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Landscaping Spring Project Cape Cod

February 25, 2017 by Trish Robinson

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 🙂

Pictures

Landscaping Spring Project Shrub Clearing in front of Inn

Inn Shrubs before start of spring project

View from right side

View from the right side

View from Left side

 

 

Chainsawing Shrubs to clear area

Kev Sr and Kev Jr cutting old shrubs

Stumps on the right side

Left side remaining stumps

Left side remaining stumps

Starting to level the soil.

Quite the pile of stumps

 

 

 

Hotels Near Me

February 24, 2017 by Trish Robinson

Hotels near me in Falmouth Massachusetts include top choices in the 5 different categories outlined below:-

  1. Luxury   2.   Located in Falmouth Village   3.  Located by the Water   4. Romantic  5. Family Friendly

Luxury or Boutique Hotels, Bed and Breakfast or Inns

The Captain’s Manor Inn

Originally built in 1849 by a ship captain for his New Orleans bride. This southern plantation style estate has been lovingly restored and expanded by the current owners. Set back from the road this respite property is located on 1.25 acres with gorgeous gardens. Guests enjoy 8 luxurious guestrooms all with private bathrooms with rain showers, luxurious sheets and amenities, free wifi and numerous other comforts. A complimentary full breakfast is served to you each morning and in the Bistro you will find 24/7 coffee and tea as well as home baked goodies each afternoon. Walk from the Inn to any of 20+ restaurants.

Inn on the Sound

A 10 guestroom bed and breakfast located across from Falmouth Heights Beach. Providing a complimentary full breakfast each morning and other amenities. Near the Inn are two restaurants and it is just a short drive to Falmouth Village with additional restaurants and shops.

Woods Hole Inn

This circa 1887 Inn features 14 guestrooms all with private baths and is located across from the Steamship Authority where ferries take passengers and vehicles across Vineyard Sound to Martha’s Vineyard. The Inn is conveniently located in Woods Hole Village with various restaurants to enjoy including the award winning Quicks Hole Tavern.

Located in Falmouth Village – Walk to shops, restaurants, beach

 

The Captain’s Manor Inn

Just a 3 minute stroll into Falmouth Village where guests enjoy culinary delights at over 20 different restaurants. Top rated restaurants such as CSalt, Glass Onion, Anejo and La Cucina are a few favorties of locals and visitors alike. In addition there are a number of boutique shops in the village including the famous Black Dog. It’s just a one mile walk to the nearest beach. You can grab Inn beach towels and chairs as well as a picnic lunch prepared by the Inn chef for your beach day.

Palmer House Inn

This 17 room Victorian Inn is located just a few minute stroll from Falmouth Village. They provide a complimentary full breakfast each morning to guests.

Inn at Siders Lane

A lovely 3 room Inn is also located just down Main Street from Falmouth Village. A complimentary full breakfast is provided each  morning.

Located by the Water

Sea Crest Beach Hotel

Located on one of the most popular beaches in Falmouth – Old Silver Beach. They have beach access as well as pools. They also have a full service restaurant.

Bailey’s By the Sea

This 5 room bed and breakfast is located across the street from Vineyard Sound and just a stroll from Falmouth Heights beach. Enjoy your complimentary full breakfast in the morning on the enclosed porch facing Vineyard Sound.

Beach Breeze Inn

Located on Shore Street just 100 yards from Surf Drive Beach.

Romantic Hotels, Bed and Breakfast or Inns

 

The Captain’s Manor Inn

Featured on the front page of the Boston Globe travel section in the article “Cape Inns Built on Romance”. The Inn was also featured as a winner of the “2016 Best of Where to Elope” by wheretoelope.com A number of packages can be added to a reservation to make the occasion extra romantic. Pick one of the premium King guestrooms with a fireplace for even more ambience.

Inn on the Sound

Enjoy watching sunsets over Vineyard Sound. Some guestrooms have a balcony where you can enjoy your breakfast.

Family Friendly Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts or Inns

 

Holiday Inn

Families enjoy the indoor pool and on-site restaurant. Guestrooms are available with 2 beds for families wanted to share a room.

Shoreway Acres

The expansive grounds include plenty of space for Frisbee, badminton etc. to be enjoyed by families. There is also an indoor pool on the property. A buffet breakfast is offered each morning. Guests are just down the street from Surf Drive beach and walking distance from Falmouth Village.

