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Cape Cod Restaurant Week: May 14-May 20, 2012

May 11th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Ruth´s Chris Steak HouseIf you need any excuse to spend some time on Cape Cod, here’s one of the best: Restaurant Week!  From May 14 to May 20, 2012, you can enjoy culinary creations from the region’s best chefs, all offering prix fixe menus especially designed for Restaurant Week. No fewer than 51 restaurants are taking part this year, so you really will  be spoilt for choice. Here are a few of our favorite dining establishments which we hope to visit during the week:

The Old Yarmouth Inn, which is just a very short stroll from the inn, and is a real favorite with Cape Cod locals and all our guests too. We NEVER need an excuse to go “next door” for dinner!; The Ocean House, in Dennisport , just an easy 20 minute drive from the inn. The location is stunning, ie, RIGHT on the ocean and the food certainly lives up to the surroundings it is served in; Gerardi”s, an authentic Italian eatery in South Yarmouth, just 15 minutes from us. We dined there last restaurant week and just loved it! And we cannot write about restaurant week without including The Naked Oyster which is on Main Street Hyannis, about 10 minutes away. We’ve had guests staying here that say the oysters they were served at the Naked Oyster were the best ever in their whole lives! How’s that for an accolade? So, we do hope to see you soon for a gourmet, NO DIET, week!

Mother’s Day 2012 In Cape Cod

May 3rd, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Blue Daisy at MonticelloNot long now and many moms around the country will be waking up to the one day of the year when they don’t feel guilty about NOT cleaning the place or cooking dinner! Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to let that special lady in your life know how much she’s appreciated and loved.

Most moms love flowers, so that’s always a great gift idea, but how about a trip to Cape Cod where she can really be treated like royalty and have a fun time too. Here are a few ideas for your mother’s day treat:

Over that weekend there is a fantastic exhibition, Blooming Arts, at the Cape Cod Cultural Centre where there will be some incredible floral creations from celebrated designers, each one paired with a painting by a Cape Cod artist. Lovely gifts, and all this is FREE! The exhibition runs May 12-13.

How about a brunch ride on the Cape Cod Railroad? She’ll enjoy a 3-course lunch while peeking at parts of Cape Cod that can only be seen from this scenic train ride.

Or what about a massage, facial or pedicure? How’s that for being spoiled. Our favorite local spa is Solstice Day Spa, in Main Street, Hyannis, just click the link to see their Mother’s Day contest plus lots more ideas for a great original gift. Follow her relaxing and envigorating time at the spa with a tasty and original meal just next door at the Naked Oyster restaurant.

So if any of this tempts you to treat your mom to a Cape Cod getaway for Mother’s Day, you could think about combining any of these ideas with a stay at the inn – we promise to treat her like a princess!

Edward Gorey House In Cape Cod Re-opens For 2012 Season

April 22nd, 2012 by Mike Cassels

We always know that summer is just around the corner when “seasonal” museums and restaurants begin to re-open after the winter. Last weekend saw the local opening of the Edward Gorey House, which is just a short walk from the inn. We have guests stay at the inn who are avid fans of Gorey, and they travel  several times a year from their home in Dallas, Texas, to visit the museum . So whenever we receive a reservation from them we know something is about to happen at the Gorey House! The grand opening last weekend included a fantastic new exhibiton of  “Gorey Envelope Art” showing the artist’s skills of decorating envelopes containing letters to his friend and idea collaborator Peter Neumeyer.

One of the interesting aberrations resulting from a visit to the Gorey House is that you come away feeling like you stepped sideways into another world, one which is hard to forget, and one which you yearn to return to time and again. So make sure you plan your visit to Yarmouth Port and Cape Cod to include this fascinating and haunting home.

So Many Options For Eating Out On Cape Cod. Definitely Not “Mal-Bouffe”

April 20th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Cape Cod Restaurant Week brings the best out of the Cape's chefsWhen we first announced to our French friends that we were leaving the south of France to embark upon a new adventure in the U.S., they were indignant at how we were prepared to trade our idyllic life style in one of the most coveted “regions gastronomiques de France” for the awful food “mal bouffe” ( unhealthy eating ) that we could expect 3000 miles away. Then, as they continued, what would we do about finding decent wine. Well, we are now five years into that adventure, and no worse for wear. Quite the contrary, we are loving every minute of it. The food? We rave about the quality and diversity of restaurants here on Cape Cod, almost on a daily basis.

In truth, we are thoroughly spoilt living here year round, and even more so are our guests, who descend upon us every year from all points of the globe. You will probably not need reminding that they can choose to leave the car in our private parking and stroll to three of The Cape’s finest restaurants : The Old Yarmouth Inn ( 1697 ) famous for it’s “spirits” both in the glass and out of it, great seafood and of course it’s wine cellar; The Lyric with its mouth-watering contemporary cuisine, accompanied if you’re lucky by the lovely Anne’s singing; Inaho offering Japanese dishes and a sushi bar.

