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Gorey Museum is right up our street, in Cape Cod’s Yarmouth Port

July 14th, 2013 by Mike Cassels

The Gorey Museum

The Gorey Museum

The Gorey Museum is right up our street in more ways than one. It is another compelling reason – as if we needed one- to visit, indeed stay in Yarmouth Port. Edward Gorey fans from across the globe, converge upon this picturesque New England village each year. We are thrilled to be so close to this quirky attraction, and many of our guests who are unfamiliar with Edward Gorey when they arrive, depart firm fans. The Gorey museum is yet another hidden jewel of this understated, charming village.

The Gorey Museum is in the former house of Edward Gorey, and the exhibits of his works have been beautifully and creatively put together. It is located in one corner of the village green and many of the tourists who drive along Route 6A just a matter of yards away, are blissfully unaware of its existence.

The Ed Gorey Museum has much on show from the life’s work of this celebrated author, illustrator, playwright, set creator and cartoonist. There is a rich diversity, something for everyone, to especially entertain those of us looking for originality and strikingly unique art, that shocks and amuses often at the same time. So this is quite simply a must for visitors coming to Cape Cod.

We cannot speak more highly of this entertaining experience. Oh and prepare to be wowed by the gift shop which has so many clever and innovative gifts that make excellent presents for friends and family.

Finally, a word or two about Gorey’s passion and concern for animals and their welfare during his life. The Gorey Museum continues to honor this worthy cause and supports a variety of animal welfare non profit organizations. In fact one weekend in September – yet to be announced this year on the Gorey Museum’s website – a special event is held around Yarmouth Port’s Village Green. The centre piece is the Adopt an Animal event.

Yarmouth Port Adopt A Pet Day

Please adopt me – I’ll be no trouble

Yarmouth Port has long been a global focal point for animal welfare, thanks to our illustrious neighbors in Summer Street, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which has its international headquarters, just a walk from our inn. Their building, Cape Cod’s largest totally Green development, is incredible. This non profit organization has masterminded or lent its support to, a multitude of campaigns aimed at protecting endangered species, preventing the suffering of animals, both domestic and in the wild, and has been largely responsible for many breakthroughs and innovations in the field of science related to animal welfare. Nothing could be more poignant in this part of the world in terms of achievement than two great recent innovations that are already saving whales. IFAW took the lead in both cases and must take a large part of the credit. The change to the design of fishing nets here in New England was followed by the recent introduction of an iphone app designed to alert ships bridges that whales may be close by. Thus, significant inroads have been made into tackling the two main causes of slow lingering death and suffering that a lot of whales go through. But the daily battle goes on – well done though to the dedicated, resourceful staff of IFAW - we should undoubtedly think of them whenever we are lucky enough to see marine mammals in their natural habitat.

However, I am almost forgetting IFAW’S Rescue Team, largely made up of some 300 or so wonderful people here on Cape Cod. IFAW is the global leader in the science of marine mammal stranding, and every year dolphins and whales inexplicably beach themselves, especially at Wellfleet. At first, several years ago, when there was a lot less known about how to successfully rescue these stranded creatures, the survival rate was less than 20%. The winter of 2011/12 saw one of the highest totals of dolphin strandings, exceeded 200. IFAW’s volunteers were working around the clock, day after day in a state of physical exhaustion. They frequently found themselves chest deep in the near freezing water temperatures, endeavoring to send dolphins back to open water, but not before they had medical check-ups, not before useful data and samples had been taken and finally not before they had been meticulously documented and tagged. What dedication and endurance! Not without its rewards, because although not every attempt was successful, and this must have been so upsetting, by the time the campaign was over, the percentage survival rate had climbed into the seventies. At long last there was a little media coverage, which will increase awareness. But IFAW’s continued success will always depend on us lending our support. We can do so much to help. Thank you.