Woods Hole Passage

Located on Woods Hole Road between Falmouth Village and Woods Hole Village. This comfortable 5 guestroom bed and breakfast is family friendly and provides a complimentary full breakfast each morning.

 

Drink Like a Local

January 21, 2017 by Trish Robinson

Drink Like a Local

Yes, here on Cape Cod we are famous for the Cape Codder. We’re happy to tell you where you can go to get one. In fact it would actually be harder to tell you a place that you can’t get one on Cape. We also want to share more. Specifically the amazing beer, wine and cocktail selections available right in our backyard as well as the ones that are worth the drive!

Attention: Beer Drinkers!

Father’s Kitchen and Tap House, East Sandwich: This is a fairly new addition to our little part of the Cape and we have welcomed them with open arms for a reason! And that reason is Tap-City-Grille-600x400beer. Father’s offers 42 amazing beers on tap both local and from afar. Our favorite thing to do there? A flight. Belly up to the bar and ask for a flight sheet. You’ll be able to take a look at a description of every beer. Most beers are offered in a full pour, half pour, or a flight. The bar tenders are also super helpful and knowledgeable. If you know you like IPA’s but aren’t sure if a Pale Ale would excite and delight your taste buds, just ask them. They’re happy to help steer you in the right direction and can also make some suggestions about new fun and interesting beers to try!

Bonus: Great food! Insider Tip:

A recommendation is for you to try the peanut butter pizza. No, it’s not dessert (though you can totally order it as dessert) – but it is incredible. And it goes great with beer!

British Beer Company, Falmouth, Hyannis and Sandwich: When beer is right in the name of the restaurant, is there really more explanation necessary? With 14 locations around MA, we’re lucky enough to have three right here on Cape Cod. This means no matter where your Cape Cod travels take you, you’re never very far away  a good beer. In addition to a bunch of great beers on tap, depending on location, they also have beers on cask and will fill growlers! Check out each individual website or Facebook page for live music, trivia, and more!

downloadDevil’s Purse Brewery, West Dennis: This is a Cape Cod gem. If you’re looking for an amazing local brew born from an incredible local story, look no further than Devil’s Purse. Matt and Mike, owners and operators began what would later become Devil’s Purse on a total whim. They made a batch of beer from a beer making kit one of them had gotten as a wedding gift nearly 10 years prior and as they say, the rest is history. Well, the rest was a ton of hard work, trial and error, grit and determination – but their efforts taste amazing! At the brewery, you can do tastings, buy beer and swag and of course, chat with Matt and Mike – they’re always there. Mark our words, this brewery is going to blow up and when it does, how cool would it be to say “I knew about Devil’s Purse back when it was just Matt and Mike, brewing and chatting all day long!”

Insider Tip:

Ask the guys for restaurant recommendations in the area if you’re in around meal time. They have tried everywhere and will be able to give you a great heads up – and killer hole in the wall places are their specialty!

Calling All Cocktail Lovers!

The Landing, Woods Hole: Talk about a drink with a view! At The Landing you can sip your cocktails as your legs dangle off the dock. Of course they have a full bar, but there’s one cocktail you simply can’t leave the Cape without trying and it’s called a Greyhound. You may have heard of it; you may have even had one before… but you haven’t really had one if you haven’t had one from The Landing. The ingredients are simple, and sometimes simple makes the best drink. It’s fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka and maybe a splash of soda water. The key to this drink lies within the fresh squeeze. They have this antique looking Greyhound-specific contraption with one purpose: to squeeze grapefruits. Watching the bartenders (who probably have huge muscles after the summer’s up) squeeze fruit after fruit all for your drink is one of the coolest things to see.

