One thing the Belfry prides itself on is its unique, one-of-a-kind rooms our guests remember forever. Each room has a theme, a message, and something that makes it stand out, so instead of giving you the basic "one-size-fits-all" approach, we'll be dedicating an in-depth look to one room per week. This week, we're all about the Abbey's Monday Room.
If you don't know already, each room in The Abbey is based on one of the 7 Days of Creation from the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament- but don't worry, that's about as religious as it gets. We know you're on vacation and probably don't want to feel like "The Man Upstairs" is watching everything you do.
The Monday Room has a "Let There be Light" theme. While the rest of the Abbey has a dark, bold, feel to it, the Monday Room is definitely a breath of lighter, fresher air. If you love the Abbey, but stained glass isn't your thing, you will love this room. The church pew, king-size bed will make you literally feel like you're laying on the clouds.
If you look up, you'll find an amazingly enlightening skylight that's perfect for those sun-kissed mornings or those starry nights. There's also a ceiling fan if you'd prefer a steady, cool breeze instead of an air conditioner.
One of the most unique features of the room is the rustic flying buttress support beams that lead the way to the bathroom. Left over from the original church design, these fixtures will give you the feeling that you're actually "up in the rafters" where the best light always seeps in.
And just like all of our other rooms at The Abbey, you have your own, private deck complete with two patio chairs and a beautiful sundial table. So whether you want to catch some rays without hitting the beach, or enjoy a late-night drink with some friends, this is one feature of the room that should definitely not be ignored.
I know I mentioned the flying buttress details leading UP to the bathroom earlier, but never the actual bathroom itself. It offers everything you'd expect from the Belfry: a clean, relaxed environment complete with an Ultra Bain air jet tub that can fit up to two people comfortably. No need to hit up the public pool for your hot tub/air jet needs, you have your own private jacuzzi in your room!
So if you LOVE The Abbey, but want something a little lighter than usual, The Monday Room is exactly what you're looking for.
What's YOUR favorite room at the Belfry?
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?
On our Facebook page, we asked our friends what's most important to them when planning a Cape Cod vacation, and lots of them mentioned vacation activities. Figuring out what to do and how to make the most out of your trip can be exhausting, and here at the Belfry we wan't to make your Cape Cod getaway as stress-free as possible which is why we're helping to make the planning process that much easier with our specials!
Our "SUN, SURF, AND SAND" special is perfect for beach lovers, foodies, or anyone who just wants the peaceful, simple Cape Cod beach experience. Here's what we've thrown together:
- A two-night stay because, let's be honest, you won't want to leave after just one day.
- A picnic lunch 100% supplied by us- cooler included! Enjoy a selection of snacks, sandwiches, wines, and a map to the most beautiful beaches in the area.
- If you want, we'll even pick you up/drop you off at Sandy Neck Beach, Town Neck Beach, or the Sandwich Boardwalk. You pick!
- Beach chairs, blankets, and an umbrella- all the beach essentials.
- And hey, we'll even throw in a dinner at our own Belfry Bistro.
This special is valid from April 2012-October 2012, so get it NOW during prime beach weather season!
Prices (all inclusive special, just add $10 for an optional Sunday brunch):
- $399 per night at The Abbey
- $347 per night at The Painted Lady
So does a gourmet picnic on the beach sound like something you might like? Give us a call at 508-888-8550 to book yours today!
When it gets hot and sticky out, it seems as though all we want to do is lay out at the beach, but there's one thing that's worth making the trek outside the realms of your air conditioner: ice cream!
Who doesn't love grabbing a scoop or two of their favorite, icy flavors? It's a Cape Cod tradition and the area is filled with some of the best parlors in New England, but the best ice cream on the Cape can only be found in one place: Sandwich, MA.
1. Twin Acres Ice Cream Shoppe - 21 Route 6A, Sandwich MA
For over 20 years, Twin Acres has kept people of all ages happy and cool with its amazingly delicious menu and country charm. The building itself is part of an old cottage colony that dates back to the 1940's and still has that old-fashioned, down-home feel to it. Their flavors include classics like Cotton Candy and Peanut Butter Cup, but if you feel like trying something new, grab a scoop of Purple Cow or White Thunder instead!
2. Ice Cream Sandwich - 66 Route 6A, Sandwich MA
This year, Ice Cream Sandwich is celebrating its 30th anniversary of bringing quality, homemade ice cream to Cape Cod. It was named by the Boston Globe as one of the best homemade ice cream stands in New England and its success continues to grow every year. Don't let the name fool you! While the store does serve super sweet ice cream sandwiches (served on homemade chocolate chip cookies), they also offer a variety of hard and soft ice cream flavors that can be served up in a Belgian Waffle cone or a bowl, depending on your preference.
