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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.