Another week, another special!
Ever wanted to take a day trip to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, but didn't know where to start? Let the Belfry Inne help you plan the perfect day in the islands without worrying about ferry schedules, travel costs, and where to eat.
Thanks to our incredible Cape Cod "Island Hopping Adventure" special, we'll take care of everything- all you have to do is let us know you're interested!
- A two-night stay because even after you've returned from your island getaway, there's plenty left to do here in Sandwich!
- A freshly-prepared, gourmet breakfast for you to enjoy both mornings (yum!)
- A three-course dinner for two at the Belfry Bistro
- Round-trip ferry tickets to the beautiful islands of Nantucket (add $30) or Martha's Vineyard
Prices Per Night:
- The Abbey - $357
- The Painted Lady - $299
If you find yourself on the Cape during your vacation, the islands are not to be missed! So why not book a room with us, let us take care of all the details, and enjoy a day of island hopping with your friends and family!
This special is only running until October 2012, so take advantage of it during this perfect summer weather! Give us a call at 508-888-8550 to book your stay.
Staying in shape is probably the last thing on your mind when you finally get to laying on the beach, chowing down on a Belfry Bistro sandwich, seeing one of your favorite artists perform live in concert, or doing anything relaxing, but it will definitely be on your mind when you check the scale when you get home.
Thanks to the beautiful climate and pristine climate of Cape Cod, there are plenty of ways to stay active while still having fun during your getaway- especially if you're staying with us in the Sandwich, MA area.
1. The Tour de Cape Cod
Biking isn't just for super-fit men in tight, one-piece suits like Lance Armstrong. We all learned how to ride one (hopefully- if not, you might want to grab a pair of training wheels) at some point in our lives, and even if you haven't pedaled in quite some time, it's easy to start back up.
There are plenty of safe, exciting places for you and your whole family to bike: along the Sandwich Boardwalk, through the historic downtown streets, or even along the Cape Cod Canal. Either bring your own set of wheels, or go ahead and rent a bike from Ecotourz or Cape Cod Bike Rental.
2. Play Explorer
Even though the pilgrims and early colonial settlers may have beat us to the New England discovery bragging rights, that shouldn't stop you from exploring all that nature has to offer. Cape Cod is filled with amazingly beautiful nature trails, hiking paths, and beaches that are perfect for people of all ages.
If you don't know where to start, we highly recommend the Shawme State Forest, the Scusset Beach State Reservation, or the Murkwood Conservation Area. The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce has a detailed list of all the best hiking spots if you feel like taking a day trip to somewhere else.
3. Way Bigger than an Olympic Swimming Pool
Let's face it, the Atlantic Ocean is basically the elephant in the room here. Not only is swimming one of the most effective ways to work your entire body while still staying cool, it works as a medium for so many types of water activites!
Kayaking, canoeing, diving, jet skiing, tubing, boating, fishing- the possibilities never end. While the Belfry Inne may not have the signature, Chlorine-ridden indoor hotel pool, we figured you'd probably want something a little more authentic.
So now that we know staying healthy is actually possible while on vacation, how do you plan on keeping in shape during your Cape Cod getaway?
There's never a shortage of things to do during your Cape Cod getaway- especially when you're staying with us in Sandwich. From beaches, to tours, to museums, to stores, you'll never run out of things to do. As a matter of fact, you might have a hard time deciding just what to do with your free time!
One attraction that is definitely a must-see when staying in Sandwich is the Heritage Museums and Gardens. Each year, the museum hosts new, exciting exhibitions that provide fun for the whole family. Check out some of this year's exhibits:
What kid doesn't love a treehouse? As one of New England's first certified Nature Exploration Classrooms, the Hidden Hollow area is a giant interactive adventure through nature that your kids will love. There's a full schedule of games and activities everyday, and hey, maybe you'll learn something new this vacation!
Normal Rockwell: Beyond the Easel
Normal Rockewell's art is an American treasure that we've all come to know and love. The Heritage Museum's exhibit features Rockwell's most notable works of art as well as an in-depth look at the photography that inspired his pieces and the process he used to create them. With more than 150 works featured at this exhibit, there's a lot to see and learn.