3. Sweet Caroline's Ice Cream - 177 Route 130, Sandwich MA
Neil Diamond doesn't lie. Sweet Caroline's will have you singing "so good! so good!" after every bite- and not only does it taste good, but thanks to their connections with charities such as Dancing for a Cure, the Dana Farber Institute, and the Challenger Club, you can DO good by buying a scoop or two. Their menu offers all your favorite flavors like Rocky Road and Oreo, or switch it up and order one of their speciality Strawberry Shortcake Sundaes or Extra Thick Frappes. While it may be new to the Sandwich ice cream scene (est. 2009), it has already won a "Best of Cape Cod" medal and gotten nothing but positive attention.
So next time you find yourself in the Sandwich area (and hopefully staying with us at the Belfry), stop by one of these shops for a sweet treat that's the perfect way to end any summer night.
For those of you who still don't know, the Belfry Inne is NOT just "the church"- it consists of two other beautiful buildings (three in total); each suited to your personal style and needs. When it comes to choosing the perfect room for your Cape Cod getaway, you should ask yourself the following questions to ensure you find the most comfortable room for you and your family.
The Abbey is our pride and joy. It was once a Catholic church, but has since been converted into a beautiful, unique, luxury inn that will have you "ooh"ing and "ahh"ing at every corner. It definitely has a romantic vibe to it thanks to all the deep colors, art, and the spa tubs, but its quiet, "heavenly" atmosphere is also ideal for reserved couples or guests who want to completely immerse themselves in relaxation. The Abbey is perfect for:
- romantic weekends
- elderly couples
- quiet evenings
- gourmet lovers or "foodies"
- interior design fans
THE PAINTED LADY
The Painted Lady is another beautifully unique building, but has a much more fun, youthful vibe to it. The whimsy, bold, Victorian decor has a certain charm to it and almost makes you feel like you've stepped into a fairytale. Award-winning paintings by Helen Shrink adorn the walls, which means you'll always find something new and interesting to look at. The Painted Lady is perfect for:
- "G.N.O's" or Girls Night Out
- Road trips
- Weekend getaways
- Small families
THE VILLAGE HOUSE
While it doesn't exactly pop out at you in comparison to The Abbey or the Painted Lady, the Village House is The Belfry's hidden gem
. It's historic, Federal-era charm dates all the way back to 1830. Its simple, bright rooms have a "down-home" feeling that will help to relax you and make you feel more comfortable than ever. Not to mention, they are much more affordable than our other buildings. The Village House is perfect for:
- Families of all sizes
- Family reunions
- Cape Cod layovers
- Outdoor adventurers
- Book lovers
- Family-oriented guests
- Social butterflies
So now that you know the attitude and appeal of each Belfry building, which one seems right for you? And once you're ready, why not book a room?
One thing the Belfry prides itself on is its unique, one-of-a-kind rooms our guests remember forever. Each room has a theme, a message, and something that makes it stand out, so instead of giving you the basic "one-size-fits-all" approach, we'll be dedicating an in-depth look to one room per week. This week, we're all about the Abbey's Friday Room.
If you don't know already, each room in The Abbey is based on one of the 7 Days of Creation from the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament- but don't worry, that's about as religious as it gets. We know you're on vacation and probably don't want to feel like "The Man Upstairs" is watching everything you do.
The Friday Room is named for "The Creation of all Living Things" and apparently "living things" includes angels because the entire room's color scheme revolves around a gorgeous stained glass window portraying the Angel Gabriel.
The maroon and gold hues of the glass are the main colors in the room, as reflected in the walls and furnishings. FUN FACT: The walls may seem like they are evenly star-covered, but there is one star missing! Bonus points if you can find the missing star during your stay!
Just like all the rooms at The Abbey, the Friday Room has a private deck complete with two patio chairs and small table- perfect for having a night-cap under the stars or enjoying an early-morning cup of coffee. It brings in a lot of extra light and gives you that personal outdoor space that most B&Bs cannot offer.
One of the best things about the Friday Room is that there is no lack of comfort. Complete with a Victornian-style couch, two leather sitting chairs, and a King-size bed (with a church pew headboard), the room is cozy and able to entertain guests comfortably. Then again, you can only entertain others if you haven't passed out into one of the greastest naps of your life.
And even though heat is probably the last thing on your mind right now with all these scorching days we've been having lately, the Friday room has a rustic fireplace that's perfect for when it starts to get chilly out. Not to mention, there's even more stained glass above the mantel.
And last, but not least: the bathroom. One thing you definitely won't find in any of The Abbey's rooms is your basic, 3x3 stand-up shower. Each room has a large spa tub and the Friday Room's Ultra Bain tub has air jets and enough room for two to fit comfortably. Remember, you're on vacation! Now is not the time for speedy showers. Relax, rejuvenate, and let it all go.