Pan D’Avignon, Hyannis:  Don’t be fooled by this restaurant’s unassuming exterior. We and many others view Pan D’Avignon as one of the best French restaurants on the Cape. Their martini menu is something to go back for. One of the most interesting elements of the decor is the exposed (giant) wine cellar. They have some of the best wines on Cape Cod. Half the fun is to watch the sommelier head into the cellar and procure your bottle. BUT, there is one thing in particular that we need to let you in on. That is that this is the place where you can get year round, handmade bleu cheese stuffed olives. This may not sound groundbreaking, but when you add them into your favorite dry cocktail (like.. oh I don’t know, maybe a slightly dirty Tito’s vodka martini with two bleu cheese stuffed olives… just you know, off the top of my head) you’ll understand why they’re worth the mention. More of a gin an tonic or wine person? No worries! Order a few olives on the side. The local bleu cheese paired with the saltiness of the olive is something to behold.DSC_12131-300x199

Ocean House, Dennisport: The Ocean House is a fabulous place for dinner and absolutely a favorite for people visiting the Cape. The Ocean House Beach Bar (on the same property) is the place to go for frozen cocktails. Mudslides, Daquaris, Pina Coladas – you name it, they’ve got it. They’ll even do one of my best friend’s favorites a Miami Vice which is 50% Pina Colada, 50% Strawberry Daquari and 100% delish! They frequently offer live music right on the lawn, which always makes your sipping experience that much more enjoyable!

The Beachcomber, Wellfleet: Lunch, dinner, late night menu – regardless of the time of day, The Beachcomber is sure to have the food and beverages you’re looking for to really enjoy your time on the Cape. Their raw bar is stocked from local fisherman, and you can really taste the difference. Like any good bar and restaurant on the beach, the comber has frozen beverages, beers galore, wine and an extensive cocktail list.

Insider Tip:

They’ve got something no one else does. And it’s called a Goombay Smash. Their website divulges that it includes rums, juices and a myers float. BUT, no one can come close to reconstructing this masterpiece. One sip, and you’ll understand why there have been over 3 million sold!

 

 

Raspberry Bars at The Captain’s Manor Inn

December 13, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Raspberry Bars at The Captain’s Manor Inn are a guest favorite. This past week we had a guests request the recipe so she could make them at home. To serve 15 people, we start with 2 boxes of Krusteaz Raspberry bars and doctor them up a bit to put our own spin on them. To make the bars more substantial we use the shortbread crust from both boxes for the bottom crust, and make our own crumble topping to finish it off. In addition to raspberry filling provided, we add fresh or frozen raspberries to really bring out the raspberry flavors. To make these raspberry bars at home follow the directions below !

Equipment:

  • 9 x 13 glass baking dish

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes Krusteaz Raspberry Bar Mix
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

Crumble Top

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown suagr
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter. softened

Directions:

  • Make the crumb topping: Whisk together all dry ingredients then add in softened butter and mix with fork until crumble is formed
  • Prepare crust from box as directed and press into glass pan coated with cooking spray
  • Bake for about 12 minutes
  • Spread raspberry filling all over hot crust and top with frozen raspberries, then the home made crumble
  • Bake for 26-28 minutes until the crumble is golden and the raspberry filling is bubbling on the sides.
  • Cool completely before cutting, this pan makes 15 squares
  • Enjoy heated up or at room temperature !

Helicopter Tours of Cape Cod

September 23, 2016 by Trish Robinson

When looking for a unique vacation activity, a helicopter tour of Cape Cod could be the perfect choice. From way up high you helicopter visageare able to see the beauty of Cape Cod from a view not many get to witness. Tours of Boston are also a very popular choice. Recent guests here at The Captain’s Manor Inn went to see for themselves and reported it was an amazing experience.

One of the best Places to set out on a tour is Ryan Rotors in Plymouth, MA. Ryan’s Rotors has a variety of 5 different tours, each unique in their own way. If you do not like what you see while researching their options, it is possible to create your own custom tour with them. Below is a list of the tours they offer:

  • Life’s a Beach Tour
  • Canal Cruise
  • Cranberry Harvest and Fall Foliage Tour: True New England fall experience
  • Sunset Tour: Customizable to where you want to watch the sunset
  • Boston Tour: 60 Minutes

img_3411The company that our guests used was Heliops, which is Boston’s longest operating charter company. Although Heliops offers less variety of tours, they come highly recommended! Here you can do a Boston tour, South Shore tour, or design a custom

tour of your own !

With the summer coming to an end and the warm beach days dwindling, I could not think of a better Cape Cod adventure to go on! The month of September is starting to become the unofficial fourth month of summer on Cape Cod. Vacationers favor coming in September because of the drop in population, and doing a helicopter tour of Cape Cod can be a great way to spend quality time with loved ones while taking in amazing sights. Below are some pictures of the tour our generous guests provided us with.

