Landscaping spring project work has begun. For a couple of years we have been looking at the front gardens and doing our best to continue to nurture and pamper the large shrubs in front of the veranda. During this winter it became apparent that it was time to undertake a major project to remove the old, woody shrubs that had very limited life remaining and were short on healthy buds etc.
So Kevin Sr and Jr have started this major project by cutting down the old shrubs and removing stumps etc. We will continue to show progress and new pictures over the months ahead on this page.
We hope you enjoy watching the progress as much as we enjoy sharing 🙂
Get away to Cape Cod and have your own drone adventure on Cape Cod with Sky Flik. Working with Sky Flik we created a video of The Captain’s Manor Inn and favorite Falmouth Cape Cod landmarks. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Now we have a number of great stills photos and a video for potential guests to get a realistic view of our Inn and the Falmouth area. During your next visit to Cape Cod why not add our drone adventure package to your stay? Scroll down our blog to see still pictures from our drone adventure and read about some of Falmouth’s favorite landmarks. In our slightly less than 3 minute drone video you will see aerial views of our grounds, Falmouth Village, Nobska Lighthouse, the Shining Sea Bikeway and The Knob.
Drone Footage of Captain’s Manor Inn
We had a gorgeous spring day for our drone adventure in Cape Cod as we took the footage for the grounds of the Inn and the surrounding area. Our desire was to show the expanse of the grounds because often guests are surprised at the depth of the gardens. Jason piloted the drone as if you were driving down the driveway to the back gardens and gazebo to provide a true feel of the space. One of our favorite clips is where the drone is returning from Falmouth Village and you get a great view of Siders Pond and you can see how close we are to the ocean.
Shining Sea Bikeway
For bikers, joggers, and walkers the Shining Sea Bikeway is a treasure. You just take a left out of our driveway and then a few houses down take another left to get to the bikeway. We love to walk south on the bikeway to Woods Hole. A nice stop along the way is the Salt Pond bird sanctuary just to your left on the bikeway. Stroll the winding paths around Salt Pond then then hop back on the bikeway headed to Woods Hole.
This 11 mile flat bikeway is great in terms of its varied scenery. Heading south you will pass several ponds and you will hug the ocean facing Martha’s Vineyard. Your reward at the end could be a baked goodie at Pie in the Sky or a lobster taco at Quicks Hole Taqueria in Woods Hole. When you head north on the bikeway you will traverse beautiful marshes and cranberry bogs.
The knob is a tranquil area that has been preserved for Falmouth natives and visitors alike and where you can view incredible sunsets. It was a gift to the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuaries by Cornelia L. Carey in the early 1970s. For many Falmouth natives and visitors alike The Knob remains a bit of a hidden gem. At one time The Knob was part of a 16-acre property purchased by Carey’s family in 1877. You can still see some of the former resort buildings that made up the Quissett Harbor House, was a popular resort for nearly a century which closed in 1975.
Sunset at The Knob
From our Inn you take a right out of the driveway, then a left onto Woods Hole Road and at your first light take a right onto Quisset Harbor road. At the end of the road you are across from Quisset harbor where you will find about 20 parking spaces. Park your car and you will see the entrance path to The Knob. Walk along the harbor, next to Little Sandy, the first of the three beaches along The Knob.
Your scenic walk on the trail is just under one mile from the start to The Knob overlook. At the end of your walk you will be treated to fabulous views of Buzzards Bay atop The Knob. Based on the weather and how clear the sky is you may also see the Elizabeth Islands to the south.
For the nature lover and romantic we highly recommend a visit to the Knob to view the sunset.
Sunset reflection Nobska Lighthouse
Nobska Lighthouse was established in 1828 to protect sailors in Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay.
Just a few miles from our Inn, Nobska lighthouse stands on a bluff overlooking Vineyard Sound. From the bluff you can view Martha’s Vineyard, the Elizabeth Islands, and Woods Hole Passage. From 1828 until 1939 the Nobska Point Lighthouse was operated by the U.S. Lighthouse Service. In 1939 the U.S. Lighthouse service merged with the U.S. Coast Guard. The US Coast Guard’s Commanding Officer was in residence at the lightkeepers cottage on property until 2013.
In 2014, based on the need for significant repair, the Coast Guard started looking for bidders to assume responsibility for the lighthouse, tower, and land surrounding the structures. There were contingencies to include that the property would continue to belong to the federal government and therefore must be open to the public for free. Through a lot of work and cooperation the Town of Falmouth was the successful bidder. The Town gave responsibility for restoration, maintenance and operation as a museum to the Friends of Nobska Light. The Friends plan to complete restoration work and open the museum and tower not later than 2020.