Maybe you just want a more casual evening. The Black Sheep is our local pub and is once again in Yarmouth Port. The grub is incredibly good, the service friendly and you can always play Trivia if you feel so inclined.

Looking for something special by the water on a warm summer evening. The Sesuit Harbor Cafe, 12 minutes from the Inn, is our summer favorite. It has an irresistible formula all of it’s own. The seafood and fish is hard to beat, the lobster roll may be the best on The Cape. The cafe has a raw bar and you can bring your own wine. All the outdoor tables share breath-taking views across Sesuit Harbor and the yacht marina. Welcome to Cape Cod!

Since we are talking about waterside dining, we have two further favorites that we love and want to share with you. A ten minute taxi ride and you’re at The Mattakeese Wharf family seafood restaurant at Barnstable Harbor. The seafood and service is excellent, and there are stunning views, so try to time your table to take in the sunset. This is a true Cape experience not to be missed, nor is the very special way in which Paul and Dana consistently treat our guests.

The Ocean House is a whole 18 minute drive away and worth that extra effort, and then some! It’s almost being unfair to the other great restaurants, if we were to call this beachside gem our favorite, so we won’t. This is a restaurant NOT to be missed. It’s classy split level layout gives diners stunning views of white sands and the ocean. The cuisine is a very innovative fusion of east meets west, which is always beautifully presented. The ambience has a bustling vibrant edge to it, but at the same time there are tables for that special intimate evening – we have been there for anniversaries. Oh, and we must not forget to thank Janet and Carie, who look after our guests so beautifully every time ( that’s not easy when it’s always so busy ). Book well ahead for this one to avoid disapointment.

So there you have it, seven of the best, each one superb in it’s own right and waiting for you to try it. There are several more worth a special mention – the likes of The Naked Oyster and Fin for example – we shall talk about these another time.

What and Where is Cape Cod?

April 3rd, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Massachusetts Coastline (NASA, International Space Station, 06/27/11)Cape Cod is a sixty eight miles long peninsular in Massachusetts, formed by a glacier, but now seperated from the mainland by a man-made canal, the Cape is now effectively an island in the south eastern corner of New England. From New York to Boston, it is often affectionately referred to as “The Cape”, as it is now a well known and fashionable destination both for weekend breaks and summer vacations.

 Technically,The Cape is one of the world’s largest barrier islands. There are more than 165 miles of some of the best beaches in the world, and it is possible even in July to find quiet stretches of beautiful white sands. It’s micro climate, maritime culture and historic villages make Cape Cod an all year round tourist destination. Visitors are also drawn by the bird and other wild life, and of course “whale watching“. The National Seashore, which comprises a conservation belt along most of the eastern  coastline, has an awesome beauty all of it’s own, and there are several Mass Audubon Reserves across The Cape that are a must for any nature lover.

One of the nicest areas to stay is in the historic district, the villages of Barnstable, Yarmouth Port and Dennis. They are all seaside communities, centrally located for easy access to the islands, whale watching, and many of the finest beaches and restaurants. There are also great opportunities for antiquing, gift shopping and visiting art galleries. This is the tranquil, leafy side of The Cape, especially in the summer when compared to the traffic jams which routinely plague Route 28 between Harwich and Falmouth.

Many travel companies and seasoned travellers alike, rate Cape Cod and The Islands as the number one attraction of New England, and indeed there may be no better introduction to the US for first time international visitors. Good travel itineries will always allow a minimum of 3 to 4 days in this breathtaking region, and if you are yet to get aquainted and need more convincing, just check out a sample of what you’ve been missing!



More News Of The Right Whales At Herring Cove, Cape Cod

March 24th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

The Right Whales return to Cape CodFollowing up on our recent blog, we have now been up twice to Provincetown to see the whales for ourselves, equiped with some decent binoculars. Our first attempt was only partially successful due to some less than perfect weather conditions. We did nonetheless see some glimpses of the Right Whales, enough to convince us to make a second trip when the conditions were much better.

It is around an hour’s drive to the northern most tip of Cape Cod from our Inn in Yarmouth Port, and we chose tuesday this week for our second trip. It was a warm sunny day (70 degrees) with only a slight breeze. So this time the water was like a millpond at Herring Cove.We walked a mile or more towards Race Point Lighthouse, all the time mesmerised by multiple sightings of whales about 200 to 300 yards from the shore. We heard the unmistakeable noise that whales make when they surface. There was so much activity it made us breathless with excitement……… tails, breaches, multiple whales. What a magnificent sight! We didn’t know where to look next – they were everywhere!

Although without question, these early spring days are perfect for whale watching from the shore, there is an element of luck involved in just how much you are going to see from one day to the next. However, there is a rich reward awaiting you, if you get that timing right.

All of our weekend guests were focused on seeing the whales, as we helped each couple to plan their day after this morning’s breakfast. We cannot wait to hear how they all got on at breakfast tomorrow.


