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Falmouth Village Blooming

March 13, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Falmouth Village Blooming is an experience you don’t want to miss! From April 30th-May 9th, Falmouth Village welcomes warmer weather with spring time activities galore! After a long, cold winter, the town of Falmouth is more than excited to shift gears and start preparing for all of the wonderful things that come with spring. Village businesses band together to congratulate everyone on making it through another winter with events, restaurant specials, and retail discounts.

An example of a Flower Power Special would be Cupcake Charlies offering a free cupcake with every 3 purchase and a Blooming Bargain example is 20% off jewelry at the Celebrations store during Falmouth Village Blooming.

Saturday, April 30th will kick off Falmouth Village Blooming and village shops will display their “May Baskets” on the sidewalk in front of their store. We’ve had some exceptionally creative displays in the past. Here are a few that stood out to us:

Like this one from Bear in Boots Gastropub, a restaurant specializing in homemade comfort food from around the world. Their basket contained delicious herbs and wine corks, two of the things that make a night at Bear and Boots deliciously memorable:bb

 

Here’s the submission from Pink Polka Dot, winner of most original basket. It’s no surprise that Jen incorporated beautiful paper flowers as this shop offers a large selection of artisan greeting cards, distinctive paper goods and unique gifts.

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There was no way we were missing out on the fun! Our basket included two harbingers of spring perched atop greenery and fresh flowers. We loved watching passerby stop to take a photo with our display.

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The most fun part about the May baskets? You get to decide the winner! Vote by liking, sharing, or commenting on the photo of the basket that you think is the best, and on May 8th, all of the votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced May 9th. Strolling around the village looking at all of the beautiful baskets is one of our favorite parts of the spring here in Falmouth!

Highfield Hall and Gardens celebrates its welcome back weekend with an open house full of amazing events. Take a tour of the Ice House, built next to the kitchen garden where the Beebe family used to store their food, and serve chilled drinks and ice cream. What an appropriate tour to take to hhwelcome the warm weather! Tour the outdoor estate and learn about the property as well as the history – the team and Highfield will transport you back in time with their recount of what life was like during the 1870’s when the property was commissioned to be built. Robert Wyatt will play his favorite songs of spring after the artists reception which will feature ‘The Language of Flowers’ by Heather Blume. What May Day festivities would be complete without a May pole celebration? Not this one! Take part in the tradition of dancing around the May pole to usher in the new season. This year, for the first time ever, the groundskeeping crew at Highfield will get a little help – from goats! The adorable farm animals will munch on invasive plants and poison ivy, providing a natural, symbiotic solution to unwelcome plant life! Goatscaping will take place all day on May 1st.

ajIn the mood for a margarita? Anjo’s Mexican Bistro livens up Main Street every Cinco de Mayo with an unforgettable fiesta outdoors. They close down the street next to the restaurant to accommodate live music, an outdoor bar, and of course – delicious food! In addition to $5 margaritas, Mexican style beers and burritos, the crew at Anejo’s will be offering prizes and giveaways all day long. This is one of Falmouth’s favorite festivities, and you’re officially invited!

Every year during Falmouth Village Blooming, the Falmouth beautification council hosts its annual plant sale on the green. This is a great opportunity to get supplies for window baskets, outdoor gardens and indoor arrangements. Take a bit of spring home with you as a souvenir!

From April 30th-May 9th you can enjoy bloomin’ bargains at local retail shops and flower power specials inspired by the spring at village restaurants. The best part about the celebration? It’s all taking place steps away from your room at The Captain’s Manor Inn. Once you arrive, you can leave your car keys in your room for the duration of your stay. All of the participating restaurants and shops are right down the street. We’d love for you to enjoy this year’s Falmouth Village Blooming at The Captain’s Manor Inn.

 

Top 10 Cultural Hotels in Cape Cod

January 21, 2016 by Trish Robinson

 

The Captain's Manor Inn is a Top Ten Cultural Hotel in Cape Cod

The Captain’s Manor Inn

 

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.

Japanese Art Show on Cape Cod

January 13, 2016 by Trish Robinson

This summer, a renowned Japanese art show will exhibit on Cape Cod and we could not be more excited. Kanreki: A 60 Year Journey will be the 60th anniversary installment of the College of Women’s Association of Japan’s Print Show of 120_fukita-Web1-250x361Contemporary Japanese Prints. Highfield Hall & Gardens will display over 200 contemporary Japanese prints by established and emerging artists. All of the beautiful prints that will be displayed have been hand selected by international printmaking experts in Japan. The works feature many ancient Japanese print making techniques like woodblock, intaglio, lithography, etching, aquatint, silkscreen and more. Highfield Hall’s Director, Peter Franklin, had the honor of traveling to Japan and meeting Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress MIchiko while attending opening night of the exhibit in Tokyo.

