2017 Life Annual Guide: Upper Cape
East Sandwich, Forestdale, Sandwich Village
Settled in 1637, Sandwich is the oldest town on Cape Cod and, some might argue, the prettiest. As a result, the town is an attractive destination for those who enjoy history and charming small-town scenery.
In Sandwich Village there are several must-visit locations near to each other, making for a perfect walking tour. Built in 1675, the Hoxie House on Water Street is one of the oldest homes in all of New England, and tours are held from mid-June to mid-October. Nearby, Shawme Lake offers beautiful vistas throughout the year and its waters help power the Dexter Grist Mill, Cape Cod’s oldest mill. The machinery still functions, and visitors can purchase freshly ground cornmeal in summer.
Across the street, the Sandwich Glass Museum tells the story of the town’s famous glass industry, which began with Deming Jarves in the early 1800s. The museum displays colorful exhibits of glassware and art through the years and offers regular glassmaking demonstrations. Be sure to explore the shops and cafes on Main and Jarves, and if you’re staying locally, the Belfry Inn & Bistro and The Dan’l Webster Inn (see article opposite page) have time-tested reputations for hospitality and cuisine.
Care to stretch your legs? One can enjoy a lengthy bike ride or walk on either side of the Cape Cod Canal, and the visitors center in Sandwich Marina details the history of the manmade waterway. For waterfront dining, The Pilot House delivers a wide selection of local seafood and great live music. Across the marina, the relatively new Fishermen’s View has some pretty good food too!
For nature lovers, Heritage Museums & Gardens has 100 acres of lush gardens to explore as well as an antique car museum, a ropes course, and more. The Sandwich Boardwalk provides access to Town Neck Beach, and it’s a great place to observe nature—and people watch.
A drive along the Old King’s Highway (Route 6A) is always enjoyable as the road passes by miles of lovely homes, cranberry bogs, and marshes. Be on the lookout for charming cottage resorts, gift shops, bookstores, Sandwich Mini Golf, and Ice Cream Sandwich—a sweet spot for lobster rolls and dessert.
Looking for a place to stay?
Two hundred years of culture and taste
The Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa boasts return guests year after year—and for good reason. “It’s really a special place,” says marketing director Joyce Groemmer, “and it has an elegance without being too formal.”
The inn has 48 guest rooms and suites decorated in colonial style, with amenities in some rooms including king beds and fireplaces. Dining options include the Music Room and Conservatory for traditional elegance, and the Tavern for sandwiches, beers, and the full menu in a cozy pub setting. The on-site Beach Plum Spa offers massages and other treatments, and guests can sunbathe by the pool or relax in the garden. “The garden is a lovely place for weddings,” says Deb Catania of the Catania Hospitality Group, which owns the inn. “Our team works year round taking care of it.”
Catania says another ingredient makes the Dan’l Webster stand out. “What’s really special is the quality of the people who work here,” she says. “Everyone involved goes out of their way to provide guests a wonderful, unforgettable experience.”
Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa
149 Main Street, Sandwich
508-888-3622 • danlwebsterinn.com
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