Category Archives: The Area

Sandwich Cape Cod Day Trip

January 5, 2013 by insideout

Just a short 1/2 hour drive from The Captain’s Manor Inn, Sandwich was the first Cape town settled in 1637 and its name was based on a seaport in Kent, England. What was a small agrarian community changed dramatically when a Boston businessman Deming Jarvis established a glass factory in Sandwich. The Boston and Sandwich glass company grew to be one of the largest glass makers in the nation.

Heritage Gardens

Heritage Gardens

Heritage Museum Antique Auto

Heritage Museum Antique Auto

A must see in Sandwich is the Heritage Museum and Gardens. This is the largest public garden in southern New England and it is located on 100 acres of magnificent grounds on the banks of Shawnee pond. This site is especially famous for their Dexter Rhododendrons as well as numerous daylilies, hostas and hydrangeas. In addition the gardens feature nationally recognized specialty gardens, water features and sculpture.

 

The heritage Museum hosts three gallery buildings with diverse exhibitions. Our particular favorite, housed in a reproduced Shaker Round Stone Barn, is an automobile gallery featuring more than 30 beautifully maintained antique American automobiles. Another fine collection is the American Art & Carousel Gallery which includes an extensive collection of folk art and a working vintage carousel from 1908.

Sandwich Glass Museum

Sandwich Glass Museum

Another site you should visit is the Sandwich Glass Museum. There are displays of more than 6000 different glass pieces created by different glass companies in Sandwich during the 19th and 20th centuries. A highlight of your visit will be the opportunity to view glassblowing demonstrations on site. The glassblowing demonstrations are held daily from 10 AM until 4 PM every hour on the hour.
Other interesting glass shops to visit in Sandwich are listed below:
• McDermott Glass Studio & Gallery (272 Cotuit Road, Sandwich, Ma 02563)
Closed Monday, Gallery Tue-Sun 10-5, Glassblowing Thu-Sat 10-5
• Glass Studio on Cape Cod (470 Route 6A, East Sandwich)
www.glassstudiooncapecod.com
• Pairpoint – Americas Oldest Glass Works (Route 6A Sagamore Ma)
www.pairpoint.com

If you have more time to spare in Sandwich perhaps you would enjoy the Heritage Trail:

Sandwich Heritage Trail

Sandwich Heritage Trail

 

Gardens Aglow | Heritage Museums and Gardens

December 19, 2012 by insideout

Happy Holidays to all.  Enjoy the beautiful Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Cape Cod as they are all dressed up for the holidays.  This reminds me the wonderful lighting displays of Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The spirit of the holidays is present both inside the museum and on the grounds.

Better Way to Stay in Falmouth Ma

November 19, 2012 by insideout

We are so fortunate to call Falmouth, Cape Cod home. Together with our fellow innkeepers in the Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association we recently took the opportunity to showcase Falmouth and some of our associations beautiful bed and breakfast rooms, breakfasts, views, and things to do in the Better Way to Stay campaign spearheaded by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.
 
The video shoot took place this past spring and the final product has now been created and lives on  YouTube!  We hope you enjoy this 56 second video trip to Falmouth (of course the shooting took place over a very full day…the magic of editing).


 

Maison Villatte Bakery

November 15, 2012 by insideout

We are so happy to share that the long awaited marvelous new french bakery opened on Main Street in Falmouth!! Phone number 774-255-1855.

 

Boris at work

Boris at work

Boris Villatte, the 33 year old co-owner of PB Boulangerie & Bistro in Wellfleet had been looking to expand and we are so very fortunate that he chose our beautiful Falmouth Village.

The bakery will feature the same breads, croissants, cakes and quiches that they are known for in Wellfleet.  To read more check out the article in IO Cape Cod (The insider’s guide to going out in Cape Cod) by clicking here.

B.A. Shapiro at The Falmouth Historic Society

November 11, 2012 by insideout

Interior of Falmouth Historic Museum new building

Interior of the new building

How exciting to have been at the “soft opening” of the brand new building at the Falmouth Historic Society.  It is absolutely beautiful both inside and outside.  It is always wonderful to have our community working together and for this special event Carol Chittenden of Eight Cousins bookstore coordinated with Mark Schmidt of The Falmouth Historic Society to bring the New York Best Selling Author BA Shapiro to the Historic Society for readings and background on The Art Forger novel.

BA Shapiro and Carol Chittenden

BA Shapiro & Carol Chittenden

In May, the paperback version of The Art Forger will be out and Ms. Shapiro will return to Falmouth for a book event at Eight Cousins bookstore.  The event will include a tour of the bookstore basement catacombs where Carol Chittenden will share some lore about a possible connection to Falmouth and the famous Isabella Stewart Gartner museum art heist featured in the book.

 

BA Shapiro book signing

The Art Forger book signing

Cape Cod Marathon | Falmouth

October 26, 2012 by insideout

We are happy to be hosting a number of runners this weekend for both the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday.  This year marks the 35th annual occurance of the marathon where Falmouth welcomes runners from around the country and around the world. Today is a picture perfect day and it seems to be the calm before the storm of Sandy which is expected to arrive here on the Cape on Monday.

Best wishes to all the runners !

Mile 4

Sydenstricker Galleries

July 19, 2012 by insideout

A good friend and recent guest at The Captain’s Manor Inn took a drive over to the Sydenstricker Glass Gallery in Brewster, Cape Cod to add to her collection.  Lucky us she brought us a beautiful piece from the gallery that is pictured below.  The colors and shape of the glass dish is exquisite.

For some history, in the mid 1960’s Bill Sydenstricker developed a new craft that was inspired by research he conducted while at MIT on early Egyptian art.  This new glass design process involves taking two sheets of glass cut to fit a mold made of high fire terra cotta clay and the first sheet is decorated by sifting powdered colored glass through a stencil.  The stencil is then removed and the second sheet of glass is placed over the decorated first piece.  Then both are placed on a mold and put into a 1500 degree kiln for hours where the two pieces of glass fuse and lock in the colored design.

What a beautiful gift.  Thank you Kathy!!!                                            !Sydenstryker Glass

Sydenstryker Glass Plate

OceanQuest | Woods Hole History Cruise

July 7, 2012 by insideout

For a special night out try the Woods Hole History Cruise on the OceanQuest.  The cruises depart on Tues and Wed at 5 pm and on Friday at 6:30 pm.  You will see such sights as the Crane Estate and Nobska Lighthouse as well as learn about the whaling industry, Pirates and more. This trip was awarded the Best of Boston 2011 by Boston Magazine.  Reservations are recommended  1-508-385-7656. www.oceanquest.org

OceanQuest

 

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 www.highfieldhall.org.

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

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