It’s truly an honor to have such a renowned cultural event happen right in the town of Falmouth. T104_amano-WEB1-250x175he show debuted in Tokyo, and this year Highfield Hall & Gardens is the exclusive U.S. venue! Come enjoy a piece of ancient history in one of the most beautiful locations on the Cape. Proceeds from print sales will support Highfield Hall’s programs as well as the CWAJ scholarship fund. Individuals who are interested in purchasing prints from the exhibition may contact Annie Dean from Highfield Hall.

The show will be running from June 26 – September 14 and there will be an open reception on Sunday, June 26 from 1pm-3pm. As mentioned earlier,her Imperial Majesty, the Empress Michiko attended opening night of the exhibit in Tokyo, and the town is already buzzing about who may show up come June. You don’t want to miss this very special Japanese art show on Cape Cod!

June 26 – September 14  2016

A new update is that highlights from the exhibition will remain on display through October 31, 2016

Sunday Estate Walks

October 18, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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Sunday Estate Walks around the Bebe Woods at Highfield Hall take place on the first and third Sunday through October. Listen to docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion Tanglewood on their magnificent 700 acre estate. Still today, Beebe Woods hosts an extensive network of walking trails that cover miles of varied terrain. The woods explore ridges and hollows and encircle the picturesque pond know as the “Punch Bowl” that lies deep within the Woods. The trails also connect at the southern end of Beebe Woods to Peterson Farm.

Learn about the role the Beebe family played in the history of the town of Falmouth, and how their land later became Beebe Woods, Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth Academy and so much more.

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings, stretch your legs and learn some history about the legacy of the Bebe family at their renowned Sunday estate walks.

$5 suggested donation.

 

 

 

Sunday Estate Walks

September 20, 2015 by Trish Robinson

Sunday Estate Walks BeebeWoods-Trail-Map

Sunday Estate Walks around the Bebe Woods at Highfield Hall take place on the first and third Sunday through October. Listen to docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion Tanglewood on their magnificent 700 acre estate. Still today, Beebe Woods hosts an extensive network of walking trails that cover miles of varied terrain. The woods explore ridges and hollows and encircle the picturesque pond know as the “Punch Bowl” that lies deep within the Woods. The trails also connect at the southern end of Beebe Woods to Peterson Farm.

Learn about the role the Beebe family played in the history of the town of Falmouth, and how their land later became Beebe Woods, Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth Academy and so much more.

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings, stretch your legs and learn some history about the legacy of the Bebe family at their renowned Sunday estate walks.

$5 suggested donation.

 

 

 

Fall in Love with the Cape

August 25, 2015 by Trish Robinson

th9Fall in love with the Cape this autumn and experience all of the wonderful seasonal activities this vacation destination has to offer. After the hot days of summer fade into the cool crisp days of fall, a new kind of beauty emerges on the oceanfront landscape. Where there were once crowds of beach goers, there are now quiet miles of coast – the perfect place for an evening stroll with a warm sweatshirt. Here are our suggestions for making the most of our favorite season on the Cape:

Fall Foliage Tours

Whether you travel by bike, by kayak, or on foot, the bright amber hues simply cannot be missed.

By Bike

th2The Shining Sea Bike Path spans 10.7 miles from North Falmouth to Woods Hole. You will pass through picturesque cranberry bogs,  inlets with amazing wildlife, and beautiful wooded areas all while winding around the Vineyard Sound shoreline. The path ends in Woods Hole, the perfect place to stop and grab some lunch to fuel up for your ride back.

By Kayak

Whether you rent a kayak for a few hours and head out on your own, or sign up for a th3sunset tour – kayaking is one of the best ways to see the hidden inlets and marshes of the Cape. Nothing compares to the serene environment of being out on the water where the only noise audible is the sound your paddle makes as it glides through the water.

On Foot

Cape Cod is home to some of the most beautiful nature walks, and the gorgeous colors of the fall foliage enhance the experience that much more. Beebe Woods at Highfield Hall and Gardens is just one of the many beautiful places to enjoy the fall by foot. Home to the “punch bowl” (a picturesque pond that lies deep within the woods), Beebe Woods has a trail for everyone.

Fall Harvest

Roll up your sleeves and get into the spirit at a local farm this fall and enjoy the beautiful bounty of the season!

