Falmouth Fairy Houses

Our Own Fairy House
Our Own Fairy House
Our Own Fairy House

Falmouth’s Highfield Hall has repeated its wildly successful 2013 outdoor Falmouth fairy house exhibit. We were fortunate to have our five-year old granddaughter visiting on the day of the opening. As we followed the colorful map through the gardens Delaney was completely enchanted. When we returned to the Palmer House, we set about collecting items from our attics and basements. She and her mom set up the table in the cottage where they were staying and created a fairy house of their own. The following morning we placed the house in our gardens. Delaney had chosen the perfect spot. The previous day I had shown her some shamrocks at the foot of a tree that had grown from seed. I had told her that I had bought them for St Patrick’s Day.

Fairy House Behind the Herb Garden
Fairy House Behind the Herb Garden

As we carried the house into the garden she said, “I want the house to be with the St. Patrick plants. She placed the house among the plants and arranged other items around the upside down flowerpot house. She checked the house several times that day making slight changes. The following day, before we left for the airport, to meet her mom who had been working in Boston, she checked the fairy house one last time. She was delighted to tell me that she knew the fairies had been there during the night because the furniture in the house had been moved.  During her visit with us there were many wonderful moments but that discovery has to be the high point of the visit.

Fairy Houses on a Rock Wall
Fairy Houses on a rock wall.

The exhibit runs through July and August. Sally Mavor is the curator. She was inspired by an exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lime Connecticut. The houses were created by a number of artists. There were a few requirements for the fairy house creators.  She said,” The houses could be etherial or grounded in reality; they could be ephemeral. I wanted people to understand that this was a happening, an experience, not a permanent exhibit and one that worked best as a collection of homes.”

Glass Bead Fairy House at Highfield Hall
Glass Bead Fairy House at Highfield Hall

The houses are all constructed of natural materials, found items and things found in nature. Mavor stressed that fairies do not like plastic. Another requirement was that the fairies not be at home.  The goal of the exhibit is to spark the imagination. One of the things that I delighted in seeing is how much the grown-ups enjoyed experiencing the houses as much as the children. The adults notice the intricate detail and appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into each structures.

Following the map and discovering the houses are almost as much fun as viewing them. They are sited among tree roots and nestled in the forks of trees or sheltered among rocks.

One local artist who created an entire ceramic fairy village that is on display is Tessa Morgan of the Flying Pig Pottery in Woods Hole. The floors of the cottages are wood and the ladders are made of vines. She was able to use a teapot that had a broken spout. Then she cut holes in some pots for windows and doors.

I recommend this exhibit to all of our guests this summer. Just to think, it is only a short stroll from the inn.

 


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 the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of exploring Cape Cod’s gardens, 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 for a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Provincetown Cape Cod

Provincetown, Cape Cod

Playing in P-town

By Mary Moran

Provincetown, Cape Cod
Provincetown, Cape Cod

Provincetown, located at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula, is a small town with a whole lot of character. Taking a day trip to Provincetown will certainly not disappoint, because there are many interesting options when it comes to activities, both during the day and evening. You may want to linger later because of the great nightlife that P-town  has to offer. This historic art and theater community is the ideal place for the whole family. In Provincetown center you will discover numerous art galleries, unique boutiques, great dining, and a diverse and lively night-time scene. The evenings offer choices such as dancing, shows, performances, and movies. Just outside of town is the beautiful National Seashore,  the legendary Race Point Beach, and whale watching cruises if exploring the ocean and soft sand is more of your idea for a wonderful Cape Cod day trip.

Provincetown, Cape Cod bench.
Provincetown bench.

If you are interested in the history of this beautiful Cape Cod town, take a walk through the Provincetown Museum. Located at the foot of the Pilgrim Monument, The Provincetown Museum lets you explore the history of this once thriving maritime and whaling community. You can also learn about the first landing of the Mayflower and the Pilgrim’s five week stay in Provincetown before they set off for their final destination in Plymouth. The Mayflower Compact was actually written during the Pilgrim’s stay in Provincetown! In addition to the maritime history, the museum also focuses on the early American Theater that led Provincetown to become a famous community for the theater and arts.

After learning about some of Provincetown’s rich history, if you are ambitious, climb the Pilgrim Monument and get a view of Cape Cod and the ocean that is truly specular. This 252 foot tall monument was built in 1910 to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower and the arrival of the Pilgrims. The monument is open to the public and totally worth the 116 step trek to the top.

Winter beach in Provincetown Cape Cod
Winter beach.

To see some of the town’s modern art, visit the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Established in 1914, this museum is the most visited art museum on Cape Cod. Here you will find a variety of modern art exhibits all created by local artists. The Art Association strives to continue an active and diverse art involvement in the community. The Association and Museum holds multiple workshops and events year-round so that everyone can become involved and inspired to create His /her own unique works of art.

Rusty fishing buoys
Rusty fishing buoys
Waiting for the Tide
Waiting for the Tide

The old saying says, “The best things come in small packages”, and Provincetown is no exception. This small beach community has so much to offer. Spending the day there is great for vacationers of any age and at any time of the year. it is true that the town is a little sleepier in the off season but there are still activities. The easy commute from Falmouth makes this day trip even sweeter. Provincetown is only a little over an hour’s drive from the Palmer House Inn and is a straight shot east on Route 6. Getting lost is practically impossible! In addition, when you are staying in our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Inn and want to do a little pre-trip planning, you can relax in the Inn’s living-room and take advantage of our Wifi to find a schedule of the exciting year-round events in Provincetown. You are bound to find something that catches your eye!

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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 the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring Cape Cod, 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 for a relaxing stay before and after your day.


Mary Moran is a Falmouth native and knowledgable about Cape Cod. In addition to writing for the Palmer House Inn, she’s also frequently at the inn and available  to answer quest’s questions. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time exploring Falmouth’s coastal waterways.

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 the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring Cape Cod’s finest gardens, 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 for a relaxing stay before and after your day.