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Wellfleet Cape Cod, overlooked by tourists heading to Ptown

July 30th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

Wellfleet, a cape cod day tripWellfleet is just 40 minutes from our Inn and is indeed a part of the Cape that the average visitor has heard little about. The “must see” places are consistently Provincetown and Marthas Vineyard. If our guests have heard of anywhere, it will more often than not be these two destinations. Some people will tell you as they check in early evening, that they have just “done Provincetown”. We invariably ask them what they saw on the way up or back. “Why? Is there much to see?” they continue. Anyone who knows Cape Cod or lives here will be able to rattle off a list of places, and not just The National Seashore.

Charming and beautiful, Wellfleet is my favorite place on The Cape. Yes, the unthinkable, I prefer it to Chatham! It has all the ingredients I need for a memorable day trip, a wealth of diversity in the things to do and see. Wellfleet stands in its own right as an exceptional destination – it is not just a place to stop at en route to Ptown.

So what is so compelling about this New England village. Where do I start. Well seeing that we are in the midst of the beach season, Mayo Beach, a ten minute walk from the gorgeous village, is simply stunning. Having lived for many years near The Med and explored the coastline from Malaga in southern Spain to Reggio di Calabria on Italy’s toe, our feel for Mayo is that it reminds us of  a good Mediterranean beach – the clear blue water gently lapping the shore is also a factor. It is a long beach, good for a jog or a stroll to work up an appetite. Talking of which, you can have lunch on the upper deck of The Bookstore Restaurant, and see for yourself why this unpretentious café with stunning vistas across the beach and the bay beyond, has such a formidable reputation for great, affordable and fresh seafood. Try the lobster roll or perhaps fried clams. The famous Wellfleet oyster beds are barely 100 yards away and oysters are freshly shucked minutes before you are sampling them.

We always take a look at some of the many art exhibitions in Wellfleet. Believe it or not, this little spot has more art galleries than anywhere else on Cape Cod. Then we just have time to find an ice cream before setting off to walk the Great Island Trail, a half mile west of the village. Now this trail is not to be missed and it is worth the effort to get out to Jeremy Point. You can stop and relax on one of the beaches and take care not to step on Fiddler Crabs.

Still on the Bay, if you come south a little on Route 6, you will find Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. There are trails to follow, the heath land , barrier beach, salt marsh and woodland supports a wide variety of wildlife including song and shore birds. The nature centre has been ecologically designed and is a good example of modern green architecture. This is a beautiful adventure.wellfleet cape cod

No day trip to Wellfleet is complete without a visit to Marconi Beach on the eastern coastline known as The National Seashore. There you canrest a while on the cliff top and wonder at the enormous horizon, see a seal or two and maybe a whale or shark. Fix your eye upon a mark approximately 500 yards out into open water. This is where the Pirate ship, The Whydah, sank with 143 hands in 1717. Captain Black Sam Bellamy, who had captured the former slave galley from the British, also perished. He was on the way to Provincetown to see his wench, or so the story goes. Anyway, that was not the last that was heard of The Whidah. 267 years later in 1984, the wreck of The Whydah was found in just 14 feet of water and beneath 5 feet of sand, and yes just 500 yards from the beach. This remains the largest haul of treasure ever discovered in US coastal waters, 4.7 tons of gold and silver amongst priceless artifacts.

Well that has been a hugely enjoyable day and we have quite an appetite. Where better to stop for great food and a bistro like ambience, than PB Boulangerie, which is also in Wellfleet, and this will be a perfect end to our day. Not quite. Exclusively for our guests  when they return to the Inn, are the candle-lit areas outside, including the front veranda between the soaring columns of this magnificent building. Here they can relax on balmy summer evenings over a night cap, reflect upon the day’s discoveries and plan tomorrow’s adventures. See you in the morning at breakfast.



Upscale Cape Cod hotels in a near perfect paradise

July 26th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

upscale cape cod hotels

Paradise with 360 degree ocean view, but no restaurants

Upscale Cape Cod hotels in a near perfect paradise,  can really be found on the Cape, if you are prepared to pay the room prices they charge. These large hotels/resorts can probably be counted on two hands with a finger or two to spare. We are great admirers of both The Wequasset Resort on Pleasant Bay and Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham. We like to dine at both of these from time to time, and Christmas Day lunch at Chatham Bars is a most enjoyable affair – we go every year! And of course 28, Atlantic at The Wequasset  is one of the very best restaurants with a beautiful setting. In our opinion highly recommended.

