The Pickle Jar Kitchen

March 5th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

The Pickle Jar Kitchen in Falmouth Village Cape Cod is a favorite restaurant of ours and our guests and we are thrilled to share some information and stories about this special locally owned and run restaurant.

Pickle Jar Kitchen Chalkboard of Info
Pickle Jar Kitchen Chalkboard of Info

 

Year Established

 

The Pickle Jar Kitchen opened its doors on February 6, 2013. The local residents who own and run the restaurant are Benjamin and Cassandra Gallant and Elisabeth and Kevin Lay. A fun bit of background is that Benjamin, Elisabeth and Kevin went to school together at Johnson and Wales Culinary University in Providence Rhode Island. The restaurant is definitely kid friendly and you will often see the owners children visiting in the early morning before heading off to school.

pickle jar kitchen logo

 

The story behind the name/logo

 

This group of good friends had been thinking about doing a restaurant together for some time. The space known to many townies as the previous โ€œLaureensโ€ restaurant became available on Main Street shortly after another spot was scooped up and this friendship based venture was meant to be in its current location. The space leasing came together and they were literally going to open in a month and the friends said โ€œokay what are we going to call this restaurantโ€. The brainstorming began and since they had been active picklers for sometime, including pickling their garden vegetables, it made sense to incorporate that into the name of the restaurant and the menu offerings. During the brainstorming Pickle just kept coming up in names such as Pickle Barrel and they settled on The Pickle Jar Kitchen. Kevin created the actual logo.

Pickle Jar Kitchen Bar
Pickle Jar Kitchen Bar

 

Fan Lunch Favorite

 

Many of the โ€œSpecialty Sammichesโ€ are very popular and include ingredients such as special spice blends they have created. The most popular sammich is โ€œThe Firehouseโ€ which features smoked chili rubbed boneless pork, their very own home made pickled carrots, smoked cheddar and BBQ sauce on a toasty house roll. The next most popular is The Village Green which includes yogurt and herb marinated chicken, boursin cheese, baby arugula, sprouts, cucumber, drizzled with their own dill aioli and served on toasted Sourdough.

Pickle Jar Kitchen Candy Bags

 

Unique Offering

 

They have a number of vegetarian and gluten free offerings.
The tofu salad is probably the most popular and consists of a lightly dusted and fried tofu served with pea shoots, cucumbers, edamame beans, & mixed artisan lettuces, drizzled with ginger miso vinaigrette and topped with pickled red onions.

 

Interesting Trivia

 

The first year they were open they entered the Chili Fest at the Cotuit Center for the Arts and Won! Interestingly the chili is not even an offering on the menu.

Coconut CupCakes

Coconut Cup Cakes

 

Lis is a master baker and owner of Butterqueen Cakes. The best selling baked goodie at The Pickle Jar Kitchen would be the Coconut Cup Cakes.

 

The Specialty Sammiches have great Falmouth names such as Road Race Roll, Nobska Light, and The Town Hall.

Cape Cod’s Best Bed and Breakfasts

March 1st, 2015 by Trish Robinson

Cape Cod’s Best Bed and Breakfasts were recently identified by the Travel Channel. There are over 250 bed and breakfasts throughout Cape Cod. The Travel Channel article by Christopher Setterlund identified the top ten spanning from Upper Cape Cod through Mid Cape and Lower Cape Cod out to Outer Cape Cod. As members of the Cape Cod Chamber we are very familiar with the wonderful hosts and properties that the Travel Channel identified. Read on to learn a bit about these top ten bed and breakfasts.

