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Cape Cod’s Best Bed and Breakfasts

March 1, 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 20, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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.

Holidays by the Sea

December 3, 2014 by Trish Robinson

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 26, 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 24, 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 13, 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 28, 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

Cape Cod Canal Centennial Celebration

July 29, 2014 by Trish Robinson

 

arial mma canal 3Cape Cod Canal Centennial Celebration activities are well underway with concerts, boat parades, maritime exhibits, fireworks, tall ships and more!

There have been a lot of events that have been underway since July 25th with major activities today which marks the official US Army Corps and Canal Centennial Dedication Ceremonies.

You can tour the T S Kennedy ship today from 9am to 5 pm at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.T S Kennedy was originally built in 1964 and renamed T S Kennedy in 2001 in honor of the Kennedy family. The T S Kennedy served for over 20 years including several tours to the Persian Gulf as part of the First Gulf War and in 2001 it was moved to Buzzards Bay, MA for use as the training ship for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Most recently the ship was deployed to New York Harbor in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts with a mission of housing first responders and FEMA personnel.

You can also tour the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel from 9am to 5 pm today and the Schooner Mystic Tall Ships all tours are at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

At 4 pm the Tugboat parade begins and will wind through the entire Cape Cod Canal and about 12 tugboats are expected to participate.

The official Canaliversary celebration also starts at 4 pm with concerts , games , antique cars and more culminating in a spectacular fireworks show over the railroad bridge starting around 9 pm. David Mugar and B4 productions who have put on some of the most fabulous fireworks shows will be producing the show.

For complete up to date information visit www.capecodcanalcentennial.org

Cape Cod Baseball League Falmouth Commodores

July 1, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Cape Cod Baseball League otherwise known as CCBL is celebrating its 130th year in 2014. The Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier collegiate summer program in the country. The stellar reputation of the league attracts star ballplayers from the best collegiate baseball programs in the United States. A great night can be spent watching these talented young players while enjoying homemade clam chowder from Artie’s Catering at the snack shack right at the game. Perhaps a short trip across the street to Dairy Queen for one of their famous blizzard ice cream treats may be in order too.

Very exciting news as of June 29, 2014 is the Royal’s taking on Brandon Finnegan as a top draft pic (number 17) with a sign on bonus of over $2.2 million. Brandon is a left handed pitcher who made is debut with the Cape Cod Baseball League a year ago in June when he pitched a game winning 6-2 opener over the Harwich Mariners.

Some trivia for you around the impact of the Cape Cod Baseball League:Cape Cod Baseball League Falmouth Commodores

over 1000 alumni are playing professional baseball at difference levels

over 200 alumni are in the Major League Baseball

one in seven players currently on Major League Baseball rosters once played in the Cape League

more than half a dozen former CCBL players manage in the major leagues

Directions to the Guv Fuller Field.

Schedule of Games

 

Arts Alive

June 11, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Arts Alive is a free three day event taking place annually in Falmouth Cape Cod. This year the festivities begin on Friday, June 20th and continue through Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd.

This year promises to be extra special with over 50 artisans and craftspeople showcasing their wares. From watercolor artists to pottery masters and photographers to stain glass artisans they will ArtsAliveall be on hand to offer you the opportunity to admire their work and purchase a gift for yourself or others.

There will also be over 60 different performances of dance, theater and music to include jazz, folk, fiddle, classical and show tunes. The hours for this year’s festivities are on Friday June 20th starting at 5 pm and continuing until 9 pm, then on Saturday, June 21st from 10 am until 9 pm and finishing on Sunday, June 22, from 11 am until 5 pm.

For an up to date schedule of Arts Alive events and participants you can go to the ArtsFalmouth website link dedicated to Arts Alive atย  http://www.artsfalmouth.org/d7/arts-alive.ย ย  The Arts Alive events all take place in beautiful Falmouth Village near numerous restaurants and boutique shops. Falmouth is a vibrant year round community in Cape Cod that benefits from an incredible amount of activity spearheaded by ArtsFalmouth to encourage art in its many forms to be shared and enjoyed.

 

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