What Are You Doing This Same Time Next Year? Renew, Relax and Rejuvenate

Romantic Couple Embrace

Same Time Next Year: Renew, Relax and Rejuvenate

We proudly present our tranquil Cape Cod bed and breakfast as a relaxing location for couples to recharge, renew themselves and their relationships with loved ones. Our goal is to provide you with an occasion to focus on you love and to find each other again.

Romantic Couple Embrace
Romantic Couple Embrace

Our Same Time Next Year Getaway Package consists of three steps. First, book your room for next year and we will reserve it at this year’s rate. Two, select the room that you want when making the reservation. And, third, write a note to yourselves about your thoughts and dreams using the note paper and envelope we gave to you on arrival. We will seal it with wax and place it in your room on the day of your arrival.

Think of your note as a mini-time capsule, for the two of you to reminisce while you relax by a cozy fire, take a romantic stroll along the beach, or while enjoying a delightful evening meal at your favorite restaurant. This is your time to make it what you wish for yourselves and each other. This is your time to renew, relax and rejuvenate.

What our guests are saying…

“Bill & Pat, Thank you so much for another wonderful stay at the Palmer House. We so love staying here in Falmouth and especially at the Palmer House. Hope to see you soon.” – To & Betty Ann, July 7, 2012

“Thank you so much for the lovely surprise of champagne and chocolates last night. Your Inn and all you do to make it the great place that it is made my big 50th a lovely time! Thank you very much! We plan to visit again and again.” – Susan, July 7, 2012

“Bill & Pat, Wow!! What a beautiful,elegant room & so clean. The attention to detail is fabulous. Our second time staying with you and again we had a wonderful stay! Breakfast was delicious, the room was so quiet & comfy!. We will be back again soon!
Thanks for the memories!” – Delia & Paul, Wrentham, MA, February 6, 2012

“Our stay here was restful. We appreciate your hospitality and the comfortable environment that you create here for us travelers to your Inn. We hope to journey back this way again sometime, and if we stay the night it will be here! Much happiness to you and yours.” –Sally & Fred, September 13, 2011

“It was a pleasurable stay at the Palmer House. We have stayed in Falmouth at many Inns and hotels but none as nice, welcoming and immaculate as the Palmer House. We will be back! ” – Dan & Kim, MA, September 11, 2011

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“15 Years ago, my husband & I were married in the front parlor of this lovely Inn. We had not been back & were pleased with changes. Bill & Pat have been so kind & helpful. We have enjoyed our stay & hope to return–sooner than 15 years!” – Amy & D’Armand, June 7, 2011

While all of your rooms have their own renewing charm, our favorite Same Time Next Year rooms are the Emily Dickinson Room, Harriet Beecher Stowe Room and the Theodore Roosevelt Room for their big comfortable beds, jacuzzi-style tubs and cozy fireplaces.

Cape Cod Lighthouse: Cleveland Ledge

Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse Painting

The beautiful Cape Cod lighthouse, Cleveland Ledge Light, is rare example of Art Modern architecture, has been sold to Sandy Boyd, a California businessman who owns a dozen coffeehouses on the west coast. The lighthouse stands high in Buzzards Bay, approximately two miles due west of Old Silver beach in North Falmouth. Boyd hopes to restore it as a residence.

Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse Painting
Cleveland Ledge Lighthouse

In 1989 the United States Coast Guard  automated the light, which meant that it no longer needed its eight man crew. Since that time the interior of the structure has deteriorated significantly.

The lighthouse is seventy feet tall and made of steel and concrete. It flashes a white light every ten seconds and the two second foghorn blasts every fifteen seconds, in foul weather. In 2010 the lighthouse was put up for auction by the United States General Services Administration as part of the National Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. Mr Boyd recently bought it for $190,000 and plans to restore it to its original condition. At the present time he is searching for the original plans, old photos,and biographies of the crews that served on the lighthouse. He hopes to make it a living museum. His goal would be to use it as a fundraising destination, where people could go for an evening.

This is the first lighthouse in Massachusetts that has been sold to a private party. As conditions of the sale, the lighthouse must remain an aid to navigation and the historic structure must be preserved.