The Captain’s Manor Inn is honored to be one of these top ten Cape Cod’s bed and breakfasts and the only one located in Upper Cape. Located in Falmouth Village, guests love the ability to park the car and stroll to the many boutique shops, restaurants, museums and beaches. Enjoy the Shining Sea bike path and the many walkable gardens and museums in town or perhaps a game of golf, fishing, kayaking, or sunset cruises are on your list. Explore our day trips page for ideas ranging from day tripping to Martha’s Vineyard to sailing off for a whale watch.

cape cod's best bed and breakfasts map of cape cod regionย We are also thrilled that The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn is named as one of the top ten Cape Cod bed and brebookbutton5akfasts by the Travel Channel. In 2014 The Captain’s Manor Inn partnered with The Platinum Pebble to offer our 2 for 1 package that has been extremely popular with our international guests and our domestic guests. We essentially ease the planning of your Cape Cod vacation by creating a week long package where you spend 3 days at each of our two Inns and during your stay you will day trip to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Heritage Museums and Gardens, plus enjoy a Whale Watch adventure and bike the Shining Sea Bikeway and the Cape Cod Rail Trail. All your ferry and admission tickets are included as part of the package. By staying at The Captain’s Manor Inn in Upper Cape Cod (near Martha’s Vineyard) and Lower Cape Cod (near Nantucket Island) guests of the 2 for 1 package essentially see all of Cape Cod and the Islands during their week long stay.

The other lovely bed and breakfasts named by the Travel Channel span from Mid Cape to Outer Cape.

In the Mid Cape you will find Captain David Kelly House located in Centerville. Rick and Tom have been welcoming guests to their bed and breakfast since 2009. Their breakfasts are entertaining and delicious. One of our favorite places to enjoy while in Centerville is the renowned Four Seas Ice Cream which is not far from Craigville beach.

Another wonderful bed and breakfast in Mid Cape is Liberty Hill Inn which is located in Yarmouth Port. The Inn is set back from historic route 6A on a little hill. It is always great fun to drive Route 6A and enjoy the many unique antique shops along the route and view beautiful historic Cape Cod homes.

A third bed and breakfast in Mid Cape honored in the Travel Channel top ten Cape Cod bed and breakfasts is the Lamb & Lion located in Barnstable. Ali and Tom have exceptional hospitality experience and their Lamb & Lion Inn is located along the scenic and historic 6A and is a renowned pet friendly bed and breakfast.

As you travel east in Cape Cod you will now move from Mid Cape to Lower Cape Cod. In addition to The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn there are 3 other Lower Cape Cod bed and breakfasts honored by the Travel Channel in their Cape Cod’s Best Bed and Breakfasts selection for 2015.

First we travel to the Old Harbor Inn in Chatham Cape Cod.ย  Chatham is a quintessential Cape Cod town with a walkable village style center. Some of the favorite spots we like to visit in Chatham are the working Fish Pier and the Chatham Lighthouse Beach and Lighthouse.

Next as you traverse the Lower Cape would be Brewster by The Sea Inn and Spa located in the historic Sea Captain’s town of Brewster. A thoroughly enjoyable activity to undertake in Brewster is to bike along the Rail to Trail Bike path which spans 22 miles through Dennis in Lower Cape Cod to Wellsfleet inย  Outer Cape Cod. After your bike extravaganza you can enjoy a treatment in Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa’s fully licensed Spa.

Another of the top bed and breakfasts as noted by the Travel Channel in Lower Cape Cod is A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay. This Orleans Bed & Breakfast sits between the historic villages of Chatham & Orleans right at what many refer to as the “elbow” of Cape Cod. Located on Pleasant Bay in Orleans the Inn has beautiful water views and a small beach as well as a dock.

We now leave the Lower Cape to head to the Outer Cape. There are two remaining Bed and Breakfasts to talk about in the Travel Channel designation of top ten Cape Cod bed and breakfasts. These two bed and breakfasts are located in Eastham and Provincetown.

In Eastham you will find the Whalewalk Inn and Spa.The property was originally built in 1830 for a renowned whaling captain and was subsequently a farm before it was purchased and turned into a bed and breakfast in 1953. A highlight of the marshes and open waters that surround Eastham is that they provide some of the best kayaking and canoeing on the Cape.

A short 10 minute drive from the Whalewalk Inn on the way towards the Outer Cape is the famous National Seashore. The Cape Cod National Seashore was created on August 7, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. This national treasure encompasses over 43,000 acres on the Atlantic Ocean side of Cape Cod and in addition to beachfront includes ponds and woods.

