Homespun Garden

January 24th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

Homespun Garden exterior picture of the shop.

Homespun Garden Falmouth Village

 

 

Homespun Garden is a gift shop in Cape Cod located at 174 Main Street in Falmouth Village. Parking is available on Main Street as well as across
from the store at Town Hall Square or in the large parking lot accessed off of Library Lane which runs between Main Street and Katherine Lee Bates Road.
Year Established โ€“ The Homespun Garden store was purchased by its new owner Susan in 2011. Susan had come from the corporate world
and had dreamed for some time of opening a gift shop.

The story behind the name/logo โ€“ The previous owner of the store had focused on a lot of garden items such as silk floral arrangements. Susan has diversified the offerings in the shop and moved from a garden shop to more of a gift shop. The store has a diverse selection of fashion items (Wallaroo hats-UPF 50+, scarves-cashmere and alpaca, gloves), jewelry, bath and body, home dรฉcor, cards and gifts for the pet lover and their pet.
Fan Favorite Items โ€“

Homespun Garden in Falmouth carries Inis Cologne from Ireland available at Homespun garden in Falmouth Village

Inis Cologne

Solmate Socks at Homespun Gardens in Falmouth Village

Solmate Socks

 

As part of the bath and body offering, Inis fragrance is one customer favorite. Inis is an exciting Irish Cologne for Women and Men known as a scent that embodies the coolness, clarity and purity of the sea.

The Solmate socks at Homespun are so popular that Susan has to continually reorder them to keep them in stock. The socks are multi-patterned and colorful mismatched socks for children, adults, and babies. Read more about them in the unique offering section below.

 

 

 

 

Other fan favorites are the various items that Susan offers that are made on Cape Cod by local artisans. Some examples are handmade ceramic ornaments by Lori Dawn, beach windows by Robin Paris and also Cape Cod made candles and diffusers, hand etched wine glasses, and jewelry.


Unique Offering โ€“ Susan showcases a number of items that are created from recycled/repurposed materials.
We talked about one fan favorite being the solmate socks. These made in the U.S.A socks are knit from the repurposing of recycled cotton yarn. By using this recycle yarn the amount of cotton waste sent to landfills is reduced. Their yarns also reduce the amount of water, land use, pesticides and herbicides used to grow new cotton fibers as well as eliminates the need for harmful chemicals to dye virgin cotton yarn. The sock designing, knitting, and finishing final touches are completed at small, family-owned businesses in Vermont, North Carolina, and Oregon. Fingerless gloves from SolMate Socks are also available and come in a variety of vibrant patterns. They too are from 100% recycled cotton yarn and made in the USA.
Other popular items using recycled materials are the handmade ceramic and sea glass pottery items and the colorful fish mobiles in the store.


Interesting Trivia – Based on customer interest and request Susan will be expanding the faith based gift section in the store in 2015.
General Information
Homespun Garden is open year round with summer hours daily of 10-6. Winter hours are Monday โ€“ Friday 10-5 and on Sunday from 11-6. To reach the store by phone please call (508) 457-4441.

Valentine’s Day Getaway

January 10th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

valentine's day getaway long stem rose

Single Long Stem Rose

Ghelfi’s Valentines Display

A Valentine’s Day Getaway at The Captain’s Manor Inn might be just the treat you are looking for in the cold days of winter.

When you arrive for your getaway you will find a special box of handmade chocolates from local chocolatier ,Ghelfi’s Candies, and a long stem rose in your guestroom. You can also select to add a premium romance package or other goodies to your booking.

The beauty of Falmouth Cape Cod in winter is that the town is open year-round. You can enjoy a stroll down Main Street in Falmouth Village and take advantage of the many unique boutique shops where valentine specials will be readily available.

Maybe you are looking for a new outfit for your valentine dinner….perhaps Port Cargo, Treasure Chest, or Green Eyed Daisy will have the outfit for you.