 

Dine Like a Local

August 14, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Dine like a local when you visit us on Cape Cod! There’s not much in life that’s better than good food. Well, maybe the beach. Lucky for you, our little part of the world has both. We’re going to give you the low down on how to chow down in Falmouth and beyond just like we do.

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Añejo Mexican Bistro and Tequila Bar (pronounced Ah-nyay-ho)

BEST spot in Falmouth to people watch. Situated right smack dab in the middle of Main Street, their large outdoor patio looks out onto the
dine like a local anejo quacomole summer bustle taking place on the downtown sidewalks. Cape Cod Magazine voted Añejo best Mexican food AND best margaritas on Cape Cod and we couldn’t agree more. We’ll start with drinks. If you’re in the mood for a margarita (and when are you not) we recommend the house – it’s simple and clean the way the margarita gods intended. El Jimador Blanco, Patron Citronge, organic sugar cane and squeezed lime. Not overly sweet, just the way we like it. If you are in the mood for sweet (and a little spicy) try their blood orange margarita made with jalapeño infused tequila. Olé! The menu for lunch and dinner is fantastic. Don’t leave without trying one of their tortas, everything needs a side of a lá carte guacamole and throw in some Mexican street corn for good measure – you will not be disappointed. The kicker? It’s o.2 miles away. A beautiful 5 minute walk is all that stands between you and the best Mexican food on the Cape when you stay with us! Local Tip: If you head in for a margarita and the place is packed (which it can be on a summer evening) grab a drink at the bar and head out the side door – they’ve got couches, tables and lights in the side ally between the restaurant and Twigs (an adorable local shop). Sip in peace!

Out-Of-This-World Food

The Glass Onion

Are you in the mood to be dazzled? Then The Glass Onion is the choice for you. Steps away from your room at The Captain’s Manor Inn, you will be amazed at the artful combination of flavors the chef prepares. We recommend the lobster strudel for an appetizer. In case that name alone didn’t completely sell you, in addition to lobster, you’ll be dine like a local glass onion
snacking on mascarpone, oven dried tomatoes (which have a roasted sweetness unlike anything else), and of course, what vacation appetizer is complete without a lobster butter drizzle? Is your mouth watering yet? Because we haven’t even gotten to the entree! You can choose between filet, shrimp, duck, house made gnocchi, lobster (because there is officially no such thing as too much lobster when you’re on Cape Cod) or a nightly special. Whatever you do, leave room for dessert. The Glass Onion has been hand making small batch ice cream for years and with flavors like peach pie and guava… it cannot be missed. If you’ve overdone it at dinner and simply can’t fit another thing… don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
If you head in during normal business hours and ask the hostess, you can purchase ice cream in a cone and enjoy it on their back patio! So just head back the next day, refreshed and re-hungry!

Summer Vibe 

The Pilot House

phThe Pilot House is situated on the Canal in the Sandwich Marina. Beautiful water views combined with a nice big yard and great food will create a memorable afternoon! We recommend heading over for a late lunch or early dinner to take full advantage of the well placed adirondack chairs. Order a cocktail from the outdoor bar, hunker down and enjoy. Don’t feel like moving but you’re getting hungry? No worries! The waiters and waitresses are happy to bring you menus and you can dine where you sit! If you haven’t worked up an appetite yet, you’ll notice ring toss, corn hole, and more! Feel free to walk around the spacious lawn and enjoy. Most days there’s live music to add to the summer time vibe! This place is perfect for a mouth watering fried seafood plate, crab cakes, calamari, mussels and more! As we mentioned, this restaurant is in Sandwich with is just under a 30 minute drive. If you’d like to test it out before you commit – head over to The Quarterdeck on our very own Main Street (a 10 minute walk from the Inn). Both restaurants are owned by the same family, and both serve delicious Cape Cod fare! Local Tip: Have you been wondering where to get a good lobster roll? Look no further. You’ve found it.

