1st & Only Tesla Destination Charging Station Cape Cod

Tesla destination charging station at the Palmer House Inn.

Tesla Destination Charging Station Cape Cod Up and Running at Falmouth Village’s Palmer House Inn

News from Falmouth Village, MA – August 30, 2014

Tesla destination charging station Cape Cod
Tesla at the Palmer House Inn.
Tesla destination charging station Cape Cod
2 Tesla charging stations

Falmouth Village, MA – When Bill O’Connell, co-owner of the Palmer House Inn in Falmouth Village, MA, heard his guests lament they’d have to drive all the way to Rhode Island to find an efficient charging station for their Tesla electric car, he got charged up! Understanding the conundrum of charging for Tesla electric cars on Cape Cod, he reached out to the innovative car company and was accepted as the first and only Tesla Destination Charging Location Cape Cod for Tesla drivers. A dual charging station was recently installed at Palmer House Inn, so now Tesla owners have a convenient and efficient charging station when they stay at the Palmer House in Falmouth Village, Cape Cod.

The Tesla destination Cape Cod charging stationTesla Motors was founded in 2003 by a group of Silicon Valley engineers who set out to prove that electric vehicles could be awesome, according to their website. The Tesla Roadster hit the streets in early 2008 as a sports car that could go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and travel for 245 miles per charge. Today, the demand for premium Tesla electric cars has skyrocketed with thousands on order directly through the company.

Yet, the issue of charging can be a problem for those who wish to travel longer distances so Tesla created its Destination Charging Location program and Palmer House Inn is among the newest recruits and the only Tesla Destination Charging Station on Cape Cod. Tesla Motors provided the dual charging station equipment to Palmer House Inn and funded a local electrician to install the station to code. Now when Tesla drivers check in to the Palmer House Inn, they can be assured of charging their cars overnight while they enjoy a getaway in Falmouth Village, MA. Charging services are complimentary for Tesla owners staying at the Palmer House Inn.

“I guess you could say we’re charged up about being the first Tesla Destination Charging Location on Cape Cod,” said O’Connell. “We feel we’ve helped to solve the greatest challenge Tesla drivers face; finding a convenient, safe and comfortable place to energize their car for the next leg of their trip. While they sleep in style, they can rest assured they’ll drive away in style, charged for the next leg of the trip,” finished O’Connell.

To learn more about the Tesla Charging Station at Palmer House Inn, call Bill O’Connell at 508-548-1230. For a map of Tesla Charging Stations in the United States, visit www.teslamotors.com/findus.

About Palmer House Inn

The Palmer House Inn
The Palmer House Inn

Experience a relaxing stay at this 1901 Queen Anne style Cape Cod B&B. Stained glass windows, rich woodwork, gleaming hardwood floors and antique furnishings create an overall sense of warmth and harmony. This romantic Select Registry B&B is located in Falmouth’s Historic District, a quiet residential area of tree lined streets, picket fences, colorful gardens, fabulous museums and elegant homes. Beautiful beaches, quaint shops, ferry shuttles and excellent restaurants are a short stroll from the Inn. Palmer House Inn is open year-round, and with 17 individually decorated guest rooms, there’s almost always a room and always a charge for Tesla drivers at this inn. For more information, visit www.PalmerHouseInn.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 the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring the Cape in your eco-friendly Tesla, 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.

The 24th Annual Falmouth Walk

In the past I have written blog posts about Falmouth being a “Runner’s Town,” well it is also a walker’s town. On Saturday August 16th, the twenty-forth edition of the Falmouth walk will begin at ten am. The starting line is at Town Hall Square. The exact distance is 3.2 miles. This years walk will benefit a number of Falmouth charities. Last year they were able to raise $30,000. for: The Falmouth Military Support Group, Haven for Healing, the Ellen T. Mitchell Scholarship fund, The Falmouth Service Center, Around the Table Meals program, The Falmouth Senior Center, and The Gosnold Center.

Quarterdeck Restaurant
Quarterdeck Restaurant decorated for the Marine Corps Birthday.

The entry fee for the walk id $20. per person and registration will begin on Friday evening, August 15th. from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at the Quarterdeck Restaurant 164 Main Street in Falmouth. Registration will resume on Saturday morning from 9;00 – 9:45 am. The finish will be at Saint Barnabas Church by the Village Green, where there will be a family picnic, auction and raffle on the church grounds.

Cape Cod event: Lobster on the lawn
Lobster on the Lawn

For those who do not desire to walk the entire course, there is a “Short Cut” route which makes the walk closer to one mile in distance.

For additional information please call 508-548-2313 or www.falmouthwalk.org

Now for a bit of history about the Falmouth Walk’s beginnings. This information has been taken from the website.