Gorey Museum

IFAW and marine mammals need us

 

More Good Reasons To Make Yarmouth Port The Base For Your Cape Cod Adventure

June 10th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

 

We are very grateful once again, to the artists of Fresh Paint Gallery here in the charming village of Yarmouth Port, for allowing us to exhibit some of their paintings in our breakfast room this season. Our guests can admire the works of five prominent local artists, including Claire Marcus, Robert Mesrop, Selma Alden, Ann O’Connell and Julie Blanchard.

Many of our guests spend some time in the Fresh Paint Gallery, which is just a short stroll from our inn. This is one of the leading art galleries on Cape Cod, with exhibits on two floors in oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. It is certainly worth a visit, and is one of several interesting attractions in the village.

Come rain or shine, there is plenty for visitors to enjoy, from the 48 historic Sea Captains Houses and two museums to the breathtaking natural beauty of  Cape Cod Bay seen from our boardwalk or from the old Wharf, which are both  a nature lovers paradise.

So the formula for an enjoyable and relaxing few days is irresistable; why not add yourself to the growing number of people who share this view, having sampled the delights of historic Yarmouth Port. There are some great B and Bs in the village, and you never know…….. perhaps we can even tempt you to stay with us!

 

 

 

Edward Gorey House In Cape Cod Re-opens For 2012 Season

April 22nd, 2012 by Mike Cassels

We always know that summer is just around the corner when “seasonal” museums and restaurants begin to re-open after the winter. Last weekend saw the local opening of the Edward Gorey House, which is just a short walk from the inn. We have guests stay at the inn who are avid fans of Gorey, and they travel  several times a year from their home in Dallas, Texas, to visit the museum . So whenever we receive a reservation from them we know something is about to happen at the Gorey House! The grand opening last weekend included a fantastic new exhibiton of  “Gorey Envelope Art” showing the artist’s skills of decorating envelopes containing letters to his friend and idea collaborator Peter Neumeyer.

One of the interesting aberrations resulting from a visit to the Gorey House is that you come away feeling like you stepped sideways into another world, one which is hard to forget, and one which you yearn to return to time and again. So make sure you plan your visit to Yarmouth Port and Cape Cod to include this fascinating and haunting home.

So Many Options For Eating Out On Cape Cod. Definitely Not “Mal-Bouffe”

April 20th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

Cape Cod Restaurant Week brings the best out of the Cape's chefsWhen we first announced to our French friends that we were leaving the south of France to embark upon a new adventure in the U.S., they were indignant at how we were prepared to trade our idyllic life style in one of the most coveted “regions gastronomiques de France” for the awful food “mal bouffe” ( unhealthy eating ) that we could expect 3000 miles away. Then, as they continued, what would we do about finding decent wine. Well, we are now five years into that adventure, and no worse for wear. Quite the contrary, we are loving every minute of it. The food? We rave about the quality and diversity of restaurants here on Cape Cod, almost on a daily basis.

In truth, we are thoroughly spoilt living here year round, and even more so are our guests, who descend upon us every year from all points of the globe. You will probably not need reminding that they can choose to leave the car in our private parking and stroll to three of The Cape’s finest restaurants : The Old Yarmouth Inn ( 1697 ) famous for it’s “spirits” both in the glass and out of it, great seafood and of course it’s wine cellar; The Lyric with its mouth-watering contemporary cuisine, accompanied if you’re lucky by the lovely Anne’s singing; Inaho offering Japanese dishes and a sushi bar.

Maybe you just want a more casual evening. The Black Sheep is our local pub and is once again in Yarmouth Port. The grub is incredibly good, the service friendly and you can always play Trivia if you feel so inclined.

Looking for something special by the water on a warm summer evening. The Sesuit Harbor Cafe, 12 minutes from the Inn, is our summer favorite. It has an irresistible formula all of it’s own. The seafood and fish is hard to beat, the lobster roll may be the best on The Cape. The cafe has a raw bar and you can bring your own wine. All the outdoor tables share breath-taking views across Sesuit Harbor and the yacht marina. Welcome to Cape Cod!

