Category Archives: The Area

Highfield Hall Garden Programs

March 27, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Highfield Hall Garden Programs start on May 17th from 10-11:30 am with a special lecture by Louis Raymond. His lecture is titled Plays Well with Plants: Creating a Garden of a Lifetime. Louis is a professional landscape designer located in Rhode Island and he has had his work highlighted in major publications as well as being featured on various national and local television shows.

Following the Louis Raymond lecture there is a special fund raising luncheon opportunity being offered at an elegant home in Gansett where you can view gardens especially designed by Mr Raymond. The fund raising for this special event will benefit the plantings and gardens of Highfield Hall. Gardens of the Museums on the Green in Falmouth Cape Cod

On June 21st the next presentation at Highfield Hall will be held and will be given by rose expert Gretchen Ward Warren. Her presentation is titled Historic Roses of Woods Hole and she will share the remarkable history of the rambler rose varieties which were developed in Woods Hole over a century ago by Michael Walsh. She will also share historic photographs of the rose garden on the Fay estate in Woods Hole where Michael Walsh was the Head Gardener.

Cape Cod Hurricane Photos

March 12, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Cape Cod Hurricane Photos from 1944 were part of a number of recently discovered historic photos many featuring The Captain’s Manor Inn formerly known as Mostly Hall. We came across a number of very impressive photos while working with the Falmouth Historical Society and we are going to be doing a few postings so we can share with you a little bit of Falmouth history.

In this posting we are sharing pictures of some of the devastation on Cape Cod here at the Captain’s Manor Inn during the 1944 Hurricane. This storm carried winds peaking at 145 miles per hour and as a category 2 storm. Because the storm was so massive in both its size and intensity it was given the title the Great Atlantic Hurricane and it was the first storm to get a name by the National Hurricane Center then based in Miami and known as the Miami Hurricane Warning Office. One sad fact is that the storm was famous for sinking what was known as the lightship LV Vineyard Sound killing all 12 men who were on board.

Cape Cod Hurricane 1944 at Mostly HallCape Cod Hurricane 1944 at The Captain's Manor Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Cod Hurricane 1944 at Mostly HallCape Cod Hurricane 1944 at Mostly Hall

 

Storm Quintus in Cape Cod

February 16, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Storm Quintus in Cape Cod was packed with heavy wet snow and strong gusty winds. It is always fun to head out all bundled up after the storm and get some snapshots. The photo collage below was taken as we headed out from The Captain’s Manor Inn to Main Street in Falmouth Village. We felt very fortunate to have dodged the bullet of most snow on the Cape which went to neighboring Sandwich with 15.5 inches and also to miss the heavy toll of power outages that hit Yarmouth with 25 percent of the town without power. During the height of Storm Quintus we were getting an inch an hour in Falmouth and down the Cape in Sandwich they were getting over 2 inches and hour.

This is the sixth winter storm for Cape Cod in 2014 which is certainly much more winter weather than we have had since we purchased the inn in 2010. The weather forecasters are predicting a dry and warmer than usual summer and right about now that sounds really good.

 

 

National Chocolate Month

February 1, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium store in Falmouth VIllageNational Chocolate Month is February and it is a time to celebrate for Ghelfi's Candies in Falmouth Villageall of us chocoholics! Pretty much a day does not go by that I don’t have a little bit of chocolate. We are lucky here in Falmouth, Cape Cod that just a short stroll down from The Captain’s Manor Inn on Main Street in Falmouth Village are two great places to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

You may stop in at Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium or Ghelfi’s Candies or like many guests visit and sample both. At Ben and Bill’s many of our guests love the mocha chip ice cream which has the largest pieces of chocolate you can enjoy. A favorite of guests who frequent Ghelfi’s Chocolates are there different flavored salted caramels from milk chocolate to dark or white chocolate and even crème brulee.
You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to search for that special chocolate treat any time this month will do. The healthy benefits of chocolate are being lauded in all sorts of magazines such as Women’s Health, and even the Wall Street Journal had a story.
Chocolate is even being talked about as a superfood. Of course for us chocoholics, National Chocolate Month is not even enough. So if you need a reason to justify why you are eating chocolate why not follow the national chocolate day calendar.

