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Finding a Cape Cod escape

The Belfry Inn & Bistro in Sandwich is a desanctified Roman Catholic church.

The Belfry Inn & Bistro in Sandwich is a desanctified Roman Catholic church.

Q. We are planning a Cape escape and are looking for places away from the usual down there. Suggestions?

Bill Dore, Manchester-by-the-Sea

A. For your offbeat escape, we recommend the Belfry Inn & Bistro in Sandwich (8 Jarves St., 508-888-8550, www.belfryinn.com, from $159). Its centerpiece: a desanctified Roman Catholic church housing six guest rooms with spectacular stained glass windows. The property includes three period buildings, The Painted Lady, a whimsical Victorian with 11 rooms; The Abbey (described above); and the Village House, a Federal-period clapboard building with six rooms. The inn’s signature restaurant, The Belfry Bistro, serves award-winning contemporary American cuisine and hosts wine tastings that often sell out. Check their website for winter getaway specials and wine-tasting weeknights.

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The inn is located near Town Neck Beach, Shawme Pond, and the Dunbar Tearoom, and is ideal for exploring the North Side overlooking Cape Cod Bay, and the shops along the Old King’s Highway. Since glass is such a big part of local history, why not take a glassblowing class? The Chatham Glass Co. in Chatham offers weekend workshops (Jan-Feb) with master glassblower Jim Holmes. That will add a little heat to your escape. For information, visit www.artsfoundation.org/events/970-get-hot-glassblowing-lessons-with-jim-holmes

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