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Drone Adventure on Cape Cod

July 10, 2016 by Trish Robinson

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

cmiWe 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.

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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.

Drone video

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.

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The Knob w noteThe 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.

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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.

 Nobska Lighthouse

Cape Cod Vacation Planning Guide with a cover on the Nobska Lighthouse

Sunset reflection Nobska Lighthouse

Nobka lighthouse on sunny day as featured in top ten cultural hotels in cape cod blogNobska 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.

Drone video

Revisit Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives in Falmouth, Massachusetts

July 5, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Lets revisit Diners, Drive ins, and Dives in Falmouth

It has been just over a year since Guy Fieri hopped in his red Camaro and traveled to Falmouth. Now with the busy summer season kicking off, we suggest a revisit of Diners, Drive ins, and Dives trip to Falmouth, Massachusetts. “Triple D”, as the show is affectionately known is a travel food show. The host is celebrity chef Guy Fieri who travels all over the country to explore the delicious hot spots where the locals go. Last May Falmouth was bussing and excited awaiting Guy’s rumored visit.  Guy and his film crew picked 4 restaurants in Falmouth for his TV show.

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Guy picked one of our favorite lunch spots that we recommend to our guests, The Pickle Jar Kitchen. The PJK is just a couple minute walk down to Falmouth Village from our inn They have been offering breakfast and lunch since 2013 for both the on and off season. If you want breakfast it is important to get their before 11 am when they switch and only offer their equally delicious lunch menu.  Guy focused on the famous fried pickle chips, and the open face BBQ pulled pork on a fresh cheddar scallion scone. Yum ! Just last month two of our guests did a day trip with an overnight stay specifically for the pickle chips!

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The next stop on the Falmouth Food tour was just down the street from Pickle Jar. This second stop is also a breakfast and lunch joint named Parkside Market. Parkside is the sister restaurant to Waterside Market  located across the water on Martha’s Vineyard island. Guy really seemed to love their Tex Mex breakfast plate. The Tex Mex includes 2 eggs over sweet corn cakes, house pico, black bean hummus and avocado. If you are going there for lunch, I suggest you try the highlighted sandwich, the CAB- chicken, avocado, bacon, melted cheddar, and ranch on fresh baked ciabatta bread. To this day I’m still not sure if it is pronounced C-A-B or just the word CAB, but either way it is one of my favorite sandwiches in Falmouth !

Shuckers

photo: Falmouth Fine Properties

photo: Falmouth Fine Properties

For the folks who come to Cape Cod for the Lobster, Guy took Diners, Drive ins, and Dives down the street to Woods Hole. While there they visited a local  favorite, Shuckers World Famous Raw Bar. Owner Kevin Murphy showed Guy how he makes the lobster baked cod entrée. Guy was definitely impressed with the light and fresh taste of the local seafood. In addition, the segment highlighted the experience that comes with lunch or dinner at Shuckers. That experience is enjoying classic Cape Cod Cuisine with views of the water that can’t be beat.

Dana’s Kitchen

Last but not least, Triple D traveled off the beaten path in Falmouth to a local favorite, Dana’s Kitchen. This family run spot offers homemade sweet and savory dishes created by Dana, and her husband Art. Dana and Art met at The Culinary Institute of America. Guy got a taste of two lunch favorites, the Portuguese kale soup and their signature soft shell crab sandwich, he seemed to be very pleased with both !

In recent years, the impact of travel food shows has been huge. These shows give travelers the inside scoop on the food scene of their destination before they even get in a car or on a plane. Cape Cod and more specifically Falmouth is one of the countries most popular summer destinations, so it was only a matter of time before Diners, Drive ins and Dives explored what this town has to offer foodies of all kind! The spotlight Triple D has put on Falmouth has brought guests to town just to try the dishes Guy raved about!

 

Beer Bed and Breakfast Cape Cod

June 17, 2016 by Trish Robinson

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.

Welcome Reception

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

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 restaurant page 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

Blue custom tankard from Captains Manor Inn

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.

