Sandwich, Massachusetts, is located on the northwest side of Cape Cod and is easily accessible from the Bourne Bridge. This quaint Cape Cod town offers visitors beautiful bay beaches, wonderful museums and lavish restaurants, making it a fabulous getaway destination.
Cape Cod’s oldest town, Sandwich was founded in 1637. It boasts historic homes and quaint neighborhoods that are meticulously landscaped and perfect for exploring on Sundays by car. If you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing Cape Town getaway, yet accessible to all the necessary vacation adventures, Sandwich is the place to be.
Some of the information in this article was obtained during a sponsored press trip, but all recommendations are mine.
Sandwich beaches offer a bay swim that is traditionally warmer than oceanfront beaches. Daily, weekly and seasonal parking passes are available for many Sandwich Ocean beaches.
Town neck beach
Town Neck Beach is fun at low tide, with tide pools and plenty of room to spread out, it’s great for young children. It can be a bit rocky so good beach shoes are a must.
The Sandwich Boardwalk crosses the marsh towards Town Neck Beach. The walkway is frequented by young locals and adventurous visitors who like to jump into the water at high tide.
Scusset beach is a wonderful place for families. The gentle waves are great for swimming and the wide, sandy beach offers views of the Cape Cod Canal. You will often see ships crossing the water on their ocean voyage. Scusset beach has bathrooms, showers and a snack bar, making it perfect for a long day at the beach. Pack a picnic, towels, sunscreen and beach toys for a great day in the sand at the beach.
East Sandwich Beach
East Sandwich Beach is a beautiful, long, sandy beach with stunning views of Cape Cod Bay. Perfect for swimming and catching beautiful rays, East Sandwich Beach offers calm waters by the bay, seemingly tailor-made for swimming. If you like to walk on the beach then East Sandwich Beach is the perfect place for your morning stroll.
Heritage museums and gardens
Heritage Museums and Gardens offer visitors luxurious garden explorations and fascinating exhibits focused on Cape Cod and Island history.
Indoor and outdoor exhibits capture the imaginations of young people while exploring the history of each subject. the Insects, birds and bricks The exhibit, for example, brings creatures to life through the use of LEGOS. Larger-than-life creatures are designed with meticulous attention to detail. They will enchant you during your walks in the gardens. Imagine turning the corner to find a giant dragonfly hidden among the flowers or a surprise gathering of birds along the trail.
Ten different gardens feature native plants, aquatic features, and quaint bee hotels. The Hydrangea Garden, Rhododendron Garden and Daylily Garden are seasonal events that deserve your full attention.
Heritage museums and gardens are a must-see for horticultural enthusiasts and children of all ages.
Sandwich Glass Museum
The Sandwich Glass Museum is a treasure trove of historic glassware, including many pieces from the early 19th century. Glass played an important role in the history of the city and the Sandwich Glass factory was a leader in the industry. Its collection of antique glass is a chronology of glassware through the ages.
During your visit to the museum, take the time to sit down and watch the glassblowing demonstration. Visitors are close enough to feel the heat of the glory hole and hear the hiss of steam from the cooling process as expert glassblowers demonstrate their craft. You will be in awe of the talent of these glass artists who create a beautiful piece as you watch.
Buy your own special piece of sandwich glass at the museum shop. They offer spectacular glassware that will look great in your home and make a wonderful gift or souvenir from your trip.
McDermott Glass Studio
Master craftsman David McDermott and his team of glassblowing artisans create pieces of breathtaking beauty. McDermott Glass Studio showcases their beautiful glassware in their Sandwich studio and you can also shop online to view the full collection.
Her amazingly colorful glass creations with graceful lines will bring an ethereal feel to your home decor.
Cape Cod Glass Studio
The Glass Studio on Cape Cod is an artisanal glassblowing business run by the Michael Magyar family that offers visitors a glimpse into the world of glassblowing. Their gallery and custom pieces can be seen in their Sandwich gallery and through their online store. Visitors will be amazed by the softness and grace of the different collections.