THE YEAR IN CHOCOLATE HOLIDAYS


January 3:               National Chocolate-Covered Cherries Day
January 8:               National English Toffee Day

January 10:             National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

January 27:             National Chocolate Cake Day

February:                National Chocolate Lovers Month
February 1:             National Dark Chocolate Day

February 14:           National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

February 19:           National Chocolate Mint Day

February 28:           National Chocolate Soufflé Day
March (week 3)       American Chocolate Week
March 19:               National Chocolate Caramel Day

March 24:               National Chocolate-Covered Raisins Day

April 21:                 National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day

May:                      National Chocolate Custard Month
May 1:                   National Chocolate Parfait Day

May 2:                   National Chocolate Mousse Day

May 3:                   National Chocolate Custard Day

May 12:                 National Nutty Fudge Day

May 15:                 National Chocolate Chip Day

June 3:                  National Chocolate Macaroon Day

June 7:                  National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 16:                Fudge Day

June 26:                National Chocolate Pudding Day

June 22:                National Chocolate Eclair Day
July 7:                   Chocolate Day

July 8:                   National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

July 28:                 National Milk Chocolate Day
August 4:              National Chocolate Chip Day
August 10:            S’mores Day

August 20:            National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

September 12:      National Chocolate Milkshake Day
September 13:      International Chocolate Day

September 22:      National White Chocolate Day

September 27:      National Chocolate Milk Day
October:               National Caramel Month (with Chocolate)

October 18:           National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 28:           National Chocolate Day

November 7:         National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
December 12:       National Cocoa Day

December 16:       National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

December 28:        National Chocolate Day
December 29:        National Chocolate Day

Source: National Confectioners Association, Foodimentary, CandyUSA.com.

Top things to do in Falmouth

January 31, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Top things to do in Falmouth …well that is a hard list to put together as there is so much to consider. We have done our best to compile the top 5 (in no particular order) based on much input from visitors to Falmouth and our personal experience.

Things to do in Falmouth Shining Sea Bikeway  Travel the 10.7 mile Shining Sea Bikeway which spans from the historic seaside village of    Woods Hole up through North Falmouth. This scenic bikeway winds through beautiful marshes and cranberry bogs in the North and along the scenic Vineyard Sound shoreline to the South. The trail is the only bikeway on Cape Cod to skirt the shore. For all who enjoy the pleasure of nature this bikeway is set back off the main roads and follows the Old Colony rail trail avoiding the busy roads except for a few road crossings along the route.

Explore treasures of our 68 miles of coastline surrounding Falmouth. Since you can’t see it all we bundled three different coastline locations into this spot on the list of things to do. The three coastline spots are the Knob, Nobska lighthouse and Old Silver Beach. The knob has eventhings to do in Falmouth Nobska lighthouse been highlighted by the Boston Globe as a great spot to watch a sunset to cap a Cape Cod vacation. The trail to The Knob overlook is just less than one mile from the parking area and close to 100 bird species have been identified in the area. When you reach the tip of The Knob you will enjoy gorgeous views of Buzzards Bay. Knobska lighthouse is an active U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse which was established in 1829. The views of Vineyard Sound and Martha’s Vineyard from the lighthouse are incredible. Old Silver Beach is located in North Falmouth on the Bay side of Falmouth and is known to be the widest beach in Falmouth and featuring the whitest soft sand.