Take-Out on the Beach

The British Beer Company (The BBC to locals)

Are you in the mood to dine with your toes in the sand? We’ve got you covered. The local British Beer Company is located directly across the street from Falmouth Heights Beach. As soon as you walk in you’ll be transported to a bbcLondon pub. The decor, the music, soccer on the tele… it’s foggy London town! If you’re a beer drinker, saddle up to the bar. The BBC boasts one of the best beer lists in town. The taps are ever changing and the bartenders are super friendly and helpful. If you describe what kind of beer you typically prefer, they’ll be able to suggest something new to try. If you’re not a beer drinker, you don’t have to feel left out. They’ve got a great selection of wine and offering of specialty cocktails. As you sip your pint at the bar, have a look at the menu. This is the British Beer Company, so dishes like fish and chips and bangers and mash are unbeatable. But they’ve got a wide selection of pizza, burgers, sandwiches and more. Finish your drinks, ask for your food to go and head across the street to the beach. If you time it right, you can watch the sun set as you enjoy a little British food as you sit on the shores of New England. Local Tip: After you’re done eating, head back over to the BBC – it’s one of the best spots for live music in an intimate setting in Falmouth!

Wood’s Hole

Quicks Hole Tavern

Are you in the mood for a beautiful drive down to Wood’s Hole? Then be sure to stop into Quicks Hole Tavern for a bite. Open year round and a favorite for Vineyard ferry commuters, Quicks Hole Tavern has everything you could ask qhtfor all wrapped up into a beautiful seaside view. It’s one of our favorite places to sit and watch the ferry come in and out. They serve lunch in their upstairs dining room, fine dining on the second floor, and the first floor pub is open seven days a week offering a pub menu. What more could you ask for? The best part about this restaurant besides the views, the cocktails, the ambiance (okay there are a lot of bests) is the inventiveness of the menu. You can try Avocado Toast with chili spiced deviled eggs as an appetizer, whisky rubbed salmon and a bag of donuts for dessert! Whatever you’re in the mood for, you will not be disappointed… or bored! This is a great place to head after a nice hike down to The Knob. Local Tip: You’ve got to try the “Pig Candy,” an appetizer made with house-smoked pork shoulder braised in maple syrup and house spices, served on guava puree with celery sprout garnish. It’s been described as ‘addictive’ and we can’t agree more!

Again, these are just a few of our favorites. Just to give you a little taste of the local flavor. There are plenty more local favorites, and we’ll be happy to share them all with you! But this is just enough to get you started so you can dine like a local when you come to visit!

Recipe for Peach Streusel Muffins

August 3, 2016 by Trish Robinson

These Peach Streusel Muffins are sure to be a hit to bake at home for family or friends. You might even like to bring them for a party. What is so great about these muffins is that they can easily be served as an afternoon snack, which we have done here at The Captains Manor Inn. This is a great way to use up peaches that might be going to the “dark side”. The streusel topping is the perfect crunchy addition to the moist and flavorful muffin. Fun Fact: you can substitute other fruits if you are not a peach fan, try apples !

Peach Streusel Muffins

yield: 12 Standard size muffins

Ingredients:

Crumb Topping

-1/3 cup packed light or brown sugar

-1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

-2/3 cup all purpose flour

Muffins

-1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

-1/2 cup packed light or brown sugar

-1/4 cup granulated sugar

-2 large eggs

-1/2 cup yogurt (greek or regular)

-2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour

-1 teaspoon baking power

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1/8 teaspoon allspice

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-3 Tablespoon milk (any kind)

-1 and 1/2 cups peeled, chopped peaches (3 peaches)

Glaze

1 cup confectioners sugar

3 Tablespoon heavy cream (or milk)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. First, make the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, combine both sugars, the cinnamon, and melted butter. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the flour. The crumb topping will be thick and crumbly. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  3. Make the muffins: In a medium bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat on high until creamed, about 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute, then turn up to high speed until the mixture is combined and uniform in texture. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, all-spice, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and slowly mix with a whisk. Add the milk, gently whisking until combined and little lumps remain. Fold in the peaches with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  5. Spoon the muffin batter evenly between all 12 muffin tins. There may be enough to make a 13th muffin in a 2nd batch, depending if there were a few extra peach chunks thrown in. Fill the muffin tins until they are full all the way up to the top. Press a handful of the crumb topping into the top of each; crumble it with your hands to make some big chunks.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes at 425F degrees, then keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350F degrees and bake for 15-19 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Make the glaze: whisk all of the ingredients together and drizzle over warm muffins.
  8. Make ahead tip: Muffins stay soft, fresh, and moist in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Muffins freeze well for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat up (if desired) before enjoying.