World Class Antique Auto Collection
We all have a "car guy" in our family, but even if you're not big into them, the Heritage Museum's Antique Automobile collection is a definite must-see. With classics on display like a 1909 Steam Car and a 1919 Model T Ford, you'll be amazed to see how far technology has come. Some of the cars were even owned by famous celebrities!
American Art and Carousel Gallery
While you browse through one of the best collections of American Folk Art in the country, your kids can ride on the 100-year-old antique, hand-carved carousel. Endless rides are included with admission, so you should take a spin as well!
The Heritage Gardens host Southern New England's Largest Public Garden. Aside from the impressive collection of plants, shrubs, and trees native to Cape Cod, they are also hosting the 2012 Whimsical Garden Gates exhibition. This is a must-see for all you "Green Thumbs" out there.
So while you're staying with us at the Belfry Inne, make sure to visit our front desk to pick up tickets for the Heritage Museum and Gardens. You won't regret it!
All global warming arguments and apocalyptic theories aside, you can't deny the crazy weather patterns we've been experiencing this year. While New England is definitely used to this kind of thing, we never get tired of talking about it or finding new ways to keep our life moving even when the weather refuses to cooperate.
Staying active and having fun is much easier said than done... especially when you're on vacation, but before you hide away in your room to watch endless hours of television, check out some of these weather-proof activities in the Sandwich area.
1. Learn How to Blow Glass
Ever notice how glass is one of those things that we all know and love, but we don't really have any idea where it comes from? The Sandwich Glass Museum is the perfect place to view tons of unique glass pieces, learn how glass is made, and maybe even blow some glass for yourself!
Live glassblowing exhibitions happen every hour on the hour, and the glassblower will choose one lucky guest to press an actual piece of glass. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
2. Take a Walking Tour through Time
Before you ask, no- this tour does not involve Deloreans or Hoverboards. Instead, it involves the historic Wing Fort House which is believed to be oldest known homestead in the US continuously owned by the same family.
I know it sounds boring, but hear me out! Each room is set up with furniture, decor, and rare artifacts that represent a specific time period. One second, you're in a colonial kitchen, but a few steps later, you may find yourself in a beautiful Victorian-inspired parlor. And remember: there HAS to be a reason why they never wanted to sell the place...
3. Do Some "Magical Shopping"
Shopping never gets old and it's definitely weather-proof, but your average souveneir shops can get boring. I mean, once you've seen one, you've seen 'em all. Instead of spending all your money on shot glasses and t-shirts, why not take a trip to Sandwich's own Lavender Moon?: your #1 source for all things "magical!"
Not only is this place fully stocked with tarot cards, herbs, and smudge sticks, there are always physhics on duty ready to tell you about your future. Whether you believe in the paranormal world or not, this is an unexpectedly fun way to have a few laughs, check out some really creepy merchandise (this just in: "Witch Balls" are back in stock), and maybe even learn something new.
While your beautiful room at the Belfry and our delicious food might be enough to keep you dry and entertained during even the rainiest days, you should definitely take some time to brave the storm to explore some of these indoor Sandwich treasures.
There is no better way to taste the season of Cape Cod than to visit the Belfry Inne & Bistro! Executive Chef Benjamin Porter has artfully crafted a fall menu which will make your taste buds jump. Dishes such as Pan Seared Chatham Codfish (featured on the Cape Cod restaurant week menu; pictured upper left) and our mouth watering Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Salad (pictured upper right) are two of our favorite meals to get our 'greens' for the day.
When in the mood for the freshest local Cape Cod seafood, we turn our palettes over to the Seafood Risotto. Boasting with color and flavor, it is a dish enjoyed by many which could steal your eyes away from an accompanying sunset.
The Belfry's food is not just your ordinary, as some have referred to it as 'blessed'. We feature only fresh locally grown ingredients and strive to support Cape Cod farmers & fishermen. A splendid pairing of local ingedients can be found by a single glimpse at the Local Greens Salad. We use seasonal vegetables and dress them with homemade sherry vinaigrette (pictured bottom).
Come experience the Belfry Inne & Bistro's this season before the menu changes with the seasons!