Last but not least is the 8 Dyer Hotel bed and breakfast in Provincetown. Brandon and Steve are your hosts at this beautiful and intimate bed and breakfast located in walking distance of such landmarks as the Pilgrim Monument and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. It is also just a short walk to the famous Provincetown Commercial Street. Brandon is a chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America so you can expect a yummy breakfast.

We hope you have the chance to visit several of Cape Cod’s best bed and breakfasts.

 

Best place to watch sunset in Cape Cod

February 20th, 2015 by Trish Robinson

Cape Cod Vacation Planning Guide with a cover on the Nobska Lighthouse
Sunset from Knobska Lighthouse

Sunset from Knobska Lighthouse

What is the best place to watch sunset in Cape Cod is a question we are asked frequently by our guests. After a day filled with activities ranging from shopping the boutique shops in Falmouth Village to exploring the wonders of Spohr Garden or the acres of walking paths in Beebe woods or biking the scenic 11 mile Shining Sea Bikeway it is time to kick back and relax while watching the sunset in the distance. There are any number of locations to choose from that we are happy to share. Falmouth is surrounded by 68 miles of coastline so as you can imagine there are countless opportunities to stroll any number of Falmouth beaches and stop to watch a beautiful sunset. We are happy to share some suggested sunset locations and will highlight the top two locations in a little more detail as well as a sailing option.

One of those spots is Surf Drive Beach which is located just a short mile stroll from The Captain’s Manor Inn and is located on Vineyard Sound. Surf Drive Beach is popular as it is just south of Falmouth Village and its many boutique shops and great restaurants. Surf Drive Beach is a long more narrow beach for strolling and tends to be quieter than some other beach options. Surf Drive Beach faces Vineyard Sound you can watch the Island Queen Ferry and the Steamship Authority ferry as they traverse Vineyard Sound to transport visitors back and forth between Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard.ย  The beach also features calm waves and rock jetties to explore with the Nobska Lighthouse visible to the East.

Another spot to view a spectacular sunset is Old Silver Beach. Of all the Falmouth beaches, Old Silver is the most popular for those seeking a wide and long beach with fine white sand. It is a more active beach due to its popularity with families and children as it is on the Buzzards Bay side and therefore has a bit warmer water (in the 70’s) and very calm wave activity.

Two Best Places to watch sunset

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So now lets talk about the two best places to watch sunset in Falmouth, Cape Cod. It is a toss up on which of these two is the number 1 best sunset location in falmouth as personal preference will determine so we suggest you explore each one of the two during your getaway to Falmouth. Both of the top two place to watch sunset shared below are also two of the most popular locations for couples to get engaged.

The Knob is an excellent sunset spot and it is best known for its tranquil setting. The Knob is a top attraction in Falmouth at any time of day as reflected on Tripadvisor. The land was donated as a sanctuary by Cornelia Carey in the 1970’s. We love sharing a map with guests to guide them to this hidden gem near Quissett Harbor. A trail extends from the Harbor to the Knob overlook and is just under a mile in total length. The trail is very easy to navigate and you can expect to experience numerous bird calls as over 100 species of birds have been logged in The Knob area. The remarkable views from atop The Knob include Buzzards Bay, the Elizabeth Islands and sometimes as far as Rhode Island. You do not have to complete the walk to the end of The Knob to experience a beautiful sunset as you can stop once you reach the beach area and just pick a spot to sit down and relax as the sun sets.

The other outstanding sunset spot is known for the expanse of ocean you can see with Martha’s Vineyard in the distance during a sunset. This spot is Nobska lighthouse which overlooks Vineyard Sound and the uninhabited Nonamessett Island (the most easterly of the Elizabeth Islands). A wonderful 1 minute youtube video was recently shared on YouTube.The lighthouse is located at the spot near where Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound meet in the Woods Hole village of Falmouth, Cape Cod. The lighthouse has been in this spot since being built in 1828. A short drive from The Captain’s Manor Inn, you will arrive at the lighthouse. There is limited parking on site and further down the beach are some other parking options. The views from the lighthouse are just spectacular during the day as well as for sunset. Sitting atop a bluff provides a wide angle of viewing for all the sailing kayaking, ferrying etc. that take place on the beautiful Vineyard Sound.