things to do in Falmouth Falmouth Village Main StreetStroll along the picturesque Main Street in Falmouth Village. The historic village of Falmouth is an absolute treasure of unique locally owned shops and restaurants as well as art galleries. You can find special treats from our very own French bakery or chocolatiers on Main Street or perhaps a good book at the famous Eight Cousins Bookstore who among other activities spearheaded the national Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt with local bookstores. Whether you are looking for comfortable or classic dress clothing there are a number of wonderful clothiers in Falmouth Village. The choices are vast for anything you have in mind while strolling Main Street in Falmouth Village

things to do in falmouth sail the Island Queen

Sail away for a day trip on the Island Queen ferry or Steamship Authority ferry to the island of Martha’s Vineyard. This top pick by visitors of things to do while visiting Falmouth is just a short 45 minute trip over Vineyard Sound until you arrive on the shore of Martha’s Vineyard. Once on the Vineyard spend the day visiting Edgartown, Oaks Bluff and Vineyard Haven. The gingerbread houses in Oaks Bluff are one of the most photographed spots on the island. Edgartown is known for its beautiful ship captain homes and great shopping and restaurants. If you have time a trip out to Aquinnah would be great with its iconic lighthouse and red clay cliffs.

things to do in falmouth walk the Highfield Hall Sunken GardenVisit the Falmouth Museums on the Green and Highfield Hall and Gardens to include things to do in falmouth explore Falmouth Museums on the GreenBeebe Woods 382 acres of walking trails. Highfield Hall was the home of the historically important Beebe family of Boston and Falmouth. This 1878 home has been lovingly restored and is now a key cultural and community center for upper Cape Cod as well as a special venue for weddings and other celebratory gatherings.

So that is a list of the top things to do in Falmouth yet we would be remiss if we did not suggest spending some time in the village of Woods Hole to visit the Aquarium, and Woods Hole Oceanagraphic  Institute’s Titanic education display featuring Alvin the submarine involved in Titanic exploration.

Holidays at Highfield Hall Falmouth

November 29, 2013 by insideout

Holidays at Highfield Hall

International Creche Display

Holidays at Highfield Hall once again showcases incredible holiday decor in the beautiful historic Beebe family home in Falmouth.  This lovelingly restored 1878 home of the Beebe family has been transformed into a wonderland where top decorators and designers have clamored to showcase their talents in the elegant halls and rooms of Highfield Hall.

For a nominal five dollar admission for adults (children free) you can tour Highfield Hall and learn about its history while getting holiday decorating ideas. A gift gallery will also be featured at this event and will contain items ranging from Hostess gifts & crafts to a wreath sale. In the new Highfield, reading room. the any soldier project will be featured. A tea shop will be part of the festivities with homemade goodies and the brand-new “Highfield Blend” tea.

Some of this year’s special exhibits will include Bill Hendel’s impressive international crèche collection, a Victorian Regina music box with numerous musical desks, a re-creation of a Victorian Christmas parlor and Salley Mavor’s Pocketful of Posies Christmas tree and dollhouse. Just around the corner from The Captain’s Manor Inn this is a favorite place to visit not just during the holidays but all year long!

For more information go to: http://www.highfieldhall.org/event/the-holidays-at-highfield/

Falmouth Commodores

July 12, 2013 by insideout

Looking to go out and expeience what Falmouth has to offer? Need some time to have a little fun and watch a little baseball? The Falmouth Commodores is a local baseball team in Falmouth composed of top college players who come from all over the country to play in the Cape Cod Baseball  league. The games are held at Guy Fuller Field, which is only a 5 minute drive from the inn, and is located on Main Street, just as the inn is.

The field offers metal bleachers, huge lights, a concession stand, and announcers just as the professionals provide. You experience everything that you would if you were going to a professional league game, but there are less people to create a more serene and welcoming environment. To share a little history on the Cape Cod Baseball league:

  • the first game ever played in the league was on July 19, 1939,
  • the two teams to first play each other were Falmouth and Barnstable.

This shows how rich the history of the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod Baseball League truly is.

Gallery: Falmouth Commodores VS. Orleans Firebirds- July 2, 2013

Falmouth Commodores

The Falmouth Commodores Concession stand serving traditional snacks and meals to all visitors.