What are these two fine resorts like to stay at I wonder? Well I would imagine that they would both be fantastic in most respects. Do not be put off by the sight of one or two 1 and 2 star reviews. The better and more upscale the property, the more you are likely to see spiteful reviews  from a tiny number of travelers who like nothing better than to snipe away at honest, well earned reputations over nothing at all. “We even had to pay for a bottle of water” they say. Make no mistake, these are fabulous places to stay and even better when you can splash out on an ocean view suite…. and of course the normal rationale applies, that generally guests that are accustomed to this level of accommodation, do not blink at having to pay for everything including spring water, in hotels across the world.

The perception of value for money is an interesting one that may vary from one individual to another. When you make that evaluation, you might

consider location, view, amenities, pool, breakfast, restaurants, service, concierge, relaxation and so on. I personally could not stay at either of these two aforementioned  great resorts without choosing a room with an ocean view. So in a way I would be prepared to pay a premium for that privilege and consider it value for money.

However when it comes down to it, we like the vast majority of upscale Cape Cod hotels and inns, do not have ocean views – the views of Cape Cod Bay that our Inn originally had for its first 135 years, disappeared gradually around the 1950s when the trees between the Inn and the bay had grown high enough to obscure the view (according to our neighbor). It is genuinely difficult to think of any historic buildings on the water on Cape Cod. We do not have a pool either. However we like other upscale Cape Cod hotels and inns, offer striking value for money with our location, cuisine, personal service, bespoke concierge, proximity to several fine restaurants, tranquility and quality of life. It is difficult for a large resort to provide that personal touch we pride ourselves on, or the same attention to detail that we can. We and our staff will quite simply pamper our guests, from the moment they arrive, but only those  who want to be pampered I hasten to add.

So we would like to believe that we offer tremendous value for money, not “bang for the buck” though. There is a subtle difference. We should very much like to have the opportunity to prove it to you. We are confident that The Inn At Cape Cod experience will more than compensate for the absence of that ocean view. We have our very own slice of paradise to share with you. In the meantime I shall have to stop thinking about those wonderful rooms and suites at The Wequasset with gorgeous bay views, so stunning.


Cape Cod Boutique Hotel; Try our whale package

July 21st, 2013 by Mike Cassels


Our Cape Cod Boutique Hotel is very close to each fun element of our current whale-watching package. Perhaps that is part of the reason we are selling so many this year. The feedback has been positive from our guests. The three main elements they seem to more or less agree upon are the awesome spectacle of seeing whales up close in their natural habitat, the Nantucket Whaling Museum and the role whaling played in the region’s economy. The third element they say, was the most moving. The three day experience made them appreciate the dangers that the global whale population is now facing and the work that goes on behind the scenes to preserve these magnificent creatures and their habitat. They have all had great fun following our “Tale of the Whale Trail” package, which we run from May 1st through to mid October. And incidentally, we donate $25 directly to IFAW for every package sold. Why? You will know the answer to that by the end of your wonderful four days out front with whales.

The 4 day package includes:

– Two tickets for the Hyannis Whale Watcher 4 hour excursion with commentary

cape cod boutique hotel whale package.

Tale of the Whale Tail

– Two round trip tickets on Steamship Authority’s fast ferry to Nantucket

– Two admissions to The Nantucket Whaling Museum

– A copy of “Field Guide to Whales, Porpoises and Seals From Cape Cod to Newfoundland”

– Dinner for two at the fabulous Mattakeese Wharf Restaurant

– A mystery gift from IFAW, and for those who would like to, a visit to IFAW’s International Headquarters, whose totally green concept building is awesome in itself.

The package price in luxury accommodation starts from $1129 thro $1550. A 4 course breakfast for two each morning, afternoon home baking, 24/7 refreshments, unlimited concierge, secure wifi, private parking etc. are all included.