It might be a unique candle, piece of art, jewlery, pottery or other gift is what you are after ……check out such great shops as Vagabond Treasures, The Pink Polka Dot, Twigs, Touche, Celebrations to name a few. After your shopping stroll stop in at any of several restaurants like Stone L’Oven or Bear in Boots Gastropub for lunch.

Now it might be time to walk off your lunch and it is a wonderfully peaceful time to walk and perhaps take in Falmouth Harbor or Surf Drive Beach or any of the many walking trails by such locations as Spohr Gardens, Oyster Pond or Beebe Woods by Highfield Hall and Gardens.

Come on back to the Inn to relax and get ready for a romantic dinner at The Glass Onion or CSalt restaurants. There are a number of other options for dinner such as La Cucina Sul Mare or Anejo Mexican Bistro.

The most important part of all is the special quality time with your sweetheart away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and obligations.

Whatever you do we wish you a wonderful Valentine’s day!

Tuscany Guestroom Renovation

January 10th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

The Tuscany guestroom renovation is underway. We thought it would be fun to share some pictures from when we first purchased the Inn 5 years ago , the initial renovations we made and the ones underway now.

2010

When we purchased the Inn the Tuscany room had a Queen bed a sink in the corner or the room next to a closet. As you can see from the closet there was some very old wallpaper one the walls in the closet.

There was a very small bathroom which had a toilet and a small shower with a flexible plastic accordian style door inย  a very compact space.

Our first renovations during the spring of 2010 included a new carpet , a new Queen bed, replacement of the louver bathroom door with a solid wood door that we found at the New Bedford Antique and Renovation warehouse, new reclining Queen Anne chairs, and a number of other little changes.

New Queen bed

New Queen bed

New reclining Queen Anne chairs

 

New antique door

2012

When we did the new 3000 square foot addition in 2012 to add 3 guestrooms we also increased the Tuscany bathroom by more than twice its original size and put a shower/tub combination in the large bathroom and another sink in the large bathroom plus kept the original sink in the corner of the guestroom. We also replaced the Queen bed with a King bed.

New expanded bathroom

New expanded bathroom

New King bed

New King bed

Original hand painted Kohler sink in guestroom

Original hand painted Kohler sink in guestroom

New shower/tub

New shower/tub

Freshly painted closet

Freshly painted closet

 

2015

We are now in the process of painting the walls in the Tuscany room however we are keeping some of the trompe l’oeil murals. For example, the brick around the closet door and entrance door, the special mural on the exterior of the bathroom entrance and if you look closely you will see two of the original butterflies on one of the guestroom walls. We have also decided to replace the tub/shower combination with a large custom rainshower with a glass door system. That work will begin in late February.

photo 1

First coat of primer

First coat of paint

First coat of paint

Complete

Complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right corner getting primer

Right corner getting primer

Right Corner of Room

Right Corner Complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left Corner getting primer

Left Corner getting primer

Left Corner Complete

Left Corner Complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will update the blog post with new pictures as we get further along.

 

Cider Poached Apples Breakfast Recipe

December 22nd, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Cider poached apple with yogurt and caramel

Cider poached apple with yogurt and caramel

Cider Poached Apples with Cinnamon Yogurt and Caramel Sauce Drizzle is a favorite breakfast fruit dish of customers at our Falmouth Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast and we are happy to share the recipe with you. Each breakfast at the Captain’s Manor Inn starts with a fruit dish and scone or muffin before we move onto the main entree of the morning. A fresh fruit cup is always a great way to start and yet as the fresh fruit is less abundant in the spring and late fall/winter this is a great fruit alternative. The recipe below can be modified for a smaller or a larger group based on your needs.

We are providing the ingredients and preparation necessary to Serve 8 guests.

