This is one in a series about touring Massachusetts and Newport, Rhode Island. My husband and I spent three weeks there in October, 2021. This Travelogue is a journal of our trip, done for my own sake and to show readers why you should visit Massachusetts.
We explored Cape Cod from its oldest settled town – Sandwich, established by pilgrims in 1639.
The Earl of Sandwich Motel
There is so much to explore in Sandwich County and of course in Cape Cod. We saw some wonderful places, but not nearly all there is. We’ll just have to go back! Anyway, for this leg of our Massachusetts trip, we stayed at a budget accommodation called the Earl of Sandwich Motel. It’s located at 378 Route 6A, East Sandwich. At the time we stayed there (Oct. 2021) it was only $100 a night! And though the walls were thin (like most motels), the white-noise from our room fan enabled us to sleep well.
I loved walking around the grounds of the motel. There is a pond with white geese who honk like crazy when you approach, and at night we could hear tree-frogs and crickets. Lovely!
We really liked the town of Sandwich. The main street is lined with colorful buildings, a restored mill, an old church, and good restaurants.
I have to give a shout-out to our favorite breakfast/lunch cafe – Cafe Chew at 4 Merchants Road. We ate breakfast there three mornings in a row! Their food is locally-sourced, healthy, and delicious. Plus they have terrific sandwiches. We bought them to-go for our afternoon outings. The managers at Cafe Chew are a delight, and we appreciated the hard-working staff and atmosphere.
An Afternoon at The Boardwalk and Town Neck Beach
We took our sandwiches and parked at the Sandwich Boardwalk. The boardwalk takes you on a short but sweet stroll across Mill Creek, ending at Town Neck Beach.
Town Neck beach is on the bay side of Cape Cod, so it is fairly calm and good for swimming. But we were there in October – too cold to swim! Even if it had been warm enough, I’m not sure I would have gone in. On our way to the boardwalk, we stopped for a moment to check out the western end of the beach on Town Neck Road. We were greeted by this sign:
Actually, these types of signs greeted us at most Cape Cod beaches. It turns out there is a sizable population of great whites who like to hang out in the bay, feeding on gray seals. There’s a good article about that here. Now don’t get me wrong, I love sharks, and swimming in the ocean. But when I see a sign like this–let’s just say I’ve watched Jaws one too many times.
Even without swimming, we really enjoyed walking down the boardwalk and hanging out at Town Neck Beach. We both sat on the sand, and while my husband listened to a podcast, I leaned back against my day pack and closed my eyes. Listening to the water lapping on the shore, the distant cry of seagulls, and the occasional ringing of buoy bells made me feel like I was on the set of Jaws. It felt eerily peaceful, and I dozed off.
Dinner at the Belfry Inn
That evening we had dinner at the Belfry Inn & Bistro at 6 Jarves Street, Sandwich. The bistro is in a converted 1901 church with beautiful stained-glass windows. I have to say, some of the interior felt a little chopped up, but it is picturesque. Most importantly, the food is delicious.
Stay tuned for the next blog with more on Sandwich and Cape Cod. And if you missed my last blog about people, places, and things in Plymouth, you can view it here.