Things to do
In this age of mega bookstores and e-readers, Titcomb’s Bookshop (www.titcombsbookshop.com, 508-888-2331) is a welcome retreat: three floors of new and used books in a barn-style building that has lots of nooks and crannies to sit and get to know your find. While you’re there, be sure to check the bookstore’s calendar because Titcomb’s is known for its author events—Jodi Picoult, Alice Hoffman, Geraldine Brooks, and many other renowned writers have visited.
For all things Americana and horticultural, Heritage Museums and Gardens (www.heritagemuseumsandgardens.org, 508-888-3300) does not disappoint. An antique auto museum, American history museum, and voluptuous Dexter rhododendrons offer much for the history fanatic and flower lover.
For a breath of salty air, walk the Sandwich Boardwalk, which meanders across Mill Creek, a kayaker’s mecca, out to Town Neck Beach.
While Sandwich does not have the large number of beaches that some Cape towns do, it does have a beach on gorgeous Mashpee-Wakeby Pond, which is actually two connected kettle holes—ponds created by receding glaciers—covering 729 acres but considered one body of water. This family-friendly beach, located in the Ryder Conservation Area off South Sandwich Road, offers a large gazebo for grilling, ample parking and restrooms. Lifeguards are on duty in season.