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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.

Cape Cod, cats, and stardom: Siobhan Magnus

April 19th, 2010 by cassels

The latest American Idol series has produced a home-grown Cape Cod talent in the lovely, gifted singer Siobhan Magnus. But what is the relevance to a Cape Cod bed and breakfast inn? Well, she is a real cat (and Edward Gorey) lover, so much so that on her right arm you can see a tattoo of Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies, and if you know anything about the man himself, you will know he also was a true “cat person”. His fantastic, historic home, which now houses the  Edward Gorey House museum, is just a five-minute walk from our inn, and is now open for the 2010 season.

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Arts and Crafts along Cape Cod’s Old King’s Highway

March 23rd, 2010 by cassels

Poppies, Isle of Shoal, by Claude Hassam Whether you have come to Cape Cod for the glorious beaches, stunning vistas or the serene calm, vacation or weekend break, you will have the opportunity if not the inclination, to visit any number of artists’ and craftspeoples’ exhibitions, which are mostly displayed in their private homes. The many things you will see and love about the Cape during your stay, have contributed to the inspiration of a great many artists and will no doubt continue to do so. You will be able to appreciate their work all the more as a result. There is, if you explore off the beaten track a little, an interesting mix of inhabitants who have been honing their craft here for years, and relative new arrivals.

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Cape Cod’s museums not just for rainy days?

March 18th, 2010 by cassels

DSC_0642 The average visitor to Cape Cod in the shoulder season will be likely to take in at least one museum during his or her stay. Even weekenders often find the time, and are well rewarded from what we hear of their experiences. It is perhaps  fair to say that the summer months do not drive as many tourists towards the museums as they should – with the warm weather come the many outdoor attractions that visitors to the Cape have to choose from.

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The story of Cape Cod’s Captains’ Mile

March 16th, 2010 by cassels

The section of the Old King’s Highway, which winds its way through the historic village of  Yarmouth Port, has another name dating back decades.Stagecoach

For years locals have referred to this stretch of Route 6A as “Captains’ Mile” due to the large number of historic sea captains houses that line both sides of the road inbetween Willow Street and Union Street. In fact, in 1966 this beautiful district was declared a national historical district. In addition to the 47 sea captains’ homes that are on  the highway, there are a further eight to be found in this charming village, not to mention a number of other historic buildings, including our inn which was the Sears Hotel in the early 19th century.

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Discover the Cape Cod “whale trail” from our Inn

March 3rd, 2010 by cassels

Your adventures during your Cape Cod vacation this season may to some extent be influenced by the advice your innkeeper can give you.  Guests will quite often have preplanned their itinerary with or without this complimentary service, but may need just a gentle nudge in oneDSC_0006 direction or another to decide whether to go whale-watching, spend a day on the beach or perhaps visit Provincetown.  That help in deciding how best to spend the day may, as far as the whale-watching option is concerned, come from listening to the animated accounts from fellow guests who went whale-watching the previous day. This takes place over a leisurely breakfast, served on our terrace overlooking the Inn’s gardens.

Cape Cod is, after all, ranked in the top 10 whale encounter locations in the world. You may even catch sight of one or two from a suitable vantage point on the National Seashore. The Hyannis Whale Watch boat will take you out in comfort to Stellwagen Bank and provide an extremely knowledgeable commentary – yes you do need to take your camera! There is less need, though, for binoculars as some whale sightings will be close to the boat. You may even catch a rare glimpse of a right whale, which is currently one of the most endangered species. You are more likely to see humpback, minke and finback .

The twice-daily 4 hour excursions are ten minutes from our inn, and in our opinion they are the best. Particularly fitting is their sponsorship of IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which does so much to preserve the whale population in New England amongst all its other commendable work across the globe. We hope you’ll find an hour to spare for IFAW’s visitor’s centre at the end of Summer Street in their new “green” international headquarters.

So the voyage of discovery continues with a day trip to the tiny island of Nantucket. Maddaket Harbor, Nantucket You will want to go there to see more than the Whaling Museum, but no there can be no more poignant a start to your visit than a look at this fascinating and clever illustration of whaling, which was after all, largely responsible for establishing the thriving settlement of Nantucket in the 17th and 18th centuries. The voyage of the Essex from Nantucket inspired Herman Melville’s story of Moby Dick, and there is often a guided tour of the museum during which you can hear the story of this ill-fated voyage.

If you are now casting your mind back to your whale watching trip, you will doubtless be grateful that whaling is something from the past – at least in this part of the world.

So, if all this appeals to you and you’re planning to spend a few days on the Cape this year, be sure to allow plenty of time to follow the “whale trail”. Why not make your Cape Cod visit even more memorable by staying with us, at our historic Bed and Breakfast Inn? Hope to see you soon!

