sandwich Marina, Ed Moffitt Drive. The only harbor along the Cape Cod Canal.
- Take a walk on The Boardwalk. A cool raised boardwalk across Mill Creek to the dunes at Town Neck Beach. Boards are purchased by folks who specify the lettering on them. For walking, take Jarves St. toward the Bay, left on Factory St., right on Harbor St. and follow to end.
- LauraJay Sportfishing Charters, 28 Chapaquoit Way, East Sandwich, ☎ . 31' Custom Duffy Sportfisherman leaving from Sandwich Harbor on the Cape Cod Canal. 1-6 person trips, 1/2 or full day. Experienced crew targeting Striped Bass, Blues, Cod, and Giant Bluefin Tuna.
- Walk, bike, rollerblade or fish at the Cape Cod Canal. See the article at Bourne.
- Sandwich Cycles, 40 Route 6A, ☎ .
- Click here for an event calendar by the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce.
- Ecotourz L.L.C., 20 Jarves Street (exit 2 off Rte 6 down Rte 130 towards the village of Sandwich), ☎ . 7am-9pm. Ecotourz offers Kayak rentals as well as bike rentals. varries.
- All require non-resident parking stickers $40/season, Sandwich Town Hall Annex, 145 Main St., +1 508 833-8012.
- Sandy Neck Beach, off Rt. 6A, E. Sandwich (at Barnstable line). Lifeguards, food, restrooms, Parking $10. Six-mile barrier beach on Cape Cod Bay. Special off-road equipment is required to travel down the beach.
- Town Neck Beach, off Town Neck Road and Rte. 6A. No facilities. Rocky, narrow beach at the end of the boardwalk.
- Wakeby Pond, Ryder Conservation Area, John Ewer Rd. (off South Sandwich Rd), South Sandwich. Lifeguards, food, rest rooms Parking $10. The Cape's largest freshwater body of water.
- Chocolate at Cape Cod Chocolatier, Route 6A, Merchant's Square, +1 508 833-2613. Daily 10AM-5PM.
- Something from one of the many gift and antique shops on Route 6A and Sandwich Village.
- Preserves from Green Briar Jam Kitchen.
- Sandwich Farmers Market, Quaker Meetinghouse Rd (Located in Oak Crest Cove Field across from the Pop Warner Football Field, Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Exit 3 off of Route 6), ☎ . 2:30-6:30 PM every Tuesday. Every Tuesday June 17 thru Oct 28, 2008, 2:30PM-6:30PM all summer long to browse and buy locally grown and/or produced goods such as: produce, organic vegetables, fruits, honey, eggs, breads, cheeses, oils, vinegar, pastries, live lobsters, potted plants, cut flowers, herbs, soaps/lotions, canned goods, crafts, art, gifts and souvenirs. FREE.
- Dan'l Webster Inn,, 149 Main St, ☎ . Fine dining with an outstanding wine list. $$$$.
- Belfry Inne and Bistro,, 8 Jarves St, ☎ . Fine dining in a unique old church. $$$$.
- Marshland Diner, 100 Rt. 6A, +1 508 888-9824. Great breakfasts, also lunch and dinner. Catch their bakery next door. $
- Amari Bar & Ristorante, 674 Route 6A, ☎ . M–F: open 4:30PM; Sa, Su also lunch at 12PM. Contemporary Italian. Brick oven pizza, on the pricey side.
- Beehive Tavern,, 406 Route 6A, East Sandwich, ☎ . Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. Wide range of dishes and prices. You won't believe the ginger bread! Always there, not always on the menu.
- Seafood Sam's on the Canal, 6 Coast Guard Rd, ☎ .
- Tomatoes Italian Grille & Bar, 280-C Rt 130, +1 508 888-6008. Daily 4:30PM-10PM. Traditional and creative Italian. $13-$22.
- British Beer Company, 46 Route 6A (Old King's Highway), ☎ .
- Twin Acres Ice Cream Shoppe, 21 Route 6A, ☎ . Towards the canal. Popular, but good service. Not homemeade, but many flavors. Beautiful Grounds!
- Dunbar's Tea Room, 1 Water Street, ☎ . 11AM-4:30PM. Much more than tea. If you appreciate refinements, don't miss this lunch. $8-$12.
- Bobby Byrne's Pub, 65 Route 6A, ☎ .
- British Beer Company, 46 Route 6A (Old King's Highway), ☎ .
- Sandwich Tavern, 290 Route 130, Forestdale, ☎ .
Hotels and Motels
- Dan'l Webster Inn,, 149 Main St, ☎ . Luxurious and historical. Used to be a stage stop in colonial times. 53 rooms.
- Spring Garden Inn,, 578 Route 6A, East Sandwich, ☎ . Overlooking the Scorton Creek Sanctuary.
- Sandwich Lodge & Resort,, 54 Route 6A, ☎ , toll-free: . Indoor pool, restaurant, free continental breakfast, game room and pool table. Pets allowed.
- Shady Nook Inn & Motel,, 14 Old King's Hwy, ☎ . Beautiful gardens and heated pool.
- Spring Hill Motor Lodge, 351 Route 6A, East Sandwich, ☎ .
- Pine Grove Cottages, 358 Route 6A, ☎ . 10 cottages, pool, play yard for kids.
Bed and Breakfasts
- 1830 Quince Tree House, 164 Main Street, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com. Three Room Georgian Colonial Bed and Breakfast.
- Bay Beach Bed and Breakfast, 3 Bay Beach Lane, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of only 4 four diamond B&Bs on the Cape. At the boardwalk. Private beach. $245-$345.
- Belfry Inne and Bistro,, 8 Jarves St, ☎ . 7 Rooms.
- Heather Hill Bed and Breakfast,, 1 Dennis Dr, ☎ .
- 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, 118 Tupper Rd, ☎ .
- Isaiah Jones Homestead,, 165 Main St, ☎ . A step back in time to the romantic and elegant Victorian era.
- Peter's Pond Campground, 185 Cotuit Rd, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com.
- Shawme-Crowell State Forest, Rte. 130 (Route 6, Exit 2), ☎ . Year round, but from mid October to mid April, camping only on Th,F,Sa nights. Office hours 8AM-10PM. Over 285 campsites on 700 acres. Winterized yurts are also available year-round. Hiking, swimming, trails, cross country skiing in winter.
- Day trips to Plymouth and other areas of the Cape are quite worthwhile.
- The Cape Cod National Seashore on the Outer Cape is very beautiful.
- A trip eastward on Route 6A winds through a number of interesting villages and past numerous galleries and interesting shops.
- The bridges get very busy on summer Sundays. If leaving the Cape try to leave before noon or after 8PM.
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