Since we are talking about waterside dining, we have two further favorites that we love and want to share with you. A ten minute taxi ride and you’re at The Mattakeese Wharf family seafood restaurant at Barnstable Harbor. The seafood and service is excellent, and there are stunning views, so try to time your table to take in the sunset. This is a true Cape experience not to be missed, nor is the very special way in which Paul and Dana consistently treat our guests.

The Ocean House is a whole 18 minute drive away and worth that extra effort, and then some! It’s almost being unfair to the other great restaurants, if we were to call this beachside gem our favorite, so we won’t. This is a restaurant NOT to be missed. It’s classy split level layout gives diners stunning views of white sands and the ocean. The cuisine is a very innovative fusion of east meets west, which is always beautifully presented. The ambience has a bustling vibrant edge to it, but at the same time there are tables for that special intimate evening – we have been there for anniversaries. Oh, and we must not forget to thank Janet and Carie, who look after our guests so beautifully every time ( that’s not easy when it’s always so busy ). Book well ahead for this one to avoid disapointment.

So there you have it, seven of the best, each one superb in it’s own right and waiting for you to try it. There are several more worth a special mention – the likes of The Naked Oyster and Fin for example – we shall talk about these another time.

Our Luxury Inn Is A Great Base For Your Cape Cod Adventure

March 11th, 2012 by Mike Cassels

walking on the beach at sunrise  - Cape CodOkay, let us assume that you are coming to Cape Cod for the first time this summer. One thing’s for sure, you’ll have a hard time deciding which area to stay in, as it can be so difficult doing the necessary research and then of course choosing your accomodation. We, like anyone else who lives Mid Cape on The Olde Kings Highway, can at least help make your decision making process a more informed one, so here are just a few advantages of staying for example, in our historic village of Yarmouth Port.

Tranquility, natural beauty and rich history can all be savored during any time spent here. Our guests can spend time away from their cars enjoying  Cape Cod Bay beaches, Grays Boardwalk, the old Wharf and the nature trails that abut our inn’s two acres of landscaped grounds.

The Inn At Cape Cod made an impact in local history as The Sears Hotel in the early 19th century, providing accomodation for weary stagecoach travellers. The village has more than fifty former sea captains houses as well as The Capt. Bangs Hallett’s museum to look at, and the Edward Gorey House Museum lies on the opposite side of the village green.

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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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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.

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!

The A to Z of Cape Cod ice cream parlours

April 24th, 2010 by cassels

lick fast Strawberry Sundae No summer trip to Cape Cod is complete without a visit or two to one or more of the local ice cream shops that make their own ice cream. There is no shortage of choice, and a lot of people develop a taste for one shop in particular, ourselves included. We are delighted to see that Smugglers on Main Street in Dennis has re-opened for the 2010 season – we’ll stop by whenever we get the opportunity in the coming weeks, and last summer we often found that their wonderful ice cream made a great dessert after a lobster roll at the Sesuit Harbor Cafe. Both are so conveniently located within a ten minutes scenic drive from our Yarmouth Port Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Despite Smugglers being our favourite source of ice cream, we now and then try somewhere else in another area of the Cape, and have rarely been disappointed. For example, you cannot talk about ice cream without mentioning the very popular Four Seas in Centerville or Dennisport’s Sundae School. In both cases, expect to wait in line out the door on those hot summer days in July and August, but it will be worth it – my favourite flavors at Sundae School are the banana (made with real bananas) and the Bass River Mud : coffee, roasted almonds, choc. chip with fudge stripe……..just scrummy !

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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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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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Historic Cape Cod names with an “Old England” connection

March 29th, 2010 by cassels

Barnstaple Parish Church Some first-time visitors to Cape Cod are amazed to discover that the peninsula/island is a lot more than just a sand-dune, and that in fact Cape Cod is 65 miles long, has 15 separate towns and an area of almost 400 square miles. Any English visitor here (as we were, at one time) will recognise town names, but will notice, sometimes, a slight change in spelling from the original namesake in the old country. So we’d like to explain how and where some of the town names came from, back in 17th century New England.

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