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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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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!

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.

International Fund for Animal Welfare’s HQ on Cape Cod

February 10th, 2010 by cassels

In 2006, when we were searching for an inn, we were delighted to learn that the town we had chosen (Yarmouth Port) was also home to the international headquarters for IFAW, a wonderful non-profit organisation that fights worldwide to help rescue, save, and protect all the creatures we share this planet with. We had been supporters of IFAW www.ifaw.org  for many years before we moved to Cape Cod, so to find them almost on our doorstep seemed to good to be true!

Then 2 years ago, IFAW relocated to their new “green” head office just a mile down our same street, so we contacted them and were able to meet some of their dedicated staff. We decided to get a program going so that we could continue to support their efforts in a small way. This is especially relevant here on Cape Cod, where whales can been seen offshore at many points around the peninsula, or on special whale-watching cruises.  We also learned that the co-owner of the Old Yarmouth Inn restaurant:  www.oldyarmouthinn.com,  just next door to us,  was also a long-time supporter and fund-raiser, so how’s that for karma!

IFAW successfully worked with local fishermen to develop nets that wouldn’t harm or trap whales, and are always on call to help any creature in distress, be it a whale or a manatee locally, or some exotic creature much further afield.

IFAW are presently working in Haiti with WSPA and other agencies to help treat, vaccinate and re-home injured livestock and pets affected by the recent tragic earthquake.

To learn more about IFAW’s tireless efforts, check out their website, shown above, or read their blog to get updated reports on Haiti, and other current projects: http://animalrescue.typepad.com/animal_rescue_blog/

And should you wish to stay a while in this wonderful area, you could take a look at our Cape Cod B & B Inn. Don’t hesitate to call or email us if you need any help coosing one of our rooms or suites.

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.

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