Settled in 1637 and incorporated two years later, Sandwich is Cape Cod’s oldest town, and visitors will find little tastes of history throughout the community.
Downtown, several historic sites are all within a short walking distance. During the late 17th century, the Hoxie House, a saltbox-style residence on Water Street, was home to the Rev. John Smith, his wife Susanna, and the couple’s 13 children. Today, the restored house includes decorations and household items reflecting domestic life during the colonial era. Close by, the 17th-century Dexter Grist Mill still works today; stop by on select days, May through September, to purchase a bag of freshly ground corn meal.
Across the street, The Sandwich Glass Museum holds some of the Cape’s rarest glass creations and tells of the industry’s storied history in town. The museum is open daily and offers glassblowing demonstrations on the hour. Notably, Deming Jarves, the man who brought glassblowing to town in the early 1800s, has a street named for him just around the corner. The Glass Studio on Cape Cod, McDermott Glass Studio, and other merchants in town continue the glassmaking tradition today.
Feeling nostalgic? Consider a stay at The Dan’l Webster Inn, a 300-year-old former residence that features several dining rooms, a cozy tavern and a luxurious spa. Another great option is the Belfry Inn and Bistro. Once a church, this attractive 1902 building has its original stained glass windows—and a heavenly menu featuring Long Island duck, short ribs, and scallop and lobster risotto.
After a meal—or at any time of day—visit the Cape Cod Canal for picture-perfect views. Peaceful Main Street is a great walking area too, and the Sandwich Boardwalk is another special place, allowing visitors to cross the marsh and creek—all the way to Town Neck Beach. Heritage Museums & Gardens is a great spot to appreciate flora and fauna; the facility offers acre after acre of beautifully manicured gardens, as well as an antique car exhibit and a gravity-defying adventure park.
Still hungry? Stop by Marshland Restaurant & Bakery and try the restaurant’s famous stuffed quahog, to go along with meatloaf or steak tips. Also on 6A, Café Riverview serves up a tasty breakfast burrito!