So now that you've seen the Friday Room in all it's beauty and glory, why not book a night or two to experience it for yourself? Or, let us know what you're favorite room at the Belfry is!
Here at the Belfry Inn & Bistro, we're committed to providing only the highest quality customer service and helping you have a comfortable, relaxing stay in Sandwich. That being said, we're always trying to improve and make things as amazing as possible for our guests, so we need feedback!
How did you like the room?
Did you try anything from our restaurant?
How would you rate the customer service you recieved?
What was your favorite part about the Belfry?
Is there anything you think we should work on?
Is there anything we should keep doing well?
...these are all questions you can answer on our official Yelp page! Let us know what you think and how you'd rate your stay. If you have any questions or concerns, we can even reply to you directly through Yelp to get everything figured out.
Even though our page is flooded with positive reviews from guests who we hope to see again, we'd love to hear from you!
Click HERE to visit the Belfry's official Yelp page and to leave a review.
As if you needed another reason to take some time off to visit Cape Cod, Yankee Magazine published an interesting countdown in its July/August 2012 edition: The 25 Best Beach Towns in New England.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the area, New England includes the entire coastlines of Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and even as far down as the bay of Connecticut, so with hundreds of beaches lining the shores, it's quite an accomplishment to make the cut.
Cape Cod and the Islands claimed an impressive 10 spots... that's almost half of the entire list!
- #9 - Chatham, MA
- #2 - Provincetown, MA
- #3 - Nantucket, MA
- #6 - Edgartown, MA
- #7 - Rockport, MA
- #12 - Falmouth, MA (tie)
- #12 - Wellfleet, MA (tie)
- #13 - Oak Bluffs, MA
- #15 - Orleans, MA
- #21 - Brewster, MA
So why not take a road trip up and down the Cape to check out some of these now-famous beach towns? As you'll find, each one has its own charm, character, and something new to offer. From cute gift shops, to historic sites, to sandy beaches, to the best lobster salad you've ever had in your life, your Cape Cod getaway will be something you always remember.
Be sure to book a room with us
to stop at during your journey! Sandwich may not be much of a beach town, but we're definitely a great place to stop and look around!
Let's face it: the future is here and there's really no need to call in a dinner reservation anymore.
...well, if you're planning on dining at the Belfry Bistro, there's ALWAYS a reason to reserve a table, but what we mean is that you don't necessarily have to do it over the phone.
Aside from our online table reservation widget on our "dining" page, we are also proud to introduce our new Facebook app that lets you book your favorite table at the Belfry without leaving the comfort or your computer... or even the comfort of your Facebook account!
Simply click the the "Dining Reservations" button in the upper left corner (under the "like" button), pick a date and time, and you're good to go! Plus, if your plans change or you need to set aside a chair for a few more people, just give us a call or shoot us an email and we'll be sure to adjust your reservation right away.
Booking a delicious, gourmet dinner at the Belfry has never been easier. So what are you waiting for?
CLICK HERE TO "LIKE" THE BELFRY INN ON FACEBOOK!
...and click HERE for your free gift!
We know they exist and we know they're Earth's largest mammals, but how often do we get to see them? Not very often (unless you take frequent trips to SeaWorld). Lucky for you, Cape Cod is home to native, REAL whales that you can get up close and personal with WITHOUT hopping on a plane to Florida.
Not so sure if it's worth it? Consider the following:
1. Your goldfish is not a whale.
Let's get real: when's the last time you've actually seen marine life (pet stores don't count!)? Even if you've visited the New England Aquarium lately, there's just something exciting about seeing live, untamed wildlife. Oh, and just so we're clear, Humpback Whales are about 4 times the size of Shamu- and I'm only talking about a small one.
2. Everyone loves boats.
Well, not someone who's just watched "Titanic," but mostly everyone. Even if you don't happen to catch too many whales while out on your journey, a trip to Stellwagon Bank on a big fishing boat is something that everyone in your family can enjoy, so no need to worry about keeping the "so bored" crowd happy.
3. It's cheaper than a day at the Aquarium.
We all love to see wildlife, but zoos and marine parks can get expensive. Thankfully, whalewatches average out at about $30 per adult and $20 per child. Plus, most allow children 6 and under to ride for free! Check out the local tourist information centers (or the front desk of the Belfry) for admission coupons! Imagine: you can do something fun and STILL have money leftover for a nice dinner!
Have you ever been on a whale watch?
By this point, I'm sure you're aware of how amazing the gourmet meals at the Belfry Bistro are. Our awards, reviews, and faithful customers speak for themselves, but there's one thing that may create a bit of a problem for us: our food is just SO good and SO high-quality that we may scare away the "I just want a quick cheeseburger" family crowd.
