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Whale Watching Day Trip

May 31, 2013 by insideout

A favorite venture for many of our guests is going on a Cape Cod Whale Watching trip.  Our sister and brother-in-law recently visited from North Carolina and that was a must do on their 25 year anniversary trip.

The options are many depending often on how long you have to spend for the day.  For example you can travel to the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, and explore the town prior to jumping on the Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch excursion.  The scenic drive to Provincetown is about 2 hours and offers you the chance to see a great deal of Cape Cod on your way to and from the whale atch excursion.  For our International guests who are staying with us for several days will often choose this excursion.

If you have less time to spare or just would like a shorter drive to and from the Whale Watch excursion you can either choose Captain John’s out of Plymouth or out of Hyannis Whale Watcher cruises out of Barnstable Harbor in Hyannis.

The picture below was one of MANY that our brother-in-law took while enjoying their whale sightings.

Whale Watch

Whale Watch

 

Nantucket Day Trip

March 3, 2013 by insideout

Brandt Point Lighthouse

Nantucket’s Brandt Point Lighthouse

The island of Nantucket is best known for two things. First, its long history of maritime pursuits and secondly it’s attraction for celebrities and tourists alike.

When staying at the Captain’s Manor Inn and planning for a day trip to the island of Nantucket, we recommend you start your day with a full breakfast at the Inn before heading over to Hyannis to catch the fast ferry to the island.

Nantucket is a unique island unto itself. It is only a small island at 3.5 x 14 miles at its widest points. The island only has one town aptly named Nantucket which is a National Landmark Historic District, with over 800 structures built pre1840. Other than downtown, basically Nantucket is made up of all beach.

You’ll feel transported as you walk the cobbled main road. The street was paved back in 1837, using cobblestones from Gloucester, Massachusetts. These very same cobblestones were used as ballast to stabilize ships cargoes back in the day.

Nantucket Main Street

Nantucket Main Street

Your day trip itinerary might look like this:

9:00 AM  Breakfast at The Captain’s Manor Inn

9:45  AM   Head off to Hyannis to catch the Steamship Authority’s Iyanough Fast  Ferry to Nantucket.

11:  AM   The Ferry departs from Hyannis

12:00 PM  The Ferry arrives in Nantucket

12:15 PM  Make your first stop Nantucket’s Whaling Museum which was renovated in 2005. Do not miss the rooftop observation deck for a special view of Nantucket harbor.

1:15 PM  Time for lunch at any number of wonderful restaurants.  Some favorite’s of Captain’s Manor Inn guests are – Brotherhood of Thieves or Something Natural for outstanding sandwiches and treats at a reasonable price….Or for something a little more elegant and pricey try Company of the Cauldron or Oran Mor Bistro.

2:45 PM  Now is a great time to walk off or bike off  lunch.  Enjoy all the little side road explorations off Main Street on your own OR  head back to the Whaling Museum and join the Nantucket Historical Association guided 1+  hour walking tour OR take part in the Nantucket Bike Tours History Buff Tour.

5:00 PM  A little treat might be in store at Petticoat Row Bakery known for exquisite baked goods.

5:150 PM A last minute walk to Brandt Point Lighthouse might be just the thing before boarding the ferry to head back to the mainland.

6:00 PM The ferry leaves Nantucket bound for Hyannis.

7:00 PM You dock in Hyannis and head back to Falmouth for dinner on Main Street.

Nantucket Harbor

Nantucket Harbor

Cape Cod Lighthouses

January 18, 2013 by insideout

There’s something so appealing about visiting a lighthouse. It may be the magnificent scenery, or the history it represents, or simply the romance of the sea.

From the upper Cape just over the bridge, to the tip of the Cape in Provincetown there are countless lighthouses to be explored. Right in Falmouth, Cape Cod we have our very own Knobska’s lighthouse which is one of the most photographed lighthouses in New England.  It has often been the site for a romantic proposal at sunset.

Scroll below the map and read about a suggested scenic lighthouse day trip.

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Cape Cod LIghthouses

A Day trip of lighthouse sightseeing could go like this:

After breakfast at the Captain’s Manor Inn drive down Mill Road to Surf Drive and take a right driving along the beautifully scenic Vineyard Sound until you reach Knobska Lighthouse.  Feel free to park and explore. Free guided tours are available on certain dates during the year.

Chatham Lighthouse

The Chatham Lighthouse at Sunset

After leaving Knobska Lighthouse we suggest you head down Rt 28 towards Chatham at the “elbow” of Cape Cod.  Once in Chatham head down Main Street to the Lighthouse.  This is an active lighthouse managed by the U.S. Coast Guard and was originally built in 1877.

Your next suggested lighthouse stop is in the town Eastham which is part of the National Seashore. Some fascinating history comes with Nauset Lighthouse. The lighthouse was originally built in 1887 and was in Chatham. It was moved from Chatham to Eastham in 1923 to replace what was known as the Three Sisters Lighthouses. Since that time the Three Sisters Lighthouses have been restored. A little trivia is that the Nauset lighthouse is the logo for the Cape Cod Chips company.

Race Point Lighthouse

Race Point Lighthouse

After your visit to the Nauset seashore we suggest you head towards Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. There are three lighthouses in Provincetown. At this outermost tip you will find the Wood End and Longpoint Lighthouses which were built in 1872 and 1875 respectively.  Race Point Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be built at the end of the Cape in 1816. Of the three lighthouses only Race Point is opened to the public during the summer season.

Now it is time to head back to relax at the Inn and if you feel so inclined you may stop at one more lighthouse which is located in Truro. What makes this lighthouse really special is that it was the first lighthouse built in Cape Cod and it was ordered so by George Washington in 1797.

When you arrive back at The Captain’s Manor Inn it should be just in time to enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda before taking a stroll into Falmouth Village to enjoy dinner at one of our many wonderful restaurants.

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

Cape Cod Lavender Farm| Cape Cod Day trip

June 22, 2011 by insideout

For a couple of weeks in late June and early July, over 14,000 lavender plants at Cape Cod Lavender Farm burst into purple bloom.  Come stay at The Captain’s Manor Inn and venture off to visit this beautiful spot. The farm is on 20 secluded acres, and surrounded by 60 acres of conservation land.  We have had guests who want to take a day trip to Chatham or Provincetown, make the farm a stop on the way to those towns or on the way back to our Falmouth Cape Cod bed and breakfast.

The Cape Cod Lavender Farm is one of only two such farms in Massachusetts — the other is  located in Franklin County and is a smaller lavender farm.  “Lavender tourism” started in the late 1990s in the United States.

Some of the products sold at the Lavender Farm include lavender chocolate ($2.75), lavender shortbread ($8.25) and lavender-lemon marmalade ($8) a jar, lavender soap ($7.50 a bar), hand cream ($7.50), candles ($18), herbes de Provence — a mixture of herbs for cooking sold for $14.95 for eight ounces — and the fresh and dried bunches, $10, and buds, $12 for a half-pound bag.

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