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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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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.

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

Gray’s Beach Boardwalk

December 11th, 2008 by cassels


Boardwalk

Originally uploaded by Brian Powers

Just a short walk from our bed and breakfast, you will find Gray’s Beach. The boardwalk features stunning views, crisp sea air, and an opportunity for a romantic stroll any time of day, or of the year. In the late fall and winter, the Cape Cod air off of the Atlantic Ocean can really be invigorating, as long as you’re dressed warmly.

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.

Summer’s Officially Here!

June 20th, 2008 by cassels

We’re welcoming our summer visitors here in Yarmouth Port and throughout Cape Cod. Not only are the boaters flocking to places like Hallets Millpond here in Yarmouth Port, but so are the artists, the birders, the photographers, the beachcombers ‚ you name it.

It seems every weekend there’s a new summer festival in the area, but we confess we like those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” best. There’s nothing like sitting out on the porch with our bed and breakfast guests with a glass of something ice cold and enjoying the breeze on your face and the sounds of bird song in your ears.

Of course, now that we’ve hit the summer solstice, it means the local 4th of July celebrations are just around the corner. It’s a bit new to us so we’re looking forward to them.

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