Cape Cod B&B Container Garden

Cape Cop B&B Garden with purple flowers (detail)

Bill and I have owned the Palmer House Inn for nine years. One of the things that excited me most that first spring as the grounds started to come alive, was the large container garden of herbs. Over the years I have experimented with a variety herbs and methods of cultivating. I enjoy walking up into the garden before breakfast to choosing the herbs and flowers that will adorn the breakfast plates that morning.

Chives in our Cape Cod Garden
Chives

Some of the herbs are perennials and are quite hardy. In fact the chives, mint and shiso have a tendency to wonder beyond their own container garden beds. Others are more fragile and as a result I have begun to use containers so that I can control the soil and watering more closely. One example of this is basil. Oh how the insects enjoy munching on the leaves. I have started keeping my basil in a container just outside the kitchen door where I can keep a close eye on its health.

One of the challenges of container gardening is finding the right container for the right setting. One can buy quite a range of interesting containers in many materials. We use containers not only in the herb garden but throughout the inn’s gardens.

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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 or sitting in the garden, 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.

La Cucina sul Mare

An Evening at La Cucina sul Mare, a Cape Cod Southern Italian Restaurant

La Cucina is one of the most popular restaurants on Falmouth’s Main Street. It’s owned and run by Mark and Cynthia Cilfone.

A delightful table and Pollo Limone.
A delightful table and Pollo Limone.

“Reminiscent of an evening in Italy, La Cucina Sul Mare is a dining experience not easily forgotten. The flavors of the authentic foods of Italy and the Mediterranean, will have you longing to come back again and again!”

Delicious and healthy plate at the bar... with a glass of chardonnay.
This is E.J. serving a delicious and healthy gorgonzola salad at the bar… with  glass of chardonnay.

Signature dishes prepared by chef/owner Mark Cilfone, include a classic Lasagna al Forno, Braised Lamb Shanks, Osso Buco, Lobster fra Diavolo over Linguini,  Rigotoni a la Vodka, Chicken Parmesan and Veal Piccata to name but a few.

The atmosphere is as warm and inviting as the summer sun in Italy. The walls are decorated with hand painted murals that remind one of the old country. The painted terracotta tin ceilings and picture windows overlooking our bustling Main Street and Peg Noonan Park across the way add to the warm festive feeling as one enters. The best part is that La Cucina is just a pleasant ten minute stroll from the Palmer House Inn.

When our oldest daughter Erin and her husband Rick come to visit we enjoy walking  down to Main Street. We usually stop at La Cucina for our evening meal. Rick and Bill order the Pan Seared Tenderloin. It is an eight ounce filet mignon served with a portabella mushroom Madiera sauce with mashed potatoes and asparagus. The filet is always done to perfection. Erin usually orders the Pollo Marsala. It is a lightly pounded breast of chicken that is floured, sauteed with shallots and mushrooms and finished in a classic Marsala wine sauce then served over angel hair pasta. I have two favorites the Stuffed Pork Loin is so good. The pork is cut thinly and rolled with ricotta, imported prosciutto, mushrooms and spinach and is served with mashed sweet potatoes. However, when I am in the mood for seafood, I order the Zuppa de Pesce. This dish is served in a large frying pan and consists of a medley of seafood, sauteed in olive oil and garlic and finished with a white wine tomato,  seafood broth over linguine. Erin and I find it difficult to resist La Cucina’s desserts.  She enjoys the cannolis as I relax with a cappuccino and the very best biscotti that I have ever eaten. Their pastry chef is truly an artist.

Zuppa de Pesce
Zuppa de Pesce

We especially enjoy Sunday evenings at La Cucina when they have live music. Bill and I enjoy reminiscing as our old favorites are played while we sip our limoncello.

 

 

 La Cucina sul Mare

237 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540
tel. (508) 548-5600
www.lacucinasulmare.com

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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 gastronomic adventures, 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.

Falmouth Village Blooming

Falmouth Village Blooming: hanging planters on the porch at the Palmer House
News from Falmouth Village Association, Falmouth, MA – April 6, 2015

Falmouth Village Ushers in Spring with Falmouth Village is Blooming

Falmouth Village Blooming: hanging planters on the porch at the Palmer House
Falmouth Village Blooming

May Baskets, Spring B&B Tours, Gardening Workshops & Sales & Cinco de Mayo Falmouth Village, MA – While May baskets may have gone by the wayside with trendier traditions in many New England villages, Falmouth Village is one place that holds stalwartly to this springtime ritual. And after the winter Cape Cod has had, May Baskets created by Falmouth Village businesses will be a welcome addition to the streetscape from the Queens Buyway down Main Street.  In fact, to celebrate the arrival of spring in this Upper Cape Cod town, Falmouth Village businesses and associations have put together an entire two-week schedule to revel in springtime.  From one of Cape Cod’s largest Cinco de Mayo gatherings on the street to B&B tours filled with flowering workshops, Flower Power Happy Hours, and the annual Falmouth Beautification Sale, the first two weeks of May is the perfect time to visit Falmouth Village.

Palmer House May Day basket 2012.
Palmer House May Day basket 2012.

