Executive Retreat: Research Directors from the G8 Countries Meet on Cape Cod

Jonsson Center from the dock. Falmouth, Cape Cod,

Executive Retreat: Research Directors from the G8 Countries Meet on Cape Cod

Guests frequently ask if the Palmer House Inn hosts business groups or executive retreats. The answer is ‘yes,’ we have hosted a range of gatherings. In fact, we hosted this fascinating group a few years ago.

Executive Retereat Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast - Palmer House Inn
Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast – Palmer House Inn

In May of 2008 Falmouth’s Palmer House Inn, a bed and breakfast played host to the research directors of the prestigious G8 international science group. As you might remember, the G8 countries comprise the eight largest economies in the world.

During their stay our lovely Cape Cod town was its most beautiful. The sky was bright sparkling blue, the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and the tulips and daffodils were also blooming. An additional treat was that the directors brought their wives. The ladies were able to do some sightseeing while directors were in meetings. (Executive retreat activities.)

Executive retreat at theJonsson Center
Jonsson Center from the dock.

For the executive retreat, we provided lodging for the two-day G8 conference. Our location near the center of Falmouth and Woods Hole was a wonderful for the group. The meetings for the research directors, took place on May 5th and 6th at the National Science Foundation’s Jonsson Center in Woods Hole. The countries represent about 65 percent of the world’s economy. Each year the meeting is  hosted by a different country. Last year, in 2007, the meeting was hosted in France and the directors gathered in Paris. I don’t want to brag but we did hear that some of them might have preferred the Cape Cod accommodations.

View of The Knob Beach from the Jonsson Center.
View of The Knob Beach from the Jonsson Center.

The Jonsson Center is a magnificent Victorian-style cottage that was built in the late nineteen hundreds as a summer residence for a wealthy family. It has been meticulously restored and maintained by the foundation and is used for meetings by the Woods Hole science community. It is located on a bluff and has sweeping views of Quisset Harbor, The Knob and Gansett Point. The sunsets are spectacular.

In the United States, the National Science Foundation is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and was the representative organization to the group that hosted the meeting. Ardent L. Bement, JR., PhD. is the director of the Foundation.

The countries represented were Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States. The goal of the National Science Foundation is to promote research in all fields of science and engineering. The foundation is responsible for much of the federal funding granted to colleges and universities to support research. The foundation selected Woods Hole for the meeting this year because of the atmosphere of science and research in the village. Some participants remained after the conference to enjoy a few rounds of golf on Falmouth courses and to do some sightseeing around the Cape.

Some of the projects that the NSF are currently exploring are: The measuring of antiproton magnetic charges. This method measures the charge 680 times more precisely than in the past. They are also studying the digestive system of Alaskan trout. Additionally NSF is researching some of the quirky features of the lyme disease bacteria.   Also, one of NSF’s most significant work centers around research that probes how pancreatic cancers metastasize.

You too can stay in the room worthy of a G8 director. For guests with a discerning scientific leaning we recommend the charming Harriet Beecher Stowe room or the Emily Dickinson room. Both rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces and jacuzzi-style tubs.

Executive Retreats at the Palmer House

For more information on corporate events, executive retreat amenities, team-building activities or to request more information contact us at 508-548-1230 or innkeepers@palmerhouseinn.com.





A Cape Cod Mother’s Day

Cape Cod Mother's Day Roses

Bill and Pat and The Palmer House Inn staff, wish all mothers a wonderful day, filled with the joy of your youngsters. We are blessed with three beautiful daughters, three fine sons-in-law  and three wonderful grandchildren. We are truly blessed. Who could ask for more.

Cape Cod Mother's Day Roses
Mother’s Day Roses

Easter at Our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast

Easter bunny greeting children in Falmouth, Cape Cod.

From all of us at a Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, we wish you all a happy and healthy Easter weekend. 

Easter bunny greeting children in Falmouth, Cape Cod.
Easter bunny greeting children in Falmouth.

The Palmer House Inn is open and we are decorated for this joyous holiday. Give us a call and join us for a few days. You can take advantage of our Spring Break Special. The Main Street shops in Falmouth Village are decorated and all of the fine restaurants are open. As always the Easter Bunny will be here on Saturday to oversee the Easter Egg Roll on the library lawn and after the Roll’s festivities, she will be meeting with the little ones on her thrown on the stage at Peg Noonan Park.

Spring has arrived, the snow drops and crocus are in bloom. The grass is beginning to get greener. The days are getting longer and warmer.  The breezes are softer and the birds are returning from the south land. The outside work at the Inn has begun in preparation for the busy high season.  Cape Cod is waking up after its long winter’s nap.

After a short trip to the west coast in January to visit family, Bill and I have spent the quiet season polishing, painting and otherwise preparing, Our quaint Cape Cod bed and breakfast is ready to welcome for the new season. As spring progresses we are rested and ready to go. I have been experimenting in the kitchen and have made a few new additions to our menu offerings but the old favorites will still be served. Remember, if you do have a favorite Palmer House Inn, breakfast that you remember form a prior stay, just let us know when you are booking your reservation and we will do our best to make your wish come true.

There will be a few other changes for the 2013 season. Bill has decided to take on a new role during our the morning service. As much as he enjoys cooking, his plan is that he will no longer be behind the kitchen counter but will be more available to the guests. He will be in the office and around the common areas and will be free to chat with guests, to answer questions about day trips, issue bicycles, sell ferry tickets or print boarding passes.

For those of you who came to know and enjoy the pleasant personalities of  our lovely 2012 housekeeping staff, we have kept in contact them in Romania and Bulgaria and many of them will be returning in May and June, just in time for warm weather.

Lilly of the Valley at Sphor Gardens, Cape Cod
Lilly of the Valley

Monca, Stanislava, Geargiana and Ciprianna add such joy and youthful enthusiasm to the inn’s service and charm. The personal touch is what innkeeping is all about. We have also added a new person to the front desk staff. Her name is Mimi and she will be with us year round. She is a warm and energetic New Englander. She has lived in Falmouth for a number of years, and she knows all of the best places to visit and dine. She is also an artist who exhibits throughout Cape Cod. We are looking forward to the new dimension that she will be adding to our Cape Cod bed and breakfast experience.