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Sandwich (Massachusetts)

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Sandwich (Massachusetts)

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Dexter Grist Mill on Shawme Pond, Sandwich Center

Sandwich [1] is on Cape Cod in Massachusetts at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal. It is the oldest town on the Cape, settled in 1637. Sandwich is famous for the glassware produced here in the 1800s. It is also home to numerous gift and antique stores, art galleries, and rare book stores.

Get in

By car

Sandwich, is a little more than an hour and a quarter from both Boston and Providence.

  • From Boston take I-93 south to Route 3 south to the Sagamore Bridge. (Becomes Rt. 6). After the crossing Sagamore Bridge any of the first 3 exits off Route 6 leads into Sandwich.
  • From Providence or points south take I-95 north to I-195 to Route 25 south to the Bourne Bridge (I-495 also becomes Route 25). At the rotary (traffic circle) on the Cape side of the bridge go almost all the way around and travel along the Canal to Route 6. Any of the first 3 exits off Route 6 leads into Sandwich. Rather than taking Route 6, you can continue straight under the Sagamore bridge on Route 6A into town.

By bus

  • Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway, 17 Elm Av., Hyannis, +1 508-771-6191, [2]. Service to most Cape towns.

By air

  • Most travelers would fly into Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS), [3], or Warwick, Rhode Island's T.F. Greene Airport (PVD), [4] near Providence.

Get around

The center of Sandwich is very walkable, but generally a car is the best way to get around.


  • Heritage Museum and Gardens, 67 Grove St., +1 508-888-3300, [6]. Apr-Oct 10AM-5PM The gardens on the 76 acre grounds are always beautiful, with over 1000 varieties of plants, featuring extensive collections of rhododendrons and daylillies. Museums have exhibits of antique cars, American history, Native history, folk art (including basket making and scrimshaw), a 1912 carousel, and the Cape Cod Baseball League. A windmill built in 1800 is also on the grounds. Various special events, displays, workshops and reenactments are also scheduled. Friday night concerts on the lawn are popular with locals and visitors alike. Winter Spectacle of Lights - Thanksgiving to New Years, 5PM-9PM.
  • Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Rd., East Sandwich, 1 508-888-6870, [7]. This non-profit educational is not just for the kids. Some fantastic jams, jellies, relishes and pickles are made and sold here. Preserves are slow-cooked in oldest commercial solar-cooking operation in the country. Try the peaches in brandy.
  • Sandwich Glass Museum, 129 Main St., (Corner of Tupper Rd. and Rt. 130), +1 508-888-0251, [8]. Adm. Adults $4.75, kids 6-14 $1.00, 6 & under free. Summer hours daily 9:30AM-5:00PM, Winter except Jan. W-Su 9:30AM-4:00PM.
  • Thorton Burgess Museum, 4 Water St. (Route 130), +1 508-888-4668, [9]. Apr-Oct M-Sa 10AM-4PM. 1884 house that was author and naturalist Thornton W. Burgess' aunt's house when he was a child. Exhibits about this children's author's (Peter Rabbit) works and life.
  • Sandwich Art Gallery, 153 Main St., +1 508-833-2098. An antique building houses a variety of paintings and lithographs. Daily Mar.-Dec.
  • Nye Homestead and Museum, 85 Old County Rd., +1 508-88-4213. Jun 15-Sep 15. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM.
  • Hoxie House, 18 Water St., +1 508-888-1173. Open daily 10AM-5PM, Jun to mid-Oct. This house was built in 1637, and is probably the oldest restored house on the Cape.
  • Wing Fort House, 69 Spring Hill Rd., +1 508-888-1540. Jun 15-Sep 15. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM. Built in 1641, it's the oldest house in New England continuously lived in by a single family.
  • Dexter Grist Mill, Town Hall Square, +1 508-888-4910. Open daily 10AM-4PM in summer, limited hours Sept.-Oct. A working 17th-century grist mill on Shawme Pond, which offers tours (with very knowledgable guides) and fresh corn meal. Be sure to fill up your water bottles at the fresh water fountain nearby and feed the ducks on the pond. Watch for the huge turtle.
  • Sandwich Fish Hatchery, Main St. (Route 6A), +1 508-888-0008, [10]. Daily 9AM-3PM. Free. See the stages of fish and feed them. Run by the State Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.
  • The Cape Cod Canal, the east end of the Canal is in Sandwich and the Canal Visitor Center is there. See Bourne Wikitravel guide for a section on the Canal and its recreational uses. 60 Ed Moffitt Dr., +1 508-833-9678.
  • Sandwich Marina, Ed Moffitt Drive. The only harbor along the Cape Cod Canal.


Sandwich Boardwalk to Town Neck Beach
  • Take a walk on The Boardwalk[11]. A cool raised boardwalk across Mill Creek to the dunes at Town Neck Beach. Boards are purchased by folks who specify the lettering on them. For walking, take Jarves St. toward the Bay, left on Factory St., right on Harbor St. and follow to end.
  • LauraJay Sportfishing Charters, 28 Chapaquoit Way, East Sandwich, +1 508-888-4033, [12]. 31' Custom Duffy Sportfisherman leaving from Sandwich Harbor on the Cape Cod Canal. 1-6 person trips, 1/2 or full day. Experienced crew targeting Striped Bass, Blues, Cod, and Giant Bluefin Tuna.
  • Walk, bike, rollerblade or fish at the Cape Cod Canal. See the article at Bourne.
  • Sandwich Cycles, 40 Route 6A, +1 508-833-2453.
  • Click here for an event calendar by the Sandwich Visitors Services Board.