When you plan your Cape Cod getaway it will be our pleasure to help you plan to watch a beautiful sunset from land or you may opt for a sunset cruise leaving Falmouth Harbor to sail Vineyard Haven.

The Pink Polka Dot

January 31st, 2015 by Trish Robinson

The Pink Polka Dot is located at 45 North Main Street in the Queens Buyway shopping venue of Falmouth Village.

Pink Polka Dot store front in winter

Pink Polka Dot Store

Year Established โ€“ The Pink Polka Dot was established in 2009 by Jennifer Chagnon.

The story behind the name/logo โ€“ Jen knew she wanted to do wedding planning yet she knew she did not want a name with wedding in it because she did not want to limit herself to just wedding or event planning. Jen had always loved the color pink and there was a store she loved as a kid in Florida called the Purple Turtle. After a bit of brainstorming she decided to create a name with her favorite color in the name and hence The Pink Polka Dot. Jen also designed the logo for the store.

Logo for the Pink Polka Dot in Falmouth Village Cape Cod
Why This Dream โ€“ Jen has always loved planning events. While in college she planned events for her sorority as well as large events like concerts for the student activity office. Jen graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a licensed pilot. She began her career in the world of aviation insurance. When she planned her wedding the idea crystalized that this was something she wanted to do full time and get out of the corporate cubical lifestyle. She also loved the idea of doing everything in a small business from product selection to marketing and sales and being her own boss.

Pink Plka Dot Card selection in Falmouth Cape Cod

Pink Polka Dot cards

Fan Favorite Items โ€“ A lot of customers come year round to purchase cards at the store. Some customers will come in and purchase 20 or 30 cards at a time and stock up. The Pink Polka Dot carries a lot of very unique artisan cards that are hand made and can not be found anywhere else locally. A favorite happening for Jen is when it is really quiet in the store and she will hear a customer over viewing the cards start laughing at a saying captured in a card and then say โ€œthese are the best cardsโ€.

Custom Invitations available at Pink Polka Dot In Falmouth Cape Cod

Custom Invitations

 

 

 

 

A special wedding boutique area within the Pink Polka Dot in Falmouth Cape Cod

Wedding Boutique

Unique Offering โ€“ The Pink Polka Dot offers personalized stationery as well as personalized invitations. There really isnโ€™t any other location in upper cape cod where you can get personal invitations created based on your color scheme and interest for as few as ten custom invitations to several hundred custom invitations. They provide custom birthday party invitations, retirement invitations, wedding invitations, baby shower invitations etc.
The store also offers a wedding boutique area with numerous ideas and gifts for bridesmaids and groomsmen. The wedding planning area at the store has a wide display of items such as favors and invitations as well as a sample table setting reflecting how you can carry your design color and theme through to your table setting and linens starting from your wedding invitation.
A new line of product they will be carrying in 2015 will be custom stamps such as address stamps and embossers.

 

 

Interesting Trivia โ€“
The Pink Polka Dot has achieved the award for The Knot Best of Wedding Planning for 2012,2013,2014 and 2015 and was inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame in 2015.
The floor in The Pink Polka Dot is the dance floor from the old Hunt Club which was a night club in Falmouth in the 1970โ€™s.
The Pink Polka dot was the wedding planner for a Kennedy wedding in Hyannisport in 2012.


General Information โ€“ The Pink Polka Dot is open year round with summer hours daily of 10-6. Winter hours are Monday โ€“ Saturday 10-5:30 and on Sunday from 11-3. Winter hours are Monday-Saturday 10-5:30 and closed on Sunday.

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

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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

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