I mean, let's face it. While you might love to pop open a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and savor every last bite of your 5-Spiced Long Island Duck Breast, some of us are partial to good old, down-home American cuisine- especially your kids.
Thankfully, the Belfry Bistro has something for everyone! So instead of spending most of your Cape Cod getaway at the local fast food joint trying to find something your family will actually eat, bring them to the Belfry instead! In addition to gourmet favorites like the Braised Beef Short Ribs or the Dayboat Chatham Codfish, try out some of our lighter fare options such as:
- Bistro Statler Chicken Breast with Herb Roasted Potatoes and Pancetta Jus
- Grilled Bistro Burger with your choice of toppings
- Classic Fish'n'Chips
- Atlantic Salmon Salad
...and so much more!
So if you're looking for a great place to eat in Sandwich where you can try something new and still keep the picky eaters in your family happy, stop by the Bistro for a fulfilling, no-complaint meal that won't cost an arm and a leg!
When you get sick of relaxing on the beach, shopping, or playing tourist and visiting all the attractions, a few holes of golf is the perfect way to mix things up, get some fresh air, and even get a little exercise! Even if you're not a golfer yourself, chances are, you know someone who is. So if you're looking to spend some time on the green during your Cape Cod Getaway, we've rounded up the best golf courses in the Sandwich area for you to try out.
Cranberry Valley - Harwich, MA (30 mins. from Sandwich)
This beautiful and professionally designed 18-hole course has been rated as "Excellent" by the Zagat Golf Guide and received a 4-star review from Golf Digest magazine. Whether you're a pro, an amateur, or a complete newbie, CV offers instruction for all levels of play as well as one of the best practice areas on the Cape. With endless greenery and a "down-home" feeling, CV will make you feel at home and relaxed- which is how you should always feel when on vacation!
Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds - Marston Mills, MA (20 mins. from Sandwich)
This has got to be one of the most interesting courses you'll ever play. The former home of the Barnstable Fairgrounds has been converted into a state-of-the-art, 18-hole course (hence the name) and will "have you using every club in your bag," or so it likes to brag. The main clubhouse is actually a renovated barn from the fairgrounds and has a full service bar/restuarant inside- perfect for relaxing after the game and collecting your winnings.
The Dennis Pines - Dennis, MA (30 mins. from Sandwich)
The Pines is a gorgeous course complete with waterfront views and amazing florals. Although it's been rated as one of the toughest layouts on Cape Cod, it could be the perfect fix if you're up for a challenge. They have cheap club rentals (in case you leave yours at home accidentally) and a comfortable lounge to hang out in after a long day. Even if you don't play your best, you definitely won't walk away dissatisfied.
So what are you waiting for? Book a room at the Belfry, pick out a tee time, and we'll see you on the green!
When most people think of the Belfry Inne, they think of The Abbey or the Painted Lady (depending on your favorite), but what you may not know is that there's a third building that bears the Belfry name: The Village House.
Built in 1830, the Village House has all the classic charm, elegance, and character the Belfry has to offer at a price that won't burn a hold in your pocket.
Call me old fashioned, but I love sitting the feeling of just sitting on a front porch, while people watching, enjoying a drink with friends, or taking in one of my favorite books. The Village House's covered porch is perfect for taking a break from your fun-filled Cape Cod getaway and just observing the scenery.
"Lobbies" are for commercial hotels and airport terminals. The Village House has a gorgeous, cozy parlor complete with a fireplace and plenty of room to share a friendly conversation with another guest or just warm up during a New England storm.
If you've stayed in one of our other Belfry buildings, you're used to the unique, one-of-a-kind rooms we have to offer. While you won't find any stained glass or bright pink paint in the Village House, you'll find classic, clean rooms with just a splash of character to make your trip that much more memorable.
The Village House is also the most practical choice for families. Averaging at about $185 per night, it's our most cost-efficient building. In addition, some of the rooms contain two twin beds (instead of the usual Queen size) which is perfect if you're travelling with children. No more trying to cram everyone into a giant King mattress- get them their own room instead!
To book a room at the beautiful Village House, click here or give us a call at 508-888-8550.
Let's be honest: there are hundreds of B&B's to choose from when planning your Cape Cod getaway. Each one is so different and has so much to offer, so it can definitely get a big overwhelming. So how do you know which B&B is right for you and your family? How do you avoid those inns that just don't seem to work out?
Don't worry, I've got you covered.
1. Is it really a B&B?
When it comes to lodging option on the Cape, there are all kinds of places to choose from: hotels, motels, inns, B&Bs, guest houses- you name it. While it might be easy to assume they're all the same, there are reasons why they all prefer to use different names.