Guests have enough free time to explore some of Cape Cod’s delights, such as the beautiful rugged National Seashore, where there is always a chance you may see a whale or two, seals, dolphins or sharks, from any of the more northern beaches.

Once you have relaxed a little in the luxurious surroundings of our Cape Cod Boutique Hotel, back in the tranquil historic district every evening, you can stroll effortlessly to your dinner table at any of the 3 great restaurants we have in Yarmouth Port. You may however prefer the village pub, The Black Sheep, which has a friendly casual ambience with great food………. I guess you are spoilt for choice. What could be better after another memorable day following The Whale Trail!

This package will not involve any rushing around or stress for you. The Inn is no more than 10 to 15 minutes from the whale watching, the fast ferry to Nantucket, Mattakeese Wharf, IFAW etc. The National Seashore is 25 scenic minutes away. Why not come and see for yourself.

Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket day trips from Cape Cod

July 18th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket day trips from The Inn

Nantucket: National Geographic’s Most beautiful island

Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket day trips from Cape Cod, require a little thought before you will be ready to make up your mind on which options to choose, but they are by far the most popular way to see both Islands. During the peak season, there is a ferry that will run you across to both Islands in the same day, but you will not have the time you want to enjoy either Island, and you will spend a large amount of time on boats.

Visitors as a starting point, should know that Martha’s Vineyard will need a full day with an early start and an Inn At Cape Cod breakfast to go. Return to the mainland as late as possible and consider having dinner on the island. Nantucket on the other hand can be seen in six hours – if you stay for dinner or hire bikes, allow another two hours i.e. get the last ferry back (dinner) or the earlier boat out (bikes).

The quickest and most scenic route to both islands is by 7 or 10 seater aircraft. A short check in, 15 –

 Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket day trips from Cape Cod. Just 10 minutes from The Inn

The fastest and most scenic routes to both Islands

20 minute flight and incredible views ( we recommend coming back from Nantucket at sunset) are the main advantages. Our inn is 10 minutes from the airport. Down side? Possibly the cost of approximately $125 round trip per adult. It is worth it if the weather is clear (spring and autumn skies are best). Try Island airways or Cape Air.

The fast ferries leaving from Hyannis Harbor to both islands is the next fastest means of travel. The journey takes an hour, 55 minutes for Martha’s Vineyard. Two operators run fast ferries to Nantucket: Steamship and Hyline. Most of our guests who choose this route decide to take the 11 am Steamship fast ferry and then catch the 6 pm ferry back at a cost of $50 round trip per adult Mon – Thurs, $69 Fri – Sun. This seems to be about right in terms of time allowed on Nantucket, 6 hours, but do not forget my advice above about bikes and/or dinner. You can have a leisurely full breakfast on the shady terrace at The Inn At Cape Cod and have a very relaxed day on this magnificent island, which was recently voted: The World’s Most Beautiful Island by The National Geographic. Steamship runs a traditional car/passenger ferry to Nantucket, which takes 2 hours and 15 minutes each way at $35 rt pa.

The fast ferry to The Vineyard is run by Hyline and is the quickest way to the island after the flying option, unless your camping next to the traditional ferry in Woods Hole, which takes 45 minutes. You can take the earliest 55 minute crossing at 8.15 am or the busiest departure at 10.30 am. The later option allows you to have breakfast before you make the 15 minute drive from the Inn to Hyannis Harbor. The ferry ride is well worth the price of $72 round trip per adult. This is a clean fast boat with full facilities and refreshments on board. The 7.00 pm is the most popular return departure, but stay for dinner and you can switch to the 9.10 pm.

The Island Queen runs from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard and back at a cost of $20 per adult. In the peak season there are enough departure times to suit most people. The main advantages are: parking is 100 yards from the boat, the crossing is quick, the arrival port is in the thick of many of the attractions, low fares. Against: no reservations so be there a little earlier, maybe 45 minutes before departure.

The third option is to park at one of the Steamship satellite car parks in Falmouth and take their shuttle bus down to Woods Hole (every 10 minutes). From here there are car and passenger crossings to Martha’s Vineyard every 75 minutes or so. The journey takes 45 minutes and costs $16 per adult round trip. Cars can travel for about $140 to $160 round trip – book way in advance during the peak season. No reservations for foot passengers. Taking your car is great value as you have no transport arrangements to make on Martha’s Vineyard.

