What Are You Doing This Same Time Next Year? Renew, Relax and Rejuvenate

Romantic Couple Embrace

Same Time Next Year: Renew, Relax and Rejuvenate

We proudly present our tranquil Cape Cod bed and breakfast as a relaxing location for couples to recharge, renew themselves and their relationships with loved ones. Our goal is to provide you with an occasion to focus on you love and to find each other again.

Romantic Couple Embrace
Romantic Couple Embrace

Our Same Time Next Year Getaway Package consists of three steps. First, book your room for next year and we will reserve it at this year’s rate. Two, select the room that you want when making the reservation. And, third, write a note to yourselves about your thoughts and dreams using the note paper and envelope we gave to you on arrival. We will seal it with wax and place it in your room on the day of your arrival.

Think of your note as a mini-time capsule, for the two of you to reminisce while you relax by a cozy fire, take a romantic stroll along the beach, or while enjoying a delightful evening meal at your favorite restaurant. This is your time to make it what you wish for yourselves and each other. This is your time to renew, relax and rejuvenate.

What our guests are saying…

“Bill & Pat, Thank you so much for another wonderful stay at the Palmer House. We so love staying here in Falmouth and especially at the Palmer House. Hope to see you soon.” – To & Betty Ann, July 7, 2012

“Thank you so much for the lovely surprise of champagne and chocolates last night. Your Inn and all you do to make it the great place that it is made my big 50th a lovely time! Thank you very much! We plan to visit again and again.” – Susan, July 7, 2012

“Bill & Pat, Wow!! What a beautiful,elegant room & so clean. The attention to detail is fabulous. Our second time staying with you and again we had a wonderful stay! Breakfast was delicious, the room was so quiet & comfy!. We will be back again soon!
Thanks for the memories!” – Delia & Paul, Wrentham, MA, February 6, 2012

“Our stay here was restful. We appreciate your hospitality and the comfortable environment that you create here for us travelers to your Inn. We hope to journey back this way again sometime, and if we stay the night it will be here! Much happiness to you and yours.” –Sally & Fred, September 13, 2011

“It was a pleasurable stay at the Palmer House. We have stayed in Falmouth at many Inns and hotels but none as nice, welcoming and immaculate as the Palmer House. We will be back! ” – Dan & Kim, MA, September 11, 2011

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“15 Years ago, my husband & I were married in the front parlor of this lovely Inn. We had not been back & were pleased with changes. Bill & Pat have been so kind & helpful. We have enjoyed our stay & hope to return–sooner than 15 years!” – Amy & D’Armand, June 7, 2011

While all of your rooms have their own renewing charm, our favorite Same Time Next Year rooms are the Emily Dickinson Room, Harriet Beecher Stowe Room and the Theodore Roosevelt Room for their big comfortable beds, jacuzzi-style tubs and cozy fireplaces.

Romantic Valentine’s Day on Cape Cod

Romantic Valentine Roses

A Romantic Cape Valentine Weekend

It is February 14th and our little Cape Cod bed and breakfast will be checking-in an inn full of  guests this weekend. The roses have been ordered, to be delivered today. The chocolates have been purchased and the champagne is chilling. There will be a fire in the parlor fireplace and romantic music will be playing.

Romantic Valentine Roses
Romantic Valentine Roses

The restaurants and shops on Main Street are also decked out. La Cucina Sul Mare (Falmouth Restaurant Map), Falmouth’s southern Italian-American restaurant, has a decorated tree with red lighting beside the door and each diner will be given a red rose.  Fabio Pozzati, the executive chef at Osteria La Civetti, Main Street’s northern Italian restaurant, will be serving up some of his romantic fare.  Anejo Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar has created a wonderful Valentine Margarita for diners to enjoy. Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub is hosting it’s sixth annual “Dateless Night”,  if you want to have a good laugh, they will be having their own version of “The Dating Game”. You do not have to be dateless in order to go, all that you need is a good sense of humor and an appreciation of fine Irish music. Also, Stone Loven Pizza Co. will be featuring their meat lover’s pizza. Also, The Glass Onion on North Main Street will be having several sumptuous specials this in honor of the day of lovers.

How did Valentine’s Day Become Romantic?

The origin of Valentine’s Day is not certain. There were many early Christian martyrs who were named Valentine, however, it is believed that the ones who are honored on February 14th are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Valentine of Rome, was martyred in approximately AD 269 and was berried on Via Flaminia.

