The Humble Innkeepers’ Garden

Cape Cod Herb Garden Basil

By Pat O’Connell

Photography By Pat O’Connell

Cape Cod Herb Garden Basil
This past year I chose some miniature basil along with some more traditional verities.

There are many locations on the Palmer House Inn’s property where I enjoy spending time, however, without a doubt, our herb garden is my favorite. When we first bought the inn the basic design of the garden had been laid out. There were eight four by four foot plots that had been outlined with cobblestones by the previous owner.  Some of them had been planted with perennials that were well established. There also were two rectangular granite posts at the entrance. However, the entire garden had been neglected for several years. It just looked like a large tangle of leaves and stems. I was not sure where to begin but over the years with lots of trial and error, the design has evolved. I have been to lectures and done some reading and had advice from knowledgeable friends and guests.

The choice of the name for the garden goes back to a time when I had the opportunity to travel in China with one of our daughters. One of the most beautiful places we visited was “The Humble Administrator’s Garden”. It is located in the city of Suzhou and is a miniature garden. It is said to be one of the most beautiful gardens in China. I decided to name our garden in memory of that wonderful trip.

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guest rooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring the workshops of our Cape Cod craftsmen, 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.

Cupcake Charlies

Cupcake Charlie's in Falmouth Cape Cod

Cupcake Charlie’s for Cupcakes on Cape Cod

“Life is short… Eat a cupcake.”

Written by Chelsea | Photos by Pat O’Connell

Cupcake Charlie's in Falmouth Cape Cod
A cupcake with a smile at Cupcake Charlie’s in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusettes, USA.

We couldn’t agree more with Cupcake Charlie’s store motto. Why not enjoy the sweeter things in life? From Real Estate to Gourmet Cupcakes on Cape Cod, the franchise founders are self-taught bakers who bonded over their dream of owning their own bakery. When visiting the Falmouth and Mashpee stores, one can see the care that the owners have for producing quality-baked goods.

cupcakes
Cupcakes are baked freshly each day using the finest ingredients.

Each location has a display case spread of 16 flavors including one “Flavor of the Day” cupcake chosen from a list of 130 unique recipes. The baker whose daily task is to choose the Flavor of the Day must be torn while flipping through the recipe book, but thankfully there are no wrong choices. Who knew there were that many varieties of cupcakes? It also doesn’t matter which day of the week you decid to stop by, because all of the cupcakes are baked freshly each day!

We at the Palmer House Inn are excited that our Falmouth store has reopened for the season! Just in time to treat ourselves and our guests after another Cape Cod winter. The bakery also has prime location amongst well-loved restaurants, shops, the village green, and the Falmouth  Library on Main Street. The shop is within a 5-minute walk of the Palmer House Inn! There is also the Mullen-Hall Playground conveniently located just behind the Library, where the little ones can have a place to run around after a sweet treat.

Colored Sprinkles
Multi colored sprinkles on vanillas cup cakes at Cupcake Charlie’s in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusettes, USA.

As soon as you walk in the door of Cupcake Charlie’s, you are immediately greeted with the delicious aroma and the mouth-watering display of freshly baked gourmet cupcakes. Customers should be warned of these scrumptious cupcakes, because they are quite tasty. One whiff of the frosting, cake, and filling would bring any mean green diet to its knees.

Choosing a favorite flavor is extremely difficult, because they are all my favorites. However, if I had to choose one to enjoy as I’m writing this blog, I would choose the Rockin’ Red Velvet cupcake. The cocoa, buttermilk cake is deliciously moist without being too dense, it is balanced by the perfectly swirled cream cheese frosting. The deep chocolaty red cake is visually stunning next to the ivory fronting in the display case, which has my mouth watering every time I walk by the shop. This cupcake version of the classic Red Velvet dessert has always satisfied my sweet tooth cravings.

If you do not share my sweet tooth for Falmouth’s Cupcake Charlie’s tasty, “melt in your mouth” cupcakes on Cape Cod, there is always their soft serve ice cream. Vanilla and chocolate are the flavors with your choice of toppings. Nothing beats a classic. This is also, a great choice during those warm late Spring and Summer days while exploring Falmouth’s quaint downtown area.

Cupcake Charlie's sign
Cupcake Charlie’s Sign at Cupcake Charlie’s in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusettes, USA.