Ingredients

ยฝ Gallon Apple Cider
ยฝ bottle Apple Juice
2 cinnamon sticks
4 Apples (peeled, halved, and cored)
ยฝ cup vanilla yogurt
ยฝ teaspoon ground cinnamon
ยฝ cup chopped pecans, candied
ยฝ cup caramel sauce

Preparation:

preparing apples for poaching

preparing apples for poaching

Cider poached apples soak

Cider poached apples soak

Peeled apples ready to poach

Peeled apples ready to poach

 

 

 

1. Bring apple cider, apple juice and cinnamon stick mixture to a boil over high heat. Let boil, uncovered about 25 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by about 1/3.
2. Add Apples, cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until desired tenderness. Remove from heat and let cool. Refrigerate the apples in the cooking liquid overnight.
3. Take your ยฝ cup of chopped pecans and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with a little sugar then toast in a preheated oven at 350 F for 8 to 10 minutes. Use immediately or store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
4. Combine yogurt and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Pour into a cake decorating bag or a squeeze bottle and then drizzle yogurt on each serving plate. Next place a poached half apple on top of the yogurt sauce. Drizzle more yogurt over the top of the apple and drizzle some caramel sauce then sprinkle with toasted pecans.

We hope you enjoy from all the staff at The Captain’s Manor Inn in Falmouth, Cape Cod.

Boston Accommodations

December 7th, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Boston Accomodations at the Lenox hotel executive king guest room

Boston accommodations are abundant and our international guests often inquire about where to stay in Boston either on their way to Cape Cod or once they leave Cape Cod.

We have a couple of hotels that we recommend below based on our stays. We suggest you either book directly with the hotelย  or check online to see if there is a tripadvisor deal and book through tripadvisor.

 

Boston Accommodations at the Lenox hotel executive king guest room

Lenox Hotel Guestroom

One hotel we suggest is the Lenox Hotel. This is a luxury hotel in Boston’s back bay at 61 Exeter St, Boston, MA 02116. We booked this hotel directly and selected the king room executive suite with a fireplace (it

Boston Accommodations Lenox Hotel guestroom with fireplace

Fireplace guestroom Lenox Hotel

was off season so the rate was adjusted accordingly). Upon arrival all service staff were very pleasant and let us know that if we wanted a fire in the fireplace to just call down and someone would arrive to light the fire – we just needed to be present in the room as it is a wood burning fireplace. The guestroom was quite large and in addition to the fireplace there was a large comfortable coach and a desk as well as a good size flat screen tv. The bed was comfortable and the sheets were of good quality. Another benefit was that the guestroom was nice and quiet, unlike at some hotels where the hallways are well traveled and the noise from the hall is very noticeable in the guestrooms. The bathroom was also well appointed. While at the Lenox Hotel we went to Abe and Louis for dinner which was exceptional. Previous guests of the our Inn had suggested we review it for our guests to see if we would recommend the restaurant. After dining there we would enthusiastically recommend it to others. The restaurant setting is very tasteful with a lot of old wood paneling and high ceilings. The bone in rib-eye steak is a fan favorite and Kevin had that for his main entree and I had the filet. We also shared green beens sauteed with crispy shallots and the potatoes au gratin with parmesan cheese and proscuitto which were to die for!

 

Boston Accommodations Omni Parker House Buffet Breakfast

Omni Parker Buffet Breakfast

The other Hotel we would suggest is the Omni Parker House Hotel located at 60 School St, Boston, MA 02108. This is a very convenient hotel if you would like to do some sightseeing that includes walking the freedom trail as well as visiting Faneuil Hall and the Boston aquarium. We booked the Omni Parker through tripadvisor where they had posted a special offer. The offer was for free parking and breakfast with your stay. Our booking was for a Saturday night stay and we enjoyed the complimentary parking (usually in excess of $30 per night) and an exceptional brunch Sunday morning in the Parker’s Restaurant at the hotel. We stayed in Boston for the lighting of the Holiday Tree at Faneuil Hall before traveling out of town. On Saturday night we did walk to Faneuil hall for the festivities and we had a light dinner at Parker’s Bar at the hotel. Parker’s Bar has a nice casual pub feel to it and we had excellent onion soup and a sizeable iceberg salad wedge for our light meal. The room at the Omni Parker was a king room yet it was much smaller than the King room at the Lenox Hotel. The Omni also does have more hall traffic that is heard in the guestroom. The bathroom is compact yet has all the amenities you need. One of the draws of the Omni is the great history of the property and grand decor of the main common areas plus its location in the heart of Boston.