Beer Bed and Breakfast Cape Cod celebrates its 3rd year over the November 4-6, 2016 weekend. We are happy to be a part of this November tradition.
Your Captain’s Manor Inn Beer Bed and Breakfast weekend starts with light hors d’oeuvres and beer in our Bistro on Friday
Yummy hors d’oeuvres
night from 5-6:30pm. Then take a stroll into town and enjoy dinner at any of our fabulous foodie restaurants. Whether you are in the mood for seafood, italian, mexican, thai, or fine or casual dining you will find it in Falmouth Village. Visit our restaurantpage to read about some of our guests favorite restaurants.
Saturday morning you will be treated to a multi-course breakfast. After breakfast you may choose to explore Falmouth Village or bike the Shining Sea Bikeway. If you are feeling more adventurous you might hike one of our many scenic trails. When you arrive back at the Inn we will have fresh baked goodies and refreshing drinks for you to enjoy at your leisure.
Beer Tasting Menu
Saturday evening you will enjoy the highlight of the weekend at Quicks Hole Tavern an award winning restaurant in Woods Hole While dining, can enjoy beautiful views of the sunset and the Martha’s Vineyard ferry while savoring your special Beer tasting dinner. The menu for your evening will include four local craft beers, lobster taco bites, a mini kale salad with corn, black beans and a cilantro cumin dressing, plus slow roasted chicken tacos on a locally made corn tortilla with shredded cabbage, freshly grated sharp cheese, pico de gallo and queso fresco. To top off your beer and light tasting menu you will be treated to a desert specialty of Quick’s Hole Tavern namely their famous “bag of donuts”.
Your Weekend Souvenir
Custom Captain’s Manor Inn Tankard
Sunday morning you’ll enjoy another multi-course breakfast. As a souvenir of your Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast weekend getaway you will take home a custom Captain’s Manor Inn beer tankard.
The beauty of Falmouth is that it is truly a year round community. Other parts of the Cape have stores and restaurants that close after Columbus day. Our shops and restaurants in Falmouth Village and Woods Hole are open for business. In fact October and early November are becoming increasingly popular as times to get away and enjoy Cape Cod. During late fall, the crowds have thinned out and there is still plenty to do from hiking all the great trails in the area to starting your Holiday shopping at the unique shops in town and of course enjoying top restaurants without the wait you would have in the summer.
All inclusive pricing includes your guestroom, breakfasts, Friday reception, Saturday dinner and Tankard souvenir. A Queen guestroom is $449 plus tax and a King guestroom is $489 plus tax. We do have 3 premium King guestrooms with fireplaces ($529 plus tax) and a 2 story suite ($569 plus tax) if you would like to upgrade.
Check availability and book online click the button below. Then select your room and add on the Beer, B&B weekend package.
Sharing our 6 Key Bloody Mary Bar Ingredients is our pleasure as we prepare for our new Virgin Mary Breakfast bar debut at The Captain’s Manor Inn on Mother’s Day Weekend 2016 right here in Cape Cod.
The Robinson family has long been a fan of a good Virgin or Bloody Mary and we are often known to enjoy one in the comfort of our living room while watching a football game and enjoying potato chips and homemade onion dip or if we are being a little healthier the snack might be tortilla chips and salsa or even raw vegetables and ranch dip.
We are always in search of a really good mix and of course the right condiments.
In our travels we have experienced a host of different condiments and mix blends. In fact, I think Kevin may have a little Canadian heritage because he is known to like to add Clamato juice along with tomato juice when making his drink and in Canada that is a fan favorite known as a Caesar rather than a Bloody Mary.
With a special blend of ingredients and our list of key ingredients we are happy to begin offering a Virgin Mary bar for our guests during Saturday and Sunday breakfast. It goes without saying that you need to start with a good tomato juice for your base and we use Sacramento tomato juice.
Here is our list of 6 key Bloody Mary or Virgin Mary bar ingredients:
1). Salt or Old Bay Seasoning – You need to start by preparing the rim of your glass by first putting some lime juice or lemon juice on the rim then dip the glass rim in either some nice kosher salt or Old Bay Seasoning.
2). Citrus – You have already used a little lemon or lime juice on the rim of your glass and now a couple wedges of lemon or lime will add a little zing to your drink.