Romantic Valentine Heart and Chocolates
Valentine Heart and Chocolates

Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna about AD 197. Interamna is modern day Terni. This Valentine is said to have been martyred  during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia. According to popular to popular martyrology Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed, it is said that he composed a farewell letter to her and signed it, “From your Valentine.” However, it was not until the Middle Ages that February 14th. was associated with romantic love. It was Gregory Chaucer who initiated the tradition of courtly love and it was in the 15th. century that it became an occasion during which lovers expressed their love for one another. That is when the giving of flowers, sweets and love notes became popular. Some Valentine’s Day symbols that are the most used today are; a heart-shaped outline, doves and winged Cupids. In the 19th. century greeting card companies began mass-producing cards and the tradition continues today.

Yesterday I met a friend, she told me about her 14 year old son who wanted to give his girlfriend a special Valentine, however, because he was on a tight budget, he decided to give her a deck of playing cards. On each card he wrote a reason why he loves her. On the front of the box he wrote, Fifty-two reasons why I love you. On one of the cards he wrote, “I love the way that your eyes crinkle when you laugh.” I would be willing to bet that she will keep that deck for a long time.

If you are looking for a romantic Bed and Breakfast next Valentine’s Day we recommend our Harriet Beecher Stowe room, with a fireplace, jacuzzi-style tub and cozy king bed, won’t want to leave. Our Emily Dickinson room also features a fireplace, jazuzzi-style tub and inviting king bed with the added benefit of being located in the main part of the inn.


Cape Cod Meets Super Blizzard Nemo

Snow on the front walk of the Palmer House

We survived Blizzard Nemo with a bit of damage to the trees, and Cape Cod survived too.

Snow on the front walk of the Palmer House
A snow-covered front walk.

When the snow started on Friday morning it was light at first and the flakes were very small. That is usually an indication that a significant storm is in the offing.  As the day progressed, the snow was mixed with rain and by evening we had near white-out conditions. Throughout the night the wind was blowing wildly. It was in the morning when the storm was tapering off, as we walked the property, that we saw how much damage had been done. Bill has called a man with a plow but it is doubtful that he will be here today.  Almost half of the homes in Falmouth are without power and we have had many calls from people who are looking for warm rooms. We wish that we could help but we are “Snowbound”.

Snow on the Cape Cod B&B sign
Snow on the B&B sign.

I grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts which is a little over a hundred miles north of Falmouth. Our home was a beautiful per-revolutionary colonial, in the section of the town known as Rocks Village. The house was built on the banks of the Merrimack River in 1774. The village was just a few miles from John Greenleaf Whittier’s homestead. One of Whittier’s best known poems was “Snowbound”. It was written about a massive storm that hit New England when he was a boy in the early eighteen hundreds. In the poem he talks about the snow being so deep that it almost reached the second story windows of his home. They were safe and warm in the house but they could not get to the barn to feed the animals. They decided to dig a tunnel through the snow to  get to the barn. The poem tells about that project.

Snow covered tree at a Cape Cod B&B
Snow covered tree.

Thinking about that long past dilemma and how it was solved, helps to put our plight into perspective. The Whittiers did not have to think about air travel, automobiles, electricity, snow plows or oil deliveries. Our lives are very different in the twenty-first century. Cape Cod usually does not get much snow. In fact last year we had little more that just a few dustings. That is what we get used to. Most of the towns on the Cape do not have town plows. Those of you who are familiar with New England  winters know that the snow removal fleet is an important item on each town or city’s budget. Traditionally, on the Cape, we get so little snow that our towns call upon local private contractors to do the job when needed. This storm is living up to its billing. It is a very heavy wet snow. We have sustained a lot of damage to our trees and shrubs. Bill is outside with the snow-blower working on clearing the walkways. We have been in contact with a plowing service to have the lot cleared, however, he could not give us a time when he could get here. We have had many calls today from folks in town who do not have electricity and need a warm place to stay but we cannot take guests until the lot is clear.

We’ll be digging out, shoveling the steps and preparing warm breakfasts for our guests. It will be a wonderful winter wonderland for a while. We always enjoy the cozy fires when we have a good snowfall. We’ll have a warm fire waiting for you in the parlor and a truely romantic fire in the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodor Roosevelt room and the Emily Dickinson room.