The structure is much larger than it appears from Old Silver Beach. It has four stories, four bedrooms, one bathroom with a bathtub, subway tiles and the original light fixtures, a living room with a wood burning stove, a galley kitchen with pantry and an office. Above all that is a spiral staircase that leads up into the lighthouse tower.  The tower has two landings that are large enough to accommodate comfortable furniture and lighting. There is also a basement that houses  diesel engines and cisterns. It has an iron caisson foundation that is 52 feet high and it is fifty-two feet in diameter and sits in twenty-one feet of water. The caisson foundation was made in New London, CT in 1940 and was towed to its home by commercial tugs, where it was sunk into the ledge. It took nineteen hours for the tugs to make the journey. It is the only Art Moderne lighthouse of its kind in New England. It sits atop Cleveland Ledge on the eastern side of the southern entrance to the channel that leads to the Cape Cod Canal. It was the last lighthouse to be commissioned in New England in 1943. At the time of its commissioning, it held a fourth-order fresnel lens.

Cleveland Ledge lighthouse was named after President Grover Cleveland, who had a home in Bourne, just north of Falmouth. Cleveland enjoyed fishing in the area. This home was the first “summer White House” and was called Gray Gables. Gray Gables was destroyed by fire in 1974.

The president’s full name was Stephen Grover Cleveland and he was the twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States. He was the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. His first term was from March, 1886 to March, 1889 and his second term was from March, 1893-1897.

For more information and photos of this Cape Cod lighthouse go to: www.capenews.net

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Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring the historic lighthouses of Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, Jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Romantic Valentine’s Day on Cape Cod

Romantic Valentine Roses

A Romantic Cape Valentine Weekend

It is February 14th and our little Cape Cod bed and breakfast will be checking-in an inn full of  guests this weekend. The roses have been ordered, to be delivered today. The chocolates have been purchased and the champagne is chilling. There will be a fire in the parlor fireplace and romantic music will be playing.

Romantic Valentine Roses
Romantic Valentine Roses

The restaurants and shops on Main Street are also decked out. La Cucina Sul Mare (Falmouth Restaurant Map), Falmouth’s southern Italian-American restaurant, has a decorated tree with red lighting beside the door and each diner will be given a red rose.  Fabio Pozzati, the executive chef at Osteria La Civetti, Main Street’s northern Italian restaurant, will be serving up some of his romantic fare.  Anejo Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar has created a wonderful Valentine Margarita for diners to enjoy. Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub is hosting it’s sixth annual “Dateless Night”,  if you want to have a good laugh, they will be having their own version of “The Dating Game”. You do not have to be dateless in order to go, all that you need is a good sense of humor and an appreciation of fine Irish music. Also, Stone Loven Pizza Co. will be featuring their meat lover’s pizza. Also, The Glass Onion on North Main Street will be having several sumptuous specials this in honor of the day of lovers.

How did Valentine’s Day Become Romantic?

The origin of Valentine’s Day is not certain. There were many early Christian martyrs who were named Valentine, however, it is believed that the ones who are honored on February 14th are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Valentine of Rome, was martyred in approximately AD 269 and was berried on Via Flaminia.

Romantic Valentine Heart and Chocolates
Valentine Heart and Chocolates

Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna about AD 197. Interamna is modern day Terni. This Valentine is said to have been martyred  during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia. According to popular to popular martyrology Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed, it is said that he composed a farewell letter to her and signed it, “From your Valentine.” However, it was not until the Middle Ages that February 14th. was associated with romantic love. It was Gregory Chaucer who initiated the tradition of courtly love and it was in the 15th. century that it became an occasion during which lovers expressed their love for one another. That is when the giving of flowers, sweets and love notes became popular. Some Valentine’s Day symbols that are the most used today are; a heart-shaped outline, doves and winged Cupids. In the 19th. century greeting card companies began mass-producing cards and the tradition continues today.

Yesterday I met a friend, she told me about her 14 year old son who wanted to give his girlfriend a special Valentine, however, because he was on a tight budget, he decided to give her a deck of playing cards. On each card he wrote a reason why he loves her. On the front of the box he wrote, Fifty-two reasons why I love you. On one of the cards he wrote, “I love the way that your eyes crinkle when you laugh.” I would be willing to bet that she will keep that deck for a long time.

If you are looking for a romantic Bed and Breakfast next Valentine’s Day we recommend our Harriet Beecher Stowe room, with a fireplace, jacuzzi-style tub and cozy king bed, won’t want to leave. Our Emily Dickinson room also features a fireplace, jazuzzi-style tub and inviting king bed with the added benefit of being located in the main part of the inn.