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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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Enjoy your Cape Cod spring fling and stay at our luxury B & B Inn

April 7th, 2010 by cassels

2006-04-29 05-01 Bodensee 267 Birnau What a week we have had here on Cape Cod. Temperatures have been climbing with these last few days of sunshine and we all seem to be taking advantage of  it. The question is are you? There is no better time to visit Cape Cod than at this time of year, and particularly in beautiful Yarmouth Port. The next ten weeks or so see everything coming into bloom.

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Cape Cod beaches:Cape Cod Bay reminds us of the Med.

March 26th, 2010 by cassels

No we are not kidding. Summer days on Cape Cod BayisraelER_0809_0350  can often give us the feeling that we are back in Mediteranean Europe, where we spent so many years before coming to the U.S.A. We look at the wonderful beaches that we and our guests can enjoy, there are six or seven Bay side within ten minutes of our inn, not to mention the same number again on the southern coastline within twenty minutes of our Summer Street tranquil retreat. We believe that Cape Cod Bay beaches seriously rival most Mediteranean beaches, and they are for the most part considerably less busy (photo shown is the Med, just in case you thought it was the Cape).

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Close to the tee, and back in time for tea on Cape Cod Bay

March 20th, 2010 by cassels

Joe Kirkwood (1897-1970) First-time visitors to Cape Cod are often surprised at how many good golf courses there are to play, in fact it is second to Myrtle Beach as a golfing destination. The Cape and islands offer such a weaith of history, culture and outdoor activities, not to mention the miles of white sandy beaches, that it is hard to resist for golfers looking for a vacation beyond the miles of fairways!

You will be close to one or more courses wherever you stay on Cape Cod, however if you are a serious golfer you will doubtless wish to do your own research on the various courses or you may wish to use the detailed information including maps, on our own website, whether you choose to stay with us or not.

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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!

A birds eye view of Cape Cod and the Islands

March 5th, 2010 by cassels

Why not take a plane ride to Nantucket this spring, summer or fall, and if you choose a clear day your 15 minute flight will treat you to magnificent views up the arm of the Cape as far as Provincetown, the National Seashore and Chatham, and of the Islands themselves. If you are really smart, you will time your return to see a magical sunset – what a way to finish a wonderful day on Nantucket.

We have done this several times ourselves, and can vouch for its advantages over taking the boat, but that’s not to say the fast ferry is not a pleasurable experience too. Island Air will take excellent care of you, as indeed they have of us in the past. The flight itself  is exhilerating, in a nine seater aircraft, with the added bonus of the precious time you will save not only in the journey but also at the check in desk , where you can arrive as late as 10 minutes prior to departure. The total time saving on the round trip can be as much as 2 hours.Old North Wharf  Flights leave from Hyannis ( Barnstaple Municiple Airport ),which is only eight minutes from our inn, and there is plenty of reasonably priced parking.

There are a number of sightseeing airplane rides available on Cape Cod, should you not wish to take advantage of the Nantucket option, which is hard to beat. Fly Wilma Sightseeing Tours offers bespoke as well as standard flights out of Provincetown – you can ask to see whatever you like, well up to a point that is, and Captain Hal will take you up in Wilma, which was built in 1927 and may just be the oldest commercially operating aircraft in the U.S.A. So you can go off to see lighthouses, dunes, The National Seashore etc. etc. and maybe if you’re very lucky, the odd whale here and there.

You might want to take a look at Cape Cod under a more environmentally friendly Cape Cod Soaring Adventures at Marston Mills Airport. Here, weather permitting, Randy Charlton will take you up in his glider cruising at a cool 40 mph at 5,000 ft. This must be a wonderful experience given the absence of motor noise. Chatham can offer 25 to 55 minutes in a four seater Cessna, and much like the previously mentioned options, will require reservations a day or so in advance during the season.

With all this talk of aviation, what more fitting place could there be at the end of all this excitement than our very own “Tally Ho” room (maybe that aviators expression is just a British thing ) back at your Bed and Breakfast Inn. Plenty of time to freshen up for an evening on the town : The Brazilian Grill, an authentic rodizio, might fit the bill if you are looking for something lively, or maybe you will choose to leave the car at home after all that motion, and cross the lawn to our wonderful neighbours for dinner. One thing’s for sure – you will certainly sleep well tonight!

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.

Crisp, sunny, Cape Cod winter days

February 7th, 2010 by cassels

There is nothing to compare with a gorgeous deep blue Cape Cod sky, especially in the winter. The sun shines, and being on Cape Cod really lifts the spirit of anyone who longs for the warmer weather. So what can a visitor do here in then winter? It’s so easy to get around, so you can drive to some wonderful vantage points, take a cup of steaming hot chocolate, and enjoy the spectacular ocean and marsh views. Wrap up well, and take an envigourating walk along the miles of unspoilt beaches.

 And then return home to your home base, our Cape Cod Inn, ready for a splendid dinner in one of the Cape’s outstanding restaurants. Take a look at the Old Yarmouth Inn, for example, which is a short stroll from our inn. Wow, you can eat like royalty there! Or try another favorite of ours, the Blue Moon Bistro where the owners take so much pride in personally looking after you to ensure a perfect meal.

Of course the winter is a great time to take in all the latest movies, and on Cape Cod there is no shortage of movie houses, including a multi-screen right at the Mall! Shop, eat and watch all without putting your coat on!

Or how about a relaxing massage, there are numerous spas in the area, and you really will feel renewed after some deep tissue treatment, or a couples massage with your special partner.

All in all, a winter visit to Cape Cod should be on your “must do” list!

Great news for Cape Cod National Seashore!

April 23rd, 2009 by cassels

It was announced today that Cape Cod will receive over $4 million of federal funds to help preserve, stabilize and maintain the beautiful natural treasures which make up its National Seashore. This wonderfully unspoilt part of Cape Cod is less than a half-hour’s drive from the Inn;  the drive itself takes in historic Route 6a, also known as the Old King’s Highway. This route was where, in former days, the mail stagecoach traveled between Boston and Chatham. History and nature can be seen in perfect harmony when you stay at the Inn at Cape Cod, in Yarmouth Port, MA.salt_pond_visitors_center2

The Yarmouth Port Botanical Trail

June 20th, 2008 by cassels

A number of our guests at the inn have enjoyed hiking the Botanical Trails that begins behind the Post Office. At the beginning of the trail you can find a trail map, but please make a donation (50 cents for adults, 25 cents for children is suggested).

There’s a small garden and a 150-year-old weeping beech tree along the way. You can take the main trail for a mile or the Millers pond trail which adds about a half-mile. Both are a pleasant, gentle walk especially on a summer’s morning. There is plenty to see for bird spotters and nature lovers.

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