All require non-resident parking stickers $40/season, Sandwich Town Hall Annex, 145 Main St., +1 508-833-8012.
  • Sandy Neck Beach, off Rt. 6A, E. Sandwich (at Barnstable line). Lifeguards, food, restrooms, Parking $10. Six-mile barrier beach on Cape Cod Bay. Special off-road equipment is required to travel down the beach.
  • Town Neck Beach, off Town Neck Road and Rte. 6A. No facilities. Rocky, narrow beach at the end of the boardwalk.
  • Wakeby Pond, Ryder Conservation Area, John Ewer Rd. (off South Sandwich Rd), South Sandwich. Lifeguards, food, rest rooms Parking $10. The Cape's largest freshwater body of water.


  • Chocolate at Cape Cod Chocolatier, Route 6A, Merchant's Square, +1508-833-2613. Daily 10AM-5PM.
  • Something from one of the many gift and antique shops on Route 6A and Sandwich Village.
  • Preserves from Green Briar Jam Kitchen.


  • Dan'l Webster Inn,, 149 Main St., +1 508-888-3622, [13]. Fine dining with an outstanding wine list. $$$$.
  • Belfry Inne and Bistro,, 8 Jarves St., +1 508-888-8550,[14]. Fine dining in a unique old church. $$$$
  • Aqua Grille,, 14 Gallo Rd, +1 508-888-8889, [15]. Seasonal Apr-Oct. Screened porch offers marina view. $$$
  • Marshland Diner, 100 Rt. 6A, +1 508-888-9824. Great breakfasts, also lunch and dinner. Catch their bakery next door. $
  • Amari Bar & Ristorante, 674 Route 6A, +1 508-375-0011, [16]. M–F: open 4:30PM; Sa, Su also lunch at 12PM. Contemporary Italian. Brick oven pizza, on the pricey side.
  • Beehive Tavern, 406 Route 6A, East Sandwich, +1 508-833-1184. Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch. Wide range of dishes and prices. You won't belive the ginger bread! Always there, not always on the menu.
  • Pizzas by Evan, 315 Cotuit Road, +1 508-888-5944.
  • Seafood Sam's on the Canal, 6 Coast Guard Rd., +1 508-888-4629, [17].
  • Captain Scott's, 71 Tupper Rd., +1 508-888-1675, [18]. Daily 11:30AM-close. $8-$20.
  • Tomatoes Italian Grille & Bar, 280-C Rt 130, +1 508-888-6008. Daily 4:30PM-10PM. Traditional and creative Italian. $13-$22.


  • Twin Acres Ice Cream Shoppe, 21 Route 6A, +1 508-888-0566. Towards the canal. Popular, but good service. Not homemeade, but many flavors. Beautiful Grounds!
  • Dunbar's Tea Room, 1 Water Street, +1 508-833-2485, [19]. 11AM-4:30PM. Much more than tea. If you appreciate refinements, don't miss this lunch. $8-$12.


  • Bobby Byrne's Pub, 65 Route 6A, +1 508-888-6088.
  • British Beer Company, 46 Route 6A (Old King's Highway), +1 508-833-9590,[20].
  • Sandwich Tavern, 290 Route 130, Forestdale, +1 508-888-2200.


Hotels and Motels

  • Dan'l Webster Inn, 149 Main St., +1 508-888-3622 [21] Luxurious and historical. Used to be a stage stop in colonial times. 53 rooms.
  • Spring Garden Inn, 578 Route 6A, East Sandwich +1 508-888-0710 [22] Overlooking the Scorton Creek Sanctuary.
  • Sandwich Lodge & Resort, 54 Route 6A, Pho+1 508-888-2275 or +1 800-282-5353. Indoor pool, restaurant, free continental breakfast, game room and pool table. Pets allowed.
  • Shady Nook Inn & Motel, 14 Old King's Hwy., +1 508-888-0409 [23]. Beautiful gardens and heated pool.
  • Spring Hill Motor Lodge, 351 Route 6A, East Sandwich, +1 508-888-1456.
  • 'Pine Grove Cottages, 358 Route 6A, +1 508-888-8179. 10 cottages, pool, play yard for kids.

Bed and Breakfasts

  • Bay Beach Bed and Breakfast, 3 Bay Beach Lane, +1 508-888-8813, [email protected], [24]. One of only 4 four diamond B&Bs on the Cape. At the boardwalk. Private beach. $245-$345.
  • Belfry Inne and Bistro, 8 Jarves St., +1 508-888-8550[25] 7 Rooms.
  • Captain Ezra Nye House, 152 Main St., +1 508-888-6142. Right in the village.
  • Heather Hill Bed and Breakfast, 1 Dennis Dr., +1 508-362-5072.
  • Inn at Sandwich Village, 118 Tupper Rd., +1 800-249-6949, 508-888-6958.
  • Isaiah Jones Homestead, 165 Main St., +1 508-888-9115, [26]. A step back in time to the romantic and elegant Victorian era.


  • Peter's Pond Campground, 185 Cotuit Rd., +1 508-477-1775, Fax: +1 508-477-2068, E-mail: [email protected], [27].
  • Shawme-Crowell State Forest, Rte. 130 (Route 6, Exit 2), +1 508-888-0351, [28]. Year round, but from mid October to mid April, camping only on Th,F,Sa nights. Office hours 8AM-10PM. Over 285 campsites on 700 acres. Winterized yurts are also available year-round. Hiking, swimming, trails, cross country skiing in winter.

Get out

  • Day trips to Plymouth and other areas of the Cape are quite worthwhile.
  • The Cape Cod National Seashore on the Outer Cape is very beautiful.
  • A trip eastward on Route 6A winds through a number of interesting villages and past numerous galleries and interesting shops.
  • The bridges get very busy on summer Sundays. If leaving the Cape try to leave before noon or after 8PM.

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