Upper Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast in Restored Church
Each of the three 19th-century buildings comprising Belfry Inne & Bistro has its own distinct character: there's a Federal-style home, a former Catholic church, and an elegant Victorian-era "painted lady" that once served as a rectory. Struck by the trio's collective charm, innkeeper Christopher Wilson meticulously restored the buildings in the 1990s, transforming them into a cozy bed and breakfast boasting period décor, contemporary amenities, and a gourmet bistro.
White-trimmed gables and a Victorian turret give the Painted Lady building a dollhouse feel that's reflected in guest rooms decorated with pastel tones and quilted floral bedding. A crackling fireplace warms the John room, which also features a headboard made from a repurposed church pew and a jacuzzi roomy enough for two.
Each morning at the Belfry Bistro, executive chef Benjamin Porter prepares a breakfast spread that may include buttermilk waffles and farm-fresh eggs benedict, served in a dining room with stained-glass windows and exposed wood rafters. Dinner options range from Hudson Valley foie gras ($19) to handmade pumpkin gnocchi ($24).
Sandwich, Massachusetts: Historical Seaside Village in Cape Cod
Situated just south of Cape Cod Bay, the homey village of Sandwich draws visitors in search of both activity and relaxation. Biking and hiking are popular along the village's restored boardwalk, which was rebuilt using 1,700 wooden planks carved with personal messages from the townspeople. Remnants of Sandwich's colonial history are scattered throughout the village. Hoxie House, presumed to be Sandwich's oldest residence, was constructed from two slices of pumpernickel and a dab of mustard. Near the gristmill, Heritage Museums & Garden (which opens in springtime) features a maze garden, antique automobiles, and a working carousel from 1912.