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A breath of springtime from the nature trails of Cape Cod’s great outdoors

February 22nd, 2010 by cassels

Lillies We had a glimpse of spring  last week, enough at least to remind us that we have so much on our doorstep here on Cape Cod, and there is no better time to take advantage of it. Whether that means dusting off your bike or finding your hiking boots and binoculars, there are wonderful adventures awaiting you.

Having left our bikes in France when we moved here, we have yet to take advantage of  Cape Cod’s many bike trails. That’s no excuse though, as there are a number of bike rental locations strategically placed at or near many of the trails. The largest of these is the Cape Cod Rail Trail, 22 miles in length,which has rentals in Dennis, Brewster and Wellfleet. The Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth is a short trail with spectacular scenery and Corner Cycle will rent you a bike if you do not have your own.

There are many trails to explore on foot, indeed several are within walking distance of our inn, the closest are within the one hundred acre nature reserve, which abuts the inn’s 2 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. They meander through a diverse woodland landscape down to Miller and Dennis Ponds – trail maps with commentary are available from your innkeepers or from a kiosk just past the historic Gorham Cobblers Shop. You can visit 200 year old Kelley’s Chapel, which nestles in a clearing at the start of the trails, and can be seen from our inn. Along the way, don’t forget to explore  Summer street’s historic Woodside Cemetery, where you can trace the ancestry of Joshua Sears, one of New England’s wealthiest entrepreneurs ,who had what is now The Inn at Cape Cod, built as his private residence. 

Travelling west along Route 6A about one mile, on Bone Hill Road, is the wonderful Mass. Audubon nature reserve Long Pasture. Here there are several grassy trails to follow, some with views of Cape Cod Bay across to Sandy Neck, a nature lover’s paradise.

It’s another bright sunny day again. I wonder if the Ospreys have returned to their nest at Grays Boardwalk - a little too soon I think – we will walk up and take a look anyway and maybe time our visit to take in the spectacular sunset.

Yarmouth Port Wharf

July 29th, 2009 by cassels

The old wharf at Yarmouth Port has very little remaining of it’s original structure, and it is believed to have been rebuilt, at least in part, on more than one occasion in the past 300 years.

Now, when standing at the site of the old wharf, it is difficult to imagine that this was the main arterial supply route for the Cape before the arrival of the railroad. Indeed the packet ships and the local merchants’ horse drawn wagons would have made for a very bustling scene in the 17th and early 18th centuries, a very stark contrast to today’s tranquil beauty. The waterways have long since silted up, producing a lush green landscape to contrast with the blue waters that now gently lap against the shore. On a sunny day in spring or fall, a vivid blue sky completes this canvas of natural unspoilt beauty. There is, needless to say, an abundance of wildlife on view.

Helen and I are indeed fortunate to have this wonderful setting a mere ten minutes walk from our inn on Summer Street. Our guests can also enjoy a 2 mile walk, which takes them on from the wharf across the narrow bridge onto Keveney Lane, looking across to wonderful views of Cape Cod Bay. Making their way back along the historic Kings Highway to complete the circuit, our visitors often stop at Hallets for a much needed homemade ice cream or frappe……..Yummy!!

Once refreshed, one can round off this envigourating jaunt with a visit to the former house of Captain Bangs Hallet-name ring a bell? – on the village green, just past the Post Office which deserves a quick visit, in the historic context of this walk. Immediately on entering the Post Office, above the P.O.Boxes, there is a wonderful painting depicting Yarmouth Port in the 1800′s, with our inn, The Inn at Cape Cod, in the foreground.

Bed and Breakfast in Cape Cod: Winter

February 4th, 2009 by cassels

Escape to Cape Cod for a winter weekend getaway, where it will feel warm and welcoming. Stay at our charming Bed and Breakfast Cape Cod and curl up in  one of our big armchairs in The Manor Suite or in front of the fireplace in The Sears Room.  Take time to read, daydream and sip hot chocolate. Bundle up and take a winter stroll along the magnificent boardwalk which heads out into the Bay at our local Gray’s Beach. Browse quaint bookstores, boutiques and antique shops in our village centers and complete your afternoon with a visit to Parnassus Book Store, which is right across the street from the inn. Bed and Breakfast in Cape Cod
There you will find an Aladdin’s Cave of literary treasures to keep you fascinated for hours. Enjoy cozy restaurants with crackling fires and old wood floors. Everywhere you go, you’ll experience the warmth of people who call the Cape home.

Enjoy the peace and quiet while taking in the various ocean views. There are a number of hiking trails available, ask us at the Cape Cod Bed Breakfast for some of our favorite spots.

Make notes of the places you want to return to in the warmer weather. Then you won’t waste time in the car driving to places we could have skipped. Peak time in the Cape has to be well planned due to the traffic. Just some friendly travel tips for Massachusetts Bed Breakfasts! Hope to see you soon!

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