Daffodil Days Spohr Gardens

April 12th, 2013 by insideout

 

Spohr Gardens

Ship’s Bell on Display at Spohr Gardens on Eel Pond in Falmouth

It’s April and Daffodil Days are upon a clear sign of  springtime on the Cape! In Falmouth don’t miss  a trip to Spohr Gardens. Less than five minutes away from our Captains Manor Inn,  the garden’s  five acres of grassy paths are planted with daffodils, scilla, jonquils, crocuses, and other spring bulbs. Azaleas and rhodendrons follow to round out the season.  While beatiful any time of year, springtime is really when the gardens are in their glory.   Spohr Gardens is a hidden local gem; a beautiful serene oasis just minutes from the ocean. Historic anchors, including one from the HMS Bounty, and a ship’s bell are displayed along the waterway. It’s a beautiful spot to share a picnic and a great place to take some scenic photos. Grab some coffee or a sandwich from our many Main Street restaurants for a restful picnic on OysterPond surrounded by nature and quiet. There is no charge for admission, though donations are accepted. Daffodil Days: April 20 and 27 10 am to 2 pm

Link to the Gardens: http://www.spohrgardens.org/daffodildays.

Spohr Gardens in Falmouth Ma

Spohr Gardens in Falmouth Ma

 

Spohr Gardens

Spohr Gardens Ships Anchors line the Shores of serene Oyster Pond

Woods Hole 1/2 Day Trip

April 9th, 2013 by insideout

A nice half day trip while staying at The Captain’s Manor Inn is exploring Woods Hole Village a mere 3 miles down the road.  This   quaint seaside village and is home to the internationally acclaimed Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (nicknamed WHOI) and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) which is an international center for research, education, and training in biology.

Take a leisurely walk or bike ride down the Shining Sea Bikeway or hop on the Falmouth SWOOSH trolley to travel the 3 miles to the Village.  Enjoy a walk down Water Street for some window shopping or to check out the famous popovers at Pie in the Sky Bakery or the lobster tacos at Quicks Hole.

Some of must sees are:

 

Woods Hole Aquarium

Woods Hole Aquarium

Woods Hole Aquarium

 

 

Woods Hole Boat Show Exhibits site

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole

 

 

 

 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

WHOI submarine

WHOI submarine

 

MBL’s Marine Resources Facility

Woods Hole Historical Museum 

OceanQuest Discovery Cruise

Bike Tour Package in June

April 2nd, 2013 by insideout

A special weekend full of activities and great food.  We have partnered with Cotuit Cycyling Tours and Woods Hole Inn to create this special weekend with two leisurely bike tours.  Booking is not available online as we have blocked the rooms for this event so please call to book

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Shining Sea Bike Tour

your reservation 508-388-7336.

Itinerary:

June 20th

3-6:00pm     Check-in to your Inn

5-7:00pm     Wine and Cheese Reception

Evening on your Own

 

June 21th

8-9:00  Full Breakfast at your Inn

10:00   Falmouth Village Bike Tour Begins

12:00   Lunch

2:00     Cycling Tour Ends

3:00     Afternoon Refreshments at your Inn

6:00     Lobster Taco dinner at Quicks Hole restaurant

Evening on your Own

 

June 22th

8-9:00  Full Breakfast at your Inn and check out

9:30     Ferry from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard

10:15   Arrive in Oaks Bluff and begin cycling tour

12:00   Lunch

2:30     Cycling Tour Ends & Ferry returns to Woods Hole*

*You can return later on your own if you so choose

 

An additional night accommodation for June 22nd plus breakfast June 23rd can be added to the package

Woods Hole Model Boat Show

March 26th, 2013 by insideout

Woods Hole Boat Show Exhibits site

Marine Biological Laboratory, Eel Pond Woods Hole

 

Woods Hole Model Boat Show Poster

Woods Hole Model Boat Show Poster 2013

Remote-controlled sailboats will once again patrol the shores of Eel Pond in Woods Hole the weekend of April 13 and 14th.  Hosted by the Woods Hole Historical Museum, this biennial event celebrates the science and artistry of model boat building.  Historical representations of racing boats, yachts, tug boats, and military vessels are explained with displays, lectures, and hands-on activities.  The Coast Guard will host an exhibit of US Coast Guard vessels, along with a presentation on the history of the Woods Hole Coast Guard.

Models range from a few inches to six feet and showcase the designs of boats and ships of all kinds.  Five to six hundred model boat enthusiasts are expected to attend the event and the village of Woods Hole will graciously offer free parking  for the weekend.