 

 

 

Whale Watching In Provincetown, Cape Cod

July 28, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Blog by Lauren LaScalia (sous-chef at Captain’s Manor Inn)

Whale Watching in Provincetown, Cape Cod is the perfect summer outing. Over the fourth of July weekend, I ventured  down route 6 to Provincetown. I was excited to check out a place I had never been to but had heard so much about. Immediately when I entered the heart of town, I felt the infectious energy and excitement of the people walking down Commercial Street. We decided to park, explore, and grab some lunch to take on our whale watching excursion on the Dolphin Fleet IX.

Riding back to the dock

Riding back to the dock

Lunch in Provincetown

The Canteen restaurant came highly recommended from a friend. We walked by their intriguing shack building and were excited to try it out. I went with my friend’s recommendation and got the cod bahn mi sandwich. This delicious sandwich is composed of pickled fresh cod, cucumbers, and carrots topped with garlic aioli and sirracha on perfectly toasted ciabatta bread. It definitely lived up to the hype. This lunch was very fresh and vibrant to eat on a hot day in the sun. With lunch in tow, we headed to the Dolphin Fleet Dock to board the boat we would spend the next couple hours on.

Cod Bahn MI

Cod Bahn MI

Whale Sightings

We were early to board the boat so we got first pick of some great seats at the front of the boat. Once the boat started moving, I purchased a very appropriate Cisco Brewery Whales Tale Pale ale to enjoy for our ride out to sea. About one hour into the trip we arrived at the perfect spot to see some whales. I had heard it might be likely we would not see one so I was extremely excited at my first sighting.  Three whales even swam right under us and came out the other side. I had never seen anything like it. I was now really starting to appreciate the fact I was witnessing an endangered species in their own natural habitat. At the end our host of the trip told the group we had seen around 30 whales!

Why Provincetown?

The Perks of this day trip to Provincetown included great food, art and picturesque shops, and most of all the amazing whales we saw. Below are some pictures from our trip.

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Incredible!

Photo Credit : Stephen Atkinson

Barnstable County Fair on Cape Cod

July 22, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Blog by Lauren LaScalia (sous-chef at Captain’s Manor Inn)

It’s that time again, your Barnstable County Fair on Cape Cod has come to town!

Every July at the Cape Cod Fair grounds vendors of all sorts pile onto the grounds ready to set up shop for the week. The Barnstable county fair is always fun for all ages. With plenty of rides, games, music, and even a demolition derby, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Demolition derby underway

Demolition derby underway

The Demolition Derby

 

Being a newbie to the county fair scene, I could not wait to go on Derby night to watch all the car commotion. Personally, I couldn’t believe this type of activity was even safety approved, but it sure was fun to watch ! All different types of beat up cars with special numbers on them were in a serious fight and the crowd was loving it. We skipped out early from the derby to avoid the crowds and made our way to some rides.

 

 

Rides for the Adventurous

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A swinging good time.

I cannot lie and say I am a huge fan of amusement rides, however I will support the people I am at the fair with and watch them have fun ! We walked

around to all the different types and ended on one I will gladly participate in, the Ferris Wheel. We hopped into our four seater and up we went. It was amazing to check out the fair scene from that high. You can really get a good picture of how big of an event this really is from the top of the Ferris Wheel. After everyone had their ride fun it was time for my favorite part, the classic fair food !

 

 Classic County Fair Food

With so many options for food, I was overwhelmed. Did I want a blooming onion, corn dog, cotton candy? I had heard a lot about and was told I must try a very special food vendor called “Steak on a Stick. We circled the Fair grounds twice looking for it, but with no luck! They must have taken the year off. We ultimately settled on a blooming onion and a corn dog from the neighboring stand. It was just as delicious as I imagined. I realized while I was eating, the main reason I wanted to come to the fair was for the food.

Falling right in the middle of summertime, the Barnstable County Fair is always great fun for you to enjoy with friends or family. You need to know that although the Fair might cause traffic around the area, it is definitely worth the adventure. For the kids there are plenty of age appropriate activities. Some of the children friendly activities are a petting zoo, horseback riding, and fair games. Not to worry..for adults there is the Demolition Derby, live music. Take note that for the first time ever this year they will be selling beer. You can enjoy the fair over the weekend from 12 pm – 10 pm and 12pm- 9pm on Sunday, don’t miss out on this classic Cape Cod event ! You can see a schedule of events at the fair here. Also below are some pictures from our time at the fair.