Hotels/Motels: Personal space, private bathroom, no curfews, no set rules, no meals included, corporate feeling
Inns/B&Bs: Personal space, private OR shared bathroom (depending on specific inn/B&B), some minor courtesy rules (leave some doors locked after a certain time, stuff like that), breakfast included, feeling of "home"
Guest Houses: Personal room, shared bathroom, lots of house rules/curfews, "mom'n'pop" feel
It's important to consider your own habits and behaviors before booking a stay. Check in with the innkeeper no matter where you stay to know house rules and policies up front before signing on the dotted line.
2. Do the rooms fit your lifestyle?
If you're used to 5-star suites and private indoor swimming pools during your vacations, you should know up front that Cape Cod inns and B&Bs are usually very old-fashioned and do not have the modern-day, 21st century ammenities. Since so many of the B&Bs are in old houses (or if you're at the Belfry, an old cathedral), the rooms are small and each one is different. Make sure to consider the following:
- Is the room big enough for my entire family? How many beds are there? Is an adjoining room available for extra space?
- Does it have a private bathroom? How many sinks and showers are there? Are there any spa facilities?
- Is the inn close to the attractions I want to visit? Will I have to factor in extra travel costs?
3. What will you eat?!
While it's a given that your average B&B will offer a complimentary breakfast, it's always a good idea to double check to see what dining options are available- especially if it doesn't state specificially that it's a B&B.
- Is there a restaurant attached? What are the room service hours?
- If no, what restaurants/grocery stores are in the area?
Be proactive and ask questions when planning your Cape Cod vacation! Don't let desperate innkeepers talk you up and let you buy into something you don't want.
...or you could stop by the Belfry to enjoy, clean, comfortable rooms complete with a full breakfast, gourmet food, and dozens of attractions in the area. Your choice!
It seems as though fewer and fewer people have been catching the waves at Cape Cod beaches this summer due to sightings of Great White Sharks in the area. What might be bad news for someone just trying to cool off in the ocean could be exciting news for those of you looking to spice up your typical Cape Cod getaway.
So what's bringing all the sharks here anyway? Local marine biologists claim it's due to the explosion of the seal population in the area as well as the sudden spike in water temperatures. Sharks are somewhat nomadic and follow their prey without any real sense of direction.
So far, most of the sightings have occurred off the coast of Chatham, MA which just happens to be a quick drive from Sandwich! So instead of doing the usual musems and shopping travel routine, take your family on a shark hunt! Even if you don't get to see a Great White, your kids will love playing "explorer" and learning new things.
Or you can take the expedition one step further and go on a whale watch! You never know what will be hanging out at Stellwagon Bank, so get a seat on the boat, bring your camera, and expect to get closer to exotic marine life than ever before.
And once you've returned from a long day of shark hunting, your clean, comfortable room at the Belfry will be waiting for you.
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!
When most people think "wine tasting," they think of a gathering of pretentious people sipping on some mediocre wines while making small talk.
At the Belfry Bistro, we like to redefine wine tastings and make them something you actually want to attend- not just something your significant other guilted you into or something you do out of pure boredom.
So here's why we think you should ditch your normal Wednesday night routine (which, by the way, you don't have one), and stop by the Belfry for a drink with us instead.
1. You don't have anything else going on.
As I said before, our tastings are on Wednesdays which means they're the perfect opportunity to relax and take a breather before you continue on with the rest of your workweek. We won't interfere with your weekend plans (unless you decide to come back for dinner on Saturday night...) nor will we keep you out too late.
2. Our wine selections beat the local bar's by far.
We feature four new, refreshing wines each week. You won't see any grocery store brands here- only carefully hand picked selections that you'll definitely miss when dining somewhere else. In the past we've featured selections from vineyards all over the country, and sometimes we even have the winemaker stop by for the tasting!
3. Making friends is fun, right?
Tastings at the Belfry are not your typical awkward get togethers, so there's no small-talk necessary. Feel free to either stick by your party or branch out and meet some new people. The Belfry is known for it's comfortable, "at-home" atmosphere, and that feeling definitely comes through at the tastings. Make sure to bring a camera and share your event pictures with us on our Facebook page!
So, what are YOU doing Wednesday night? If these reasons didn't convince you, check out our schedule and selections list.
As we've mentioned before, the Belfry is not your typical inn. We don't really believe in beige walls, standard showers, or seemingly cloned guest rooms; oh no. We understand that you want accomodations that suit your style and personal needs. Seriously, we've got something for everyone in every possible occasion.
Whether it's your wedding night, some long-overdue alone time, or maybe you just wanted a weekend away from the kids, The Abbey is where you'll want to be. I know the whole "church" feel might make you a bit uncomfortable at first, but once you pass through the doors, you'll forget you're in a once-sacred building and be immediately blown away by the unique, fairytale-worthy decor.