The American Model Yacht Association and the Vintage Model Yacht Group will be exhibiting throughout the village.  Models and model kits will be available for sale during the event, and talks by expert modelers and scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will take place during the weekend.  Admission is $12 per adult and $25.00 for families.

Visit the charming Woods Hole Community Hall and the old fire station, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Exhibit Center, the Woods Hole Public Library, and the Historical Museum.  An easy walking tour of the village includes quaint shops and coffee houses as well as restaurants.  All this is happening just a short ride down Woods Hole road from our inn!  As part of your nautical weekend at the Captain’s Manor Inn,  we will include a complimentary bottle of wine with your reservation. For more information on the event go to :  Woods Hole Historical Museum Boat Show link

There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea.”
“But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.” Old Irish Saying

DJ’s Family Sports Pub | Falmouth

March 20th, 2013 by insideout

 

Wings from DJ Wings in Falmouth

Delicious, hot and crispy buffalo chicken wings at DJ’s Family Sports Pub on Main Street in Falmouth.

 

Great place to watch sports and enjoy a beer on draft.

DJ’s Wings, Sports Bar,
Restaurant, Falmouth MA, Main Street Falmouth, Chicken Wings and Ribs, Casual Dining

DJ’s Wings is a welcome new addition to our restaurant choices in Falmouth.  A true sports bar, with seven large flat screen tv’s and individual screens in the booths(!) on the sports-bar side to round out our viewing choices. The food was delivered crisp and hot; we tried both the medium-hot chicken wings and the barbequed ribs. Seats in the bar side were full; a great renovation on the site of an old favorite (the Hearth and Kettle was in this spot for years).  If you are feeling competitive and like your wings hot, try the “Angry Wing Challenge”. You have to eat “10 wings from hell” in ten minutes and lick your fingers.  If you win you get a T-shirt and your photo is posted on the “Wall of Flame.” You also get your wings for free. Lose and you pay $9.99 for the wings and a photo on the “Wall of Shame”.

The restaurant side of the bar is decorated in football style, painted green with yard-line markers. A great place for couples, families, and sports lovers, the menu is extensive and includes salads, wraps, and sandwiches as well as their famous wings and ribs.  Local sports fans will love the atmosphere. Prices are reasonable; a sampler of wings and a sampler of ribs cost about $15.00.

 

DJ's Wings, Restaurants in Falmouth MA, Casual Dining, Sports Bar, Main Street Falmouth MA

DJ’s wings dining room complete with flat screens at every booth.

 

Newport RI day trip

March 14th, 2013 by insideout

Another great day trip while staying at the Captain’s Manor Inn is the seaside venue of Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is best known for its extraordinary mansions which visitors can tour thanks to the work of the Preservation Society of Newport County. The Preservation Society includes 10 historic properties, as well as the Newport mansions store and the Green Animals Topiary Garden.

Rosecliff in Newport RI

Rosecliff in Newport RI

The Breakers in Newport RI

The Breakers

 

Our suggestion for your Newport daytrip is to enjoy your full breakfast at the Inn before you head off on your hour plus drive to Newport. Upon arriving in Newport purchase your Museum admission ticket and prepare to be awed by magnificent architecture and historic furnishings. Based on personal experience and great guest feedback we suggest your best properties to view would be the Breakers, the Marble House, and the Elms. A wonderful feature for these properties are the audio tours so you can enjoy the mansions at your own pace with narration available in English, French, German and Spanish. After viewing three of the properties most guests feel it’s time to explore other Newport offerings.

Some suggestions include the themes glassblowing studio and gallery featuring handblown glass and the opportunity to make your own ornament or paperweight if you call ahead and schedule.

Thames Glass Blowing

Thames Glass Blowing

Click here to read a fantastic blog with great pictures on glass blowing at the Thames.

If you like art, perhaps a tour of the Newport Art Museum is on your to do list. If history is an interest you might visit the Touro synagogue completed in 1763 and the oldest synagogue in America. When it’s time for lunch or dinner Newport’s harbor area is the place to go where there are countless options for dining on the pier. Another activity after a break to eat is the 90 minute 1-mile walking tour of historic Newport www.toursforcurious people.com.
After your full day of visiting historic Newport head on back to the Captain’s Manor Inn and enjoy a nice glass of wine on the veranda or in your room as you unwind.

The Captain's Manor Inn

The Captain’s Manor Inn

Nantucket Day Trip

March 3rd, 2013 by insideout

Brandt Point Lighthouse

Nantucket’s Brandt Point Lighthouse

The island of Nantucket is best known for two things. First, its long history of maritime pursuits and secondly it’s attraction for celebrities and tourists alike.

