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Cape Cod Seafood Cafe In Dream Waterside Location

August 29th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Killer SeagullIf you really want to experience Cape Cod casual seafood dining at it’s best, it is probably time to place your order at Sesuit Harbor Cafe. There seems to be a general consensus among local people we know, that there can be no better lobster roll on Cape Cod, and such a generous serving as well.

With SHC hard to find, hidden behind a boat yard, you would be forgiven for thinking that the proprietor wants to keep this wonderful cafe a secret! Word of mouth is probably it’s best marketing tool and it is of course well known and cherished by locals including ourselves.

There is a raw bar, and as well as lunch and dinner, breakfast is also served. You can bring wine or beer to enjoy with your meal as SHC has a BYO licence. The freshness of the seafood cannot be beaten. The cafe’s picturesque location can be enjoyed as you tuck into your fried clams. It is a bustling harbor with pleasure boats coming and going – the salt air mixed with the slight smell of diesel remind me of childhood vacations spent in Cornwall, England.

Ahhh, it’s summertime on Cape Cod again. Sesuit Harbor Cafe epitomises so much of what is good about outdoor living in New England. The good news for our guests is that the Cafe is a beautiful 10 minutes drive away – we hand them the printed directions so they don’t get lost! On their return we suggest they might like to stop off at Smuggler’s for some great home-made ice cream.


Spring Is Here On Cape Cod: Makes You Dream Of Days to Come

March 5th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

road_trip-9687.jpgSimian HWC#0453 Cape Cod HumpbackCape Cod sunsetWe just drove home along the beautiful historic Route 6a, and saw the first signs of spring: daffs popping up and carpets of  lilac colored lawns changed from green. It made us think of the days and months ahead when the weather becomes warm and conducive to outdoor living. We spend as much time as we possibly can by the ocean, with friends or just the two of us, eating lobster rolls from Sesuit Harbor Cafe or cones of home-made ice cream from Smugglers in Dennis. We just can’t wait for those heady days to come by once again. In the meantime, here are some photos to make you think of Cape Cod in the summer. Hope to see you soon! In the meantime, perhaps we can tempt you further with our “Spring Fling” package.

Cape Cod’s IFAW comes to the rescue again

February 26th, 2011 by cassels

We are so privileged to live and operate our inn on the same street as probably the world’s leading animal welfare organisation, IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). So it is with great interest that we read last week of another wonderful rescue, here on Cape Cod. A harbor porpoise became stranded in Wellfleet, in fact it was the third such stranding in just a week. IFAW staff were alerted to the stranding of a female juvenile harbor porpoise at 8.30 am Thursday last week. They, along with dedicated volunteers, took the creature to IFAW’s mobile clinic (a truck!) where she underwent a careful and thorough examination including blood work to establish her health levels. Thankfully, she was in very good shape was therefore a great candidate to be returned to her natural environment.

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Support Cape Cod’s Cape Abilities 5K charity walk on May 15th

May 8th, 2010 by cassels

Farm Fresh Bounty on Cape Cod

Farm Fresh on Cape Cod

We were recently introduced to the wonderful Cape Abilities Farm, which is located just a few minutes from our inn along Route 6A, in Dennis. The farm is part of  the non-profit organization Cape Abilities, which began life back in 1968 in the town of Orleans. Today there are several arms of the organization, including a consignment and thrift shop in Barnstable Village, also just a short drive from us. The main objective of Cape Abilities is to help provide jobs, homes and other services to Cape Codders with disabilities, and their mantra is “We believe that each person has capabilities, not disabilities”. The farm itself employs 80 people with disabilities, who work in all aspects of farm management. Traditional and hydroponic methods are used to grow vegetables and flowers, and the farm is open to the public daily between 10 am and 6 pm.

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Cape Cod’s stagecoach history and how our inn played its part.

May 3rd, 2010 by cassels

Cape Cod’s Kings Highway, now Route 6A, meanders it’s way for some thirty miles through several beautiful villages, which were all settled during the seventeenth century. Our charming village of Yarmouth Port is situated on Cape Cod Bay about halfway along this tranquil and leafy historic district. Visitors who choose to spend time here, are often surprised by how much there is to explore on foot during their stay, and particularly the rich history of the village, which is so very much in evidence.

