World-famous for its colorful glass, Sandwich, Massachusetts enjoys a well-deserved reputation as an arts and culture capital, and our Sandwich vacation rentals offer the best base from which to see it all!
Founded in 1637, the town is the oldest on Cape Cod and boasts historic sites galore as well as duney beaches at which to swim and soak in the sun. Explore Federalist homes, museums, and art galleries, all in the Glass Town Cultural District, Sandwich's artistic heart.
Things to Do in Sandwich, MA
As one of the larger towns on Cape Cod, Sandwich affords guests a variety of places to visit. Any trip to town wouldn't be complete without a jaunt to the Sandwich Glass Museum. Celebrating the unique history of the town, the museum features 5,000 pieces of glass, a multi-media theater, a laboratory, and a glassblowing studio with demonstrations. Art lovers can also tour the myriad galleries in town, highlighting the local and national artists who have at some time made Sandwich their home.
Hoxie House offers a look inside a 17th-century manse, complete with restored colonial furnishings. Nearby Dexter Grist Mill is one of the oldest water mills in the nation and features a three-story stone building and a water wheel, making it a scenic spot for picture taking.
?The Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum, built in 1678, is the oldest home in East Sandwich and showcases restored rooms, with antiques from the colonial era on. The Wing Fort House was once a fort protecting early settlers from Native American raids, and now offers tours to guests throughout the summer and fall.
Outdoor Exploration in Sandwich, MA
Botanists and nature lovers head to Heritage Museum & Gardens with its three galleries of folk art, as well as a vintage carousel and extensive gardens featuring rhododendrons, hosta, and heather. Get lost in the beautiful labyrinth or enjoy the Hart Family Maze Garden.
The Green Briar Nature Center features nature trails, a wildflower garden, the Robert S. Swain Natural History Library, and programs for adults and children throughout the year. Tour the 57-acre Briar Patch Conservation Area next door, home to Peter Rabbit and other Thornton Burgess animal characters.
The town has eight saltwater and freshwater beaches to revel in, two of which particularly shouldn't be missed. Scusset Beach State Reservation is expansive, roomy, and boasts plenty of soft sand. Stroll along the boardwalk, erected in 2013, or dance on the rock jetty. East Sandwich Beach offers a beautiful and peaceful stretch of sand that's rarely crowded.
Colonial architecture meets artisanal splendor in Sandwich, an excellent destination for a stay in one of our Cape Cod vacation rentals!
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