Falmouth Commodores

The Falmouth Commodores very own Bat Boy.

Falmouth Commodores

The Falmouth Commodores player, number 14, batting first in the game.

Falmouth Commodores

The Commodores pitcher, throwing a fastball to start off the game.

Main Street Ice Cream | Falmouth,MA

June 29, 2013 by insideout

Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Falmouth’s Main Street has many ice cream shops with many different choices to chose from. Looking for a fun night out with a little dessert specialty to end your perfect night? Well our Main Street has just what your looking for, with many ice cream shops just minutes away.

 

Ben and Bills Chocolate Emporium:

Ben and Bill's local Chocoalte emporium.

Ben and Bill’s local Chocoalte emporium.

    Ben and Bill’s is a co-owned ice cream shop and chocolate emporium that has been on Main Street since 1992 and has been serving happy customers ever since. They offer 64 flavors of hard-ice cream and 12 different flavored gelatos. They also make their own waffle cones which are a must! If your not in the mood for ice cream, you could also enjoy some of their many handmade chocolates, candies, fudges, or my favorite, butterscotch. Whatever sweets your in the mood for, they’re sure to have it!

                                    Ghelfi’s Candies and Ice Creams:

Ghelfi's candies and ice creams, located on Falmouth's Main Street.

Ghelfi’s candies and ice creams, located on Falmouth’s Main Street.

Ghelfi’s Candies and Ice creams is also located on Main street. It offers a variety of candies and ice cream. It is fairly new to Main Street and offers customers all homeade desserts. Ghelfi’s has a kitchen on Cape cCod where they make everything they offer in their stores. You can also go to their website shipchocolates.com to order there treats right to you. Whether you need a gift for valentines day, or sweets for your wedding day, Ghelfi’s has it.

Dairy Queen:

Dairy Queen ice cream shop, home of the blizzard.

Dairy Queen ice cream shop, home of the blizzard.

Dairy Queen is located a little farther down Main Street, but its worth the five minute car ride. Dairy Queen offers its customers many unique soft serve combinations. From their famous blizzard, which is a mix of ice cream and your favorite toppings, to hot fudge sundaes and banana splits. Dairy Queen is just an ice cream store and offers its customers outdoor benches to enjoy their little piece of heaven.

Arts Alive | Strawberry Festival | Falmouth

June 22, 2013 by insideout

Arts AliveArts Alive , the Strawberry Festival and gorgeous weather are sure to make today a perfect 10 !  The annual Arts Alive festivities started last night and continue through the weekend.  Today I look forward to going to Arts Alive and visiting Robin Pierson’who did the fabulous window art in our Canopy Guest room.  First Kevin and I plan to walk to the Strawberry Festival just down the street at St. Barnabas church.  We have watched them get the big tent ready for the festivities and we plan to enjoy the lobster rolls, great barbeque chicken and of course some strawberry dessert delights.

 

Museums on the Green | Falmouth

May 11, 2013 by insideout

Falmouth Museums on the Green opened for the season today with two exhibitions.

The first exhibit called “A Plate Full of History” shares the history of Falmouth as the third largest whaling port on the East Coast.  In fact more that half of the men in Falmouth were involved in the whaling trade in the 19th century.

The second exhibit is entitled “There’s a War On: The Falmouth Homefront 1941-45″.  The exhibit features artifacts, posters, clothing and oral histories as shared by local Falmouth residents.

Museums on the Green

Falmouth Museums on the Green

Admission is normally $5 and is free today on opening day.

A little later in the season another exhibit opens entitled “A Little Bit of Luck” which will run from September 1 until October 12.  In partnership with the local Falmouth restaurant , La Civetta, the work of art students who live in Emilia Romagna will be featured.  In Italy a symbol of good luck is the owl (la civetta) and the artwork will feature the owl depicted in paintings, drawings and collage work.

For more information click here to go to the Falmouth Historic Society website

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