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Wine and Music Wednesdays

June 15, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Wine and Music Wednesdays

Jordan_WMWine and Music Wednesdays happen every third Wednesday of the month at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. The first event was held in March of 2010 and it has grown each year in popularity. Held in the gallery, wine and music Wednesdays are an open house from 6pm-7:30pm with wine tasting and live music. Cotuit Center for the Arts was founded in 1993 and has worked since to create a welcoming environment for artists, performers, and audiences to appreciate and partake in the creation of art. The center offers a variety of educational programs, performances and exhibitions.

This is the perfect stop on your way to dinner; have a drink while looking at beautiful art which will make fantastic dinner conversation. Tickets are $10 and available only at the door.

5 Great Hiking Experiences In Upper Cape Cod

June 6, 2016 by Trish Robinson

For many who only know Cape Cod as it relates to sunning on the beach, Cape Cod might not seem like the obvious place for a nature hike, but there are 5 great hiking experiences in upper Cape Cod. Whether you are experienced on the hiking trails or you just want to get some fresh air and a nice walk, there is a trail to meet your needs. Below is information on 5 trails in the upper Cape area rated from under a mile in length to over 3 miles from start to finish.

1. Salt Pond: This trail serves as one of the best places to bird watch in Falmouth. It sits on 35 acres of woods and surrounds the pond itself. As a well maintained, simple trail this is perfect for your afternoon walk. Salt Pond can be accessed right off the shining sea bikeway heading towards Woods Hole. Click here for trail map of Salt Pond.

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Great water views of Salt Pond

2. Spohr Gardens: Spohr Gardens stretches across 6 acres of land located on Oyster Pond. The gardens are open year round with a special focus on springtime when daffodils bloom and attract crowds to come out and celebrate. The winding grassy paths make it a perfect trip for people of all ages to enjoy the beautiful sights and activities Spohr Gardens has to offer. Access is available of off Fells road in Falmouth.

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Anchors at Spohr Garden on Oyster Pond

3.The Knob: Stretching just under one mile to the top, The Knob is a great excursion with an added bonus of spectacular views of Quisset Harbor and Buzzards Bay. As you are walking up to the knob you may stop to swim and enjoy the beach.  Cornelia L. Carey donated 12 acres including the knob to Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries in the early 1970s in the hopes that the public would enjoy the beauty of this nature preserve.The Knob is open to the public from sunrise to sunset and is one of the top spots on the upper cape to view incredible sunsets. Click here for some information and a trail map of The Knob. Also check out the great drone video below done by local Falmouth business Skyflik.

 

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Amazing views at the knob!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.Beebe Woods: Head to Highfield Hall and Gardens and you will find trails with a little more difficulty than the previous three options. Highfield Hall and Gardens is set in Beebe Woods which consists of 383 acres of land that was donated to the town of Falmouth by the Mr. and Mrs. Josiah K. Lilly, III in 1972. This 383 acres is part of an original 700 acres of property owned by the Beebe family. The trails and setting at Beebe Woods are perfect for any individual in need of some fresh air and a good work out. There and back, Beebe woods is just over 3 miles.  Another Bonus of Beebe Woods is the trails that link to Peterson farm, one of the oldest farms on cape cod. To head out into Beebe woods you must keep a special eye on where you are walking due to many irregular hills and pot holes ! To see and or print a copy of the map of trails for Beebe Woods you can click on this link by The 300 Committee which is a private, non-profit land trust working to preserve and protect natural lands in Falmouth, Massachusetts.Other than the beautiful nature the woods possess, the shining star of the area would be the restored mansion Highfield Hall, which is available for tours.

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5. Long Pond: With a total distance of 3.5 miles, Long Pond serves as the most difficult trip of all the trails listed above. To gain access to Long Pond, you may enter by Falmouth High School or Fire tower road, which the trail stretches in between. Once popular with fisherman, unfortunately access to the pond is now off limits. The northern side of this trail consists of many steep slopes keeping walkers, runners, or bikers on their feet! Fun Fact: Long Pond has been the main source of town water since the 1800’s.  Click here for link for trail map of Long Pond

With this small list of great hiking trails on Upper Cape Cod, we hope to motivate you to get out there and enjoy the start of summer for some great exercise and awesome sights.

New Bbq On Cape Cod

June 2, 2016 by Trish Robinson

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Sug’s bbq YUM!

