Daytrip to Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plimouth at Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Are you interested in learning the history of this great land? Do you want a fun filled interactive way to explore? If so, taking a daytrip to Plymouth, MA is a great way to spend an adventurous day outside learning about our great land’s past.

Downtown Plymouth is less than a hour’s drive from the Palmer House Inn. It bustles with many fine restaurants and shops. The downtown area is also the location of the famous Plymouth Rock. This landmark is the spot where settlers first landed in the new world in 1620. Located next to the rock is the Mayflower II. She is a complete, to scale replica of the original historic vessel that sailed across the Atlantic. Hop aboard this seventeenth century ship and get a tour. One can imagine what it must have been like to travel across a vast ocean during that time period.

Plimouth at Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

A Daytrip to Plimoth Plantation

To get an even more realistic experience into what it was like in America in the 1700’s, take a walk around Plimoth Plantation. The Plantation is two fully functioning replicated villages of both the colonists and the Native Americans. The Native Americans had lived and thrives off the land for centuries before the arrival of the colonists. In order to tour these villages your first stop will be the Visitor’s Center.  Here you can purchase tickets to the plantation and check out the Museum’s Shops. These shops sell beautiful Native American jewelry, handmade toys and food that was unique to the time period. The center is open year-round and hosts a wide variety of events.

In the Wampanoag village one will find actors of Native American descent who are dressed in period accurate clothing. As you walk through the village and into their homes you will discover many different aspects of their way of living. Besides their attire, you can view how they cooked, ate, planted and harvested crops. You will see the games that they played, learn about their music and dance. These are all portrayed on site. While there you can ask the actors questions about their lives and work. They will be sure to have a tale or an interesting tid-bit to share about their culture and lifestyle in the seventh century.

To learn about the English colonists, you can visit their village also. The actors there are also clad in period attire. They will also share stories from the time and teach you about their lives and struggles in their new land. This community gives you a look into both the maritime and farming ways of life. It is interesting to view the animals that were common in the area. In addition you will want to view the houses and gardens that were built by the settlers.

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Plymouth, Massachusetts

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Plymouth Plantation: 41.938166, -70.625332
Palmer House Inn: 41.555639, -70.620020
Plymouth Visitor/'s Center: 41.960984, -70.667302
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Plymouth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States
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Palmer House Inn
81 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA, United States
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Plymouth Visitor/'s Center
130 Water Street, Plymouth, MA, United States

Plymouth Grist Mill

If the Mayflower and the Plantation isn’t enough for one day, be sure to visit the Plymouth Grist Mill. This corn grinding mill is a reproduction of a mill that built in 1636. The site is open year-round and is fully operational. This mill is open daily and when it is running you can observe how it functions and you can even purchase some stone ground corn meal.

Plymouth is a wonderful daytrip to take for people of all ages. There are numerous options for recreation, learning and you can not beat the beautiful coastal views. Enjoy the history and beauty of this charming town while staying with us at the Palmer House 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 adventures New England’s rich history, 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.

Experience Martha’s Vineyard

Lifesaver on the Martha's Vineyard Ferry

By Mary Moran

Photography by L.V. O’Connell

If you are looking for a true Cape Cod experience, hopping on the ferry and spending the day on beautiful Martha’s Vineyard is an absolute must. From fabulous public beaches to unique shopping and dining to picturesque lighthouses, this island will surely not disappoint. Every town, whether it is Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, or Aquinnah, has something special to offer. Also, if you want to travel to all of these great locations, just grab a $7 day pass from the Vineyard Transit Authority and the bus will take you to and from all the sights.  Also, from Memorial Day through Labor Day there are narrated tour busses that will take you to points of interest on the island. The tour takes two hours. Some visitors take the tour then spend the remainder of the day, returning to the locations that most interested them.

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard from the Cape Cod Ferry
Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard from the Ferry
Martha's Vineyard Ferry at dock in Woods Hole
Martha’s Vineyard Ferry at dock in Woods Hole

Most likely, Vineyard Haven will be your first stop when arriving on Martha’s Vineyard. This spot is the year‐round connection to and from the mainland. Here you will find excellent retail shops and eateries including the infamous Black Dog Restaurant and gift shop. Admiring the beautiful harbor and West Chop Lighthouse is always a good time. Don’t forget to pack your camera!

Dock Street & Kelly Street
Dock Street & Kelly Street

Oak Bluffs, the Vineyard’s other ferry destination, is a wonderful place to explore with the family. Water‐front restaurants and beautiful beaches are far from scarce in this popular island town. Art galleries and unique shopping boutiques are around every corner and you are guaranteed to find something you love! Also, strolling through the streets and taking a look at the one‐ of‐a‐kind “gingerbread” cottages with their well kept flower gardens, will be sure to bring out your inner child. There are over 300 of these brightly colored houses all with their own name and personal touches. When you are finished getting your fill of these crazy little houses, be sure to take a ride on one of the oldest operating carousels in the country: The Flying Horses. Try your best to grab a brass ring! If you do, you get another ride for free and a great memory to last a lifetime. There are also many places to rent a bicycle, moped or even a Jeep for the day so you can continue on around the rest of the island.

