Cotuit Center for the Arts

Cape Cod Museum Trail: Cotuit Center for the Arts

By Chelsea Colson | Photos by Pat O’Connell

The Cotuit Center for the Arts, part of the Cape Cod Museum Trail.
The Cotuit Center for the Arts, part of the Cape Cod Museum Trail.

An often overlooked Cotuit gem on the Cape Cod Museum Trail is the Cotuit Center for the Arts (CCA), provides a variety of entertainment spanning from an art gallery, theatre, music performances, and a variety of events. The center also offers year round classes and workshops in the visual and performing arts. The classes range from life drawing, tap dancing, stage performance and much more.

Cotuit Center art gallery on the Cape Cod Museum Trail
The art gallery has two levels and displays both two and three-dimensional works by local and international artists.

Two years after being founded in 1993, the CCA was incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization. Since then the center has presented or produced over 50 art exhibitions featuring over 500 visual artists exhibits, more than 40 concerts, and 20 full length theatrical productions. The CCA’s mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the creative process by facilitating communication among artists and the public. Several community organizations have used the facilities, such as the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Foundation, and the MSPCA.

There are many reasons to visit the CCA. You might  want to browse the gallery that featuring works by local, regional, and international artists. Usually there are 3 separate shows sharing the gallery in the 2-level space. The shows include both 2 & 3-dimensional work such as pottery and sculpture. On the 2nd level there is a cozy theatre, which hosts performances of plays year round for example, the” Ideal Husband”, “Enchanted April”, and the award-winning “Underneath the Lintel”. Many reviewers on TripAdvisor boast about the performances at the CCA. A majority of the reviewers giving a 5-star rating based on the acting skills and quality of the performers. No wonder TripAdvisor has rated the center as #1 for things to do in Cotuit! There are many events hosted at their facilities throughout the year, the highlights being the Cape Cod Music Festival & Cape Cod Opera House performances, the Waterflow & Outsider Art Exhibitions, the annual Chili & Poetry Festival, and the Arts & Souls haunted Halloween Masquerade Ball.

For those looking to kindle or improve their artistic skill-set, there is a class for everyone! There is little commitment required, since all classes provide single or multiple class options. A handful of the classes are also free, with a suggested donation of $5, One class that I find intriguing is a soothing Drum Circle class where the drums are provided. The art classes available range from traditional painting classes to a metal clay studio course. One could even learn how to play the Ukulele! There are also Yoga classes at the studio.

This wonderful museum on the Cape Cod Museum Trail is an easy 25 min. drive from our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Palmer House Inn. On the way you will drive through quaint Cape Cod villages. Cotuit is a village in the town of Barnstable and is located halfway between Falmouth and Hyannis. There are also several beaches close by such as Riley’s Beach, Ropes Beach, The Loop Beach, and Oregon Beach. If you plan on catching one of the theatre shows and are looking to get a bite to eat before or after the performance, there is an outstanding Italian restaurant close by, “Villaggio Ristorante”. The location is perfect for dinner and a show date for any special occasion, even if that occasion happens to be just another Saturday night on Cape Cod.

Other Stops on the Cape Cod Museum Trail include:


Chelsea is a Falmouth local, born and raised. She loves telling people all the great things to do and places to see in her hometown. She is also a professional artist who loves to travel. This past year she spent traveling and working along the east coast of Australia and visited New Zealand for a few weeks. “I have to say, there’s no other place in the world quite like Cape Cod.”


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guest rooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring gardens on 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 and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Cape Cod Craftsmen Saltwater Woodworks

Cape Cod craftsmen Saltwater Woodworks.
Cape Cod craftsmen kitchen island
Kitchen island.

 Cape Cod Craftsmen: Saltwater Woodworks

By Chelsea Corson | Photos by Pat O’Connell

Saltwater Woodworks tabletop
One of the tables at Bear in Boots that was fashioned by Saltwater Woodworks.

Saltwater Woodworks’ mission statement is: “To provide the highest quality handcrafted products that will exceed your expectations.” Their field of expertise includes fine cabinetry, window framing, flooring, furniture and artwork inspired by reclaimed wood. They also do built-ins and heirloom repairs. The craftsmanship of their products shows creativity and attentiveness to detail. Matt Sullivan created Saltwater Woodworks in 2001 as a one-man-crew in Dennis, MA. In 2012, he was able to expand his operations by merging with C & J Hunt Construction Services so they could offer commercial services as well. The Saltwater Woodworks retail store at 360 Main Street in Falmouth has been open for about 1½ years. Roughly 80% of their sales are from their custom kitchen cabinetry selection. Diners can also see some of their wood and furniture craftsmanship at the popular restaurant Bear in Boots Gastropub that is also on Main Street. The pub’s interior was featured in Boston Globe 2015.

Cape Cod craftsmen wooden bowl
Bowl.

This is the perfect place to visit for new homeowners or for those looking to give their kitchen or other living spaces a fresh, uniquely custom look. It is also a one-stop shop, where customers can purchase custom window frames, doors, or even flooring. Everywhere one looks is another way to customize the home or place of business, with a modern rustic, coastal look. You’ll see that the wood floors are made in a variety of wood species. One can also observe a variety of wood finishes. Every window in the store is uniquely framed which gives one design options to use for a home or business. How convenient!

