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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!

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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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!

Come and enjoy Cape Cod Restaurant Week – May 17-23, 2010

May 13th, 2010 by cassels

W35th U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competitionhat an opportunity to be able sample the creations of talented chefs, and to stay in one of Cape Cod’ most stunning inns at the same time! Starting on May 17, 2010, many of the Cape’s most renowned restaurants are participating in the bi-annual Restaurant Week, when each establishment offers a prix-fixe menu with lots of mouth-watering choices to tempt your palate.  Some suggest specific wines which will compliment their creations, to further enhance your dining experience.

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Welcome back Cookes Seafood in Hyannis

March 12th, 2010 by cassels

Oh how we have missed you during the winter. Your return each year serves the Cape Cod community in two invaluable respects. The first of these is a rather obvious one to all of us who know and love you : you serve the freshest of fish and seafood, cleanly cooked to perfection, and always with a smile. Then there’s the welcome reminder your re-opening brings that spring is just around the corner – thank you for that!

Only ten minutes from our Yarmouth Port inn, CookesDSC_0303  is a popular choice for tourists and Cape Cod residents alike, with it’ relaxed ambience. The dining salon was bustling on the evening last week that we decided to pay our visit. From the expressions on many diners faces, ours included, and the occasional nod of approval, I guess we can only draw one conclusion : it’s business as usual, and we can’t wait to return. Oh and the other thing that spring is on its way. Well we really already knew this after last week’s wonderful sunshine, everyone seemed to be out getting that whiff of ocean air that we find so envigourating.

If you dont already know Cape Cod or believe this year is as good as any to renew your acquaintance, well now is the time to start making those plans. Why not take a look at Mid-Cape along Cape Cod Bay, you will not be disapointed. Who knows, you might just choose to spend some time with us.

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!

Dine well during your Cape Cod Inn experience

February 25th, 2010 by cassels

It is a high priority for most innkeepers to ensure that their guests have great dining experiences during their stay. Disappointing meals can, after all, cast a shadow on that hard earned vacation or weekend break. Of course, after one of our delicious 4-course breakfasts, it’s hard to think of lunch or dinner, but it’s amazing how the taste buds start to revive after a few hours of Cape Cod exploring!corton atlantic turbot ‘saveurs du terroir’ part 3

Here on Cape Cod, our task as innkeepers in this respect, is made a lot easier, as the quality of restaurants is generally good by most standards. Nevertheless, we recommend a carefully chosen handful of restaurants that we feel reflect a wide range of tastes, from fine dining to bar snacks.

There can be few locations on the Cape that have three first class restaurants within walking distance. The award-winning  Old Yarmouth Inn is just a stroll across the lawn for our lucky guests. The service is friendly, the food is consistently good, and the wine cellar carefully chosen. The Inaho, 200 yards from our inn, is a very highly rated authentic Japanese experience, complete with sushi bar. Five minutes further walk along Yarmouth Port’s historic main street brings you to the Lyric, with its fine contemporary cuisine, accompanied some evenings with live piano.

Just 5 minutes drive brings you to two more of our favourite eating places: The Blue Moon Bistro, where you will find a charming intimate setting combined with personal service and innovative cuisine;  and the Black Sheep Bah & Grill, who recently won a Cape Cod award for their tasty burgers. We love the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of this sports bar, and of course the great food!

A further advantage of staying, or indeed living year round, on this mid-Cape stretch of Route 6A, is that the many restaurants in Hyannis are only 8 minutes away by car. The Naked Oyster is highly recommended, as indeed are Alberto’s for great Italian cuisine and the Brazilian Grill  for a fun night out with friends at an authentic Brazilian rodizio.

A real personal favourite is the Ocean House, which, although in Dennisport, is only 20 minutes drive from the Inn. And boy, is it worth the drive! This beautifully appointed stylish restaurant makes the most if its fabulous ocean front setting with large windows looking out on to the beach and the crashing surf beyond. Together with the creative Prosciutto & Fig Bruschettacuisine, this makes for a dining experience not to be missed.

Quite often guests will ask us for a dinner recommendation to suit their itinerary for the day, which might place them in Chatham or Orleans for the evening. In Chatham we have enjoyed The Impudent Oyster and Chatham Bars Inn, and another favourite is 28 Atlantic, overlooking Pleasant bay between Orleans and Chatham. The last two require smarter dress, so gentlemen be sure to bring blazer and slacks, it will be worth it for the ocean views alone at both these restaurants.

During the warmer months, no trip to Cape Cod is complete without a visit to the Mattakeese Wharf restaurant, with its great seafood and harbour sunsets. And if you’re looking for that casual experience with a difference, try the outdoor Sesuit Harbor Cafe, where diners enjoy views of tiny Sesuit Harbor, with the comings and goings of fishing and private boats. The Wellfleet Bookstore Restaurant will serve you up the finest, freshest Wellfleet oysters, just 100 yards from the oyster beds, while you sit on the upper deck overlooking the magnificent Cape Cod Bay.

Even if you haven’t managed to digest all this foodie information, we would love the opportunity to prove to you what other fun things you can do while staying at the inn. Hope to see you soon!

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