Cape Cod Meets Blizzard Janice

Blizzard Janice: Snowy photo of Cape Cod storefront.

The Full Force of Blizzard Janice Hits the Cape

It is 7:00 am on a snow day at our cozy Cape Cod B&B. Bill and I are warm and cozy and preparing to start digging out as soon as the snow subsides.

Blizzard Janice: Snowy photo of Cape Cod storefront.
Snowy photo of Cape Cod storefront.
Blizzard Janice: warm Bird bath
The warm bird bath.

Brian will soon be arriving with his red pick-up truck to plow the lot. We will do the walk-ways. We have had wind gusts up to 35 mph. but there has not been much drifting. Our heated bird bath outside the dining room window is awaiting its morning visitors. No birds have arrived yet this morning. They must be hunkered-down in a sheltered spot.

Impromptu Girls Night out for Blizzard Janice.
Impromptu Girls Night out for Blizzard Janice.

Last evening we decided to take a walk down Falmouth’s Main Street. It was quiet but Lium Maguire’s Pub and La Cucina sul Mare were open. We stopped in to say hello and to see how everyone was doing. There was a group of ladies at one end of La Cucina’s bar, who were having an impromptu “Lady’s Night Out”. As it turned out, they were school teachers who were celebrating, in advance, the school closings. Bill and I who are former school teachers, could identify with them.  I always looked at the school closings as a gift of time. I would spend those days catching up on many over due projects. Bill, on the other hand, had a three-quarter ton pick-up truck with a plow. He would spend the day plowing parking lots and driveways.

Fox News at Blizzard Janice on Cape Cod.
Fox News at Blizzard Janice on Cape Cod.

As we ventured further down Main Street, we saw a Fox News truck from Channel 25 in Boston. We had seen them on the TV at La Cucina and they had said that one of the local business’s had delivered hot chocolate to the truck. They had chosen Falmouth because the  forecasters had predicted that Janice’s full force was to be felt on Cape Cod. Before we left the restaurants, we left business cards with those who were still working and told them that if they thought that the trip, to their homes, was too dangerous, they had a warm, safe bed at the Palmer House Inn.

As we walked back to the inn I could not resist taking a photo of the Treasure Chest’s window all dressed up for Valentines.


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 and braving the snow, 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.

Cape Cod Marathon Weekend

Cape Cod Marathon Finishline
Two runners on their way to the Cape Cod Marathon
Two runners on their way to the Cape Cod Marathon

On Saturday October 26, 2013 Falmouth hosted the third Nova Nordisk Cape Cod Marathon Half. On Sunday October 27, 2013 we hosted the 36th. Cape Cod Marathon and the 21st. Cape Cod Marathon Relay. In other words Falmouth is a runners kind of town. If you like to run and like being with other enthusiastic runners, this is the place to be.

Cape Cod Marathon Finishline
Finish line

Bill and I bought the Palmer house Inn nine years ago. At that time we had no idea that this community had such a love of running. The first few years we hosted a few very dedicated marathoners and a few relay teams. Then in 20o9 the half marathon was introduced. This year the inn was full for three days. It was great!

It was a wonderful weekend with lots of energetic folks enjoying our very special town. If you are a runner or a friend of a runner, and want to join us next year, it might be helpful to know that the staff at the Palmer House Inn will be up early to provide a pre-race breakfast to all of our guests. The dining room opens at 7:00 am, on race days and we serve buffet style. The offerings include: an assortment of juices and fruits (yes bananas too), scrambled eggs. corn pudding, bacon, assorted breads, bagels & cream cheese, cereals and piping hot muffins.

The Falmouth track club runs the events. There are hundreds of volunteers who are up and out in the wee hours of the mornings, setting up street barricades, signs, comfort stations to name just a few of the tasks that they accomplish. They are also working long past the end of the races  dismantling and cleaning. The day after the races one would never know that there had been thousands of people attending a major event in this charming town.

Some Race Related Activities

The weekend begins with “The Coffee-O Friday Night Five”. It is a five-mile race for runners and their friends and family. Participants can tune-up with the locals at this weekly Falmouth event. The race begins at 5:30 pm in Town Hall Square off Main Street. It is located just across the street from the Quarterdeck Restaurant. The course is an accurate five miles and all turns and miles are marked on the road. There is no fee and you time yourself. In addition to the run, there is a 2.5 mile walk held simultaneously.

Cape Cod Marathon Behind the Line
Behind the finish line

On Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm the Falmouth Track Club sold a variety of marathon related items, including t-shirts and sweatshirts. The National Running Center also had a large selection of running gear for sale. In addition, many other exhibitors were present.

If the runners were interested in “carbo loading” on Friday and Saturday evenings, they could do just that at a variety of restaurants on Main Street in Falmouth Village and in Woods Hole. The restaurants served up the runner’s favorite pasta dishes.