Let The Inn At Cape Cod eliminate the stress from your Martha’s Vineyard/Nantucket day trips. We shall save you time and unnecessary discomfort, we can advise and make your reservations on transport, tours, bike hire, sights and restaurants. Take with you, our Island Hopper Breakfast to go, designed for the early bird vacationer. We are minutes from the air and sea embarkation points, but located in the beautiful and upscale Historic District of Cape Cod Bay.






Gorey Museum is right up our street, in Cape Cod’s Yarmouth Port

July 14th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

The Gorey Museum

The Gorey Museum

The Gorey Museum is right up our street in more ways than one. It is another compelling reason – as if we needed one- to visit, indeed stay in Yarmouth Port. Edward Gorey fans from across the globe, converge upon this picturesque New England village each year. We are thrilled to be so close to this quirky attraction, and many of our guests who are unfamiliar with Edward Gorey when they arrive, depart firm fans. The Gorey museum is yet another hidden jewel of this understated, charming village.

The Gorey Museum is in the former house of Edward Gorey, and the exhibits of his works have been beautifully and creatively put together. It is located in one corner of the village green and many of the tourists who drive along Route 6A just a matter of yards away, are blissfully unaware of its existence.

The Ed Gorey Museum has much on show from the life’s work of this celebrated author, illustrator, playwright, set creator and cartoonist. There is a rich diversity, something for everyone, to especially entertain those of us looking for originality and strikingly unique art, that shocks and amuses often at the same time. So this is quite simply a must for visitors coming to Cape Cod.

We cannot speak more highly of this entertaining experience. Oh and prepare to be wowed by the gift shop which has so many clever and innovative gifts that make excellent presents for friends and family.

Finally, a word or two about Gorey’s passion and concern for animals and their welfare during his life. The Gorey Museum continues to honor this worthy cause and supports a variety of animal welfare non profit organizations. In fact one weekend in September – yet to be announced this year on the Gorey Museum’s website – a special event is held around Yarmouth Port’s Village Green. The centre piece is the Adopt an Animal event.

Yarmouth Port Adopt A Pet Day

Please adopt me – I’ll be no trouble

Yarmouth Port has long been a global focal point for animal welfare, thanks to our illustrious neighbors in Summer Street, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which has its international headquarters, just a walk from our inn. Their building, Cape Cod’s largest totally Green development, is incredible. This non profit organization has masterminded or lent its support to, a multitude of campaigns aimed at protecting endangered species, preventing the suffering of animals, both domestic and in the wild, and has been largely responsible for many breakthroughs and innovations in the field of science related to animal welfare. Nothing could be more poignant in this part of the world in terms of achievement than two great recent innovations that are already saving whales. IFAW took the lead in both cases and must take a large part of the credit. The change to the design of fishing nets here in New England was followed by the recent introduction of an iphone app designed to alert ships bridges that whales may be close by. Thus, significant inroads have been made into tackling the two main causes of slow lingering death and suffering that a lot of whales go through. But the daily battle goes on – well done though to the dedicated, resourceful staff of IFAW – we should undoubtedly think of them whenever we are lucky enough to see marine mammals in their natural habitat.

However, I am almost forgetting IFAW’S Rescue Team, largely made up of some 300 or so wonderful people here on Cape Cod. IFAW is the global leader in the science of marine mammal stranding, and every year dolphins and whales inexplicably beach themselves, especially at Wellfleet. At first, several years ago, when there was a lot less known about how to successfully rescue these stranded creatures, the survival rate was less than 20%. The winter of 2011/12 saw one of the highest totals of dolphin strandings, exceeded 200. IFAW’s volunteers were working around the clock, day after day in a state of physical exhaustion. They frequently found themselves chest deep in the near freezing water temperatures, endeavoring to send dolphins back to open water, but not before they had medical check-ups, not before useful data and samples had been taken and finally not before they had been meticulously documented and tagged. What dedication and endurance! Not without its rewards, because although not every attempt was successful, and this must have been so upsetting, by the time the campaign was over, the percentage survival rate had climbed into the seventies. At long last there was a little media coverage, which will increase awareness. But IFAW’s continued success will always depend on us lending our support. We can do so much to help. Thank you.