When staying at the Captain’s Manor Inn and planning for a day trip to the island of Nantucket, we recommend you start your day with a full breakfast at the Inn before heading over to Hyannis to catch the fast ferry to the island.

Nantucket is a unique island unto itself. It is only a small island at 3.5 x 14 miles at its widest points. The island only has one town aptly named Nantucket which is a National Landmark Historic District, with over 800 structures built pre1840. Other than downtown, basically Nantucket is made up of all beach.

You’ll feel transported as you walk the cobbled main road. The street was paved back in 1837, using cobblestones from Gloucester, Massachusetts. These very same cobblestones were used as ballast to stabilize ships cargoes back in the day.

Nantucket Main Street

Nantucket Main Street

Your day trip itinerary might look like this:

9:00 AM  Breakfast at The Captain’s Manor Inn

9:45  AM   Head off to Hyannis to catch the Steamship Authority’s Iyanough Fast  Ferry to Nantucket.

11:  AM   The Ferry departs from Hyannis

12:00 PM  The Ferry arrives in Nantucket

12:15 PM  Make your first stop Nantucket’s Whaling Museum which was renovated in 2005. Do not miss the rooftop observation deck for a special view of Nantucket harbor.

1:15 PM  Time for lunch at any number of wonderful restaurants.  Some favorite’s of Captain’s Manor Inn guests are – Brotherhood of Thieves or Something Natural for outstanding sandwiches and treats at a reasonable price….Or for something a little more elegant and pricey try Company of the Cauldron or Oran Mor Bistro.

2:45 PM  Now is a great time to walk off or bike off  lunch.  Enjoy all the little side road explorations off Main Street on your own OR  head back to the Whaling Museum and join the Nantucket Historical Association guided 1+  hour walking tour OR take part in the Nantucket Bike Tours History Buff Tour.

5:00 PM  A little treat might be in store at Petticoat Row Bakery known for exquisite baked goods.

5:150 PM A last minute walk to Brandt Point Lighthouse might be just the thing before boarding the ferry to head back to the mainland.

6:00 PM The ferry leaves Nantucket bound for Hyannis.

7:00 PM You dock in Hyannis and head back to Falmouth for dinner on Main Street.

Nantucket Harbor

Nantucket Harbor

Birding | Cape Cod

February 26th, 2013 by insideout

Birding in Falmouth goes on year round. This picture was in our Falmouth Enterprise paper this week after being snapped in the backyard of a North Falmouth home. Read more below on what one of our guest’s captured during her Falmouth birding.

Downy Woodpecker in Cape Cod

Downy Woodpecker

The downy woodpecker is the smallest of woodpeckers found in North America.  All year long it is a common sight in Falmouth where it can be heard and seen drilling into dead limbs as well as utility poles and other man-made objects.  You can identify this woodpecker as male due to its unique red patch on the back of its crown.

One of our birding guests this past season was kind enough to document the numerous birds she heard and or saw while staying at the Inn:

Mourning Dove, Red-bellied woodpecker, Downy woodpecker, Northern flicker, Blue jay, American crow, American kestrel, Black capped chickadee,

Tufted titmouse, American robin, Gray catbird, American goldfinch, White breasted nuthatch and Red breasted nuthatch.

Thank you Elaine!

To read about the wonderful birding in Falmouth please go to www.falmouthbirds.com.

 

 

 

 

Hospitality Job Fair | Falmouth

February 22nd, 2013 by insideout

We are very happy to be hosting the Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association first annual job fair this coming Saturday, March 2nd from 1pm until 4pm.

Innkeepers representing 6 of our Inns will be on hand to meet and accept applications for a variety of positions.  The Inns that are hiring are located in the Main Street area of town as well as on Grand Avenue and in Woods Hole.

Join us to learn about the Inn positions available at the various properties:

Hospitality Job Fair

Hospitality Job Fair

Front Desk/Concierge
Housekeeping
Kitchen Help
Web & Social Media
Servers
Valet Parking

Pickle Jar Restaurant

February 19th, 2013 by insideout

A new restaurant just down the street from The Captain’s Manor Inn in Falmouth Village has opened for lunch and breakfast service Wednesday through Monday.  Kevin and I ventured down to take some pictures and try the food.

 

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The menu has plenty of options including healthy options for those trying to behave. There are also fabulous baked goodies courtesy of one of the owners who also has her own baking company known locally as Butter Queen.

Kevin is a definite pickle fan so he could not resist taking home some homemade pickle goodies.

Two couples from East Falmouth have started this venture together and we wish them the very best. pickle jar restaurantpiclkle jar restaurant

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