Pumpkin Picking

Coonamessett Farm is a 20 acre farming and research enterprise and they invite you t7hto get a day pass to pick your own pumpkin at for only $8!

Apple Picking

Peachtree Circle Farm is run by a husband and wife team and founded in 1990. Spend the day wandering their 7 acre farm and leave with some sweet treats!

Cider Tasting

Falmouth Wine and Sprits hosts fall cider tastings each Saturday afternoon. Sample some new ciders, compare the classics, and enjoy some delicious doughnuts! Feel free to purchase some cider and enjoy it on the veranda back at the inn – Falmouth Wine and Spirits is a short walk away!

Haunted House Tours

Fall simply wouldn’t be complete without a little spookiness!

Barnstable Village Haunted House Tour

Walk the historic Old Kings Highway in Barnstable Village and hear stories of the IMG_0654small quaint town. There are over ten stops and eight ghost stories will be told. You will visit Cobb’s Hill Cemetery where many strange and unusual things have taken place. You’ll visit places like the Barnstable Tavern & Restaurant where a mischievous specter lurks in the dining room. The tour ends in the old jail built in 1690.

Haunted Hayride

Tony Andrews Farm is home to the ‘Harvest of Horrors,’ one of Cape Cod’s most frightful hayrides! Guests first board a tram which brings them to the entrance of the haunted forest where the guests are then split into small groups as they enter. The winding outdoor path is a 1/4 mile long and not for the faint of heart!

However you choose to enjoy the fall season here on the Cape, you will certainly not be at a loss for things to do. Falmouth is centrally located, and offers so much do right here in the village.

 

 

Summer Floral Arranging

August 17, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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Summer floral arranging at Highfield Hall is the perfect event for making the most out of the beautiful late summer floral bounty. Anna Holmes will teach principles and design techniques for successful flower arranging. The most wonderful part of this hands-on class? You’ll leave with a gorgeous arrangement! All materials will be provided, and one-on-one instruction will be given to those who would like it. Learn tips and tricks to help your flower arrangements look fuller and stay fresher longer. Flowers at the end of the summer are bold and vibrantly colored and the arrangement you make at the summer floral arranging class at Highfield Hall will surely be the focal point of any table. Tickets are available at Highfield Hall’s site, and advanced registration is encouraged.

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Sunday Estate Walks

August 16, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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Sunday Estate Walks around the Bebe Woods at Highfield Hall take place on the first and third Sunday through October. Listen to docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion Tanglewood on their magnificent 700 acre estate. Still today, Beebe Woods hosts an extensive network of walking trails that cover miles of varied terrain. The woods explore ridges and hollows and encircle the picturesque pond know as the “Punch Bowl” that lies deep within the Woods. The trails also connect at the southern end of Beebe Woods to Peterson Farm.

Learn about the role the Beebe family played in the history of the town of Falmouth, and how their land later became Beebe Woods, Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth Academy and so much more.

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings, stretch your legs and learn some history about the legacy of the Bebe family at their renowned Sunday estate walks.

$5 suggested donation.

 

 

 

Bluegrass on the Lawn

August 9, 2015 by Trish Robinson

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Chasing Blue

Bluegrass on the lawn celebrates it’s fifth year with this summer’s concert at Highfield Hall. Headline band Chasing Blue is a hot young ensemble from the Berklee College of Music that has become favorites of the national bluegrass circuit. They play a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Back-up band Flatt Rabbit is a perennial Bluegrass on the lawn favorite.  Highfield Hall is only half a mile from the inn, so walk on down with a blanket and enjoy a tasty treats from one of the food vendors on‐hand as well as beer from Cape Cod Beer. Bluegrass on the lawn is Cape Cod’s most popular bluegrass event of the year and promises to be a particularly great show this year!

Admission by free will donation.

Sunday Estate Walks

July 19, 2015 by Trish Robinson

Sunday Estate Walks BeebeWoods-Trail-Map

Sunday Estate Walks around the Bebe Woods at Highfield Hall take place on the first and third Sunday through October. Listen to docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion Tanglewood on their magnificent 700 acre estate. Still today, Beebe Woods hosts an extensive network of walking trails that cover miles of varied terrain. The woods explore ridges and hollows and encircle the picturesque pond know as the “Punch Bowl” that lies deep within the Woods. The trails also connect at the southern end of Beebe Woods to Peterson Farm.

Learn about the role the Beebe family played in the history of the town of Falmouth, and how their land later became Beebe Woods, Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth Academy and so much more.

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings, stretch your legs and learn some history about the legacy of the Bebe family at their renowned Sunday estate walks.

$5 suggested donation.

 

 

 

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