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For A Most Memorable Anniversary, Why Not Try Our Inn At Cape Cod Bay.

November 27th, 2011 by Mike Cassels

Try one of The Inn At Cape Cod,s romantic packages

Romantic Anniversaries

With so many anniversaries being celebrated of late by our guests here, we might have been forgiven for letting one or two of our own slip by unnoticed. As far as our guests are concerned, it would be hard for them to find a more suitable location for any celebration, than one of the historic inns along Cape Cod Bay. The serene natural beauty takes some beating, but if you add to that, the enormous wealth of things to see and do and of course the first class restaurants and taverns you can walk to from our inn, the formula is irresistable.

We celebrated the fifth anniversary of our arrival in the USA and acquisition of  The Inn At Cape Cod towards the end of October – it feels every bit as exciting five years on, to be in this wonderful country! That we finally ended up on Cape Cod, with so many fine US destinations to choose from, was simply an affair of the heart, and our beautiful building, the icing on the cake. And yes, we managed our own little celebration one evening with a nice French couple, who were celebrating their 5 night honeymoon here at our Inn.

If you are unable to find one of our packages to tempt you, why not give us a call, tell us what you are looking for, and we’ll very quickly put a package together just for you. In the meantime, my lovely partner and I shall continue our own celebration of living our dream.

Festive Season Delights In Cape Cod’s Historic District

November 15th, 2011 by Mike Cassels

Historic Christmas Stroll On Cape CodThere can be few areas of the western world that can rival the beauty and animated landscape of Cape Cod Bay during the Festive Season. Mile upon mile of historic pastel colored clapboard compliments the stunning natural beauty and gently lapping waters of  this thirty mile long conservation area. Residents proudly adorn their homes and businesses with wreaths, candles and fairy lights, creating a warming and spectacular drive along Route 6A.

Well the good news is that you can come and share this occasion, staying at one of the fine historic bed and breakfasts in the heart of this winter wonderland. Many are currently offering value added Festive Packages, ourselves included, at affordable prices that will not disappoint.

We are hoping that your research may lead you irresistibly to Yarmouth Port. Our historic sea-side village, which has many hidden treasures to offer you such as its museums, art galleries and fifty or so sea-captain’s houses, also boasts three of the Cape’s best restaurants, each one offering a different style of cuisine.

A stroll along the local romantic Grays beach and boardwalk, especially to witness the sunset, can of course sharpen the appetite in more ways than one. However, if you are looking for a bit of festive fun, the Yarmouth Christmas Stroll set for December 4th is an event not to be missed, followed by the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Village Green.

Before you bid your sad farewell, why not spend some time looking for unique Christmas gifts. Our own favorite gift shop is Peach Tree Designs, a five minute walk from our Inn. It never fails to inspire one’s imagination. And if you have time on your way off the Cape, visit Mashpee Commons shopping village, where you’ll find some interesting gift shops.

Cape Cod Restaurant Week – May 16-22, 2011

May 17th, 2011 by cassels

Cape Cod Restaurant Week brings the best out of the Cape's chefsWe all enjoy going out to dinner, and this week anyone who visits Cape Cod is in for a real treat. A total of 46 restaurants across all of Cape Cod will participate in the semi-annual Restaurant Week, offering 3 or 4 course exhibition menus with prix fixe pricing of just $25 – $35 per person. So you get to experience the creativity of some of New England’s best chefs at incredible prices! At the Inn, we are very lucky to be within walking distance of two of the participating restaurants: The Old Yarmouth Inn, just two minutes walk  from us, and The Lyric, only ten minutes walk away. Both are personal favorites of ours, and we certainly don’t need much encouragement to dine at either one. Alternatively, you might consider The Naked Oyster, yet another favorite of ours, and only ten minutes by car in Hyannis Main Street. If that’s not being spoilt for choice we don’t know what is.

So why not combine a stay at the inn, (taking advantage of our great May deals) with a couple of wonderful meals at one of the many participating restaurants. Hope to see you soon!

Cape Cod’s Sunny Mothers’ Day

May 5th, 2011 by cassels

Every Mom loves flowers! Hot off the press – believe it if you dare – a warm sunny weekend with temperatures in the upper 60s is forecast for Cape Cod this Mothers Day weekend. There is no time like the present to spoil the love of your life – being a mum is not essential – and treat her to one or two nights away, staying in one of our beautiful luxury rooms with hot tub, fireplace etc. A tranquil historic oasis from which to step out and enjoy the springtime attractions of the Cape.

And no, you do not have to take the car in order to dine at a top class restaurant, when you return from that romantic beach sunset. There is a choice of three of Cape Cod’s finest restaurants, each a short walk from our inn, to provide a perfect intimate evening with your partner – why should mums have all the fun.

