September is the perfect time to visit Sandwich, MA. As a resident and innkeeper of Cape Cod, I have the opportunity to know when to visit the various museums, attractions, and landmarks in the oldest town on the Cape. Here are the top ten reasons to plan your September visit:
- The crowds of summer have disappeared.
Sandwich is often known as the place to go for a summer vacation. July and August are especially busy as families enjoy the sun and the water. After the children return to school, the crowds thin-out and you can enjoy everything more easily and at your on pace.
- More availability at Isaiah Jones Homestead B&B.
We are fully booked for some weekends in September but midweek days are more open. That means that you have even more “personal service” from the innkeeper. We may have a bit more time to help you plan your day and we can tell you what times to visit certain sites to get the best view or perspective on life on the Cape.
- The weather is fabulous in September!
The heat and humidity of summer leaves at the end of August and the chance of showers lessens in September. You will want to bring a jacket for those quiet morning walks on the boardwalk or beach. Bring your sunscreen too because we will still have warm, sunny days.
- Restaurants are less busy.
On weekends we would still recommend making reservations for dinner at some of our favorite restaurants but during the week in the September, tables are more available. Some of the best fresh vegetables are still available from local sources too so the chefs are preparing their best dishes!
- Museums are open and less crowded.
The 100 acres of the Heritage Museum and Gardens is enchanting in September – not to mention the indoor exhibits. The Sandwich Glass Museum continues regular hours during September. The Hoxie House, the Thornton W. Burgess Society and Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen, and the 1678 Nye Homestead are all open for tours and visitors too. With fewer visitors on the Cape, you will be able to see more of each of these museum sites.
- US Route 6A (The Old King’s Highway) has “clear sailing” for sightseeing
Enjoy a longer tour of the Cape by driving along the Old King’s Highway. The Historic District of Route 6A is comprised of 1000 acres and runs through Barnstable, Sandwich, and Yarmouth with historic houses and structures along the way. This picturesque drive represents the quintessential Cape Cod!
7. Shops are open and some may be offering end-of-season sales.
September is a great time to find that perfect gift or a remembrance from your trip to the cape. Visit the Sandwich Antiques Center that is consistently voted “best of the Cape” for antiques! If you are looking for a good book or unusual toy, stop in at Titcomb’s Bookshop – now celebrating 50 years in East Sandwich. Since Sandwich is well-known for making glass, visit McDermott Glass Studio and watch their artists at work blowing glass.
- Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center’s staff has more time to tell you about the rivers that flow through the cape.
The Cape Code Canal Visitors Center is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and gives the visitor great insight into the history of the Canal. Visitors can tour a 40-foot patrol boat, scan live radar to find vessels in the waterway and discover wildlife that live in and around the canal. Admission is free!
- Arts & Crafts Shows continue on Saturday, September 1 & 22.
The Sandwich Artisans hold juried art shows on the lawn in front of the library. The arts and crafts on sale include pottery, photographs, home accessories, jewelry, fine art, hand-crafted clothing, and more artistic items.
- You deserve a September getaway!
Your children have now returned to college, the summer lawn work is winding down, and you deserve a break before the fall activities start occupying your time. Add Sandwich, MA to your getaway wish list, then plan the trip, and make your escape to Cape Cod.