Gorey Museum

IFAW and marine mammals need us


Looking for Hotels Cape Cod? Luxury, location and personal service matter to most visitors

July 11th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

hotels cape cod near the beach

we must be near the beach

Hotels Cape Cod? If you are searching for one, you will find the task of finding the one that suits you best, a difficult one. We often get feedback from guests, who say that they have spent hours even days searching the internet. Cape Cod is a very large area with something in the region of 500 hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts. There are also some very big resorts amongst these. The areas to choose from have many of the same advantages and disadvantages, but it can become a confusing muddle of  different towns and beaches.

Much the same broad criteria is used in the first tier of this search: budget, water view, proximity to beaches and restaurants, distance to island ferries and sightseeing, and so forth. The most difficult step in this exhaustive process, is to hone down the search to just a handful of options, and of course at this stage checking availability may rule out one or two options. Sooner or later during the process, most would be visitors have to decide what they are prepared to compromise on. If you find one or two properties that meet your criteria in full, you are indeed fortunate, and are in the minority. Let’s face it, for most people something has to give, and it becomes a question of deciding what is most important to you. The answer may vary from one individual to another.

The hotels Cape Cod that are actually on the beach are few in number and understandably fill up quickly, have

hotels cape cod near the beach

we need the car to carry all this stuff

longer minimum stays and are often unaffordable. So for many, “it must be on the water” becomes: “well a ten minute walk is okay” becomes in some cases: “a ten minute drive, we need to load up all our beach gear into something anyway”.

“We not only need to be able to walk to the ocean, but also to good restaurants, museums, art galleries and nature trails……. oh and we want somewhere close to the main sightseeing, the Island ferries and the whale-watching excursions. Is it too much to ask that this dream location is in a tranquil setting, away from the Route 28 traffic, somewhere that is serene and luxurious, with good personal service?” No it is not too much to ask, but just remember that our inn is not on the beach, not in Provincetown and not in Chatham I think we can meet most of your other criteria though. Happy hunting!



Luxury Cape Cod Hotel in tranquil, central location for sightseeing

July 2nd, 2013 by Mike Cassels

luxury cape cod hotel in great location

Five Miles From Fast Ferries To Nantucket And Martha’s Vineyard

A luxury Cape Cod Hotel in a tranquil, central location for sightseeing? A large number of our guests have chosen our Inn with those criteria in mind. They want to combine a peaceful environment with a convenient base for their Cape Cod adventures. In reality, they can be relaxing on our swing seat on our magnificent front porch one minute, and yet be sitting on an Island Fast Ferry just 25 un-rushed minutes later.

The leafy picturesque seaside communities along Cape Cod Bay are all part of Cape Cod’s historic conservation area, named The Old Kings Highway. Every one of the six villages along Route 6A is tranquil and positively charming. There are fewer vacationers and therefore less road traffic on this northern shore of Cape Cod. The mood is decidedly more gentle and relaxing than the southern shore especially along Route 28, which is heaving with hordes of vacationers during July and August.

The villages of Barnstaple, Yarmouth Port and Dennis are quite simply the Cape’s glorious little jewels, each one tastefully understated and beckoning the visitor to explore its hidden charms. there is warm and safer swimming at the many sandy beaches, plenty of cultural delights, old bookstores, antique shops, art galleries and of course a great selection of some of the best restaurants on Cape Cod.

You can mix up the more restful days of your vacation spent enjoying all this serenity, with your days exploring further afield. And this is where the central location of Yarmouth Port in particular, comes in handy. The fastest routes to both Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket are a mere 12 minute drive away, whether your contemplating flying or taking the fast ferries. Thinking of adding a whale watching excursion to your plans? Why go all the way to Provincetown, when you have the only other WW on The Cape only ten minutes away. 25 minutes scenic drive, meandering  along Route 6A, takes you effortlessly to The National Seashore.