Your Cape Cod base to see Southern New England

February 28th, 2010 by cassels

One of the most frequent comments from our short-stay guests here at The Inn is that they wished they hadn’t underestimated what there is to see and do in Cape Cod and the surrounding areas. They would love to have had longer than their (average) 3 nights, which only gave them 2 full days to explore.DSC_0274

Sometimes, however, we do have guests return the following season, after a brief taste on their first visit of what the Cape and Islands have to offer. It isn’t so simple, of course, for so many of our overseas visitors, who are planning a two week tour of New England, and have to decide on, and sometimes limit, the places they want to see. The nature of these tours means they are often “living out of a suitcase” for much of the time, which most people don’t really care for. So please think about this, those of you who are in the process of putting together a New England itinerary: perhaps you should consider making Cape Cod your base. It is not just a wonderful destination in its own right, but also a very convenient springboard for comfortable day trips to Newport, Boston, Plymouth & Providence.

You can very easily spend 5 or more days here, assuming you just visit the National Seashore, Provincetown, Chatham, both islands (allowing a day for each of these), then don’t forget, of course, to somehow squeeze in an unforgettable whale-watching excursion. Then factor in a trip to see the Newport Mansions, taking in the scenic cliff-walk, add a couple more of the aforementioned destinations, allow some time to relax locally on one of the gorgeous sandy beaches we are within walking distance of, or drive just a few minutes to choose between many more. So you can now see that a couple of days on Cape Cod is just not realistic, that is if you really want to make the most of your trip.

Tired of driving? Then leave your car in our private parking area for a couple of days and explore the botanical trails that our inn overlooks. Or visit the 2 museums on Yarmouth Port village green: The Edward Gorey House & Captain Bangs Hallets House & Museum, or simply gaze into a magnificent sunset from the romantic Gray’s Boardwalk. Fancy a dip? Stroll down to Dennis Pond, just 5 minutes walk from the inn, and cool off in this  freshwater lake, then sip a glass of wine sitting relaxing on the beach.DSC_0352

We are always delighted to help guests plan their stay with us, either prior to arrival, or each morning during our scrummy breakfast. Start your Cape Cod adventure right here – you won’t want to ever leave!

John F. Kennedy Memorial in Hyannis

July 15th, 2009 by cassels

Tucked away by the beach across the Cape from us is the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

Remembering the nation’s 34th president and a former Hyannis Port local, this contemplative site pays tribute to the man who created “Camelot”.

Many come to this park to gain introspective on John F. Kennedy and the loss of his transforming character. The Memorial features a stone wall set with a medallion of his likeness and a pool with a fountain. Hyannis is about 5 miles across the Peninsula from our Bed and Breakfast in Cape Cod.

The Memorial park also looks out on Lewis Bay and the ocean where John F. Kennedy spent so many happy moments with family and friends.

Photo By T.S. Custadio

Photo By T.S. Custadio

The Kennedy Memorial is right next to the beach, and can be a cool place to relax after sunbathing or lots of activity. Right next to this park is a Korean War Memorial. These parks are a great place for a shady picnic, or if you are traveling with Grandma & Grandpa, they might enjoy relaxing on park benches under the trees or on the lush lawns in this park in Hyannis.

There is also a JFK Museum in Hyannis, for any of our Bed and Breakfast Cape Cod guests who are history buffs.

Sea-captain’s home & museum re-opens close to historic B & B inn

June 11th, 2009 by cassels

It’s spring again, and this brings the opening of Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum for the season. There are 48 historic sea captain’s homes within a mile of the Inn at Cape Cod, but this is the only one on Cape Cod regularly open to visitors. It provides an intimate glance into nineteenth century family life, and the parlors are arranged as if the captain was just returning from his voyage to China. His gifts of silk fabric, toys, porcelain, lacquered pieces and tea are on display, as well as costumes from the period. The museum is a gentle few minutes stroll from the Inn at Cape Cod, and along the way you can enjoy the wonderful Olde Kings Highway, which is classed as one of North America’s ten most scenic byways.

Five minutes walk from the Inn at Cape Cod – The Edward Gorey House

March 30th, 2009 by cassels

A truly prodigious and original artist, Edward Gorey (1925-2000) lived in an historic house in Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port. He gave to the world over 100 works, and you can visit his home, which is a lovely stroll from the Inn, to see his wonderful, quirky, and sometimes dark artworks and writings. His illustrations were published in The New Yorker, The New York Times and in books by a wide array of authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear. The museum is planning a new exhibit for 2009 called “Celebrate Gorey’s Creatures - Real and Imagined”, which will run from April 16th to December. His many animal caracatures challenge and delight the mind, and a visit to this wonderful home should not be missed.

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