Holidays by the Sea

December 3rd, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Falmouth Village Holiday Stroll for Holidays by the Sea

Holidays by the Sea is once again promising to be a fun filled weekend in Falmouth Village.

The festivities officially being on Friday December 5th at 5:30 with a carol sing at the iconic Nobska Lighthouse. Hot chocolate and cookies will be on hand to fuel you for participating in the festive seasonal sing along.

At a very reasonable 9:30 am on Saturday December 6th you can join in on the 3rd annual Jingle Jog 5K sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and Anytime Fitness. Festive outfits are actually encouraged for the race and our very own son-in-law donned a Santa outfit a couple of years ago. The Elf Run for participants 12 and under starts at 9:30 and the Jingle Jog for those 13 and over starts at 9:45.

Jingle jog 5K

Jingle Jog

After joining in the race or just cheering on the runners you can head over to Marine Park at Falmouth Harbor to welcome Seafaring Santa! The Falmouth High School Chorus will be on hand singing Christmas carols. All are invited to join in the activities ofย  the annual children’s bike raffle, hot chocolate & treats courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts.

Also on the 6th at noon there is a public viewing of the Nobska Lighthouse which is sponsored by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and goes unti 2 pm. As a little incentive we share that Santa visits at 12:30 pm!

Holiday Stroll for Holidays by the Sea

Holiday Stroll

After a little afternoon rest get ready for the Holiday Stroll along Main Street and Queens Buyway. Hop on the trolley to the Falmouth Historical Society for a visit with Santa until 6:30. There will be face painting by Mrs. Claus, along with hot chocolate and cookies. The Falmouth Historical Society will also have additional craft activities for the kids. Take the trolley to the Queen’s Buyway, and visit the Petting Zoo! (In the courtyard behind Cape Chic and Pink Polka Dot from 5-6:30) Enjoy live music by the Donnie Cross Trio at Headlines on Main Street. The movie Frozen will also be streaming throughout the evening at Peg Noonan Park. Also keep a look out for Elsa and Anna! The Very Merry Dickens Carolers and the Falmouth High School Band will perform along Main Street. Ride the Trolley down Main Street while the Falmouth High School A Capella Group sings Holiday songs! Just look for the trolley stop signs. Snacks and refreshments can be found at your favorite local shops! Information cards will be available at most Main Street Shops.

The official festivities conclude on Sunday December 7th with the 51st annual parade. The Parade starts at noontime at the Falmouth Mall and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Our parade is Southeastern Massachusettsโ€™ largest holiday parade with theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus!

Holidays by the Sea 51st annual parade

Holiday Parade

Trick or Treat

October 26th, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Trick or Treat with Patches the firedog

Patches the fire dog and Olivia

Trick or Treat at Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth Village

Ladybug Girl and Sara the good witch

Trick or Treat in Falmouth Village was celebrated in grand fashion with the 17th annual Trick or Treat stroll along Main Street on Saturday October 25th. Hundreds of youngsters and their parents came dressed for the occasions in costumes ranging from policemen and fireman to goblins, witches and beloved characters like Elsa of Frozen. We had parents dressed as superheros and sports figures as they escorted their little ones along the street. Restaurants and Retail shops alike offered up goodies to the trick or treaters.

Patches the firedog and Olivia as red riding hood led the parade down Main Street in Falmouth Village.

Eight Cousins Bookstore had Ladybug Girl and Sara the good witch to hand out fun pencils for their treat.

 

 

Thank you to the Falmouth Village Association for sponsoring such a family friendly and fun event!

Trick or Treat at Eastman's Hardware in Falmouth Village

The beginning of the trick or treat parade line.