Holly Ridge Golf Course
When you have a day without a beach or just want to get out on the links, the Holly Ridge Golf Club is fun and family friendly. The 18-hole par 3 course offers an accessible part for beginners and a quick 18 for more experienced golfers. You can enjoy a quiet morning and play while soaking up the beautiful scenery.
When you have a family reunion and need to keep a bunch of kids busy, heading to the practice ground and hitting a bucket or two of balls will help everyone burn off some energy and work on their swing. For family fun on the course, organize a quartet and enjoy a little friendly competition.
If you’re looking for more golf during your Cape Town getaway, visit our article on the 9 Best Cape Cod & Island Golf Courses.
History buffs will love visiting all of the historic sites around Sandwich. The Sandwich Historical Commission has compiled a comprehensive list of the town’s historic buildings and significant monuments. The list includes individual websites where you can explore each location in depth. Explore sites such as the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Benjamin Nye Homestead Museum, Wing Fort House Museum, Sandwich Glass Museum, Hoxie House Museum, and many more.
This is a must see for history buffs, even if it’s just a driving tour.
Shopping has never looked better than walking down Mashpee Commons’ ‘Main Street’. This city-like shopping district features well-known stores, small boutiques and excellent restaurants.
Upscale boutiques like Nic & Zoe and White House-Black Market sit alongside beach boutiques like Soft As A Grape and The Black Dog General Store. Galleries featuring local crafts like The Art Coddage and the Wampanoag Trading Post & Gallery are a wonderful place to purchase that special souvenir.
You will be spoiled for choice for dining at Sandwich and the surrounding Cape Towns. From delicious seafood to creamy ice cream, you certainly won’t go hungry.
When you visit a quaint little town like Sandwich, you expect to have your breakfast in a charming bakery where the food is home cooked and delicious. Beth’s Bakery and Cafe is exactly that type of establishment. The pastry crate is filled with delicious sweet treats to enjoy with your cup of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. A perfect panini is the way to go for lunchtime, make sure you have your cannoli fresh and filled to order for dessert. Gorgeous!
Have lunch or dinner on the Siena Patio in the Mashpee Commons. You can sit back and soak up the relaxed and relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a taste tour through Italy. Start with a classic: marinara meatballs, to thrill your taste buds. Finish with one of their perfectly prepared crispy pizzas or a spicy seafood cioppino. Don’t forget to save room for a tiramisu for dessert.
Nothing says a Cape Cod getaway like a premium ice cream cone. The Polar Cave in Mashpee has mouthwatering and sweet ice cream treats I’m on vacation from my diet. Choose from flavors like Arctic Landslide, Chocolate Ice Cream with Marshmallow Swirls, Dark Chocolate Chips and Almonds, or Black Raspberry / Chip / Oreo with Dark Chocolate Chips or Crushed Oreos. Of course, they also offer classic, silky ice cream flavors.
Tree House Brewing Company
Fans of craft beer will enjoy the Tree House Brewing Company’s Sandwich Place. Shop online to sample their fabulous collection of craft beers. Add a touch of local flavor to your getaway with a six-pack Hello Cape Cod, a unique American beer brewed by IPA to celebrate your trip to Cape Town. Looking to try all Tree House beers, select the Gimme All Your Cans option. It’s a fun and entertaining compilation of their canned beers, perfect for your own private tastings.
If you love good craft beers and are in the Boston area, check out 5 Fantastic Breweries To Visit In Boston.
Pro tip: There is so much to do in the charming town of Sandwich, Massachusetts. It is a wonderful place to spend a quiet romantic weekend or a fun getaway for your extended family. As you explore this quaint and historic town, don’t forget to relax and soak up the chilly vibe of Cape Cod; after all, you are on vacation. Beach hopping is a fun way to explore the variety of Cape Town beaches, a great place to start is our article on Cape Cod’s 11 Best Beaches.