3). Veggies – A nice crisp celery stalk for both stirring and munching is a key ingredient.
4). Garnish – Some large queen olives stuffed with pimentos and some petite pearl onions add a nice pop your drink after they have been soaking in the mix for a bit.
5). “Magic Mud” – Recently we found a mix that was created by some expert bartenders who refined it over the years. This mix includes 14 all natural spices and ingredients and while it may not look appetizing (the word mud is in its name) it is absolutely fabulous.
6). Condiment Finish – Many of you know I joke about Kevin being the condiment king and if you saw our refrigerator you would know it to be true. So for our Virgin Mary breakfast bar condiments we will offer Tobasco sauce Worcestershire sauce, A1 steak sauce and even BBQ sauce as a nod to our southern guests.
We look forward to your visit and should you want to take home a bit of “magic mud” known as Muddy Mary’s Bloody Mary Mud we have both small and large bottles available in our store.
Cape Cod Renovations of some nature always seem to be on our agenda at The Captain’s Manor Inn. During this off season we tackled the plan of creating a two story suite. For a couple of years we had wanted to find a way to incorporate the wonderful cupola on the top of the Inn as part of the Forbes guestroom. We could not be happier with the results. The project included moving a wall to include the original 1800’s staircase into the room so guests could head up to their private reading/tv room getaway. We were also able to enlarge the bedroom and upgrade from a Queen to a King bed. During the renovation process we even uncovered a piece of the original wallpaper. Our firsts guests said they feel like they are up in the trees and love the 360 degree views. A two story suite in Cape Cod is a rarity and we have been excited to create this special romantic getaway.
We also decided to do some further renovation to the Tuscany guestroom. Just two years ago we enlarged the bathroom and made some other changes. We had not yet repainted the room in its entirety as there were a number of Tromp L’oeil murals in the room by a well known Romanian artist. After much deliberation we decided it was time to completely renovate the room. So we have repainted the room, added new chairs, taken out a corner sink in the room and added a desk. Last but not least we changed the bed from a iron King bed to a four poster King Cherry wood bed. We hope you enjoy the pictures of both projects below:
Romance on Cape Cod is not hard to find this time of year! Our beautiful ocean shores, often still blanketed in snow, are quiet and tranquil – the perfect scene for love. Whether you’re traveling from near or far, once you cross the bridge, you’ll feel oceans away in your own romantic world built for two.
Chart your own course for your romantic weekend, and take a self guided lighthouse tour all the way from Nobska Light to Race Point. Finish the tour with dinner at the Mews Restaurant in Provincetown and see for yourself why this has been a destination for stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and so many more. Or, perhaps you have your heart set on staying close? Then, we suggest a long walk through quiet woods. Beebe woods at Highfield Hall will provide the perfect backdrop for your romantic stroll. Finish your night with dinner at one of Falmouth’s favorite restaurants, C Salt. This charming restaurant will be sure to make any night feel like Valentine’s Day. If you arrive before your reservation, you’ll be shown upstairs to a private and cozy lounge area to enjoy a drink and the warmth of a fire. We suggest using this time to take a peak at the menu, everything they offer is unbelievable and it may take you a while to decide!
If you’d prefer to leave the planning up to Cupid, allow Captain’s Manor Inn to treat you to an unforgettable weekend with our Romantic Getaway Package! The romance begins as soon as you arrive as a dozen beautiful roses will await you. Of course, what goes better with roses than champagne and chocolates! That’s why we’ll also have a chilled bottle of French champagne along with chocolates from a Falmouth chocolatier, Ghelfi’s ready and waiting. After you’ve settled in and enjoyed your treats, perhaps you’d like to take advantage of the tickets to a sunset cruise aboard the Liberte sailing right out of Falmouth Harbor! Enjoy a bottle of wine as you sail in a beautiful schooner as the sky comes alive with color. Or, since romance is all about decadence, perhaps you’d rather dinner at a renowned restaurant only steps away from the Inn? In that case, skip the cruise and head straight to The Glass Onion with your $100 gift card. They don’t take reservations but we suggest you stroll over, put your name on the list and head back to the Inn for a pre-dinner glass of wine out on the veranda. When you head back to the restaurant, prepare to be delighted by the chef’s unique and thoughtful pairings and creations. This is one of our favorite spots on Cape Cod!