The takeaway from this page is: when in Falmouth, take it easy and treat yourself. Cupcake Charlie’s is one of The Palmer House Inn’s local favorites and we highly recommend that you give it a try during your next stay.

More Delicious Experiences in Falmouth

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guestrooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures on 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.

Whydah Pirate Museum

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Whydah Pirate Museum

By Patricia L. O’Connell

Whydah Pirate Museum Cape Cod
Ship model at the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA.

The Whydah Pirate Museum is located in West Yarmouth, on Cape Cod. The museum is about an hour’s drive from the Palmer House Inn and is a new, fully interactive Pirate Museum filled with real pirate artifacts and treasure from the pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy’s flagship the Whydah.

Originally constructed as a fully rigged galley passenger, cargo and slave ship, this three-masted 110 foot long ship, embarked on her maiden voyage out of the port of London, England in 1716. She sailed what was called the triangle trade route. When she left London on the first leg of the triangle, she was carrying a variety of goods from different business to exchange for delivery of trade and slaves in Western Africa, in what is known today as Senegal, Nigeria and Benin. She left west Africa on the second leg of her voyage with about 500 captives, gold, including jewelry and ivory. She traveled to the Caribbean where the captives were sold or traded for precious metals, sugar, indigo, rum, logwood, pimento, ginger and medical ingredients. The third leg of the voyage was to deliver the goods to London. The Whydah, however, would never return to England for a second voyage.

The ship was captured by pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy of the pirate ship Sultana in February of 1717. After taking over the ship, Bellamy and his crew ripped through the Caribbean, pirating over 50 ships and loading the Whydah with stolen treasures. Bellamy and the Whydah then set sail for New England with other ships that he had captured.

Whydah Pirate Museum exhibit
Pirate exhibit.

Samuel Bellamy was known as “Black Sam” because of his black hair. He was born in England but moved to New England where he met and fell in love with Maria Hallett of Eastham, MA on Cape Cod. Her father refused her hand in marriage because Bellamy was poor. He decided to turn to piracy to remedy that situation.

During the voyage north the Whydah was heavily damaged in a storm. The damage included a broken mast. The crew was able to do makeshift repairs that enabled them to each Nantucket Sound. It is believed that the repairs were completed in either Block Island or Rhode Island. Two months later Bellamy and his fleet headed north toward the elbow of Cape Cod. On April 25, 1717 they captured the ship “Mary Anne”. She was carrying a cargo of Madeira wine.

Just after midnight on April 26, 1717 the two ships were struck by hurricane force winds and 30 to 40 foot waves. She ran bow first into a sandbar 500 feet from what is now known as Marconi Beach in the town of Wellfleet. She then capsized sending 4.5 short tons of gold and silver, 60 cannons and 144 people to the ocean’s floor. The Whydah’s contents was spread over  a 4 square mile area. All but 2 sailors were killed. The Mary Anne also sank in that storm.

After the wreck was reported to the governor of Massachusetts, Samuel Shute, he sent Captain Cypian Southack, a local salvager and cartographer, to recover the bullion. However, when Southack arrived on the scene in May, all that he found was that some of the ship was still visible below the water’s surface. At that time Southack created a map of the site.

The wreckage and treasure would remain buried for close to 300 years. Fascinated by the stories of the Whydah since childhood, Provincetown native Barry Clifford decided to look for the ship’s wreckage. He began his search in 1983. In 1984, Clifford, with the help of Southack’s map, began to find the first artifacts from the Whydah just 500 feet offshore. It wasn’t until 1985, however, that authentication of the treasure would be proven, when Clifford unearthed the Whydah’s bell that is inscribed with the name. Also, in 2013 a small placard was found that had the ship’s name and was inscribed with her maiden voyage date.

The Whydah Pirate Museum features replicas of the ship. All of the artifacts discovered so far are on display for viewing. Visitors are also able to learn about the excavation process and the technology used to restore and preserve, these one of a kind, treasures. Interactive and wonderfully unique, the Whydah Pirate Museum is a must visit.

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Ship’s anchor.

Whydah Pirate Museum
674 MA-28
West Yarmouth, MA
508.534.9571
www.discoverpirates.com

More Museums on Cape Cod

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guestrooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of visiting museums on 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.