Category Archives: The Area

Architects House Tour | Highfield Hall

June 18, 2012 by insideout

An excellent couple of events are planned to benefit Highfield Hall and celebrate wonderful architecture on Cape Cod.  Starting with an Architect’s Preview Salon on Thursday, July 19th from 5 pm to 7 pm you will enjoy a cocktail reception with the architects and explore their design approaches to architecture on Cape Cod.  The tickets for this event are $25.  On Friday,July 20 from 10 am until 4 pm there will be a rain or shine event where ten unique architecture-designed homes will be featured on a house tour in Falmouth.  You are also invited to enjoy beautiful gardens at these homes.  For your tax deductible $75 ticket you will receive a brochure describing each property and a map so that you may complete the 10 home tour on your schedule between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. Reservations for both events can be made by contacting Highfield Hall at 508-495-1878, ext 303 or on-line at

Featured architects for the events are  Kit Wise, (Wise Surma Jones Architects) , Jill Neubauer  (Jill Neubauer Architects), Denise Bonoli (Denise Bonoli, Architect), John Dvorsack (John Dvorsack, Architect), Mark Hutker (Hutker Architects), Greg Jones (Wise Surma Jones Architects),. Landscapes at several of the homes  include work by Mary LeBlanc (Mary LeBlanc Landscape Design) and Stephen Stimson (Stephen Stimson Associates).

Photo of Dvorsach designed home is credited to John Moore

Martha’s Vineyard Day Trip

May 4, 2012 by insideout

One of the most popular Day Trips for our guests is a visit to Martha’s Vineyard during their stay with us.   They love that the island is located only seven miles off the Massachusetts coastline and it is only a 45-minute ferry ride from Woods Hole, Falmouth. We invite you to scroll down for a brief video, as well as some pictures of the Vineyard and a sample itinerary.

There are many ways to get around and explore the island.  For example you can use the Martha’s Vineyard transit authority bus system where for $7,

Aquinnah in Martha's Vineyard

Aquinnah is a stop on the tour

a day pass will take you on varying routes, and you can hop on and off as you please.  You could also opt to rent mopeds, bicycles or a car to explore the island.  In addition to self touring the island there is a popular 2 and 1/2 hour bus tour of the island that many guests take once they get off the ferry and then they use the rest of their day to explore the island on their own.

A   sample itinerary   for a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard is provided below:

8:00 AM  Breakfast at The Captain’s Manor Inn

8:50  AM   A short walk from The Captain’s Manor Inn to the Steamship Authority Ferry Shuttle Bus

9:30  AM   The Ferry departs from Woods Hole

10:15 AM  The Ferry arrives in Oak Bluffs Martha’s Vineyard

10:30 AM   Depart on the Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing Tour

1:00   PM   Arrive back in Oak Bluffs following the tour

1:15   PM   Enjoy lunch at Nancy’s overlooking Oak Bluffs  Harbor

2:30   PM   Walk about Oak Bluff and explore the Gingerbread Houses by the Tabernacle and visit the beach

4:00 PM  Board Bus #13 to head to Edgartown4:15 PM  Explore Edgartown’s shops and beautiful historic homes

6:00 PM Enjoy Atlantic on the Edgartown harbor for drinks and dinner

7:45 PM Board Bus#13 to head to Oak Bluffs

8:15 PM Ferry departs for Woods Hole

Sunset on return to Woods Hole

Shining Sea Bikeway

April 23, 2012 by insideout

What a great morning for a walk.  Decided to go to Woods Hole which is a 3.5 mile walk from the Inn.  Although it was a bit overcast it did not seem to bother the ospreys and other critters out an about.  One of the great things about a walk down to Woods Hole is that once you get there you can turn around and walk on back (after a treat at Pie in the Sky) or you can decide 3.5 miles was enough and hop on the Steamship Authority shuttle bus and hop a ride back to the parking lot just a short half mile stroll from the Inn.  Guess what we did :)

Sandwich Glass Museum | Cape Cod

March 5, 2012 by insideout

The Sandwich Glass Museum has reopened for the 2012 season.  There are more than 6000 glass pieces on display created by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company in Sandwich during the 19th century.  At the museum you will be able to enjoy daily glassblowing demonstrations, a multi-media theater, 15 galleries of antique glass and a contemporary glass gallery.  The museum also hosts a museum store that features contemporary glass artists as well as reproductions, perfumes, jewelry, paperweights, vases and ornaments.  Hours are :  Wednesday through Sunday in February and March from 9:30 am to 4 pm and daily from April through December from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Holidays at Highfield | Falmouth Ma

December 7, 2011 by insideout

Just a short walk from the Captain’s Manor Inn the season of holiday merriment is in high swing at historic Highfield Hall! For the past two weekends, the mansion has hosted “Holidays at Highfield,” a chance to for the public to view the elegant rooms decked out in their holiday finest. Below are some wonderful photos of the decorations and handmade creches from all over the world.