For some excellent public beaches that have an abundance of parking available, Edgartown is the place to go. You can get a nice tan and a dose of the sand, salty air, and warm ocean water. The breathtaking ocean scenery is outstanding any time of the year. Edgartown was a whaling community and the streets are lined with beautiful old sea captains’ homes. In addition, in Edgartown, you will find some prime high‐end shopping areas and wonderful restaurants to help you to unwind.

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Martha//'s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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Palmer House Inn: 41.555639, -70.620020
Vineyard Haven: 41.380498, -70.645473
Edgartown: 41.389005, -70.513360
Oak Bluffs: 41.454279, -70.561972
Aquinnah: 41.335237, -70.800786
Gay Head Light: 41.346630, -70.836450
West Chop Lighthouse: 41.480500, -70.599900
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Palmer House Inn
81 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA, United States
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Vineyard Haven
Martha/'s Vineyard, Vineyard Haven, Dukes County, MA, United States
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Edgartown
Edgartown, MA, United States
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Oak Bluffs
Oak Bluffs, MA, United States
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Aquinnah
Aquinnah, MA, United States
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Gay Head Light
Gay Head Lighthouse, Aquinnah, MA, United States
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West Chop Lighthouse
West Chop Lighthouse, Tisbury, MA, United States

Harbor
Harbor

Finally, for a more relaxing and scenic experience away from the hustle and bustle of retail therapy and delicious seafood, take a trip over to Aquinnah. There, you will find the first lighthouse to be built on Martha’s Vineyard. The Gay Head Light was originally constructed in 1799 and is a Cape Cod viewing necessity. Continue on through Aquinnah and check out the beautiful red clay cliffs that surround this old whaling town. Aquina is also where the Native Americans have their shops with many interesting and one of a kind items.

Sidestreet
Sidestreet

Everywhere you look; there are endless options for fun and adventure on Martha’s Vineyard. No matter what part of the island you visit, you are sure to have a great time and a unique experience that will be remembered.

While you are staying with us at the Palmer House Inn, planning a day trip to the Vineyard will be hassle free. We have ferry schedules, maps of the island, and you can even get your ferry tickets from us at a slight discount,  at the front desk. Not to mention, the Steamship Authority shuttle bus to the ferry landing in Wood’s Hole is only a ten minute walk from our Cape Cod bed and breakfast inn!

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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 traveling 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.

Daytrip to Sandwich

By Mary Moran

Photography by P. L. O’Connell

When visiting the Cape, no matter what season, the town of Sandwich has something to offer for a day of fun that will excite the entire family. From the beaches to the museums, there are plenty of activities and learning experiences to explore in Sandwich. However, if you want to avoid the crowds we recommend staying in Falmouth (just 30 minutes away), and take a daytrip to Sandwich.

Waterfall at the Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich.
Waterfall at the Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich.

Heritage Museums and Gardens

Heritage Museums and Gardens is an excellent location to visit. There you will find numerous exhibitions ranging from meticulously maintained antique cars to a variety of artists’ collections, to aerial trails and zip-lines (new this year). In the gardens, there are one hundred acres of beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees that are unique to each season. Be sure to check out Heritage’s website to find lectures, workshops, and activities that are offered. There is something for everyone! Be sure to also check out the antique carousel that will have you reminiscing about a simpler and more carefree time. If you are bringing the kids, take them to Hidden Hollow. There they can explore the land and participate in exciting activities all while learning about nature and what it has to offer. Heritage Museums and Gardens is open year-round with ever changing offerings for learning science, enjoying beauty, and experiencing adventure.

Historic Sandwich Glass Museum on Your Daytrip to Sandwich

For a more historic view of Sandwich, take a trip to the Sandwich Glass Museum. In this museum you can learn about the unique history of the town and the important ways that the glass industry contributed to the local communities and nation. In addition to viewing beautiful, one of a kind 19th century glasswork, the museum offers a variety of exhibitions to view and even holds shows and events where one can watch the fine art of glass-blowing and sculpting created by local artisans. To remember this trip forever and the beautiful works of art you have admired in the museum, you can stop in at the gift shop and purchase some glass art for yourself or others (great gift idea)!

While in Sandwich, take a walk on the Boardwalk and enjoy the beauty and serenity that the ocean coast has to offer. Located at Town Beach, the Boardwalk is a 1,350 foot walkway right over and along the water’s edge. This walkway was destroyed in 1991 by Hurricane Bob, but the community rebuilt the beautiful boardwalk for people to enjoy for years to come. At the end of the walk, on a clear day, you can even see all the way to the tip of Provincetown, across Cape Cod Bay, Cape Cod’s most easterly town at the tip of the peninsula. When you aren’t soaking up this breath-taking  view, be sure to explore the beach and check out the wildlife, including several endangered species of birds that thrive on the coastal land. Parking is available at the beach year-round and non-residents permits are available.

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Sandwich, Massachusettes

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Heritage Museums & Gardens: 41.749446, -70.507567
Sandwich Glass Museum: 41.758657, -70.500466
Palmer House Inn: 41.555639, -70.620020
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Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA, United States
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Sandwich Glass Museum
129 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02563, United States
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Palmer House Inn
81 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA, United States

Next time you are visiting us at at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast inn and are looking for something new or old to explore, be sure to take the pleasant day trip to historic Sandwich, Cape Cod’s oldest town. The staff, and Bill and Pat, at the Palmer House Inn are happy to answer any questions you may have about planning the day, just pop right in at the front desk!


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 exploring Sandwich and 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.