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The story of Cape Cod’s Captains’ Mile

March 16th, 2010 by cassels

The section of the Old King’s Highway, which winds its way through the historic village of  Yarmouth Port, has another name dating back decades.Stagecoach

For years locals have referred to this stretch of Route 6A as “Captains’ Mile” due to the large number of historic sea captains houses that line both sides of the road inbetween Willow Street and Union Street. In fact, in 1966 this beautiful district was declared a national historical district. In addition to the 47 sea captains’ homes that are on  the highway, there are a further eight to be found in this charming village, not to mention a number of other historic buildings, including our inn which was the Sears Hotel in the early 19th century.

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A Cape Cod Lighthouse Extravaganza

March 11th, 2010 by cassels

little lighthouse During the last 300 years there have been 3,000 or more shipwrecks in Cape Cod’s waters, the majority of which were between Chatham and Provincetown. The advent of lighthouses, some twenty or so on Cape Cod’s shoreline in the last 200 years, went a long way to safely guide vessels through these treacherous waters. Seven lighthouses still operate, while several others, now decommissioned, can also be found. The 1914 opening of the Cape Cod Canal was also a significant factor in the decline of the number of shipwrecks.

Here are nine of the most well known lighthouses to choose from to go and see, or indeed you could plan a day out to see all of these. Be warned that there is a lot of healthy exercise involved, so you may decide to target half this number.

Start perhaps with the most northerly, which is Race Point Light, you’ll need a stout pair of sneakers as you have to leave your car and walk the last 2 miles along the beach. The lighthouse was first erected in 1816. Nevertheless more than 100 ships were wrecked in this area between then and 1949. You can stay overnight at this one, but you will need to make a reservation well in advance.

There are two other” twin lights” around Provincetown, Wood End erected in 1873 and Long Point 1823, both guarding the entrance to the harbour. The former is now solar powered. Both are a walk along the breakwater, there is a summer boat service to Long Point from MacMillan Wharf.

Back on Route 6 again travelling south a matter of minutes, turn onto Highland Road and follow this to the end , then right onto Lighthouse Road. Highland was the first lighthouse to be built on Cape Cod in 1798, but the present lighthouse was erected in 1857 and moved inland in1996.

Probably by now you are feeling like a bite to eat after such an energetic morning - I did warn you – but you can relax now with a beautiful view over Wellfleet Bay while you tuck into a dozen oysters freshly gathered from those famous oyster beds 200 yards from your table. The Bookstore Restaurant is well known by locals and regular visitors to the Cape for its seafood and magnificent view. So it’s here that you can contemplate the adventures of the afternoon and soak up that New England feeling of tranquility. After lunch, allow yourself some time to visit the many art galleries in charming little Wellfleet village – you can almost at will switch back and forth from serene calm one moment to yet another discovery the next; this is one reason that I believe makes Cape Cod such a great tourist destination.

If you can face another five lighthouses, Route 6 will take you onto Eastham’s Nauset Light, whose original structure was built in 1838. The current tower was moved to here from Chatham in 1923. From the parking lot you can take a short walk along Cable Road to the Three Sisters, towers that were constructed in 1892 and replaced in 1923 by the current Nauset Light.

Our remaining three lighthouses are all in Chatham at the end of the scenic part of Route 28 which hugs the coastline between Orleans and Chatham. There are some spectacular views along the way. Chatham Light is on Shore Road at the end of Main Street and was built in 1877, however the first structure pre-dated this by 69 years. There are tours available inside the lighthouse during the summer months.

The Monomoy Point Light is only accessible by boat. The original tower, built in 1823, was rebuilt in 1849 and finally decommissioned in 1923 before it became part of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Overnight stays are available at the lighthouse keeper’s house.

The last of our nine, if you are still in the hunt that is, is Stage Harbor Light, which requires a mile walk along the beach from the Harding Beach parking lot. This was the last lighthouse to be built on the Cape and was closed in 1933 to later become a private residence.

Well it has been another day on the Cape to remember, but it has not quite finished yet. There is maybe time to see the sun go down at a wonderful restaurant with a view ( believe it or not there are not very many ). The Ocean House, yes that’s the one that your ever attentive innkeeper made you a reservation for the previous day – you sure won’t get a table without one  – and it will make the evening one to remember.

We always appreciate feedback from our guests during breakfast , on their previous day’s exploits, when we continue to help them with their plans. There is a good amount of information on our website to help visitors understand the enormity of what there is to do and see on Cape Cod, before they arrive. Sometimes we put together daily itineraries for our guests’ entire stay – and nothing gives us more pleasure!

John F. Kennedy Memorial in Hyannis

July 15th, 2009 by cassels

Tucked away by the beach across the Cape from us is the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

Remembering the nation’s 34th president and a former Hyannis Port local, this contemplative site pays tribute to the man who created “Camelot”.

Many come to this park to gain introspective on John F. Kennedy and the loss of his transforming character. The Memorial features a stone wall set with a medallion of his likeness and a pool with a fountain. Hyannis is about 5 miles across the Peninsula from our Bed and Breakfast in Cape Cod.

The Memorial park also looks out on Lewis Bay and the ocean where John F. Kennedy spent so many happy moments with family and friends.

Photo By T.S. Custadio

Photo By T.S. Custadio

The Kennedy Memorial is right next to the beach, and can be a cool place to relax after sunbathing or lots of activity. Right next to this park is a Korean War Memorial. These parks are a great place for a shady picnic, or if you are traveling with Grandma & Grandpa, they might enjoy relaxing on park benches under the trees or on the lush lawns in this park in Hyannis.

There is also a JFK Museum in Hyannis, for any of our Bed and Breakfast Cape Cod guests who are history buffs.

Sea-captain’s home & museum re-opens close to historic B & B inn

June 11th, 2009 by cassels

It’s spring again, and this brings the opening of Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum for the season. There are 48 historic sea captain’s homes within a mile of the Inn at Cape Cod, but this is the only one on Cape Cod regularly open to visitors. It provides an intimate glance into nineteenth century family life, and the parlors are arranged as if the captain was just returning from his voyage to China. His gifts of silk fabric, toys, porcelain, lacquered pieces and tea are on display, as well as costumes from the period. The museum is a gentle few minutes stroll from the Inn at Cape Cod, and along the way you can enjoy the wonderful Olde Kings Highway, which is classed as one of North America’s ten most scenic byways.

Five minutes walk from the Inn at Cape Cod – The Edward Gorey House

March 30th, 2009 by cassels

A truly prodigious and original artist, Edward Gorey (1925-2000) lived in an historic house in Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port. He gave to the world over 100 works, and you can visit his home, which is a lovely stroll from the Inn, to see his wonderful, quirky, and sometimes dark artworks and writings. His illustrations were published in The New Yorker, The New York Times and in books by a wide array of authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear. The museum is planning a new exhibit for 2009 called “Celebrate Gorey’s Creatures - Real and Imagined”, which will run from April 16th to December. His many animal caracatures challenge and delight the mind, and a visit to this wonderful home should not be missed.

Cape Cod History

December 15th, 2008 by cassels

Cape Cod, or simply “The Cape” as it is known to most New Englanders, is a small peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. It is the Easternmost portion of Massachusetts. Cape Cod’s small town charm and beautiful beaches make it a destination location, especially during summer months.

But how much more do you know about Cape Cod? We thought we would give you a little background information on the alluring Cape Cod area!

 

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