There’s a new bbq on cape cod, located in the waterfront village of Woods Hole, Falmouth. One of the new trends in the culinary  world is the movement of pop up restaurants. Sugs bbq “popped up” when co-founders Nat and Kristan Chalkley brainstormed with Pie in The Sky owner and friend Erik Gura about bringing Nat’s passion for smoking bbq to life. As this exciting new venture for Nat takes off he is serving fresh smoked meats and sides right out of his smoker in the Pie in The Sky courtyard on Saturday and Sunday from 1-8 pm all summer long.

The two shining stars of Sug’s menu are his brisket and pork ribs, both smoked over night. Each week Nat will include an additional special such as smoked chicken leg quarters or pulled pork. The featured sides are also not to be forgotten including potato salad, corn bread, and coleslaw. To add even more to this culinary experience, there will be live music from 4-6pm and feel free to byob while dining in the courtyard. Feeling like a little surf to add to your turf? Pie in The sky also has a pop up oyster bar on the other side courtyard.

Sugs co-founder, Kristan Chalkley has been a Pie in The Sky bakery fixture for 10 years, even before Erik purchased the bakery.  Nat and Erik having been friends for years fueled the ties between Sugs and Pie in The Sky. Nat is a successful fisherman and finally this year decided to put a different passion on the forefront. With the help of his wife Kristan, friends, and family this summer was his time. Follow their summer adventure on Sugs instagram page @sugs_bbq.

Photos Credit: Steve Atkinson

Cape Cod Auto Show at Heritage Museums & Gardens

June 1, 2016 by Trish Robinson

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Picture from15 Auto Show

The Annual Cape Cod Auto Show at Heritage Museum and Gardens will be held on June 11, 2016 from 9 am until 2 pm. Over 100 cars are expected to be showcased at the event.

The cars are of a wide variety to appeal to all and include hot rods, antique cars, classic autos and even custom cars. Many of the cars at this annual event have historically been in pristine condition but there are also those under restoration that are fun to look at. This year there will be a special exhibit area that will showcase cars that were made in Massachusetts and two cars will also be celebrated this year upon reaching milestones. They are the Toronado and the Continental MKII that are celebrating 50 and 60 years respectively.

A parade of cars will take place at 2 pm but prior to that you can stroll to your hearts content staring at 9 am to view the cars that will be staged at Heritage’s Parade Field.

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Our favorite auto/truck !!

Last year we thoroughly enjoyed the show and love having the chance to share pictures from that year as shown below. If you have a chance to go into the “Driven to Collect” auto show indoors at the Heritage Museum and Gardens you will see our favorite auto ——-

Wine and Music Wednesdays

May 18, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Wine and Music Wednesdays

Jordan_WMWine and Music Wednesdays happen every third Wednesday of the month at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. The first event was held in March of 2010 and it has grown each year in popularity. Held in the gallery, wine and music Wednesdays are an open house from 6pm-7:30pm with wine tasting and live music. Cotuit Center for the Arts was founded in 1993 and has worked since to create a welcoming environment for artists, performers, and audiences to appreciate and partake in the creation of art. The center offers a variety of educational programs, performances and exhibitions.

This is the perfect stop on your way to dinner; have a drink while looking at beautiful art which will make fantastic dinner conversation. Tickets are $10 and available only at the door.

6 Key Bloody Mary Bar Ingredients

May 3, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Sharing our 6 Key Bloody Mary Bar Ingredients is our pleasure as we prepare for our new Virgin Mary Breakfast bar debut at The Bloody Mary Bar 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.Muddy Mary Mix as part of 6 key ingredients for Bloody Mary Bar

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.

 

Wine and Music Wednesdays

April 20, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Wine and Music Wednesdays

Jordan_WMWine and Music Wednesdays happen every third Wednesday of the month at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. The first event was held in March of 2010 and it has grown each year in popularity. Held in the gallery, wine and music Wednesdays are an open house from 6pm-7:30pm with wine tasting and live music. Cotuit Center for the Arts was founded in 1993 and has worked since to create a welcoming environment for artists, performers, and audiences to appreciate and partake in the creation of art. The center offers a variety of educational programs, performances and exhibitions.

This is the perfect stop on your way to dinner; have a drink while looking at beautiful art which will make fantastic dinner conversation. Tickets are $10 and available only at the door.

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