The Romantic Getaway Package has day time activities covered as well! Included in your stay, are two adult roundtrip tickets to Martha’s Vineyard, because what Cape Cod getaway is complete without a trip to the Vineyard? Once you get there, the island is your oyster. You can rent bicycles, go birdwatching at the Felix Neck sanctuary, or indulge in the amazing shopping and dining destinations that are peppered all around.
Don’t forget that a delicious breakfast is included every morning you’re with us to help you start your day off on the right foot. We also offer refreshments beginning at 3pm. Cape Cod is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, and we know just the way to show it to you. So join us this season for a long weekend built for two!
We are so pleased to be featured as one of The Top 10 Cultural Hotels in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the only property located in Upper Cape Cod just over an hour drive from Boston, Massachusetts. The Culture Trip published the winners as part of their work identifying the best global and local travel. In addition to travel information The Culture Trip website is renowned for providing recommendations on food, culture, architecture, photography, design, film and music in addition to travel.
As you read below you will find out more information on Falmouth as well as information on the other lovely hotels recognized as top cultural accommodations in Cape Cod.
Falmouth, Cape Cod
The beauty of Falmouth is the diversity and extensive cultural venues in this picturesque seaside village with 67 miles of coastline. The Captain’s Manor Inn is a bed and breakfast located just a short stroll from Falmouth Village with its award winning restaurants and unique and fun boutique shops. Shoppers love to explore the many boutique shops which offer beautiful and affordable women’s clothing and accessories as well as well known shops like Black Dog and In the Pink (Lily Pullitzer). There are also menswear shops and jewelry shops as well as shops featuring local art, pottery etc.
Just around the corner is the Falmouth Museums on the Green, the First Congregational Church with a functioning Paul Revere bell and Highfield Hall and Gardens. Highfield Hall and Gardens is a cape cod treasure with its restored mansion and acres of gorgeous sunken gardens and walking trails. Every year Highfield Hall is home to musical events as well as showcasing artworks from around the world. In 2016 Highfield Hall will be the only U.S. location to host the College Women’s Association of Japan Print Show. This is the 60th year that the CWAJ has shown their work. Falmouth is also home to the Shining Sea Bikeway which travels through cranberry bogs and along the ocean down to Woods Hole where you can hop the ferry for a trip to Martha’s Vineyard.
During the summer Falmouth is home to the College Light Opera at Highfield Theater. The theater goes through a rigorous selection process to choose talented actors, musicians and singers from colleges throughout the country and the world to spend the summer performing 9 musicals during the season.
Guests also enjoy visiting our local artist galleries such as Osborn and Rugh and Karen Rinaldo’s Gallery on beautiful Falmouth harbor overlooking Vineyard Sound with Martha’s Vineyard on the horizon.
Other Top 10 Cultural Hotels located in mid and outer cape
The other Top 10 Cultural Hotels are beautiful properties located in mid cape and the outer cape. If you were visiting the mid cape you may want to check out 3 properties located in the scenic town of Yarmouth. The Inn at Cape Cod, The Captain Farris House and the Liberty Hill Inn are all unique bed and breakfasts that provide comfortable accommodations and breakfasts. If Hyannis is a town you are interested in staying in check out the Anchor-In located across from Hyannis Harbor.
If you are traveling out to the end of the Cape you have a choice of 5 different properties in the very culturally rich town of Provincetown. Whether you are looking for a small and intimate property or a larger venue you are covered. For a small, intimate property take a look at White Porch Inn, Snug Cottage or Christopher’s by the Bay. Larger property options include Crowne Point Historic Inn & Spa and The Brass Key.
We wish you a wonderful getaway wherever you choose to stay and the time to explore and take away wonderful memories of your cape cod vacation.
New Suite Construction is underway at Captain’s Manor Inn and we couldn’t be more excited! We have been planning this romantic suite for sometime and we are now in full swing.
UPDATE – Since our original post December 29th we have some new photos to share. The electrical has been moved, the insulation of the new walls is complete, sheetrock has also been done. It is really starting to come together. This week the plaster work should be complete. The carpet is ordered and the new King bed is ready to be set up as soon as we finish painting and trim work.
The half wall is done
Insulation in progress
The Forbes room which was named after Henrietta Forbes (for whom the Inn was originally built by her fiancé Captains Albert Nye) will be combined with the 3rd floor cupola to create a 2 story suite here at the Inn.
The Inn has such a wonderful history. In fact the cupola on the top on the Inn was once known as the observatory as told in the brief story below.
