Here's a reason to go back to Sandwich during warmer months. Dexter's Grist Mill is a restored mill that you can watch in action. I guess this tip is a "to be continued" in the event that I ever return and can visit it!
If you like shiny and colorful objects then I think you'd enjoy visiting The Sandwich Glass Museum. It's located on the former site of a glass factory that was active during the 1800's. It was one of America's largest glass factories, in fact.
They showcase a good variety of work or the sort of it done throughout the years of its existence as a factory. The gift shop is great too and I'm not sure if they're there year-round, but there were about 5 or 6 Christmas trees decorated in blown glass ornaments that you can pluck off 'em and buy!
On the hour you can watch an intern demonstrate glass-blowing. The kid we saw had lots of personality so it was a fun experience.
Now I can cross that off my bucket-list.
I suppose that the Daniel Webster Inn is beautiful all year long. I'm glad I visited in during Christmas. Old Victorian inns are just more special with a Christmas tree or two and all "gussied" up with lights.
The oldest house on Cape Cod was built in 1675 for Reverend John Smith, his wife Susanna and their 13 children. Purchased by the town in 1950, the house was restored and period furniture added. Open June - October, admission $1.50 adults, $ .75 children. Tour this wonderful 1600's home at the edge of Sandwich center. Tiny diamond pane windows...simple and minimal style of living. A good lesson in history and architecture.
Town neck beach isn't known for its sand that's for sure, so if you are going for the day set yourself up on the dune side and take a walk along the boardwalk.
When Hurricane Bob destroyed this landmark it was rebuilt with money from the townspeople who sponsored the boards. You can walk and read the names and messages of those who've contributed over the years. And if you want to do what the locals do you can jump off the main railing at hight tide. Fun and refreshing.
Afterwards check out Twin Acres for icecream right off 6A past the Stop & Shop plaza.
Drive along the Old King's Highway, Rte 6A to Sandwich and beyond. The entire road is protected from strip development and commercialization....thank God!! Sandwich is a precious little microcosm loaded with charm. The old mill on the stream is picture perfect. It is the Dexter Grist Mill...a working 17th century grist mill, featuring a 54 inch French Burl millstone. Built in 1654, the mill offers tours and sells fresh ground corn on premises. Open daily 10 -4 in summer. Admission is $1.50, $.75 Children.
Several little shops in a row...each looking more inviting than the next. This is where you stop for post cards, soulvenirs, light lunch or ice cream.
Best antique shop on opposite corner...mentioned on my cover page.
Never having seen corn actually ground in a gristmill, the visit to this site was a treat. The museum docent was very friendly. A brief history of the mill was given and actual organic corn was ground at the mill for sale. I purchased a bag and found the corn to make great cornbread.
This would be a great attraction for school aged children. Admission is charged (nominal) Fresh ground corn is extra.
It's cape cod. You have 3 beaches within 5 minutes of you at all times. It's obvious when they're not shopping or eating, people come to the cape in the summer to hit the beach.
The beaches in Sandwich are not long white powdered sand beaches, they are littered with rocks, seaweed, and shells. I'm not saying they aren't nice, just know what to expect. I where my sandals into the water because the rocks stretch until you're about hip deep.
The best times to go are always first thing in the morning, I mean EARLY, or late in the day. Skip peak sun hours, you still get tan, it's less crowded, and it's so peaceful.
If you go you'll end up at Town Neck, East Sandwich, or Sandy Neck. Sandy Neck is the busiest one and the lot fills up fast.
If the sandwich beaches aren't to your liking you can go to Craigville beach which has no dunes and is crowded but is not rocky and the water is generally warmer. I highly recommend checking out some beaches further down cape, especially in Wellfleet.
Quiet fishing on a Sunday afternoon is not the worst thing you could do... the day was so quiet, peaceful, sunny, serene....almost didn't matter if there were any fish.
This pic was taken by the Dexter Grist Mill built in 1640 and still in operation. Open to the public for a small admission.
We had "tea" at an adorable little shop/lunch room in Sandwich. It is named the Dunbar Tea Shop. Tea pots, cozy warmers, tea cups...all for sale in the shop. Our lunch consisted of little triangle sandwiches with cucumbers and such...along with marvelous scones spread with cream and strawberry jam! yum. Excellent tea. It's right across from the mill at the village green area.
You can stop at the Sandwich Glass Museum around the bend. Lots of recent beautiful glass, as well as the history of the Sandwich glass works.
Sandwich has a lot to offer the nature lover and the shopper, but the MUST DO activity is a trip to Heritage Plantation.
Heritage Plantation is a hidden jewel on Cape Cod. HP is really a museum featuring an extensive antique auto collection, a fine arts building featuring Americana and a working Carosel, and a Civil War building. The grounds are immaculately maintained and feature many walking paths through extensive gardens.
Once a church, it's now an inn and restaurant. The Abbey, The Painted Lady, and another property comprise the "The Belfry Inn" apparently.
Looks lovely and again, I'd love to check out the interior!
An absolutely gorgeous old Victorian converted into a bed 'n breakfast. Hey, here's another reason to return to Sandwich. I'd love to walk in and check out the common areas!
Another of the quite photographable homes around the Sandwich area of Cape Cod. If you like old New England architecture, this is a gold mine. Spend some quiet time walking with your camera in hand.