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The A to Z of Cape Cod ice cream parlours

April 24th, 2010 by cassels

lick fast Strawberry Sundae No summer trip to Cape Cod is complete without a visit or two to one or more of the local ice cream shops that make their own ice cream. There is no shortage of choice, and a lot of people develop a taste for one shop in particular, ourselves included. We are delighted to see that Smugglers on Main Street in Dennis has re-opened for the 2010 season – we’ll stop by whenever we get the opportunity in the coming weeks, and last summer we often found that their wonderful ice cream made a great dessert after a lobster roll at the Sesuit Harbor Cafe. Both are so conveniently located within a ten minutes scenic drive from our Yarmouth Port Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Despite Smugglers being our favourite source of ice cream, we now and then try somewhere else in another area of the Cape, and have rarely been disappointed. For example, you cannot talk about ice cream without mentioning the very popular Four Seas in Centerville or Dennisport’s Sundae School. In both cases, expect to wait in line out the door on those hot summer days in July and August, but it will be worth it – my favourite flavors at Sundae School are the banana (made with real bananas) and the Bass River Mud : coffee, roasted almonds, choc. chip with fudge stripe……..just scrummy !

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Cape Cod innkeepers have some springtime fun to expand their Concierge Service

April 16th, 2010 by cassels

P1040261.JPG The glorious spring weather continues unabated, with many people predicting that this will be followed by a long hot summer. Our recent guests have been enjoying the sunshine, so we decided to start making the most of the weather ourselves, seizing the opportunity to explore more of Cape Cod and the Islands in the coming weeks before the summer season is in full swing. As always, we shall pass all our discoveries onto our lucky visitors!

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Pain d’Avignon in Hyannis, Cape Cod, not just Vaucluse!

April 9th, 2010 by cassels

Close-up of pastries, with friend Today as the temperature hit the mid seventies, we were looking for a late lunch and somewhere to sit outside in the sunshine that was not going to take too long. We had been running a few errands in downtown Hyannis and only had time to grab a quick bite. Helen suggested we might find what we were looking for at the bakery cafe/restaurant Pain d’Avignon. Over the last few months we had heard several very favorable reports from people we know, who had dined at this restaurant, so we wanted to take a look for ourselves. Pain d’ Avignon, as you will probably guess from the name, is a very successful “traditional French bakery”, and for all our years living in the south of France we can certainly vouch for its authenticity.

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Enjoy your Cape Cod spring fling and stay at our luxury B & B Inn

April 7th, 2010 by cassels

2006-04-29 05-01 Bodensee 267 Birnau What a week we have had here on Cape Cod. Temperatures have been climbing with these last few days of sunshine and we all seem to be taking advantage of  it. The question is are you? There is no better time to visit Cape Cod than at this time of year, and particularly in beautiful Yarmouth Port. The next ten weeks or so see everything coming into bloom.

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Cape Cod beaches:Cape Cod Bay reminds us of the Med.

March 26th, 2010 by cassels

No we are not kidding. Summer days on Cape Cod BayisraelER_0809_0350  can often give us the feeling that we are back in Mediteranean Europe, where we spent so many years before coming to the U.S.A. We look at the wonderful beaches that we and our guests can enjoy, there are six or seven Bay side within ten minutes of our inn, not to mention the same number again on the southern coastline within twenty minutes of our Summer Street tranquil retreat. We believe that Cape Cod Bay beaches seriously rival most Mediteranean beaches, and they are for the most part considerably less busy (photo shown is the Med, just in case you thought it was the Cape).

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Close to the tee, and back in time for tea on Cape Cod Bay

March 20th, 2010 by cassels

Joe Kirkwood (1897-1970) First-time visitors to Cape Cod are often surprised at how many good golf courses there are to play, in fact it is second to Myrtle Beach as a golfing destination. The Cape and islands offer such a weaith of history, culture and outdoor activities, not to mention the miles of white sandy beaches, that it is hard to resist for golfers looking for a vacation beyond the miles of fairways!

You will be close to one or more courses wherever you stay on Cape Cod, however if you are a serious golfer you will doubtless wish to do your own research on the various courses or you may wish to use the detailed information including maps, on our own website, whether you choose to stay with us or not.

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Cape Cod’s museums not just for rainy days?

March 18th, 2010 by cassels

DSC_0642 The average visitor to Cape Cod in the shoulder season will be likely to take in at least one museum during his or her stay. Even weekenders often find the time, and are well rewarded from what we hear of their experiences. It is perhaps  fair to say that the summer months do not drive as many tourists towards the museums as they should – with the warm weather come the many outdoor attractions that visitors to the Cape have to choose from.

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