Let us pamper you during your stay. We’ll even throw in a beautiful bouquet of flowers. You will find that we have a variety of packages to suit individual tastes. Go on spoil her, you know she’s worth it, and leave thye rest to us!

Whales Return To Cape Cod Waters

May 4th, 2011 by cassels

The Magnificent Right Whale

The Magnificent Right Whale in Cape Cod Bay

It’s so heartening to learn that the whale population is back in Cape Cod waters – it heralds the start of another wonderful summer season. Since the word got out last week of sightings all along the northen and eastern coasts of the Cape, our guests have taken the opportunity to drive along to see what it was all about  – and none came back disappointed! Even the rare Right Whales are back, in greater numbers than last year. That will be a huge relief for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), whose dedicated local staff and volunteers work tirelessly to protect and rescue these, and many other, marine creatures. But you don’t need to take the chance of not seeing the whales, just get yourself on an organised whale-watching excursion. Our local one, Hyannis Whale Watcher is just 10 minutes from the inn and they will start running on May 16, 2011. But if you can’t wait till then, why not take the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown,

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Cape Cod’s Edward Gorey House Re-opens

April 26th, 2011 by cassels

Visit The Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth PortAmidst all the springtime beauty on the Cape this time of year, there are a host of interesting places that reopen for the season. We welcome back all of these, but none more so than The Gorey House, which is a gentle five minute walk from our bed and breakfast, The Inn At Cape Cod, on Yarmouth Port’s village green.

If you are unacquainted with the life and works of Edward Gorey, you will find an hour in this museum a richly rewarding experience, and you will doubtless come away with a gift or two from the shop – you are in for a treat!

There are many quirky exhibits to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of  The House, and the admission price remains extremely reasonable. This acclaimed artist and writer has a considerable international following, as well as the U.S., however you do not have to be a Gorey fan to enjoy and appreciate his incredibly diverse works.

There are always a number of events and new exhibits to make all the more reason to plan a visit. For example, the 2011 special exhibit is “Edward Gorey and the Performing Arts”. Our favourite event is the annual “Pets around the Common Day”, which takes place this year in September.

So why not plan your visit to stay with us – we are offering a couple of tickets for admission to the Gorey House for any two night stay in one of our luxury rooms. Add a third night and you will receive a Gorey Cat. To qualify, just quote this blog.

New York Motor Show brings Jaguars & media to Cape Cod

April 21st, 2011 by cassels

Last weekend Cape Cod saw the arrival of four new Jaguar cars, two Jaguar executives from the UK and a media group from Germany. To celebrate the launch of a  new model Jaguar XF we were asked to host eight VIP’s, who were enjoying some great Jaguar driving in beautiful Cape Cod spring sunshine, prior to the New York Auto Show which starts April 22. The inn has never seen such illustrious machinery in the parking lot at one time!

The group arrived from Europe on Sunday afternoon, and after settling in they raced off to shoot some gorgeous sunset photos before strolling next door to the Old Yarmouth Inn for a fantastic dinner.

The head Jaguar designer stayed in our most prestigious room, the Plantation Suite, where we hope he managed a little relaxation during his whirlwind visit. On Sunday morning, after an early breakfast at the inn, the media group spent some time touring  Cape Cod and taking more shots of their gorgeous cars in stunning settings. Then it was time to head towards New York to see the launch of the updated Jaguar XF.

Why not follow in their footsteps and book a break with us? Spring is so wonderful on Cape Cod, and we have some great deals on offer to tempt you. We hope to see you soon!

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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Presidents’ Day at Cape Cod’s “White House”

February 14th, 2011 by cassels

Mount Rushmore As non-Americans living and working in this wonderful country, we feel privileged to be able to share some of its historic traditions, including the celebration of Presidents’ Day next weekend. The connection is even greater because our inn, according to many of our guests, bears a striking resemblance to the White House, a mini and modest version of course . So we decided to learn a little more about this holiday weekend in February,

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Cape Cod chocoholics delight, Feb 5, 2011

January 31st, 2011 by cassels

Gratis chocolate  What could be better to brighten up the winter blues than to indulge BIG-TIME in one of your favorite pastimes – that is, chocolate! This weekend brings the 6th Annual Osterville Chocolate Festival, when on Saturday February 5th, between 10 am and 4 pm you can enjoy events and activities throught the village, which is just a short drive from our inn.

