Just a short 1/2 hour drive from The Captain’s Manor Inn, Sandwich was the first Cape town settled in 1637 and its name was based on a seaport in Kent, England. What was a small agrarian community changed dramatically when a Boston businessman Deming Jarvis established a glass factory in Sandwich. The Boston and Sandwich glass company grew to be one of the largest glass makers in the nation.
Heritage Museum Antique Auto
A must see in Sandwich is the Heritage Museum and Gardens. This is the largest public garden in southern New England and it is located on 100 acres of magnificent grounds on the banks of Shawnee pond. This site is especially famous for their Dexter Rhododendrons as well as numerous daylilies, hostas and hydrangeas. In addition the gardens feature nationally recognized specialty gardens, water features and sculpture.
The heritage Museum hosts three gallery buildings with diverse exhibitions. Our particular favorite, housed in a reproduced Shaker Round Stone Barn, is an automobile gallery featuring more than 30 beautifully maintained antique American automobiles. Another fine collection is the American Art & Carousel Gallery which includes an extensive collection of folk art and a working vintage carousel from 1908.
Sandwich Glass Museum
Another site you should visit is the Sandwich Glass Museum. There are displays of more than 6000 different glass pieces created by different glass companies in Sandwich during the 19th and 20th centuries. A highlight of your visit will be the opportunity to view glassblowing demonstrations on site. The glassblowing demonstrations are held daily from 10 AM until 4 PM every hour on the hour.
Other interesting glass shops to visit in Sandwich are listed below:
• McDermott Glass Studio & Gallery (272 Cotuit Road, Sandwich, Ma 02563)
Closed Monday, Gallery Tue-Sun 10-5, Glassblowing Thu-Sat 10-5
• Glass Studio on Cape Cod (470 Route 6A, East Sandwich)
• Pairpoint – Americas Oldest Glass Works (Route 6A Sagamore Ma)
If you have more time to spare in Sandwich perhaps you would enjoy the Heritage Trail:
Happy Holidays to all. Enjoy the beautiful Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Cape Cod as they are all dressed up for the holidays. This reminds me the wonderful lighting displays of Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts. The spirit of the holidays is present both inside the museum and on the grounds.
We are so fortunate to call Falmouth, Cape Cod home. Together with our fellow innkeepers in the Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association we recently took the opportunity to showcase Falmouth and some of our associations beautiful bed and breakfast rooms, breakfasts, views, and things to do in the Better Way to Stay campaign spearheaded by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.
The video shoot took place this past spring and the final product has now been created and lives on YouTube! We hope you enjoy this 56 second video trip to Falmouth (of course the shooting took place over a very full day…the magic of editing).
We are so happy to share that the long awaited marvelous new french bakery opened on Main Street in Falmouth!! Phone number 774-255-1855.
Boris at work
Boris Villatte, the 33 year old co-owner of PB Boulangerie & Bistro in Wellfleet had been looking to expand and we are so very fortunate that he chose our beautiful Falmouth Village.
The bakery will feature the same breads, croissants, cakes and quiches that they are known for in Wellfleet. To read more check out the article in IO Cape Cod (The insider’s guide to going out in Cape Cod) by clicking here.
How exciting to have been at the “soft opening” of the brand new building at the Falmouth Historic Society. It is absolutely beautiful both inside and outside. It is always wonderful to have our community working together and for this special event Carol Chittenden of Eight Cousins bookstore coordinated with Mark Schmidt of The Falmouth Historic Society to bring the New York Best Selling Author BA Shapiro to the Historic Society for readings and background on The Art Forger novel.
BA Shapiro & Carol Chittenden
In May, the paperback version of The Art Forger will be out and Ms. Shapiro will return to Falmouth for a book event at Eight Cousins bookstore. The event will include a tour of the bookstore basement catacombs where Carol Chittenden will share some lore about a possible connection to Falmouth and the famous Isabella Stewart Gartner museum art heist featured in the book.
We are happy to be hosting a number of runners this weekend for both the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday. This year marks the 35th annual occurance of the marathon where Falmouth welcomes runners from around the country and around the world. Today is a picture perfect day and it seems to be the calm before the storm of Sandy which is expected to arrive here on the Cape on Monday.
The inaugural Cape Cod Brew Fest will be held on September 29, 2012 at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds. There will host be 30 breweries with over 60 styles of beer to sample from. The event will have two, three-hour sessions from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m and 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Each session will feature live music.
Barnstable County Fairgrounds
1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy, Route 151
East Falmouth, MA 02536
While enjoying breakfast on the veranda yesterday our guests had the pleasure of seeing a majestic hawk sitting in a tree in the back gardens watching the activity at the Inn. After a mad dash for the camera we were able to capture this shot of our visitor. It may be the new baby doves or the baby rabbits that caught his attention. We are just brimming with wildlife See the hawk in the picture below sitting in the V of the branches in the center of the photo.