No more low-pressure showerheads or tiny tubs! Each room in The Abbey is complete with only the best private bathroom facilities. Enjoy the Tuesday Room's whirlpool tub which can comfortably hold two people, relax and rejuvenate all your senses with the Wednesday Room's Vedana Spa Unit, or let all your stress melt away with the John Drew Room's (The Painted Lady) jacuzzi tub. With ammenities like these, you'll never want to leave your room!
While it might be too hot to even consider lighting a fire in this weather, you have to admit that there's nothing more romantic than cuddling up next to the fire with someone you love. If you find yourself at The Belfry during one of the colder seasons, take advantage of the beautiful gas fireplaces that can be found in the Sara Drew Room (The Painted Lady), the Thursday Room, or the Friday Room.
Some chefs claim there are certain foods that help "set the mood," but let's be honest: ALL of our mouth-watering dishes will make anyone happy. So either make a reservation for a dinner date at The Belfry Bistro, or call the front desk to have something yummy brought up to your room to enjoy in a more intimate setting. Not to mention, we have quite the wine selection if you find yourself feeling a bit thirsty.
So skip the cheap motel or the local Budget Inn and book your next romantic retreat at The Belfry. We're committed to making your stay perfect, stress-free, and something you'll never forget.
Lunch. We ALL look forward to it during a long workday, and while we all would love to take an hour and enjoy a gourmet, sit-down meal, sometimes there's just not enough time in the day (or money in our wallets). We tend to find ourselves at the nearest fast-food drive-thru or ordering a greasy slice of pizza from the place down the street, but come on: isn't it time you broke tradition and treated yourself to a quality lunch?
The Belfry Bistro makes it easy to enjoy a nutritious, gourmet lunch with co-workers, friends, family, business partners... anyone you want! Aside from our delicious menu options, we also offer reasonable prices so that you can experience the Belfry's prize-winning food without the fancy dinnertime price.
So instead of chowing down on your usual Ham & Cheese on Wonderbread, why not try one of our delightful lunch entrees? Here's a few of our favorites:
- Flat Iron Steak Sandwich (made with Marinated Steak, Boursin Cheese, and Shaved Onions)
- Grilled Free-Range Chicken Quesadilla (made with Cheddar Cheese, Oico de Gallo, Spinach Tortilla, and Chipolte)
- Baked Mac'n'Cheese (made with Five Cheeses, Chorizo Sausage, and Buttery Crumbs)
...and that's only the beginning! We have a huge variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and drinks for you to try. So if the thoughts of juicy steaks and creamy mac'n'cheese are making your mouth water, stop by the Belfry Bistro anytime between 11:30AM and 3:00PM!
When it comes to choosing a B&B or restaurant on Cape Cod, the choices really are endless. Each area of the Cape has so much to offer, and with so many different inns to choose from in Sandwich, MA alone, it's important to know what sets the Belfry apart from everyone else.
1. The Atmosphere
If you've checked out our Facebook page, attended one of our Wednesday night wine tastings, spent a night in one of our THREE buildings, or even stopped by for lunch one afternoon, you've probably noticed how community-oriented we are. Here at the Belfry, we don't just book rooms, serve meals, and cash out; we establish lasting, personal relationships with our guests. We don't want to be "just another place to spend a night on the Cape," we want to be a home you can always come back to (and that you hopefully want to come back to, eventually).
2. The Decor
While most hotels and B&Bs pride themselves on having basic, clean-cut linens and furniture, we like to stand out. So whether you find yourself waking up to a giant stained glass window in The Abbey's Tuesday Room, catching some rays on the private porch of The Village House's Burgess Room, or relaxing in the whirpool massage tub of The Painted Lady's Martha Room, you will be surrounded by unique, memorable furnishings you'll want to tell your friends about.
3. The Cuisine
When you think "Cape Cod dining," what comes to mind? A paper bucket filled with fried clams? Maybe a basket of fish'n'chips? Well, we don't like to stick to the usual Cape tradition. Sure, we love us some fried seafood, but when you're dining at the Belfry, we go above and beyond to create an exquisite, NEW menu experience that will make you forget how much you love the "Clam Shack" basics. Order something classic like our Dayboat Chatam Codfish, or try something new and different like our Five Spiced Long Island Duck Breast. And don't forget to finish things off with a mouth-watering Caramel Chocolate Tart.
We know you have a lot of places to choose from when planning your Cape Cod vacation, but if you give us a chance, we promise you'll be coming back for more in no time.
There's just something about mini explosives lighting up the sky that we all just can't get enough of during the summer. Thanks to all the salty beaches and quiet ponds, Cape Cod is filled with some of the best fireworks-viewing locations in New England.