Each year the Falmouth Village Association sponsors the annual May Basket competition and businesses throughout Falmouth Village create lavish, whimisical or beautifully simple creations to be judged for bragging rights of first, second and third prize.  Live and/or hand-made creations line the street making a stroll down Falmouth Village’s Main Street during judging season garden-like and even more fun.  In the past more than 30 businesses participated and this year even more are expected.

Look forward to a packed schedule blooming festivities in Falmouth Village during the first two weeks in May.

Falmouth Village Blooming: A celebration of May blooms, May 1 – 10, 2015

  • May 1 – 10:  Tour May Baskets: Take a self-guided tour through Falmouth Village where participating businesses will display handmade and unique May baskets.  More than 30 businesses take this competition seriously, and the May baskets are everything from simple to lavish. Vote on the Falmouth Village Facebook page for your favorite and crown a People’s Choice winner.
  • May 1 – 10: Blooming Bargains: Enjoy Bloomin’ Bargains at participating retailers, offering sales, gifts with purchase, and more. Look for Falmouth Village Blooming sign to identify participating businesses. 
  • May 1-10: 3:00-5:00pm: Enjoy Flower Power Specials at participating restaurants, all identified with the Falmouth Village Blooming sign in the window.
  • Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast Pansies in the Garden
    Flowers in the Garden

    May 1-10: Self-guided walks through gardens at Museums on the Green: Stroll through the museums Boxwood Garden then gain inspiration for your own kitchen garden from the museum’s herb garden behind the Wicks House.

  • May 1-3: Kids Spring Hat Weekend:  Bonnets aren’t just for Easter! Stores, restaurants and other businesses throughout Falmouth Village will open their doors with special hat-making projects.  Kids will make hats and headbands from pie tins, paper flowers and more.  A different kids craft project at each participating business. Free.
  • May 3: Estate Walk at Highfield Hall, 12:30pm: Highfield Garden Coordinator, Terry Soares, will be available in the gardens at Highfield Hall from 12:30 – 12:45 to greet visitors and offer an introductions to the highlights of this beautiful estate and its grounds. During the estate walk docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion Tanglewood on their magnificent 700 acre estate.
  • Cinco de Mayo Chef
    Cinco de Mayo Special

    May 5:  Cinco de Mayo:  They’re closing the street and spilling out of the restaurants for this annual spring celebration. Sip a blooming Margarita as Anejo Mexican Bistro moves the fun out into the street to celebrate the 5th of May.  You’ll want to arrive in festive garb to enjoy $5 burritos and margaritas and plenty of music to go along with the holiday at this spring street party.

  • May 5:  May Garden Basket Design with Anna Holmes, 6-8pm: After garnering inspiration from the May baskets displayed throughout Falmouth Village, learn to make your own at Highfield Hall. You will mix seasonal flowering plants, herbs and foliage plants topped off with moss.  Anna will teach how to select plants, where to buy them, how to care for your garden and dress up a seasonal garden.  All materials are supplied in this hands-on workshop. $40 per person/$35 for Highfield Hall members. Register on-line or call, 508-495-1878, ext. 2.
  • May 9: Spring Story time: Eight Cousins Bookstore is hosting story time at 10:30 am for the very popular book Guess How Much I Love You. The event will include story time, activity, and photos with Little Nut Brown Hare.
  • May 10: Falmouth Beautification Council Plant Sale, 9am – 3pm: Put the gardening gloves on and revvvv your garden engines for the annual Falmouth Beautification Council Sale. Here’s your chance to fill the window boxes and planters as the council peddles its pedals! From 9:00am – 3:00pm, under the tents at Town Hall Square, purchase your annuals, perennials, herbs, daylilies, shrubs, veggies, house plants and more. This is a sale that gardeners wait for which signals that the growing season can now begin. Special workshops for gardeners and kids will be offered too.
Cherry blossoms at Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast garden entrance.
Cherry blossoms at the garden entrance.
  • May 10:  Falmouth B&B Association Garden Tour:  1:00-3:00pm:   A number of the Falmouth B&B Association members will open their gardens for touring and mini-workshops.  Take a tour of the gardens, enjoy the chance to learn from accomplished innkeeper/gardeners.
    • Captain’s Manor Inn: Learn about the new raised bed gardening trend using cattle troughs. The Inn is expanding their herb and vegetable garden using this method. Professional landscape experts will be on site to answer your lawn and gardening questions.
    • Cape Cop B&B herb garden
      Herb garden facing the main inn building.

      Palmer House Inn: A how to plant a successful container garden demonstration will be presented in the herb garden, instruction and handouts provided. Refreshments provided on the deck.

    • Woods Hole Passage: Bring the kids to participate in a child centered garden project.
    • Woods Hole Inn and Bailey’s by the Sea: Stop by and enjoy tea and cookies on the porch.

Throughout the Falmouth Blooming celebration inns also offer packages including accommodations, breakfast, themed amenities and more.  Click here for a spring package or click here for a Cinco de Mayo Package from Palmer House Inn.  Click here for spring or Cinco de Mayo packages from Captain’s Manor Inn, both within an easy stroll of the Falmouth Blooming festivities.

For more information on Falmouth Villages April and May events, and to plan your next visit to Falmouth Village, go to www.falmouthvillageassociation.com.

 


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 Falmouth Village Blooming events, 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.