Captain John Robinson Lawrence purchased the property from the original owner, Captain Nye, in 1872. Captain Lawrence was a retired whaling captain turned businessman who maintained deep roots in the Falmouth community. He raised his family here and his son H. V. Lawrence left a significant legacy to the Inn. H. V. became a well known horticulturist and the first florist on Cape Cod. The grounds of the Inn bear witness to his talents with many unique trees that survive to this day. H. V. lived in the home until his death at the age of 92 in 1953.
The cupola atop the Inn was known in earlier times as the observatory as it once gave a commanding view of Vineyard sound. As a boy, Milford Lawrence – son of H.V., had a wireless set in the observatory that he used to speak to the ships he could see passing up and down the sound.
Cupola Sunrise View
Cupola Sunset View
You can experience a bit of that history in the new suite even though you can no longer see Vineyard Sound due to all the tree growth over the past 100+ years. You will see some beautiful sunrises and sunsets as well as a view of the Village Green.
Follow our progress on construction and enjoy these early pictures.
New Wall Ceiling Frame
New Wall w Door
Looking for a very unique romantic getaway …. cape cod and the Captain’s Manor Inn’s new Forbes Cupola Suite may be just what you are looking for.
A Valentine’s Day Getaway at The Captain’s Manor Inn might be just the treat you are looking for in the cold days of winter.
When you arrive for your getaway you will find a special box of handmade chocolates from local chocolatier ,Ghelfi’s Candies, and a long stem rose in your guestroom. You can also select to add a premium romance package or other goodies to your booking.
The beauty of Falmouth Cape Cod in winter is that the town is open year-round. You can enjoy a stroll down Main Street in Falmouth Village and take advantage of the many unique boutique shops where valentine specials will be readily available.
Maybe you are looking for a new outfit for your valentine dinner….perhaps Port Cargo, Treasure Chest, or Green Eyed Daisy will have the outfit for you.
It might be a unique candle, piece of art, jewlery, pottery or other gift is what you are after ……check out such great shops as Vagabond Treasures, The Pink Polka Dot, Twigs, Touche, Celebrations to name a few. After your shopping stroll stop in at any of several restaurants like Stone L’Oven or Bear in Boots Gastropub for lunch.
Now it might be time to walk off your lunch and it is a wonderfully peaceful time to walk and perhaps take in Falmouth Harbor or Surf Drive Beach or any of the many walking trails by such locations as Spohr Gardens, Oyster Pond or Beebe Woods by Highfield Hall and Gardens.
Come on back to the Inn to relax and get ready for a romantic dinner at The Glass Onion or CSalt restaurants. There are a number of other options for dinner such as La Cucina Sul Mare or Anejo Mexican Bistro.
The most important part of all is the special quality time with your sweetheart away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and obligations.
Whatever you do we wish you a wonderful Valentine’s day!
The Tuscany guestroom renovation is underway. We thought it would be fun to share some pictures from when we first purchased the Inn 5 years ago , the initial renovations we made and the ones underway now.
When we purchased the Inn the Tuscany room had a Queen bed a sink in the corner or the room next to a closet. As you can see from the closet there was some very old wallpaper one the walls in the closet.
There was a very small bathroom which had a toilet and a small shower with a flexible plastic accordian style door in a very compact space.
Corner sink in the guestroom
Closet between sink and bed
Louver door into bath
Our first renovations during the spring of 2010 included a new carpet , a new Queen bed, replacement of the louver bathroom door with a solid wood door that we found at the New Bedford Antique and Renovation warehouse, new reclining Queen Anne chairs, and a number of other little changes.
New Queen bed
New reclining Queen Anne chairs
New antique door
When we did the new 3000 square foot addition in 2012 to add 3 guestrooms we also increased the Tuscany bathroom by more than twice its original size and put a shower/tub combination in the large bathroom and another sink in the large bathroom plus kept the original sink in the corner of the guestroom. We also replaced the Queen bed with a King bed.
New expanded bathroom
New King bed
Original hand painted Kohler sink in guestroom
Freshly painted closet
We are now in the process of painting the walls in the Tuscany room however we are keeping some of the trompe l’oeil murals. For example, the brick around the closet door and entrance door, the special mural on the exterior of the bathroom entrance and if you look closely you will see two of the original butterflies on one of the guestroom walls. We have also decided to replace the tub/shower combination with a large custom rainshower with a glass door system. That work will begin in late February.
First coat of primer
First coat of paint
Right corner getting primer
Right Corner Complete
Left Corner getting primer
Left Corner Complete
We will update the blog post with new pictures as we get further along.