Photo Credit: Stephen Atkinson

 

Beach Like a Local

July 19, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Beach like a local when you’re on Cape Cod!

Falmouth is home to over 60 miles of coast. That’s a lot of beach! In the summer, most of these miles are filled with sun seekers looking for a classic Cape Cod experience. Well we’re going to let you in on something. There are actually two classic Cape Cod experiences. One, of course, is to pack up the car, head out early, find sticker parking and wade through the crowds in the sand. And there is nothing wrong with this option… however… sometimes (namely in high tourist season) many Cape Codders prefer the eliteness of the elusive “Secret Cape Cod Beach.”

There are many secret beaches on Cape Cod. In fact, there are many secret beaches right here in Falmouth! So we don’t lose our good standing in the local community we will only divulge a few. BUT, if you come and stay with us… we just may be willing to share a few more. So long as you promise not to tell 🙂

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Photo Credit: buzzards bay.org

Great Sippewissett Marsh Beach

Don’t let the name fool you. Yes this beach abuts a march (which is absolutely gorgeous). When your back is to the marsh, it looks like a Grecian island. This beach has the best of everything. You can set up camp in front of the rolling waves. Or you can elect to treck around the protected peninsula and cross the stream where the marsh meets the canal. The unique landscape creates your very own lazy river that empties into the sea, It’s truly a sight to behold. You could spend all day bopping from biome to biome all within one spot. Bring your floats, and let the ocean river carry you to relaxation, You may be wondering how to get there… it’s tricky but that is by design, First step – ditch the vehicle and grab your bike! After all, is there anything more Cape Cod than biking to a beach? Take the Shining Sea Bike Path to Chapoquoit Road in Falmouth. Now take one quick left hand turn and you’ll find yourself on a dirt path to paradise. Simply ride your bike down the path until it opens up onto the marsh. Kick stands down, now head in on foot. Take your time and pick your spot… there’s nothing but beach! Great for: Swimming, floating on a raft, all day picnicking, beach games, cooler friendly.

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The Secret Chappy Beach

Locals and tourists alike love Chappy Beach. BUT, if you truly want to beach like a local, you need to know about the secret Chappy Beach. This one you can drive to if you please, but Shining Sea Bike Path will get you there no problem. Regardless of how you get there, just get there. And when you’re finally facing the wide open ocean and the throngs of people… turn around. Cross the parking lot. Cross the road. You’ll see a small opening in the dunes and the grass. What’s that? It’s a path. Scoot down the path and you’ll be met with your own private beach! This locale is perfect for fishing, lounging, reading, or soaking in the rays. It’s super quiet and a perfect place to take a bottle of wine as the sun comes down and watch the horseshoe crabs and plovers dart about their land. Great for: fishing, lounging reading, evening stroll.

 

 

Waquoit Bay Secret Beach

This is another marsh meets beach gem stone. Except, you can drive here. Just outside waquoitof Falmouth, technically within the confines of Mashpee, you’ll find Waquoit Bay National Estuary which is absolutely gorgeous. Amazing for bird watching, sun bathing, swimming, hiking, watching the sunset and plenty more! After cruising down Will’s Work Rd, the path will turn to a dirt road, so it helps if you have an able vehicle. Drive down until you can’t drive any further and throw it in park. Hop out and melt away into the sounds of the sea shore. You’ll see more birds here than at any other beach on this part of the Cape. It’s amazing! Great for: bird watching, swimming, hiking, watching the sun set, evening stroll, sunrise hike.

BONUS Points Beach:

If you’re looking to go for a beautiful evening walk and perhaps would just like to dip your toes in the water, the Shining Sea Bike Path will have just what you need. If you take it up to mile 7.5, and take a left onto Chase Rd. you’ll see an absolutely iconic view of our little part of the world. You can absolutely hit all of these spots in a day – all but Waquoit are accessible via the bike path. So when you stay with us, we invite you to be a local on your vacation. And here’s how to beach like one!IMG_0201

 

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