What I did on my summer vacation in Sandwich MA

Summer is winding down, schools are starting again for the fall semester, and it gets less crowded here on Cape Cod. One of the essays students are sometimes asked to write is “what I did on my summer vacation.” This is a great opportunity to tell you what our guests did while they were staying at Isaiah Jones Homestead Bed & Breakfast. It’s also a good opportunity to remind you that it’s not too late to enjoy any and all of these activities for this season! September is a wonderful time to come to the oldest town on Cape Cod and experience everything we have to offer.

People watching a whale tail from a wale watching boatHere is the list of things our guests experienced this summer (some with links to previous blogs to tell you more about the event):

Whale watching

Eating lobster, clams, scallops, and fish

Attending a craft fair

Attending a play or a musical performance

Visiting some of the many museums on the Cape

Visiting other towns on the Cape such as Chatham, Wellfleet, Provincetown, Hyannis

Finding the graves of ancestors in the very old cemeteries in the area

Watching the sunrise or sunset over the ocean

Touring the Cape Cod Potato Chips factory

Visiting a winery or a brewery

Taking the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket for the day

Riding bicycles on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, the Cape Cod Canal trail, or the Shining Sea trail

Stopping at the Salt Pond Visitors Center at the Cape Cod National Seashore on the way to one of the Atlantic side beaches

You will notice that we already have more information available on the first five attractions in the list. Here is a little more information on a few more fun things to do on the Cape. Cooked Lobster on a plate with a baked potato side-dish and melted butter

There are 15 towns on Cape Cod and each has its own special qualities and attractions.  A visit to Falmouth, MA is not complete without a stop at the world-famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The institution is dedicated to ocean research, education, and exploration. While you are in that area, watch the sun set into the ocean at the Knob on Quissett Harbor which is one of the most beautiful spots on the Cape.

Another quintessential fishing village on the Cape is Chatham. There, at sunrise, you will see fishing boats heading out for their daily catch. It’s like a parade of boats running by the Chatham Lighthouse and out to open waters. Visit the shops on Main Street and take a stroll on the beach at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Be sure to hang  around a bit Beach at Cape Cod Bay with a beautiful blue shy and sand dunesbecause when the fishing boats come back in, you will have the freshest fish available for a delicious dinner at one of the small restaurants. 

One other town to visit is Hyannis – home of Cape Cod Potato Chips. Their slogan, “When your hand’s in the bag, your head’s in the Cape”, brings you right to the original factory where these famous chips are made. Cape Cod Potato Chips was born on the 4th of July in 1980 in a small storefront in Hyannis. Only three ingredients are used for the original recipe: hand-selected potatoes, oil, and salt. And the original chips are still made one batch at a time in their custom kettles! Tour the factory and see the whole process. 

There are more activities and attractions on the list above. Every place will be open and un-crowded in September. Take our guests’ list of what they did on their summer vacation and make it your “to do” list for September when you stay at Isaiah Jones Homestead B&B in Sandwich, MA.

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