1. Falmouth - 7/4 at 8:45PM (only 30 minutes from Sandwich!)
Find a spot near the gorgeous Falmouth Heights beach and tune your car radio (or iPod) to 92.7FM to hear the music that accompanies the show!
2. Hyannis - 7/4 at 8:45PM (only 20 minutes from Sandwich!)
Head down to one of the many beaches around Hyannis Harbor, grab a bite to eat at one of the area's many shops and restaurants, or bring a late dessert to enjoy while watching the sky light up.
3. Martha's Vineyard - 7/4 at 9:00PM
If you find yourself on the Vineyard for the 4th, head to Edgartown to check out their amazingly patriotic fireworks display. It might seem like a stretch, but remember, it's only a short ferry ride away!
4. Plymouth - 7/4 at 9:00PM (only 25 minutes from Sandwich!)
Even though Plymouth isn't technically "down the Cape," it's pretty close and hosts some of the best fireworks in the area. I mean, it doesn't get more patriotic than Plymouth: one of the first colonies in America, right? So head on up there and find a spot anywhere near the Plymouth Waterfront.
5. Onset-Wareham - 7/4 at 8:45PM (only 20 minutes from Sandwich!)
Onset has always had that old-fasioned feel to its beaches and atmosphere, so it's a pretty sure bet that the fireworks display will be just as timeless and classic. Head out to the Onset Beach/Bay area to check it out.
You know what's even better than the fireworks themselves? Heading back to a clean, cozy room after a long day at the beach, cooking out with friends, or whatever you find yourself doing this Independence Day. Let the Belfry Inne and Bistro be your go-to, post-fireworks hangout spot. (And while you're here, let us buy you a drink!)
When it comes to planning your wedding, things can definitely get a bit stressful. Whether you're planning every little detail down to the tablecloth cover or taking a laissez-faire attitude and leaving everything to the last minute, it can be a hectic time. Here at the Belfry Inne and Bistro, we want to make your wedding as stress-free as possible, so we've broken down the event planning process into three easy steps:
1. Picking a Ceremony Venue
One of the best parts of planning your Cape Cod wedding is just that: the location. The Cape is filled with a variety of possible event venues. From beaches to parks to hotels, the possibilities are really endless. When choosing a ceremony venue, it's important to consider these factors:
- Size: Is the venue big enough to hold all your guests? Or, if you're planning a small, intimate ceremony, is it too big? Be sure to consider guest seating, bridal party positions, and aisle length.
- Weather: Does the venue require a sunny, rain-free day to work properly? If so, do you have an alternate rain location picked out?
- Driving distance: Is the venue within reasonable driving distance for your guests and bridal party? Is their adequate parking on-site, and if not, will there be reliable group transportation?
The Belfry is only a short driving distance from a variety of beaches, churches, hotels, and event halls. So whatever you choose, the Belfry is always a convenient reception option.
2. Picking a Reception Venue
While we obviously HIGHLY recommend booking your wedding or event in the beautiful Belfry Inne and Bistro, we ultimately leave the decision up to you. Be sure to consider the following when choosing a reception location:
- Menu options: Does the venue offer the food you want at a price that works for you? If not, do you have a catering company picked out instead? In terms of beverages, do you want an open or cash bar?
- Size: Are there enough tables for all your guests? Is there room to dance? Is there adequate parking?
- Does the venue have a romantic feel- or at least the "feel" you're going for? How do you feel about the decor?
I've already written about the deliciously unique menu options the Belfry Bistro
has to offer, but just to remind you, we offer a variety of classic dishes with delectable twists for less than $100 per head! Customize your personal menu and take advantage of our medium-sized space for all the lounging and dancing your guests will need. Not to mention, the decor is something you will never forget!
3. Figuring Out Guest Accomodations
The last thing you want is to throw your close family into some half-price motel to cut costs. There's plenty to consider when choosing accomodations for your guests, but all that really matters is: Will my family be comfortable here?
If you don't know the answer to that question, chances are they're not. If you book your event at the Belfry, we will reserve up to five beautiful, comfortable rooms for you and your guests complete with a complimentary breakfast, free wi-fi, and no creepy budget motel rooms. Your guests will thank you later, I promise!
There's a LOT that goes into planning a wedding or event, but the Belfry WANTS to help you every step of the way. Check out our "Events" page
to learn more and take the first step to booking with us.
Before you spend another Independence Day at a cookout your way-too-nosy in-laws, why not break tradition and try something new this year? Let's face it: The 4th is one of those holidays everyone tends to do the same thing ever year for, but since it lies right in the middle of the week this year and some of us are lucky enough to have the rest of the weekend off, why not make a mini vacation or at LEAST a day trip down to Sandwich, MA to take part in our festivities?!