Trick or Treat in Falmouth Village

Trick or Treat at Homespun Gardens

Trick or Treat at La Osteria in Falmouth VIllage

Osteria La Civetta’s Spooky Spider web with Cauldron of Treats

Falmouth Village Scarecrows

October 24th, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Falmouth Village Scarecrows make their appearance again this Fall and Halloween season on iconic Main Street. Over 20 different creative oversize scarecrows are located on the lamposts in front of restaurants, retail shops, the local fire station and several bed and breakfasts in Falmouth Village. The scarecrows went up on October 15th and will remain until late November.

Port Cargo retail shop's scarecrow on the lampost in Falmouth Village of Scarecrows

Port Cargo

Each year the members of the Falmouth Village Association enjoy showcasing their talents in coming up with a scarecrow character to represent their unique business.

Pickle Jar Restaurant scarecrow in Falmouth Village of Scarecrows

Pickle Jar Restaurant

Scarecrow at La Cucina Restaurant iin Falmouth Village of Scarecrows

Village of Scarecrows

This year some of the unique characters include an oompa loompa scarecrow from Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory located in front of Ghelfi’s Candies, a cocktail serving scarecrow in front of the Quarterdeck restaurant, a leprechaun in front of Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub, and Popeye the Sailor Man in front of The Captain’s Manor Inn. We encourage you to take a stroll along Main Street and enjoy the fun and creative scarecrow’s while you stop in to shop at our local shops and restaurants.

Popeye scarecrow at the Captain's Manor Inn in Falmouth Village of Scarecrows

The Captain’s Manor Inn

 

Jazz Stroll

September 13th, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Jazz Stroll 2014 is set for October 3, 2014 in lovely Falmouth Village. This free event takes place at numerous retail and restaurant locations in Queen’s Buyway and along Main Street. Groups performing range from duos to trios as well as quartets and even the big band group Stage Door Canteen at Liam Maquire’s Irish Pub to close out this fabulous night. You might even choose to enjoy a jam session to be held at Jacks located at 327 Gifford Street.

Make a night of it and come for a stroll where you can mix musical pleasure with dinner and dessert or a little retail therapy while on for your jazz stroll.

This evening is one of many events that make up 2014 Jazzfest. One of this year’s highlight performances will be Grammy Winner Catherine Russell who will be performing at Highfield Theater on Saturday, October 4th at 7:30 pm. Russell is celebrated as a genuine jazz and blues singer who can sing virtually anything. Her Grammy was awarded for her featured work on the soundtrack of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Catherine has performed with Steely Dan, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and numerous other musical talents.Jazz stroll at Vagabond View

Falmouth Historic Walk

August 28th, 2014 by Trish Robinson

A Falmouth historic walk is enhanced this year with the beautiful ceramic birdhouses created by Falmouth High School students in collaboration with the Falmouth Museums on the Green.Falmouth High School Ceramic Birdhouses at Highfield Hall This is a self guided tour through historic Falmouth Village and 28 different homes have these unique birdhouses located in trees in their front yards. Each of the birdhouses was painstakingly created and inspired by architectural, cultural or historic significance of the particular house they selected.

The Captain’s Manor Inn is proud to be a part of this endeavor. We are listed as number 12 on the tour and are under the name of Mostly Hall. The Inn was dubbed Mostly Hall back in the 1800’s when a young man visiting the home with his mother said “look ma, it’s mostly hall” upon stepping into the grande entrance. The name became part of town lore and the house is actually on the National Historic Registry under the name of Mostly Hall.

We share some pictures below and a video of students who made a birdhouse: http://youtu.be/BoNLHNVH2OM

Captain's Manor Inn ceramic birdhouseTo the left is a picture of the ceramic birdhouse for Consider Hatch house's ceramic birdhouse

The Captain’s Manor Inn (aka Mostly Hall)

and to the right is the ceramic birdhouse for

the Consider Hatch house. Below is a picture

of the ceramic birdhouse for St. Barnabas

Church.St. Barnabas ceramic birdhouse made by Falmouth high school students

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