The village of Sandwich, MA has a population of about 20,000 full-time residents. During the summer season, the village (and all of Cape Cod) swells to more than double that count. Now is the time to plan a May visit to Sandwich. Get to know the town as the locals know it. Visit the local attractions and restaurants before the crowds arrive for the summer season!
May is the perfect month to visit the Heritage Museum & Gardens. Rhododendrons in the Dexter Rhododendron Gardens usually bloom in early May. National Public Gardens Day is celebrated on May 11, 2018 – when Sandwich permanent residents enjoy free admission. On Mother’s Day (May 13, 2018) all mothers are honored with FREE admission that day.
Cape Cod Restaurant Week runs Monday, May 14 through Sunday, May 20, 2018. Try many of the fantastic Cape Cod restaurants within a 30-minute drive of our B&B when they are offering special meals and deals for this off-season event. Restaurants participating in Restaurant Week offer special $25, $30, or $35/per person 3 or 4 course meals. This is a great opportunity for locals to try all new restaurants or new culinary creations from old favorite establishments. In nearby Falmouth try Oysters Too Restaurant, Red’s Restaurant and Lounge, or The Cape Grille. In Sagamore, The Sagamore Inn offers “comfort food” (try “Shirl’s Yankee Pot Roast”), and in Mashpee, Wicked Restaurant is known for their organic pizza baked in an open flame hearth oven.
Take a quiet bike ride or walk on the scenic roads along the Cape Cod Canal. Construction of the canal began in 1909 and was completed in 1914. There are numbered poles along the way to help identify significant places of interest and events meaningful in the life of Cape Cod. For example, Pole #195 is the location of the Herring Run. River Herring make a trek up the river to Great Herring Pond in Plymouth to lay their eggs. The Army Corps of Engineers built the run in 1936 to allow these fish to return to their spawning grounds that had been cut off by the canal.
Some of Sandwich’s favorite activities are even more enjoyable during the pre-season calm. Take a walk on the Sandwich Boardwalk from the parking lot at the Boardwalk Road to Boardwalk Beach. Tour through the historic Town Hall and learn about its preservation project. Visit the Sandwich Glass Museum before the summer tourists crowd the exhibit spaces. Go fishing along the 1.5 miles beachfront of Scusset Beach State Reservation.
A visit to Sandwich, MA in the spring would not be complete without simply relaxing on the porch! There are rockers on the porch of the Carriage House that look out to the back yard where lots of birds have begun to build their nests. We are located on Main Street, so you can stroll down the street and get the real feel of this old town. Make a reservation to visit Cape Cod in May – and bring Mom along to make her day special!