Activities include the Great Chocolate Bake Off Contest which isn’t just fun but will also benefit the Hyannis Food Pantry. So why not combine a stay here on our “Beat the Winter Blues”  special with some yummy fun? Then come back to relax in front of your own fireplace, maybe grab some afternoon tea and home-made cookies before going to dinner at one of the fantastic local restaurants.  Hope to see you soon!

Surprise your sweetheart with a romantic Cape Cod Valentines package.

January 29th, 2011 by cassels

Isolated Valentine Heart This year’s February 14th is once again that perfect opportunity to celebrate a loving relationship, whether it is an exciting new romance, time to pop the question perhaps, or quite simply a good excuse – if one were needed that is – to show one another that after a few years of marriage romance is alive and well.

So you’ve found the excuse, now it is just down to choosing those perfect romantic surroundings and an affordable, tantalising package to boot. We think we can help in both these departments. Our beautiful historic inn needs no introduction to romance, after all it was built by Joshua Sears for his sweetheart Phoebe, or so the story goes. Once you have taken a look for yourself at the romantic ambience that we have to offer, we may be able to tempt you further with our Valentines package which includes your choice of luxury room with fireplace, a 4 course breakfast each morning, a romantic candle-lit dinner for two, champagne, a single red rose, balloons and two chocolate hearts from Maison de Fauchon of Paris. We have many extra indulgences to tempt you, including a Valentines cake made to your specification, which leads me to the “icing on the cake” of this romantic occasion : our location on Cape Cod.

There is always a possibility you may be able to share a beautiful ocean sunset together at our local boardwalk, weather permitting, and there are several quality restaurants to walk to from the inn. Oh, and jewelry stores no more than ten minutes away! You will doubtless find those moments of passionate embrace within the cozy confines of your beautiful room, too precious to be considering  much else. Go on, let us spoil you – the rest is up to you!

Cape Cod has a fabulous choice of great New Year’s Eve Restaurants

December 17th, 2010 by cassels

New Year's Eve Dining in Yarmouth Port

New Year’s Eve Dining in Yarmouth Port

The end of another great year beckons us to consider where we should spend this New Year’s Eve 2010 – can it really be eleven years since we saw in the turn of the century. I remember some friends planning that momentous occasion several months in advance.

Whilst there is no need to panic yet, as there appears to be some availability at most venues, you should not delay in making your arrangements for your celebrations this New Year’s Eve. So our brief review of what some of the best Cape Cod restaurants are offering, may help you to decide sooner rather than later.

We are rolling into our inn’s New Year 2010 Package, a number of indulgences including champagne and Belgian chocolates, but guests will also be able to enjoy a special dinner at the Old Yarmouth Inn, just a five minutes walk from our inn, and included in the same package. For anyone not staying at 4 Summer Street, the NYE’s menu will be available “prix fixe” for $43 a head. There are few restaurants on Cape Cod more popular than the OYI, and it’s easy to see why from the moment you enter this historic, haunted tavern. The warmth of the greeting you receive from the proprietors, Arpad and Sheila, can almost match the roaring log fires of this 1697 gem. As Europeans, we describe the cuisine as traditional New England at it’s best, and we hear the enthusiastic glowing reviews from hundreds of our guests during every breakfast time back at our inn. All in all, an experience not to be missed, and if you stay with us, you will not have the worry of getting home when the evening ends.

Well, if none of this appeals, look no further than The Lyric, which is once again, a short walk from our bed and breakfast in the opposite direction. This beautifully designed restaurant has a contemporary but intimate ambience and is a delightful setting for any occasion. The cuisine is contemporary American, carefully crafted and beautifully presented. Anne the proprietor, is also an accomplished singer and I would be surprised if she does not make an appearance on New Years Eve. A mouth-watering five course prix fixe multi choice menu is proposed for an early or late sitting at $65 or $75 per person respectively.

There’s even more to tempt you, should this have not done the trick. A mere ten minutes by car brings you to the Red Pheasant on the edge of Dennis Village. Once again, this is a restaurant with a glowing reputation, built by it’s owner chef  Bill Atwood Jnr., his father before him, and his lovely wife Denise. The restaurant has a delightful ambience and is set in a converted 200 year old barn, an enticing setting for any New Years Eve celebration. Add to this the creative and classic cuisine rolled into this years special NYE menu, not to mention an impressive wine cellar, and you have the makings of a great evening out. The four course prix fixe is $80 for the earlier sitting or $100 per person seeing the New Year in with a champagne toast at midnight and dancing to the music of Blues Alley.

We do hope you’re tempted! We certainly are. There is also a lot going on in Yarmouth Port on New Year’s Day for those of you who do decide to stay overnight with us. Wherever you end up, Helen and I hope you have a great evening of celebration, and we wish you a healthy and happy 2011.