When it is time again to leave your car in the parking lot and have a more restful day again, the historic little village of Yarmouth Port has plenty to keep you amused including the beach, boardwalk, 100 acres of nature trails, freshwater lake and beach, two fascinating museums, old bookstore, art gallery and not to forget the fifty historic sea captains houses ( a self guided tour is available ).

If you want to try a different beach each day of your vacation – it has happened – you can add some of the south shore beaches to your list of possibilities. Because of our luxury Cape Cod hotel’s location at the narrowest part of The Cape north to south, you can be on any one of around eight more fabulous beaches within a twenty minute drive.

Perhaps we have now won you over a little, to the idea of making our luxury Cape Cod hotel your base from which to explore this magical land. Highlighting our amazing location, the beauty of the building and its grounds is the easy part – after all, you can see this from our website for yourself. It is impossible however, to convey the restful ambience that you will feel the moment you arrive, or the serenity which will help you unwind and relax during your stay…………………….are you ready for all this? Because we are ready and waiting for you in a luxury Cape Cod hotel with a difference!

Cape Cod vacation? Plan It beforehand to allow yourself enough time.

June 25th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

Cape Cod vacation near the beach

near the beach!

Contemplating a Cape Cod vacation? Plan it beforehand to allow yourself enough time. It happens often enough through the year, that guests only leave themselves one day on Cape Cod to see the sights. A two or even three night stay is never going to be enough for first time visitors, many of whom have underestimated the enormity of what the Cape and Islands have to offer. “We wish we had known it was such a beautiful place…..and so much to see”. Words to that effect are heard all too often.

A bit of research before you arrive for your Cape cod vacation is a good investment, but that requires a little time that most of us have so very little of these days. Guide books are good, but all too often information has been taken from the internet anyway and it is out of date very quickly. However, an exceptional guide book and one that we use, is Kim Grant’s “Cape Cod An Explorer’s Guide”. The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and The Cape Cod Travel Guide both have websites worth a visit. Just by googling “where and what is Cape Cod” is a good starting point in the education process.

There are now so many review sites, you can always get several opinions on one area to stay versus another. Likewise with your selection of where to stay, having defined the things that are important to you first and the  one or two things you might compromise upon. TripAdvisor is now almost a household name and theoretically an honest authentic review from a like minded traveler can be useful. Fake reviews? Apparently a significant percentage of traveler reviews on these sort of websites are coerced with incentives or worse still,  are completely fake. We read all over the internet these days about Reputation Management Companies who it is said, pay people to post glowing accolades disguised as the real thing to boost their clients’ popularity ratings. There is an abundance of advice on the internet telling us how to spot a hotel that may have cheated – they generally point to four basic signals: an inordinate number of 5 Star reviews disproportionate to the hotel’s number of rooms and the period over which they have been written; a sameness in the way the reviews are written; an over articulation of all the hotels plus points; and finally, an overloading of superlatives in the text. You can make your own mind up on this prognosis – from where we are sitting, we sense there may be some truth behind it, so at the very least we read between the lines of any reviews that we read on our own travels. Of course, much of this online debate would presumably disappear if only these review sites would put their resources  towards the introduction of a credible review verification process. Until then tread cautiously!

Turning back to the ways in which you can do your own research to help you discover The Cape and Islands so you can get an idea of how many days to allow for your Cape Cod vacation. There is a new Cape Cod App available, beautifully put together by that same travel writer I have already mentioned, Kim Grant: “Cape Cod Travel Essentials”. The Cape Cod Chamber has also launched a very useful App for visitors who want to create their own Arts Trail.

Cape Cod vacation in our grounds

In the shade of our 300 year old Eastern Cottonwood

Finally, you cannot go wrong with a click on our navigation bar where it says “Cape Cod“. There you can find categorized information from dining to beaches and golf to museums. You name it and we have probably included it. There are inter-active maps covering each category, and an Event Calendar. Please make use of it and you will appreciate the work and attention to detail that went into putting it together.  We employ the same meticulous approach in pampering our wonderful guests – are you ready to become one? Relax on an Adirondack in the shade of our 300 year old Eastern Cottonwood and sip your wine while you contemplate your next Cape Cod adventure.


Can a Small Luxury Hotel attract The Rich and Famous?