Choosing Saltwater Woodworks is a sustainable and green choice. Everything in their store has been re-purposed in one way or another. Re-purposed materials inspire even their art pieces, which have been created by local New England artists.

Cape Cod craftsmen wall sconce
Wall sconce.

When one walks into Saltwater Woodworks, he/she is immediately welcomed with beautiful, wooden furniture and decorative pieces. The tables, chairs, wall-hangings, cabinets and decorative pieces are staged tastefully, in the store, which makes it that much easier to visualize how to utilize the pieces in your own home. For example, they have dining tables set with candles in beautiful wooden candle holders displayed on top. One can image having an intimate, candle-lit dinner party with close friends and family, enjoying the evening with a glass of wine in hand. How can you beat that?

No matter where you look, all of Ed’s one-of-a-kind furniture has an interesting back story. He can tell the purchaser where the materials came from and how they were used in years gone by. Whether it’s reclaimed wood from an old factory out in western Massachusetts or a re-purposed vintage sewing table, all of his materials have been recycled into beautiful furniture and art work. Every piece is a conversation piece!

Cape Cod craftsmen Saltwater Woodworks storefront
Storefront of Saltwater Woodworks.

While you are in the area, make sure to stop by this charming store, it is just past the Library and is only about a ten minute walk from the Palmer House Inn. The salespeople are friendly, helpful and have a passion for what they do. Make sure to ask about the pieces you find most interesting. For more information: www.saltwaterwoodworks.net


Chelsea is a Falmouth local, born and raised. She loves telling people all the great things to do and places to see in her hometown. She is also a professional artist who loves to travel. This past year she spent traveling and working along the east coast of Australia and visited New Zealand for a few weeks. “I have to say, there’s no other place in the world quite like Cape Cod.”


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guest rooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day exploring the workshops of our Cape Cod craftsmen, 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.

Cupcake Charlies

Cupcake Charlie's in Falmouth Cape Cod

Cupcake Charlie’s for Cupcakes on Cape Cod

“Life is short… Eat a cupcake.”

Written by Chelsea | Photos by Pat O’Connell

Cupcake Charlie's in Falmouth Cape Cod
A cupcake with a smile at Cupcake Charlie’s in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusettes, USA.

We couldn’t agree more with Cupcake Charlie’s store motto. Why not enjoy the sweeter things in life? From Real Estate to Gourmet Cupcakes on Cape Cod, the franchise founders are self-taught bakers who bonded over their dream of owning their own bakery. When visiting the Falmouth and Mashpee stores, one can see the care that the owners have for producing quality-baked goods.

cupcakes
Cupcakes are baked freshly each day using the finest ingredients.

Each location has a display case spread of 16 flavors including one “Flavor of the Day” cupcake chosen from a list of 130 unique recipes. The baker whose daily task is to choose the Flavor of the Day must be torn while flipping through the recipe book, but thankfully there are no wrong choices. Who knew there were that many varieties of cupcakes? It also doesn’t matter which day of the week you decid to stop by, because all of the cupcakes are baked freshly each day!

We at the Palmer House Inn are excited that our Falmouth store has reopened for the season! Just in time to treat ourselves and our guests after another Cape Cod winter. The bakery also has prime location amongst well-loved restaurants, shops, the village green, and the Falmouth  Library on Main Street. The shop is within a 5-minute walk of the Palmer House Inn! There is also the Mullen-Hall Playground conveniently located just behind the Library, where the little ones can have a place to run around after a sweet treat.

Colored Sprinkles
Multi colored sprinkles on vanillas cup cakes at Cupcake Charlie’s in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusettes, USA.

As soon as you walk in the door of Cupcake Charlie’s, you are immediately greeted with the delicious aroma and the mouth-watering display of freshly baked gourmet cupcakes. Customers should be warned of these scrumptious cupcakes, because they are quite tasty. One whiff of the frosting, cake, and filling would bring any mean green diet to its knees.

Choosing a favorite flavor is extremely difficult, because they are all my favorites. However, if I had to choose one to enjoy as I’m writing this blog, I would choose the Rockin’ Red Velvet cupcake. The cocoa, buttermilk cake is deliciously moist without being too dense, it is balanced by the perfectly swirled cream cheese frosting. The deep chocolaty red cake is visually stunning next to the ivory fronting in the display case, which has my mouth watering every time I walk by the shop. This cupcake version of the classic Red Velvet dessert has always satisfied my sweet tooth cravings.

If you do not share my sweet tooth for Falmouth’s Cupcake Charlie’s tasty, “melt in your mouth” cupcakes on Cape Cod, there is always their soft serve ice cream. Vanilla and chocolate are the flavors with your choice of toppings. Nothing beats a classic. This is also, a great choice during those warm late Spring and Summer days while exploring Falmouth’s quaint downtown area.

Cupcake Charlie's sign
Cupcake Charlie’s Sign at Cupcake Charlie’s in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusettes, USA.

The takeaway from this page is: when in Falmouth, take it easy and treat yourself. Cupcake Charlie’s is one of The Palmer House Inn’s local favorites and we highly recommend that you give it a try during your next stay.

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Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

While all of our guestrooms have their own charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures on 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 and a relaxing stay before and after your day.