“The history of the Falmouth Walk dates back to 1991, the year that the infamous “Hurricane Bob”plowed through Falmouth. Two old Friends, Tommy Leonard, a bartender at the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Falmouth and Eddie Doyle, then the bartender at “Cheers” in Boston, came up with the idea for the Falmouth Walk to benefit the Babe Ruth World Series. It was being held at Guv Fuller Field.

The sign-u was held at Lawrence’s Restaurant and attracted about 50 people. The next day the first annual Falmouth Walk stepped off at the Heights by the Casino and followed the route of Falmouth Road Race.. in reverse. The group took the Bike Path at Surf Drive to avoid the roads and finished in Woods Hole at the Library. Tommy had arranged for a bus to take everyone back to Falmouth. Unfortunately the bus arrived almost two hours late but a good time was had by all. Forty-eight hours later “Bob” obliterated the Bike Path and Surf Drive, with widespread damage throughout the town.

TL & Eddie’s experience raising funds for charities goes back to their days working in Boston. One such event is called “the Bull to the Elliot.” Beneficiaries include the Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Center and Halecyon Place, a home for families of loved ones being treated at Shriner’s Burn Center at MGH. It is a one mile bar to bar jaunt along the beautiful Commonwealth Avenue mall and featured about 150 runners and a celebrity guest of honor, riding in a limo, of course.

The last “Bull to the Elliot” was run to benefit a young man named “JP” who worked at the Bull & Finch Pub.


How to Plan a Cape Cod Herb Garden

Chives in our Cape Cod Garden

The Palmer House’s Cape Cod Herb Garden

We are looking forward to some of the most beautiful gardens on Cape Cod this year (perhaps a little biased :).

Cape Cod Herb Garden hops

To be honest I’m not really an expert but this is how we put our garden together. Hopefully you can find some useful information or at least some inspiration for your garden. Most of our garden planning is a year-round activity. Early each year we sit down with a property plan to map out the best use of light and space. The inn has several distinct garden locations. The first one we will focus on is the Humble Innkeeper’s Herb Garden.

  1. Cape Cod herb garden
    Herb garden facing the main Inn building.

    Start by defining the requirements for the garden: This is the garden where many of the breakfast garnishes and ingredients  are harvested. We also want it to be a peaceful place to rest, while being a functional organic garden.

  2. Next, determine the environmental conditions: What sort of light is available? How warm or cold does it tend to get? What are the soil conditions?
    • This garden is in a small clearing that is surrounded by woods. This makes it a lovely place to watch birds and grey squirrels, or even hold a small wedding ceremony without it getting too hot, but it also means the plants on the edges are in shade much of the day.
    • We are on Cape Cod, so we start our seeds indoors or buy them in the garden center and don’t put them into the ground or containers until after the last frost of the year, usually in early May.
    • As for the soil conditions: you can get a test kit at our local garden shop to check for acidity.
  3. Cape Cod B&B Humble Innkeeper's Garden
    Humble Innkeeper’s Garden, the herb garden.

    Plan, plan, plan: I like to sit down on a chilly day in the winter with a pencil and paper. Then I sketch out how I want the garden to look. I also spend time researching plants requirements and how tall it will grow. Our herb garden is quite structured. There are 8 squares, each lined with locally sourced light grey granite cobblestones that are quite common to the region. One can walk around each square, therefore, we have arranged  the plantings so that the tallest plant or centerpiece (bird bath, orb, statue,…) is in the center.

    Cape Cod Herb Garden plan
    Cape Cod Herb Garden plan
  4. Cape Cop B&B Garden purple flowers
    Purple blooms in the herb garden.

    I refer back to our list of requirements (No. 1) to make sure that we have the plants we will need: This year we will have plenty of mint, chives, rosemary, oregano, golden sage and parsley for our breakfasts. We will also have hops and heather to add visual interest.  Those herbs combined with the shiso, lemon balm and Egyptian onion should make for a beautiful garden of purples and green.

  5. The last step: We make sure the soil is ready. We start by mixing our organic compost into the soil. When we plant the seedlings we add organic (time released) fertilizer to each bed or container. We also add moisture absorbing pellets to the soil. We make sure that each container has a drain hole then we place packing peanuts in the bottom. Next, a layer of porous fabric, then the potting soil and the herbs. I make sure that the soil level is about 1/2 an inch from the rim of the pot so that when it is watered, the water does not run off. I like using containers because they are easy to move. I always place the “show-offs” at the entrance of the garden.


Chives in our Cape Cod Herb Garden


Then sit back and watch the show all summer.


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.