June 14th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

4th Ave.  & Pine St. Mural - Vancouver 1984Small luxury hotels can typically offer an extra dimension or two that their larger counterparts cannot. Attention to detail and emphasis on quality personal service have always been uppermost in the experience created for travelers. Guests can also find added touches of luxury in this sort of hotel/inn, and The Inn At Cape Cod is no exception. We are constantly trying new ideas that will enhance that feeling of luxury and it is fascinating to see small subtle changes to our guest base. Perhaps we can attractthe rich and famous” one of these days.

It really was a small world this past week on a couple of occasions. At the weekend we had a British couple staying, who had a vacation home very near our farmhouse in the south of France. Later in the week we were able to catch up on all the news from where we lived in London, with a charming couple spending a few days at the Inn, who lived a few streets from our London house.

It is inevitable that you make friends with some of your guests – you discover a bond between you, and I do not mean a geographical one necessarily. Ted and Angie from Hampton Hill, were fabulous guests to have in their own right, irrespective of us being able to share memories of the beautiful suburb in which we all lived ( in our case, had lived ).

We have had in the six or so years that we have run the Inn, interesting guests from all walks of life and countries. As far as fame is concerned, no one that famous has stayed at the Inn, in recent memory that is. Brittany Spears being a notable exception before we acquired the Inn. Silvio Berlusconi’s private physician stayed with his family a few seasons back. They were all gracefully mannered and stylishly dressed as only Italians can be – from the north of the country that is. We had looked after, and arranged everything for them for 5 or 6 days without knowing much about them, until the eve of their departure, when we got talking about football ( soccer ). It turned out that our mystery guest was also a director of AC Milan and had been on the phone to Roman Abromovich from our driveway the previous morning. R.A. is the famous billionaire  Russian oligarch, who owns Chelsea F.C. in London. He had been trying to lure our guest to join Chelsea with the offer to double his salary. All fascinating stuff, but only if you know your football! Anyway, the following morning our delightful Italian family exchanged farewell hugs and kisses with us on the front steps of the Inn and invited us to their home at Lake Como. “Oh, and by the way”, they said, “George Clooney is our neighbor”. Well this meant more to Helen than it did to me – she was already packing her bags!

Although it is unlikely that we shall attract a Meryl Streep or Anthony Hopkins to stay at the inn any day soon, we shall continue to receive interesting visitors from across the globe, from Hampton Hill to Australia, from Dallas to Tokyo. The Inn will continue to offer the same gentle understated environment that has pleased so many of our guests during these last six years. They have felt at home from the moment they entered this magnificent building and sampled our hospitality. All our guests, irrespective of their fame or otherwise, will find the same attention to detail and personal touches. And for those that like to be pampered in a small luxury hotel with a difference, we shall oblige and have fun in the process.


Cape Cod luxury Inn and June 2013 News: Rail Service Returns

June 5th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

cape cod luxury inn

Re-opened railroad brings hundreds of visitors to Cape Cod

Our Cape Cod luxury inn and June 2013 news headline is: The rail service returns to Cape Cod after a long absence. Memorial weekend saw the first trains from Boston arriving with a few hundred visitors, an encouraging debut for this enterprising idea. The impact of the advertising campaign and just simple word of mouth should swell the numbers of passengers on the trains, which have a capacity of 1200. The Cape and Islands tourism industry can only benefit in the coming season.

Cape Cod is such a beautiful area at this time of year and with most attractions now open, it all makes for a great moment to visit. The freshness of spring is still in the air, and there are breath-taking views around almost every corner.

We took some time out a few days ago, to try Sesuit Harbor Café for breakfast with our friends. We chose a perfect morning to sit in the sun watching the boats coming and going in and out of this picturesque little harbor. It was a very enjoyable break from our innkeeping, and there is no better place to breath in the magic of Cape Cod and eat great food at the same time. It was a fitting moment to put everything into perspective, to take deep breaths and appreciate how fortunate and thoroughly spoilt we all are to be living and running our businesses in this little paradise of Cape Cod. Incidentally, The Sesuit Harbor Café should not be missed if you are planning a visit to The Cape. It is not only in a stunning location but also serves some of the freshest seafood around – the generous lobster roll is a particular favorite – for lunch or early dinner. You can bring your own wine or beer. Oh, and there is also a great raw bar.