Cape Cod Marathon: teammates cross the finishline.
Teammates cross the finish line.

There are race lunches after each race. The post-race lunches were sponsored by Sabatino Scafuto a Mashpee restaurant, that is a member of the Mashpee Booster Club. The meals were served on the lower level of the Lawrence School in the cafeteria.The cafeteria is where runners picked up their Race Packets earlier in the day. The lunch for the half marathoners consisted of a bowel of clam chowder or minestrone soup, French bread, salad and fruit. The full marathon runners had the traditional post-race meal of clam chowder, pasta with tomato sauce, salad, French bread and fruit. The meals for the runners were complimentary. Family and friends were asked to contribute $5.00.

There was also a post race party for the runners at the Falmouth Inn where live music was provided by the BaHa Brothers. A good time was had by all.

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Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

The Palmer House Inn is located just a few yards from the finish line. While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room or the Emily Dickinson room. Both rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.


Bed and Breakfast Cooking Classes for 2014

Cape Cod Cooking Getaway class of 2013

The Palmer House Inn is pleased to announce that we will again be hosting Head Chef Fabio Pozzetti for three Saturday morning bed and breakfast cooking classes during the 2014 winter season.  

Cape Cod Cooking Getaway Class: Chef prepares the dough.
Chef Pozzati prepares the dough.

His classes are a journey through  the world of taste and genuine cuisine of the his native Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Students will discover or rediscover the cooking styles of traditional homemade Italian cuisine. The same preparation and cooking styles that were used by his mother, grandmothers going back for generations, will be taught in all three classes. The students will connect with the wonderful foods and time-honored traditions of his charming home region.

Cape Cod Cooking Getaway shaping the dough.
Shaping the dough.

The first class, Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, will take place on the weekend of February 7th & 8th. Each cooking class weekend will begin on Friday at 5:00 to 6:00 pm with a wine and cheese reception by the fire in the lovely Palmer House parlor. We will be able to chat or you can relax by a romantic fire.

On Saturday morning from 8:00 to 9:30, you will be served  one of the Palmer House Inn’s fine three course New England style breakfasts. At 11:00 AM the class will begin in the inn’s spacious kitchen. This class will feature the art of hand-made egg pasta. Chef Pozetti will demonstrate his time-honored mixing, cutting and stuffing techniques. He will also share with you the ingredients and products that go into achieving the authentic uniquely Italian flavors of his dishes. You will be able to try your hand at forming and stuffing the various raviolis. Chef Pozzati will also demonstrate and  explain the secrets of his sumptuous bolognese sauce. To each of the classes, he will bring wines that compliment the dishes for you to enjoy as you sample the dishes.

The third part of our Italian cooking weekends will be a gift certificate for your Saturday evening meal at Ostreia la Civetta where the chef will visit you at your table.

Then back to your lovely room at the Palmer House Inn. The following morning you will enjoy another sumptuous New England style breakfast before you set out on your journey home.

Cape Cod Cooking Class: Italian Desert
Italian desert.

The second in our series of classes, Traditional Italian Deserts, will take place on the weekend of  March 28th and 29th. Because March is National Chocolate month, we have chosen to feature some wonderful Italian chocolate deserts. The first will be Salame de Cioccolato. This is sliced soft cookies with bits of biscotti that is served over English cream. This desert is a chocolate liver’s delight. The second demonstration will be Tiramisu Estivo. This consists of tiramisu mousse with mascarpone, espresso, lady fingers and chocolate chips. Chef Pozzetti puts his own unique spin on this time-honored favorite.

Traditional Italian Cooking Class
Traditional Italian Cooking Class

Our third and final class, Traditional Italian Cooking Class, will be held on the weekend of April 11th and 12th. This class will highlight the many uses of pork in the cooking of the Emilia Romagna region. The class will feature roast pork with orange and lemon sauce and cotoletta alla bolognese.

Previous Bed and Breakfast Cooking Classes Include:

Classes will be held at the Palmer House Inn.

Bed and Breakfast Cooking Class Getaway Weekend Prices

The price of the weekend is $599.00. This includes: Friday evening wine and cheese reception, two new England style breakfasts. afternoon refreshments, the two to three-hour cooking class with Head Chef Pozzati, the $50.00 gift certificate to Osteria la Civetta and two nights stay in a queen sized bedroom at the Palmer House Inn. (Up grades are available if you prefer a larger king sized room).

To book this package call Bill at 508-548-1230, 800-472-2632 or send us an email at


Cape Cod's Oliver Wendell Holmes Room 9
Cape Cod’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Room 9

While all of our bedchambers have their own romantic charm, we recommend the Oliver Wendell Holmes room with its four-poster carved mahogany bed, the Edith Wharton room with its carved mahogany queen canopy and crocheted coverlet, or the Edna St. Vincent Millay room in the top of the Victorian tower. All three are wonderful choices for your Bed and Breakfast Cooking Class getaway weekend.