So Many Whales To See, Thanks To The Unsung Heroes Of Cape Cod

March 18th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Whales have returned to Cape Cod waters much earlier this year and have many marine scientists scratching their heads to come up with an explanation for this. It may very well be a combination of several different factors, including the higher than usual water temperature – it is some 3 to 4 degrees warmer than the average temperature measured over the last fifteen years. A more abundant food supply may also have had some impact.

To Cape Cod residents and visitors alike, there is the opportunity to see a large number of these magnificent creatures without so much as getting your big toe wet! Although catching a glimpse of the odd whale or two from the shore is always a possibility from April through October, early spring is probably one of the best times – there are currently around 40 to 50 Right Whales just off Provincetown. The Right Whale is an endangered species, and there are thought to be only three to four hundred remaining in the world. The best vantage points are likely to be Herring Cove and Race Point, where the views could be spectacular ( if you’re lucky).We are heading up there this week with some friends, and will try to pick a suitable day weather-wise and as calm conditions as we can to ensure the best possible visibility. Watch this space to see how we get on!

As well as the Right Whale, the other species of whales most commonly seen in Cape Cod waters include the Humpback and Minke. There are Sperm Whales in much deeper water further out in the ocean, and very occasionally indeed, a Blue Whale is sighted.

Finally, we should spare a thought for the dedicated people of IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and their volunteers, who work tirelessly around the world on our behalf to preserve and save animals, often from extinction. Their International HQ is here in our street in Yarmouth Port, and it is fitting that they are on Cape Cod, as they work daily to rescue stranded and injured whales, dolphins, seals and indeed any other animal you can think of. IFAW leads the world in the science of marine mammal stranding, but their efforts are multifaceted. For example, IFAW has worked successfully with the New England fishing industry to redesign the fishing nets in an effort to significantly reduce the number of fatal whale entanglements. Work such as this and IFAW’s many other campaigns need support from the public. If this is all new to you, and you care about animals and the environment on Cape Cod and beyond, please take a look at what this wonderful organisation is doing – we can all help a little so their efforts achieve an even greater impact.

We are once again offering a great whale adventure package this year and for every package sold, we shall donate $25 to IFAW. However, if this does not appeal to you, just come and see the whales for yourself from the National Seashore. Thank you.

Our Luxury Inn Is A Great Base For Your Cape Cod Adventure

March 11th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

walking on the beach at sunrise  - Cape CodOkay, let us assume that you are coming to Cape Cod for the first time this summer. One thing’s for sure, you’ll have a hard time deciding which area to stay in, as it can be so difficult doing the necessary research and then of course choosing your accomodation. We, like anyone else who lives Mid Cape on The Olde Kings Highway, can at least help make your decision making process a more informed one, so here are just a few advantages of staying for example, in our historic village of Yarmouth Port.

Tranquility, natural beauty and rich history can all be savored during any time spent here. Our guests can spend time away from their cars enjoying  Cape Cod Bay beaches, Grays Boardwalk, the old Wharf and the nature trails that abut our inn’s two acres of landscaped grounds.

The Inn At Cape Cod made an impact in local history as The Sears Hotel in the early 19th century, providing accomodation for weary stagecoach travellers. The village has more than fifty former sea captains houses as well as The Capt. Bangs Hallett’s museum to look at, and the Edward Gorey House Museum lies on the opposite side of the village green.

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Cape Cod’s First Annual Yarmouth Golf Festival

March 10th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Canon Powershot G7 reviewAs you may know, Cape Cod is second only to Myrtle Beach in the number of golf courses, so we are very excited to promote Cape Cod’s First Annual Yarmouth Golf Festival, to be held April 19 – 22, 2012. Participants get to play at and enjoy all the Yarmouth Courses: Bass River Golf CourseBayberry Hills,   Blue Rock  and The Golf Club at Yarmouth Port. If you play them all over the event and present your score cards you will be entered into the Grand Prize Draw to win Yarmouth’s Ultimate Golf Experience!

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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.

New Terminal Opened At Cape Cod’s Airport

February 18th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

First Air 727-100Wow – we just had a tour of the new airport facility for Cape Cod, and we were really impressed with it. Great news is that you still have that nostalgic walk across the tarmac, but NO, you cannot fly to Sydney or Singapore direct! But all in all it is a great improvement, and offers travelers comfort and space, as well as refreshments and car rentals. Lots of tourist information will be available as well, so arrivals will get help if they haven’t already planned their stay.

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Presidents’ Day In Cape Cod Should Inspire Us All

February 14th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Happy 200th Birthday, Mr. Lincoln (Text of Gettysburg Address)Another year has passed since we wrote about this great country’s presidents, and it is with respect and awe that we include ourselves amongst those wishing to commemorate all American presidents, past and present, this coming Presidents’ Day.  We have renewed our studies on this country’s history and each time we are more fascinated and inspired by what we read. You may have noticed that we have another reason the be interested: the inn’s likeness to the White House! Guests love the idea that they are staying in a “mini” White House, although we have to say that we probably cannot compete with the opulence inside the building! If we have piqued your interest in staying at the inn, please check out our great winter deals for more information. We do hope to welcome you here soon.

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