Back here at our Cape Cod luxury Inn, there is much to tell of, following another winter of our ongoing upgrading program. Amongst other things The Sears Room has a stunning new bathroom. This replaced the remodeling that the previous owner did in 2006 – we just could not wait to get rid of it!

We have educational DVDs running in the inn’s Drawing Room for the first time this year, with interesting contributions from The National Seashore, Hyannis Whale Watcher, IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare), The Dolphin’s Eye, Chronicle……..and more). This new feature at The Inn At Cape Cod will provide our guests with an interesting and varied perspective on Cape Cod and the Islands,  and perhaps enable them to focus more on the things that appeal to them. Our unlimited concierge will continue to be available alongside these films, to all our guests to help them get the most from their stay. Exciting isn’t it ?

Helen and I and our staff cannot wait to look after you, should you decide to stay with us at our Cape Cod luxury Inn. You could do a lot worse!

Luxury Hotel Rooms On Sale: 2.5 acres at Cape Cod 100 acre nature reserve.

May 24th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

sweet escapeA stunning historic property, opened as the Sears Hotel circa 1830, is now an upscale luxury hotel in one of the best locations on Cape Cod. Walk to Bay, beach, boardwalk, warm and safe swimming, three great restaurants, museums, nature trails, art galleries, antique store, ice cream parlour, historic Captains Mile, Ed Gorey House……… AND MORE!

You can buy a stay in this 5 star luxury for as little as $230 per night. All prices include a full breakfast, 24/7 coffee & tea, daily home-made cookies, welcome tray of goodies, welcome glass of wine, secure in-room wi-fi highspeed internet, concierge, private parking.

There is a choice of seven luxury rooms and suites, all recently remodelled, each with its own beautiful en-suite bathroom. Some rooms have private decks, fireplaces, bubble massage/double soak tubs/multi jetted showers. You will find 800+ TC egyptian cotton bed linen, crisp triple sheeted pillow top beds, choice of pillows, luxurious oversized bath sheets and Molton Brown amenities. All our rooms have large flat screen TVs, DVD players and ipod docking stations.

Guests can find an interesting book or two in our library, which also has a DVD collection, and plan their Cape and Islands adventures with our visitors orientation maps, guide books and DVDs. They can also relax in comfort in our drawing room. Both this room and the library have cosy fireplaces. In fact we have refurnished the whole Inn with comfort and classic style in mind, using Ethan Allen high-end quality furniture and restored antiques.

Why not spoil yourself and “buy” a few nights at the 5 star luxury Inn At Cape Cod. There is no more beautiful time to come than these glorious Spring days, whether you are reading a book on the Adirondack in the shade of our 300 year old Cottonwood, or exploring the National Seashore.

Vacation Time Is Precious – Let Us Help Maximise Your Enjoyment Of Cape Cod And Islands

May 12th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

Map of Cape Cod and vicinity“Americans work hard and play hard”. Or at least, so the saying goes on the other side of the Pond. No seriously, this is meant as a compliment, and it is easy to explain, at least that is, from our British perspective. The average American works a lot more hours a week than his counterpart in Europe, but has a fraction of the vacation time each year – something in the region of 35 per cent or less.

My theory is that the average American has therefore become very savy in getting the most out of his treasured vacation time, trying to maximise his and his family’s quality time together. That is where we come in. Rather than waste precious time often making the wrong choices for day trips, restaurants and the like, most of our guests take advantage of the unlimited concierge service that we provide. Around 90 per cent of our American and 70 per cent of our European visitors make the most of this unlimited complimentary feature of their stay at The Inn At Cape Cod. We think nothing of arranging everything for some guests, and people who have never come across this level of personal service, quickly embrace the concept.

We are so delighted to get very happy animated feedback from guests for whom we recommended say a restaurant for a very special occasion often procuring them the best table. This feedback often happens during breakfast the following day.

So why not put us to the test this summer and sample our own brand of 5-star luxury. Let us pamper to your every need and help arrange your Cape Cod adventures. You will treasure sweet memories of your vacation for years to come.