August 12, 2018

We have had some marvelous sunny and hot summer days here, and the ocean water reflects that factor with extra mild temperatures.

Every morning, beach towels rapidly disappear from the baskets

and by early evening, the return baskets are full of towels brought back by beach going guests.   Our porches and decks and the fire pit have been receiving regular use and visits, and a number of our guests have been doing the 15 to 20 minute walk to the beach!

Renovations and restoration are continuing at the inn.  The new cedar shingles on the upper front and side walls and around the turret and the roof replacement on the turret are nearly done.

Our guest house is nearly ready to go on line with new central a/c, after which the installation crew is ready to start on the third floor to the main house.  The performance of this work is focused on daytime business hours, when our guests by and large are enjoying themselves at the beach or on Martha’s Vineyard.  By the time everyone returns late in the afternoon, the workers are winding down and preparing to leave.  It has all worked out quite well.

For the most part, we are accustomed to thinking of springtime as the season when everything is in bloom, but we have plenty of colorful flora at Palmer House at this time, even though the cherry blossoms and dogwoods have finished their display until the 2019 season!

This upcoming weekend is the Falmouth Road Race weekend and every day over the last few weeks we have regretfully had to turn people away since we are fully booked for the occasion.  If you are thinking of visiting Falmouth, consider coming after the race finishes.  We have some lovely rooms available then, including newly redecorated Rooms 6 and 12.

New Ownership at Palmer House Inn!

                              Hi Everyone!

On May 31, we took over the ownership of the Palmer House Inn, and made the move from busy Cambridge, Massachusetts to lovely Falmouth!   We arrived and immediately set out to work to learn what we needed to know about running Palmer House.  Since then, we have made some changes which we very much hope will add to your comfort and to your enjoyment of your stay with us.  Here’s a partial list of things we have done:

Television sets in all rooms have been replaced with flat-screen smart TV’s.

We have installed a fire pit with a comfy sitting area towards the back end of the property on the knoll above the parking lot.

A program is underway to install central air conditioning with individual thermostats for each room.  Installations are being made in the guest house first, with the third floor of the main inn next on the schedule followed by the second floor of the inn.

Rooms in the guest house are now dog-friendly, for those of our guests with four-legged family members.

Six of our guest rooms have been redecorated in restful, relaxing Cape Cod colors with simple, pleasing decor schemes.  For those of our guests who loved the existing Victorian decor, a number of our guest rooms will remain as they were.

The inn itself continues to be a 1901 Queen Anne Victorian, its detail, woodwork and stained glass windows carefully curated to ensure that they will be here for generations to come.   The staff you have come to know and love over the years has remained and is here to help keep you comfortable.

Palmer House Inn will continue to offer special attention to guests celebrating birthdays, weddings, elopements and anniversaries, with an array of delicious pastries and tempting goodies to mark your special occasion.

Our kitchen crew has worked hard to bring you additional dishes for breakfast. Already, our bread pudding has garnered accolades and requests for more from guests.  Our singularly exclusive breakfast granola, made in house has generated rave reviews.  And don’t forget our special Palmer House blend of gourmet coffee, which can’t be found anywhere else on the planet, and which has had guests clamoring for more!

Lastly, we have been hard at work to develop an optional concierge program for you.   Our first available item on the menu is customized cruises for you to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket on a 60′ luxury sailing yacht!  We will have more to say about this in an upcoming post.

We are dedicated to making your stay enjoyable and relaxing.  At any time if there is anything you need, please come see any of us.  We are here for you.

Your new hosts,

Billy, Audrie and Tom and the Palmer House Staff


Cahoon Museum of American Art

Cahoon Museum of American Art

By Pat O’Connell

Photos by Pat O’Connell

fireplace Cahoon Museum of American Art

In the second half of the 18th century, Ebenezer Crocker built seven homesteads in the village of Cotuit. One of those homesteads, located at 4676 Falmouth Road, is now the stately two story colonial that houses the Cape Cod Museum of American Art. This house is a a Palladian or Georgian style and was constructed about 1782. At that time Cape Cod was just beginning to adopt the Georgian style. It has a classic symmetrical design with the placement of it’s windows and doors. Also, the capped pediment doorway  the small-pane flat toped window casings and gabled roof add to the traditional design. Clapboards were chosen to emphasize the horizontal lines of the design. The dark red color was chosen to make it look like the more extravagant brick homes in the cities.

In the interior there is an abundance of wood work. This includes paneling, wainscoting and an occasional entire wall usually one with a fireplace. During the time period that this house was built, mantles were only found in the most elegant homes, however, frequently they were added at a later date.

The kitchen is located, at what originally was the rear of the house. It has one of the paneled wood walls with a walk-in fireplace with a beehive oven at the back. It has a wide hearth so that the user can reach the oven. (As I was admiring the lovely brick work I was reminded of the statistic that I once read about early American life,  it said that the leading cause of death for women at  was, burning. Their long skirts would catch fire while they were cooking.)

In the early nineteenth century, the house was made into a tavern and was a overnight stop of the Hyannis-Sandwich stagecoach line. One

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