Photos are from the Falmouth Patch and click here to see additional photos.


Woods Hole Aquarium | Cape Cod | Albatross

September 29, 2011 by insideout

Just 3 miles down the road from The Captain’s Manor Inn in Falmouth is the Woods Hole Science Aquarium which has two new exciting exhibits.  “Sounds of the Sea” features whale and other marine animal sounds in an interactive display and “Albatross: A Legacy of Research” features the 46 year career of the 187 foot research vessel Albatross IV.  Albatross IV sailed from Woods Hole from 1962 until its retirement and decommissioning in 2008.  The display includes many items including three main panels each with a video display above highlighing the seafarers, the ship itself and the science it accomplished.

The Aquarium is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM.  Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Photos of Woods Hole Aquarium, Woods Hole
This photo of Woods Hole Aquarium is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Highfield Hall | Sunken Garden | Falmouth, Ma

August 11, 2011 by insideout

Sunken Garden Plan

Sunken Garden Plan

Sunken Victorian Garden

On your next visit to The Captain’s Manor Inn bed and breakfast,  we highly encourage you to visit Highfield Hall and see one of their newest visions come to life!!!   After much research and work the Sunken Garden is available to view and enjoy.  In its focal location, it is the most visible garden on the property and the one that will be most closely returned to its original historical appearance. For more information go to the Highfield Hall website and read about the full master plan by clicking here.  See my photo as taken on my trusty Iphone below.

Shuckers|Woods Hole|Falmouth Ma

August 7, 2011 by insideout

Shuckers Restuarant

Shuckers Restuarant

Date night out!  We headed down to Woods Hole for the 20th anniversary of the Woods Hole Film Festival and stopped off at Shuckers for a meal of Sea Food Chowda, Crab Cakes, etc.    Started off eating on the barge but seeing as I get seasick (apparently with even the slightest motion) Kevin suggested we head into the stationary porch overlooking the barge.  (Smart move )  After dinner we headed over to Jimmy’s for some great frozen yogurt – black raspberry with chocolate chips.  Then on to see the Woods Hole Film Festival Short Film collage which included:

What fun to go and see the short film that Don Marcus shot just over a year ago in Falmouth.  The scenery is gorgeous, the music is beautiful and actors Robert Vaughn and Melissa Errico did a magnificent job leaving all of us in the audience wanting more of the story!!

Cape Cod Kayak|Falmouth Ma

July 26, 2011 by insideout

Many of our guests at The Captain’s Manor Inn enjoy the outdoors during their time in Falmouth, Cape Cod.  Outdoor activities include hiking spots such as Beebe Woods or Spohr Gardens, biking on the Shining Sea bikeway, walking the village main street, swimming over at Surf Drive beach and kayaking.  Cape Cod Kayak located in the village of Cataumet in Falmouth has been a favorite of our guests in terms of equipment rentals and tours.  So next time you visit perhaps you might like to try a new outdoor adventure and head over to Cape Cod Kayak to see some of our beautiful seashore from a new angle.

click here for Cape Cod Kayak’s site

Newport Jazz Festival|Cape Cod

July 18, 2011 by insideout

One of the reasons we purchased The Captain’s Manor Inn in Falmouth Ma. after looking at Inn properties throughout the East coast was the beauty of Cape Cod and how many things there are to do on the Cape or nearby. One great example is the Newport Jazz Festival seeing as Newport is only an hour and ten minutes from The Captain’s Manor Inn in Falmouth Cape Cod.

Why not attend the Newport Jazz Festival on August 5th, 6th and 7th and after the festivities on Sunday head to Falmouth and plan a respite at The Captain’s Manor Inn enjoying all there is to offer in Falmouth. While here we encourage you to plan a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Start early with a full breakfast at 8am at the Inn and then head over to the ferry for your 45 minutes trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Enjoy a day of exploration on the Vineyard then take the ferry back and plan on a wine/cheese platter at our Inn before going out to dinner at one of the fine restaurants in walking distance from the Inn.