It was a glorious weekend and even though I don't care much for Columbus the "discoverer", I'm grateful for the extra day off.
We started out in Dennis and meandered along Route 6A towards Sandwich. And, boy, the Cape was hopping! Restaurants, shops and historical attractions all seemed to have a steady flow of traffic through their doors. With any luck, visitors benefited from great sales and shopkeepers benefited from the great weather.
It was like a secret summer day tucked away in October. It was also a great day for us locals to enjoy our oft overlooked surroundings.
Before hitting some of the historical sites, we took a brief detour over to the Sandwich Boardwalk. What a sight--kids, dogs and older folks all frolicking in and around the water. Your reward for the quick walk across the boardwalk? A stunningly clear view of Cape Cod Bay.
Everybody just seemed a little bit happier--a little extra bounce in their step. The day was a bonus from Mother Nature before the temps start slipping at the end of the week.
On to the Dexter Grist Mill (closed for the season) and the Thornton W. Burgess Museum and Hoxie House both still open and hosting visitors. If you didn't already know, Sandwich is jam-packed with history. The Thornton W. Burgess museum pays homage to none other than Thornton W. Burgess, the prolific naturalist and author of the Peter Rabbit stories. Built in 1675, the Hoxie House is the oldest house on Cape Cod. And if you think that's old, the Dexter Grist Mill was built in 1654 and still operates to this day! If it weren't for the approaching lunch hour, we may have also taken in the sights at Heritage Museums and Gardens and the Sandwich Glass Museum, also in this historic Upper Cape town.
After all that picture taking, it was time for lunch. We opted for Hemisphere on Town Neck Road in Sandwich. You
may remember it as Horizon's up until recently. Our 20 minute wait for an outdoor waterfront table flew right by as we walked along the beach directly outside the restaurant. Shame on the impatient folks who fled the restaurant after hearing about the 20 minute wait. Their loss.
The view was great, the breeze warm and the food delectable. Our table's choices included the lobster roll (probably the best I've had all season!), the Caesar salad with grilled chicken and the kid's chicken fingers. I almost ordered the HemiBurger, but deemed it much to embarrassing to request aloud.
Most lunch entrees were between $8-$15 with certain seafood items being market price. The children's meals including the usual fare of chicken fingers, burgers and pasta were all $9 which included a beverage and dessert. Unfortunately the one dessert choice of vanilla ice cream was of no interest to our youngest diner. Be sure to check out Hemisphere's menu. This fall, they are offering three course prix fixe dinners at $15, Monday through Thursday from 5pm-6pm--a great dinner for a great price right around sunset.
Fully satiated, we continued towards the bridge realizing we might as well hit the Wal-Mart in Wareham for household essentials. If you are wondering, gas was $2.33 a gallon at most places along 6A and $2.23 a gallon on Main Street in Buzzards Bay and into Wareham.
But before we crossed the bridge, we stopped at the Canal Visitor Center and the Sandwich Marina--both places bustling. People were fishing, walking and watching boats cruise through the canal. At the Sandwich Marina, I spotted a Jolly Roger flag on the docked Harvard with a message that made me think of the office and returning to work today: "Beatings will continue until morale improves." Catchy.