The 3-Mile Fun Run (8:30 AM - registration at 7:15)
While you may be used to packing on a few pounds of hotdogs and hamburgers during the 4th, maybe you could spend the morning getting a little extra exercise to save room for the feast later on. The Sandwich Recreation Department is hosting a 3-mile "fun run" for anyone aged 13 or older. A $5 donation will get you a number and a $15 donation will get you a t-shirt to make you remember your valiant efforts.
The "Spirit of Sandwich" 4th of July Parade (10 AM)
Unlike most parades, this is one that EVERYONE can participate in! Feel free to decorate your bike, wagon, or maybe even your dog to walk down the parade route waving to your adoring fans. If marching's not for you, every parade needs bystanders! Pick a comfortable spot, set up a few camping chairs, and enjoy the flots, antique cars, music, and (most importantly) the free candy that is sure to be thrown. The parade is true family fun for everyone!
The Lions Club Egg Toss and Picnic (11:30 AM)
If you're looking for some old-fashioned fun and a chance to meet some new people, stop by the park, pack a lunch, and play some Egg Toss! It sounds lame at first, but I promise- it's addicting. Not to mention, the kids will love it.
The Muster Events (1 PM)
If you've had enough of the July heat, check out the Henry T. Wing School Grounds for a bunch of water games to help cool down you and your family! I'm not sure what they're offering, but I assume there will be plenty of water balloons, ice buckets, and slip'n'slides for everyone.
The Boat Parade (9 PM)
For almost 200 years, the town of Sandwich has hosted a 4th of July Boat Parade at Shawme Pond. Stop by the bandstand area around 9PM to see boats decorated the the occasion and illuminated with lanterns. This could be the perfect way to end your fun-filled day.
So switch up your normal routine this year and give Sandwich a chance! I can't promise you'll stay dry or hungry, but I can definitely promise you'll have a good time.
You know you love the food, drink, and amazing atmosphere the Belfry Inne and Bistro is so well known for, but did you ever think we'd be rated as one of the best in all of New England? Neither did we!
This past week, Open Table (one of the web's most trusted restaurant review sites) made their annual lists of the best American Restaurants in the country in honor of the July 4th holiday, and the Belfry Bistro came in a humble 6th place (out of ALL of New England)! While our menu is definitely not your basic, All-American faire, we are proud that our unique, delicious, and truly classic dishes have won over so many positive reviews.
Here are some of our favorites:
"We really enjoyed the Belfry Inn during our recent vacation on Cape Cod. The setting is unique and very warm in a converted Catholic church. We were promptly and warmly greeted and shown to our table right away. Our meals were absolutely top notch - something for every taste - and I had the best tuna dish I think I have ever had. The service was very good and not obtrusive. This place was a great "find" for us and we highly recommend it."
"We had brunch on a perfect sunny Sunday in the Belfry's outdoor patio. It was a beautiful oasis. There was an outstanding guitarist playing who perfected what was already a serene venue. The food was great; the service excellent. We've eaten indoors on several occasions and thoroughly enjoy its unique atmosphere."
"We were greeted at the door with a cheerful "Happy Anniversary!" and were given a wonderful table for two. Our waitress, Kerry, was attentive, patient and eager to answer the several questions we had regarding a particular wine and one of the entrees. She even took the time to ask the bartender to write down the ingredients for the great martini I had! The food....FABULOUS as always."
At the Belfry, we welcome and appreciate ALL feedback, so feel free to tell us about your experience on our Open Table page, Yelp, or by giving us a call.
At the Belfry, we understand that no getaway is complete without some type of spa treatment, which is why we have installed a new Vendana Care Unit in our Wednesday Room (of the Abbey). This innovative Bain Ultra unit will take you far away from Sandwich and into a relaxing, harmonious dreamworld whenever you want to... if only for a few minutes.
The Vendana features five core therapies that will work through all your stress using mediums best suited for your personal experience.
The system can reach and maintain up to 175ºF (the recommended dry heat thermotherapy temperatre) to give you the ultimate sauna experience.
Using precision Litebook technology, the Vendana unit is on the cutting edge in terms of light intensity, wavelength, and range.
The Litebook technology also has the ability to diffuse colors in precise wavelengths that maximize the benefits of your specific therapeutic care.
Using an essential-oil nebulizing diffuser, the aromatherapy system fills the area with soothing scents that will help to refresh your mind and body.
The Vendana sound system totally surrounds you, covering up any other audible frequencies, and offers an exquisite sound experience.
Count on the Wednesday Room's new Vendana Spa Unit to cool down and let loose after a long day of sight-seeing, whale-watching, shopping, or whatever else you find yourself doing in Sandwich. And be sure to let us know if you enjoyed it, as we look forward to installing the system in some of our other rooms.